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Linux gamer, retired aviator, profanity enthusiast

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What popular product do you think is modern day snakeoil?
  • the vast majority of skincare products.

  • What happened to the smartest kid in your class?
  • She was killed in a traffic accident senior year.

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  • And it is intentionally horrible. It is how the developers want it.

    Lack of a user friendly art suite is a major barrier to Linux adoption.

  • This person's grandfather is WILD
  • Cats are very routine oriented and have shockingly good senses of timing.

  • das bagel
  • I would not describe bagels as "dry."

  • A shaker table for the front porch
  • Question for the room: What price tag would you put on this table? Dimensions are 18.75"h x 16" x 24" solid oak.

  • Young Women Are Fleeing Organized Religion. This Was Predictable.
  • You got one that humanity wouldn't be better off without?

  • Young Women Are Fleeing Organized Religion. This Was Predictable.
  • "Ah shit, when was the sermon supposed to start? Let's see, where did I put my notes...does anyone have a bible or something I can borrow?"

  • Young Women Are Fleeing Organized Religion. This Was Predictable.
  • side note, I kind of like how we're back to fake html tags.

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  • Gonna rock out with my...

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  • Notice how basically no one ever mentions Lost or Game of Thrones anymore?

    These shows were HUGE during their time. "This is AMAZING. Television has never been like this before. You can't be an adult in society if you haven't seen last night's episode because if you say you don't watch this show the conversation will immediately end." soon "What the fuck was that ending? The last season turned to shit! Never mention this shit to me again."

    It's like VindictiveJudge says, these shows are designed to feel like they're going places but never actually get there. The writers of Lost put shit in that they thought looked intriguing but they hadn't thought of any way to resolve it into something. "What do the numbers mean?!" Nothing! Absolutely nothing!

    Those shows are built like big epic stories, they're not Star Trek type adventure of the week that returns to the status quo, and yet they're not designed to resolve. Of course you're going to leave unsatisfied.

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  • The original old show? It's meh okay 70's sci-fi TV. Not into the kid and his robot dog or whatever.

    The 2000s remake? It's basically what cured my television habit. I was never really into the "gritty realistic" heartburn drama shit anyway, so I gave up on the show itself pretty early, then spent the rest of my time as an SG-1 fan having Katee Sackhoff scream in anguish at me during every single commercial break for years on end. Then every TV show made from then on had to be a dark and brooding show about terrible people being terrible to each other and then I stopped watching TV.

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  • There's a certain kind of kid that grew up just eating shit like this up.

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  • They did canonically build the Delta Flyer from scratch.

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  • To be fair, Star Trek explained Star Trek with bar fights. Play domjot, hyew-mon?

  • 'I'll lose the debate on purpose': Trump tries to lower expectations for Biden showdown
  • Can anyone show me the most recent political debate that had a winner or a loser? Because that's obviously not how any of this works.

  • A shaker table for the front porch
  • Thanks! The finish I've used on all of my outdoor projects so far is Minwax Helmsman spar urethane. I thin it to about 60/40 with paint thinner and wipe it on with rags cut from old T-shirts, 4 coats ~8 hours apart, rubbing out between coats with a paper grocery bag. Takes on a very nice feel and water beads right off. We'll see how it holds up long-term but so far I like it.

    Yeah that guitar neck looks a lot like how I make those scrap coasters. You end up with thin cutoffs from ripping rough stock to width, so joint them, glue them up into a narrow little panel, plane it to a uniform thickness of about 3/8" or so, cross-cut it into squares, put a roundover or a chamfer on them to dress them up, sand and apply your preferred finish. I've used Minwax's "I Can't Believe It's Not" Tung Oil Finish (basically it's danish oil) on the one in the photo, just today I made a set specifically for outdoor use that I put spar urethane on.

  • A shaker table for the front porch
  • The only photo in progress I have is this the top and the legs glued up in the clamps. I should have taken some shots of it at various stages.

    I will share here my journey with mortise and tenons, for this project is a rematch. The two end tables I posted about a year ago were designed with mortise and tenons, and I tried to cut them on my table saw with a dado stack. I've seen others do it that way but I struggle to control the depth of cut precise enough to make tenons. So I cut the tenons off, routed mortises in the end grain of the boards and used floating tenons. Saved the project.

