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I keep thinking about the workbench I want to build, and how I think I've got everything I need once I demolish some crappy old structures out the back. I really want to take a couple of weeks off work as soon as possible, but I don't want to jump into that while the weather's so flaky still.

Mario and Luigi are free Peach extremists

"But Mike you said you fix things around your house sometimes, you must know how to put a spring back."

"That's mostly basic woodworking, there's very little crossover to printers."

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It's been an annoying constant that people always assume that I know everything about every device that's even vaguely related when they find out I'm A COMPUTER PERSON. Yesterday I got handed a small spring that'd come off inside a printer somewhere, and they didn't really seem to believe that I didn't know where it came from or how to put it back.

Highlights include a half-complete Dire Straits parody song "OS For Nothin" and notes and lyrics for "Antichronometrist - The Musical" about people who refuse to acknowledge the validity of time as a construct.

"They're heading off to Switzerland
Cos there's too much clockwork there
Marching in uneven rows
Their wrists are proudly bare"

Look, it was a first draft, OK?

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I've been going through old hard drives lately, in the hope of being able to dump the physical drives themselves.

I just hit a backup-in-a-backup that has rewarded me with a ton of files that haven't seen the light for over 20 years.

I think Frantic Dogpaddle may have had more album covers than songs. This is for a compilation I made at some point called "I Just Work Here". I was really into photographing small plastic toys at the time.

Beef Stew
1 - 1.5kg of Skirt steak
1 Onion
2-3 cloves garlic
1-2 sticks of celery
1 large carrot
6 large button mushrooms (or Swiss Brown)
1 can of tomotoes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tspn dried basil
1 tspn dried rosemary
2 teaspoons paprika
olive oil
Cube the skirt steak into cubes the size you want in your stew (about 1 inch sqaure worked well). Brown all sides of the meat in a very hot pan (I used a cast iron frypan, and some oil). Browning the meat seals in the juices and improves the flavour. Dice all the vegetables.
Now put some oil in your slow cooker, and add all the ingredients, stir, place the lid on, and set on High for 5 hours, or low for 8-10 hours.
Just before serving you can thicken the stew slightly with 1 Tablespoon of cornflour (corn starch), dissolved in a little water.
Serve with buttered toast (a good dark rye bread works fantastically, but any toasted bread would do).


If I'm ever having one of those "I hate all my music" days and nothing sounds good, the answer is always Bad Religion. Never fails to cheer me up. Against Me! has about a 90% success rate and also worth a try. Both? Why not!

Hey I had a great idea! Now we're only ever using HTTPS for everything on the internet, we can use that silly, useless port data in the protocol to expand the IPv4 address space and we won't even need IPv6 any more!

@szbalint the point I find most questionable is the blatant layer violation. DNS could have been made safer without creating yet another something-over-HTTPS meta protocol.

HTTP(S) should not be the default answer to everything. IMHO

Am I the only one around here deeming the choice of @mozilla to enable DoH on by default (in the US, for now) a particularly questionable one?

Has anyone written a Mastodon bot designed to greet and interact briefly with new users? I have some thoughts about how I'd like that kind of thing to play out and would like to mess around a bit, but don't want to necessarily start from scratch.

"A man has been charged after he allegedly attempted to drop eight tonnes of animal manure at the offices of Tasmanian politicians."


If I had control of a robot on Mars, even for a minute, there is no way in hell that I'd be able to resist the temptation to become the first person to draw a dick on another planet.

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