Inspired by this topic, I thought we could try out having a simple discussion about our plans for the weekend. This is a popular, recurring practice on Lobsters that generally gets a decent amount...
Inspired by this topic, I thought we could try out having a simple discussion about our plans for the weekend. This is a popular, recurring practice on Lobsters that generally gets a decent amount of participation. Besides, with the slowdown Tildes experiences on the weekend, it might be nice to have a recurring, easy topic to participate in.
If this catches on, hopefully we can start posting this topic at an earlier hour on Friday that's more suitable for most users, but you can't choose when the idea strikes, so we'll start late this time.
"Keep in mind it’s OK to do nothing at all, too."
No seriously, even if you don't have "plans" and just want to talk about how you are doing, this is a good place to do that too.
For this weekend, my grandmother's two sisters are visiting from Louisiana, and I've heard that they're preparing creole, which in our family, means a specific kind of soup, distinct from gumbo and other dishes. It also means that I get to travel across Houston on a Sunday morning and spend the day with family and probably go out with my uncle and look for boar on his land, which have been causing him trouble recently. I've got a 1939 Italian Carcano that I haven't shot in awhile and it'd be nice to get some use out it.
Aside from that, I've been mapping areas around Baytown, Texas on OpenStreetMap, and there is a recently constructed neighborhood of dozens of roads, houses, sidewalks, trails, and all other kinds of features that just don't exist at all on OSM, so I'm going to be working on adding all of that from the ground up, which should be fun. I don't know how I'm going to get house numbers and street names for addresses, but I know what the new neighborhood is called, so I can start there. I've thought about contacting the City of Baytown to see if they have any information I can use for the map, but I wouldn't know where to start.
As far as any other plans for this weekend, they're all "technical computer stuff."
I recently installed Bedrock Linux onto my laptop, hijacking my Arch Linux installation. It was a nice experiment and Bedrock works wonderfully, but I really don't need it. There's nothing that other distributions have that I need and can't get with Arch or the AUR, so I'll be reinstalling Arch when I get the chance, putting an automatic installation and configuration script to use to make the process easier.
I still haven't installed Gentoo on my desktop, and I've been living with Windows 10 only pretty much ever since Christmas. I'm actually surprised, it hasn't caused me so much pain and suffering to force me to do something about it yet.
I did end up trying the st terminal emulator, as well as termite, kitty, and alacritty. I've been looking for something more modern, frequently maintained, and lighter than rxvt-unicode, but so far I've just ran into a plethora of problems. First of all, none of the terminal emulators except for urxvt will display all of my chosen font's characters correctly. I use a bitmap font called Scientifica and certain characters, especially the braille dot characters used by programs like gotop, which you can see here, fail to display correctly. On all the terminals mentioned above, those characters specifically, always display as little vertical dashes instead of perfect dots. I've tried just about everything I can think of short of looking into converting Scientific to a
.ttf font, which might not even be possible using FontForge. I'll probably try configuring xterm before this is all over. Sure, it may have sixty-five thousand lines of code, but if it works...