October 12, 2019

auto-generated description; it's probably the dog

”what” is ”happening” to these ”websites”

October 11, 2019

oh hey Spotify app on TV. finally.

October 10, 2019

Guh. Crashed my server at Linode and spent 24 hours not grokking how to get ”foolproof, just copy & hit start!” backup started. (I had reached the point of d/l-ing an IRC client to get into their chat when I realized I needed to set a new ”configuration”, not boot the old one.)

UPDATE: This isn’t quite right. On further review, the default ‘Wordpress’ config is identical to the new one I created yesterday, but for the kernel setting. The default is set to GRUB2, rather than a specific kernel (of which there are dozens to choose from). It was a GRUB boot error I was having with the backup volume. When I tried doing the configuration myself, I (naively) assumed I should just pick “newest kernel”, so I did and that worked.

AND ALSO? When I first thought I’d succeeded, I hadn’t actually, because I wasn’t putting the swap volume on /sdb (or whatever). That didn’t manifest as a problem when I ran all my little node apps (although I did think they were slower than normal?), but mysql/mariadb was falling over every time I tried to hit the wordpress install var/www/html, and/or the Nextcloud app, and/or the Gitea service. When I realized those are all highly db-reliant I knew I had a mariadb issue; after a few hours of fiddling and reading, I was convinced it was a memory-constraint problem but wasn’t sure how to diagnose. Woke up this morning and instantly thought “wait what about the swap disk?” and sure enough. When added to the configuration panel as a second volume, everything’s back to snappy.

October 08, 2019

screenshot of hard-to-read PDF text

I haven’t needed/fiddled with OCR software in probably 10 years. Last time I tried, it wasn’t worth the trouble. PDFpen in demo mode just read this scratchy print perfectly. Sold!

October 04, 2019

colors indicating rising temps over last 4 hours

the heat-index at my house, pushing towards 100 again today. Today, Oct. 4.

(This is miserable. Not pictured, the fact that it hasn’t rained in weeks either.)

What I Read in September 📚

October 03, 2019


October 03, 2019


timedatectl set-ntp yes

yum install chrony

systemctl start chronyd // <— note that d

systemctl enable chronyd

In /etc/chrony.conf, change top line to server time.apple.com


October 03, 2019

😤 troubleshooting a timestamp problem in my ridiculous antisocial media idea, and discovering my iMac and Linode server have a ~25-second disagreement about when ”now” is.

September 30, 2019

Quick Yum Error Fix: rpmdb: Thread/process failed: Thread died in Berkeley DB library

I’ve used this twice in the last few weeks, on diff machines. Bookmarking here with tags so I don’t ”lose” it.

September 27, 2019

idea: AR glasses that project ”live 🖤 laugh 🖤 love” on any wall within the wearer’s field-of-vision. Target Home exclusive for Spring ’22.

variant: an ultra-micro drone that follows its owner (see: the little Dornier security copter that shadows Angie in Mona Lisa Overdrive), and does the same.


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