To people on switter.at who favorite what seem to be random toots of mine: if you're favoriting my toots because you have a genuine interest in them, that's fine. I know people have interests outside of work and sex workers are no exception.
However, if you're favoriting my toots in an attempt to get me to use your services, you might want to check my profile first before doing so. I announce there that I'm a gay man and yet I keep getting favorites of this sort from women.
Time for a new #introduction as my old one's a bit out-of-date.
I'm also into #hamradio, my username's my callsign.
I started #gliding back in July and am now a student glider/#sailplane pilot.
I mentioned that I had my second glider flight on Sunday. I took my DSLR camera with me this time, and when my flight instructor had control of the glider I took pictures. Here are four of them.
It was another great day for gliding/soaring. Too bad I couldn't stay long due to Freyja's vet appointment.
Since I'm probably going to be branded an asshole after my latest reply re: chess, I might as well explain where I'm coming from.
When I was a child chess was one of those games where, at least in my view, being good at it meant you were "smart," and not being good at it meant you were intellectually-deficient. Despite people calling me "smart" for my other abilities I was never good at chess, and never really had an interest in becoming so. Hence other "smart" boys held that against me.
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As the weather turns cooler and spooky season begins, wouldn't you like to read a romantic, gothic poem from 1904, illustrated with beautiful drawings by @adalheidis ?
There are digital copies for about $10, as well as books, and signed copies -- but only if the project is funded soon.
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The single biggest proof that good boundaries work is that abusive people are so determined to trample, bypass, and negate them.
If you like poetry and art, and have a little extra cash on you, why not back this truly amazing Kickstarter book by Mastodon's own @adalheidis ?
It's all-or-nothing, 60% funded, with 9 days to go!
I really want this piece of art to succeed. And if you've never read "The Highwayman", you're in for a spooky treat.
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The best way to get a reader to sample my fiction is to give them a free sample.
Amazon does not want books to be free. You have to set a title as "free" on every other platform, then send a support request to the Bezosbeast saying "hey, activate the price matching in our contract. Here are the links to all your competitors."
They will price match.
For a time.
When you stop looking? They make the book paid in, say, India. Then Slovakia, or Sicily. Country by country, they turn the price back up.
Until the author notices, and sends another request.
Bezos gonna Bezos, so this time I prepared. I saved a form letter to make this gripe trivial.
The other advantage to using this cassette recorder over the boombox: it's got a mechanical counter, seen above the actual tape deck on the left. That's useful for being able to determine where one file ends and another begins. The boombox doesn't have a counter at all.
It took some messing with the fast-forward and rewind keys, but I got the old cassette recorder that I used to use for recording the residence hall senate meetings (back when I was the secretary) in the early 2000s working again! While it's definitely lower-fidelity (no bias signal) than the Sony boombox I've been using, for recording and playing the AFSK signals from minimodem that shouldn't matter too much, and it's definitely less bulky.
Reading Low Tech Magazine's thoughts on staying warm in cold rooms, very conscious that we're gonna get more and more in trouble with our energy supply every year: https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/03/local-heating.html
And thinking about how my computer exhausts heat into The Room In General rather than to, say, the underside of my desk, to which I could then attach some kinda curtain to keep my heat around my legs
The O’ahu Water Protectors in front of the White House today from 3pm-5pm as we demand the IMMEDIATE Shut Down of Red Hill!
When people say they have nothing to hide, let's reply:
* Post your passwords here
* Write down everybody you hate
* Tell the world who you voted for
* List all the videos you watched
- Medical history.
- Sensitive conversations with employers, children, spouses.
- Billing and banking information.
- Purchase information.
- Web search history.
I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because 'your' judgement and intentions are.
And it doesn't matter whether or not my communications are weighty or frivolous in nature - they are mine and only for those whom I've chosen to share them with. Not the government's, nor goog's, nor my ISP's, but mine.
Also, what is legal where I live today, may not be legal tomorrow and my discussion of it may incriminate my future self. It has happened in the past many times to others in other places.
I'd originally planned to order a replacement holder for that mobile radio faceplate yesterday, but since I got the old one installed – and mounted the faceplate on it properly this time – I got a couple of external speakers for the radio instead. I say "a couple" because this radio has 2 audio outputs, 1 for each of its VFOs.
I also ordered something I should have long ago: ferrite beads for reducing the RFI from my electronics. Hopefully they'll solve some of the issues I've had in the past.
Today I found the pieces to the suction cup mount I'd used for the remote faceplate for my mobile radio, found the mounting bracket and screws for my mobile radio, and finally mounted that remote faceplate properly. Previously I'd used one of those "squeeze" mounts designed for smartphones and it did a poor job of holding the faceplate.
It's mainly in preparation for an upcoming trip. But it may also be the start of me getting back into ham radio.
uk monarchy, grief vs "grief"
It's about Queen Elizabeth and how people are responding to her death, of course, but I like what Paul Campos of Lawyers, Guns & Money has to say about the UK's monarchy. https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2022/09/strange-women-lying-in-ponds-distributing-swords-is-no-basis-for-a-system-of-government
Also relevant is his take on true grief versus performative "grief" that he wrote back in 2016 when Scalia died. It's long since he quotes an entire email chain verbatim, but well worth the read, and something he links to twice in the first article. https://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/02/the-politics-of-grief
I'm happy to say that I was able to encode a file onto a standard analog audio cassette and then (mostly) decode it back into a file. One thing I discovered: the default mode is 8 bits rather than 7, so using base32 or base64 is unnecessary.
I did find that my tape player plays at a slightly higher speed than the audio actually was. I used 940 Hz and 1000 Hz for a 120 bps mark and space, but on playback minimodem dected the mark at 950 Hz instead. The cassette does have some wrinkled tape.
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