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We are in the EU, so there is freedom of movement for people and goods, right?

How comes that asking somebody to pass me something during meals often involves the payment of a tariff? :D
I think that may be a domestic matter rather than an international one
@Green and Rainbows that's likely.

However I also remember having do pay a tariff when food was being moved from the back seat to the front seat and vice versa of a 9 seats minivan that was traveling internationally.

OTOH, part of that trip was outside of the EU (and some of the times part of that food had been bought outside the EU), so, yeah, that makes stuff more complicated, I guess :D

(I don't think we ever tried to pass food from the back seat to the front seat while the car was *exactly* over the border. That's a significant lack of planning on our part.)

Ora, io sono una persona distratta¹ che ha dimenticato a casa la versione stampata dell'impegnativa, ma è possibile che il CUP dove si va a pagare le visite non abbia accesso alle prescrizioni del fascicolo sanitario, ma ti dica se hai problemi a stamparle² di andare a chiedere di farlo in farmacia?

¹ non è esattamente il termine che ho usato al di fuori della compagnia educata
² potrei non aver esattamente detto che avevo dimenticato la stampa, ma aver lasciato intendere di essere senza stampante O:-)

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Mark your calendars! The Language Creation Society is pleased to announce the schedule for the Tenth Language Creation Conference, to be held online the weekend of April 22nd‒23rd! The conference is free to attend and will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel: Videos of the individual presentations will be made available after processing.
#lcc10 #lcc #lcc2023 #languagecreationconference @conlang

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Things I didn't need: a new project.

Thing I'm doing: trying to #embroidery a small fediverse patch on a scrap of fabric using whatever leftover embroidery thread from old crossstitch projects.

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Swiss Embroidery Princess Petticoat

Posted on March 16, 2023
a person wearing a blue sleeveless fitted dress with calf-length skirt; there are small ruffles on the armscyes and the hem, and white lace on the collar and just above the hem ruffle, and small white buttons on a partial placket down the center front.

A few years ago a friend told me that her usual fabric shop was closing down and had a sale on all remaining stock.

While being sad for yet another brick and mortar shop that was going to be missed (at least it was because the owners were retiring, not because it wasn’t sustainable anymore), of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

So we drove a few hundred km, had some nice time with a friend that (because of said few hundred km) we rarely see, and spent a few hours looting the corps… er… helping the shop owner getting rid of stock before their retirement.

A surprisingly small pile of fabric; everything is blue or black.

Among other things there was a cut of lightweight swiss embroidery cotton in blue which may or may not have been enthusiastically grabbed with plans of victorian underwear.

It was too nice to be buried under layers and layers of fabric (and I suspect that the embroidery wouldn’t feel great directly on the skin under a corset), so the natural fit was something at the corset cover layer, and the fabric was enough for a combination garment of the kind often worn in the later Victorian age to prevent the accumulation of bulk at the waist.

It also has the nice advantage that in this time of corrupted morals it is perfectly suitable as outerwear as a nice summer dress.

Then life happened, the fabric remained in my stash for a long while, but finally this year I have a good late victorian block that I can adapt, and with spring coming it was a good time to start working on the summer wardrobe.

scan from a vintage book with the pattern for a tight fitting jacket.

The block I’ve used comes from The Cutters’ Practical Guide to the Cutting of Ladies Garments and is for a jacket, rather than a bodice, but the bodice block from the same book had a 4 part back, which was too much for this garment. I reduced the ease around the bust a bit, which I believe worked just fine.

The main pattern was easy enough to prepare, I just had to add skirt panels with a straight side towards the front and flaring out towards the back, and I did a quick mockup from an old sheet to check the fit (good) and the swish and volume of the skirt (just right at the first attempt!).

The mockup was also used to get an idea of a few possible necklines, and I opted for a relatively deep V, and a front opening with a partial placket down to halfway between the waist and the hips. I also opted for a self-fabric ruffle at the hem and armscyes.

same dress, same person, from the side, with one hand in the pocket slit.

The only design choice left was the pocket situation: I wanted to wear this garment both as underwear (where pockets aren’t needed, and add unwanted bulk) and outerwear (where no pockets is not an option), and the fabric felt too thin to support the weight of the contents of a full pocket. So I decided to add slits into the seams, with just a modesty placket, and wear pockets under the dress as needed.

