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this has begotten a mythology about what is dust, what is wets, and what is "dries" (dry-plural). to be rained on is to have your dries wetted.

but also a simmering class consciousness as serfs ask questions like "if i could dust me own wets what would a lord even do"

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at home we have this bizarre running gag about a feudal society in which the holy role of a landlord is to sprinkle parmesan on the pasta of their serfs, ergo the defining phrase:

"dust me wets, m'lord"

OOOH! Y'know that grotesque anti-pattern where websites present a two-stage login, and you have to sumbit your username in order to even load the password field?

I've realised (I think!) the reason behind it. I think it's optimised for mobile devices in landscape mode, where the keyboard would obscure the password field & submit button, if both fields were on the same page.

I mean it's still /LOUSY/ design - but (in a Hanlon's Razor sorta way..) probs. not actually, intentionally malicious..?

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My car's AC sounds like the beginning of Baba O'Riley. While interesting, I don't think it's ideal. 😄

(Obligatory training-bore note: from an entirely uncited blog post; not consistent with British Cycling ramp test methodology)

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Mention of dental work 

I'm off to the dentist for a deep clean and impressions.

Tempted to say to her, "I do the jokes round here." <groan>

Death, illness, pregnancy mention; online ticket brokers 

SeeTickets: In the event of your death, we shall only refund you if the death was not caused by a medical condition you were aware of at the time you made your booking.

Oh - and if you're pregnant, it had better not be a normal pregnancy if you want a refund. Ordinarily-pregnant people are always, without exception, perfectly able to attend our 7am-finish warehouse raves.

*Meanwhile*: My friend says he'd be happy to take it to the U.S. when he goes there sometime around Christmas/New Year, if he has enough baggage space (he spends like half his life on aeroplanes and has loads of good deals, so he probably will). If not, it looks like i can post it to you for about £30. Happy to do this if it suits you, but I imagine a decades-old SW reciever probs. isn't really worth £30?

@vfrmedia @DC7IA@chaos.social

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@diodelass Hulllo! Quick update on that shortwave reciever: so unbeknownst to me, my dad offered it to the RSGB. Nobody has yet turned up to collect it*, so I'm not sure what's happening with that. If somebody takes it before I can get it to you, I am sorry!

(*Though I have been warily keeping an eye out on the street for beige-coloured Ford Mondeos with DFing aerials..)


So I'm *terrible* with names and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this: In my head, I frequently mix-up heroic developer-activist Aral Balkan, @aral, with the (also rather good) London tech-house DJ Erol Alkan.

(Not yet made this an embarrassing IRL blunder, but it's only a matter of time..)

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ActivityPub needs someone like Steve Jobs in the space, seriously. (this is not an endorsement of Steve, but boy is he good at yelling)

UKpol, BBC, bad puns 

*YESS*! Sure, the BBC may have replaced current footage of PM BoJo laying a remembrance wreath upside-down with historical footage of him laying one the right way up and sure, this does raise the question of the BBC's impartiality - but I've just made the first wreath/Reith pun to be heard in Britain since 1926 and I'm super proud of myself!

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I like to clarify why we don’t have a verification system like the #birdsite with the blue thingy next to your name.

On the #fediverse or at least #Mastodon we all are equal. No person is ‘higher in ranks’ or better than everyone else, our point is exactly the opposite. We want equality right?

We have plenty of methods to prove who you are on other platforms, we don’t need a badge for that 😉 Ofcourse you can use it however you like but this would be the reason, I’ll hope you’ll understand

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Met a bloke tonight with a belt-drive bicycle (a BMC Hybrid). Had a bunch of funky tech. features, including a carbon fork with a pronounced J-turn, and a split seat-stay (for fitting the drivebelt). Every time I dip back in to the world of bicycle design, there is so much cool and surprising new stuff! If the "woah, this is all new" feeling is this pronounced for bicycle design - how on Earth must it feel for folks who periodically dip in and out of computing?

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<< One of our excellent developers, Hank, found this world-class review of "Ducks: and How to Make Them Pay" (1894) that I think completely captures the depths of disappointment a book can provide, 125 years later. >>


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If you've literally never done reverse engineering before, I'll tell you the cardinal rule:

-> Follow The Strings <-

By searching for phrases that appear, you can trace back who uses that string, and from there start figuring logic out

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Did you know, you can narrow down the suggestions from the firefox address bar using the following characters :

^ to search for matches in your browsing history.
* to search for matches in your bookmarks.
+ to search for matches in pages you’ve tagged.
% to search for matches in your currently open tabs.
# to search for matches in page titles.
$ to search for matches in web addresses (URLs).
? to search for matches in suggestions.

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