20 votes

What are you doing this weekend?

Even if you don't have any plans for the weekend, and just want to talk about how you are doing, this is a good place to do that too.

You can find last week's topic here.

So, Tildruids, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

43 comments

  1. [2]
    Gaywallet Link
    Rave today, dinner/drinks tomorrow (or maybe breakfast Sunday if I'm extra tired), board games on Sunday. Burgers and beers on Monday... almost forgot it was a holiday.

    Rave today, dinner/drinks tomorrow (or maybe breakfast Sunday if I'm extra tired), board games on Sunday. Burgers and beers on Monday... almost forgot it was a holiday.

    7 votes
    1. hungariantoast Link Parent
      Ha, I did forget it was a holiday. I guess I better start making plans!

      Ha, I did forget it was a holiday. I guess I better start making plans!

      5 votes
  2. [5]
    krg Link
    I'm gonna try to read a bunch. I want to try my hand at oil painting portraits, so maybe I'll go to the art store and pick up some paint and a couple of little pre-made canvases. But, also, I...

    I'm gonna try to read a bunch. I want to try my hand at oil painting portraits, so maybe I'll go to the art store and pick up some paint and a couple of little pre-made canvases. But, also, I don't want to spend money. The inner conflict continues...

    7 votes
    1. euphoria066 Link Parent
      I always have this idea in the back of my head, that I'd love to start like, an Art SuppLybrary. I have literally (not literally) every art supply a person could want for any hobby or art they'd...

      I always have this idea in the back of my head, that I'd love to start like, an Art SuppLybrary. I have literally (not literally) every art supply a person could want for any hobby or art they'd like to try - I did a bachelors in art, which involves a bunch of "trying things out" and I still use barely any of them, and I'm obsessed with art supplies. Oil paints are expensive and go a long way, it would be neat to be able to try things like that out without spending a ton of money.

      5 votes
    2. [3]
      Dovey Link Parent
      I recently bought some cheap acrylic paints and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. Go for it! I will paint something if you will.

      I recently bought some cheap acrylic paints and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. Go for it! I will paint something if you will.

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        krg Link Parent
        Never wait for inspiration! Just work! To quote Corita Kent, "The only rule is work.". Better get started. I plan to buy supplies today. ;)

        Never wait for inspiration! Just work! To quote Corita Kent, "The only rule is work.".

        Better get started. I plan to buy supplies today. ;)

        5 votes
        1. Dovey Link Parent
          Oh boy. Let me see if I still have those small canvases around.

          Oh boy. Let me see if I still have those small canvases around.

          3 votes
  3. [4]
    hungariantoast Link
    This weekend I'm going to be playing around with Taskwarrior. I'll be going back to school in about a week and I'd like to have a new workflow set up for identifying and squashing my workload....

    This weekend I'm going to be playing around with Taskwarrior. I'll be going back to school in about a week and I'd like to have a new workflow set up for identifying and squashing my workload. Taskwarrior is a very old, stable, and mature program, and I can host my tasks on a server to access them on just about any device, version control them remotely to a service like GitLab, or even just sync them between computers using Syncthing.

    I thought about using other task management systems, like Todo.txt, but they don't have nice calendars, or pretty graphs built in. Plus, while Todo.txt and Taskwarrior both work from the terminal, they both also support using text editors to add, update, or delete tasks.

    That's actually about it, really, except for the obligatory OSM stuff down below. Next weekend I'll be taking care of my mother's cat while my parents are off in Las Vegas, and I've been riding my bike more, familiarizing my route to school. Depending on how far I get with Taskwarrior, I might also check out some curses based interfaces for the program like tasknc or VIT. (Or maybe even write my own?)

    Finally, this weekend I'll be doing some editing on OpenStreetMap. A recent contributor from Germany has been helping his friend in North Carolina map the area of Hubert, NC, but as you might be able to tell if you zoom in and out on the town, the land areas they've mapped are not rendering properly. This stuff is a little bit above my head, but I'm going to take a look at what could be causing it. There's some old imported data that overlaps the new woods, wetlands, and other features that the mappers added recently, and I'm pretty sure they are conflicting somehow. Worst case scenario it's an actual bug in the renderer, but I seriously doubt it. If sorting that issue out doesn't take too long, I'll be working on points of interest around Greater Houston. There are far too many businesses and places that are unmapped so I'll be adding nodes (points) for them and will later go back and trace out the actual buildings those POIs belong to.

