Tor is offering all four of Martha Wells excellent Murderbot novellas for free in ebook form over the next four days. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of this; the first one was great when I read it.
Toronto's situation is upending the usual rules of on-street bicycling that I'm used to. Keep right and hold a consistent line? Not any more; now it's at least the middle of the lane, and moving in and further out if necessary to keep at least six feet of separation from people on the sidewalk or whatever.
(And if current car traffic mean there's no room, I stop if possible to wait for the street to clear more.)
It definitely felt like face mask and face cover usage was up significantly from last week in my local nice independent supermarket here in Toronto. It's not universal, but a lot more shoppers seemed to be using them.
(Many foods were back in stock but not all, and the toilet paper section remains devastated. Hopefully supply chains will adjust there before too long.)
Just had a particularly on the nose example of metaphors communicating purpose.
My colleagues set up a Discord server for people to continue socialising from home if they want, and there was a bunch of debate about what was appropriate for Slack vs Discord, whether sensitive internal stuff could be discussed, etc.
Somebody renamed the Discord server to be the name of the pub opposite the office, and there were no further questions.
My next quest is to figure out how to get TCL/TK to use larger cursors on my HiDPI display, because right now they're miniscule. It's not fatal but it's annoying.
(HiDPI is like that on Unix.)
Current status: getting my work exmh configured to display properly on my home HiDPI screen. Through X forwarding over SSH. Yes, I still use all of X forwarding, exmh, and MH.
(exmh is my most productive way to read my mail, although it's long in the tooth by now. Perhaps emacs mh-e mode would also work well, but I'd have to set that up more or less from scratch for my wacky MH setup.)
I just told my manager (and got approval) that if I cannot commute to work by bike due to weather or other reasons, I'm working from home. Until things in Toronto (and the world) clear up, the TTC is off the menu. Sorry, TTC.
(That I can do this is a privilege, but since I can use it I will do my little part to perhaps slow everything down and mitigate.)
Biking to work today was definitely the right choice, despite the drizzle and the lingering issues that kept me off the bike for much of this mild Toronto winter.
(Also, staying out of large dense gatherings of people, aka 'a TTC train or bus', is only going to become a better and better idea over time.)
Attention: Let's encrypt will revoke a ton of certificates _tomorrow_.
It's probably an inevitable feature of our detailed metrics dashboards that they slowly pick up more and more graphs and panels as I try to find new aspects to understand problems.
(Overview dashboards I try to keep lean, but detailed ones, if something seems to be saying useful things, it goes in.)
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That cks. Overcommitted sysadmin, photographer, bicyclist, and other multitudes. I write a lot of words for a programmer.
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