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3rd repair procedure to fix brain bleed was a success. I have a few more scans and follow ups, but, knock wood I think I’m through at this point.

I’ve spent about a week laying low and taking it easy navigating some wild pain, but that is subsiding now. I watched a bunch of stuff. It was a nice change of pace. I don’t typically watch much television or many movies. Stand outs (all things I revisited) include:

  • Michael Clayton
  • Point Break, the original one
  • John Carter of Mars, straight up…this movie is awful. The book is pretty awful, too, but they just don’t make bananas sci-fi like this any more
  • Bee and Puppycat, this one was weird — I’d seen it all through and loved it…I was surprised to see how different the Netflix version is from what I remember.

I’ve continued reading about and exploring some array programing languages. I find them fascinating. I doubt that I’ll ever do much with any, but they’re fun to think through and make me wanna play with combinators in other settings…also, matrices.

Another language recently stumbled on is lil. It is a scripting language baked into a cool little project called Decker. Learn even more about it.

The language is strange, and exciting — it allows for some interesting combinations of imperative, functional, and array programming styles.


No doubt ya’ll have heard about the goings on at Twitter. I haven’t been on Twitter for years, but do love myself some fediverse-action. Lately it has been getting some attention.

A cool mastodon trick for anyone wading into the waters for the first time:

I’ve used the fediverse for years and ended up moving from server to server a few times. It is useful to have a quick shorthand for folks to find you without always giving them your exact handle — if you have your own website you can use that as a form of identity without needing to host your own server!

To pull this off you need to add a file at <your personal domain name>.tld/.well-known/webfinger

Paste the contents of https://<name of mastodon instance>.tld/.well-known/webfinger?resource=acct:<your user name>@<name of mastodon instance>.tld into the webfinger document on your server. From there, you are cooking with fire!

You can then search for fedi@eli.li and your main account will show up in the results. It is sort of like an alias.

NOTE <anything>@<your domain>.tld will trigger this. As far as I know there is no way to lock it to a specific handle, since, this isn’t really a feature as much as an easily exploited bug of the lookup system.


No super notable links of late. On a meta note I use pinboard.in to collect and organize links; I’m growing a wee bit concerned about pinboard is withering on the vine. I recently tried to export my gigantic archive from it and…no dice? Days later I emailed support and no response. Anyone have favorite alternatives? Either pay-for, or self hosted. Ideally I’d like it to be able to grab the linked content. I’ve used wallabag in the past and wouldn’t mind returning to it, I’ve just been slowly trying to back away from self hosting services and pinboard seemed oh so reliable when I moved to it a few years back.