    6 votes
    1. [3]
      cadadr Link Parent
      Have you ever considered Org mode? Mobile is a problem but currently I have a nice workflow with two Orgzly widgets now, where I am replicating my bullet journal ways. If you want, I can expand on...

      Have you ever considered Org mode? Mobile is a problem but currently I have a nice workflow with two Orgzly widgets now, where I am replicating my bullet journal ways. If you want, I can expand on the details later when I get on my computer.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        hungariantoast Link Parent
        Actually, Org is the reason I picked up Emacs. I was looking for a better way to manage notes and todos. Sadly, I've pretty much fallen off the wagon with using the program. I found myself...

        Actually, Org is the reason I picked up Emacs. I was looking for a better way to manage notes and todos. Sadly, I've pretty much fallen off the wagon with using the program. I found myself somewhat overwhelmed when I was trying to dive into it as an editor and tool.

        I'm going to return to learning Emacs soonish. For a long time now I've been learning how to use Vim because it was, for me, simpler and easier to transfer to from Visual Studio Code, but I'm pretty close to feeling 100% comfortable with Vim, which means I'm almost ready to move on to Emacs, which is where I'm sure I'll stay in the end (maybe with Vim bindings though).

        As for Org itself, I'll return to that too, eventually. It really is amazing what's possible with it and as much as I like Taskwarrior's features and graphs, I could imagine rolling my own stuff using data from Org.

        As far as the details for your workflow, I'd love to hear it. I'm always eager to find improvements and changes I can make to the way I manage the things I need to do.

        2 votes
        1. cadadr (edited ) Link Parent
          First of all, I watched a video about Taskwarrior, and obviously it is a quite powerful and capable system. And if it has a perfect mobile companion app, that is not the forte of Org mode yet:...

          First of all, I watched a video about Taskwarrior, and obviously it is a quite powerful and capable system. And if it has a perfect mobile companion app, that is not the forte of Org mode yet: Orgzly is great, and it getting there, but the emphasis is on the -ing. Still, tho, it does help me reproduce the most important part of my Org workflow on mobile. Also, the Unix environment is a great productive environment once you pin down a few key parts. Personally, I am sticking to Emacs because writing Elisp to extend it and write little bits of functions for my mundane tasks (e.g. I have a git commit message writer that fills parts of commit messages using some simple heuristics). But all of that is doable with Unix too, and if you can do it, vim is the best editor out there. For vim, this is, if not the bible, the best leaflet out there. After reading this, I used plain old vi productively, let alone vim.

          My Org setup is a port of my Bullet Journal workflow. The idea is that I have various kinds of things to manage: projects, that take a long time to complete and are composed of many steps; tasks, that are one-off tasks, like update cv, buy milk, etc. (tho I don't use org for stuff that mundane like shopping lists); recurring tasks, stuff that repeats, like posting the threads over at ~books, building emacs (I follow master); agenda, stuff that has a specific date, like appointments; payments, that have due dates; and lists, like long term shopping lists or lists of books. The knowledge of these categories comes from trying various systems to manage this information. And in the end I've come back to org mode to use a file, planner.org, that when collapsed looks like this:

          # -*- org-log-into-drawer: "log"; org-clock-into-drawer: "log"; -*-
          #+title: Planner
          #+todo: TODO(t!) CURRENT(c!) PAUSE(p@) | DONE(d!) CANCEL(x@)
          
          * howto
          * Tasks :tasks:
          * Recurring tasks
          * Agenda
          * Payments
          * Finance
          * Books [13%] [33/248]
          * Shopping [0/7]
          * Readings [0/3]
          

          So, here,

          • howto is instructions on how to use the setup
          • Tasks contain my tasks and projects (which are represented as tasks),
            • here, tasks are TODO items, if I am working on a task, it is changed to CURRENT, if it is to be hidden until later, it is set to PAUSE and always scheduled to appear for when I plan to check back on it
          • Recurring tasks contains TODO items with recurring timestamps (e.g. <2019-06-07 Cum +2w>), Org handles recurring them
          • Stuff in Agenda are TODO items that are either scheduled for some date or have a deadline on some date, here you find appointments, events, and long term stuff like exhibitions
          • Payments has TODO items with deadlines, and is specifically for bills and other recurring payments
          • Finance contains an Org mode table that contains a list of transactions to and from my bank account, and can calculate a sum
            • Tho I’ll switch to something like ledger for this
          • The rest are checkbox lists of stuff; Shopping has long term items like "buy a new phone" or "get an e-bike", Readings has "bible" and "Art through the ages" in it, which have been lingering for quite some while sadly

