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She's a beauty. I like the variable pitch propeller, thats a nice touch. I had no idea they were a thing on boats.
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I think one of the things I've always loved about boats is all the clever little tweaks and gadgets they use. They really are aquatic spaceships

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Every time I see a post from
I should buy a boat cat meme

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Crikey, Alexei Sayle takes me back. I'm surprised I didn't run across his path pedaling around London back in the early '90s

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@Matthew Davidson house up the road from me here:

You could return to your birthplace and get cats 😁
A "fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to renovate a property"? I don't understand. It's perfect already! I could go mad so much more quickly than I already am here in #.

I already manufacture my own hand sanitiser from the alcohol content of my sweat. Why not jump into the authentic # experience with both feet?

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Thanks for sharing one of your old family videos.
The resemblance is uncanny, particularly first thing in the morning.
I love real estate websites:

"Shelby Pryor is part of the team at Century 21 McLeods Broken Hill located at 355 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880, and has sold 26 properties in the last 12 months […] Shelby Pryor from Century 21 McLeods Broken Hill has sold 110 properties in the last 12 months, with an average sale price of $164k and total sales valued at $14.3m*. Shelby Pryor worked with Matthew Handberg, Matthew Handberg, Matthew Handberg and Matthew Handberg on 110 of these sales."

Ah, yes. Young Shelby and the brothers Handberg. Of stout, if unimaginative, # stock. Say what you like about her and the varying number of Matthews Handberg, but they can shift a desert shack or two, or 26, or indeed 110, depending on how you query our not very well planned database.

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# 15 Jan 1934 the UK tabloid the Daily Mail published an article 'Hurrah for the Blackshirts!' supporting Oswald Mosley's fascist movement. Written by Viscount Rothemere, whose family still own the Mail, its politics haven't really changed much

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I wasn't planning any cycling trips but if I was ... this would be a resource to use: # # #

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Arrived back home in Broken Hill today. It topped 45°C under a blistering desert sun. Then we had a dust storm which turned the sky a deep umber as the sun set. In bed now, my sweat evaporating in the crackling heat. Dust pervades everything. I don't need to imagine our global future too hard out here.

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Velcome to glorious peoples' capitalist supermarket. Admire our resilient just-in-time inventory and nimble vertically disintegrated supply chains.

# #2022 #

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Reading @Matthew Davidson blog post referencing Cuba's awesome vaccine rollout. I don't suppose your employer has any branches there?
I don't think the Caribbean needs any more pasty-faced old drunks. At least not since Hollywood stopped making Humphrey Bogart films. A shame, since I was born to sit sweating at the end of a bar in a white three piece suit, mopping my brow with a tablecloth-sized kerchief, and saying things like "Pardon my impertinence for asking, but what brings you to Havana, señore?"
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Toormina pub last week was full of sweaty middle aged men harassing women. I guess you don't have to travel to Cuba for that.

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I love this post even though it might be moot for some areas I've lived in,

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Finally catching up #
It's been a while.
@Matthew Davidson
bitrot mastodon (AP)
bro don't drink that ghost

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So bloody hot and sweaty here. I didn't even bother showering this morning, what's the point. # # #

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On my way to visit @Matthew Davidson with a quick stop to visit my professional counterpart for this part of the world an old Oncology colleague. I can't believe how much the old hospital has expanded

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PeerTube instances can be a bit hit and miss, some of them are completely unmoderated and full of awful content.

However, there are some really nice useful PeerTube instances with excellent admins, for example:

You can also follow accounts from PeerTube through Mastodon, just click on "subscribe" within PeerTube. You can also subscribe via RSS if you prefer.

# # # # #

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Getting buried in the Bluewater cruiser debate. The old-school arguments are winning me over but my partner prefers the floating apartments.
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Making a list

* Alajuela 38
* Amel 54
* Bowman 40
* Bristol
* Cal 40
* Caliber 40 LRC
* Gunfleet 43
* Hallberg-Rassy 42 & 42F
* Hans Christian 38
* Hinkley
* Hylas 46
* Island Packet 420
* Little Harbor
* Malo 37
* Najad
* Nautor Swan
* Passport (Robert Perry design)
* Reliance
* Rustler 42 from kernow
* Super Maramu
* Swan 44
* Tartan 3700
* Tayana 37
* Valiant 40 & 42
* Westsail 32 (Colin Archer design)

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35 centigrade here which must be about 95 fahrenheit and 300 or so kelvin. Whichever way you look at it it's toastie
… but it's a dry heat. That's the argument my friend PvC tried to use to get me to move out to Canberra 30 years ago. (Canberra!) The only good heat is a cool heat. A first day of spring laying on the grass in the dappled shade of a park cooled by a gentle breeze wafting over tinkling fountains kind of heat.

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Linux Australia just invited me to their AGM via Zoom. Zoom!?
Yes, well that's Linux Australia for you. We at GNU/Linux Australia held our AGM via Emacs. In Boston.

This is standard open source "pragmatism". # is currently shifting all their project management infrastructure to #, as part of an initiative Dries has dubbed "getting off the island".

