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the spring is flowing for the 1st time in 6 months and pump is sending it uphill to the storage tanks

I usually wait until March to do this, but there's less than a foot of water left up there so it's good to start spring early.

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I'd been wondering why has a SBOM devroom and I tuned into a panel there in time to hear bkuhn slay it as an "emporor has no clothes" situaton. Only purpose is to facilitate large companies that are shipping proprietized free (BSD) software at users.

He's right. Room is not amused.

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something I really dislike about many streams of technical conferences: giant slides, tiny speaker in the corner

this is a case of getting the important thing mixed up with the axuillary thing

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gonna watch AI discussion facilitated by @karen in an hour.

(Remotely, I had a FOSDEM trip planned out, but never quite booked it.)

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chinese ,
bright as the moon,
going to rain down on us
covid and doom

chinese balloon,
chinese balloon,
high in the stratosphere
chinese balloon

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What is is the 1988 AT&T SYSVr4 installer doing in a lab in China in ~2006 as presented on TV in 2023?

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reading machine-generated misinformation about the preferred brand cat food shortage that has my cats on hunger strike

misinfo claims it's discontinued, but it's not, I was able to get free shipping from a megacorp

2023!

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Wetknee)
New garden varieties for 2023

Experimental crops for 2023The seed rush has started! My calendar tells me to start the first lettuce outside if the ground is warm enough on February 2 (which it almost never is up here) and the first broccoli inside on February 14. But Mark asked me to try romaine lettuce this year, which seemed like an excuse to go ahead and start a few lettuce seedlings along with the first flat of broccoli seedlings on January 30. I couldn’t help myself!

As usual, we’re trying a small selection of new varieties along with our tried-and-true and I thought you might like to see our experiments. We get our seeds from Johnny’s because their plants are (almost) always both productive and delicious, so you can find all of these goodies over there if you want to follow suit. I will admit that their seeds aren’t cheap, but I find that I get so much more out of each plant that it’s worth the extra cash, especially once you factor in time spent taking care of crops that don’t bear.

So, without further ado, four experiments!

Quirk produces tiny cucumbers that were just too cute to pass by when I saw them on the website.

Sunland is a run-of-the-mill romaine, but we’ve never grown romaine before so I’m adding it to the list. We’ll be starting a few seeds every week then transplanting them the way you would broccoli, a different technique than our dependable direct-seed-a-bed-a-month technique formerly used for leaf lettuce.

Adam Gherkin looks like a similar variety to my beloved Harmonie, which has been a delicious producer for years. Yes, 250 seeds is a lot, but the packet option just seemed too small. I can often eke out cucurbit seeds for two to four years, so if this variety is a winner that will only be $5 – $10 a year for our main cucumber crop.

Menuette is a new kind of parsley with very small, ferny leaves. We like to use parsley in tuna salad, but the bigger leaves tend to get tough in the summer. We’re hoping this variety will stay tender all year long.

How about you? Which new varieties are you most excited about trying? (I’m assuming your seeds are ordered, right?!)

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Borcht and sourdough

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Making my crazypants borcht recipe's mashed potatos

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found my old recipe in an email to my mom!

6 cups water
3 medium size beets
2 medium size potatoes, quartered
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 stalk celery, chopped -- optional
1/2 a bell pepper, chopped (red or green) -- optional
1/3 cup butter
1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup tomatoes (fresh are best, canned or tomato paste + water is ok)
1/4 cup milk
2 cups finely chopped cabbage
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
sour cream

Put water in a large pot on high heat. Add beets, potatoes, carrots, celery,
and bell pepper. Cover and boil until potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet. Saute onion in butter until tender,
about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and
simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove half of sauce from skillet into a medium size bowl. Add cabbage to
remainder of sauce in skillet and cook covered on medium low heat, stirring
occasionally for ten minutes, or until tender.

Reduce heat on pot to a simmer. Remove beets from pot and set aside to
cool.

Remove quartered potatoes and add to bowl with tomato sauce. Mash potatoes,
adding milk, until creamy. Stir mashed potato mixture into soup in pot.

Grate beets, removing skin if desired, or grating it in. Combine grated
beets and cabbage into pot. Add vinegar to taste (optional but recommended
with sweet beets). Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in a teaspoon of
dill.

Cover and cook for at least another 5 minutes on low heat, then let it cook
in its residual heat for as long as desired.

Serve hot, garnished with sour cream and dill.

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wanting to make borscht today but I lost my old for it

I remember the recipe included an infuriating step of essentially making mashed potatoes, then adding them to the soup.

Lost on a maze of twisty recipes all different nationalities. I think my old one was Polish..

