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alysonsee (Hz)

What you learn with too much time on your hands: Romaine lettuce is poison again, and milk blocks the health benefits of black and green tea.

Conclusion: Just eat cookies.
depends which type of cookies we're talking about. in the browser: very bad. full of sugar: poisonous sure. full of dope: depends...
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black tea has high fluoride content
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in the browser: very bad

Not always. Just don’t overeat them, especially those of strange varieties :)
4 hours and still waiting at the veterinary hospital. A very skinny lady is weighing her very large purse on the pet scale. We all pass the time differently.
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I went to grad school in both computer science and counseling psychology. So, I think a lot about people's programming--that is, what led them to their particular beliefs and thought patterns and how they self-perpetuate them. Which, of course, gets me pondering about the raw ingredients in my own psyche. And every so often, my unconscious offers a glimpse into the abyss. For example, this is what was running in my head when I woke from a dream this morning.

In short, no surprises: My psyche is populated by 70s soft rock songs. They never die. I'm very sorry. I am considering donating my brain to science.

Stumblin In
by Diana Harr on YouTube

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This is really bad psyche stuff. I remember sitting in front of our family TV watching the show. DISCO on ZDF in Germany. Suzie Quatro might have been the first woman I fell in love with, before I even have been done with puberty... Her standard black leather uniform must have triggered something in that 11 year old boy... I loved that girl who has been only a foot taller than her bass-guitar. The neighbors' badass daughter... ;-)

And Chris Norman, well... Smokie! The first album I bought myself when I've got my first own record-player has been "Changing All the Time". That has been parental approved "Rock-Music" in our house. Although my mother hated their haircuts. I still find myself to sing along to "Don't Play Your Rock 'n' Roll to Me" whenever it's played in a pub or hotel bar these days... and smile. :-)

Thank you for bringing all that back to me! And keep your brain!
Allowing public like and comment?

Fellow Hubzillans, I'm considering changing the permissions on my channel to allow likes and comments from people that I am not connected to. I'm assuming that means changing my "Channel Role and Privacy" setting from "Social - Mostly Public" to "Social - Federation".

According to the Hubzilla documentation, "Social - Federation" also means that my list of connections is public and that non-connections can DM me. I don't want those things.

Is it possible to get the desired combo (public like and comment, not public connection list and DM)? If so, how?

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@alysonsee (Hz) Okay, as long as you know where you're going and why you're doing it.
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You can install Permissions Categories app and in the Settings, Channel Settings, Security and Privacy Settings you will have a new option Default permissions category and you can set all new followers as follower.
This comment is provided specifically for @alysonsee (Hz) and describes an undocumented and unsupported procedure. It should achieve the desired outcome. To anybody else reading along, use at your own risk. If you get into trouble, you will get no assistance from the core team. You have been warned.

Keep your permissions as 'Social - mostly public'.


This should be 128. Change it to 256 and submit.

note1: If you ever change your channel permission role to anything else, you may lose this change.

note2: You won't receive comments from any 'pending' (unapproved) connections until they are approved. If you want to allow these people to comment, use 512 instead of 256.

note3: if the starting value was anything besides 128, stop. Leave it alone.
We won’t know just how worried we should be until we see the specialist (tonight or tomorrow). So, for good measure, we are practice-worrying right now. And giving her lots of loving.
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:51:44 +0100
Miss Roo developed an internal infection this weekend. We’ve had her at her regular vet today. But she needs to be seen by a specialist tomorrow (if not tonight). If it is what they suspect, the usual treatment would be surgery. But she is somewhere between 15 and 18 years old and her skin is paper thin. I don’t think she would survive surgery.

It is going to be an emotional, stressful few days.

For tonight, I have my three cuties and my wife all together ....

Wow, that came out wrong. Four--FOUR--cuties (including my wife). I blame it on the poor man's Old Fashioned I just drank. (Recipe for @Steve has ☕️ for brains : 2 fingers of Russel's 10-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon and approx 1 teaspoon of juice from Tillen Farms' Bada Bing Cherries plus 2 cherries.)
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I'm glad to hear that for now she is okay. I hope nothing too seriously is going on for her! I hope you can relax a bit. Take care!
Thanks, @Marieke Bednarczyk , the infection seems to be clearing up. We'll go back in a couple of weeks to see if we can get a clearer diagnosis. In the meantime, she isn't in pain and is eating well. So, I'm not worried (as much) anymore.
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:57:20 +0100
On Sundays, Fah (my wife) makes pancakes and SAUSAGE. Which means that Sundays at breakfast time are also when I can grab a picture of all 3 of them staring at me at once. :)

#dogs #mastodogs #dogsofthefediverse



It’s a cold and rainy day here in #denver.

I noticed here for the first time today that we really are getting closer to winter. It was around 0°C this morning when I went for my run. People had to scratch their car windows. Getting back down there again now (7:30 pm over here.) We had a lot of sun, though. Lots of people were happy about that, but we really could do with some rain. Send some over ;-)
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Nice #Tiltshift
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We have snow and ice. None of it is nice.
How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

This article made me think of @Are0h 's thoughtful, supportive posts to whomever might be reading them.