    On the kitty approved porch table I built this spring, I designed the aprons with floating tenons to begin with since I had a method for doing that I was comfortable with. That table got breadboard ends, because I didn't want the captive panel's movement to rack the legs. I did one of the tongues on the table saw keeping the tongue intentionally too thick and then rasping/planing/filing/sanding/chiseling/chewing/eroding it to proper thickness. Then I tried using a router, and it worked like a charm.

    The plant stand I built uses end-of-board-in-mortise joints (The legs splay outward in 5 degrees to form a narrow pyramid, and the legs are very subtly tapered. FahahUCK trying to lay out the shoulder cuts for those tenons) which necessitated squaring the corners of the routed mortises with a chisel. So I got some practice with my bench chisels. I'll admit posting that project here was a little bit of validation seeking; I took fairly flattering photos of it. Because there aren't tenon shoulders on the aprons and rails you can see every apprentice mark on the mortises, and the patch on the leg where I plugged the mortise that I cut in the wrong damn face of the leg...the curse of the craftsman fell thick and fast on that one, I made it, I see every single flaw, and I don't think I could see it as a piece of nice furniture if it wasn't for this community's kind words.

    And having seen a couple videos on Wood By Wright's channel about cutting mortises and tenons by hand, I gave that a try in some scrap, and it worked like a hot damn first try. So I felt bold enough to build this little table. And while it isn't flawless I'm genuinely proud of this one. When I set the top on it I had one of those "look how far I've come" moments. Those first end tables took me nearly a month to build, basically all of November. This project went from rough sawn lumber to dry varnish in 4 days.

    You want to tackle a mortise and tenon project? Great, go build it and come back here and show us. I'm looking forward to seeing what you build.

  • I am happy for the Linux Mint team
  • I've said it before, I think Cinnamon is a middle ground between Gnome amd KDE. If you almost like both, go for Cinnamon.

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  • A shaker table for the front porch

    I'm working on replacing my porch furniture, and the side table was the worst of the lot so it got replaced first.

    I've built a few little tables by now and I've got a lot of the process down. I used this one as an excuse to practice making actual mortise and tenon joints instead of the loose tenons I've used in the past. The mortises that the center brace sits in were chiseled by hand, the others are routed.

    I'm thinking of making a couple outdoor-friendly morris chairs to replace those old iron ones. That'll be a minute though.


    [SOLVED] {TV series or movie unsure] two characters act out scene from Empire Strikes Back for young children

    I think I saw this in a youtube video taken out of context so I'm not exactly sure when it was made, or if it was a TV show or a movie. And while it could obviously be from any time after 1980 because it references Empire Strikes Back it felt 21st century to me.

    It seems to be a future post-apocalyptic setting, the power isn't on, everyone's dressed in rags, there's scavenging etc. and in a moment of down time two of the main characters act out the lightsaber duel from Empire Strikes Back to entertain the young children who live there, and the kids gasp at the "I am your father" bit.

    What's this from?


    Oak plant stand w/ intermediate shelf

    It's actually just friction fit together in this picture; as I type it's in the clamps as the glue dries. Tomorrow some final touch up sanding and the first of four coats of spar varnish, then a few decades on my front porch under a couple potted plants.

    There's an education in all this oak; it looks conceptually simple compared to the shaker tables I've done so far, right? IT AIN'T! Each leg cambers out by 5 degrees in both directions, and that tiny difference make this project SO much more obnoxious than a table with vertical legs. Laying things out accounting for that compound miter at the top and bottom is "fun." The upper and lower frame rails are no longer the same length, they're different but related lengths. That lower panel? Can't be installed with the frame assembled. Hell I didn't even bother attaching it in any way, it's just captive in there.

    Unlike the previous tables I've built that are held together with floating tenons, the rails are thin and fit entirely into mortises in the legs, which meant some chisel work squaring the corners of the mortises, so I gained quite a bit of experience with chisels here.

    But, another project nearing completion.


    I tabled again

    A simple shaker style table in white oak, finished with spar urethane and kitty approved.