          This is combined with a custom agenda that is set up like this

          (setf
           org-agenda-custom-commands
           '(("p" "Planner"
              ((todo    "CURRENT" ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                                   (org-agenda-overriding-header "* Current tasks")))
          
               (agenda  ""        ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                                   (org-agenda-span 'day)
                                   (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* Agenda")
                                   (org-agenda-scheduled-leaders '("" "(x%2d) "))))
          
               ;; Current stuff is already displayed, no need to redisplay.
               (tags-todo "+tasks-TODO=\"CURRENT\"-TODO=\"PAUSE\""
                          ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                           (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* TODOs")))
          
               (alltodo ""        ((org-agenda-files gk-org-project-agenda-files)
                                   (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* Issues")))))))
          

          Which gives me an agenda like this

          * Current tasks
            planner:    CURRENT tildes reading list [1/20]                           :tasks::
            planner:    CURRENT implement scissors                                   :tasks::
          
          * Agenda
          Saturday   25 May 2019
            planner:    (x 5)  TODO tildes profile scraper                           :tasks::
            planner:     2 d. ago:  TODO some payment TRY....
            planner:    In   2 d.:  TODO some other payment TRY....
          
          * TODOs
            planner:    TODO tildes WAYRC stats & book list                          :tasks::
            planner:    TODO tildes profile scraper                                  :tasks::
            planner:    TODO blog on python poetry tool                              :tasks::
          
          * Issues
            checkbookmarks:TODO Try to automatically replace rotten links with Wayback Machine links
            checkbookmarks:TODO Check FTP links too
            checkbookmarks:TODO Exclude search bookmarks (stuff with %s in it).
          

          (of course I’ve redacted some parts). Here, up top, I have my long term projects that sit there for long time. For example implementing scissors or my linguistics readings sit there, some have subordinate TODOs, some don’t. They are a reminder on what is going on. Any task can get CURRENT and appear up there, but I don’t do it for small tasks that won’t take longer than a single day to complete. Below, there is the agenda for today, which can show scheduled or deadlined stuff. Below that, there is the list of TODOs, which are to be considered for making CURRENT or PAUSE. PAUSEd stuff don’t appear on the agenda, and are to be reviewed when they appear on Agenda on the day they are scheduled. They they are either rescheduled, or made CURRENT, or made TODO, or CANCELled. Below that there is the Issues section, which contains TODOs from Readme.org files I put into projects (tho I am migrating to Gitlab issue tracker for public stuff).

          When a task is done, it is marked DONE, and it will no longer appear in the agenda, tho it will remain in the planner.org file. If it is marked CANCEL, similarly, but I’m prompted to write a note when I mark something so, and when I look back at it, I know I actually did not complete the task.

          On mobile, i.e. Android, I have Orgzly installed, and I sync my Org directory two ways with Syncthing. There are two Orgzly widgets on my main screen, one of which shows the CURRENT items up top, and the second shows today’s agenda below it. There are two main limitations currently: multiple searches can’t be combined into one widget, which means giving up some screen real estate; and Orgzly does not sync stuff automatically, even when I interact with the widget, so I should manually sync at times, which is easy, but inconvenient. Besides, I have shortcuts for Instapaper, Book Reader, p!n and the alarm clock. Here I use the widgets like the agenda view.

          Besides all that, there is a file called start.org which is my dashboard (many Org mode links to remotes and searches and folders) and notepad (i.e. random notes go here and then get classified as fit), and notes.org, which contains all sorts of notes since time immemorial.

          BTW p!n is a wonderful FOSS Android app which lets you add custom notifications which you can use as notes. I use it to do my shopping lists so that I can view and delete them without having to unlock the screen. I only recently found this, and god it is a life saver.

          So, this is my setup. Ask me whatever you like! Hope this is useful!

          Edit: these are the searches I use in Orgzly: "Current" i.current b.planner and "Today's agenda" .it.done ad.1 b.planner.

