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I'd like to send virtual chocolate¹ to all of the distribution maintainers who deal with toxic upstreams so that the users can get the software without having to deal with the toxicity themselves.

You are doing a great and *useful* job!

¹ if you're not in the mood for chocolate it will turn magically into whatever virtual comfort food you want

P.S. this is not restricted to any episode / project you may be thinking about.
Fortunately, "my" upstreams are friendly and helpful in general. Most are happy or even proud, that their software is packaged in Debian or other distributions. No chocolate for me?

Only if there is some left after the ones who need it mostly have had their own…

luckily for you, the supply of virtual chocolate does not change when ones takes some out, so yes, there is some also for you :)

#debian #artwork

Just back from a consumer electronics shop…

so, if I understand it correctly, I can pay “starting from” 2.5 €/month so that HP can track when I use the printer and sell me ink whenever they decide I need it.

Sounds like a great deal… not
Non piace a Fabio.


Comfy clothing

Last autumn I followed the Otari Hoodie sew along using black cotton sweatshirting as the main body and leftovers of cat print cotton jersey as the lining.


I had enough sweatshirting for a matching skirt, with applied pockets, using the circle_fraction_skirt pattern (on my git repository.

I had pockets on the hoodie and the skirt, but they aren't very big (and knits aren't great at carrying weight), so I added zippers to both seams so that I can access my pockets, so that I can have the “privilege of not lending” my scissors :D


And then today was a great day to wear it while on the couch (not pictured: warm blanket, book)


I only need to be careful not to wear this while playing munchkin steampunk in case those things count as toy cats for the mousetrap level 2 monster (“+1 for each living or toy cat you can see in the room when this card is turned up”. I wouldn't see my own clothing (riiight?), but other players would, and I suspect that they wouldn't be happy :D )
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Pepper and Carrot board game

Today the post had a surprise for me!


The Pepper and Carrot #freeCulture #boardGame from , including most expansions.

Looking forwards to playing it!

It has finally happened! I've been using valentina to draft #sewingPatterns for a while, using the upstream packages inside a virtual machine, and I can recommend it to other people who want to draft their own patterns from measurements (and not just because there are afaik no other free software alternatives).

I've been planning to try and package it for debian for a long time, but ended up spending my #sewing time on sewing-in-a-hurry instead of working on the tools, so I'm quite happy that somebody else had time to do it.
A bit from another world - recently I started exploring other package managers on top of my main distribution packaging system, for the rare and very specialized software that I often need the most recent version, like SuperCollider. My "host" distribution is Fedora (although I use Debian as well for other things), but on top of that I started using nix for some of the packages that aren't in the main fedora repositories yet. For me it's just a slightly better way to do ./configure && make && make install - one that would not pollute /usr/. Also I can rebuild a package easily with other flags if needed. Of course, I'm not advocating for not packaging the narrowly specialized packages into the distribution repositories. In general, I am beginning to like this pluralistic and compartmentalized approach to getting software onto my system.

Yesterday I received an ebook reader (not a kindle, of course, it was from somebody who knows me :D )

The first ebook I read on it was the one with all of the licenses for the free software it is running :D (ok, for values of “read” where I actually read the list of software, not really the licensing terms, as I think they were all standard licenses).

(and then I did the normal thing and loaded the backlog of DRM-free fiction ebooks I bought on various *bundle, and started reading one)
And what is the ebook reader manufacturer, if you don't mind sharing?

It's a tolino (shine 3, so one of the models that are actually rebranded kobo)

Yesterday I finally “released” version 0.2 of my veeery slowly developed collection manager lesana. Made a new package (not in a state fit for release) and installed it on my pc.

And then today I had an idea on how to implement a feature that I was having issues implementing…

(When I say “released” and 0.2 I really mean it: I've been using it for two years, and it's still not fit for human consumption)
Interesting! Do I understand correctly that it is similar to a database with a VCS-friendly (and human-friendly) storage format?

for a simple value of “database” (indexing / search is backed by xapian, which is a document indexing system, not a relational database), but yes, storage is VCS/human friendly, and there is a local search friendly index which can be regenerated from the data as needed.

MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) -

@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO #Federated #FederatedAlternatives

@Hanns Holger Rutz I'm not on diaspora, I'm on friendica (which has explicit support for all of the protocols involved: diaspora (the protocol) ostatus (old mastodon protocol) and activitypub (new mastodon protocol, not yet in a friendica release, but working nicely))

From I suspect that the answer for direct diaspora - mastodon federation is still no.

An advent calendar with #piecepack games, on an Italian board games website.

(The direct link to the calendar is )


Black friday shopping (sort of)

Yesterday afternoon I went to the city center to buy a couple of things... and then started noticing big sales signs and only then realized that black friday is now a thing also in brick-and-mortar Italy…

Anyway, I kept going towards the one remaining drogheria¹ in my town, met the new owner (YAY! it hasn't closed when the old ones retired) and bought a bit of spices, candied fruit and few grams gum arabic (YAY! I've found a place that sells it), so that I can continue my attempts at making my own dip pen ink.

And then I proceeded to ignore the big sales signs on my way back home :)

¹ that's a traditional shop that sells spices (droghe in slightely old-fashioned italian), preserved foods, household chemicals and… stuff.



Lady Ada pendants and brooches

Part of my under-development #steampunk costume is a chatelaine, and I wanted to decorate the brooch with something adequate for an analytic engine programmer.

Today I finally managed to do some laser toner transfers on #cernit on a couple of brooches and pendants; the top right brooch is the one that will end up holding the chatelaine.


I've posted WIP pictures on pixelfed.

The image is the famous Ada Initiative design, but I've removed the frame for improved clarity in the small format and the edited SVG is on openclipart.
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Linux Day 2018 Varese-Como
Inizia: Sabato 27 Ottobre 2018 @ 14:00
Finisce: Sabato 27 Ottobre 2018 @ 19:00
La principale manifestazione italiana dedicata a Linux, al software libero, alla cultura aperta ed alla condivisione: decine di eventi in tutta Italia, centinaia di volontari coinvolti e migliaia di visitatori per celebrare insieme la libertà digitale!

@Elena ``of Valhalla'' @Tobias Maybe in another few weeks I'll be able to RSVP and add this to my Osada calendar. ;-)