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I don't know what I am, but I'm here.

I write a lot about feelings (especially grief) and dissolving the plutonomy. I code; I record original music; I build shelves; I pull out wisteria; I parent; I friend.

In suspended transition from 2000-2016, struggling towards transgirl since then.

Art people of Mastodon: any recommendations for books or other resources on learning color theory? Boosts extremely welcome

I need to put a message about this on our signup page (which means I need to figure out how to do that), but I thought I'd mention it:

Microsoft's servers almost always reject our mail, and there is no clear process for resolving this. We recently went to the trouble of setting up DMARC (which I still find baffling), but apparently they're still blocking us. I set up SPF years ago, too.

Microsoft's email services include, and apparently even some university systems (an email recently sent to showed that it was handled by a couple of subdomains of -- claiming that had been delivered, but probably to a spam folder).

(Also, just... don't use Microsoft products if you can avoid it.)

Moog Opus 3, digitally enhanced

purchased new in early 1982 or so; now very dusty and mildewy and in need of some TLC

So, upcoming dental expenses have combined with a reduction in income to create a looming fiscal crisis here at Hypertwin Manor -- so I thought I'd better do one of these:

Boosts welcome.:boost_ok:


I'll code up a progressive web app in Amazon S3, see if I can PhotoShop the central RAM hub...

Well, this is neat: horror host Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has been an LGBTQ+ icon for years, but she just came out and revealed that she's been in a same-sex relationship for almost 20 years:

Nominee for the 2021 Buggy Awards, in the Most Useless Error Message category:

Nextcloud, for:

Failed/pending restart (211)

Critics had this to say:

"Restart what? How? Can I tap this thing to retry? [taptaptap] Apparently not." -- Peggy Kass, Aquarian Weekly

"So what am I supposed to restart, and since it's Nextcloud at both ends, why can't it do that automatically?" -- Tom Poston, The New York Times

"Like so many user interfaces I can't understand, Nextcloud left my fingers tapping for more!" -- Kitty Carlisle, Easy Coder

Ladies, gentlemen, and other genders, please remain perfectly still! The software you are using is not written by satanists, sent to lure you into attempting things you already know won't work! ...well, okay, actually it is.

(apologies to TMBG. I'm sorrynotsorry.)

Someone needs to file a ticket to have the "no content description for the visually impaired" notice not pop up when the upload is, you know, an audio file. (minor)

While looking for something mostly unrelated, I came across some old recordings of mine that @Harena had stashed on a hard drive which was backed up on another hard drive.

I think the emotional distance from the headspace I was in at the time has helped me appreciate them a bit more.

This one was recorded on an actual grand piano (but with a tape pre-echo effect) at Guilford College, sometime during the 1982-3 school year.

just .gitignore me and my file-exclusionism... 

Okay, what the heck am I doing wrong?

I've tried:


(3rd one is almost exactly an example from the official docs)

...and yet the folder named "local" is still being included in the commit.

Is this messed up or is it just my brain overlooking something blindingly obvious (yet again)...

Also, I would like to see step-through debugging of every configuration file. Do you think your associates could arrange that for me, Mister Morden.

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Web server configuration question -- this has to do with stuff that happens at config time, i.e. when the server reads the config files. For Apache, this happens when you do service apache2 restart or apachectl configtest.

I would like to check for the existence of a file without actually including it. There should be an error identifying the file if it isn't found.

Does either Apache or Nginx support such a thing?

I wonder how many educators are on here.

There were thriving communities of educators on Tumblr and Twitter, but Tumblr's went to heck after moderated hashtags went away and Twitter is ... Twitter.

The fediverse has, but that's more of an instance for college/university level academics. I'd like to connect with other K-12 educators.

TIL: Ubuntu (or maybe Debian) keeps all of /etc/ in a local Git repository -- presumably so that it can merge changes from upstream without overwriting local changes.

Apparently everyone is ok with the fact that the supposedly-open C++ standard is behind a $175 paywall?

Submission for the second fedi MD mixtape are open!

Future mixtapes might have more defined themes (non-english songs, music from fedi artists…), but as I’m still trying to figure out organization, for now, anything goes! Feel free to submit any song you like using this form:

I’m looking to get 74 minutes of music on this disc! I’ll close the form when I get enough submissions.

Note that mutuals will get prioritized, stay tuned for when I announced the final playlist!

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