PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.

They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught

If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.

If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.

Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.

One of my favorite pairings. Beyond Sausage fresh from the grill and my English-style IPA.

Unfortunately, my original recipe for Pierian Spring, the rhubarb hefeweizen I made Summer of '15, was lost when Brewtoad shut down. However I do recall most of it, re-brewing is an opportunity to apply what I've learned, both on the day and in re-formulating the recipe. This is going to be a fun beer.

Rhubarb worked well in terms of flavor in that beer, a hefeweizen. I haven't made it since because at the time I was still learning and that was a challenging brew day. Another bumper crop five plus years later, time to try it again.

Last time we received a bumper crop of rhubarb from our CSA and ran out of things to do with it, I used the rest in a beer.

I miss you, Dad. Happy Father's Day. Thanks, little sister, for sharing this incredible picture that captures his spirit so well.

Rewatching some Big Damn Heroes because sometimes you just have to.

Do you know what Cell Site Simulators are? They are a privacy risk

A CSS is a device that mimics a legitimate cellular tower. Police around the world use this technology primarily to locate a phone (and therefore a person) with a high degree of accuracy, or determine who is at a specific location.

New mask, who dis? Thank you to Andrea for making me a couple of very on brand masks.

Lazy fediverse question: Is anyone aware of voice or video chat that has or uses any kind of environmental audio? Thinking of large virtual gatherings at $day_job and how they collapse after a certain size. Something that literally lets people move towards/away from topics of interest/disinterest could be super useful.

I could have done this sooner, I am here now. I do like that there are options to migrate, if I get the urge to stand up my own Mastodon instance. This seems like a reasonable instance for now, thought.


Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.