I live in Urbana, IL with two housemates, three #cats, three #snakes, some servers, some radio gear, and a few chronic #health problems. If you want to meet me in person, stop by http://cu2600.org sometime.
(thoughts on isolation continued)
- Isolation is a privilege; my office is a small bedroom & I can live alone in here without displacing anyone. Not everyone has a room to isolate in.
- I'm an introvert & it's nice to have so much time to myself (on day 4). But it's harder to have serious interpersonal conversations, which are more necessary these days.
(thoughts on isolation continued)
- Food has been a problem. If you are the main cook, I recommend making a plan for extremely easy meals that are made from staples & taste decent cold. Bonus points for making & freezing some. Then when you need to isolate, your caretakers can get you food without having to think it up themselves & without huge interruptions of their own routines.
I'll be taking my own advice on this one the very moment I can get back in the kitchen.
I'm keeping myself almost entirely isolated even though I'm pretty darn sure it's just a cold. I have some thoughts:
- Isolation is probably how all of us should have been handling being sick all along.
- This has led to a LOT of extra work for other members of my household, at a time of extra stress for all of us.
- Just in my room/home office & bathroom, there are so many tasks to do that I will probably not be done before I can stop isolating.
food but not eating, covid-adjacent
If you have access to a yard and can figure out a way to physically do it, now is a great time to plant something edible. Among other benefits, I feel more comfortable about our collective precarious situation knowing that we'll have a bit of fresh food for ourselves and whoever else turns out to need it & I find it relaxing to take care of plants. If you don't have any seeds, ask around & maybe someone will share.
food but not eating
I worked in the yard today, preparing for our first vegetable #garden since we moved to Illinois. I'm pretty excited about it. I helped load the trailer of brush & leaves (twice; I'm pretty wiped & expecting a lot of pain tomorrow), and my housemates took it to the city's composting facility and swapped it for finished compost. I also used a snow shovel to scrape the semi-decomposed leaves off the driveway.
I think this will be the first plant to bloom in my yard this year. Interesting since last year, I'm pretty sure the other end of the yard bloomed first by a week or two.
Since I can't seem to find the image description feature in my Mastodon client:
A lone daffodil plant growing through many dry, brown leaves. It has reached nearly its full height and has one large yellow bud.
Also, it obviously didn't occur to the presenter that any participant could have their microphone muted because they were unable to speak. Or maybe they have Tourette's, or vocal tics they don't feel comfortable sharing, et cetera. It would be nice if strangers didn't make assumptions about others' abilities.
Today I learned that the person hosting a Zoom conference can unmute any participant they want, without the participation of that participant.
I don't know whether it works for video, too, but best not to mute & take a bio-break. Or show up wearing your pajamas. Or any of your other about-to-be-favorite work-from-home tricks.
Fortunately, I have a few tricks up my sleeve and no audio was, er, leaked.
grammar, widespread assumptions of monogamy
Ironically, the prevalence of the Oxford comma sometimes makes sentences ambiguous. Spotted in the wild today (names replaced for privacy and clarity):
Dr. Apparently Polyamorous, a native of Smalltown, USA resides in Ritzy Neighborhood with his wife, a radiologist, and their two children.
Progress! Last night Alien brought me:
- 2 coozies to the opposite end of the room
- 3 coozies next to me
- 1 Q-tip to the opposite end of the room
- a coozy next to my seat while I was up
- 1 coozy next to me
He got many treats for all 4 next to me!
(For those not following along, Alien is my #cat, and I am trying to teach him to play fetch. He's been trying to figure it out, but we've been stuck on bringing coozies to the opposite end of the room for months!)
Apparently when you have business insurance, you have to do an annual audit. Or maybe they are doing the audit, and I am providing the data? Unclear, but it's due today & uses information I haven't finished collecting. At least I'm closer than I was 24 hours ago, and it's information I will also find valuable.
The amount of time it takes to do all this overhead stuff is large, and the same even though I physically can't work a full day.
I have an awesome new handheld keyboard/mouse in my mix of input devices: the Rii i4. It does Bluetooth and 2.4GHz, with a hotkey to move between modes. In retrospect, it seems obvious, but just now, I discovered that as long as 1 device is a USB host, I can use this keyboard like the K part of a 2-port KVM.
My only complaint is that I can't find a great position for my right hand, so I can't use it that long at once. But they're all like that.
Modern lens technology is amazing. You have weird old glasses frames you love & want to reuse? We'll make you lenses that fit them! You need a different prescription for different activities? We'll make you a lens with two prescriptions! You don't like the line where the prescription changes? We'll fade one prescription into together so there is a smooth transition! ❤️
Just opened a new Bluetooth keyboard I'm trying. Linux install instructions are in the obligatory tiny booklet. I've never seen that before.
I'm a BSD person & am going to become a proper Linux user tomorrow under some duress, but seeing a contender from my general part of the OS space is pretty cool. I think I'm ready to start rooting ;) for Linux.
[This adapter](http://handheldsci.com/kb/) converts nearly any USB keyboard & mouse into a Bluetooth keyboard & mouse.
Unix, implied swearing
Spent most of the day trying to sync ~/.* amongst machines using a bare git repo strategy* crossed with rsync.
Since my current terminal is an iPad and a truly cheesy handheld keyboard, I am frequently graced with unique and flavorful typing errors. Two all-too-accurate frequent flyers today:
- 'git' comes out 'hurt'
- 'shell' and 'SHELL' both tend to drop the leading S
Smalltalk, mobile app development, human augmentation, security architecture, native plants, cooking, woodworking, sewing, cats, snakes
Mostly hackers, mostly in Urbana, IL, talking to each other & our friends on like-minded servers without giving our personal data to the marketing machine.