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Time to myself here at h-town.

I'm a with more decades in service than I care to think about. I'm a Unix guy who deals with Linux when I have to.

I am heavily into musical theatre ( ) but don't act/perform. I mostly do lighting - most recently as Master SpotOp for Seattle Musical Theatre.

I love to cook, mostly baked goods and meat proteins.

I'm gay, single, and live in Seattle.

I generally won't accept follow requests from blank profiles.

Any other questions? Just ask.

For the record, while I have had significant involvement with previous LISA conferences (including chairing one) I have no involvement with the creation/presentation/organization/planning or any other function of this year's conference.

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Hey types, the Call for Participation (CfP) has been published.

"LISA is a gathering of engineers who care deeply about all aspects of systems including design, development, optimization, and security. Our purpose is to be inclusive as we bring together ideas representative of our diverse community, whether its members are focusing on a global scale, launching new products or ideas, or pivoting their approach to united software and systems engineering. LISA challenges both those new to the profession as well as those who have been involved in the profession for years. The conference culture is built upon respectful collaboration amongst all participants through critical thought, deep technical insights, continuous improvement, and innovation.

Today’s systems engineers design, develop, and run more complex, optimized, and distributed systems at all levels of scale. LISA wants to help you share your stories and experience, and is soliciting proposals that demonstrate the present and future of computer systems engineering in all of its forms. Submissions should inspire and motivate attendees toward action that improves their day-to-day work, as well as the tech industry as a whole.

View the CFP for more information, including suggested talk topics."


About LISA21:

Food, disappointment 

For dinner this evening I decided to try to make a shrimp dish that my then boyfriend taught me to make many years ago, before he returned to Taiwan.

When I say taught me I mean he told me a recipe and I watched him make it a couple of times. I've never been incredibly successful making it. Tonight was no exception.

It was edible, but his was so much better.


Aww yeah, that's what I'm talkin'bout.


Gluten-free pasta *not* for vegetarians.

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Trivial Hill
A game of hotly contested strong opinions about otherwise insignificant matters.

Hat-tip to @c0debabe for the term "trivial hill"

Finally remembered to order more Russian Caravan (or, as they call it Russian Country) from Harney & Sons. I frequently use it for making tea eggs even more interesting.

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re: instacart, union busting 

I'm seeing reports that you cannot cancel instacart from your account settings but that you definitely can via their live chat support.

make sure you tell their trashy asses exactly why you're cancelling (without shitting directly on the customer service rep).

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Ignoring the year 0 controversy...

Happy 21st day of the 21st Year of the 21st Century.

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PSA: if you want people to accept follow request, add some information to your bio.

us politics 

Take time, breathe, collect yourself. Feel the tension in your muscles dissipate a bit.

Tomorrow, tomorrow we can start worrying about stopping the next one, for they will be much more subtle, much harder to spot, but they will surely come.

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debunking some recent "news" about Parler in the west 

You may be seeing headlines that say shit like "Parler is back thanks to this Russian company" or it may be more explicitly russophobic and just say "by Kremlin-linked company" etc.

Fact check: Here's what is actually going on now.
1. Parler has a landing page back up, not their social service.
2. A company called DDOSGuard (which is physically located in Russia, but provides services to anyone with money including many fascists) starts providing them a DDOS protection service (not actually hosting the site, but hiding their ip and taking the bulk of network attacks aimed at them).
3. Western media is more upset that they are Russian than the fact that they are aiding fascists.

Anglosphere journalism sees the word Russia in 2021 and still can't help but start foaming at the mouth and start accusing everything of being a Russian conspiracy. Because they can't conceptualize white supremacy as being a real inside threat to their society, despite their society being steeped in it.

fuck DDOS-Guard but because they provide services to fascists, not because they're ethnically fucking Russian ffs

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"please disable your content/ad blocker" is asking someone to make an exception to their security posture for your site to work. It's not better than "please disable your AV software"

As a rule, that's a terribly rude and foolish request, and you should be ashamed. If there's a genuinely good reason why you'd ask a user to take risks to view your content, you should be very clear about what that reason is — and "it doesn't work otherwise" is not clear

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Sea shanty, #covid 

The absolute best written this decade! " on YouTube

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when people in your life tell you they would prefer you use a different pronoun for them;
instead of complaining, protesting, and making excuses for why it's too hard for you to do, why not try being like these kids?

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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.