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Hello mastodon people! I'm Doc, 30-something librarian in SoCal. Same username on Dreamwidth/Twitter, if you'd like to visit or follow me there.

Looking at RVs to purchase & am like β€œdo I ACTUALLY want to spend $$$ to live in a tin can?” Not really, but I also don’t want to buy a cheap older model and end up spending $$$ anyway on repairs πŸ€”πŸ€”

I wrote a ! It's for a 1928 book, the first in the Miss Silver series. GREY MASK:

(Let me know if anything's broken; I just got the site up today.)

Anyway, partly this came up because I just read two books this weekend and I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM. Normally I'd just put them on my Dreamwidth account, but I like adding personal things to my own, self-hosted webspace. Easier to back-up, for one, and I can use plugins to make it look fancy.

closing old book blog & starting a new one Show more

I decided to create a small survey to ask a few non-personal questions about Fediverse users, their opinions on its various platforms, and their thoughts on non-Fediverse networks, such as Facebook and Twitter.

The survey is oriented at people who currently use the Fediverse, and does not provide any way of saying that you do not currently use it.

If you’d like to participate in the survey, you can do so here. It opens at midnight on the 13th of May at midnight AEST (12th of May, 2pm UTC), and closes one month later on the 13th of June. I’ll be posting the results every now and then until it closes.

Please answer honestly, and send it to your friends if you’d like them to participate too! :mlem:



I think re: the TV it’s because I have an older Samsung model that can’t be updated any more, and that network bug has a fix in the newer software versions. (See: But the iPad app should work fine, as it mostly worked fine with the Laptop!Plex server.

Update on old desktop: The CPU kept overheating so I redid the thermal paste. Installed and tested it outβ€” some major buffering problems when streaming to my iPad, and streaming to TV didn’t work at all. Network problems, or hardware problems?

I could upgrade the CPU/motherboard/RAM, but that wouldn’t fix the network problems. The TV had network problems with my laptop as well. πŸ€”

Found the new Kindle AND I found the two older ones!! Yay! Good start to Friday. πŸ“š

Kindle is still missing after 1+ hour of searching. I have also lost my two older Kindles I was keeping as backups. I REFUSE to buy another Kindle until I locate at least ONE of these suckers. 😀

I've been working on ways to trick myself into reading books more, so I've deleted (most) social media apps off of my phone. Now, instead of scrolling endlessly thru four different timelines, I open my phone, go "oh, right" and then close it.

Unfortunately I have also lost my Kindle, so step two has not yet happened, but I'm getting there!

clutter & family dynamics Show more

Currently working on a hardcore decluttering of my living space. Pictured is about half of what I’m donating this week. 😱

My clutter: previously precious items no longer wanted, bad eBay buys, things I rescued from the dumpster, worn out or obsolete items. Things worth selling online will be sold, all else needs to be donated or dumped.

Did some late-night digging into my old (self-built) desktop from 2011, & it still works! I just need to install some new (bigger) HD and maybe more RAM later (only have 4 GB at the moment). Yay!

I forgot I installed this old media server program πŸ€”

β€œBad: a cishet author writing a queer-coded villain for a cishet audience for homophobic reasons
Good, sexy: a queer author writing a queer-coded villain for a queer audience for horny reasons”


"The β€œReal Linen Jacket” is manufactured by Banana using linen from surplus Irish mattress covers and the β€œParachute Bag” is quilted from black and white nylon parachutes. Firefighter jackets are turned into handbags, pant liners into vests. Throughout the catalog are mentions of importing piles of surplus materials, journeys through the Panama Canal. These people were working their asses off to create this product and bring it to their shop in Mill Valley."

One of my favorite things is when people make really specific, in-depth websites dedicated to an unusual subject.

Like, for instance, this site dedicated to the pre-Gap Banana Republic, back when it was an army surplus resale store aimed at international travelers:

continuing Linux adventures Show more

Why is federated timeline so horrible and how do I find more cool people to follow without just joining another instance and looking at THAT local timeline

Finally watching a movie via on my TV, and I somehow turned on the previews feature?? I remember trying to get that set up on Windows, but it never worked. Yay, Linux!

I mean, I’d like it better if it played a preview in the same genre as the movie I’m watching, but whatever.

Folks, I’m seeing a lot of people recommend setting xpinstall.signatures.required to false to fix the Firefox extensions issue.


It disables signature checking on extensions which means that you open yourself up to malicious extensions if you install any new ones or if you have auto updates on.

Either follow the instructions here by @amolith

Or go the officially recommended (but less private) route:


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