          3 votes
  4. [5]
    mftrhu Link
    Hopefully get some decent sleep. Felt like crap for the last two days, and today I have been particularly useless. I spent the morning messing around with troff* and with a markup parser which was...

    Hopefully get some decent sleep. Felt like crap for the last two days, and today I have been particularly useless. I spent the morning messing around with troff* and with a markup parser which was designed with the Tk text widget in mind, got nothing out of it except lost time and a possibly increased Eccentricity rating.

    Though, I managed to stick to my Anki-Duolingo-calculus review & problems-assorted DMOJ problems schedule for the last five days. If nothing else, I'm going to keep up with it this weekend.

    (a little productivity hack: write an HTML page with your todos and make it both your homepage and your new tab page - it's probably better than most reminder systems for someone who spends a lot of time in the browser, as it's not exactly something that you can close and forget)

     


    * troff commands (.something) "break" up the current word, adding a space, so you'd usually do something like .B "word" "after" to get wordafter, but I wanted to make it stop doing that so I could just spit out the stream without having to process it further. I tried doing .ss 0/.ss 12 (sets the width of the space glyph) but, even if it worked, it messed with the .pdfhref macro somehow.
    † Basically, I have been inspired by Nataniev to create an alternative document ecosystem, one that would not necessarily need a browser - the fact that I want to re-implement not only the wheel, but everything that builds on the wheel, doesn't help.
    ‡ It took me two years on and off, but I finally finished the German course in mid-March. Now I'm doing both the German stories and the Esperanto course.

    6 votes
    1. [4]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      That hack sounds like a great idea actually. I've already got a custom startpage with links I frequently visit, so maybe I can just pull tasks from Taskwarrior's data files into the HTML? Sounds...

      That hack sounds like a great idea actually. I've already got a custom startpage with links I frequently visit, so maybe I can just pull tasks from Taskwarrior's data files into the HTML? Sounds kind of like a headache, but if I can automate the addition, removal, and updating of tasks it would be worth it. I'll look into it. Thanks!

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        mftrhu Link Parent
        I looked a bit at Taskwarrior's documentation and it looks like you can't export it straight to HTML, but you can export it to JSON - so, if you have jq installed, you could do something like task...

        so maybe I can just pull tasks from Taskwarrior's data files into the HTML?

        I looked a bit at Taskwarrior's documentation and it looks like you can't export it straight to HTML, but you can export it to JSON - so, if you have jq installed, you could do something like

        task status:pending export |\
          jq -r '.[] | ["<li>", (.description | @html), "</li>"] | join("")' |\
          page-template > ~/path/to/startpage.html
        

        And put it in cron. Possibly even write a little wrapper around Taskwarrior that does whatever you need to do and rebuilds your startpage immediately after that.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          hungariantoast Link Parent
          Alright, this afternoon I had some time to take a closer look at this idea and I've got it working with what is probably the worst alias I've ever assigned in my life. First of all, thanks for the...

          Alright, this afternoon I had some time to take a closer look at this idea and I've got it working with what is probably the worst alias I've ever assigned in my life.

          First of all, thanks for the advice about jq. I feel like this made things a lot easier. Second, I apologize for what you're about to see.

          alias startpage="cat ~/Programs/Firefox-Files/Startpage/links.html > ~/Programs/Firefox-Files/Startpage/index.html &&
          task status:pending export | jq -r '.[] | [\"<p>\", (.description | @html), \"</p>\"] | join(\"\")' | >> ~/Programs/Firefox-Files/Startpage/index.html &&
          echo \"      </div>
              </div>
            </div>
          </body>
          </html>\" >> ~/Programs/Firefox-Files/Startpage/index.html"
          

          Since my custom startpage already has a bunch of links to the sites I visit most, I'm just overwriting the startpage file with the HTML for my links, then appending the tasks from Taskwarrior to the end of that HTML, then appending that with the remaining closing tags.

          It's hilariously ugly but it's the first thing I came up with and actually works flawlessly, as far as I can tell. I've got the startpage version controlled and pushed to GitLab and I'm using entr to monitor for changes to the actual data files that Taskwarrior uses for keeping track of tasks. So, every time I interact with my tasks in Taskwarrior it automatically exports the data, rebuilds the startpage, and pushes the changes to GitLab. For now I'm just pulling down from the GitLab repo every time i3 starts, but in the future, when I have a server set up to host my Taskwarrior data, I'll sync that when I start my window manager and if syncing Taskwarrior changes any files, then it'll export, rebuild, and push.

