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Following along with the BSides SATX talks today. Its all virtual this year, but they're doing a great job keeping it interactive.

bsidessatx.com/

Looks like this old Ten-Tec power supply still works! Testing out the endpoints to try and make up a cable to power my Ten-Tec Argosy HF radio.

Noticed that R&L Electronics had some US stock of the NanoVNA V2 this morning. Now I have one on the way!

Having to scale things up with the cucumbers! Fermenting this time; +3% brine, shooting for half sours.

As an aside, I'm still not sure I like PHP annotations. They just feel... wrong.

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Spent all day figuring out how to extend existing field widgets, definitions, and formatter plugins in Drupal 8. Now that I understand it more I see that it's a really flexible mechanism, but wow what a slog to understand it.

Stumbled on this video making the rounds today, of folks in LA getting a close look at the moon for the first time. I know it's edited for maximum feelgoodiness, but it felt like a breath of fresh air this morning.

youtube.com/watch?v=XCrJ3NflOp

Consistent harvests of Summer vegetables coming out of the garden now. A whole mess of hot peppers are not too far behind.

Potentially annoying animation 

Spent some time today messing around with a simple pure CSS illustration, then way too much time with CSS animations.

I have a new appreciation for the work involved in some of incredible CSS art I've seen floating around. It's not easy.

Replaced the motor capacitor in the AC today after we awoke to a very warm house this morning. It's a small thing, but it feels good to be able to diagnose and fix a problem yourself.

A local electronic music collective had to cancel a show back in March. So, they got a hold of all the artists, pieced together the show, and threw it on YT. For anyone interested in some chill electronic music this evening.

youtube.com/watch?v=kk2CDX7tZ3

Fun weather watching tonight. We've had over an inch of rain in the last hour, and its still coming down. Good bit of lightning and some hail. More on the way.
Gotta love May in TX.

After putting this off for over a year I finally wrapped up a post on my little Odroid XU4 CloudShell2 NAS. This may have worked out for the best, as I now have a full year of use to reflect on.

electro.pizza/2020/05/selfhost

So far pickle consumption has kept pace with cucumber production. Looks like that will soon change, hope the neighbors like cucumbers.

rho boosted

So now I want to write a script that will youtube-dl my subs when the RSS updates then add it to a list on a self hosted page that acts like my own personal youtube interface with no JS, just a video element and the description.

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Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with this project for work. Really looking forward to freeing up some brain cycles for more self hosted tweaking, electronics projects, and dare I say blog posts!

I presented a demo today for a large chunk of my development work that's nearing completion. It seemed to be received well enough, but reflecting on my communication and style I'm left disappointed. I used to give talks a lot more frequently, and relative to what I recall of that time I feel like I've atrophied considerably.

I'm still loving VimWiki! I'm using it mostly to document research and methods I'm working through for my job, and its already become a valuable reference for me.

More and more I'm thinking about working up a reasonable stylesheet for the generated html and an auto publishing mechanism to post it all to the greater web.

github.com/vimwiki/vimwiki

First cucumbers of the year coming off the vine today!

Is it possible to stand up a mastodon or instance that doesn't federate at all?

To clarify, I'm sure its possible to hack something together that blocks activity pub, but I can't tell if its a built in option somewhere. Probably just need to dive in and try it.

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