I decided to put the slits between the side and side back panels for two reasons: one is that this way the pockets can sit towards the back, where the fullness of the skirt is supposed to be, rather than under the flat front, and the other one is to keep the seams around the front panel clean, since they are the first ones to be changed when altering a garment for fit.

For the same reason, I didn’t trim the excess allowance from that seam: it means that it is a bit more bulky, but the fabric is thin enought that it’s not really noticeable, and it gives an additional cm for future alterations.

Then, as the garment was getting close to being finished I was measuring and storing some old cotton lace I had received as a gift, and there was a length of relatively small lace, and the finish on the neckline was pretty simple and called for embellishment, and who am I to deny embellishment to victorian inspired clothing?

A ruffle pleated into a receiving tuck, each pleat is fixed with a pin, and there are a lot of pins.

First I had to finish attaching the ruffles, however, and this is when I cursed myself for not using the ruffler foot I have (it would have meant not having selvedges on all seams of the ruffle), and for pleating the ruffle rather than gathering it (I prefer the look of handsewn gathers, but here I’m sewing everything by machine, and that’s faster, right? (it probably wasn’t)).

A metal box full of straight pins.

Also, this is where I started to get low on pins, and I had to use the ones from the vintage1 box I’ve been keeping as decoration in the sewing room.

A few long sessions of pinning later, the ruffle was sewn and I could add the lace; I used white thread so that it would be hidden on the right side, but easily visible inside the garment in case I’ll decide to remove or change it later.

A few buttons and buttonholes later, the garment was ready, and the only thing left was to edit the step-by-step pictures and publish the pattern: it’s now available as #FreeSoftWear on my patterns website.

And Of course, I had to do a proper swish test of the finished dress with the ruffle, and I’m happy to announce that it was fully passed.

a person spinning on herself, the skirt and the ruffle are swishing out. Something in the pocket worn under the dress is causing a bit of bulge on one side.

Except, maybe I shouldn’t carry heavy items in my pockets when doing it? Oh, well.

I have other plans for the same pattern, but they involve making some crochet lace, so I expect I can aim at making them wearable in summer 2024.

Now I just have to wait for the weather to be a bit warmer, and then I can start enjoing this one.
  • ok, even more vintage, since my usual pins come from a plastic box that has been probably bought in the 1980s.↩︎

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I argue we (#curl) should NOT pay docker. Not give in to extortion. This might mean that someone else soon suddenly will register our name and can serve whatever image they want there. 5 *billion* pulls indicate there's a user or two that might fall victim for this.

That's on docker, not us.

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Have you evaluated #podman? I'm quite ignorant on the issue but AFAIK it should be a drop in replacement for #docker

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Can somebody with an account on discord or something contact the people of to let them know that on the Fediverse there is a community of a) people who sew and b) people who care about free culture c) an hashtag ( #FreeSoftWear ) where they have been mentioned a few times and it would be great if they wanted to join us?

we already have more social media accounts than we manage to maintain.

Not to say we don't want to, merely saying that we are spread thin as it is. So unless the request comes with an offer to help out, I doubt it will get much traction
@Joost De Cock uops, so you know about the fediverse already, sorry.

And I'm also sorry that I can't probably help, since I don't have accounts on proprietary platforms, and thus can't act as a bridge between the communities :(

One of my current #sewing projects is a summer garment and it's missing only 3.5 buttonholes, 6 buttons and probably a snap or a hook + eye. I think it's reasonable to aim at finishing it this evening.

Will it cause a sudden drop in the temperatures with a lot of rain?

(one may hope :D )
it's done!

I also have the instructions and blogpost mostly written, but I need to take a few pictures and edit all of the ones I've already taken.

I hope to publish those in the next few days, unless it starts raining and raining and raining.

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Di solito, quando devo chiedere a chi è accanto a me, ma è in confcall, se va bene l'ora di pranzo prendo un foglietto usato poche volte di carta, una stilografica e scrivo la domanda in buon #corsivo.

