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.

  • It was probably the warmest spot in the house.

    2018-05-17T14:03:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    To make up for letting Awkwardly crash for almost a week, here's a photo of Awkwardly's mascot Atticus blithely preventing me from getting another slice of pizza.

    He's in charge of your diet!!

    JanKusanagi at 2018-05-17T15:34:39Z

  • Whoops! Sorry for the downtime

    2018-05-17T13:57:49Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I just realized that Awkwardly Social has been down for six and a half days!

    I have third party notifications from servercheck.in but this one got lost in my pile of email until this morning when I was cleaning out my inbox.

    I know there are a few users on Awkwardly who aren't me. Really really sorry for the inconvenience. I hope I didn't scare you too much.

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    JanKusanagi at 2018-05-17T13:59:23Z

    ah, I see this came back not long ago. thanks for the fix!

    McClane at 2018-05-17T15:21:18Z

  • Climbing

    2018-05-03T17:27:00Z via Awkwardly Social Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Any screen door is like Atticus's own private climbing wall.


    JanKusanagi at 2018-05-10T00:45:20Z

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  • 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".

    clacke@libranet.de ❌ 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

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  • 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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