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mathowie, to random
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In Houston for another soccer game, this time in the middle of a tornado/flood watch, I guess it’s safe enough to play? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

mathowie, to random
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One of my favorite boring technologies is the CNC machine. Basically a robot drill connected to a computer, it can cut material in any shape or form you need.

Some guys in Kentucky scanned the back of a Jeep just like mine, then produced a lightweight drawer system they flatpack shipped me. Today I assembled it all.

I now always have tools to help me fix anything when I'm out and about, I can change a tire, jump a battery, torque a lugnut, and fit camping stuff for trips, etc.

I love it!

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mathowie,
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@jferg they do! SHW Off-road, mine is their ultralite model.

mathowie, to random
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https://phanpy.social is a pretty incredible Mastodon client. Entirely web based, looks great on mobile and desktop, you can configure your shortcuts that appear above or below the river of news.

Some screenshots from my own account: good notifications page, different kinds of toots get a different status, plus Boosts are shown in their own carousel.

I've heard one developer made all this, it's pretty incredible.

Boosts are rolled up into a carousel of toots you can view with sideways scrolling
Threads are shown grouped together and single posts from threads are indicated as such.

mathowie,
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The best feature in Phanpy is the Catch-Up. Say you sleep and come back to Mastodon the next day. Set your Catch-Up to the past 8 hours and you'll get a summary of the most important things you missed while you were gone. It's incredible a web app can do this when no other Mastodon client offers anything similar.

what catchup looks like once it is done

mathowie,
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@lkanies the whole catchup feature means you don't have to read absolutely every single post, you can just look at a summary and move on. If that isn't a feature you need, that's fine, it works great for my needs.

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I’m so old I remember donating $20 to Nosepilot to help pay their $17,000 hosting bill for their Flash animation that went viral in the early 2000s.

I have no idea what happened to them but I hope the artist behind Nosepilot eventually became a giant in the animation world.

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I wanna hear about the best concerts you’ve been to! Some of mine:

  • Ozomatli at The Catalyst - played until curfew, spilled out onto the street and jammed for another hour until the cops came
  • Flaming Lips at Liberty Hall - second set, played the entirety of Dark Side
  • Dar Williams at Liberty - power went out, she sat on the edge of the stage and played three songs by flashlight
  • Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlisle, et al at the Gorge - simply magical
mathowie,
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@jacob friends all have Ozomatli playing in the lobby after a show then in the street then the cops showed up stories, I’m so bummed I’ve never gotten to see them play live

mathowie, to random
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There’s something so incredibly broken with Google calendar when you track all your flights and travel appointments that take place in other timezones.

It auto-adjusts time stamps to your current timezone that you view your calendar in, so you see things like a flight at 4am or a hotel check in at noon, which you know are fundamentally wrong.

mathowie,
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@jwz It has the city names of the airports and the hotels, I kinda wish those would stay at 7pm eastern, maybe with a stripped pattern or special color to indicate it's not in Pacific time when I'm viewing it within the pacific time geo zone?

I was reviewing some future travel and almost canceled a hotel reservation because it appeared on the wrong day as pacific time.

mathowie, to random
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CarPlay getting future accessibility features like alerts for car horns and sirens is pretty cool. If my phone can hear a siren before I do, I'm all for it. I love my backup cameras that alert me to cross traffic well before I could even see a car coming from the side, it makes everyone safer.

Any assistive technology that can do things beyond what typical humans can do is a great thing and I can't wait to try it out.

https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2024/05/apple-announces-new-accessibility-features-including-eye-tracking/

mathowie,
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@ichris I gave it away with the car it was attached to (the Rivian) but I have bought two more to give as gifts to friends with older cars who all seem to love it

mathowie,
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@tim I wrote a guide to getting CarPlay into older cars here https://a.wholelottanothing.org/a-new-3rd-way-for-carplay/

mathowie, to random
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I thought I knew what the phrase “no fucks left to give” meant and then I ran into a guy on my daily dog walk with a blazing head of white hair, probably in his mid-70s, always shirtless wearing shorts and shoes only, carrying a giant tumbler of coffee and out for his morning stroll.

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A financial planner I haven’t talked to in 20 years emailed to thank me for something I’d written on my blog which was super nice but they opened their email with “I just read your substack and it was wonderful” and now I’m a little mad to hear the nazi-loving email service is a generic phrase synonymous with “personal essays” in business people’s minds already.

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I flew into LAX for the first time in ten years and forgot it's always been a trash fire kind of place. https://a.wholelottanothing.org/remember-free-airport-wifi/

mathowie, to random
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had some time to kill so checked out the awesome iconic former bar/restaurant at LAX which sits closed up in the middle of a construction zone.

You can tell this place was hopping in the 1960s

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Hello Crater Lake

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I wish I could tell my ten year old self reading Omni Magazine and sci-fi short stories that in 2024 shit will actually get a little weird, like that time solar flares caused our robot tractors to not plant seeds at the right time, jeopardizing our food system https://mastodon.social/@jasonkoebler/112428406876457168

mathowie, (edited )
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"Cool. What exoplanet will this happen on?"

"Earth"

"You're shitting me"

"Nope, swear"

"Man, 40 years from now is gonna be hella weird"

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mathowie, to random
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In March of 1997 WIRED Magazine published their cover story on how browsers might soon disappear as everyone would prefer stuff pushed to them instead of discovered via following links.

It was widely panned and browsers are still very much alive today but I have to say when I look at Instagram and TikTok, those are all-Push content apps and maybe WIRED got it a little bit correct?

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One of the biggest downsides to living in Oregon the last 20 years is dealing with pollen counts that frequently hit the highest in the nation.

I never had allergies as a kid in California, but every spring Oregon turns me into 90s one-hit-wonder Duncan Sheik because I am barely breathing…

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to my naked eye I can see a faint purple and greenish hue to the northern dark skies but an iPhone photo totally amps up everything to an almost dreamlike quality. This is unedited straight out of the phone while it sat on a fence post.

Don’t see any actual movement or flare ups, but will try again in a couple more hours.

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Ok, drove up to the coastal mountains and the colors were seen by our naked eyes with a bit of shimmering lines. So cool.

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