Splicer splicer@awkwardly.social

South Schodack NY USA

I blog at https://splicer.com/ and dream of the day when my blog and everyone else's will be federated.

  • Atticus earning his keep

    2017-11-22T18:53:44Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Once in a while he spends a little time as a lap cat

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  • MacOS Pumpa build

    2017-11-17T20:01:51Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Used the instructions at https://pumpa.branchable.com/install/ and https://github.com/pump-io/pump.io/wiki/HowTo-for-building-Pumpa-on-OS-X and got it to build with very few hiccups.

    First attempt to post with an image didn't go through, but I closed and reopened, and did a plain text test. This is a second test with an image; hopefully the first fail was a fluke.

    [Edit] Also testing edits (changed URLs to be links)

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    All good =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-17T20:18:09Z

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  • Test from Pumpa on MacOS

    2017-11-17T19:58:13Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The build process seems to have gone OK, but the first post (with a picture) that I sent doesn't seem to have been submitted. Trying a plain post, see how that goes.

    Looks like it went well =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-17T20:03:20Z

    Dianara attempt is next!

    Splicer at 2017-11-17T20:05:34Z


    It should be quite similar, except that you'll need to get and build QOAuth first.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-17T20:26:49Z

  • Mainstream media

    2017-11-15T20:46:46Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Pretty much every day:

    1. Wake up

    2. Read a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal

    3. Open Twitter

    4. See Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich claim that the story is being ignored by the mainstream media.

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  • RIP Techshop

    2017-11-15T19:52:30Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I wish this were a surprise. Even more I wish this were not true. TechShopSF will be missed https://makezine.com/2017/11/15/techshop-closes-doors-files-bankruptcy/ 

  • Lottery

    2017-11-15T18:42:55Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    It just occurred to me that I keep $1-$5 that I'd otherwise lose every time I'm in a place that sells lottery tickets and I don't buy any.

    So what they told us is a lie. You can win if you don't play.

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    My answer when somebody tells me "but you save 50% if you buy this thing now!" is "if I don't need it, I save 100% by not buying it at all".

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-11-16T02:47:35Z

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  • Pumpa

    2017-11-15T18:12:50Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Does Pumpa exist anymore? Asking for a friend.

    (Of course I am my friend.)

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    >> JanKusanagi:


    Merci beaucoup!

    Doesn't mean I won't keep trying to compile Dianara, but I only have Qt5 on the machine downstairs.

    Splicer at 2017-11-15T19:59:22Z

    If you mean you have some machines without Qt5, you can always build v1.3.7, the last one to support Qt4 =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-15T20:10:46Z

    >> JanKusanagi:

    “If you mean you have some machines without Qt5, you can always build v1.3.7, the last one to support Qt4 =)”

    The machine downstairs is where I have Qt Creator installed.

    Splicer at 2017-11-15T21:07:40Z

  • Social Monkeys

    2017-11-15T18:03:05Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Sometimes I think about finding the source for the iOS pump.io app Social Monkeys and trying to make it build so it will run again.

    But then I think about what a PITA it is to set up local app installation for iOS, and the aggravation of using XCode for... y'know, anything at all, and the open question of whether I need to pay Apple in order to tinker.

    And then I get a little courage and go looking for the source anyhow. Looks like Social Monkeys was never F/LOSS anyway. Oh well.

  • This status has a title

    2017-11-15T17:53:26Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    I assume that there is some discussion somewhere about the pros and cons of including titles in pump.io's web client, and the decision not to include them in the web client. I've sort of been convinced that titles are a good thing, and I don't like posting status updates without titles.

    Now, I don't want to just whinge about how inconvenient stuff that other people built for me is, but I will anyway because it isn't just a question of how lazy I am. It's a question of enticing other people to adopt federated social media as a real alternative to, you know, silos. This is a totally Stevecentric perspective, but I believe that the obstacles I encounter are obstacles other people encounter. While I am motivated to push past those obstacles, long experience shows that removing obstacles is what gets things used. This really shouldn't be controversial.

