re: pet death
I'm too exhausted for eulogies at this point.
After three weeks being stuck down in the city trying we returned last night to a dogless-house.
Those two have been with us for almost nine years. They were so very much the centerpiece of our household.
Now it's just too quite here. There's no one to eat the carrot peelings and other scraps while I cook.
I can't even really escape into the woods, since who will go hiking with me? Who will sit by my side while I lounge at camp?
We lost Rowdy the basset hound yesterday morning.
He was recovering from his heart surgery and an AirBnB we rented in the valley, and for the first four days with us he was steadily improving although he was still breathing very heavily and panting.
He started acting restless on Wednesday night. He sat up in bed, and just would not lay down. I sat up with him all night, and he slept only an hour or two.
We made an appointment with his surgeon for the next day, and fiddled with his pain meds. But he passed away on us in the car ride over to the clinic.
Not every day you can legitimately use "decimate" in a headline.
Starting to get close to that time of the year where I go on a several month fast of my internet usage.
It's already slowly starting due to just being too damn busy with life to be online... but starting May 1st, I will probably be off of Mastodon, Matrix, and everything else until June.
I'll still pop on if someone DMs me, but I'll be pausing on casual browsing of the 'net to focus more on reading inscriptions in dead trees.
It's that time of year again.
Time to watch the world burn.
Vickie passed away on my lap in the early hours of this morning.
We rescued her from the pound in Sioux Falls, SD. She had been used in a puppy mill, shot once with a shotgun and had a respiratory infection that shook the house -- was not potty trained and never did quite understand the idea.
Over the nine years she spent with us she shed a lot of her fears and came to trust us and be a great home-office companion.
She could out hike us all. And when she grew old we carried her for miles.
She was wickedly clever. No fence could ever container her. She once figured out how to get on a counter by using a lazy-Susan as a ladder.
One blizzard in Wyoming she disappeared for the night and returned proudly with the neighbor's hen. She would dig up ground hogs in the yard. Sit patiently by a tree and wait for hours for a squirrel to make the strategic mistake of touching ground.
I will deeply miss her in my life, but cherish the moments we had together.
Basset Hounds paracardial effusion came back so he went into heart surgery this morning and will be in hospital for 48 hours. They’ve ruled out cancer — the growth on his heart is something foreign so probably the Valley fever fungus.
Got home to find the beagle throwing up and refusing to eat or drink. So turned around and took her in as well. She’s coming home. Looks like she was just dehydrated.
Really enjoying all this characterization and build up before some tragedy leads @vortex_egg into turning their disinformation research into super-villainy and the construction of a mind-control network.
My toots on the recent matter...
It's a pity to see that the FSF is really just a cult of personality without any substance. However, it is a relief to see that there are so many projects and other institutions that pretty much make FSF irrelevant to the entire notion of free-software.
I never really read or paid any attention to RMS until I donated to FSF a few years back... and their newsletter was so much fanning over him. So I shouldn't be surprised that they can't see a future for free-software without him.
Thankfully, I don't really see free-software as having any need for him in the last twenty+ years, if it ever did. Certainly plenty who've contributed code commits over the years to projects who never once read a word of RMS.
So it's no big loss.
I'd be happy to go back to work in an office environment, as long as I have my own desk in my own office with my own restroom and kitchen, of course — oh! and I'll need to keep that commute under a few minutes and will be playing industrial at top volume exactly half the time while demanding complete silence for the other half
I've been playing around with using php -a as a repl for testing some php clients.
The one downside I'm running into is that it isn't possible to hot-reload a class once it's defined. So if I find that I need to make a change in a class that was already loaded, I need to exit the interactive shell and start over... loosing any state that I might have already built up.
I had the same thing happen this last quarter with my zazen. I set a goal to meditate for an hour every day. I usually do 20 minutes.
At 20 minutes, I never miss a day.
With an hour goal, I missed days all the time because I couldn't find an entire hour to spare in the day.
The psychology of goals seems interesting.
Like I got a pedometer several years back and I set my initial goal at 10,000 steps a day. Which I never accomplished. I would look at my pedometer, see that I had done only 5,000 steps and decide it would be too much effort to get the other 5k.
So I set my goal at 7,000. Slightly above what I'd do without any effort. Then I started averaging 15,000 steps a day because I'd look at the pedometer -- see that I was just short for the day, set out get those last few steps... and then just keep going.
periodic reminder that YYYY-MM-DD is the only acceptable way to write dates
The rare woolly mountain hacker
Reluctant software engineer
One eye always on the road
With dreams of escape
to the dirt bag again
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.