This is really unacceptable, from an accessibility standpoint.

Last night the UPS started shrieking at 1am because it was on battery backup, and the lights in the house were flickering in a way that made me think there were some nasty line voltage issues. I shut everything down and turned off the UPS so I could sleep. This morning everything seems normal again. Weird.

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Pandemic, politics, mild scatological content 

“If Costco can reopen safely, why not Illinois churches, Gov. Pritzker?” Sigh... This nonsense.

“How come my dog can poop in the front yard, but whenever I do it the neighbors get upset and call the police?”

For years I've been annoyed b/c when I import .docx files into LibreOffice, all the bullet points (•) in unordered lists change to movie clapperboards (🎬). Not a huge deal—you can fix it manually. But if you want to batch-convert a bunch of documents with unoconv, you're out of luck. I finally figured out that I had an out-of-date version of Microsoft's symbol.ttf, and when I updated it the problem went away.

Nature's first green is gold,
her hardest hue to hold.

- Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

I'm going to try a non-standard port, and we'll see what happens.

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Argh... Secretary's phone is behind a NAT but using STUN, and the standard SIP port. Going crazy with incoming SIP INVITEs. This is why we can't have nice things.

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Running ethernet across the church facility to get better wifi in the sanctuary.

Today I learned: don't ziptie the ethernet cable to the big trunk of electrical cables running across the basement.

What other dumb things have I probably done?

A replica of El Greco's "View of Toledo" hung in my grandparents' guest bedroom, and it terrified me when I was a kid. Even now it's a powerful image to look at.

The Washington Post: Top Stories | Compassion. Claustrophobia. Originality. Why El Greco inspired so many great modern artists.

Heh. Fail2ban seems to be a necessity when you open up the standard SIP port to the world.

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US politics 

@starbreaker Yeah, I think that's what's going on here too.

US politics 

@starbreaker “Work ethic” implies a standard you hold YOURSELF to. This is politicians giving the finger to working people.

US politics 

Pardon my ignorance, but I thought this was sort of the point. In the middle of a pandemic, the real moral hazard is incentivizing people to keep working, not paying them to stay home!

Through the miracle of Asterisk, the church secretary is now able to answer the church phone from her home.

Yeah, "live each day as if it were your last" does seem to have some significant flaws as a working philosophy of life.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for March 04, 2020

US politics 

Draining the swamp by pardoning a guy who tried to auction off a US Senate seat.

Trump Commutes Corruption Sentence of Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois - The New York Times

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