          I don't really know how I'm going to improve this yet. I'd like to just be able to overwrite any text between two HTML tags in the startpage's index.html file, that way I wouldn't need links.html, I could just overwrite any existing data between the two tags so that only the HTML for my tasks get replaced.

          1. mftrhu Link Parent
            Yeah. That should really, really be its own script. Really. It makes it much easier to modify, too, as you don't have to constantly reload your .bashrc. There's a few options. You could rewrite...

            Alright, this afternoon I had some time to take a closer look at this idea and I've got it working with what is probably the worst alias I've ever assigned in my life.

            Yeah. That should really, really be its own script. Really.

            It makes it much easier to modify, too, as you don't have to constantly reload your .bashrc.

            I don't really know how I'm going to improve this yet. I'd like to just be able to overwrite any text between two HTML tags in the startpage's index.html file, that way I wouldn't need links.html, I could just overwrite any existing data between the two tags so that only the HTML for my tasks get replaced.

            There's a few options. You could rewrite this in Python, or some other language - replacing jq with the json library, and possibly bringing in a proper templating library - or...

            You could keep the hilariously ugly hilariously ugly and bust out ed.

            Put something like <div> <!-- tasks start --> and </div> <!-- tasks end --> in your template file, each on their own line, and then throw the following script at it:

            #!/bin/bash
            get_tasks () {
              # The Taskwarrior version installed in Termux outputs [{},{}],
              # but the version installed on my laptop outputs {},{}
              # The latter requires the `-s' flag to be passed to `jq'
              # `jq' here could simply be used to output tab-separated values,
              # and `awk' or even `sed' could transform them into HTML - e.g.:
              task status:pending export |\
                jq -sr '.[] | [(.id | tostring),
                               (.description | @html),
                               (.tags // [] | join(" ") | @html)]
                            | join("\t")' |\
                awk -F '\t' '{
                  printf("<li id=\"task-%s\">", $1);
                  printf("%s", $2);
                  if ($3) {
                    printf(" <span class=\"tags\">%s</span>", $3);
                  }
                  printf("</li>\n");
                }'
            }
            export -f get_tasks
            
            ed -s ~/Programs/Firefox-Files/Startpage/index.html <<EOF
            # Delete all the lines from 'tasks start' to 'task end'
            /<\!-- tasks start -->/,/<\!-- tasks end -->/d
            # Add a new 'tasks start' header
            i
            <div> <!-- tasks start -->
            <h2>Tasks</h2>
            .
            # Gobble up our tasks in the file
            .r !get_tasks
            # Close the 'tasks start'
            a
            </div> <!-- tasks end -->
            .
            # We are done. Write the file and quit ed.
            wq
            EOF
            
            1 vote
  5. [4]
    Hypersapien Link
    Last weekend I painted the living room and foyer ceiling and stopped at the dining room. Tonight I'm moving everything out of the dining room and putting plastic dropcloths up on the walls so...

    Last weekend I painted the living room and foyer ceiling and stopped at the dining room. Tonight I'm moving everything out of the dining room and putting plastic dropcloths up on the walls so tomorrow morning I can start painting there as well. I also ordered a couple ceiling lamps from Home Depot yesterday. They should be arriving tomorrow so I can put them up in the dining room and foyer.

    My girlfriend and I are going to a party tomorrow night. I just hope I'm not too tired for it. No real plans for Memorial Day Monday.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      I've never painted a ceiling before but it sounds like a huge pain. Is it a lot of work? I've painted walls before, but that wasn't so bad, especially since the house didn't have any flooring...

      I've never painted a ceiling before but it sounds like a huge pain. Is it a lot of work? I've painted walls before, but that wasn't so bad, especially since the house didn't have any flooring installed when we started painting.

      3 votes
      1. [2]
        bbvnvlt Link Parent
        As long as you cover the walls and (especially) floor, and have paint-rollers on a stick (as opposed to getting on and off a chair or step-ladder all the time), it's not so bad. We had our current...

        As long as you cover the walls and (especially) floor, and have paint-rollers on a stick (as opposed to getting on and off a chair or step-ladder all the time), it's not so bad.

