I’m not the only one! Quick read from yesterday’s Times on personal newsletters as the antidote to social media. Make sure to sign up for Casual Housekeeping if you haven’t already.
What’s worse, Socialism or Crony Capitalism? Probably depends on who you ask. Either way, this piece by Barry Ritholtz documenting some of the more egregious missteps of our “free” market makes for an interesting read. Via @om.
Heartening to see movement from #flickr. Feels like there is a little bit of energy circulating there lately. Latest announcement is around In Memoriam accounts and maintaining Creative Commons works in perpetuity.
Thanks @advcyclingassoc for the reminder about this new GAP/CO trail video. Watched it yesterday and was reminded of what a great time I had riding the C&O and can not wait to ride the GAP now! https://www.wqed.org/ride #adventurecycling #cando #bikecamping
Safety Dance comes on when I’m out riding and all of a sudden some part of my brain is looking at Casio watches in the Service Merchandise catalog.>
Interesting approach from Spotify here on explaining their position w/r/t Apple. I see one long thread from the 19th century Railroads to the 20th century’s Internet Explorer/Microsoft anti-trust case to the issue of app-store revenue in the 21st century. Interesting times.
Picked up some new #StealYourNavesink stickers. Will bring some out to upcoming gigs so hit me up! #redbanknj #deadbank>
Some really good deals on Philips Hue bulbs on Amazon right now. According to camelcamelcamel.com at $10, this is the cheapest they’ve ever been. @tweethue #homeautomation
Got outside for lunch today. Stoked.>
Good reporting from the New Yorker on Fox/White House. Back in middle school I remember learning about Vremya, the Soviet-era state-run news channel and thinking to myself If the citizens know the channel is just propaganda, why do they still watch it?
As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), for the tax years 2018 through 2025, you cannot deduct home office expenses if you are an employee. THANKS TRUMP!!!!
I’ve lost count of how long I’ve been gigging with this amplifier. At least 10 years. Maybe closer to 15. It’s played hundreds of shows, that’s for sure. And it has never let me down.
I’m thinking about selling it because I am too old to carry it around any more. It’s not that it’s *that* heavy. It’s just not light and I need something light.
It is cosmetically beat up, for sure. But is sounds amazing and is so much more reliable than any of the crazy expensive amps (Victoria, etc.) that other guitarists I’ve played with use.
According to the fender website this amp was manufactured around September 1994. It’s got a 12” speaker and 40watts of tube power. Read more specs here.
Here are some pictures. If you are interested, drop me an email or DM me @sjwillis on twitter.
Cool to hear @manoushz covering the decentralized web. Or what I like to call “2006.” Also didn’t realize that Mozilla was in the podcast biz. Anyway, here’s Manoush give her a listen on IRL.
Just had to restart ntp as it was causing a CPU spike at 100% for hours. It’s like that time the really quiet kid in class all of a sudden has a total freakout.
In trying to harden my WordPress install that’s hosted on Linode I decided to enable https for encrypting the login page. At first I just went with the old self-signed certificate route and it was fine but boy did I have to jump through some hoops to get iOS/my iPhone to play nicely.
Then I noticed that Google’s Chrome browser was giving me a “not secure” message on my site (and on the other sites I host on Linode) and realized that Google no-likey the self-signed certificates and further research showed that Google may actually penalize your site in search results if you don’t have a CA-signed SSL cert.
I didn’t want to pay for an SSL cert just to encrypt my WordPress login and googling didn’t return much until I came across Linode’s great documentation for Securing HTTP Traffic with Certbot.
Here I learned about Let’s Encrypt and the way they handle requesting certificates. Super, super cool. And Free. And with the instructions from Linode it was so easy to do.
And now none of my hosted sites are getting that pesky Not-Secure error from Google Chrome!
Playing with micro.blog and sunlit.
I think this explains why the stink is getting better!