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[meta: I've gone ahead and made my account locked, so I guess you'll have to wait for me to approve your follow request if you want to follow me. If you're an actual person, I'll probably approve it, I just don't want to have to keep evicting bots ex post facto.]

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I missed out on last time, so:

I'm a person. I think people and communities and subcultures are pretty interesting. Sometimes I try to archive these things, sometimes I just idly find them fascinating.

I appreciate things that are {open source, secure, well-designed}, most of the people I've met here, and @srn ​in particular.

I like to think I'm trustworthy and available. Feel free to reach out even if I don't know you.

(A few thousand more words available via my profile.)

What's your favorite font that can be used in a 1-bit context? Doesn't have to be tiny or monospaced, I have ~35px available for height and enough width.

you can get anything you want 


it's been 

a while since my timeline was this hopping. Welcome back, everyone, and welcome newcomers!

Mastodon server operators with Sidekiq queues that are backed up: what are your various queue sizes? (Some folks are brainstorming various things that might help, but it's a good idea to check whether they're likely to matter first.)

(If that's not you, sending a link to people you know who might be relevant would be appreciated.)

Did anyone get a complete map? Mine just showed a straight line shortcut through "backrooms" between the food court and Eldritch Hall but the con doesn't have any signage back here.

After a segment of a podcast about someone suing over a "lifetime warranty" on socks and a discussion of how "lifetime" warranties are deliberately misleading*, I get an ad. For socks. With a lifetime warranty. Good job, advertisers.

*: Basically it's often for the lifetime of the product: until they stop selling that particular product, but depends on the fine print of the specific warranty.

@SuricrasiaOnline Where was your bleeps and bloops web tool? (I didn't see it at, but I may have missed it.)

Defining an ontology for roughly all physical objects one might have is, unsurprisingly, challenging.

Do I want to write a text layout engine? That provides full Unicode compatibility and support for most of the relevant CSS including whatever parts of Text Module 4 I can wedge in? In a language I'm not really proficient in?

(All signs point to this being a bad idea, but it does sound fun...)

Currently inordinately annoyed that the print editions of the Unicode spec don't include the annexes to the spec. Over a thousand pages, but not the ones I really need right now. 🙃

@djsundog @ajroach42 Is there a unified [multi] makerspace parts taxonomy / catalog anywhere? ("A 6mm M3 screw with a cap head is a subset of M3 screws, and has MPN 1234567")

@ajroach42 Looks like NPR commissioned a Microface action figure head as well. On a phone so I can't easily tell if the .zip has any license information, but since you'd mentioned the character before, you might find it interesting:

(Also they've done a whole series on Microface, which I assume you're familiar with, but if not, you might find it entertaining.)

security, java 

If you run, uh, anything in Java that logs things (Java Minecraft? A random webapp? Whatever.) and it's exposed to the internet, you might want to take it down and/or get it patched real fast. The log4j vulnerability can pretty much be sprayed everywhere much like "shellshock", and gives up code execution to an attacker, so widespread scanning / attacks are likely imminent.

Decent writeup at .

coronavirus, mff, etc. 

So it seems a fully vaccinated person went to Anime NYC and then tested positive for Omicron shortly after - unclear if they were infectious at the con or not but they're telling everyone who went to get tested[1]. Both Anime NYC and MFF require vaccinations, but I have to imagine there's an overlap in attendees. Since I know a surprising number of folks going, don't forget your masks, and stay safe.


It's only flu if it comes from an influenza strain. Otherwise it's sparkling cold. Y'all may be interested to know that Firefox 93 contains fixes for Orca. I don't know how far it goes, but maybe that will be of use. 🤷

It's basically the equinox, so cities with east/west streets have sunrises and sunsets that run the whole length of the street. Particularly remarkable in Chicago, where streets are largely on a grid.

looking for rails devs 

Are there any Ruby on Rails devs around who are looking for a job in the UK? (Anywhere in the UK; don't need to be near an office if you're okay working remotely.) Looking for someone to help out with a line of business app that's mostly Rails as an API for a React app (looking for help with both).

(Boosts welcome, I should probably add .)


@Leaf Are there any strong arguments against adopting UTS #31 ("Identifier and Pattern Syntax") in the next version of C (C23)? Talking with someone who is apparently discussing the proposal tomorrow, and I recall you had Opinions about emoji in identifiers (which that would seem to preclude).

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