Is there anyone out here who has professional experience (either on the giving or the receiving end) about #grieving and dealing with #loss?

I hope someone could see this and share some experiences about how I'm supposed to grief. How I can enter into active grieving and guide myself through the process. Or maybe lead me to resources that write about it in depth.

Boosts are appreciated but not neceesary. Thank you.

#seekingAdvice #seekingSupport

As a Canadian father who has to put up with children's toys corrupted by American English....

I have long ago made peace with "zee" being the last letter in the alphabet song. It's not ideal, but at least it makes the rhyming better. (For now at least, Kiddo trusts her dad's authority over the toys, and says "zed").


I was not prepared for "Skidamarink a-dink a-dink", rather than the correct "Skinnamink e-dink e-dink". It just sounds like pure satanic sacrilege in my ears.

On a similar note, I have often wondered about the influence of mass-produced children's toys and books and YouTube channels and whether they aid in stamping out regional dialects and variations. I like to imagine romantically that once upon a time, every family sang subtly different nursery rhymes because there was nowhere to look them up, so you just had to remember them as your parents and grandparents had told them to you. I don't know if it's true, though.

Amusing (to me) error message from my music-mixing program for Kiddo.

As I mentioned in another post, I'm sequencing the music in a spreadsheet (sc-formatted). I then have a shell script which translates the musical notation and timings into C code. I have an enum for musical notes (C, D, E, F, ...). However, "C#" is not a valid identifier name, so it's written as "Db" in the enum.

No problem, right? Just get the shell script to detect whenever there's a note name that ends in #. Take the next note (by increasing its ASCII value...yeah, it's not pretty) and turn the # into b, and everything works great.

Somehow when I was writing that shell script, I never considere the possibility of a G#, hence the error message.

Petition to have Ab renamed to Hb.

"If it's free, you're the product" bugs me every time I see it. It's totally not true.

It's very easy to come up with counter-examples. Mastodon is free. I'm not the product. Linux is free, gcc is free, Firefox is free, F-Droid is free, ad nauseum. Counter-examples the other way, too. Windows 10 is quite expensive, but I'm still the product. Ditto smart TVs, smart phones, smart anything.

I don't think there's much correlation between "free of cost" and "I'm the product" to speak of.

"If it's consumer-targeted proprietary tech, you're the product, regardless of whether you paid for it or not" sounds more accurate to me.

Kiddo's music mixing Arduino toy is still going well. Not much coding left and it's mostly just down to sampling and sequencing. Who knew all those hours I wasted in high school with ScreamTracker/ImpulseTracker weren't wasted after all.

It's a small thing, but sampling (audio editing in general) these days is mostly done in floating-point rather than with integer sample values (e.g., 16-bit integer sample depth, as I always used to do in the day). You wouldn't think the internal representation would change the way you operate much, but it crops up in weird ways.

My mind is so used to thinking "okay normalize first, then mix down to mono, to reduce aliasing effects". doesn't matter. Normalize first, normalize later, normalize later, the fidelity in a floating-point sample never changes through amplification. I like it.

Wow, the GFDL is astonishingly bad. I always just kind of assumed "it's probably like the GPL but for documentation".

Aside from being written by the FSF, it really has no relationship to the GPL. It's GPL-incompatible, even. It requires advertising all authors obnoxiously, is pro-DRM, and doesn't even let you modify the text without advertising (and sometimes not at all).

Stick with CC-SA if you want to copyleft something other than code, for sure.

Does anyone get really really excited when they stumble upon a good use case for Haskell? It feels like astral projection, like you put on your Elegance Sunglasses and leave behind the material coil of actual machinery.

Still working on Kiddo's music mixing Arduino toy. It's going very well! Experimenting with generating samples from mathematical functions (hence the Haskell).

It's the 21st century, and we're still supposed to choose sides in the debate between Augustine and Pelagius?

New personal project! Kiddo loves to play music and loves to mix music together especially (regardless of whether the songs match or not), so I'm building a little Arduino-based push-button DJ station kind of thing.

Anyway, I'm writing custom music playback software for it. I've decided it will be sort of like tracked demomusic (in the vein of MOD, S3M, XM, IT) but with the song embedded directly into the code, rather than loaded as a file. So I just need to write a little tool to convert the song data into C code.

What should I write the song data in? It occurred to me that tracker software is essentially just a spreadsheet. So my plan is to write/sequence all the music in a spreadsheet (specifically sc) and then have a little script to translate the spreadsheet into C declarations.