"A long-retired psychiatrist and suicide researcher named Jerome Motto ... wasn’t well-known ... [but] he was the only American to devise an experiment that dramatically reduced suicide deaths. His technique didn’t involve a complicated thousand-page manual to follow or $1 billion in pharmaceutical research and development. All he did was send occasional letters to those at risk.... He wondered if the simple act of showing people that he was there for them—and expected nothing in return—would make suicidal patients feel less isolated, less in conflict with themselves." His initial, four-year study showed the suicide rate among those who received regular contact was half of the group who had not received these short letters and notes.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

h/t @Jimmy "Hedgie" Brokaw
right, it's simply common sense. what probably isn't so widely-known is the success rate mentioned in the article. i don't recall if it was mentioned how that was measured though.
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Hi @alysonsee (Hz). Thanks for that post. My dad use to say "people -- who needs them?" Of course interacting with others can be frustrating at times the isolation is not the answer! Humans are social creatures and we thrive when we have connections to others. Take care, -Randy
Very interesting and necessary, especially because it is a taboo subject, which everyone finds embarrassing and intimidating, as if it were a contagious disease.  Thank you for sharing @alysonsee
Upgrade Hubzilla to latest (3.8.x)?

  last edited: Tue, 06 Nov 2018 15:58:13 +0100  
!Disroot Community What are the plans to upgrade the Hubzilla instance to the latest version?

The Hubzilla developer crew has been kind enough to fix issues found recently by me and other engaged Hubzilla users. I've also found issues on the Disroot instance that are fixed on my clone's instance, which is running 3.8.3.

I'm hoping this is a good place to ask this question. I posted it on the Disroot forum about 10 days ago in my thread about the ongoing issues with 504s and 502s but haven't gotten a response yet. I checked the Taiga boards for Disroot and Hubzilla on Disroot, and didn't see any plans for upgrades beyond 3.6.1. Just want to know if this is on the backlog and to get an idea of where they sit in the priority queue so that I can set my expectations appropriately.

Thanks for any insight you can share.
I'm a lot more active on diaspora so I'm not likely to get too involved here :)
yes we are planning to upgrade. and yes we are running behind a bit. this is because we have made few custom changes that now probably are in conflict with current hubzilla state. instead of keeping the custom changes we want to actually get rid of them and recent changes do allow us to do so. also the re-write of the way settings are handled by hubzilla since new version has change. this means we need to test the impact on our instance. we have spent some time to per-define many settings so that onboarding is as easy for newcommers as possible.
we are now serting up a test instance where we will work on the update. if everytjing goes smooth, we should be upgrading to new version somewhere next week.a
Thanks for the update and the insight and the work you do, @muppeth . I look forward to your changes.
Link previews

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Why do some links in posts provide the preview picture and some don’t? I can see the preview when viewed in my Friendica feed but not in my Hubzilla feed. So, the linked page must have the appropriate OEmbed and/or Open Graph labels in it.

The dark-themed screenshot is from Hubzilla and the other from Friendica.


Thanks, @Mike Macgirvin .

Here’s a link to the Diaspora post in my feed:

And here’s the article it referenced:
OK, now I see what is going on. It's going to take a few days to set it straight.  The way embed information is handled in the Diaspora protocol  changed recently.  In fact we never embedded from Diaspora sources previously but just provided the links (as was done here), because there is no way of actually knowing if we were embedding twice (less than ideal). It seems somebody slipped in a fix to transmit the embed meta-data as a self-contained structural element in the posts - and that meta-data should contain the image, but this is all brand new Diaspora protocol stuff and this is the first I've seen it. The implementation isn't difficult but it does look a bit finicky.

This doesn't affect our "figure out what the heck that link is" algorithm at all, because it wasn't even involved - but it probably didn't hurt to upgrade it.
Sweet. Thanks for persevering! Now, I just need to figure out how to appeal to my podmin to keep this instance current. (It's at 3.6.1.)
Current scene:
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sun, 04 Nov 2018 17:18:31 +0100
Cloudy Sundays are for hanging out in jammies and taking turns at belly rubs.

#dogs #mastodogs #dogsofthefediverse

Looks to me like you need a third arm ;-)
The Split, Season 1

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I've got one word to describe season 1 of "The Split": Overwrought.

Nobody portrays anguish like Nicola Walker. So, the storyline was, frankly, overkill. Also major points off for the portrayal of men: When the men behaved badly in the direction of women, they fell into such predictable tropes that they all just seemed shallow and dumb. But the women's faults came off as more nuanced and empathy-worthy. No, no, and no.

#television #bingewatching
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Friends and followers,

I'm going to spend a little time on my Friendica account so that I can better help Federation newbies navigate the user interfaces and features of the various platforms. (I'm already very familiar with Diaspora and Hubzilla, as those have been, in turn, my primary home for some months.) I'm also going to start beefing up the connections on my Hubzilla clone. (I want to experiment with swapping the primary and the clone see what I can learn from that too.)

