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What is a good safe way to wash pine sap from an animal's fur?
  • If push comes to shove and none of the other alternatives work, turpentine is the solvent extracted from pine. It smells terrible and you need to wash it with soap afterwards, but I doubt it wouldn’t work.

    Do try detergent and mineral oil first, though. They’re much easier on the animal and your hands. And the environment.

  • TIL psychedelics supposedly work by desynchronizing the brain
  • I didn’t take a high dose, but I saw the walls of the room breathe. That was cool. But the most impact was on the other senses. Hearing, touch, proprioception, heat/cold…

    I would feel the bedsheets with my hand and that feeling would wash over my whole body. I couldn’t tell where the bed ended and where my girlfriend started. We knocked over a bag of snacks and I could hear every single one of them hitting the ground, instead of a diffuse sound.

    It’s like your brain doesn’t filter and process the sensory inputs anymore, giving it to your conscious mind raw. It’s overwhelming experience, in a good way. Sort of like a childhood winner coming back.

    If you can get yourself comfortable and safe to avoid bad trips, 10/10 would recommend.

  • #1 image result for latex in DDG


    This is purely educational.


    Can't see images on nearly 1/3 of posts

    I can’t notice a pattern, but it happens all the time in both instances I use. I get to a post and there’s an image that can’t be loaded. I open the post on the browser and it loads fine.

    (I’d share a screenshot of the browser but the inline picture upload feature is giving me grief now. ☹️)

    Here’s the sample post:


    Deep Space 9 - but it's 30 Rock

    I’m not sure Riker would be opposed to the Klingon’s idea.


    Firefox for iOS now deletes all my private tabs

    I almost exclusively use private tabs and had quite a few of them open at any time for things I was working on. But apparently since I’ve last updated the default behavior changed to close private tabs and the option to keep them open was removed.

    Digging into it, I’ve found the bug report in the link. The last entry in the bug report is concerning:

    > It looks like this was discussed in FXIOS-8672, although I don't have access to that JIRA to take a look at the discussion.

    > Of the three PRs that I see that reference FXIOS-8672one of them mentions:

    > > I've intentionally kept this PR as simple as possible so we can release it and then be sure there is no major blow back from users. If we need to roll back it should be very simple in the current state.

    > I'm not sure what would count as "major blow back" but there is at least some hope that this functionality can be restored.

    > I agree with @garnetred that this behaviour isn't limited to force closing the app.


    Bent switch contacts

    Edit: thanks everyone, I’ve installed them and everything is fine!


    Hey community!

    I got some switches with bent contacts. I can easily bend them back into shape, but I’m afraid of them possibly snapping off inside the keyboard and running it. Am I overthinking it?

    The backstory is I’be got a 3x 10 unit Outemu switch bags in the mail from AliExpress to try different varieties. They were not packed well so some of them came with bent contacts. So I’m also gauging whether buying a full set would be worth it.


    Is there a way to hide a community from the home feed?

    I love the Linux community but it absolutely drowns the other communities in I subscribe to in my home feed. Is there a way to remove it from my home feed without unsubscribing from it?


    filter comments from blocked instances

    I would love a checkbox in the settings that would allow me to filter comments/ content from users at blocked instances.

    Desired behavior: Block instance b.c, auto content filter on. Go to a post on instance x.y where user [email protected] has commented on, don’t see those comments.

    Please and thank you!

    Original text below because reasons I guess.


    When I block an instance, I expected not to see anything from it - the nuclear option, you’d say.

    However, browsing a post from another community, I still see comments from users of the blocked instance.

    Is this the designed behavior? If so, is there a way to change it to block all content emanating from that server?



    I'm cheap and want a Linux keyboard

    Thank you everyone for taking time to help out. While looking for keyboards, I’ve found a great deal on a new Keychron C3 Pro at Amazon for around $30. It’s a wired keyboard, but it’s got hot swappable brown switches and I figured there’s no way I’d find something better to dip my toes in this hobby.

    And I’m really glad I did! The feel and sound of it is just so much better from my regular keyboard it’s not even funny.

    I’ve got some sample switches and o-rings in the mail to further dampen the sound but I’m very happy with my purchase.

    Original text below:


    All those really sweet compact keyboards are super sexy and I want one. But the ones I like are both:

    • very expensive
    • have windows exclusive software

    I’m not even sure mechanical keyboards are for me, to be honest. I don’t type that much, and the keyboard I have - a Logitech wave ergonomic keyboard - suits me, except for the humongous size and the noise (I do a lot of video calls and it gets distracting to my interlocutors).

    From my research, a QMK/VIA 65% keyboard would be ideal. The VIA part would allow me to configure the few extra keys and layouts so I can make the most of the keys I’ll have. And it’s Linux compatible. However, it seems the controllers for VIA keyboards make them significantly more expensive. Then there’s the noise issue. The click clack, while tactile satisfying, is a no go for me.

