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Out in the woods
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Mountain Laurel is in bloom.

White flowers with yellow and pink centers bloom amidst green leaves in a forested area.
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@pratik I had the same thought. Such a strong first half from BD.

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@aa Can you believe I picked up that mallet for 5 bucks at an antique store?! It needed some restoration work, but still…

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I’m working on a solution to convert my old iMac G4 into an iPad stand. Still in experimental phase.

a gutted imac G4 with wood in place of screen
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Sewing Machine Table Conversion, Part Two forestriver.rocks
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@dwalbert A shop that periodically floods is just miserable, I had that situation in my old shop. The leg vise is what I'm after too, I have a homemade Moxon vise, but I'd love to have something I didn't have to set up each time I need it. Still, the Nicholson bench is supremely flexible to hack, as you say. I've installed an end vise, a pop up bench stop, and a solution to hold my chisels and some other tools on the back edge.

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@dynamitemoth If you want to host it and they log in to it to view your videos, something like a Synology or a raspberry pi with Plex server would do the job.

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@dwalbert Yeah, been there :) I have the same Nicholson type bench, it’s served me well, but I keep thinking about a new bench build one of these … years

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@dynamitemoth A lightweight Linux distribution might be an option. I have Elementary OS running nicely on a 2009 MacBook, it’s a decent choice if they are familiar with Mac OS. For a Windows-like distro, Mint is an worth a try.

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Sewing Machine Table Conversion, Part One sketch of sewing machine table plan forestriver.rocks
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@aa That’s very nice work. Curious what kind of workbench you’re going to build.

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@manton Thanks for your continued work — I was convinced to upgrade to the Premium plan this month. It’s really quite a bargain.

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@manton But it would work for me and my wife to have separated accounts with the family plan, I assume. Which still seems like a really good deal, considering all that's included in premium. I'm eager to try the bookmarking and notes.

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@manton This sounds great. So I’m clear, I have an account and my wife has account so we pay $10/mo now. If I’m understanding this correctly, we could not consolidate with the $10 micro.blog premium plan, since we have separate accounts (i.e., the only multi-user plan is $15 family). Is that correct?

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@pratik Thank for this, I hadn’t heard of Lillihub. I don’t much care about catching up, but I like the look and feel of it — it’s a pleasant web app.

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Utility room shelves complete.

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@numericcitizen it’s my choice, I like that it handles video feeds and I’m comfortable with how the filters work. Also, as an early adopter I have the Plus tier for life, which is nice.

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@toddgrotenhuis I was quite impressed with my last.fm summary. It’s a nice service. I wish Apple Music integrated with it. I use Marvis and Albums, which do connect to the service, but I still use Apple Music enough that last.fm misses a lot.

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Working on a project to build a couple of utility room shelves using big box store poplar, which is proving to be a fun hand tool challenge. The top shelf is joined with dovetails, the bottom shelf ends are 3/8" dados with through-tenons that will have cherry wedges. Tools used: rip saw, carcase saw, route... forestriver.rocks
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@pimoore I suspect it may be a long while until it’s a built-in choice in Safari.

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@odd My future dream is a shopping scheme. Also, WeCroak! I just learned of this last week on This Week in Google podcast and I'm finding it a valuable to keep my perspective.

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@numericcitizen Same. Signed up for a year a couple of months ago and don't plan to go back. One concern I have is Kagi is pushing forward on search, their Orion browser, and now starting on mail. Seems like a lot, but I wish them well.

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Apple TV is developing quite a sci-fi portfolio. Now they are making a Murderbot show (this series from Martha Wells is great fun, highly recommend): www.theverge.com/2023/12/1… 📚

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While the concept of “forest bathing” is popular, I prefer to think of my explorations as “forest diving.” #hiking

tree with moss shot from base looking upwards with blue sky
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Moved from Goodreads / Audible to StoryGraph / Libro.fm. #reading #books

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@baldur That is a classy notebook with a pretty neat visual trick. Cool indeed.

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@tkoola Audio Hijack Pro, Carrot Weather, Internet Archive, Firefox are on my list. I feel like we should also include micro.blog and the Mastodon :)

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This is from 2019, but I only discovered it today: A shortcut to get original URLs from Apple News. It’s so annoying that this is necessary, but here we are. www.macobserver.com/link/get-…

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@odd That's a good point that I hadn't considered.

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Bought an old lamp from an antique store and it had this quaint old thing in it. We don’t talk about it much, but the LED lighting revolution is quite profound.

An old filament bulb with colorful background from a Fedora desktop
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@dwalbert 12/4. Makes me break out in sweat just reading that!

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@dwalbert Thanks! Old Brown Glue is just the best. I've been mostly hand tool only for many years, but I finally ditched my circular saw which I used for plywood and outdoor projects. But I decided just to go all in. I have some 8/4 cherry to cut this weekend and I'm a bit anxious about it.

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I’m back to woodworking after more than a year without a shop. During the long transition to move to a new home, I got rid of my remaining power tools. I’m now a 100% hand tool shop for my projects. Started out by making a box out of scrap pine to warm up after such a long hiatus. I’m rusty!

A small pine dovetailed box on a workbench
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@timapple I hear good things about Protonmail. I landed on Fastmail as my solution, but i don't know the pros/cons of one vs the other. There's also Tutanota as an option.

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@Denny I had a similar experience IDing a Towhee in the yard that I hear every morning and evening. Merlin is such a great app.

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I read Christopher Paolini’s “To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.” I enjoyed this book, but I would say it was a 200-page book compressed into … well over 800 pages. 📚

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I read Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Memory, the 3rd installment in the Children of Time series. If you’re confused for 4/5 of the book, wait for it. If you’re into writers that imagine other-than-human sentience and explore the meaning of self, there’s no better author. 📚

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Good interview with Mozilla chair Mitchell Baker on this episode of Decoder. I hope it inspires more people to try Mozilla products and I wish more companies had nonprofit business models. 💻

“Our shareholder is not looking for maximum financial return; it’s looking for maximum public benefit.”

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I read Stephen King’s Fairy Tale. Not a great novel, but enjoyable enough. It’s a meta creation that plays with tropes. 📚

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@aa I look forward to seeing it! I like small projects (furniture, boxwork, and the like) and also enjoy making shop tools and appliances to use with my bench.

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@monday Agricola, Wingspan, Scythe are a few of our favorites

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Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, from the Maryland overlook. I hiked a 6.6 mile loop today, which included a stop to take this photo. It was relatively crowded on this cold and windy day, so I imagine this is a trail to avoid in the warmer months! What a nice view. 📷

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Cider is an excellent Apple Music client on Linux. 💻

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Look what I got in the mail: cool new stickers. 💻

four Draft app stickers laid on my wooden desk
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Made my goal for January: hiking 50 miles each month of 2023. February will be harder with fewer days… 🥾

graph from All Trails app that shows 51 miles hiking for January 2023
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Arrow Keys (for Keyboards Without Arrow Keys) forestriver.rocks
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The First Digital Nation forestriver.rocks