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MessagingApps++

Installed Instagram just for chat.

It's... Really good. This is for 1:1 but the video and voice message sharing is simple, and you can respond by just lifting the phone to your ear. Kinda magical and beats the crap out of voice typing.

YMMV etc etc

 

Lady Gaga is a Robot?

Just in case you wanted to know how AI is getting sucked into the conspiracy world..

https://www.thechembow.com/covid-19-flu-bug-or-computer-virus

 

Flip Fone Follies..

Managed to teach an elderly aunt how to
- get text messages on her flip phone,
- so she could sign up for Skype
- so she could share her screen
- so I could help her diagnose her email problem
- using Windows Live Messenger
- by doing a Skype + Conference call with her ISP to change her password and settings.

So Skype requires a gmail/yahoo account (won't let you use a "business" account like kmtel) so sign up with phone was the only option.

Had to explain 'soft keys' plus there were 100 texts that had never been read.

Skype created account password wasn't confirmed, so had to change password

Windows Live Messenger is a hot mess. SO. MANY. BUTTONS.

pop3 + smtp with differing passwords (pop3 was fine, smtp not)

phew......

 

Any covid-19 WebPass-for-business specials in SF? I have a potential customer...





 

"You die Edison Carter or you live long enough to see yourself become Network 23"





 

that xscreensaver is on Android and usable as live wallpapers.

"Hacking the Gibson" adds some nice cyberpunk aesthetic to my home screen...

https://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/download.html

 

Oh wow, I haven't read the issue cover-to-cover but I didn't see @waynecoyne mentioned there.

I'll make sure that I do this justice and will see if I can find an ANSI C (or A2) sized scanner for the cover art.

 

Ears

Spotty ambient song recognition on this mashup set.

Impressed that it got the Eminem song with the Imperial March overlay though

Humans still do it better.:)

 

@technolust@hackers.town yeah, good times. Bad reception though! And Radio K only had a daytime AM license at the time. That's why they were 'open to 9pm'!!!

 

You had to work harder to listen to good music back then. @radiok remembers. I'm sure @djkevincole of remembers.

 

Just amazing work by @chankfonts including design, content (and fonts!) and photography by @midwestartbuyer and tons of other people...

Will upload to @internetarchive when I'm happy with the results..

 

WFH

French Press + Vacuum Themos = Less time doing pour-overs

Also I don't think I'll be able to tolerate the MK coffee machine when all this is done....

 

 

The @dnalounge webcast player sprouted a bridged IRC chat during the DJ set. Will be really interesting once it switches back to the music video jukebox on https://www.dnalounge.com/musicvideos/

Stream it:
https://www.dnalounge.com/webcast/video.html


 

Connecting the community is definitely an 🌟essential🌟 service.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

Traded Saturday morning cartoons for Saturday music. Teenage Kicks on The Current by Jim McGuinn followed by Dandelion radio.

https://www.thecurrent.org/programs/teenage-kicks

@thecurrent @jmcgnn @dandelionradio

 

Levity

Here's your mandated break from the serious stuff in my stream.

A grasshopper hops into a bar. The bartender says, "Hey, we've
got a drink named after you." The grasshopper says, "You've got a drink
named Steve?"

 

Anyone Chicago Googlers here?

Apparently there's a fire-bowl on the roof of the Chicago office. I happen to know the artist that made it. He asked me if anyone had photos of it they could share.

If you do let me know and I'll get them to him!

[we was also a loyal G+ user back in the day!!!]

https://johntunger.com/





 

And here's the song of the same name by The Suburbs.

A huge shout out to Owen Murphy and John Richards for playing it this morning on KEXP and reminding us that we're not alone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAAkro0jKFY

@RadioCoachOwen @loserboy @TheSuburbsBand @kexp

 

It's my birthday and the world isn't fooling around, but we can do our best to help out the most vulnerable.

So help each other, be weird, have awe, sing, dance and be human!

 

Happy 16th Birthday Gmail!

And a reminder of what people used in corp before we had Gmail.

 

It's live! loving your anecdotes and the narration by @yeahrightpos

I do think it's time for an at-home 'Summer Splash Party' where we put on our swim gear and dance to disco πŸ•ΊπŸ’ƒ.

(check out the clip at 20:24!)

 

Thank you Dominik, I have been blessed with a treasure of digital memories to rediscover and share. So glad that you were able to enjoy my journey through the archives.

 

According to this interview with R.U. Sirius

"Howard Rheingold swears that he’s Michael Wilson, who was involved in the development of the TV show Burn Notice..."

https://www.neondystopia.com/cyberpunk-books-fiction/on-music-mondo-mayhem-an-interview-with-r-u-sir...

 

Also the same week I discovered there's a Jay's Longhorn documentary..

https://longhornfilm.com/

 

Oh wow.