So, if you follow me here, please also follow me on @Alyson See (Friendica). The more people I can interact with there, the more I can learn about navigating the features. And if you get a connection request from that account or from, please add me back and put me in whichever aspects/privacy groups you have for this account. You can tell the difference between my various alysonsee accounts based on the picture. I'll see about adding a D*, Hz, Fca to the channel names to help differentiate too.

Thanks for helping me help others!

#federation #friendica #hubzilla #diaspora #n00bie
Just be aware that channel cloning and federating via diaspora, activitypub and gnu-social is not compatible...
@Mario Vavti , yeah, I recently figured that out the hard way. So, if I ultimately wanted to switch my primary from Account 1 to Account 2, do I mark it as primary in Hubzilla and then redo all of the connection requests?
i don't think there is any other way. you can ask your (real) friends to keep all those accounts connected so they'd be there wherever you go.
Four Blocks, Season 1

Hopefully, I'm not being too spoilery by saying my favorite part of "Four Blocks" was the hidden moral of the story which is that the best way to get saved from a no-win situation is to adopt a dog.

Also recommended if you like gangsters, intrigue, double crossing, action, or beards.

#television #bingewatching
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Sunday was short-sleeve weather, and Pasha and I went cruising. Forecast for tonight: snow!

#dogs #dogsofthefederation #dogsofthefediverse #denver
alysonseealysonsee wrote the following post Sun, 28 Oct 2018 21:18:55 +0100
Sunny sundays are for cruising with Pasha.




i think i never voted in my whole life loudly crying face for a long time the options were SPD (social democrats, center-left), CDU (christian democrats, center-right), or FDP (free democrats, center-god-knows-what). i really didn't see a point then: was all the same anyway.

then, some 30+ years ago i left for india where i'm still living. during the last election i happened to be in berlin for a short visit and decided that, with all the neo-nazi stuff going on i simply had to vote. unfortunately i was registered in west bengal, means i would hava had to apply for a mail-vote, and when i found out it was already too late. so still: no vote from me...
@phanisvara das You are forgiven ;-) It must be a lot harder to keep up with what's going on, living that far away. I would imagine that you're a lot more concerned with local politics than with what's happening halfway around the globe.

@alysonsee Sorry, somehow your cruising dog post became about politics... my fault, I guess ;-) It's really hard to keep politics out of anything these days.
@Tanja I hear you. We are outnumbered by dogs in our house. And they tend to vote unanimously pro-chicken, pro-peanut butter, and anti-bath time. According to the dogs, we are freedom-hating treat hoarders who discriminate against those without opposable thumbs. :)
I just opened my mail-in ballot. Gotta say, I’ve never heard of the “Approval Voting” party. Let’s go their website and find out what they are about .... Um, so, if I prefer Linux and Apache, I guess they aren’t my candidate. #vote

Although my guess is, if it showed the Apache default page it still wouldn't make them look good :-D
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Kindly Hubzillans in the !Hubzilla Support Forum and !Hubzilla Users Support forums,

Another Hubzilla user and I are having trouble connecting to each other. I'm on (which is running 3.6.1 according to ). @Joltrast is on (which is running 3.9.3 according to ).

I add their channel using "Add New Connection" on the Connections page. In my list of connections, they appear with "not mutual" icon (red circle with a white line). And when i see their posts in my stream, it is not possible to comment or "like" them. This is also how they appear when I look at my list of connections from my clone on (which is running 3.8.1). According to Joltrast, they have added me back.

We have both tried deleting and re-adding the other. I seem to be the only connection that Joltrast has this issue with.

Any idea what might be going awry? Is problem between keyboard and chair?
If you can stomach dealing with PayPal directly, try

BountySource takes 10% on top of PayPal taking 10% so this way I might get one more beer out of the deal... ;-)
@Mike Macgirvin , agggh, I just missed this message. But you have hopefully received 80% of the beer money. Don't let your cows drink it all. :)
No worries at all. The exchange rate is working in my favour right now and nearly cancels out the processor fees. Thanks!
No Forks Allowed


On my walk to work, lunch bag in hand, I stopped at the city services building to get my neighborhood parking passes renewed. (Shhh, yes, I know I’m late.) Went through the scanners. Found out the hard way: NO FORKS ALLOWED.

Now that I think of it, I wouldn’t want to be forked by a grumpy citizen either. And they probably get a lot of those. I may adopt this as my new tag line. #denver #noforksallowed
Not to mention revision forks
Damn autocorrect. I recursed it (not recorded it).
Halloween pun involving goatsHalloween pun involving goats wrote the following post Mon, 22 Oct 2018 01:58:46 +0200
Are we sending albin dot social an endless stream of images of Arnold Schwarzenegger making shouty faces yet?

My spouse has returned from the last Costco run before the membership expires. We are prepared for toilet papering the neighborhood, should the mood strike.