1. Reverend

    Some Initial Mastodon Instance Tweaking

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    Now that I have a few instances of Mastodon running in Reclaim Cloud, I figured it was time to start optimizing them for resource usage, storage, and security. This post is an attempt to capture what I’ve done thus far—which is not much—in order to keep track of changes …

  2. @Sheefa_ahmed

    Black Friday: All of Our Deals in One Spot

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    You’re already familiar with WordPress.com, but did you know we’re part of a larger family of amazing products? Automattic provides a range of online solutions, from ecommerce shops to course-creation software to audience survey tools, and much, much more. No matter what’s on your website wishlist this year, we’ve got …

  3. Downes

    Marlene

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    November 23, 2020. This is the Marlene bar at the Intercontinental in Berlin, generally my favourite hangout when I’m at OEB. It was a good place to rest after spending the day delivering my workshop on ethics and analytics (which, I thought, went quite well). I was up at 2…
  4. Downes

    Café LebensArt

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    November 22, 2022. This is Café LebensArt, where I stopped for lunch on a long 14 km walk through Tiergarten and central Berlin. It was cold but I was well layered and was fine. All that hiking experience pays off. I was able to get a reservation to visit the…
  5. Downes

    Back in Berlin

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    November 21, 2022. Inside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It feels great to be back in Berlin. I had a bit of a scare when my carry-on was rejected by the airline, but I receive everything fine. I was able to wander around, do some shopping (for computer gear) and…
  6. Downes

    Zurich

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    November 20, 2022. This is a sculture in Zurich airport, a really good transit point. Drove to Montreal today, got in an airplane, SwissAir, to be precise, and flew to Zurich en route to Berlin. Things were pretty smooth in Montreal, even though I was flying economy. An afternoon departure…
  7. Downes

    Julia

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    November 17, 2022. This is my first photo with the new phone; it’s Julia sleeping on the shelf beside my kitchen chair. More computer problems this morning, with the result being that I missed my only meeting of the day. Spent a couple hours trying to fix it myself, then…
  8. Downes

    New Lyer

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    November 15, 2022. The back of the bus in front of us on the way home from Costco, with the F missing n the ‘New Flyer’ logo. Expecting a computer from Dell today but the order was cancelled for no apparent reason. Had a productive day in spite of myself,…
  9. plowenthal

    Educational Technology Conferences 2022 & 2023

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    The following list was adapted from Clayton R. Wright’s Educational Technology and Education Conferences List #48. Please refer to Wright’s complete list for other conferences as well as each conference website for more details. Each year I attend AECT, AERA, and 1-2 other local or regional conferences. I use this …

  10. Downes

    Devastation

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    November 13, 2022. Last May while bikepacking I had to take shelter from a derecho ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derecho ) – a long storm that devastated eastern Ontario. A lot of forest areas were closed after, including Pine Grove, which was especially hard hit. This was our first time back and it’s…
  11. Downes

    No Man’s Sky

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    November 12, 2022. Today was an indoor day spent playing No Man’s Sky for the most part. I’m trying to find the fastest way possible to go to the next galaxy (today wasn’t it). It’s so nice having an Alienware computer that can handle all the demands the newer games…
  12. Downes

    Cosmic Adventures

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    November 10, 2022. We had to make an emergency run into the drug store today and Andrea remarked on the blotted out sign, which is indeed a bit of an oddity. The weather has been so nice this week but it has been all about work and errands. Arctic proposal…
  13. Downes

    Branches

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    November 9, 2022. This is some tree-like thing on out front lawn. It’s right at the centre, it’s pretty ugly, but it seems to be thriving. Worked on background reading for the instructional models project today, and also working toward getting a community-led Arctic project funded. https://flic.kr/p/2nZdqQ2
  14. Downes

    Charlemagne Reaching

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    November 7, 2022. Charlemagne is a very long cat, which means that when he gets up on hind legs (as he often does) he’s a very tall cat… almost as tall as the railing. Today was a day for catching up on a mountain of work after being sick for…
  15. Downes

    Sunrise

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    November 4, 2022. Didn’t sleep a wink. Up at dawn to start a day of nothing. This is dawn in the back yard. Sick day number 3 – feeling better but I’m not used to being sick. This may be the longest sick break I’ve taken in 20 years at…
  16. Downes

    Dead Leaves

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    November 3, 2022. Dead leaves in the back yard. That’s all I’m capable of today; I’m just proud I was able to step out the door for a few minutes. Sick day number 2. Spent most of the day sleeping. https://flic.kr/p/2nYQEXq
  17. Downes

    Full Sized Bars

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    October 31, 2022. We were the ‘full sized bars’ house at Halloween this year. Sadly, there were no trick-or-treaters (I think we’re watching the very end of that tradition). p.s. sorry about the delays uploading (and the gaps in photo-a-day) but what with illness and all else, I’ve been remiss.…
  18. @Sheefa_ahmed

    Celebrating 200 WordPress.com Websites With Out in Tech!

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    In September, our team celebrated 200 WordPress.com websites built with Out in Tech, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating career and networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ folks in the tech industry. Since 2017, Automattic and WordPress.com have been proud partners of Out in Tech. Through our partnership, we work together with volunteers to build …

  19. Downes

    Atletico

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    October 30, 2022. We went to the Canadian Premier League final today. Our team lost to Hamilton, but the city was the big winner as we put 14,992 people in the stands, which for league soccer in Canada is a pretty big deal. It was interesting to compare this game…
  20. Downes

    RedBlacks

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    October 29, 2022. It was the last game of the season today and our last hope to see a win. Did we see one? No. The team went a perfect 0-9 at home this year. Maybe next year; the games are still fun and I hear that winning makes them…
  21. Downes

    Cat and Railing

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    October 28, 2022. Anyone who lives with cats knows that their lives are regulated by the carts. There’s ‘string time’, ‘lunch time’, and as illustrated here, ‘the petting zone’, meaning I must go downstairs at routine times and pause to play with at least one cat through the railing. In…

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