Yes, Drupal shouldn't be so insular as to use Drupal for stuff like web-based information management. In fact, why be shackled by having to use Drupal on at all, when everybody who has ever listened to a podcast has a discount code for Squarespace?

The last thing anybody who develops software should be expected to do is actually use it. Who has time for that?


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Bloody Marys are helping at the moment #

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Currently obsessing over buying a cruising sail boat to live and travel on. So many aspects to consider. For example should I get a small sailing/rowing dinghy for ship to shore transfer or, perhaps a hovercraft would be more practical as I could then also drive it to the shops. I wonder if they are road legal in the Caribbean?

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Someone I really care about is caught up in the current rush to buy real estate. They have found a unit with annual strata fees in excess of $6k + $2k of council rates. That's all without the mortgage repayments and interest rates which will go up. I tried suggesting they buy a nice sailing boat outright, it's a fraction of the cost. But what would I know.

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My bonus son is watching a DALLMYD on youtube. This guy goes diving in dirty creeks and finds bits of complete rubbish. He nearly always gets wildly excited about the stuff he digs out. The last one he watched was actually at the beach and he was using an underwater metal detector. The aquatic detectorist?

I'm not quite sure how to take it. Clearing the waterways is great but I worry about him contracting hepatitis digging through all that urban trash.
Guess I am overthinking it.
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He's what I would call a #, living the dream.

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On the road. Released from lockdown for a 6hr round trip to buy some stuff that we can't get outback
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Well, that was ridiculous.

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Carl Sagan testifying before Congress in 1985 on climate change

"there is definitely some sort of writing on the wall"

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Odd day, it was humid. A rare weather phenomena out here in the dust plains. Then we had a sprinkle of rain, crazy. Dry as a chip again now.

In other news I just found out Blender is pretty good as a basic video editor. Thanks to the series shared here: by @Gardiner Bryant

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Need to update my avatar, masks are so last week. This one will do for now, even if it's thirty years old.

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation.” Tokyo

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have you ever heard the quote: "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution."
—Clay Shirky

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What the actual ..
Seriously, the Chrome team just landed a patch that lets sites block "View Source" _right in the middle_ of the Chrome Dev Summit.

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Assembling papers for a literature review, what would I do without sci-hub!? Literally saving me hours

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That's fantastic,
I notice there is still a fair bit of AIS shipping traffic on some of the Russian inland waterways.

Thanks to wikipedia’s “did you know?” section today I am now completely obsessed with belyanas, gigantic unpowered disposable ships used to transport timber in incredible style
A black and white photo of a massive ship made of logs that looks like a metal slug boss or something
Another one. There are some people standing on it
Color photo of a belyana

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For any of y’all that have been having issues with youtube-dl being throttled to ridiculous levels, it seems that google is on it’s BS again, and that youtube-dl isn’t maintained anymore [0].

That said you can instead use the yt-dlp fork that fixes this issue and probably more

[1]Also, if you’ve been using mpv to watch youtube, you can tell it to use yt-dlp by adding this line to .config/mpv/mpv.conf : script-opts-append=ytdl_hook-ytdl_path=yt-dlp

[2] [0] [1] [2]

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Bad social media gives you an audience: stuff like reach, personality/celebrity, spectacle, anxiety, alienation, competition.

Good social media gives you community: it’s more like voice, agency, discussion, comradery.

I want a community, not an audience.

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Please excuse me but I'm going to be giving un-asked for advice... @Matthew Davidson you really should hide your depreciated function errors from the public. I'm actually surprised Drupal doesn't do that by default.

Having said that I did enjoy reading about your recent 100 year storm event. I wonder how many more 100 year events we'll get before the year is done?
It should do it by default. There's a checkbox somewhere (of course) you can tick to suppress error/warning messages for anonymous users, but it has no effect with this error.

It's legacy tech anyway. I was all set to migrate tp # 9 when a little health issue ruled out sitting at a desk for most of 2021. Normal procrastination will resume any day now.
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Fair enough. You know Drupal is _so_ last season. Even static site generators are old now ... unless they are written in assembly.

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What have Facebook/Meta and Windscale/Sellafield got in common?
InBabel mastodon (AP)
They’re both toxic waste pits.
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Nothing like a name change to change the discourse though

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There is a 15m steel sailboat being given away over in Coffs Harbour:

"1990 15m steel Pilothouse Cutter Motor-sailer. Project or partner. Needs to be lifted, then a hardstand with power and water and preferably someone with welding skills. Great potential as a real passage maker, as it has a great 120HP Ford Lees motor. Will need hull work and interior fitout, but solid and plenty of items to use. Good sails and bits for re-rigging. Two cabins, both with separate head and berth in the pilot-house. Huge galley and state-room. Thanks to no slip-way for 8 years, something must happen soon, or the vessel will need to be scrapped, which would be tragic."

Let me know if you want to know more

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Just rest0cked the Death to Work sticker, and we redesigned the Fuck Work sticker to make it a little bit cheeper.

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In case you missed it. Google Play may be about to do something unethical to Termux. Suggestion is to back up now, uninstall the Google Play version to stop them uploading a destructive stub, and reinstall from F-Droid.

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I spent every quiet moment today fixating on this map,
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