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What did you do this weekend?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their weekend. Did you make any plans? Take a trip? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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  1. [4]
    Icarus
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    My partner strong armed me into taking her to the beach for a day trip. We have been sheltering in place since March so she was getting a bit antsy for a vacation so I agreed to take her to the...

    My partner strong armed me into taking her to the beach for a day trip. We have been sheltering in place since March so she was getting a bit antsy for a vacation so I agreed to take her to the beach just for the day. I live in one of the counties in CA that is still on lock down but went to a beach town called "Carmel-by-the-sea". To my surprise, they were extremely lax in their mask wearing. I would say 70% of people were wearing a mask, but the sidewalks were so small that it was impossible to maintain social distancing. Restaurants were allowing people to dine in, where I found most patrons being older and not wearing masks.

    Besides COVID stuff, I have to say that I feel extremely uncomfortable around that "class" of people. These are people who are dressing their families in designer outfits and probably live in the multi-million dollar homes in the area. I found it humorous that the town itself has a media kit. Maybe the right word for this is pretentious? I got the impression that this is a place for the 1%'ers to live in their own little bubble away from the poors.

    Fortunately, the beach is great and there was a ton of space to sit away from others. Its very dog friendly and our little dog loves the beach as much as my partner does. I had a great time, but I got a pretty bad sunburn. Overall, I likely won't be risking another trip like that for awhile.

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    1. Gaywallet
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      I want to mention something here because I hear this kind of statement a lot. To add some background, I do data science in health care for an academic medical center and have been involved heavily...

      I would say 70% of people were wearing a mask, but the sidewalks were so small that it was impossible to maintain social distancing. Restaurants were allowing people to dine in, where I found most patrons being older and not wearing masks.

      I want to mention something here because I hear this kind of statement a lot. To add some background, I do data science in health care for an academic medical center and have been involved heavily in COVID-19 related reporting:

      • Outside transmission can be pretty much entirely discounted as a method of transmission, particularly when you're talking about people who are moving. So far there are extremely few confirmed transmissions through an outside person to person vector and the only confirmed outside transmissions are in situations where two individuals are in extended contact with each other (a conversation, in the linked paper).
      • This means that vectors such as outside dining are unlikely to cause a transmission as well, even when unmasked (as is necessary to eat food), so long as you are consistently 6 feet away from other patrons. In general from our understanding of COVID-19 as well as other pandemic viruses, the outside does a fantastic job of dispersing viral particles.
      • The primary vectors of transmission for this disease share the following common features: inside, prolonged exposure to someone who is infected. Additional factors which can enhance transmission are a lack of any kind of barrier (masking) and the re-circulation of air absent industrial strength filtration (commercial hospital-grade HEPA).
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    2. rosco
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      I went to Carmel 2 weekends ago with my partner after looking at some possible apartments to move into in July. I was blown away by how few people had masks on and how many more gave us dirty...

      I went to Carmel 2 weekends ago with my partner after looking at some possible apartments to move into in July. I was blown away by how few people had masks on and how many more gave us dirty looks for wearing them. It was insane! I think 70% is generous, I'd say 20-30 were wearing masks on the beach. We walked down to the water and decided to bail. It absolutely had a bizarre feel to it!

      4 votes
    3. skybrian
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      Yes, Carmel is crowded and upscale. We go to Monterey a lot (during normal times) but see little reason to go to Carmel. Instead I'd recommend walking along the shore on the Monterey Peninsula...

      Yes, Carmel is crowded and upscale. We go to Monterey a lot (during normal times) but see little reason to go to Carmel.

      Instead I'd recommend walking along the shore on the Monterey Peninsula itself, from Asilomar on north. Asilomar itself is worth checking out for the architecture and scenery. There is a little cafe at the main lodge and you can hang out outside. (In normal times anyway.)

      Also, in Carmel Valley, Garland Ranch is a nice park for going hiking.

      4 votes
  2. tempestoftruth
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    I recently started a personal website (through Neocities), mostly to start learning HTML. I thought it would be nice to have the ability to create simple minimalist websites for any projects I...

    I recently started a personal website (through Neocities), mostly to start learning HTML. I thought it would be nice to have the ability to create simple minimalist websites for any projects I want to start in the future without relying on services like WordPress that don't necessarily share my values when it comes to things like third-party cookies, tracking, ads, etc. This weekend, I translated my "About" page into Spanish, adding a new page for it. It's good language skills practice, and if I read or watch any Spanish-language media in the future I may continue to add content in Spanish, e.g. book and movie reviews.

    To be able to host my own website in the future, I decided to start learning about computer networking. Eventually, I want to be able to host a Matrix server, my personal website, my email, my RSS feed, and a cloud storage solution so I can access my files from the Internet. This weekend, I read through this guide on HomeNet HowTo, which explains some of the basics. To put into practice some of the stuff I learned, I set up file sharing on my local network. Due to the pandemic I'm not leaving the house with my computer for the foreseeable future, so having a file sharing solution that only functions locally isn't a problem. Before setting up file sharing, I consolidated all my files onto my desktop and now I just use my laptop as a portable workstation. The local file sharing does come at the cost of speed, I've noticed. Even though the communication is only over the local network, because it's not a wired connection, there are still delays of a few seconds when opening a file on one device that's stored on another.

