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Feel free to tell what you plan on doing this weekend and even ask for help or feedback.

Please keep in mind it’s more than OK to do nothing at all too!

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    Going to prep for a job interview, for what I think is a very cool role. The best part? They hire without whiteboard!

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      GL icy!!!

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        Thank you! :)

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        I’m going to write a Gemini server in POSIX awk/shell/make(?), all wrapped in a literate org file. It’s gonna be DOPE

        EDIT: Oh, and I’m going to a Ren Faire Sunday, which will also be DOPE

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          those are both extremely dope.

          –sent from my org mode

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            Speaking of dope –– your desktop is DOPE :)

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              hey THANKS. It’s a work in progress

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          I’m going climbing for a whole day with a great friend and I’m excited about it. Maybe I’ll also bake some bread with my revived sourdough starter.

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            I ended up mostly doing both! The climbing actually was a 10 hour class on top rope and lead anchors, which was super interesting. I feel much more equipped to climb outside a gym now, and generally understand how to evaluate tethers and anchors and things. And the wheat sourdough was delicious.

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            Having published my book (Perl one-liners cookbook), hope to catch up a bit with ever growing TBR pile of fantasy books. Been reading “Exhalation: Stories” by Ted Chiang for the past week, it’s a well written collection of sci-fi short stories. But, leans too much towards philosophical questions for my liking. There’s one story left which I hope to finish tomorrow. And then I’ll probably read “How to Defeat a Demon King in Ten Easy Steps” for an easy, fast paced and entertaining read instead of existential questions.

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              Getting used to my new Moonlander keyboard

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                How do you like it? I really like mine.

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                  So far, Its OK. I’m having problem with keys on the far right side of the keyboard. I’m using a QWERT-variant and are having problems reaching the P-key. My hands and shoulders hurt like hell and my speed has gone from 70wpm to about 20wpm.

                  I got the keyboard to fight pain in my right hand. I am going to take it slow with this keyboard, and hopefully it will help in the long run.

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                    Ouch, that is not a good place to be. I have struggled with RSI myself, and some time ago compiled a list of some things that helped me overcome the worst of it. It’s still with me, but I’m hoping the Moonlander will help! (This is the first non-training message I have typed with it.)

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                  That looks really cool, the programmable backlights and the little thumb board part.

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                    To me, the dealbreaker is that it’s programmable by firmware. I use my keyboard for several client issues computers, on them I can no install software for doing that sort of thing.

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                      The thumb cluster is a major reason I chose it. The programmable backlights strike me as frivolous; if there was an option to drop them and save money I’d have taken it. But maybe I’ll learn to love it?

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                        I find the backlights useful while training, to keep track on what layer I am on. I expect I’ll turn all of that off once I’m used to it.

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                      Same! Mine arrived on Friday and I’ve broken it out of quarantine early. It took some reading of the manual before I found the space “bar”… I’ve not yet decided if I will move the key caps around to match the Dvorak layout I use. (I’m slightly worried it will make me start looking at the keys as I type again.)

                      I’m also torn between changing the layout in the keyboard to send Dvorak, or just keeping the default and leave the OS to do the remapping.

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                      Not much really. Probably gonna relax and play video games. I’ve been burnt out by The Event.

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                        I am prepping to interview Dan Lemire for my podcast. He has done some pretty cool work on performance optimization and he seems like a generally interesting person. https://lemire.me/blog/. Let me know if you have any questions for him.

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                          Having reactivated my blog (https://www.0chris.com) I’m hoping to find the time to finish one of the draft posts I have on making a tiny ci/cd system with bash, git and redis.

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                            Your post abou what you’d like to see in a social network validates the work I’m doing on mine and also gives me an idea…never thought about a single binary, thanks!

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                              Great, thanks for the feedback. Looking forward to reading about your ideas.

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                              I’d be very interested in seeing how you roll your own CI/CD :) - subscribed to your blog’s feed.

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                                Don’t expect too much, it is really going to be minimal :)

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                                  Perfection

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                                programmery: I realized I’d only done the first third of 4clojure problems an age ago, so I’m cranking down those, as it’s a milestone I’d like to have behind me.

                                personal: Nccylvat gb cynprf. Zl ghaary bs shaqf vf jvaqvat qbja, naq V srne gur ubyvqnl frnfba vf n onq gvzr sbe gung gb unccra (ernyvfgvpnyyl V’z BX hagvy gur raq bs Wna, naq unir n cebonoyl snyyonpx V fubhyq uvg hc arkg jrrx). Pna’g yrg tb bs gur vqrn bs cvibgvat gb jbex ng n Pybwher fubc, ohg V srry greevoyr fryyvat zlfrys, rfcrpvnyyl ng gur fgneg bs fnvq cvibg, lbh srry?

