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Saying goodbye to my UE Mini Boom today. Despite not being waterproof, this thing has accompanied me in almost every shower in every place I've lived for over 5 years. Been dropped countless times from various heights and doused with water often, but kept ticking. Unfortunately it doesn't really charge, and doesn't hold the charge for long when it does, so I'm afraid it's time to replace it.

I always thought people who had surgery and then said they could "feel the weather" were nuts, but my ankle is currently predicting 2-4 inches of snow so what the heck do I know.

Spent the day hacking on Vocal. Fixed several annoyances, and in the process figured out one of the main causes of instability that was introduced with the gpodder.net integration. Feels sooo much better now. So dang close to getting 3.0 out in users' hands.

Update: went pretty well! Sometimes the library was a bit too quiet - I work best when there's a constant murmur in the background. Coffee shops are my go-to - unfortunately there aren't any around me that are open past 5pm.

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Trying a new thing where I go to the library a couple times a week in the evening to work on FOSS / open data / project-y stuff. Trying out the library near my apartment for the first time today. We'll see how it goes.

There is a new project to make a #FLOSS DuoLingo alternative! librelingo.app

Would love to figure out how to have the social aspects federated!

One of these years I'm going to be able to actually make it all the way through 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' But I don't think it will be this year.

After spending more time than I'd like to admit chasing a simple error, it finally works :)

After all the terrible sequels you forget how edgy 'The Terminator' was. Arnie rips a dudes heart straight out of his body within the first 5 minutes.

Since I refuse to use Spotify I can't do the thing, but here's my most played for the year. Basically it's just a mix between Hozier and Brandi Carlile.

Funny interaction today. Walked over to the burger joint by my apartment for lunch.

Cashier [looking at 2 to-go bags]: You must be Nathan
Me: Yep! How'd you know?
Cashier: Just a guess!
Me: The other one must be for Suzy or someone
Cashier: Nope, you just don't look like a Mike

I'll be back this weekend to get everything cleaned up and merged in, then upload our new strings for our translator community. Keep in mind Vocal should still be considered unstable, but I want to give everyone plenty of time for translations.

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Spent the day addressing the last 2 major remaining engineering hurdles for Vocal's gpodder.net integration, so now it's officially time to celebrate turkey day!

Nice to see Microsoft's new Surface Pro tablet being designed to make it slightly easier for users to upgrade and repair. Really hoping this trend of improved repairability will continue! ifixit.com/News/surface-pro-x-

Just watched Joker. It's like if a Batman movie were directed by Tarantino and then uploaded to Vimeo.

Petition for "mobile" Wikipedia to just be the default Wikipedia.

Lots more work on Vocal this evening! Can now parse the episode actions from gpodder and sync it with the local db, so episode changes are now officially bidirectional! Also added the option to set up library sync on the welcome screen to build your library from the cloud.

Also, in general housekeeping news, I finally added Issue templates! Hopefully that makes it easier for people to report bugs and add feature requests, and also increases the quality a bit by making sure we get all the info we need.

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Spent the evening working on Vocal's gpodder.net sync. It now can sync episode changes up to the cloud! And the mechanism for retreiving changes from gpodder back down are in place (now to just make it actually acknowledge and remember the changes).

Finally had time this morning to finish Snowden's book, and I'm glad to have one of my long-held beliefs confirmed: Burger King is legit and on the side of the good guys. I think I ought to go grab a Whopper.

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