    Oh well. Do I have a point? Not really. I just feel sad and tired whenever I realize that I've tweeted a bajillion times in the last month and haven't done squat here in the pumpiverse so then I think about posting and... oh dear, do I really want to spin up the VM with Linux on it?

    I'm seeing how little tolerance I have for even minor inconveniences and despairing of the prospects of success convincing other people to overcome what might be a bigger inconvenience for them than for me. (I mean, how many of my non-developer friends run VMs?)

    If the VM is to run one of the desktop clients, you could try to build them for your OS of choice.

    Both will probably work, and other people could benefit from your work.

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-15T19:58:12Z

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    As for the "wanting to post with titles from the web UI", I imagine you know that if your post is a "Picture", you can add a title.

    Other than that, there was some discussion about this, and while some were against having "note" object with a title field, there was talk about allowing a different kind of post (say "article", which is another supported type of object) with title field and more.

    The issue tracker and the XMPP/IRC rooms are your friends. Come voice your opinions =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-11-15T20:16:37Z

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  • Burn

    2017-10-25T22:32:40Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    got a good burn on 

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    Burning brush in the yard. Technically it's a fire department drill, but it's a bunch of small branch-ends from trees that came down last year.

    Splicer at 2017-10-25T23:48:35Z

  • The fire brigade is here

    2017-10-25T21:47:37Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Showed up before the fire even started! 

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  • Blockchain project

    2017-10-25T20:33:28Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Project on kindle and tinder.

    The Real Block and Chain™

    JanKusanagi at 2017-10-25T20:36:18Z

  • Is there life after snowflake?

    2017-09-28T17:31:14Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    This is a doozy for me. Hopefully someday I can title this How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Abundance.


  • Walkaway

    2017-09-27T16:19:29Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    There's something very wrong when the idea of a post-scarcity world gives me panic attacks instead of hope.

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  • Pretty and red

    2017-09-26T20:10:13Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    Montblanc Marilyn Monroe looks like my Omas Emotica:


    Pretty and red. Don't think I want to pay for it. And the nib really should be platinum if it's an homage to Marilyn.

  • Rockin' it old school

    2017-09-26T19:20:04Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Literally. Phone charging so it can't be carried around. 11 year old music player works great. 

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    I have an older (and probably way cheaper) player I still carry around sometimes.

    Using the phone for music is not for me =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-26T20:40:12Z

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    >> JanKusanagi:

    “Using the phone for music is not for me =)”

    I paid what seems like a lot of money to me to have a phone with enough storage that I could fit my music library on it. I justified it because having bought it without a carrier subsidy I didn't get locked into a contract. Almost US$1000 up front for the phone, but my wireless bill went from $100/month to about $12-20/month. So even with the pricey phone going no-contract paid for that phone in the first year. I've had it two and a half.

    Anyway, I almost never actually have phone calls. Basically what I call my "phone" is my music player that also has messaging, email, and other apps and which can make a phone call if I need it.

    Splicer at 2017-09-27T00:15:53Z

  • Adventures in looking over the shoulders of contractors

    2017-09-26T15:15:39Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    What kind of chucklehead reads server error logs with vi?

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  • Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were the original TV SJWs

    2017-09-25T01:13:51Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Anyone who complains about Star Trek pushing a social agenda can shove a photon torpedo up their alt-starboard nacelle.


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    >> JanKusanagi:

    “They're really saying this kind of thing about Discovery, as opposed to the previous shows? xD

    One has to wonder which Star Trek did they watch before xD”

    Maybe the JJ Abrams movies.

    Splicer at 2017-09-25T01:41:54Z

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    » Splicer:

    “Maybe the JJ Abrams movies.”

    That was my guess too =)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-25T01:46:58Z

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    You mean the JJ Abrams movies that have mixed-race alien first officer, take-no-shit African communications officer, Asian navigator who is gay, Russian helmsman, incredibly brave captain of the first ship we see is Indian? Kirk's mentor is in a wheelchair at the end of the movie? I saw some diversity in at least the first one....

