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i don't always use fountain pens…

but when I do, i build them myself :D


Since I stumbled on I've been wanting to try and make one, and I've finally found half an hour to do so.

This includes discovering that the cartridges I still had from my school years (last millennium) were dry, refilling one of them, discovering that I don't know how to refill an ink cartridge without spilling ink (luckily just on my hands and on some paper ads that were there to protect the desktop) and finally trying the pen.

For something made out of a soft drink can, it writes pretty well.

#XMPP console client #Profanity supports #OMEMO now in its master git branch.

Users of #Debian unstable or testing can install version 0.6.0+git20190503.4a165b8-1 from the experimental distribution.

@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO

@Gruppo Linux Como

I think in some ways the concept of "pythonic code" overlaps with functional programming (i.e. less loops, more comprehensions/generators, no manual counters) or "feels" similar (context managers somehow remind me things in lisp that wrap code and execute it in a specific way), however some things are outside the notion of "pythonic", like recursion.

I think that this is a very important message to all crafters.
The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles

To relatable "put myself to bed feeling like I’ve lost something valuable and hating myself for it. I can’t be productive, and I can’t fully relax..."


Off-topic: I saw this in my Diaspora account, and tried to follow the Olimex user. Only to realize it's a Mastodon account (and followed there).

I'm following their accout from friendica, without issue apparently. Does diaspora support activitypub ( ?

No, it doesn't (afaik, at least it didn't last time I checked).

Friendica supports the diaspora protocol, because friendica supports *everything* :D

I guess not. As before, I could not get information directly between Mastodon and Diaspora.

@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO it's time to start testing the installer:
Help test Debian Live

Just downloaded the network installer. Will try it later in a VM. Once in graphical mode and ones in the trusty CLI mode.

woooo, new post on Ex Urbe!
Stoicism’s Appeal to the Rich and Powerful

Cool. Stoicism is close to my heart, and expresses a lot of what I have discovered for myself.

But it definitely carries with it the danger of an interpretation where person A might tell person B that person A's actions were justified and person B's distress is entirely internal, therefore there is no reason for person A to change their behavior, B should just be better at accepting their fate.

We can do both. This is where I refer to the Serenity Prayer. It's one of the best pieces of Christianity, and it is pure Stoicism.

Grant me the wine to accept the things I cannot change,
The coffee to change the things I can,
And the shrooms to know the difference.

Mother Goose had it centuries before Reinhold Niebuhr, apparently:

> For every ailment under the sun
> There is a remedy, or there is none;
> If there be one, try to find it;
> If there be none, never mind it.

(and of course various Stoics and Buddhists a millennium or two before her, but her version is pretty much exactly the Serenity Prayer in content, just with different phrasing)



SiFive updated their #HiFive1 #RISCV development board, in case you missed the first round.

Now it includes onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, among other updates like support for more peripherals.

@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO


I am up to no good.

For anyone #teaching #programming, this is excellent.

Ten quick tips for teaching programming

Full citation:

Brown, Neil C. C., and Greg Wilson. “Ten Quick Tips for Teaching Programming.” PLOS Computational Biology 14, no. 4 (April 5, 2018): e1006023.

#research #scientificComputing

After a bit more than one year since I finished, I finally posted the pattern and instructions for my backpack.

This was my first big #MYOG project, and I've been using it almost daily as my “handbag”. #sewing

From “the internet” (if you know where this comes from, please tell me so)


this is so true it hurts


Debian SnowCamp in Laveno 28 Feb / 3 Mar 2019
Just like last year, we are organizing a small DIY DebCamp in Laveno from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March 2019.

A DIY DebCamp is chance to meet other debianites and work together, with no preset schedule other than what the participants themselves decide to have.

There is still room to register by adding yourself to the table on the debian wiki:

See you in Laveno! is a project that wants to liberate sheet music from copyright and from paper! They invite and coordinate volunteers to transcribe public domain scans from using Should be a great learning experience! 🎼


Become A Facebook-Free Business

This is an interesting initiative!

Being a Facebook-Free Business means your customers can trust that you aren’t collaborators with the Facebook machine. That when you spend your money with a Facebook-Free Business, none of that money will find its way back to Facebook’s coffers.

The rules are pretty simple. Being Facebook Free means:

- We do not buy advertisement on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, or WhatsApp.
- We do not use Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, or WhatsApp to promote or represent our business or to communicate with our customers.
- We do not assist Facebook in its data collection regime through use of Facebook social Like buttons or by offering Facebook logins.

Thanks to @Debacle for the pointer!

#facebook #business #facebookfree

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.