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Just found a whole batch of people languishing in my Follow queue.

Locals should drop me a line when following so I can approve. Not currently accepting outside follows.

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? But I never did ...

I'm a weird guy who decided to base his profile on the movie Sneakers. I love technology, probably more than is healthy. My interests tend to revolve in a cycle but in the spirit of I try to keep it to infosec and general internet nerdery.

I live with a migraine 24/7 so don't be surprised to see the occasional related toot.

Fun STA Fact #4 (collect them all!): A Canadian goose once attempted to carjack me.

The DOT is removing a bunch of the concrete walls between opposing lanes of the highway to prepare for an expansion project. After weeks of driving by and seeing the machinery and piles of broken concrete, today my brain has an epiphany .... and promptly starts playing Cathy Dennis.

Cathy Dennis - Too Many Walls

Too many walls have been built in between us
Too many dreams have been shattered around us
If I seem to give up they'll still never win
Deep in my heart I know the strength is within

Merry Christmas, friends. I hope the day finds you and the ones you hold dear well and well loved.

Deadmau5 ft. Colleen D'Agostino - Seeya

Don't wake me up, I'm winning wars inside my head
And maybe I'm weak but not beneath the covers of this bed
Asleep, I'm undefeated in this world of mine
So let me stay inside this dream and keep me from the light


Behind the darkness there's a sea of neon light
And maybe you think I'm sinking, but you just can't get inside
Don't try to save me when my mind is finally free
Cause I'd rather run my own world than face your reality

Absolutely cannot get Space Engineers to work with Steam Proton. The SE community says it's not that hard. Apparently I've managed to make it that hard.

I gave up and decided to install a second HDD with Windows (why not a partition? Reasons.). Except that I misplaced my Win7 DVD. Can't burn a new one, it's dual-layer and I don't have any DL discs. After much hassle I located a thumb drive, but now I find the installer lacks the drivers for my HDD controller. I've burned countless CDs with different drivers on them attempting to fix this (it doesn't see the USB either, *sigh*) but everything is either not recognized as a valid driver or the installer fails to load it with a message that I should get an updated version.

I've been trying for a week to get this game to run and all I have to show for it are endless amounts of frustration and despair.

... why does the wine-stable package not actually put the wine executable in the path?


I give up. I shouldn't be allowed to touch technology any more.

The document was sitting on top of the ADF for the last however many hours. Not _in_ the ADF.

Send me off to the old-tech's home. Or get a roll of carpet and some quicklime, or whatever it is you do with techs that are past their use-by date.

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Finally got Simple-Scan to quit crashing when the scan was finished. Some dorkus (who, meee?) kept typo-ing the model number when setting up the Sane profile and it wasn't handling that very gracefully.

Now why in the hippopotamus wont it scan from the ADF? WHY? I tell it to scan from the ADF, it happily scans from the glass instead.

Good grief. Did this scanner driver installer do an `apt upgrade` or something? It's installing _everything._ Why do I need to update pulse audio to use my MFC printer?

Of course the drivers for my printer/scanner never made it onto the network, why should they? I couldn't possibly want to install them on another box....

For convenience sake when setting up the new install, what all should I keep a copy of outside of the image? /home and /etc seem like good candidates. What else am I going to wish I had an easy to browse backup of?

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Imaging (backing up) the desktop with the intent of reinstalling from scratch. It was just a wee bit too customized to handle the upgrade smoothly apparently.

Well that was fun. I upgraded from Mint 18.3 to Mint 19 because ... reasons. One of the first things I ran into was that Firefox wouldn't load my profile. The error was that it was created in a later version of Firefox than what I was running now. Whaat?

Turns out that the profile tracks not just the major/minor version but the specific builds have a timestamp suffix, and the one for Mint 19 was built first, so appeared to be an earlier version. Editing ~/.mozilla/firefox/[profile]/compatibility.ini to tweak the timestamp (making a new profile seems like the easiest way to get one) fixed it.


What's broken next...

Oh wow. It's not often I stumble across I song I liked when I first discovered radio and haven't heard since.

Tears For Fears - Break It Down Again

And all the love and all the love in the world
Won't stop the rain from falling
Waste seeping underground
I want to break it down

Read some stuff. Faved a few things. Spoons depleted.

Haven't forgotten about the town.

is a game about trains that also has factories in it.

Random theory: the whole episode was created around the premise that a script needed to be written containing the phrase "badger badger badger"

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I have the sudden urge to check Pwned Passwords and see if `Badger85` is on the list.

Bonus points to anyone who gets the reference.

Thinking about how all the various tech/resource collection games are just turning real world resources into virtual.

Ultimately it all started out as power and time before being converted to CPU cycles and bits in RAM.

Glad this thought isn't sucking the enjoyment out of it. But at the same time, I'm a little more conscious that this massive virtual factory has a real world impact.

Trying out one of those vertical/sideways mice. It's supposed to be a more natural position for your hand than a typical mouse. Not sure this cheap one I got is doing me any favors though.

Wynonna Judd - No One Else On Earth

No one else on earth could ever hurt me
Break my heart the way you do
No one else on earth was ever worth it
No one can love me like
No one can love me like you

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.