    The breadboard ends on the panels were an education on this one; on the top they aren't strictly necessary, but I felt they were needed on the lower panel so that the movement of that captive panel wouldn't rack the legs. Found out I prefer making the tongues with a router rather than the dado set on the table saw.


    Using a shop tablet that definitely exists

    This is the follow-up to my previous post about a Linux tablet for my workshop. based on the suggestion by @[email protected] , I went with a Lenovo Duet 3i, apparently also known as an 82AT and/or 10IGL5. Sprung for the Pentium version with 8GB of RAM. It has arrived, and I've got it set up to start using.

    The Hardware Itself

    For a shovelware-grade machine, it's not bad at all. I'm sure they were sold in big box stores as the budget tier barely capable of running Windows 10, which is why there's so many of them for sale in barely used condition.

    2 USB-C ports came in handy for charging and installing Linux from a thumb drive. The screen is surprisingly good for a machine of this price point, and it runs cooler than my cat.

    The Linux Experience

    SHOCKINGLY good. Linux Mint loaded right up, though I wouldn't recommend it on this machine. Cinnamon is not intended for tiny touch screens.

    Fedora KDE Spin ran quite nicely, but I ended up installing Fedora Gnome. I generally hate Gnome but for a machine that will run FreeCAD, a PDF reader and a web browser, maybe a calculator, it'll work.

    So far, I haven't found anything that doesn't work. It suspends and wakes from suspend, keyboard works, backlight controls work, both cameras work, auto-rotation works, keyboard works in attached and bluetooth modes, Wi-Fi works...

    I think I just saw that graphical glitch @[email protected] mentioned for the first time, I looked over at it and the top panel was near the bottom of the screen. Moving the mouse around seems to fix it, though yeah if that behavior continues or worsens I'm probably going to try either X11 or...something.

    Overall I'd call it "quick but not fast." UI feels responsive, but...put it this way I watched Neofetch run. Any disk operation at all is a bit slow.

    Gnome is...Gnome. I would hate to live in Gnome on my main machine. I think it'll do here; it's mostly navigable by touch screen.

    FreeCAD works amazingly well and is surprisingly usable on a touch screen, though to do anything serious you do need to be able to right click and use the Ctrl key. I think it'll do what I'm after. Going to start building a shelf either today or in the next couple days, will report back how it works in service.


    Looking for a shop computer/tablet that probably doesn't exist

    Let's see if I can keep this relatively short:

    I'm a woodworker, I do my design work in FreeCAD and then I print out my drawings on paper to carry out to the shop with me. It would be nicer if I had a shop-proof device to run FreeCAD in the shop with me because over the past year I found myself saying the following things in the shop a lot:

    • "Wait, let's go in and look at the 3D model."
    • "Ah dang I forgot to note this particular dimension on the drawing, let me go fix that."
    • "I'll measure this part up then go in and do some drawing."

    So what does "shop proof" mean exactly?

    1. Wood shop be dusty. Last year I hauled 250 gallons of sawdust to the dump. To me this means that a physical keyboard needs to be able to function if it's been packed with dust and/or needs to be vacuum cleaner proof. I also think cooling fans are probably a bad idea; a passively cooled device is probably preferable.

    2. Not many outlets in the shop, so it needs a good battery life. I actually don't need a tremendous amount of performance, I've used a Raspberry Pi 3 for the kind of CAD work I do.

    3. FreeCAD does not ship an APK so Android is no bueno, it's gotta be GNU/Linux.

    4. It needs decent usable Wi-Fi because I envision using Syncthing to keep my woodworking projects folder synced between my desktop and this device. It doesn't necessarily need to get signal out in the shop (my phone barely does; I lose signal if I stand behind the drill press) but it does have to connect to my Wi-Fi when I carry it into the house.

    I think this means I'm looking for an ARM tablet that can competently run Linux. Is there such a thing?


    Thanks to everyone who commented, I think I do have a plan of action: I'm gonna buy a used Lenovo!

    To answer the question I posed, no it doesn't seem that a Linux ARM tablet is really a thing yet. Commercial offerings that run Android or Windows on ARM are often so locked down that switching OS isn't a thing, the few attempts at a purpose built ARM tablet for Linux like the PineTab just are not ready for prime time.