        We had our current ceilings done professionally though (moved house last year, renovated quite a lot), which they do by spraying these days. You're never going to get it that nice and even with rollers.

        EDIT: oo, and safety goggles! paint splash in eye not good.

        3 votes
        1. Hypersapien Link Parent
          I have rollers with an extendable handle, but even with it extended it was still easier with a ladder. We have a cement slab ceiling so I needed to take a paintbrush to the seams between the slabs...

          I have rollers with an extendable handle, but even with it extended it was still easier with a ladder. We have a cement slab ceiling so I needed to take a paintbrush to the seams between the slabs anyway.

          I covered everything with plastic even though I wasn't too concerned about the floor. We're going to be replacing it soon enough. We have the click lock fake wood floor, but it's the old particle pressboard kind and it's dented and scratched all to hell and expanded at the edges of the panels in places where the people upstairs (this is a condo) had water leaks. The new ones are vinyl.

          1 vote
  6. [4]
    alyaza Link
    probably not much. mostly going to be working on getting back into the swing of duolingo, and probably sleeping a bunch. i'm going to someone's graduation party also, i guess.

    probably not much. mostly going to be working on getting back into the swing of duolingo, and probably sleeping a bunch. i'm going to someone's graduation party also, i guess.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      alyaza Link Parent
      in case you were curious, by the way, i am using duolingo to bounce between spanish and romanian from time to time, but also to pick up on esperanto because why not. (and yes, esperanto is very...

      in case you were curious, by the way, i am using duolingo to bounce between spanish and romanian from time to time, but also to pick up on esperanto because why not. (and yes, esperanto is very easy to learn, as anybody who has tried can anecdotally tell you is the case. i stopped for like 3 months and picked right back up with ease yesterday.)

      5 votes
      1. [2]
        hungariantoast Link Parent
        Is there a particular reason you're learning these three languages? Spanish just seems like it's the default for Americans to learn (or at least, that was my experience at school), but Romanian...

        Is there a particular reason you're learning these three languages? Spanish just seems like it's the default for Americans to learn (or at least, that was my experience at school), but Romanian and Esperanto seem much more exotic. I was just wondering if you had a particular reason or if it's just because you like them or?

        4 votes
        1. alyaza Link Parent
          i took spanish as my language of choice in college, i just like romanian, and esperanto is probably the easiest, most widespread language constructed or otherwise that you can learn as a person...

          i took spanish as my language of choice in college, i just like romanian, and esperanto is probably the easiest, most widespread language constructed or otherwise that you can learn as a person and actually get use out of in modern times. there are some easier ones than esperanto--toki pona comes to mind specifically--but you'd realistically get nowhere near the uses out of them as you would with esperanto (which has L1 speakers!)

          5 votes
  7. sqew Link
    I've had a big pile of working/half-dead/untested old desktops in my "office" at home for a while, and it's been slowly growing over time. My plan for this weekend, aside from having some fun with...

    I've had a big pile of working/half-dead/untested old desktops in my "office" at home for a while, and it's been slowly growing over time.

    My plan for this weekend, aside from having some fun with friends, is to go through, test them all, and, depending on how many are working, to set them up as a nice little compute cluster (maybe set one aside to run PiHole for my home network, too).

    5 votes
  8. xstresedg Link
    Nothing really planned. Dealing with migraines right now so it's hard to want to do anything. Likely just chillin' with my partner; cuddles, pizza, coffee, and Netflix/my Plex library.

    Nothing really planned. Dealing with migraines right now so it's hard to want to do anything.

    Likely just chillin' with my partner; cuddles, pizza, coffee, and Netflix/my Plex library.

    5 votes
  9. [2]
    the_walrus Link
    So there will still be a weekly topic, but it will change each week? I like this idea.

    So Monday, hopefully around 11:00 AM US Central Time, there will be a new topic posted that will continue the goals of this series, but allow for a larger window of participation.

    So there will still be a weekly topic, but it will change each week? I like this idea.

    4 votes
    1. hungariantoast (edited ) Link Parent
      I don't know if each week's topic will be different. That would be quite a bit more work that I'm not sure I'd be willing to take on.

      I don't know if each week's topic will be different. That would be quite a bit more work that I'm not sure I'd be willing to take on.

