hello, dear toot.cat people!
i’m raphael, and this is my #introductions toot over here. :)
i like a variety of things (python programming, rock climbing, puns, dark wave, drawing, archery, tea, cats, chocolate…), tend strongly towards the nerdy/shy, and am coming to this instance from mastodon.social.
hey y’all! <3
mild injury mention (+)
so a friend on a rock climbing discord has been bouldering mad hard the last 2 weeks, setting several new personal bests. now he has a hurting finger, can’t exactly pinpoint its source, and it mainly hurts in one of the more stable, less prone to overloading hold positions as opposed to the common risky ones.
that sounded vaguely familiar, so i went and looked up a passage in a book on climbing injuries, photographed the pages for him and asked if that helps.
dude went from not really knowing what went on to pinpointing the exact type of injury, plus best-likely course of rehab. the power of finding out the name of what plagues you is so strong, no wonder knowing a demon’s name is portrayed as the way to summon, control, or banish it.
australian bushfires, art
my friend made an amazing comic about the bush fires, in the vein of those thing-explanatory nonfiction comics:
this beginning-of-new-year kind of time makes it easy to get into a mood pondering the past and making up hopes for the future. therefore, here’s a thing i’d love to see in the web going forward:
less making websites like programs/applications as a default. don’t make things more complicated than they need to be. not everything needs to be real-time, dynamically generated, or fancied up to absurd degrees.
let’s focus on getting the basics right before thinking about tacking on more: make simple, semantically marked-up websites. make it play nice with screen readers etc.. be friendly to user-side restyling. don’t collect any data you don’t absolutely need (vanity statistics don’t count!). have an RSS feed. maybe offer a preferred way of being cited?
let’s become more distrustful of websites pretending to be more than websites.
hey y’all wise #fedi people, i’d appreciate your help/input.
i might have a need to host some #video in the near-ish future. what would you consider to be the best solution right now? #peertube, despite the mod tools debacle? archive.org? something else entirely? (for obvious reasons, i’d like very much to stay off google/youtube)
(this was about a video of a rock climbing/outdoor trade show, where rock shoe manufacturer tenaya had legendary rock climber chris sharma repping at their booth.
in a video interview for a gear shop, sharma stumbled through a couple of super unpractised gear-repping sentences with visible discomfort – ‘i used these shoes (initially points at wrong model). and these. and these are the new ones. they have a heel. and a toe.’ – before segueing into an extended ‘anyway, this is how my rock climbing goes, now that i’m a dad of two,’ how he cherishes time on the rock more now that he doesn’t get it at will, can’t just wait for the perfect conditions, etc.
rarely have i seen PR’s not-human talk performed in a way that showed how not-human it is.)
rock climbing gear, advertising
since i kinda naturally gravitate towards being a gearhead about the activities i’m interested in, i’ve been watching videos of website folks having manufacturers show off their new climbing shoes at trade shows for a while.
and continuously, one brand stuck out, and that was scarpa. every brand sends some PR rando to read down a feature list for the shoes, every so often it even seems like the dude doesn’t know anything about climbing. and scarpa always sends nathan hoette, right-hand-man and basically understudy of their rock shoe designer legend heinz mariacher.
and nathan goes ALL IN on contruction of shoes, details, reasoning, who this is for and why it’s built like it is. he drops more knowledge about shoes in an aside sentence than you get from all the other press release readers combined.
i wish it was more common to be profuse with actual information and cut down the fluff. but yeah, unlikely.
brag, academia, grades, wtf
i’m not sure i mentioned it on here, but due to a scheduling misunderstanding, i had to do my master’s thesis in a couple of weeks to finish before the deadline instead of getting the full 6 months. so, with a topic not particularly to my favour and too lttle time, i readjusted my expectations to focus more on passing/failing, not passing with a good grade.
according to my gutfeel, it went kinda meh. so i was happy when i got mail last week that i passed and can now fill out the paperwork for my certificate. i put off looking for the grade because i figured i reached my goal anyway, and my uni’s course/grades platform sucks.
but today i finally went looking, and i got a 1.3. (scale from 1.0 to 6.0, best to worst)
a) how that is even possible i have NO idea. i’d have been like ‘yeah, that checks out’ with a 3.1.
b) HOLY FUCKING SHIT YOU GUYS I GOT A 1.3! :O AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
wohoo, i finished my first sewing project! well, the sewing part, at least. :3 #diy
wholesome d&d thread on birdsite
aw, i love this: https://twitter.com/TabletopLoot/status/1203817349595435008
more sad star trek news
oh no, rené auberjonois died. :<
this entire culture of worshipping franchises and sequels is a cancer. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/12/firewatch-developers-next-game-on-hold-after-valve-acquisition/
re: rock climbing, death
free soloists are usually very astute in assessing risk. it’s most of the time not a dashing-daring-russian-roulette kind of activity. people train those routes excessively on the rope, being very exact about the ratio of moves that could easily go wrong, because the consequences are so high.
and yet two big shots of free soloing forego one of the simplest, most basic safety precautions that you get taught as practically the first thing in any climbing course.
re: rock climbing, death
i can’t help but notice the absurdity: gobright was mainly known as a stellar free soloist – climbing sports routes or even big walls completely without safety. free soloing, unsurprisingly, is known for a low life expectancy.
but gobright died while lowering with a climbing partner from a climbing pitch. they were on a rope threaded through an anchor, each lowering from one strand. (risky because when one person falls, they take the second with them!)
usually, you put a knot in the end of your climbing rope so you can’t rappell yourself off the end of the rope. they did not do that and they both fell when gobright lowered off the end of their rope. it’s the same mistake that lead to alex honnold, most noted of free soloists, injuring his ankle. no knot in the rope, his newbie climber girlfriend lowered him, and a couple of meters off the ground, the rope ran out.
rock climbing, death
aw fuck, brad gobright died. rest in peace you phenomenal space cadet. https://rockandice.com/climbing-news/brad-gobright-dies-in-accident-in-el-potrero-chico-mexico/
guess who got all fired up about a decorative idea for christmas cards when he saw black paper at the store and is now sitting at home with black paper without having realised that you can’t lightbox through it.
*sigh* out comes the white pencil for makeshift white tracing paper. #art #traditionalart
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