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Well, this is certainly a nice amount of music, isn't it?

Oh boy, I get to try to be a functional member of the company team while getting by on, at most, four hours' sleep.

Too bad I'm not a coffee drinker, eh?

Ah, nothing quite like that new-VPS smell, eh?

(It's about time that I migrated off of the 14.04-upgraded-to-16.04 rig onto something a bit more modern, so. Here we go again...)

Anybody else having a day of feeling entirely depleted by... well... *gestures randomly* all of this?

I'm not depressed, just... drained.

uspol covid snark blah blah 

I chose to wear my old ThinkGeek "Science: It's gotten us this far" t-shirt before seeing any news or social media timelines this morning, just for the record.

Welcome to Friday, or as we're calling it around our (virtual) office, Monday The Fifth.

that IT life 

Yes, Vendor Support Tech, thank you for giving me instructions on performing the most basic of tasks in your system, otherwise I might have spent entire microseconds having to recall how to do that thing from my own memory.

Also maybe try actually giving some useful information about the problem I meticulously reported? Just maybe?

Don't 👏🏻 connect 👏🏻 your 👏🏻 TV 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 the 👏🏻 Internet!

Ever! Buy something - a Roku, an Apple TV, a PS4, an Xbox, a Raspberry Pi running Plex, *anything* - and use that as your video source. Don't ever use the TV's own Internet-connect apps. First, they're guaranteed to spy on you. All sly TV brands do this as far as I can tell. Second, they *suck* in comparison with what you get from a set top box.

Just don't do it!

Ah, lunchtime, time to take a break and play a bit of a match-3 game on my tablet...

... which is currently in an update-and-reboot cycle, so never mind then!

Random playlist today is a lot of Mono Inc, Pink Floyd, Midnight Oil, and Depeche Mode.

Not sure if there's a theme or trend here, but I'm amused nonetheless.

Petition to replace "free as in beer" with "free as in coffee" to be more accessible to people put off by beer-drinking culture.

Yeah, for real. People with religious reasons for not drinking don't need the micoraggression. Neither do people who live in places where beer is blokey, heteronormative or reminiscent of Brett Kavenaugh. ~Everyone~ is the target audience for FOSS. RMS-era Foss jokes all need to be reevaluated and many of them, including this one, have outlived their usefulness.

While @djsundog is reveling in a Prince-ly day, I'm medicating my brain-weasels situation with a lot of A23, Mono Inc, and VNV... which gives you an idea how I'm doing today, hooboy.

that MSP life 

Had I at some point taken up alcoholism as a hobby, today would absolutely be a day-drinking day, thanks to ConnectWise and their products' absolute inability to actually do what they say they're going to do, coupled with their inability to record any reasons why they can't do what they say they're going to do, in addition to their support staffers' inability to explain why their products don't do what they say they should do.


Someone convince me it's a bad idea to try to source and/or build a NUC-sized Linux box to play around with audio streaming.

It's not like I need more gadgets attached to this tiny apartment's home network.

Back from vacation. Some things at work improved while I was gone, while at least one thing is now more annoying than before, so... meh?

MediaMonkey randomizer isn't messing around today. Started with Pet Shop Boys' "What are we going to do about the rich?" and followed that with Genesis' "The Knife."

Well then.

duck pic 

I spent a couple hours yesterday taking pictures of the ducks. I have a lot of them! (I'm... missing some? Not sure how/why?)

Mind you I don't know what the plan is for all of these "glamour shots" takes. The point of the exercise was the practice, and getting familiar with the new camer and the new light tent, but... eh, I'll keep the pics around for whatever.

Random social media pick-me-ups, if nothing else.

PDX weather 

Well, we got the promised rain, out here in Hillsboro OR... at 3am, for an hour or so.

This is... not quite the "clean out the air and lower the AQI" kind of event we were counting on, not even remotely. Ugh.

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