Already have @djkevincole a few minutes in...

https://www.tpt.org/minnesota-experience/video/first-avenue-closer-to-the-stars-preview-37031/

@FirstAvenue

 

 

CORS vs Gmail = no doggo pics

Any of the Chrome folks want to figure out why SameSIte cookies are making
it impossible to add inline images in gmail compose?

Bug appears to be here: https://b.corp.google.com/issues/144398439

Looks like it's more than just Googlers:

https://support.google.com/mail/thread/19811479?hl=en

 

Something about these times that I feel your loss as my own. πŸ’”

Thank you for connecting the community and being there for everyone, as Ralph was there for you.

 

 

Social Distancing

Hey kids, this is what live music was like back before the pandemic.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHV0zs0kVGg

 

We'll all probably remember the first friend who contracted COVID-19. For me that's Andrea. She wrote about it on her Tinyletter.

Please read, if only to prepare yourself for what is to come.

https://tinyletter.com/slingshotannie/letters/an-abundance-of-caution





 

 

Not to be grim about it but everyone may want to consider doing your paperwork for medical power of attorney and/or a health directive. At the very least partners should consider adding each other as trusted "https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/life-care-plan/choose-agent" (which is what Kaiser calls it). You'd be able to access tests and communicate with Doctors on behalf of each other.

Having gone through this I feel very fortunate that I was able to make medical decisions for another and knew what the right thing was to do.





 

Thank you for letting me share Julie's memories, tacky postcards and all, with everyone.

If anyone reading this has suffered a similar loss, please feel free to reach out for a sympathetic ear or for help finding memories in the archives. DMs open.

 

Actually with some tweaks I got all the grunge list content I was looking for!

Still think it would be awesome if the backup tapes were found. @herf wrote a great article about the lyrics part of the site:

http://stereopsis.com/lyrics.html

 

Thank you for your sympathy and for all the work you've done to make @PerkeepOrg into a such a useful tool for personal digital preservation.

 

Honored that I was able to tell my story of restoration and healing on the @internetarchive blog today.

Thank you @whanamura and the IA team for your compassion and for preserving so many cherished memories of my life with @jflindner.

https://twitter.com/internetarchive/status/1240740409204072449

 

that Google Analytics referer spam is a thing.





 

Aha. swore that I already checked. So yay!

But sadly... many/most of the leaf pages are empty or truncated. So sad :(

The quest continues!

 

A challenge to the data hoarders out there. Find the contents of the amazing music archive that one lived at archive.uwp.edu (FTP or Gopher) and was mirrored to mirrors.aol.com.

@textfiles - didn't see it in the boneyard. Ideas?

http://www.folklib.net/index/uwp_gone.shtml

 

We've now entered the Cyberspace future predicted 30 years ago. Expecting a resurgence in Industrial Music..

https://archive.org/details/cyberpunk_201410

 

Donkey Break

We interrupt this stream of perf and covid for mandatory frolicking donkey antics.

https://twitter.com/m_crouton/status/1240366512990543873

 

Entering Plague Times

5.7 Utah earthquake. Hope everyone there is safe.

 

some Bluetooth speakers can also operate as a speakerphone over USB, which works great for GVC calls.





 

go links for wellbeing

I've had this list for a while, so some links might be out of date. I have used some of these programs myself and found benefits.

Be well everyone, we're in store for some long weeks/months ahead of us.

http://go/EAP Employee Assistance Program
http://go/gCalm Online, highly interactive learning experience to you manage stress and build resilience
http://go/gPause Mindful practices to help manage stress, increase happiness, and boost productivity
http://go/OYL Initiative to provide Googlers with the resources needed to β€œoptimize your life”
http://go/s10x 5 week group-led program for insights into your current wellbeing and ways to improve it
http://go/wellbeingguru Experienced Googlers who offer 1:1 coaching to support Googlers working on wellbeing.
http://go/wlb-1:1 Work-life balance conversation guide for Googlers and Managers
http://go/Sleepio Resources to improve your sleep
http://go/happify Resource to overcome stress and negative thoughts with science-based games and activities
http://go/meQ Personalized tools and videos to help build resilience
http://go/myStrength Personalized tools for anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain, mindfulness, and more

 

St Patrick's Day Isolation mood...

🎡 Caffeine sugar and THC
Is all that the doctors are gonna find in me
When they do the autopsy
The micro-organism won't get me 🎡

Remember to support local artists like @boiledinlead@twitter.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l83rheFrjiY

 

I think there are more than 50 people in this grocery store.






 

 

Really should do something with my makamaka.me domain which I shelved when I realized that I was using AGPL software...

I ended up just contributing to the Mastodon Patreon and joined https://social.coop/

[also looks like go/makamaka still works!!!]