In my hour and a half walk through side streets, I saw almost no one wearing a mask. Many of the people I saw masked were professionals (eg delivery people), possibly all of them.
I'm not feeling very optimistic about Toronto staying as open as we are now. Hopefully I'm being too pessimistic.
Blog post: The practical people problem with instance diversity in the Fediverse https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/tech/FediverseDiversityChallenge
tl;dr: Most people don't care (they just want to join the Fediverse) and even if they care, they mostly don't know enough to make good choices, at least the first time around.
I will say that it’s convenient that I have the work laptop at home these days, since laptops come with their own little built in UPSes.
(I’d be tempted by a real UPS, except it wouldn’t really have helped here; this outage is too long to keep my desktop up. Perhaps keeping the DSL modem up is worthwhile, though, since DSL sync always takes a chunk of time to come back.)
Blog post: A Go time package gotcha with parsing time strings that use named time zones https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/programming/GoTimeParsingTZIssue
tl;dr: if you parse a time that uses a named time zone like 'EST' and you aren't in Eastern time (or the applicable time zone), Go actually gives you a time in UTC that claims it's in 'EST'. There are many problems here.
The dulcet sounds of Toronto in the spring evening are now genuinely dulcet. I can make out someone distantly playing the drums, or at least something with a bunch of melodic bass. It's pleasant to hear drifting in through the open window.
The current situation in Toronto definitely has me out of great biking shape. I need to motivate myself to do some real riding (on the fun bike, no errands allowed).
(Part of the problem is figuring out where to go where I won't run into too many people or too much density of people. Also, ideally it will have some hills, however much I dislike them.)
Toronto's weather forecast for Sunday is 19C and at least partially sunny. That sounds like bicycling weather at last to me, although I have no idea of where to ride.
(My usual ride routes in parks are likely to be jammed, so I should plot some sort of on street route. And not too long, given the lack of useful places to take breaks or get snacks, water refills, etc.)
Fedora 31 has updated to a 5.6 kernel with WireGuard built in. It feels like I should take advantage of this on my (work) laptop somehow, but that would need a WireGuard VPN server/touchdown point at work.
(I have a personal WG tunnel between the home desktop and the work desktop, but it's a complicated setup and far from ideal for the laptop.)
That cks. Overcommitted sysadmin, photographer, bicyclist, and other multitudes. I write a lot of words for a programmer.
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