    6 votes
  3. [3]
    Keegan
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    Working on my site I finished setting up my site and finished getting Hugo working, as I described having difficulties here. Part of the problem was not due to having used a prebuilt theme, but...
    Working on my site

    I finished setting up my site and finished getting Hugo working, as I described having difficulties here. Part of the problem was not due to having used a prebuilt theme, but due to not having an index.html file in the theme folder. I forget what else I did to fix it though.

    I also got webhooks working so when I push to my private GitHub repo for my site I get a message on Discord. I struggled more with getting Netlify webhooks working to Discord, since they don't natively send to Discord without adding /slack to the end of the URL, which requires a Netlify Pro account to do. I made a solution with IFTTT that I wrote about here.

    Please PM if you have feedback about site design or incompatibilities with your browser.

    Yardwork (cat pic included)

    I worked on edging some grass for a family member. This has been an ongoing thing for a while since they only want me working on it at certain times of day and there is quite a lot of grass that needed edging. I was interrupted often by their cat (pic from a while ago) a lot, as she likes to lay in the cool dirt.

    Edit: fixing link

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      hungariantoast
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      I do have two suggestions for site design: I would go ahead and just have all (or at least some) of your blog posts listed on the home page. I only have one post up right now, but this is what my...

      I do have two suggestions for site design:

      • I would go ahead and just have all (or at least some) of your blog posts listed on the home page. I only have one post up right now, but this is what my blog's home page looks like: https://hungariantoast.gitlab.io/blog/

      • I would center the text of each blog post, or at least limit the width of paragraphs before they wrap to the next line. Right now, trying to read your posts on an ultrawide monitor is pretty difficult, because the text spans from one side of the screen to the other.

      Aside from those two minor things, the site looks good!

      3 votes
      1. Keegan
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        Thank you for the advice. I actually was planning on putting the three most recent posts on the homepage, yet haven't gotten around to it. I don't really want to put all there since then I'll have...

        Thank you for the advice. I actually was planning on putting the three most recent posts on the homepage, yet haven't gotten around to it. I don't really want to put all there since then I'll have to move stuff around again if I ever want to put other "tabs" on my site.

        WRT line width: I feel the same way. I tried doing some stuff with just forcing it to only take up a certain pixel width of the screen but then it looks silly on mobile. I'll try to find another way to do it, since I don't want to have mobile users to have a ton of blank space to deal with.

        Edit: I have wrapped lines so they can't be over 80 characters.

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  4. annadane
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    Whole lotta nothing. Being depressed. Thanks covid.

    Whole lotta nothing. Being depressed. Thanks covid.

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  5. tunneljumper
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    Reorganized my bedroom, put a bunch of stuff up for sale on various sites, and made food for the week. Today I found a mixing board for cheap, so I’ll clean it up a bit and try to flip it for a...

    Reorganized my bedroom, put a bunch of stuff up for sale on various sites, and made food for the week. Today I found a mixing board for cheap, so I’ll clean it up a bit and try to flip it for a few bucks. Between near-constant rain and quarantine, I didn’t get out much.

    4 votes
  6. [6]
    Kuromantis
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    My father decided to show me some of the day trading he does and let me use a test account to practice it. I'm still skeptical of it not just being the 5th iteration of gambling though. Also I was...

    My father decided to show me some of the day trading he does and let me use a test account to practice it. I'm still skeptical of it not just being the 5th iteration of gambling though.

    Also I was watching the state broadcast of our classes and they just told people to tell everyone which school are they from which kinda tripped me.

    4 votes
    1. [4]
      MonkeyPants
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      You had to introduce yourself on state TV?

      I was watching the state broadcast of our classes and they just told people to tell everyone which school are they from which kinda tripped me

      You had to introduce yourself on state TV?

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      1. [3]
        Kuromantis
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        No, that's actually a surprising interpretation. Basically they (teachers picked to do the classes in TV and the app) asked a question for people to answer in the chat of the app they made for us...

        No, that's actually a surprising interpretation. Basically they (teachers picked to do the classes in TV and the app) asked a question for people to answer in the chat of the app they made for us to follow our classes and they told us (all of my state's 9th grade) to also write which municipality (county analogue) and if they can, which school they study in along with the question's answer.

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          MonkeyPants
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          Do you mind me asking why that "kinda tripped" you?

          Do you mind me asking why that "kinda tripped" you?

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          1. Kuromantis
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            They also auto generate a username for you in the chat which includes the first 11 letters of your name. Yeah.

            They also auto generate a username for you in the chat which includes the first 11 letters of your name.

            Yeah.

    2. Parliament
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      I've been messing with day trading the last few months. Penny stocks are the most fun.

      I've been messing with day trading the last few months. Penny stocks are the most fun.

      2 votes