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If you read and enjoy my travel posts through my website or Mastodon* and you are planning to travel to somewhere I've been and you can't afford an actual travel agent and you find travel planning too stressful or time consuming to fit into your life, I would be delighted to share advice.

My specialties are land and sea (not air) transit, especially long distance European buses, and finding vegan food. I'm happy to also help with general stuff to do, and even more in-depth help with planning and realistic budgeting if you want because I actually love wasting away hours and days researching travel stuff.

*or a feed reader you built yourself or another decentralised service

Make more use of WebRTC, Avoid intercontinental tech conferences! A study on the environmental impact of scientific conferences. Behind a paywall but available elsewhere open

food (vegan) 

spend far too long debugging pubrules, ready to burn it and respec to the ground, realise I was validating the wrong URL path.

just spec editing life. sigh.

Hello world, my [temp] phone [that I've been using for a year] got a bad update and I had to factory reset it. I can't set Signal and other messaging apps back up with the Greek number I was using for them, if you have that, because it won't get phone reception outside of Greece.

Relatedly, I haven't had access to the installation of Signal (desktop) that used my UK number for the last month. If you sent me any Signal messages to the UK number in the past month, I have not read them. I thought I'd be able to port it to my new desktop, but the FP1 is now so old Signal won't update on it, so I couldn't.

So if you need my new (Spanish) number for Signal (etc) contact, and I don't send it to you in the next couple of hours, do ping me.

As always, IRC and email are more reliable ways to contact me than anything involving a phone number.

Week in review: 26 Aug - 1 Sept. Cafeworking and eating in Plovdiv, plus hills #3 and #4. Plovdiv -> [7 hour delay] -> Vienna -> Prague.

Buddhist email server that gets rid of all attachments

demos, knocking it out of the park just like last time. Almost making me think this stuff might be going somewhere :)

veg*ns: I will be going for alternative vegan-friendly dinners every night this week. Anyone who wants to be looped in, send me a message!

and the flixbus app insists I arrived on time

On the way to from Bulgaria, my bus got stuck at the Serbia-Hungary border for SEVEN HOURS, so I missed the entire pre-RWOT meetup in Vienna *and* my train to Prague. And I have no food and a headache. And I'm still in Hungary.

I was all set to repair my Fairphone 1 (First Edition) in September when I can get a replacement motherboard and battery, but I just resuscitated it to check some things and it turns out latest Signal update is not compatible with Android 4.2.2 any more :(

I miss having duel SIM and a back that opens, but is it worth fixing it if I can't use Signal? The Fairphone 3 is so big and I don't think I really want one, yet at least. Grumble.

I know Signal is notoriously bad at being available on open OSs, anyone know any that will support it that will work on the ..?

me: after taking organic chemistry, I have a fear of hydroxyl groups

my therapist: oh


Travis just emailing me over and over again that things are broken is really starting to sum up my afternoon.

Every couple of hours my boiler makes a sound like a stadium full of people cheering.

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