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“We are death,” the first of the three dragon heads said.
“And destruction,” said the second.
I turned to the third.
“And we like cookies!” It said with a grin. “Have you brought us any?”
I held up a basket filled with all sorts of snacks.
The first head spoke. “You shall be spared.”
“For now,” the second added.
“See you tomorrow!” Chirped the third as clawed hands snatched the basket away from me.

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Debian Day 2019
Inizia: Sabato 17 Agosto 2019 @ 20:00
Finisce: Sabato 17 Agosto 2019 @ 23:59
Posizione: Birrificio di Como, Camerlata


I might have accidentally bought some new #ink...


Text reads:

I wonder if being in love with the blood-red ink I've recently bough is yet another sign of the fact that I can't prove I'm not a vampyre(sic).
I should start wearing the black ribbon whose precepts I've always followed (with no plans to stop).

At least this looks like fresh blood and not something used to sign a pact with the devil.

The ink is Rohrer & Klingner writing ink, merinda.

#calligraphy #dipPen

... "accidentally" ...

It wasn't my fault! it just happened!

(the fact that I visited two brick and mortar shops, opened a forum thread asking for more shops to try and then browsed through the online reseller list on the producer's website until I found one I liked doesn't mean I can't claim it was something like the devil forcing me to act, right?)

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waaaay overdue #tourDeFleece update: on day 13 I did indeed spin some wool I carded myself (forgot to take a picture while still on the spindle, but here it is before being lightly blocked: Image/photo

I think that for the rest of the fleece I want to try combing it, but with this bit I also want to try some naalbinding.

Then I finished some generic black roving from the yarn shop (that I had started before #TdF19 and kept as my to-go "spin for 5 minutes" project), spun worsted, and then, instead of being able to write this post life happened again, badly, and I just didn't have the energies for it.


In the next few days I also spun another bit of generic blue roving from the yarn shop, this time woolen, and that was it for my spinning this month.


#TeamFediSpinners #FediSpinners

I'm definitely happy with the amount of spinning I did: I completed everything that I had planned (and didn't hurt my hands) and by the time I had the forced stop I was already thinking about stopping for a while and using some spun yarn in order to decide what kind I needed more: I'm weaving a scarf on the backstrap yarn and winging it without real plans, so I'm not sure if I'll have enough weft, but I also want to try some tablet weaving with the same fiber, spun thinner, so I want to leave some of the roving for the project that will need it most.

I think my spinning has improved a bit, and trying to card was also something I wanted to do: I'm definitely not proficient at it, but I have plenty of materials to learn (today I washed a bit more of the fleeces)

I also learned that whorls made in salt dough will. break., but then it is quite easy to “glue” them back with a few drops of water and some time.

Meh. You are likewise not allowed to walk naked in the street, even though naked people have done much less harm than people in suits.

Hijabs, for instance, are banned (when banned) as religious symbols (and where similar religious symbols are banned). You'd have to be quite naive to think that those have no impact (whether you agree with those bans or not).

Well, the suits thing was mostly a joke / provocation, I don't think anybody who shared that post really wanted to ban suits instead of stopping to ban hijabs.

Saying that "all religious symbols are banned in the same way" however is misleading: in an area where the religious people are mostly part of either a dominant religion that does not mandate wearing any visible symbol (and if they do want to wear one, it's usually something small and easy to hide like a cross pendant) and one that is discriminated against that mandates that its followers must always show visibly their religion, such a law will not impact the followers of the former, but only the followers of the latter.

Also, there are laws that are not against religious symbols in general, but just against specific kinds of dress (especially the burkini, afaik) under the excuse that they are a symbol of the oppression of women and those are even worse: if a woman is being forced to wear a burkini when going to the pool, and the pool forbids that woman from entering while wearing a burkini, it's not like magically she can wear a swimsuit, they have just forbidden her from going to the pool.

So, yes, these things do have an impact, one that adds more burdens and discrimination to the weakest parts of society.

(disclaimer: I'm talking about the laws and proposed laws in Europe, mostly Italy and to a lesser extend France, I don't know what the situation is elsewhere well enough to have an idea )

(disclaimer2: I know that not everybody who is religious in Europe is either christian or muslim, but at the moment the political debate is on those, everybody else I'm afraid is going to end up as collateral damage)

Last Friday of July! Today is the System Administrator Appreciation Day. In Debian we're very proud and thankful to the DSA Team You rock! #SysAdminDay

It's again that time of the year... :D

#DebConf19 has started and as usual the video team needs MOAR volunteers to provide full streaming and recordings coverage at the quality we're used to: if you are attending please attend one of the training sessions (they are announced in the [url=]daily announcement emails like this one): some of the tasks are pretty easy and you can sign-up for shifts during talks you wanted to attend anyway (they will not prevent you from following the talk, and in some case they may even help you do so).

If you are remoting (like me :( ) you can still help: hop on #debconf-video@OFTC to help with reviewing the recordings before they get published. If there are enough of us we can aim to release most¹ of the recordings before the conference is done! This is really helpful for people in different timezones or those who would like to attend two talks at the same time, but mostly, it's fun.

¹ except for the very last batch, of course.

Today is the #DebConf19 Open Day! See the schedule and follow the live streaming

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#tourDeFleece update: on day 8 I did the Gotland samples as plannedImage/photo

Then on sunday (day 9) instead of spinning I washed a bit of the “distraction” I posted earlier, on monday life happened and I had a forced day of rest; on tuesday I mostly respected the day of rest (but I started a bit on the Coburg Fox sample) and today I finished them both.


And that's it for my basic plan for #TdF19 , which has been completed way early thanks to the power of lowered expectations!

But... tomorrow it's challenge day, when I want to try and spin some wool that I've (badly) carded myself (with dog brushes), so this evening I've done that


And then I must confess I couldn't resist starting to spin a bit of it, to see how it would be


(this one is going to be spun woolen, and then one day I think I'll buy or make a pair of combs, as for most of the things I want to do with the yarn worsted would be more appropriate)

#TeamFediSpinners #FediSpinners

#TourDeFleece update: day 5 went as planned, with the Rhoen Sheep sample:


and then, instead of killing zombies I got distracted by a sack of unknown sheep fleece, received the evening before:


Then yesterday, day 5 of #TdF19 I manage to do both the Brown German Merino:


and the smaller (about 5g) sample of Valais Blacknose:


And then in the evening my friendica instance was down, so I couldn't post this.

Today I started on a sample of Gotland, but was busy most of the day visiting a museum and didn't finish it (I will probably do it tomorrow).

#TeamFediSpinners #FediSpinners

Day 3 and 4 of #TourDeFleece: yesterday I spun the Romney sample, as usual half as worsted and half as woolen.


Then I had… issues… as I discovered that the floss game flare now has a shiny new campaign and… let us just say that a) I didn't post any update and b) I'm very surprised that today I still managed to spin all of the mixed brown top I planned to spin :D



Tomorrow I have a carded band of Rhoen shep waiting for me (and/or zombies and skeletons to kill, choices, choices…)

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