    In the x86 world, it basically came down to 10 year old Toughbook tablets or 4 year old low-end 2-in-1s, and I think the latter won out just because of mileage and condition. A lot of the toughbooks out there will have 10 year old batteries in them, and they've been treated like a Toughbook for some or all of that time. The few Lenovo's I've looked at are barely used, probably because of how Windows "runs" on them.

    I'll eventually check back in with progress on this front. Would it be better to add to this thread or create another?


    Are conveyor lifts worse in Update 8?

    I mean, I know Update 8 ruined everything it touched and some things it didn't, but...I seem to remember being able to connect conveyor lifts directly between machines and splitters. I also seem to remember being able to reverse the direction of conveyor lifts while placing them. Neither of those seem to work anymore.

    I think I'm giving up until they've got the SMART mod working in 1.0. Playing this game without the SMART mod feels like playing in a sandbox, but every ten minutes you have to stop and count all the sand.


    End tables are finally finished.

    I guess I got the finish to look okay on the pine legs and such. Looks great on the oak tops and shelves. Sat down to draw these on Nov 1 and they're finally next to my couch.



    As far as I can tell, pine can't be finished.

    I've found my finishing problem: I'm building things out of pine.

    Traditional stain, gel stain, urethane, tung oil, danish oil...on oak, cherry or maple many of these look fine. No matter what I put on pine, it comes out looking like a septic prolapse.


    Do I actually need to do anything to go from GeForce to Radeon?

    My GTX-1080 is getting a little long in the tooth, I'm thinking of going all AMD on my Linux Mint gaming rig here, there anything I need to do or install or uninstall to switch to an AMD card from an Nvidia one?

    I've never done this before on a Linux system; I've got my Intel/Radeon laptop, and my Ryzen/GeForce desktop and that's most of my Linux experience.


    There are emotions I don't know how to express without my glasses on.

    I emote with my glasses a lot. Slowly pulling them off in amazement, sarcastically looking over the top of the rims, etc. How do people who can actually see handle it?


    Which do you prefer: Handheld router, or router table?

    Until fairly recently I owned just one router. I bought it, immediately installed it in the table it came with, and it has come out of the router table exactly once since then to cut a couple slots. I have since bought one of those little "trim routers" but I still do the bulk of my routing work in the table.

    I'm curious, how do the rest of you prefer to work? Do you mostly use your router handheld or in a table?


    Recommend finishing products to me that aren't Minwax

    Minwax has ruined enough of my projects. I'm looking for recommendations for wood finishing products, particularly stains and wiping varnishes, that actually work, are readily available on the East coast of the United States, and are not manufactured by Sherwin-Williams.


    Journal keepers of Lemmy: Do you go back and re-read old entries?

    It's one of those things I've never talked about with other people, the most I've really been exposed to journal keeping in pop culture is Doug Funny. People don't talk about their personal journals.

    Ever since I was a teenager I've sometimes felt compelled to write about major events, and over the years this has become the habit of keeping a journal that I write in almost every day, and sometimes I go back and read old entries. "What was I doing this time last year?" I also sometimes keep notes or such intentionally for future reference.

    So, if you keep a journal, do you go back and read it? Why?


    Maple, Cherry and Walnut cutting board

    I made a thing today! First time making a cutting board. Came out pretty nice I think.


    Pictures posted to Lemmy: Does exif data survive?

    I have occasionally posted like, cat photos to social media trusting that identifying metadata is removed, since the mouth breathers that design things like smart phones put social security numbers and goddamn GPS data in every picture that's taken. Does Lemmy strip that data out, or am I gonna have to blank that myself?


    Trains sometimes collide leaving the station

    So I've got a manifold of train stations--one line comes in, branches into like six parallel train stations, and then they rejoin into one line. Each station has a block signal at each end, so the one-into-many section and the many-into-one section are blocks.

    Sometimes, when there's enough traffic that more than train is finished unloading and ready to take off, when the many-to-one block frees up, two trains will enter the block simultaneously and collide.

    Anyone know what to do about that?