      5 votes
  10. cwagner Link
    Took Friday off to go with my wife to a local amusement park (Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany), spent 7 hours there and had a lot of fun. But we skipped the 103-meter freefall tower. It looked a...

    Took Friday off to go with my wife to a local amusement park (Hansa Park in Sierksdorf, Germany), spent 7 hours there and had a lot of fun. But we skipped the 103-meter freefall tower. It looked a bit too scary :D

    Then we took the train home, freshened up and had Sashimi (Tuna for me, salmon for her). It was great as well.

    Tomorrow we'll go to a birthday BBQ and Sunday I'll spend trying to be alive again ;)

    4 votes
  11. Parliament Link
    I’m flying with my wife and son to meet my new niece. It will be low key and lots fun.

    I’m flying with my wife and son to meet my new niece. It will be low key and lots fun.

    4 votes
  12. Capn_HAXX Link
    Shawarma, P4G and Agents of SHIELD

    Shawarma, P4G and Agents of SHIELD

    4 votes
  13. tindall Link
    It's Friday, and I'm back home in █████████, so it's time for Friday Night Magic! I'm going to play a Standard Booster Draft at my FLGS, as a way to hopefully remember how the heck some of the...

    It's Friday, and I'm back home in █████████, so it's time for Friday Night Magic! I'm going to play a Standard Booster Draft at my FLGS, as a way to hopefully remember how the heck some of the rules work and be prepared for Core Set 2020 when it comes out.

    4 votes
  14. cadadr Link
    My mom had a thyroidectomy yesterday, so this weekend we'll be taking care of her. It will take around a week for her to recover. We'll also forbid her smoking. Turns out she's been hiding a lot...

    My mom had a thyroidectomy yesterday, so this weekend we'll be taking care of her. It will take around a week for her to recover. We'll also forbid her smoking. Turns out she's been hiding a lot of shit from us, she gotta stop it just right away, the doctor told me and my brother yesterday. Fun time a' coming... But at least the operation went smoothly and she is okay. She will have trouble speaking for a few days tho, which is great news: some incentives for her to quit smoking.

    In other news, as I was waiting while mom was in the operating room, I learned that I passed my ALES exam, so all that remains for my MA qualification is being picked as one of the lucky ten guys from among the fifteen remaining candidates after the preliminaries. So I have exactly 2/3 chance of making it.

    3 votes
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    Eric_the_Cerise Link
    The interesting one, for me at least, is voting tomorrow. EU elections. In part due to a series of unfortunate events, in over half a century, I have never (yet) voted in any govt-sponsored...

    The interesting one, for me at least, is voting tomorrow. EU elections. In part due to a series of unfortunate events, in over half a century, I have never (yet) voted in any govt-sponsored election. Probably, that changes tomorrow.

    3 votes
    1. hungariantoast Link Parent
      Congratulations and good luck on voting. I didn't even know the elections were being held.

      Congratulations and good luck on voting. I didn't even know the elections were being held.

  16. [2]
    kfwyre Link
    I plan on getting comfortably buzzed and then submitting a bunch of ProtonDB reports from games in my Steam library. I love when I'm able to be the confirming third report and move a game's status...

    I plan on getting comfortably buzzed and then submitting a bunch of ProtonDB reports from games in my Steam library. I love when I'm able to be the confirming third report and move a game's status from pending to known.

    1 vote
    1. hungariantoast Link Parent
      This sounds like something I should do, eventually. I'm still undecided on which distribution I'm going to have on my desktop. The options really boil down to Gentoo, Arch, or maybe Void, or a...

      This sounds like something I should do, eventually. I'm still undecided on which distribution I'm going to have on my desktop. The options really boil down to Gentoo, Arch, or maybe Void, or a weird mix of multiple of those using Bedrock, but I'll have to write a reminder down somewhere to test out some games on whatever distribution I choose so I can submit reports.

      It's also been in the back of my head to try GPU passthrough or whatever the latest technique is these days to ditch my Windows installation in favor of a virtual machine, but I need to seriously measure the performance impact that causes and see if it's something I can deal with.

      1 vote
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    lepigpen Link
    Staying at my friend's house with his dog... So something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKUt3Zw2sX8

    Staying at my friend's house with his dog... So something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKUt3Zw2sX8

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      I meant to ask you the last time you posted one of your videos here but never got around to it, what's your setup for recording videos? What software do you use to edit them? How do you mount the...

