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Today, we honor Sandy, the most curious guinea pig I knew, my closest friend for many, many years. She passed away early this morning, circling around once to check on the other pigs, then nestling herself into her favorite little spot one last time.

I’ll always miss the way you’d try and figure out anything. The way you notice everyone coming and demand to boop their nose. The way you’d always remind me that my left shoulder will always be your perch.

Sleep well, my beloved piggie.

Quote from a CSci professor 

Paraphrased: "Here's how to make a constant in C++:
const int FUN=5;
and you'll notice I made it all uppercase because that's how you define a constant"

>.< um, no? It's canonical and tradition, but the C compiler doesn't care about capitalization

It's funny to think that I still call myself a recording musician.

I hardly ever record myself now - that's been one of the pitfalls of daily-driving Linux. I can't run Ableton Live. I have a solution that involves netjack and a Windows 10 KVM virtual machine...but I end up troubleshooting more than musicmaking...

re: Late night bass thoughts 

Oh yeah - and on-the-fly technique switching! I ended up:
- composing a new bassline based around picked bass
- arranging versions of that with pure fingerstyle and fingers+thumbstrumming
- finding out that my Jazz bass' bridge pickup has the perfect gap to hold a pick
- practicing on-the-fly technique switching whenever I dropped a pick :)

Always good to know how you can achieve the same sound (or a good stand-in) when your main technique fails. (Dropped pick, tired fingers...)

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Late night bass thoughts 

So I heard Ariana Masters' "Summertime" (youtu.be/uma9Qr5Ob-A?t=2045) a lil' while back and thought "this could use a little more dynamic bass than it has..."

I've unintentionally discovered that it's actually a great song to practice different techniques on :) I've been mostly a fingerstyle bassist before now, but this has been an excuse to practice good left-hand muting, which enables some wacky right-hand work using either a pick or a kinda double-thumb tech borrowed from slap bass.

Today, we honor Sandy, the most curious guinea pig I knew, my closest friend for many, many years. She passed away early this morning, circling around once to check on the other pigs, then nestling herself into her favorite little spot one last time.

I’ll always miss the way you’d try and figure out anything. The way you notice everyone coming and demand to boop their nose. The way you’d always remind me that my left shoulder will always be your perch.

Sleep well, my beloved piggie.

I'm writing an infopage/blagpost about my machines (and the stories behind their hostnames), and a funny one came to mind... 

In the repair shop today, someone recycled a decently powerful HP laptop for some reason. It works, mostly - just a bad battery. Before I had the chance to start refurbishing it, though, my coworker Kevin began bouncing parts off it into the e-waste bin to its left. Thus, today it was christened `backboard` :)

Vaguely real 🦋 

You know you’re captivated when you’re sat up in bed with a headache from the headphones...and yet still you go onward for the sake of a photographer’s story and her butterfly-haired best friend.

Title works best on iOS.

Bah, I should not lie awake in the ridiculous hours of the morning playing Life is Strange. Then again, the beautiful storytelling compels me.

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last time my learning project was basically a compiler, which I have never attempted before or since
not the fairest choice

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Fun fact: my buildserver/public dev VM that's shared with a few friends is named after someone I met in uni orientation. She needed a server environment to run some OpenCV stuff in...and never used their VM I set up for her. Ah well, hopefully she got it running locally.

So yeah, thanks Elsa! ~

Apparently I was not following @monorail. My timeline would not be complete without the full fedi Holly crew ~

You should go follow Holly, by the way ;)

cw takes part 3/2: an example. 

Let's say I scroll through a feed of friendlier cws.
"I took a selfo in a tree today."
"Life's livid parts."
"This might turn out delicious..."

In "content-warning" style, which IMO tends to make the feed feel like a minefield rather than something pleasurable to read:
"cw: selfie, ec"
"cw: mh (-)"
"cw: food, meat"

I'm obviously blowing things out of proportion a bit, but fedi's more fun when it doesn't feel like every toot has a giant "STAY AWAY" warning on it. :)

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blog about leaving a foss org 

so I wasn't really sure how to cw this one cuz there's a lot of toxicity I address here
but I also think because of that toxicity y'all will be interested in it as like. war stories from inside a semi-private software community
take as you will
heyquark.com/brew/2020/07/13/l

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(2/2) The downside. 

Of course, the flipside is poor machine-readability. For that, fedi needs a proper solution. Tumblr actually had a good solution with blacklisting tags.

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An interesting take on content warnings. 

On fedi platforms, at their core, content warnings are no different than adding a topic/title to a post, or a subject line to an e-mail. Thus, I've found that writing content warnings as succinct, descriptive, casual-glance-friendly titles is much more elegant than writing in ominous "content-warning" style.

For example, this toot might've been "cw: cws, meta." Really, it's not a warning: it's a friendly description of what's inside, should you want to read it.

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having just been to the zoo I have some conclusions to share with y'all
elephants: cute
otters: cute

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Life’s livid parts. 

Today, I discovered that, while I was away, my former roommate sublet his bedroom of my apartment to a stranger. I walked in to collect my test tools for work. Instead, I found a stranger cooking food with my tools, rewiring my media center, rearranging my belongings to his desires, and doing all this with electricity on my dime. (How could I split utility bills with someone I did not even know I lived with?)

Put simply, I am livid, and I must think before seeking recourse.

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