    I went down the rabbit hole and to find something that has a chance of suiting me, the cost quickly balloons above $200, and for something which I don’t know if I’ll like. If at least I knew it wouldn’t be too loud I might justify forking that kind of money.

    Is there a keyboard for me? How can I tell if it’s going to be too loud? Or should I just give up that search and go for a normie tenkeyless keyboard?


    What is TrueNAS writing all the time to disk?

    I have a TrueNAS install with SMB turned on and nothing else. Even when it’s idle and nothing is accessing it, there’s constant disk activity. Very low bandwidth, but it’s like some log is in verbose mode.

    TrueNAS is installed in a NVMe disk with plenty of room, and there’s only one pool. I’ve checked my snapshot configuration, nothing enabled faster than daily.

    What could be causing it? How do I stop it or redirect it to the NVMe drive? I’m willing to create a partition on the NVMe drive if that’s what will do it.

    Edit: thanks everyone for all the feedback, I’ll try these out and report back.


    Frequent disconnects from Voyager app

    Hey, I’m having this issue only with Mander. I can’t reliably reproduce it, sometimes it’ll go days without issue. But then the insurance gets disconnected and I need to add the account again. Does not happen with my account on another instance. Anyone else experiencing the same? Any clues as to what is causing it?


    Self hosting courses on Udemy

    So my employer got me a business Udemy account and I want to make the most of it. What are good courses there for a home self hoster?

    I’ve got a couple Docker for beginners courses.

    Would an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner be any useful?

    I’m looking into networking as well, so I understand VLANs, routing and firewalls.

    I have a decent grasp of Linux fundamentals, but I’m outdated in administration as I haven’t been more than a user for the past 10 years.


    Ingenious ways to measure power draw

    So I wanted to get myself a Kill-a-watt. Being who I am, I wanted information regarding its accuracy, especially at low power draws. I found a comparison with a industry grade equipment (Fluke is about the best out there in handheld electrical meters). It’s not encouraging, so I thought about a more proper meter, but it’s not easy to find an actual power meter that is accurate at low loads, isn’t a hassle to install and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    What do you use? Am I overthinking it?


    Local backup on TrueNAS

    I am building my 3-2-1 backup system and wanted to add an external HD to my TrueNAS machine. Since it only works with ZFS, I thought of setting up that drive as a compressed, dedup ZFS volume.

    I have a truckload of NVMe left on the boot drive that I could repartition and turn some of the free space as a dedup vdev for the backup drive. I don't have any other physical bays to add a dedicated drive on the machine.

    A) Is that a bad idea? What are the downsides of using the boot drive like that?

    B) Which tool do you recommend for local backup? I'm looking for actual incremental backup, not just a sync tool.


    Ad-blocking HACK!

    At least they reported back.


    Afraid of tuning bongos

    I bought a pair of bongos by impulse while browsing guitar center ($90 discounted to $40). I have never played them. I don't play the drums either. Or percussion. Yeah...

    I think I got the tuning right on the hembra, but the macho keeps sounding very flat, as if I'm permanently muting it with the other hand, or if I'm drumming on Tupperware. There's no resonance like in the big one.

    I'm afraid to keep on tightening it and ruin the hide. The lug nuts have gotten pretty stiff to turn, harder than the hembra's. Is that normal?

    Edit: forgot to mention the pitch is rather dark. I wanted a higher pitch. I understand shell material and construction and head material will limit what tone I can achieve, but it doesn't sound right to me. I was looking to emulate the bright sounds at the intro to Your Latest Trick by Dire Straits (the live version has it).


    How amps connect to concert sound systems?

    Hi there! I'm trying to find a gift for my resident bassist. He's got a 15W 10" bass amp which for bass is only enough for rehearsals. He started gigging and I want to gift him a new amp. Something that can be connected to a concert setup as the band is about get their hands on loaned equipment.

    I know in pro set-ups there's an amp head connected to some speakers. And somehow that is connected to overall concert sound system. How is that connected? Is that "output direct connect" I see in some combo amps?

    Where can I read about it? All I've found online was useless. I guess my lack of basic knowledge prevents me from asking Google the right questions.

    8 First live birth of a chimeric monkey using embryonic stem cell lines

    A team of researchers in China has reported for the first time the live birth of a monkey that contains a high proportion of cells derived from a monkey stem cell line. This "chimeric" monkey is composed of cells that originate from two genetically distinct embryos of the same species of monkey. Thi...

    First live birth of a chimeric monkey using embryonic stem cell lines

    Gattacca here we come.

    > This "chimeric" monkey is composed of cells that originate from two genetically distinct embryos of the same species of monkey. This has previously been demonstrated in rats and mice but, until now, has not been possible in other species, including non-human primates.


    Searching for communities across the fediverse

    Hi there! I'm another reddit refugee, been lurking here since the API fiasco.

    How do I search for a community across the several federated instances? Is there a directory somewhere?