Oggi mia madre, al telefono, mi ha passato un pezzo di carta e una penna a sfera per capire cosa stessi cercando di chiederle (era “devo andare avanti a mescolare il pranzo mentre tu sei al telefono?”), e mi sono accorta che mi son messa a scrivere in stampatello, facendo molta più fatica.

La soluzione: abolite le penne a sfera. :D
Yeah, forms with tiny rectangles are the only ones where I would write printed letters. I've filled one form just yesterday and no rectangles, so filled in cursive.
The pen they gave me was terrible though! The point would dip a little constantly :( And the one I had with me is heat erasable so not good for documents.

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Tiny rant: US-/North America-centrism is so pervasive on the English-language Internet. People are quick to describe a plant or animal in a post as "invasive" without knowing where the photo was taken. I'm like, *where do you think it is native to?* Mars? ⁦ಠ⁠_⁠__ಠ⁩

I just saw a user assuming a planarian they found was invasive because that's what North Americans automatically parrot. They were in its native range. :blobfacepalm:
The moral of this story is, when describing something as an invasive species, say where.
@PeteBleackley or anything, really. How often do I wonder where on earth this amazing species might live that I’ve never seen before. And the poster doesn’t say.

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The non-free-firmware repository

PinePhonePro users might get nagging messages about packages being held back right now…

TL;DR: Please add the non-free-firmware section to the Debian repository line in /etc/apt/sources.list (recommended, even if you are not on PinePhonePros).

Details are in our blog post
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Hi, any chance to get sound problem resolved in OnePlus 6T ? with this non free firmware packages.
@donreddy no, there is no firmware for the Oneplus in the Debian repositories. Those Android phone manufacturer rarely give a clear permission to redistribute their firmware blobs.

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Oggi, 11 marzo, è il secondo sabato del mese, quindi ci troviamo dalle 20:30 in poi all'indirizzo per fare quattro chiacchere mentre si fanno cose :)
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sa, sa, prova, prova?

Dovrei aver configurato l'account come gruppo, o almeno spero

my mother asked me to buy some fabric on an online shop for her.

I only bought a bit of cord for piping, and NO fabric.

(ok, I was tempted to look for materials to make a couple new towels, but they were out of it, so not even that :D )


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It is spring, which means it's a good time to update emergency supplies before summer rolls in.

I consider myself a small-scale prepper. By which I mean that I am not interested in preparing for 'the end of the world as we know it' (TEOTWAWKI) or stocking up on weapons for the 'inevitable civil war.'

But I absolutely am interested in having enough emergency supplies laid in for actual emergencies.

My baseline is off of the 2003 Northeast blackout and several years of emergency relocations

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I want two weeks supplies on hand in the house (blackout).

I want go bags with the necessities for everyone so that in the case of emergency hospital trips, building fires, or (god forbid) another 'we have less than 24 hours to load up whatever we can in the car and find a new place to live' I know we'll be okay for at least a few days.

I know 'prepper' has a bad name, and there's good reason for that. But often the most marginalized of us especially can really benefit from a bit of prep
Related to this:
here's my thread from early COVID on ways to get a hold of extra medicine so you can have '2 extra weeks on hand' that everyone recommends 'in case of emergency' but then insurance makes it nearly impossible to get:

Hey, so, I've seen several folks talking about how coronavirus advice givers insist you should everything on hand for two weeks -- including your medicine, and how impossible that is.

I'm a small-scale prepper who has been working on getting a month's worth of medicine on hand for a couple years now. If you want to be able to have extra meds on hand for emergencies, here's some tips:

Today I went through the go-bags to see what we have, what needs to be replaced, and what's been used. Here's a rough outline of what I try to have (emphasis on TRY, I'm never actually managed all this):
Personal go-bags (one for each family member:

* 1 change of clothes
* 1 extra pair underwear and socks
* 2-4 weeks daily meds
* emergency blanket
* $25
* emergency letter w/ contact info and 'I am autistic/PTSD/etc, here's what it looks like when I have a panic attack and here's how to help
* book/toy/drawing supplies
* fave high energy snacks (usually granola bars and candy)
* fave stuffed animal/comfort object
* couple bottles water
Family go-bag (large duffel, first parent to the door is responsible for grabbing it:

