Pinned post


Hello Merveilles! I'm Rick! I have a lot of interests in things like coding, writing, music, conlanging, conworlding.etc .etc

My current main projects (which I'm in the processing of putting online for others to see) are:

-Nuarvaen, a personal ConLang with vague inspiration from Latin and Japanese, my website, which I'm rebuilding in the Crystal language and hoping to turn into a kind of custom exocortex for myself

Looking forward to sharing a space with y'all!

EFDN looks like it'll be up and running again finally on Wednesday

Moving house turned out to be more of a chore than expected and lots of stuff wasn't working when we moved in, hence the extended downtime

Wednesday should be all clear though!

Norikawa boosted

FYI EFDN is gonna be down at least one more day

Not able to get it up tonight, between electrical outlets not working, network connections not working and even when I can get electricity and connection, something with my router settings doesn't play nice in the new place

Gonna try for tomorrow instead!

FYI EFDN is gonna be down at least one more day

Not able to get it up tonight, between electrical outlets not working, network connections not working and even when I can get electricity and connection, something with my router settings doesn't play nice in the new place

Gonna try for tomorrow instead!

Only complaint is that it's not got the good ol' dragon artwork on the front

But the art it has instead is still neat I think!

(It shows a Knight on a chessboard lit from the front with the shadow it's casting being in the shape of a realistic horse)

Show thread

Somehow I've ended up with two copies of the Indian version of the compiler dragon book.

Honestly think it might be better? Not sure yet, but it mentions that it's effectively just the original 2nd edition with extra excerpts from the 1st edition added in.

Which sounds like it'll be more comprehensive!

Still not sure how I managed to get it despite living in the US and just ordering it online?

Also getting two copies somehow as well

Ah well, not gonna complain!

"Resources" here meaning resources for learning how to use, and subsequently, how to improve at using Verilog (or VHDL)

Show thread

Anyone have any good resources for learning Verilog?

I'm randomly getting back into little hardware design stuff it seems like!

I'd prefer VHDL honestly, but last I checked, the resources and software for it were just far more limited than Verilog, but if you have anything for VHDL too feel free to lmk!

Eight of downdetector's top ten listed outages right now are US ISPs

I can personally confirm an outage for Comcast, as my own internet is out (and thus, EFDN is down for the time being)

Lots of people having bad nights right now I presume

EFDN Status Update 

Media cleanup script finished, removed 228GB from the drive!

Now to attempt to get Mastodon to use the external drive for storage...

That'll probably take a while too

Show thread

Mastodon (Specifically: The Software) Thoughts 

EFDN is down since last night and probably for at least one more day because disk space ran out from storing too much remote media.

The script that's supposed to let you manage that? Refuses to work via cron, except for when it doesn't.

So despite there supposedly being an automatic option to fix this, it isn't really automatic! Except sometimes it works anyway!

Alternatively: Either don't store remote media at all, or integrate cleanup!

Show thread

Mastodon (Specifically: The Software) Thoughts 

So, I already dislike Mastodon's default mode of "permanently store remote media" from a safety standpoint (makes it harder to ensure your data is deleted if you want it to be) and an efficiency standpoint (having entire copies of the exact same thing over every connected server seems extremely wasteful)

But now I've got a sysadmin reason too...

EFDN Status Update 

Got the cleanup script running, ETA 2hrs 48min on that

Once that's finished, gonna move the latest folder in media_attachments to an external drive and put a symlink to it on the server, so we'll have a TiB of extra space!

Once *that's* done and I confirm it's working as I intend, will restart the server to let everything start up cleanly and then EFDN should be back online!

Estimating that'll be either late tonight or midday tomorrow (per US Eastern time)

Show thread

EFDN Status 

EFDN will be down until further notice. The disk space cleanup script I had set to run automatically apparently *hasn't* been running, so now the disk is full.

Working on getting it cleaned up, but it'll take some time.

I've disconnected the server from the network entirely to prevent any potential data loss from continued connections.

Hopefully this won't take super long but it could end up being quite an extended ordeal so...

Does anyone have any good resources, websites, books.etc for building a 3D Graphics/Game Engine from scratch (using C, preferably)?

I'd like to try to get started on that kinda thing but I have no idea where to start, so if anyone has any good books (especially on useful background knowledge topics, rather than just straight into Making 3D Graphics right off the bat) or such, please let me know!

EFDN Status 

If anyone knows exactly how to report an internet outage to Xfinity, please let me know

The advice given on their help pages is blatantly incorrect and does not work

Show thread

EFDN Status 

EFDN will be down for an indeterminate amount of time

A lightning strike struck near our house, and since then our internet has been completely down

Comcast (my ISP) is giving us hell just trying to report the outage and even then, it'd be a dice roll for when they actually come out and fix it

According to DownDetector, every ISP in the US is currently having connectivity problems...

My ISP is having issues it seems, so EFDN is down again for however long it takes before they get back running

Every time I go learn a new language, or framework.etc, my process is essentially:

- Learn whatever part of it is relevant right now

- Start explaining it out loud (even if it's just to myself) as if I was teaching someone about it

Not only do you gain the ability to teach others about it, you also end up learning a lot yourself. I usually find a bunch of holes in my knowledge this way.

Show thread

Learn to Teach

Not specifically "Learn how to Teach" (although that's also important!)

Learn things such that you can teach others about it.

Show older

Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.