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In-reply-to » @lyse what happens if you get stranded with a broken car in the middle of no where? Or if an emergency comes up where there is no landline? In the US landlines are disappearing, mobile phones have taken their place.

@bender It’s Germany, there’s no middle of nowhere. Sadly. Definitely not where I am. In case of urgent emergencies in nature, somebody is fucked, no doubt. I’m happily taking that risk.

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In-reply-to » Battery in my smartphone died. Can’t be replaced. It’s roughly 3 years old. No private mobile phone at all, just landline telephone. I have a company smart phone but it sucks balls and I don’t want to even use it for anything unless I really have to. It covers two use cases, 2FA and accepting/rejecting meeting invites (somehow my desktop mail client can’t send meeting replies reliably). 99% of the time the phone sits either on the desk (during work hours) or lays in the drawer (after quitting time). So it moves less than a meter each workday. And for obvious reasons I have to take it to the office with me, too.

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In-reply-to » @lyse Easier said than done. I really do want to have a phone for emergencies (and some people are only reachable via SMS, oddly enough). Maybe I can get away with buying a super cheap and super simple one.

@bender SUVs are known for their fuel efficiencies…

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Had to go to the office today. Leaving the house, some nice reddish spots appeared in the sky, probably saw a hedgehog and by the time I reached the train station, the sunrise had fully emerged. Unfortuntely, I did not have a camera with me, so I had to enjoy this super crazy, ultra red sky on the platform and can’t show you anything. It was easily one of the most beautiful sunrises of this year. A very large section of the sky was very, very red.

This evening I had to go for a quick stoll after suffering from terrible seating conditions in this meeting room. I met a few friends on the way and shook their hands. Then it occurred to one of them that this was a bad move, he’s home sick with a sore throat and a positive corona test. I watched like a hawk to not touch myself with that hand and sanitized the crap out of me when I got home. Let this cup pass from me. On the truly positive side, however, I saw a squirrel, the rest of the sunset (I missed the best part in the forest), six deer on a paddock and a bat flying over me couple of times. Good yield.

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In-reply-to » What's everyone up to? 🤔 Good weekend so far? 🤔

@prologic Had a scouting game with the scouts today. The story was that some leaders didn’t want to let go their older kids to the next section and thus stole and hid the new neckerchiefs. So the children had to solve all sorts of puzzles in groups to get a new hint and figure out new coordinates that eventually lead to the hidden box. One station was diving for apples, the kids had really great fun. Eventually, the box with the neckerchiefs was successfully located under the hut at the scout yard.

This meant the older kids of all the sections could finally leave their mates and join the next sections. Each section comes up with some kind of an entry exam each year. What you can see in the photos is the scouts (“Jungpfadfinder”, or short “Jupfis”) who are wearing blue colored neckerchiefs and explorers (“Pfadfinder”/“Pfadis”) in green. The old cubs (“Wölfinge”/“Wös”) joining as new scouts had to guess the type of both yummy and nasty blue dyed liquids. Banana juice, cucumber water and the like.

The explorers welcomed their new members with a quiz of green things. Somebody started with the name of something green. The next person then had to find another term of a green-colored item that started with the same letter the previous thing ended in. E.g. grass, slime, emerald, dill, etc. If someone couldn’t think of a thing within fifteen seconds, they had to choose left or right and whatever another person behind them was secretly holding up in the air was then mixed into a cup as penalty. In the end they all had to savor this yucky gnat’s piss. Apparently, kids love such kind of torture. :-D

No slug was harmed by the campfire. It was professionally rescued before the wood shavings were set on fire. Saussages and buns left over from yesterday’s party were put to good use. Also marshmallows and stick bread. All in all, a great fun day.

Campfire barbie

Unfortunately, we cannot watch the sunset from the scout yard as it is located in a valley. But I timed the way home just perfectly.

Next week I have to sort through a thousand photos of two cameras from just this weekend. I’m already hating myself because I was one of the photographers. And a third source of pictures will be added. Örks.

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In-reply-to » Omg! I'm always playing on those pixel placing canvases, where it's usually an endless war of factions or just things being attacked for no reason, but now someone did the most wholesome thing imaginable and drew another inugami facing mine and drew them shaking paws. Media

@thecanine This classic and all-time favorite masterpiece came to mind immediately:

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In-reply-to » Omg! I'm always playing on those pixel placing canvases, where it's usually an endless war of factions or just things being attacked for no reason, but now someone did the most wholesome thing imaginable and drew another inugami facing mine and drew them shaking paws. Media

@thecanine Howdy!