* 2 changes of clothes each
* emergency radio
* 3 days food
* water filters/sodium tablets
* emergency tools
* digital copies of important documents (drivers licenses, insurance cards, etc)
* paper copies of important documents
* family emergency contact info
* toys/games (Nintendo DS currently), books, etc
* $100
* hygiene stuff
* extra glasses
* flashlights
* duct tape
* tarp/rope for emergency shelter
There's other stuff I'd LIKE to have in there -- for instance, I'd LIKE to put a pre-paid phone in each individual go-bag. I'd LIKE to have extra pairs of shoes, and rain gear, and...

But basics first, 'extras' later (if/when tehre is money for them)
this would be great to post in Sol Garden, if you have the spoons and all :)
Not today, but definitely.

I'm actually starting to use these threads as rough drafts for essays. let's me get the thoughts down before I lose them.
that's cool :) I have tried to do that but then i forget about the thoughts lol
@unfitmisfit Or, if you check them often enough, bookmarks.

I'm recently diagnosed with ADHD, and I'm going to set up some sort of "in progress" list, a "here's that thread you wanted to finish, and those documents about that thing you were researching," etc. They can sit there until the world ends, but I don't have to re-invent the wheel every time, or try to remember what Old Me called something. Chances are she got clever and the title is connects to a previous special interest.
If you aren't used to thinking in terms of emergency prep, all this can seem excessive.

We tend to hit our emergency supplies about a half dozen times a year, for everything from 'someone is going to the hospital' to 'food stamps ran out' to 'fuck, I wasn't not healthy enough to do laundry for three weeks.'

They're also useful for kids having sleep overs, trips to visit family (you're already packed for a weekend trip).
Obviously, not everyone can do this.

Hell, I can't do this and it's my plan! We have never had full paper copies of emergency documents, or $100, or a tarp w/ ropes in the family go-bag.

I THINK I'll finally be able to manage some of that this year. Hopefuly.

(Correction -- it should be two tarps. One ALWAYS goes on the ground, and if you have a second you can put it over you.)

But most folks can manage something.
Most folks can manage to stick a change of clothes in an old bookbag or purse.

Most folks can find a handful of bandaids to squirrel away, or a bottle of asprin.

Most folks can stick a bit of candy or nuts in a hideaway for a high-calorie emergency snack. (Pro-tip, avoid chocolate or anything that can melt)

As is often the case, doing something, even if it's 'not enough' is better than waiting until the 'right' time to do everything you want.
I'll probably pretty this up and turn it into an essay in the next several weeks.

In the meantime -- any other small-scale preppers want to share their tips?

(Note to self -- add a roll of toilet paper to go bags.

Cheap, easy to get and replace (usually), and has a wide variety of uses from tissues to first aid to, well, you know.)
My social media-limiting self care app is about to kick me off for the day.

Apologies if I don't reply to folks.

If you want to see this as an essay, subscribe here:

and you'll be notified when the essay drops.
something that I want to do and isn't doing, on top of that, is keeping a digital copy of all important records, both on an HDD in the emergency bag AND a cloud solutions. Things like old payslips, blood test results, etc.

This is a great plan and mine is stuck at "I have a vague idea what bag I'd use" because anything more makes my head spin :(
@queer_of_swords Familiar with the head spinning.

Do you know what cloud solution you'd want to use?
*pinches bridge of nose* none of the ones that come to mind feels any good, and I haven't had capacity to research it, to be honest. I'd have to check where it's hosted, and their interest in privacy, and also if it's kinda obscure it has more chances of flying under the radar of hackers.

Not that I have any sensitive documents besides my personal stuff, but might as well go with people I trust!
some small card games and a few dice

(I also carry a few pen a spare A4 sheets of paper with me usually, but for people that do not, having a few different pen type including a sharpie is something I would say is pretty useful)
@Jess Mahler since for weekend trips and the like I already have to bring a pair of house shoes, I'm looking in the general direction of having something that can also work as emergency outdoors shoes (and can be washed afterwards to go back to being indoors only).

I'm thinking espadrille-shaped, but with rubber soles, but something like hiking sandals would also work.