Every now and then, my almost–2 year-old will, out of the blue, exclaim "Christmas is over! Hmm" and then go back to what she was doing. We took down the lights almost 2 weeks ago. I guess it was a traumatic experience.

Just got a Community Guidelines strike on YouTube for talking about NewPipe. The free and open source video player. Sigh...

Update on that I'm foolishly making from scratch. My first time in a couple weeks getting to sit down with it. Fixed the crashing bug I had with handling IRQs. I can now properly get IRQs from the timer and keyboard (and then do nothing with them). Scrolling text even works now! Feeling somewhat accomplished.

Next up is dealing with scan codes from the keyboard.

Notable works coming into public domain at midnight 

Films are listed with their director, literature with their author


  • The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin
  • Ben-Hur, Fred Niblo
  • Бронено́сец «Потёмкин» (The Battleship Potemkin), Sergei Eisenstein
  • The Big Parade, King Vidor
  • Le fantôme du Moulin-Rouge (The Phantom of the Moulin-Rouge), René Clair
  • Go West, Buster Keaton
  • The Freshman, Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, starring Harold Lloyd
  • Lights of Old Broadway, Monta Bell
  • The Monster, Roland West, starring Lon Chaney
  • The Phantom of the Opera, Rupert Julian, starring Lon Chaney
  • Seven Chances, Buster Keaton


  • Metropolis, Thea von Harbou (written in tandem with the 1927 Fritz Lang film)
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Manhattan Transfer, John Dos Passos
  • Porgy, DuBose Heyward (made into "Porgy and Bess")
  • Those Barren Leaves, Aldous Huxley
  • Carry On, Jeeves, PG Wodehouse
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • The Billy-Club Puppets, Federico García Lorca
  • A Cuckoo in the Nest, John Travers
  • The Hollow Men, TS Eliot

Update. I eventually found a fillable "inquiry form" which will send them an email. The question form is implemented in Javascript and will not work unless uBlock Origin is disabled. So much better than email.

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Remember the old days of the web when organizations' "Contact" page actually had an easy way to contact them? Like an email address?

I really miss those days. Sorry, HR department at place I used to work, I'm really not interested in following you on Facebook and Instagram.

I drafted up a proposal for a standard set of tags on the Fediverse. @willghatch mentioned some weeks back that he thought there should be such a thing and I thought the idea was quite cool and ran with it. (To be clear, the result is all my craziness, not his)

To be honest, I find the current use of tags to be fairly useless. I think if tags were aimed at usability and filtering, it could improve people's experiences on social media.

Let me know what you think!

Out of curiosity, what's everyone's familiar with Nietzsche? I've never read a single thing he's written, but I've read other (smarter than me) people talk (authoritatively) about his writings so much that I kind of feel like I know what he wrote. Just wondering if this is a normal situation.

Slow and steady progress on . This is not a real milestone because I clearly have a bug, but it's been about 3 days (and more than 5 hours of work I think) of trying to get the timer IRQ handler working.

So I'm showing off! Avec bug! I won't have time to fix it until next weekend anyway probably.

I got 3 pings from the PIT (hardware timer) before my kernel went tits up somehow. It really is nice to see SOMETHING.

Kiddo just had her first major punchline. She was going through a book from a super-popular Korean TV series/merch franchise with her grandfather. He was asking "who's this?", "who's this?" and she's answering "크롱", "뽀로로", and then suddenly answered "grandpa doesn't know!" and the whole room broke out laughing.

She's been a lifelong attention whore (and her traditional Korean fortune thingy 돌잔치 predicted she would be a celebrity/chasing after fame). She'll do anything for applause or a "good job!" thrown her way. Getting the whole room to genuinely break out into laughter was like cocaine for her, I'm pretty sure.

Of course, predictably, she drove that line into the ground, trying to use it about 10 times in a row. Poor girl doesn't realize the fickle and fragile nature of comedy yet.

Anyway I look forward to seeing the progress in her comedy career.

You can tell a lot about a person's general state by how often they lose their phone. I'm currently at about twice a day. Thankfully all my final exams are done. Now just a giant pile of marking and getting final marks in.

(Side-node: After a back-and-forth with @willghatch , I decided to draw up a set of standard tags, which I'm taking for a test drive now. If I like them, I may post about them)

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