Less than 4 months until grandbaby. My stress levels are through the roof, and it's not even my child!

Sooooooooo yeah. Something unexpected happened. Well, not unexpected. Unplanned? Grandbaby expected: early January. Finally allowing myself to be a little excited.

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Writing challenge: sketch out a new #StarTrek series. Crew, ship, pilot episode, a handful of other episodes, perhaps a whole first season (synopses suffice).


• no time travel
• no fate-of-the-galaxy threat
• maximum 3–5 references to previous episodes
• no ‘it was all a dream’ episodes
• no characters cross over from other series
• no holodeck or transporter malfunctions

(I'm not serious about this being a writing challenge, but does anyone have Alex Kurtzman's phone number?)

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I still firmly believe we need to reclaim web 1.0 and the good bits of 2.0; build a website, write a blog, follow each others’ RSS feeds, and help each other to do so

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Astronaut Mark Kelly once smuggled a full gorilla suit on board the International Space Station. He didn't tell anyone about it. One day, without anyone knowing, he put it on... #ISS

Just a couple more weeks of class and this new certificate program is over. My son is moving out (again) next week (HOORAY) and I'm hopeful for an uneventful winter (I have to take 5 (or 6) more weeks vacation before March) Here's to getting more stuff done at home!

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TruthSocial, Fediblock, pol adjacent 

As you may have seen in the news today, Trump's media team has set up their own social network "Truth Social".

What they aren't admitting is it's actually just a Mastodon instance with all the Mastodon branding removed, including all of the messages acknowledging that it is FOSS, as required by the software's free open source licence. This is breaking the terms of the licence, and is essentially stealing the software from the volunteer community which made it.

This kind of behaviour cannot be accepted by anyone who believes in FOSS. Keeping to the requirements of a FOSS licence is fundamental to building software together. If powerful people get away with stealing FOSS, people may be reluctant to build FOSS in the first place.

Hopefully someone will take legal action, but in the meantime we can block these instances in case they try to federate:


#Fediverse #Fediblock #TruthSocial #Trump #MastoAdmin #Mastodon

No vax checking. Venue barely half full, maybe closer to a third. Stayed masked anyway. GREAT show.

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Much as I know I should be staying home, it feels good going to concerts (open air, masked). Crossing Indigo Girls off my list tonight (supposedly vax checking). Saw Cat Power, Garbage and Alanis 2 weeks ago and they didn't vax check even though they said they would. After this, I'm done til 2022.

Follow up: certificate program is two courses, back to back, each half of a semester. The syllabi are combined to make it seem as if it's one course, and there's only one online course site. It's all very confusing. Add to that the fact that half the material says 4 courses and half says 2 courses. And it's warm-fuzzy HR/HCM stuff, which I HATE. Oh well, it's free.

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So, more free education it is! "It is our pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted into the 2021 fall cohort of the Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership." It's not a PhD program, but it's something, while I keep treading water.


With apologies, (RIP Jessica Walter): "Do you want riots, because that's how you get riots!"

MS Teams is a giant heaping pile of dung. Hoping my cousin didn't work on that one.

Um... remember what I said about UX a few days ago? This is OSU's new job postings site: osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-U

It's been a while since I worked on UX/UI design, but did it (or when did it) become acceptable for enterprise software companies to replace menus, tabs, and other navigation with predictive text searches? I really can't see this [name redacted software] passing strict ADA compliance standards... and I don't wanna be that guy, but people with cognitive issues are gonna need more structure.

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Google workers announced their intention to form a union, under the auspices of CWA Local 1440. The union is called The Alphabet Workers Union (Google maintains the legal and accounting fiction that it is a division of a holding company called "Alphabet").

Speaking of legal fictions, the union is opening membership to "TVCs" - temps, vendors and contractors - employees who have deliberately misclassified so as to avoid paying them benefits or extending normal workplace protections to them.


PeopleSoft. *Sigh* Every effing thing takes hours.

Well. I officially graduated again (albeit a certificate this time) in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. My son also got his Master Auto Technician certifications today. Yippee. We're certified!

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