Of course that's based on the assumption that one already needs house shoes for travel.
The thread, and the comments, are wonderful. Much as another commenter said, I don't know any other small-scale not-preppers.

I might add that once you've got two weeks' worth of short-term preparedness, consider 2-6 months worth of your basic staples. My stash is running low right now, but it's saved my bacon, and my parents', during times of job loss or extended illness.

I work that right into the cupboards - what's a couple more canisters of rice? It's easier to rotate that way.
This is a good idea for folks who can manage it, but for both space and money reasons isn't an accessible goal for a lot of people. Especially families.

I can fit two weeks food supply in our pantry. Two weeks for a family of four takes up as much space as 2 *months* food supply for a single person. And costs equivalent.
Jess, you’re right. It’s been too long since I had the privilege of family. One forgets.

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Forgotten Yeast Bread

Posted on March 7, 2023
Yesterday around 13:00 I started my usual ”I’m being lazy” bread recipe:
  • 400 g flour
  • 250 g water
  • 6 g salt
worked for 8 minutes (by machine), left to rise until about 18:00.

For the record, it was a strong flour (310 W), type 1, so white, but somewhat coarsely ground.

And then, when it was time to cook bread for dinner I realized that something was missing. Something critical. See if you can spot it in the list above.

The yeast.

Some bread was taken out of the freezer and defrosted in the oven, but I didn’t want to throw away the flour, so I mixed 2-3 g dried yeast, 10 g flour and 10 g water, and left it to rise until after dinner.

Then I added it to the dought, added some more water (I know. I should have measured it. I didn’t expect having to repeat the thing. It was probably about 20 g), mixed for 5 minutes, covered it to rise.

This afternoon, around 15:30, I took the dought, folded it 5-6 times, formed a round loaf on the lined baking tray and left it in the cold oven until 17:45. Then I removed it from the oven, turned it on at 240°C, scored the top of the loaf and sprinkled it with water.

When the oven was hot I baked the loaf for 10 minutes at 240°C, then turned it down to 160°C for 20 additional minutes.

And then I realized I need to repeat this.

No, there are no pictures (there is some left, but it’s too dark to take pictures).
if you want to replicate try mixing flour and about 70% water, leave it some time (Calvel recommends 30 min), then add water yeast and everything else and go your normal merry way.
The alternative (cold autolyse) is a bit more involved.
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XMPP What's new in Debian 12 bookworm

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Uh! the 2023 edition of #ColorOurCollections is out (has been out for a while, now :D ): free (as in price, but often also as in freedom) #colouringBooks based on the images found in the collections of museums around the world.

BRB will be downloading stuff :D

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btw, the quality of the books isn't very consistent: some institutions have / provide clean line drawings, while other simply convert their artwork to greyscale and that's it, but in previous years there were quite a few gems.
wow, that is SUCH a cool resource! I didn’t know those existed 💡 I can even see those images being used for #embroidery and other crafts - thanks so much for sharing, Elena ✨

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Bookbinding: photo album

Posted on March 6, 2023
an open book with a watercolour of a costume pasted from two corners on one page; near the spine there is a sliver of paper as a spacer.

When I paint postcards I tend to start with a draft (usually on lightweight (250 g/m²) watercolour paper, then trace1 the drawing on blank postcards and paint it again.

I keep the drafts for a number of reasons; for the views / architectural ones I’m using a landscape photo album that I bought many years ago, but lately I’ve also sent a few cards with my historical outfits to people who like to be kept updated on that, and I wanted a different book for those, both for better organization and to be able to keep them in the portrait direction.

If you know me, you can easily guess that buying one wasn’t considered as an option.

A closed hardcover book in uniform dark grey.

Since I’m not going to be writing on the pages, I decided to use a relatively cheap 200 g / m² linoprint paper with a nice feel, and I’ve settled on a B6 size (before trimming) to hold A6 postcard drafts.

For the binding I’ve decided to use a technique I’ve learned from a craft book ages ago that doesn’t use tapes, and added a full hard cover in dark grey linen-feel2 paper. For the end-papers I’ve used some random sheets of light blue paper (probably around 100-something g / m²), and that’s the thing where I could have done better, but they work.

