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2018-06-14 12:03 pm
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Pawtuckaway State Park camping trip video

Another great camping trip with [personal profile] quietlymagical. Hiking a small mountain, campfire, kayaking.

I cut this one down to 21 minutes. (Out of 3 hours 15 minutes of footage.) In 4k.

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2018-03-12 10:54 am

Microsoft Internet Explorer is dead

Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft walks the road to browser irrelevance

MSIE was so long the bane of web developers, I'm excited to see it go.

At different times, the governments of The United States, Germany, France and Australia recommended against using IE because of how prone it was to security problems.

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2018-03-06 11:53 am
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Transportation hilarity

I was going to drop my car off at the mechanic's, to have my smashed window replaced ($275). I wanted to ride my bicycle home.

I pumped up the tires, which I always do, because I like low rolling resistance. I took my clipless pedals off, and put the original flat pedals on, because my shoes that work with my clipless pedals were among the things stolen from my car.

As I was walking from my car to the mechanic's office, I heard a hissing noise. One of my bicycles tubes had, in the previous ~3 minutes, sprung a substantial leak.

So I walked home.

22 minutes, no hardship. And I keep the means to replace a tube on my bike, I just didn't feel it was worth it. I just think it's hilarious. And awesome that it didn't happen while I was riding. I think I've had three flats since I got this bike, and none were while I was riding.
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2018-03-04 02:14 pm

My scale recommendations

Since I suddenly found myself not owning any scales, and finding them very useful, I spent some time figuring out which ones I wanted.

People scale:
EatSmart Precision CalPal Digtal Bathroom Scale

Food scale:
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale with Pull-Out Display, 11-Pound

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2018-03-01 07:17 pm

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Do I need to agree to livejournal's new terms and conditions in order to import my data?

I've tried twice without doing that, and it says the authentication failed.
darxus: (2014-03-27)
2016-02-22 12:34 pm

I hand wrote my main web page with a fountain pen


In previous versions, I blew out the paper, so the transition to a white background would be seamless. Now that I have ink that isn't black, I didn't blow out the paper, in an attempt to retain more detail.

I created the imagemap (clickable links) with a filter included in gimp (open source software along the lines of photoshop).

It's entirely usable in text only browsers (links, lynx, w3m), via alt attributes in the imagemap area elements.
darxus: (2014-03-27)
2015-02-03 04:09 pm
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[geek] initializing DST: openssl failure / upgrading ubuntu from lucid to precise broke DNS

I upgraded my linode server from ubuntu distro lucid to precise today. I didn't have any specific needs, but lucid is getting EOLed in a couple months.

It broke my DNS server. This is what ended up fixing it: Read more... )
darxus: (2014-03-27)
2014-09-28 01:04 pm

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Me on diaspora: https://diasp.org/u/darxus

It's another social media thing, whose goals I like the most. It's decentralized and open source.
darxus: (2014-03-27)
2014-09-09 01:33 pm
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I created an ello account


New social media site. I guess it's supposed to be less evil?

The "discover" friend finding feature is useless. I've been clicking on friends names, and then "following" to get a list of their friends, to dig for my friends.

My followers who joined before me have an average of 14.6 followers.
darxus: (August 2013)
2014-07-16 02:34 pm
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Eight years later, I'm still wondering what I could do for <user site="livejournal.com" user="nchant

The last, best advice I got, years ago, was to never speak to her again. So I continue to do that.

People who were close to us when we were together have said we were both abusive to each other. I expect I will always have difficulty wrapping my head around any part of that.

I wasn't a very compassionate person back then. I regret that I didn't treat her better. I've learned quite a lot since then.

Two years ago, I had four hours of BARCC training (active bystander, and first responder). In relation to that, I was one of the people who wore an advocate laminate the last two fireflies. I would say I was meaningfully involved in two men whose behavior was particularly problematic toward women (missing stairs) in the Boston burner community becoming far less involved in that community. I'm very happy to see people becoming more aware of these things, and trying to do something about it.

I'm interested in suggestions. You're welcome to speak freely.
darxus: (August 2013)
2013-11-18 03:36 pm
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I just finished Couch to 5k

By time, not by distance. It is by far the most commonly recommended beginner running program:

Why: Getting your body to adapt to regularly expending significant energy results in you having more energy. Which makes the rest of life easier and more pleasant. (And there are fine uses for extra cardiovascular stamina.) And I seem to be a lot happier when I have run recently.

A couple tips:

1) Slow down. A lot of beginner runners seem to be very discouraged by a counter-productive belief that running needs to be fast. Shuffling along is just fine if that's what gets your heart rate up. Getting out of breath means you're doing anaerobic exercise, which you can't do for as long, and does not have any more aerobic benefit than aerobic exercise (for a beginner).

