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has anyone made this joke yet 

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is in fact, Fediverse/Mastodon, or as I've recently taken to calling it, Fediverse plus Mastodon.

Babylon 5 Watch Through 

The moment Ivanova started using crutches I thought “oh no, Claudia Christian got hurt” and I was right.

Apparently she was afraid she’d be written of the show for a broken ankle – sounds like a really tight production environment. JMS apparently had “escape hatches” to write out any character on the show and as an actor, that’s gotta feel like a sword of Damocles 😔

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Babylon 5 Watch Through 

No one has told Claudia Christian that Ivonova is not the main character of B5 and it’s *amazing*. Similar to Nana Visitor / Kira – they both steal the show IMO.

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My niece and nephew have been visiting and today I finally got to introduce them to Steven Universe :su_star:

They loved it, naturally ☺️ We started at the beginning and it’s amazing how much setup is there, from the start. It’s a great show and I enjoyed getting to share it with them :misc_cute:

I learned a lot this week. I learned about systemd, Postgres, and Sidekiq, but I also learned more about the boundary between what I do/don't know.

A Mastodon server is a complex thing and it needs to be understood in order to scale it up. You can't just throw money at this kind of problem because that won't work. I enjoy this learning process, but it can be stressful when the server is under heavy load 😅

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The instance scaling continues to be a success. I haven't touched it since Tuesday night and memory/CPU/load have all levelled off 🎉

This graph shows the typical metrics before Monday, then during the initial influx, our first attempt to scale, and our second (successful) attempt to scale.

No more idling CPUs! This isn't the whole picture, as our Sidekiq queues were overwhelmed Monday&Tuesday. No more of that either :cat_uwu:

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Here's a new piece, "Stump/Sandia."

Found wood, vintage LED displays, hardware, circuitry

Time-based: shows garbled excerpts from a U.S. DoE design guide for the long-term messaging at a nuclear waste storage facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

3.5x6.5x4"/9x16x10cm HxWxD

#MastoArt #fediart

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I've made a deliberate choice against a quoting feature because it inevitably adds toxicity to people's behaviours. You are tempted to quote when you should be replying, and so you speak at your audience instead of with the person you are talking to. It becomes performative. Even when doing it for "good" like ridiculing awful comments, you are giving awful comments more eyeballs that way. No quote toots. Thank's

Today went really well. The new Sidekiq setup (multiple systemd services, to scale up specific in-demand queues) has worked out perfectly! CPUs aren’t idling as much and load average is still super-reasonable. I never saw the queue size exceed 500 all day, while yesterday we reached 45k :ohnocat:

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Sidekiq queues haven't broken past 500 all day, amazing.

"Fix your scaling issues with this one weird trick! systemd *hates* it!"

it's actually mentioned in the official docs: docs.joinmastodon.org/admin/sc I should send a pull request to emphasize how impactful splitting up the Sidekiq daemon can be.

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“If the USB-A plug doesn’t fit right away you have to rotate it by 360 degrees”

Six months ago, it seemed like a good idea to change my alarm sound to birdsong. But now there are actual birds singing at 5am and I just. can’t. sleep.

The instance stayed up overnight with the new config changes (always a concern haha). Sidekiq queues are empty and have already chewed through an average day’s amount of jobs. I’m excited/terrified to see what happens today!

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Babylon 5 Watch Through 

Linear and Na'toh are the dark horses of the series, my god

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Babylon 5 Watch Through 

wrapped up season one, started season two

the season one finale was pretty good. paid off a lot, and set up a lot. good pacing.

the season two opening credits narrative took a steep step backwards. CG got marginally better. I'm not sure I like this Sheridan guy yet.

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Big thanks to @rodti and @stux for their suggestion and help in splitting out Sidekiq into multiple systemd services 🙌 Our queues are empty and our CPUs are being better utilized 👍

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This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!