Up to now there isn’t anything I hadn’t done before, what was new was the fact that this book was meant to hold things between the pages, and I needed to provide space for them.

a book seen from the top: near the spine all signatures are made of 4 sheets, but two of them for each signature are just stubs, and leave open spaces between the pages.

After looking on the internet for solutions, I settled on adding spacers by making a signature composed of paper - spacer - paper - spacer, with the spacers being 2 cm wide, folded in half.

And then, between finishing binding the book and making the cover I utterly forgot to add the head bands. Argh. It’s not the first time I make this error.

The same book, open on an empty page.

I’m happy enough with the result. There are things that are easy to improve on in the next iteration (endpapers and head bands), and something in me is not 100% happy with the fact that the spacers aren’t placed between every sheet, but there are places with no spacer and places with two of them, but I can’t think of (and couldn’t find) a way to make them otherwise with a sewn book, unless I sew each individual sheet, which sounds way too bulky (the album I’m using for the landscapes was glued, but I didn’t really want to go that way).

The size is smaller than the other one I was using and doesn’t leave a lot of room around the paintings, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it also means less wasted space.

I believe that one of my next project will be another similar book in a landscape format, for those postcard drafts that aren’t landscapes nor clothing related.

And then maybe another? or two? or…
Traceback (most recent call last):

TooManyProjectsError: project queue is full

  • yes, trace. I can’t draw. I have too many hobbies to spend the required amount of time every day to practice it. I’m going to fake it. 85% of the time I’m tracing from a photo I took myself, so I’m not even going to consider it cheating.↩︎
  • the description of which, on the online shop, made it look like fabric, even if the price was suspiciously low, so I bought a sheet to see what it was. It wasn’t fabric. It feels and looks nice, but I’m not sure how sturdy it’s going to be.↩︎

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sooo, to make myself a tea I need hot water (check), mug (check), filter (check). Am I missing something?
if I am missing lemon or, alternatively milk, I usually abort the mission
@ndo nope, thanks, straight tea, here (with the leaves, however :D )
hardcore brewing :D
not if you're into homeopathy

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Can anyone on #sewing mastodon recommend a good resource for learning the basics of tailoring? I learn best from books but I'm open to other types of resources too!

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could you say more about what you want to learn? Altering clothes or paper patterns is a bit different from drafting patterns and both are different from making up clothes by hand or machine.
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@bookandswordblog So I've made clothes before (from pre-made patterns) so I have a basic understanding of sewing. I'm really looking to learn more about altering existing clothing.

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Nel 2023 ho deciso di dedicare meno tempo al "lavoro che porta a casa la pagnotta" e più tempo alla mia vita creativa (leggasi: suonare in giro come Kenobit, partecipare a eventi, etc.).

Per farlo funzionare, con sommo sforzo, sto impostando in maniera più ordinata tutte le faccende collaterali, dalle fatture al merch.

Per questo, in ottica di vendere le magliette, vi chiedo: qual è il modo migliore per spedire una maglietta in Italia?

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@tankboy_san poste 1 mi sembra molto ok.
eh il mio unico dubbio su poste 1 (ma ricontrolla, sai mai che la memoria mi giochi brutti scherzi) è che a differenza di raccomandata non è assicurata in caso di smarrimento (che è sempre molto brutto).

TFW I'm finally using the 2-ply linen thread on an historically accurate piece of reed rather than modern cardboard¹ spool, and it's when sewing a pair of modern slippers.

#sewingPersonProblems #HistoricalSewing

¹ I don't think I've ever bought linen thread on plastic spools
not that I ever do any kind of sewing where a cardboard spool wouldn't be realistically possible (even if possibly the markings could be too modern, e.g. if there is a barcode)

or at least, not that I'm currently planning to do :D

It's the end of February, and my “score” is: 27 pieces of mail (mostly postcards, some letters) have been written and sent / delivered, one is on my desktop because I've decided at the last minute to paint a postcard and I'm a bit late with it, and will be sent maybe thursday or so.

I'd call it a success, anyway!

#InCoWriMo #MonthOfMail or whatever you want to call this thing :D

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Making a pair of slippers in optical white linen is a good idea, right?