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Serving suggestion:

Underhanded terror attack

Today was our yearly scout meeting. Three glass bottles in total didn’t survive the afternoon and evening. After the general meeting some of us went to the scout church service next door and then we had a nice barbie with friends and the general public.

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In-reply-to » @prologic 1. It's criminal: Copilot was only possible because of massive theft of other peoples' work (no compensation or even acknowledgement to any of the developers whose code was used to create Copilot) 2. It's positioned to put software developers out of work or so fully de-skill them that they no longer know how to code anything but prompts (after which come corporate-justified salary and benefits decreases) Sums it up perfectly.

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After several hours of debugging in a larger task force yesterday and today, we finally figured out that we must have ran into an XFS bug (seems to work fine on ext4). An ftruncate syscall hung forever and hence the process was caught in an uninterruptible sleep. This was the first time I ever witnessed kill -9 not to “work”. But I learned a bunch of new stuff. I never dug this deep into the guts before.

Some of you probably know that /proc/$PID/syscall tells you the current system call the process is executing. And /proc/$PID/stack returns the kernel stack trace. Awesome stuff!

That’s a wonderful article on that matter:

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In-reply-to » Uploaded some photos from my recent trip to Iceland and New York doing an artist residency coding shaders:! Man! These are some cool pictures! The Iceland gallery was the most beautiful in total to me. How else can it be, right?! ;-) Very beautiful scenery and lovely colors overall. I’d love to see that with my own eyes one day. Very hard to choose, but I have to highlight the following pics:

Additional nature shoutouts go to:

The latter one perfectly fits this sign: (probably a sunset, though ;-))

I had to chuckle at this one:

Which brings me to the art pictures. Interesting museum visits. Mostly funny and neat ideas, but also some weird ones. I immediately liked that one (again, obviously): All these chairs look really cool, great photo, mate! Perfectly fits into the art category itself:

That one is a good mix of nature and art combined, with a touch of ugliness, that brings its own beauty, though. It’s a bit hard to describe, but I hope you get what I mean:

NY has some really ugly spots, that’s quite a contrast. I especially get that feeling when looking at this brilliant shot: It portraits the shabbiness perfectly. I’m very glad I don’t live in a concrete and glass desert but rather a town. However, I have to admit, the views from the skyscrapers aren’t so bad.

Thank you very much for sharing all of them! I certainly had a blast going through them.

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In-reply-to » QOTD: Aside from work, what technology related events do you attend in the real world? Are you part of any social clubs dedicated to technology, e.g. user groups? Some mates and I run a server and I’m a (rather passive) member of some club. But that’s about it. I used to attend the yarn calls every now and then when that was a thing. :-) So mostly online stuff, rarely on-site anymore. How about you?

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We made a bike tour in the heat of the day. The sun was brutal with 27°C in the shade. Man, this one section was suuuuper steep and you couldn’t hill-start anymore once stopped for a quick rest, because you just spun out the tire in the loose gravel. No chance. So we had to push (I didn’t mind that, though). My mate’s battery then flattened, so he had no other choice anyways. Luckily, I have an old-school bicycle with no electronics (if you don’t count the lights). So the rest of the hills weren’t too bad for me, but he was huffing and puffing badly.

We had waffles with apple sauce for lunch at a closed ski hut out in nature. It was very peaceful, nobody around, just birds and critters. After resting a bit we tried out the scout camera. Today’s mission was to get a bit familiar with that equipment. All the pictures were taken with that DSLR, a Nikon D5200 with a 18-105mm lense. Quite a heavy rig compared to my small digicam. Looking at the pics on a big screen, we gotta keep practicing. This lense is certainly not made for macro shots. We have another one that’s probably suited for that, but I didn’t want to bring the whole bag. And more zoom would also be nice for all the birds. But we don’t have a larger zoom lense.


Finally, we encountered an old train from the Märklintage (Märklin days). This weekend they pulled out old locomotives and wagons and had extra tours between Göppingen (where Märklin, the model train manufacturer, has its headquarter) and Geislingen/Steige. Tons of people all along the tracks everywhere.

German crocodile pulling old wagons

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