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                                  Orfg bs yhpx jvgu lbhe nccyvpngvbaf!

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                                    ty <3

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                                  Taking a deep dive into a dozen or so job applications to find the ones worth a phone interview. This is the first time I’ve been on the resume receiving side, rather than the resume sending side, so it’s been interesting to look through them.

                                  Also, a couple unsolicited PSAs I’ve learned from these resumes: 1. Acronyms are not always your friend, claiming that you wrote a POS application leads to ambiguity that might not benefit you. 2. For the love of all that’s holy, have someone else proofread your resume. 33% (out of a sample size of 12, admittedly, but still) of the resumes I received have a typo or grammatical error (not including the one that put their phone number as 555-555-5555!).

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                                    (not including the one that put their phone number as 555-555-5555!).

                                    Maybe you’ve finally met the person with this fabled phone number.

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                                      Tried calling them, didn’t work :D

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                                    Redoing my homelab in Ansible.

                                    It’s currently a bunch of hand managed VMs on ProxMox running docker containers managed by docker-compose.

                                    I’d like to have Ansible create privileged LXC containers instead since I don’t need the memory isolation or hardware emulation a VM provides and I’m working with a small footprint single board Intel server so overhead matters.

                                    Trying to decide whether to use the Ansible docker-compose module to do an initial deployment or whether Ansible should just drop the files in place and let me manage them myself.

                                    I don’t love YAML for writing complex configurations, but Ansible really does seem well suited for this kind of small scale work.

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                                      I love www.pyinfra.com for things like this. So much easier and faster (both writing and execution) than Ansible. And you write Python, not yaml.

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                                        Ooh. Pyinfra looks amazing. I’ve thought about rolling my own in Python and this looks like a nice middle ground.

                                        How easy is it to utilize regular old Python APIs? I don’t see a ProxMox connector but there are a couple nice pip packages that could do the job.

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                                          Using plain Python is quite straightforward and contributing your own “operations” is also very easy, I find. For instance here I contributed support for git init —bare: https://github.com/Fizzadar/pyinfra/pull/465

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                                          Thanks for this. I’m currently stuck because Ansible REALLY seems to want a concrete ‘inventory’ of hosts it can ssh to, and in my case I want ProxMox to build the hosts I then want to operate on. Hopefully pyinfra will be a bit less uptight :)

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                                            Pyinfra generally is more flexible. You can for instance invoke pyinfra @local deploy.py to run something on the current machine etc.

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                                        I’m dividing my time between working on my eBook generation tool and writing a novella for NaNoWriMo. They kinda feed on each other. I’m quite happy because a sample book assembled by the tool I’m building — Little Webby Press — just passed epubcheck validation for the first time. This means I’m on the right path. As for the NaNoWriMo project, sleeping is overrated!

                                        People interested in eBook generation might enjoy a little teaser video I’ve made about an early version of Little Webby Press.

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                                          finishing reading urth of the new sun. maybe work on plan9 stuff some more

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                                            I am going to kickstart a side project that I had in mind for years. I settled for Golang, Svelte and CouchDB. I have little to no experience with either of these technologies, so there will be a lot of reading, experimenting back and forth but there are no expectations or rush.

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                                              In super interested in what you’ll come up with, I’m only knowledgeable in Svelte and I like it a lot.

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                                              I’ve taken on a (paying) side project with a tight deadline and moving-target requirements that I said I’d deliver for a fixed fee. What was I thinking?!?!!

                                              I could use a good front end to assist me but to save some of that money for myself I’m probably going to be bodging it in JQuery and sticking to what I know (Scala) in the back.

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                                                What were you thinking?

                                                I spent my time outside my day job working CSS this week. I have a web app with no javascript! It’s pretty great.

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                                                  Best of luck!

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                                                  Merged two apartments recently. Now I’m putting stuff on eBay etc since we got a surplus of furniture and kitchen stuff.

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                                                    Enjoying my new WASD V3 88-Key keyboard.

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                                                      LOVE their keyboards

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                                                        The keyboard is really amazing. But one thing I do miss is that they have no wireless option. And I really don’t know why? Bluetooth is not such a thing today….

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                                                          That is definitely a noticeable omission. I hope there’s an aftermarket solution.

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                                                            That would be great and I’d definitely be interested!

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                                                              I just learned there are wireless mechanical keyboards for macOS! https://www.keychron.com

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                                                      I’m moving from TN to Cupertino by car with my family, and laughing at memes on Twitter.

                                                      And keeping everyone from driving each other crazy. In the stoic of the household.

