finally pulled the trigger

ordered a modulaire maritime accra 4u 84hp case and my first three modules
got modulaire maritime's "victor alpha" mixer, alm busy circuit's "pamela's new workout" sequencer, and antumbra's "knit" voice (6hp version of mutable instruments' "plaits")

the rules i set myself are:
- this case is the limit
- outside of this order, only second-hand or diy stuff
- only order from europe to minimise shipping

while i wait for things to arrive, i guess i can just stare at the modulargrid page, lol
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/1436209

Having Emoji

Having Emoji - Eurorack Modular System from Gaeel

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the real tragedy of the effort towards better handling of digital Arabic text is that even our loftiest goals are a compromise. most systems can't even do the super basic A in the first image correctly. few can pull off B, allowing letters to stack and bend, preserving some of the flourish and nuance of the script. the second image -- which is still text! -- is just not on the table. it's the kind of thing we're leaving behind to exist on computers.

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doomposting with a slightly positive bent

we're not living through an unprecedented epidemic. there have been plagues and epidemics ever since life has roamed the earth.
we're not living through an unexpected epidemic. with highly urbanised populations travelling around the globe, it's inevitable that world-wide pandemics will hit us. if anything, it's strange we haven't been hit by epidemics like this more often.

to continue with the doomposting a bit, it's obvious to me that the governments we live under (at least the government i live under) is either unwilling or unable to properly deal with this kind of situation.

as i approach the one year anniversary of lockdown one, and have been living in the almost exclusive company of my boyfriend and two cats, my brain is putting things together.
my mental health is taking a toll, i almost cried this morning looking at a stock photo of some beers and a plate of fries, thinking about how much i want to be able to just hang out with a bunch of friends, shoot the shit and enjoy the company of human beings.
and as per the opening statements in this post: this situation is neither unprecedented nor unexpected, nor do i have any reason to believe that future pandemics will be dealt with properly

i want to start preparing for reasonable worst case scenarios. the mind can easily drift to horrible apocalyptical scenarios, but i don't think that's reasonable not useful to think about. however, i don't think it's unreasonable to expect that a significant proportion of my future will be spent in pandemic lockdowns, in a bubble of whoever i happen to live with

my boyfriend and i are considering trying to get a bigger place to move in with some other friends, to at least have a face to face social circle bigger than our couple and some furry friends, and even if this is the only pandemic we have to live through, i don't think it'd be too bad to live in a home with some close friends, right?

is this something you're also thinking about? are you also considering changes to make future pandemics more livable? have you already made changes that made your lockdowns more bearable, or even enjoyable?

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life update

Not posted here in a while so here's a life update!
Got a new job at Goto Games. I'm in charge of building a new client for one of their online Contract Bridge games. Not the most exciting proposition, but it's turning out to be quite fun, and it's part of a really friendly team in a stable company with an excellent culture and benefits

Also, we adopted Bounty, the stray cat who's been hanging out in our yard recently. Vet says he's a healthy boy, and he's settled into the flat nicely. Aside from some little skirmishes with Patoune, who doesn't enjoy as much roughhousing, the two get on quite well.

Lancer TTRPG (spoilers if you're Nico)

Okay, just wrapped up my first Lancer mission, which ended with my players fighting against a paracausal defense system, projected by a blinkspace entity that appears in random places around the galaxy under mysterious circumstances.

And now for a few missions, I fully intend to stay 100% clear of paracausal shenanigans. Like "here's a taste of how weird things can get, now let's do some down to earth political intrigue for a while"

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Don't get shamed into disabling your adblocker to "support creators".
Ads pay so little, it really doesn't matter.
If you want to do the financial support, just donate to them. That is the equivalent of multiple thousand ad views.

today was an exhausting day, so i feel i can be self-indulgent and post an oc for a lancer campaign i'm working on:

Sibyl

A representative for Bridgegap Automation.
Wearing a black dress with gold trim, jet black hair seemingly merging into her cloak. A golden NHP casket is strapped to her chest, shimmering as she speaks.
Accompanying her are two subalterns, matching her every move, walking in perfect lockstep with her. They're painted with a dark, slowly shifting paint that makes it difficult to make out their true form.
A knife-drone hovers beside her, buzzing, twitching and turning as it continuously calculates the optimal path to any potential aggressor's throat.
She takes her time when speaking, allowing her NHP to analyse the conversation and guide her words.

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spending way too much energy on one location for a ttrpg session

Arkab-Goodrun Station

Initially built from the remains of RSS Arkab and USO Gudrun Hearth, two freighters that became stranded in the Outer Rim. The original owners, weighing the risks of a rescue operation against the value of the cargo, decided to let the crews make their own plan to find their ways home. The crews struck a deal with local residents, mostly miners, salvagers and pirates, living out of ships and repurposed outpost stations: The Arkab and Gudrun Hearth would be turned over, in exchange for safe transport to Rao Co for any crew-members who wished.

The freighters were docked and welded together, creating a central hub for the scattered population in the area. Some of the original crew-members also decided to stay and join this fledgling community.
With the cargo and now un-needed starfaring equipment of the Arkab and Gudrun Hearth, the community had supplies to live off of or sell.
Bootstrapped and named Arkab-Goodrun, the new station attracted people who needed a home, or at least a place to return to from time to time.

It's still possible to make out the shapes of Arkab and Gudrun Hearth, but other ships have been added over the years, along with various bespoke and specialised constructions between the ships and around the entire structure.
Habitation hubs, manufacturing bays, markets, medical facilities and schools have all been set up as the needs of the inhabitants and visitors of Arkab-Goodrun evolved over time.

A semi-formal political structure has developed on Arkab-Goodrun.
Districts are typically self-managed, the users or inhabitants deciding how best to allocate resource use within.
A station-wide council, called the Admiral is composed of delegates from each district. The Admiral meets regularly to coordinate on station-wide needs and events, or to settle disputes between districts.
There is often friction between districts on Arkab-Goodrun, usually because of conflicting needs, or a percieved imbalance of resource use between them. This has very occasionally turned violent, but in the vast majority of cases, the situations are eventually resolved peacefully. Either through conversation and Admiral mediation, or with help from surrounding districts working to find a mutually beneficial agreement.

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probably a very newbie-ish question for people who run web servers out there: how do you manage port numbers?
in my case, i'm running this activitypub node, along with a few websites for various projects, all on a vps, with nginx doing the routing between domains and the actual services
so far when i add a new service, i pick a "random" port number by just… thinking one up, and hoping it's not already used

there's got to be a better way, right?
just keep a document with used ports and their services?
or is there a tool that real sysadmins use?