What can possibly go wrong?

I mean, it's not like slippers are getting dirty or anything, RIGHT?

(it's what I had in the stash, and I wanted to do it NOW)

#sewing #sewingPersonProblems
@Green and Rainbows they are going to have some kind of sole, it's not just white linen :D
That doesn't prevent me from randomly quoting the Liebeslieder Waltzes, though

my plan to let my mother use #fountainPens so that I can buy more ink is both working and not working: I've just refilled the one pen she's been using and I've seen on my ink diary that the last time it had been refilled was on 2021-04-13 with a platinum cartridge (which takes more ink than a converter, but still…).

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the most important part of the history of Unicode is the time that a mouse fell out of a light fixture and got added to the count of members present
Screenshot of meeting notes for UTC Meeting 149. Text reads:

Mouse now present. 6.502 members represented.

[149-A94] Action Item for Landlord: Capture and exile the mouse that just fell out of the light fixture.
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Which of these worlds sounds best for FOSS:

a) a world where all the projects have clear steps to compiling, participating

b) a world where you trust the developers to compile and put things together from black boxes, don't touch them, the devs know what's best for you

fuck flathub/flatpak/docker as "the way to run FOSS software", go guix and nix and debian

down with "father knows best" architecture

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I’ve always seen open source as a model for how projects should be and pushed back hard any time proprietary software requires specific configurations on the developers’ machines. Being spoiled by how easy autoconf, et al made things, so many closed source projects seem downright clunky in comparison.
Speaking as someone who used to toggle binary machine code into core memory using front panel switches, and used a logic probe as a primary debugging tool I’m confident that there’s a continuum in this, as in all things.
There will always be wizards, as well as script kiddies and moms and dads with differing needs and abilities.
That said, the “O” in FOSS pretty much by definition rules out black boxes. The challenge, nevertheless, is to agree on the level of abstraction where black boxes are acceptable. The CPU as black box? Compiler?
We’re all probably running C compilers with Ken Thompson’s privilege virus in them, for example :-) (i.e. not many people bootstrap their “black box” compilers). However not having buildable source seems like it’s no longer “OSS”.

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Do not seize the day. This will startle the day and may cause it to become aggressive and give you a nasty bite.

Instead approach the day calmly without making eye contact, pet it gently, and slowly enfold it in a careful embrace

If the day shows any signs of resistance to being engaged with, it is likely to turn on you. Back off and return to bed.
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Do not chase your dreams. Humans are persistence predators. Walk behind your dreams at a pace that allows you to easily track them, and pounce on them when they eventually fall down, too exhausted to elude you any more.

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I guess it's unplanned #fiberuary #mending?

This morning I've realized that the socks I had washed yesterday were dangerously thin on the heel, but I've managed to get them when it was still possible to do a duplicate stitch.

No picture because when I did it there was still no sunlight (not that we've had a lot of it today)

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I feel lucky: the laundry is currently outside to hopefully dry and not be drenched by rain. I repeat, the clean laundry is currently at risk of being drenched by rain. :D

Mi sento fortunata: ho steso fuori sperando che asciughi e non ci piova sopra. Ripeto, la biancheria pulita è stesa fuori nonostante un leggero rischio di pioggia. :D

TFW you have all of the powder / desaturated blue thread colours your haberdashery carries, and realize that the fabric (that you've had since 2019) you are cutting right now is a *saturated* light blue.

A voice tells me that a trip to the haberdashery is going to be in my future.


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Qualcuno di voi utilizza ancora i Centri per l'Impiego? Anche non solo per la ricerca del lavoro, credo offrano altri servizi (forse, ho smesso di andarci quando, nella minuscola tessitura in cui ho fatto la prova le finestre erano tenute su con lo scotch da pacchi, il riscaldamento era con stufette a kerosene del 1800 e la prova alla fine non me l'hanno pagata, e rivolgendomi al CPI di Varese mi hanno detto che, fondamentalmente, erano cazzi miei nonostante il lavoro me l'avessero procurato loro con conseguente denuncia mia *privata* all'ispettorato perchè lo stesso CPI non voleva essere coinvolto mortacciloro)...


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