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My brother likes to say, if you're depressed when life is going reasonably well, that's a health issue ... but if you're depressed because life actually sucks ... well, in that case, being happy would be cause for concern.

Just ordered a new robo-vacuum ... since when does expedited shipping cost *less than* standard shipping? I literally saved €1.50 by having it delivered 3 days sooner ... WTF?

Mastodon is the gateway drug. Now, I'm eyeballing , , , etc.

It's all Mastodon's fault.

So, interesting quirk of learning languages.

The Hungarian word for 'secretary' is 'titkár' (or titkárnő), which is very similar to 'titkok' (secrets) ... so the word kind of means 'the keeper/manager of secrets'.

I noticed this odd similarity between these two Hungarian words, without ever noticing the exact same association exists in my native English.

On top of which, I'm now wondering why this same word-pairing exists in two completely unrelated languages.

Languages are weird.

On RottenTomatoes, Season 4 has by far the biggest disparity between critics and audience approval ratings I've ever seen.

Critics - 89%

Viewers - 28%

WTF? Anyone care to hazard an informed opinion on this? (Minimal spoilers, please. I still haven't seen it.)


I just learned that there are only 500 /e/Phones in the wild. I had assumed there were thousands of 'em.

That means my personal (perceived) share of responsibility to the project — to test, note and report bugs, to promote and support it, etc — just ratcheted waaay up.


Great phone. Go buy one, maybe two.

Hi @gael.

So 3 months ago, I bought one of the first /e/Phones, a refurbished S7 Edge with a nice Android OS.

I figured I was among the first few hundred buyers. Now I see they are only up to #500, which means mine must be, like, #8.

People, these are good phones. The camera software sucks. That's my only real complaint; apart from that, it rocks.

How are these things not selling faster?! Support / . Buy a damn phone.

Holler out to @gael, who started it all.

So, mark your calendars.

Friday, December 13th ... Good day.

Monday, January 13th ... Bad day.

Monday the 13th. It's gonna be a thing.

I want to start a thing, where Friday the 13th is a good-luck day (because as my high school geometry teacher used to say, all Fridays are Good Friday ) ... and instead, it's actually Monday the 13th that's the bad-luck day.

Among other things, it's an opportunity for a whole new horror-film franchise.

Tell your friends. Monday the 13th. It's gonna be a thing.

I have a LUKS-encrypted HDD mounted in my Turris Omnia router (think OpenWrt) and hosted as a NAS network share, via Samba.

It seems hooked up correctly, locally (via SSH), but I cannot access the share via the network. I get a "connection refused" error.

Any ideas, anyone? Danke.

Best silly "we use cookies" banner ...


"Not like it changes anything, but we are obligated to inform you that we are using cookies - well, actually, we just did. More info here."

So, here's a thing.

This convenience-store chain is ubiquitous in Hungary. Store-name means "The National Smoke-shop". It's the semi-seedy place you buy your cigarettes, booze and groceries you suddenly realized you need at 2:00 am.

The thing is, I learned recently, it's actually State-owned, run by the Federal govt, for profit.

IDK about other countries, but to American eyes, this seems suspicious and weird.

Other countries' natives want to weigh in? Is this normal outside the US?

Hi @lynnesbian

I'm actually thinking about this one a bit, so bear with me.

What would you say your end goal is w/Nazi-types? if you could round 'em all up? ... Kill them all? Ban them from the InterWebs? Lock 'em up until they realize the error of their ways? Sterilize and penal-colony?

I think how they treat you online is a reflection of how they would treat you if they were actually in charge.

How you treat them online is your reflection.

Just my dos centavos.

Tip-of-the-tongue syndrome (TOT) tends to get more common as people age. It is also more common among people who speak multiple languages.

Multiple studies have found increased TOT among older people is not related to, nor indicative of, dementia. Color me relieved.

One study discovered TOT has comparable idioms in almost all languages (word stuck in the tongue/mouth/throat).

Curiously, Icelandic was one of the very few languages that had no idiom for TOT.

@bjarni , thoughts?

The Implausible Burger*: 100% plant-based, just like cows!

*Shamelessly ripped off from Colbert.

For the record ...


Ahoy, me Hearties!

Avast, ye landlubbers! T'is the day to talk like a pirate! So, hoist the poopdeck an' make sure yer buckles are swashed.


T-shirt philosophy, pt 2

I just did a quick search, yeah there are a few variations out there now.

But while searching for the T-shirt, I hit this absolutely serious, 2012 "Psychology Today" article.

"...employers may be reluctant to hire people without a Facebook profile on the grounds that Facebook usage has become so common that not having an account is seen as somehow abnormal."

Gods, I hate that company. I'm pretty disappointed in humanity overall, too.

T-shirt philosophy

Back in the day, 8-10 years ago when Facebook was first becoming popular, there were many variations of a T-shirt you could buy, that said

"No. I'm not on Facebook."

I liked them, and was going to get one. But 1-2 years later, when I finally got around to buying one, they were no longer for sale, not anywhere. I Really looked.

Apparently, the "not on FB" consumer market had dried up.

Maybe (hint, hint) it's time for T-shirt vendors to bring this one back.

Disappointing day with my new . I got demonstrably bad advice from the folk, so predictably, I struck out on my own, started to improvise.

Luckily, that worked out okay. I got the keyboard and back cover removed w/o damage.

Unfortunately, I discovered that the SSD I wanted to drop into it is the wrong size. Prolly something I should've checked on before taking the laptop apart (or ... y'know ... ordering it).

Guess I'll have to make do with "only" 1.5TB.

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