Mr Derek was on my lap, and Ms Elisa really wanted in, so she climbed onto my shoulder.

My cat is acting like a dragon, sleeping on a hoard of cables and notebooks

I'm looking at how the feed reader I've been using (Liferea) interprets the Mastodon feed in Atom format, and it's kinda wonky. CW'd stuff in particular just says, "Filed under nsfw", but doesn't show the content warning, although that text is actually present in the feed. (This screenshot has nothing in it that should bother anyone, but the original post was about technical details and CW'd to keep it out of people's way.)

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The new stickers for @sphakos' diversity and inclusion consulting look so great! This otter is just adorable.

He's apparently pretty happy being a shoulder cat. I took him off my shoulders and he immediately climbed back up and started purring again.

Best randomly-assigned car license plate I've seen in a while:

Switching my profile picture here to this sketch of me that Chuck Lukacs did a few years ago, which I really like!

Oh, and in case you've ever wondered why the things that protect your computer from attacks are called "firewalls", I explained in 1995: "I live in an old apartment building. On two of the three floors, there are thick, metal walls embedded in the normal walls that sense temperature changes that would indicate the presence of a fire. If the temperature rises to a certain point, they will snap shut, isolating the fire. These special walls are called firewalls."

That year I also reviewed "The Ultimate MS-DOS Book". "My first computer, a hard-driveless, bulky, slow TRS-80, didn't get a proper burial. We just stuffed it in a closet … My new computer was easily the most powerful one I had ever seen. It had a blindingly fast 386SX/15MHz processor with one whole megabyte of RAM and a whopping 40MB hard drive!" (Whoa there, young me, go easy on the sarcasm)

Haha! Photo evidence that 11-year-old me was a total geek: a book review I wrote for the Portland PC Users Group in exchange for getting to keep the book in question. Highlights include: "I was hoping to find a book about becoming an Internet Access Provider. … I had three problems installing LINUX … I was lucky in that the tech support person [at my CD-ROM drive's manufacturer] had used LINUX. I was unlucky in that, apparently, the only option was to get a new CD-ROM drive."

Why is there a prominent "microwave in use" sign on the entrance to this jury assembly room? I mean, there's wifi in there, which is technically microwave, and there's probably a microwave oven as well, but is this really one of the most important things to know before entering that room?

Here are hungry kitties! ok actually I took this picture a while ago, they are not hungry now, please don't hate me


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