    Euthymia at 2017-09-25T04:10:37Z

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    >> Euthymia:

    “I saw some diversity in at least the first one....”

    Yeah, that one. So yes, you have that diversity in the crew, although today's standards are not really the same as they were in the 60s, so having one woman with a speaking role doesn't seem quite as progressive as it might have then.

    But the plots haven't had any social commentary to speak of. There's been no "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" (terrifying title considering the ending). All other Star Treks have had aesops about our present world at the front and center. I think your favorite is Undiscovered Country. That's all end-of-the-cold-war stuff.

    Splicer at 2017-09-25T04:18:37Z

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  • Pump as a comment system?

    2017-09-21T00:39:58Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    This is a half-baked idea that's been bouncing around in my mind for some time. Folks here in the pumpiverse may be able to tell me whether it's worth baking.

    My thought is to use pump as a plug-in comment system for some blogging CMS like Ghost or Wordpress, where a site admin would have to add a bit of javascript to their site and folks could reply to those posts as though they were replying to a post on someone's pump instance. This would make it a federated/free alternative to systems like Disqus

    Like I said, half-baked idea. I keep running into my own ignorance when I think about it, which means I should be learning more. I guess this would mean making the site with the CMS run its own pump node, right? Or perhaps it could piggyback on some other pump's node. Maybe automatically posting with one account and keeping track of the responses to that account.

    The next thing that occurs to me is the problem I've encountered being unable to reply to a notice that existed before I followed the poster of the notice. I can reply to anything that user posts afterward, but not the notice that called my attention to that user in the first place. Is that still a real thing? I can see how that would be a monkey wrench.

    Maybe I'm trying to shoehorn something I oughtn't into a space it won't fit. Just mean to toss it out there as to whether it's worth pursuing.

    PS of course having some kind of decentralized federated comment system would be rad. Broadly I don't have any doubt that it's a goal worth pursuing.

    PPS and also this raises the question: why not just blog with Pump? Well, slug URLs for one. Also not sure how annoying a bunch of 30-paragraph essays would be in people's activity stream. It's not a bad proposition; just something I'm not totally sure meets my use case.

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    You are not the first to think it, but nobody has done it well yet, with OStatus or with Pump. There was a WordPress plugin for OStatus, but I think it was very rudimentary.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-09-21T12:35:58Z

    It's definitely a thing that should fit.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-09-21T12:36:19Z

    I think it's definitely doable, since Pump.io allows "remote login", and has a pretty good API. But of course, this would require work on the blog side.

    We can look at OpenFarmGame as an example of something that's not really a Pump client in the traditional sense, and uses your Pump.io account from your server to login to the game. And it's a web app, meaning that this fits the website usercase, not just desktop or mobile clients =)

    » Splicer:

    “[...] he problem I've encountered being unable to reply to a notice that existed before I followed the poster of the notice. [...]”

    That still happens, AFAIK, but I should point out that the problem only happens if nobody on your server followed that user yet, not you personally.

    So, if userFrom2016@datamost.com follows you, newUserSept2017@datamost.com who just registered right now, will be able to comment on most of your previous posts.

    This is obviously a much bigger problem if you're the only user on your server, of course (for the reverse case) xD

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-21T13:17:44Z

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    Mastodon has several mitigations for this and neighboring issues:

    • Fetches parents of posts that you read
    • Allows you to search for a post URL and tries to fetch that post if it doesn't have it
    • Goes out and fetches the latest bunch of posts from an account when you start following it

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2017-09-21T23:58:02Z

  • Six hours with iOS 11

    2017-09-20T01:20:05Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    New post on Monochromatic Outlook: https://splicer.com/2017/09/19/six-hours-ios-11 

    (No, those images weren't that much trouble. Not really sure they helped the post much either. Oh well.)