      I meant to ask you the last time you posted one of your videos here but never got around to it, what's your setup for recording videos? What software do you use to edit them? How do you mount the camera? Do you use a chest mount strap? What camera do you use?

      1 vote
      1. lepigpen Link Parent
        For PoV stuff. I have a shitty old GoPro. It's the original Hero+ or whatever they called it. Basically a downgraded model. I use a chest mount for bicycle riding and a head mount for...

        For PoV stuff. I have a shitty old GoPro. It's the original Hero+ or whatever they called it. Basically a downgraded model. I use a chest mount for bicycle riding and a head mount for surfing/skating. But a mouth mount would be ideal for boardsports. For snowboarding I do the classic selfie stick/handle.

        I used to use Adobe Premiere but ever since I got a new laptop I just downloaded old Movie Maker (Windows) since I basically compile footage, not "edit" it. The timeline is just quick and easy. And it's free. I don't feel like "acquiring" Adobe again.

        I also have an LG V20 phone. Which I use for "normal" filming. It has a wide angle lens and normal lens. And shoots 1080p60. Cool older phone. My shitty GoPro only shoots 720p60 or 1080p30, and image quality is utter shit unless it's noon time and no clouds basically.

        And I will soon be getting a small flexi tripod for the phone camera. Right now I just prop it on to the case or whatever.

        1 vote
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    CALICO Link
    I just got back from NoVA the other day after completing my medical, and new employee on-boarding. Once I get my ID and company card I'll be good to go for Kuwait. After I landed in Boston I...

    I just got back from NoVA the other day after completing my medical, and new employee on-boarding. Once I get my ID and company card I'll be good to go for Kuwait.
    After I landed in Boston I bought myself a small bottle of JW Blue, and made the snap decision to get a Prince Albert done to celebrate the new job. This weekend I'm going to try and move as little as possible, because walking around is the actual devil right now. Going to try and get some writing done as well, but we'll see.

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      I have so many questions. Is this your first piercing? Did it hurt? Does it not, like, get in the way of things? How long does it take to heal? Does it mess with urinating?

      Prince Albert

      I have so many questions. Is this your first piercing? Did it hurt? Does it not, like, get in the way of things? How long does it take to heal? Does it mess with urinating?

      2 votes
      1. CALICO (edited ) Link Parent
        Not all that long ago I was Air Force, and now I work in a fairly professional government-facing career. There's not a whole lot of room for atypical personal expression there, but I'm beginning...

        Not all that long ago I was Air Force, and now I work in a fairly professional government-facing career. There's not a whole lot of room for atypical personal expression there, but I'm beginning to get my feet wet. I've grown a respectable, medium beard since 2018 which didn't turn too many heads, though it was a bit daring for the formal office environment I worked in previously. There was nothing really impeding any non-visible piercings, only my lack of ever once thinking about it until very recently.
        My partner let me know that they were into genital piercings a month or three ago, and after a little browsing the internet I decided that I really liked how a PA looks—among others such as a frenum ladder (Jacob's Ladder). It is indeed my first piercing, but I doubt it will be my last. I really like the look of a labret ring for one; though I imagine I'll have to wear a black stud at work that my beard will help hide, at least until my resume looks more competitive such to ease any concerns by an overly conservative, old-school style interviewer.

        It hurt like a motherfucker, not gonna lie. Though it's not the worst pain I've ever felt (tear gas), and only lasted for a few seconds. The sterilizing swab in the urethra hurt less but was far more unpleasant overall. There was some blood for the first two days, which has since stopped. Pain level post-pierce began at a dull throb, and today there's no discomfort at all. Well fitting boxer-briefs has helped tremendously, especially the first couple of nights.
        Urinating for the first time felt like I had a UTI, but every time after that has been just fine. Sitting is generally recommended, as some may experience a new stream joining the more familiar one. I haven't, but it's only a 12ga at the moment and there's still some swelling. We'll see.
        My piercer told me that it could take 4–6 months before it's entirely healed, try to hold off on sex for a month or two at least, and to utilize a condom until fully healed. From what I've read it shouldn't get in the way of sex, but things will be different. The shape of things has been altered, and some relearning may be in order, but there shouldn't be any issues preventing anything from going as expected.

        2 votes