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More moon-plane attempts this morning:

Giant plane taking off from the moon (series)

So close … (series)

I sat there for about an hour. Most planes did this or this, or flat out that.

The conditions have to be just right:

  • East wind, otherwise the planes take a different route.
  • Almost full moon, obviously, and no clouds.
  • Around sunrise, or it gets too bright outside (moon too dim).
  • The planes have to be at just the right distance (depends on where the moon is). They were already too close today. If they appear smaller than the moon, then this makes the moon look massively big, which makes for a more dramatic effect.
  • I think it has to be summer. The full moon takes a different path in winter. Judging from what I see in stellarium, the best conditions could be right now in August. 🤔 The moon takes a similar path in April, if I’m not mistaken, but that’s way too early in the morning.
  • (Don’t mess up your camera settings, you idiot.)

Also saw a hot air balloon.

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In-reply-to » Bloody hell, my system update affected the libc, libc6, locales and golang-1.19 packages and after a reboot KMail is fucked. Uses 100% CPU and doesn't show any mail texts anymore. Starting it in a terminal then shows heaps of org.kde.pim.webengineviewer: WebEngine render process crashed being printed to stdout.

HTML emails were a mistake. One of the biggest ones ever.

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In-reply-to » Probably my best attempt at “airplane in front of the moon”, yet.

@prologic This is the usual route that all planes take (if the wind comes from east), so I could sit there, watch lots of them, and hope that one will fly close to the moon. 😅 I spent about half an hour. Still depends on luck a lot. According to, this might have been flight DLH779. If so, it was indeed an A340.

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Probably my best attempt at “airplane in front of the moon”, yet.

There were lots and lots of planes coming from that direction, but none of them flew right in front of the moon like the last time. 🫤 Well, maybe some other day.

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In-reply-to » Hahaha, great talk about the Worst Programming Language Ever! :-D Yeah, I get your point. 🤔 It has to be a magical date, though, to avoid ambiguities. “12:03” could mean “3rd of December” for some weird reason, or “12th of March”.

What I keep confusing is m vs. M, and s vs. S. Like, is that “month” or “minute”, “second” or “timestamp”? If it was YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss and T for a timestamp, it would be easier. But no, it’s Y-m-d H:M:S (according to strftime()), a mixture of upper case and lower case. (The easiest way to remember it is probably: “The time H:M:S is upper case, date y-m-d is lower case – and then they noticed Y2K, so Y got added.”)

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In-reply-to » This is a weird request, but does anyone have something for me to encode with FFmpeg? The more complicated the project, the better. I am trying to improve my skills and I learn best with real-world use.

@mckinley Hm, I had a lot of fun with ffmpeg while doing the video of the workflow compilation:

Rescaling the individual videos, fading, adding the background (for smaller videos), adding labels, … Granted, there was quite a bit of ImageMagick, too.

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That’s it, I give in. Officially a Lorna Shore fan now, like all the cool kids. // Lorna Shore - Sun Eater // #NowPlaying

You gotta admire the quality of today’s audio productions. Everything is crystal clear. That in itself is a pleasure to listen to. 👌 Audio engineering really has come a long way. 😍

(If you like this kind of thing, look up the official video of “Into The Earth”. It’s a short horror film. The imagery might be a bit disturbing, depending on what you’re used to, so I won’t link it.)

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In-reply-to » My new favorite bass line. Simple, but super groovy. 🥰🎸 // Me And That Man - Goodbye // #NowPlaying

(Mandatory post appreciating Angela Gossow, previous vocalist of “Arch Enemy” until Alissa took over. She was a pioneer in metal vocals and one of the first women to make it big time doing harsh growled vocals. Nowadays we have lots of female vocalists who do this kind of stuff – maybe/probably thanks to her –, which is a big plus for the genre. 🤘)

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In-reply-to » My new favorite bass line. Simple, but super groovy. 🥰🎸 // Me And That Man - Goodbye // #NowPlaying

I found this while watching a two hour long interview of Alissa White-Gluz (who appears to be a great person). “Me And That Man” is the side project of Nergal, vocalist of “Behemoth”. Vocals in “Goodbye” are done by Alissa, obviously, and Devin Townsend.

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In-reply-to » Alright, here we go, it’s been a year now. I have a camera sitting in one of the windows, it takes a shot every day. Here’s a timelapse video: Half a year has passed since I posted the last video – because I only posted the first half last time. 😅 Ah, damn, I keep forgetting about the pixfmt option. It’s a bit annoying that ffmpeg’s default isn’t usable in Firefox …

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In-reply-to » Uhhhh … A RAM slot just died. 🤔 Not the actual memory chips but the slot itself. I haven’t touched my RAM in years. 🤨 Oh, yeah, JS is a no-go, as is most of CSS. You can at least do something without CSS and sometimes pages still work without JS, but without crypto, nothing works. Not even IRC anymore. 🙄

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In-reply-to » Speaking of encoding and Firefox, for some reason this piece of crap guesses ISO-8859-1 instead of UTF-8 on your site, @abucci, even though UTF-8 is specified in the HTML: Interestingly, the W3C validator complains, too:

The character encoding was not declared. Proceeding using windows-1252.

That comment at the beginning of the file might confuse things?

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