2) Running (over-use) injuries are common, and usually easily avoidable, by paying attention to your body and taking a few days off when necessary. Know what the seven most common running injuries look like. I worry that rigidly sticking to training schedules and signing up for races causes people to avoid taking the days off they need, resulting in them ending up being forced to take months off.

Also, I feel like Couch to 5k (c25k) isn't great for seriously overweight people, who I suspect would often be better starting off walking.

I don't think running had anything to do with my weight loss. Exercise causes hunger, so you still have to do the calorie restriction. Counting calories works great for me.

Now I'm planning to work up to Bridge to 10k. Then probably one of Hal Higdon's marathon plans. Or maybe something more triathlon related. Sprint (shortest) triathlons sound kind of fun: swim 0.8 km (0.5 mi) + bike 20 km (12.5 mi) + run 5 km (3.1 mi).

C25k is a 9 week program that took me 25 weeks. I... don't really care.
darxus: (June 2012)
2013-10-29 03:56 pm
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I just did my first ever round trip commute by bicycle!

4.8 miles each way, Cambridge (work) to Malden ([livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine). 25 minutes there, 28 minutes back. Very happy with how it went.

I have magical shoes that attach to my pedals, so I can pedal up and down at the same time. This is horribly called "clipless". I've seen a suggestion to call them "clip-in". I went with mountain bike / two bolt style to get shoes I can actually walk in.

Also, the very end of my trip was the first time I fell due to having my shoes attached to my pedals. Trying to get through the gate into the garage by work. I knew I was pushing my ability. Fell over at 0mph. I wish I had a video to figure out why it managed to not hurt at all. Happy to have that experience.

It's fun to feel slightly less dependent on things like cars and subways

And this has me kind of thinking about moving back to greater Boston, from New Hampshire, so I can do more bicycle commuting.
darxus: (June 2012)
2013-10-29 03:55 pm
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[geek] ssh "authentication accepted.... Access denied."

Didn't find any web search hits, so I thought I'd document it:

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darxus: (June 2012)
2013-09-11 11:01 pm
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I seem to have gotten my rear derailer straightened out.

I went into it thinking I totally knew what I was doing, since I was pretty comfortable with the front derailer by the time I went to bed last night. But it wasn't cooperating. I was only messing with the cable tension knob. And... it was not very responsive.

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darxus: (June 2012)
2013-09-10 11:12 pm
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I fixed my bike!

The one I bought yesterday, that shouldn't need fixing.

I mentioned to the salesman that the front derailer seemed off. It was making noise when in both top gears, and it felt hesitant to shift into the top front gear. Read more... )
darxus: (June 2012)
2013-09-09 01:48 pm
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I finally have a road bike

Ten years ago I bought Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike, because I wanted a bike that could withstand anything. Then I mostly used it on the street, and hated how inefficient it felt.

So I finally fixed that problem.

2013 Specialized Allez Compact

Kryptonite evolution 4 mini-9 lock

Cat Eye EL-135 headlight and TL-LD130R tail light set.
darxus: (June 2012)
2013-08-08 10:50 pm
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Open-source OS and software for android hardware (phones)

"Replicant is a fully free Android distribution running on several devices."

- http://replicant.us/about/

"The F-Droid Repository is an easily-installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform."

- https://f-droid.org/

Since I really don't trust google anymore, I'm very happy to see these things.
darxus: (June 2012)
2013-07-25 09:42 pm
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Charging modern phones is complicated

USB standard power is 0.5 amps x 5 volts = 2.5 watts. That's what you get when you plug into any computer, or an old car USB power adapter.

With that much power, trying to use my phone for GPS navigation results in draining the battery.

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darxus: (June 2012)
2013-07-23 12:50 pm
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My latest phone choice

For a lot of people, right now this is going to come down to HTC One vs. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GS4), so I'll start with that.

In most ways, I prefer the HTC One (love the case). But I don't see how the un-replacable battery is forgivable. I saw one guy say by the time his battery isn't holding a solid charge, there will be ample info for a handy person to replace their own battery. And I did replace an un-replaceable battery in a heart rate monitor. But that person clearly didn't read the ifixit teardown for the HTC One. Just beginning to open it requires horribly mangling that beautiful case.

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Edit (2014-04-17): Another feature I'd like is more powerful vibration. After you notice it sucks, you can find lots of people complaining about the weak vibration of the GS4. But no reviewers commented on it? And how much better are the HTC One's speakers?