Looks like clippy will officially be the emoji for paperclips in Office 365. Will use clippy excessively for a month or so once we have that at work in every email.

I apologize for the extended downtime of pony.social, had some issues on my server. Should be all fixed now though!

Pushed Mastodon 3.4.1 to pony.social after I managed to clear out the CI system. In the future this should be done much faster.

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happy pride month from pony.social! (sorry I didn't get to it yesterday)


On the upside of the outage, I have migrated pony.social to 3.4.0 of mastodon 👍

sadly, pony.social had a bigger outage today.

During my work hours, the docker registry went AWOL along with it's worker node, which lead to a bunch of services having to restart (and in mastodon's case, had to be evicted for more crucial system services to ensure availability).

Once that cleared, k8s attempted to recover but on the new node, where all the new services got to start, no docker images were cached so things kinda collapsed from there on out.

Lesson learned: docker registry does not belong inside k8s cluster.

I've set more strict resource limits, which should eliminate further node crashing and I will have to investigate options for the registry.


wrapper for RR around cargo. finally I can timetravel to debug my 5D-chess with multiverse timetravel clone. 👀

I'm going to rework some networking on my infra, pony.social/adjacent might be offline intermittendly

what if you had developed a general AI on your computer, something really smart. But it is isolated from the internet. You suspect it might not be up for anything good.

How could the AI convince you to be let free to the internet?

if you experience issues with loading the browser interface, clear cache, I've cleared the cloudflare cache but local cached content might still be outdated

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pony.social: and we're fully back (I hope).

took a bit longer than expected since k8s went a bit weird, otherwise all is well

upcoming downtime of pony.social on the weekend, on saturday around 14:00CET to 16:00 CET, pony.social will be offline, as well as some other services I host. The host requires hardware maintenance, so I have to physically shutdown everything.


From n-gate today:

"Twitter begins oppressing the most vulnerable and defenseless segment of society: the President of the United States."

Almost choked on my coffee

welcome to mastodon 3.3.0, jenkins working good so far, outstanding issue is auto-deploy to k8s

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it's been a while since I updated pony.social, I'm working on setting up CI/CD again, my last setup broke and I got very lazy about fixing it.

played through spore again. never had to hit the evolution button, just stayed the default cell. 10/10 shittiest game but heck I'm nostalgic for it

and now from our friday group; the Laughing Dragons.

Last we checked in, I believe they were busy going through various dungeons to obtain McGuffins of fey nature (god I love fey). Now. Situation has changed. They finished going into Dungeons for McGuffins. They actually went to a dungeon to stop a McGuffin from setting the world on fire (literally, a device that would set fire to elements lighter than Iron 56).

Having finished that, they went and brought a dead Autumn fey to the meeting spot and then pressed the button to restore a part of the material plane into working order. It kinda wedged into the Shadow Fell and that's a bad place to be.

Either way, they got some offerings from the fey. Some help with the siege against the queen.


Granted, it was tuned down a bit, I'm not risking the campaign. Silly things happened. One player is now blind but gained blindsight. Another got offered an internship by Death. And yet another got a free "anything you ask with an honest answer" question to the DM. Also our Half-Orc Barbarian (lovely woman) is now a Human Battlemaster. Still same character. Magic got involved.

Anyway, before anything else happens, they decided to go for the queen. The queen is ready, I'm ready, my players are ready.

Both my campaigns will likely (and hopefully) conclude before new year. The Laughing Dragons campaign will conclude after 1.5 years of runtime and the Strahd campaign after about 8 months. I will however point out that both adventures will continue.

Our Strahd players will likely be pulled into the unforgiving cold of Icewind Dale between people who just want to survive and a rather cruel fate and the Laughing Dragons may find themselves entrenched in the politics of a megadundeon populated by codependent Drow and Duergar with relationship issues fighting over a library.

last time in Curse of Strahd: The heroes beat up some old grannies that just wanted to sell some pies. And made a death slaad out of the pies. Pretty sure making death slaads out of anything is illegal in everywhere except Texas.

Anyway, this time in Curse of Strahd: The party heads to the castle of strahd. The count needs to be stopped at all costs (I am proud of this pun, the players hate me for it). Go into the castle and find a GIANT BEATING HEART MADE OF CRYSTAL AND PUNCH IT). The count doesn't like this and sends his best vampire spawns up there to beat them up. Surprise: instead the vampire spawns are beaten up, quote "you punched all her bones broken".

With just enough time to breathe, they pull the barely alive remains of a fey from the crystal heart and discuss how to get the fey back working again. Best guess: have the lich in the amber temple feed her healing potions for a few weeks.

Strahd returns in full form directly in front of them. His masterplan: kill the fey. The players are mildly annoyed that the count would go for such a stupid last ditch action.

Turns out it was the death slaad all along (death strahd? strahd von slaadovich? not sure there). The real strahd was trailing the party as an ally under polymorph. The Real Strahd made sarcastic hand claps and then phased through a wall before they could do anything. The Real Count is only mildly annoyed at loosing a powerful buff for themselves.

Current status: Strahd doesn't have a +600HP power up anymore, the heart is gone. The party blew through a lot of resources and spell slots. Looks like the monk and warlock might have to call upon their dark gifts.

after C# succeeded against Java by making the JVM look like a duck with a turtle and a keyboard taped to it, looks like .NET 5.0 is going for Python developers by allowing you to just write your code as top level program. Tbh, nothing against either Java or Python. But;
- Java is really feeling like old cruft that someone put lipstick on. Modern Java isn't very pretty and the JVM is restricted by the OO obsession
- Python *REALLY* messed up dependency manamagement. And optional static typing.

Carneval is also somewhere in February/March. This is because in germany we have two types of carneval; "Karneval" which traditionally opens on 11.11 and "Fasching" which usually happens around ash wednesday in spring, both translate to "carneval" in english, both do the same thing, though supposedly they're the two ends of the winter season. Fasching usually also happens more in the southern regions of germany, to my experience.

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