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ldd foo segfaults but LD_TRACE_LOADED_OBJECTS=1 foo does not

hmmm, I should probably root cause this but

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geeky , trawling my offgrid power logs to find out how long I baked banana bread last time and when I raised the temperature

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"Covid Lockdown Nostalgia, 2042"

Not AI generated. Copyright 2017 Joey Hess

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Good start to an unexpectedly sunny day

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NPR: How can we fix earth's core since it's changed how it's rotating? Need a doctor

turned off NPR

BBC: The earth's core has stopped rotating! Then a scientist who is like "no you failed to read correctly"

turned off BBC

next?

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Mark Hamilton (Anna and Mark: Wetknee)
Plumbing Innovation

I’ve been putting off a toilet replacement because the part where you lower the toilet onto a wax seal is just above my skill level.

The new style universal gasket is made of rubber and fits most size variations. If when you lower the toilet it does not fit on center you can try it again without destroying the gasket seal.

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Impressively wrong google result. (The right answer is 4.79 gallons.)

perplexity.ai also gives this same wrong result, with the following machine generated nonsense: "40 lbs of water is equal to approximately 17.99 gallons. This is calculated by multiplying the number of pounds (40) by 0.45359237, which is the conversion factor from pounds to gallons. One gallon of water (at a temperature of 4°C) weighs approximately 8.3 lbs, so 40 lbs of water would be approximately 4.8 gallons["

Both of these lame attempts at "AI" are relying on the same SEO spammer drek page (from thedonutwhole.com), which was probably generated by something even lamer (perhaps a markov model or a template)

Welcome to the internet 2023

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baked banana bread to celebrate the house battery finally being fully charged for the first time in 2023

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every time I eat like this I think I need to eat like this more often

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overheard at coffee shop in small Tennesee town:

one guy spending $40k to partially take his house . ~20 kw solar "pricy for what it is"

other guy has a wood pellet furnace that uses 12 cords of wood per year "amazing how much wood it uses"

me: $6k for planned 9 kw solar upgrade, half a cord of wood per year, energy efficient passive solar house that cost about what the first guy is spending on

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Wetknee)
Turning a septic field into a wildflower meadow
When I mentioned not wanting to turn our septic field into the traditional mowed lawn, Travis Sparks wrote in to share his impressive mini-meadow, started in 2017 atop his Maine septic field.

First step turning a septic field into a wildflower meadow
“I mowed the area down as low as I could in late spring 2017,” he wrote, “spread a thin layer of compost over the whole area, broadcast a variety of both perennial and annual seed mixes over it, and lightly raked everything. I mowed it a couple more times that year (higher cut) to try to knock the competition back while things germinated, and then left it be.”

“I just had sparse grasses and wildflowers to start (nothing woody) before doing any of this, so the competition wasn’t too strong early on. It was reasonably successful the following year.” (Image above.)

Two year old septic field meadow
Travis wasn’t entirely thrilled with wildflower establishment, though, so he repeated the process in late spring 2019 including “another very light top-dressing of compost since the leach field soil is mostly just sandy fill.” The results that year were even more inspiring as you can see in the photo above.

Four year old septic field meadow
And here’s the meadow at four years old, in 2021. Travis wrote that after the establishment phase, he hasn’t done anything to keep the meadow on track (although I suspect he’ll have to mow now and then to keep woody plants out).

I’m so impressed by his success, which turns his septic field into habitat for pollinators and lots of other wildlife. Have you turned a blah septic field into an integral part of your homestead? If so, I’d love to hear about it!
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tore my linux.com t-shirt while chainsawing, guess it's finally time to retire it after 22 years.

VA linux sprung for some quality merch back in the day!

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washingtonpost.com has javascript code that auto-closes pages when I open them in a new tab and I just can't even

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jonesing for some gyokuro of all things

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(I did order it. It was not delivered to my address.)

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happy owner of a $400 spool of 6 guage copper wire that fedex left randomly on the side of the road

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Anna (Anna and Mark: Waldeneffect)
Microbusiness: Artisanal chocolate and seed production

Mark worked up this awesome video of the second half of our Trouvaille Farm tour. If you missed it, the first video looked at the larger picture of the farm business and ecosystem while this one zeroes in on their income-producing gigs: artisanal chocolate making and growing seeds for seed companies.

(Yes, I’m posting for Mark. He seemed to think it was more fun to rip out a stained old toilet and put in a new one rather than spend five minutes playing with a computer. His loss, my gain!)

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whole wheat at 110% hydration, cold prooved for 24 hours and baked by hot coals at 675-500F

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seem to have almost worn out the . key on this laptop

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Content warning: uspol


gag

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a 1 horsepower solar panel also happens to be close to the dimensions of a horse's back

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let's just measure solar arrays in horsepower.. my house has a 1.6 horsepower array, gonna upgrade to 12

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running software I wrote 20 years ago

aka installing on my sister's laptop

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"Function signatures tell a story but the computer hasn’t been listening"

seen in today's leading OMG AI WTF blog post

Headdesk

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Content warning: uspol


Something to keep in mind:

They could keep voting repeatedly for house speaker until the end of their terms, and they would accomplish most of their legislative goals.

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