it warms the cockles of my heart* to see this our wee serve slowly expanding with nice folks. :D

* if you know what cockles are, you also know that this is an _extremely_ strange idiom.

today i learn that the lack of a "quote tweet" equivalent on Mastodon was an intentional decision.

Blog post explaining it:

GitHub thread arguing for and against it:

I agree there's a potential for abuse, and misuse. At the same time being able to say "Mary posted this great thing, and here are my thoughts about it" is pretty nice. Ditto for starting side-discussion w/o polluting the reply chain.

How to register an Inernationalized Domain Name.

A blog post I put together after yesterday's multi-hour fiasco of attempting to register one. Hopefully it'll save someone else the same pain.

What is the benefit to using a federated blogging platform like plume or writefreely? Yes, folks could follow it in mastodon and be notified when I post, & that's good, but why / how is it notably better than me just posting a link here to a non-federating blog?

I assume some mastodon(ish) clients could read the whole post inline, but I'm not sure that's much of a benefit.

it worked!

They seem... acceptable. They want to charge for privacy (🍆 move, but typical). Their UI is... meh, but not terrible.

So, in 60 days I'll transfer my new domain over to hover. You can't transfer any domain before then for... 🤷‍♀️ presumably some fraud prevention.

I'd point you to it but it just redirects so you wouldn't see it. I'll figure out what to do with it later.

Show thread my registrar of choice, fails miserably. also failed, but gave me a clue. There was an error about needing to specify character set. However, they don't let you specify it for .com, but they do for _other_ TLDs. ?! Punycode doesn't need this to work, so i dunno why it's a thing.

So, I googled another registrar. I found who claimed to support the コム tld (japanese translation of .com). THAT was promising. Not only IDN domains BUT TLDs !

So i gave it a shot

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TIL that "internationalized domain names" have progressed far enough that they actually show up / get converted automatically in Firefox & chrome when you visit a site with one & you can enter a unicode domain into the url and it does the magic conversion to "punycode" under the covers and "just works". You can use a "punycode converter" to convert your unicode to the ASCII thing you need to register.

I ALSO learned that it's nigh-fucking impossible to actually register one.

Spent a hour or more with a staff dev i really respect. Tried many things including multiple forms of “turn it off again”. Nothing worked.

Protobuffers are, in fact, the devil.

Ultimately decided it was end of day on a Friday of a long weekend, so we should back away and see if it fixes itself by Tuesday.

Because… why not. 🤷‍♀️

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continuing to build up evidence in support of my theory that protobuffers are, in fact, the devil.

and that the people who wrote the ruby protobuffer library should have not been allowed within 100 meters of a ruby codebase.

TIL that GitHub acquired NPM in 2020!

That is both surprising, and makes a lot of sense.

It's also somewhat concerning that 2 of the most important development infrastructure pieces are now controlled by the same company. 3 if you include VSCode.

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geeks: I had to write a query against a JSONB column in PostgreSQL yesterday. It was... not obvious how to make Rails do what i wanted to do even when i found the right SQL to do it.

Then i found this great gist someone put together with tons of example variations on what works. Doesn't explain JSONB querying but _does_ help you make a query work in Rails.

another morning, another bug from not checking what happens at large font sizes.

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I decided to go get breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts today. As I went to get in the car I felt something dangling in my crotchal region, looked down, and realized I was still wearing the carabiner from the dog walk.

musk + idiocy 

I don't understand how so many people can continue to think this man's a genius.


Hey Andre! Nice to find you here :D

Do you know if anyone's made a list of scuttlebutt folks on the fediverse?

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