                                                      EDIT: …and ideation. I have an idea for a search engine.

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                                                        Spending some more time learning modern PHP and Laravel.

                                                        I fell down a PHP hole the other day and was pleasantly surprised how much has changed since I last used it 15 years ago.

                                                        Not sure it’s my favorite, but I’m always up for learning something new so I can form an opinion.

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                                                          Finally managed to publish my website with Zola here. Would love your suggestions regarding the theme/content anything :)

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                                                            Wow, that looks great. Is that a custom theme (couldn’t find it on https://www.getzola.org/themes/).

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                                                              Yes it’s a custom theme. This is from my previous Hugo blog where I used to use hugo-ink. For this, I’ve tweaked the theme a bit.

                                                              But I think I’ll spend some time to port the above theme to Zola, pretty soon :)

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                                                            • ✔️ Upgrade http and h11 to compile with Zig 0.7.0 which should be released tomorrow. By the way, there is a live stream to talk about the release with Loris and Andrew tomorrow (cf: zig.show).
                                                            • FINALLY toying with zig-network, http and h11 to build an HTTP/1.1 client. As I am very noob, I move slowly but I learn many things :)
                                                            • Thinking about moving to the countryside. The shock doctrine hits hard and unveils day after days that we are living in an open-air prison.
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                                                              • Continue reading Relevant Searches
                                                              • Visit apartments for my move in December
                                                              • Play with MVCC data structures
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                                                                I’m going to be familiarizing myself with the Swift Network framework so I can hook up the gemtext parser and rendering views I wrote last weekend to an actual gemini client.

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                                                                  On Saturday, I need to clock in some hours at ${DAYJOB} to make up for hours missed due to feeling like crap throughout the week. I’ve started doing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to try to help with my treatment-resistant depression, and it’s really difficult to go through. The procedure itself (around 30 minutes every business day, at 8am sharp) is simple, but slightly painful. However, the pain worsens through the day, usually going from dull headache to migraine. As the day wears on, I feel more and more tired and fatigued and it’s tough to concentrate and work. I’m really hoping this pays off, because it’s not a fun experience. I’m having a hard time understanding how/why taking care of my health should/can be so painful, and if it’s worth it.

                                                                  On Sunday, I hope to take my dog to Patapsco State Park for a nice five to ten mile hike, followed by diving myself into a book or two.

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                                                                    That sounds really rough, headaches are no fun. I find walking/hikes to always do more for me than I expect, so enjoy that~

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                                                                    Yeeting out part of the exhaust in my car to make it a tad louder (the resonator, more specifically). Not enough to be obnoxious, but enough to sound like the performance car it is. I’ll probably also be winterizing my bike, as this is probably the last nice weekend until spring here. I’m not looking forward to winter.

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                                                                      As someone who has to live near major roads… please don’t?

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                                                                        What I’m doing has been offered as an OEM dealer option in the past, it’ll go from being virtually silent to a bit louder than a stock GTI. You wouldn’t be able to hear it unless I was driving right in front of your house with the valves wide open.

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                                                                          wish I could upvote more than once

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                                                                        Going to be catching up on cleaning around the house, a little bit of Christmas shopping, and probably working on No Crafts Left Behind some more. I hope to finish a bare bones version of blog post editor, and then to move on to considering a product gallery.

                                                                        That, and probably playing some Particle Fleet Emergence. It’s been a nice game to zone out too in the evenings.

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                                                                          Hoping to get a long bike ride in on Saturday before it starts snowing Sunday and Monday.

                                                                          But mostly playing with this new computer, and then cleaning up and organizing my desk.

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                                                                            • Reaching a milestone with the next rev of my SBC image bootstraping scripts. Scripts are working and stable for Arch on an ODroid xu4, and about to compelte Raspbian on RPi4.
                                                                            • Playing around with various cameras on the RPi4
                                                                            • Testing a script to generate SBC mounting plates using Bash and OpenSCAD
                                                                            • Plenty more CAD, plus some fabrication
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                                                                              Writing music for symphony orchestra and visiting my parents tomorrow. Hopefully will have time to paint a wall in our corridor aswell.

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                                                                                The weather here in Tronna is going to be gorgeous, so we’ll try and spend as much time outside as humanly possible. Lots of walks in parks with the kids, playing soccer, &c.

                                                                                I’m doing my final reviews for my “in-person” loop with Amazon on Monday, which is exciting/terrifying. I have been extremely impressed with their interview process so far, though, and I think I’ll do well. But it can’t hurt to study.

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                                                                                  Celebrating the obvious victory and letting myself be filled with joy and hope. Don’t care if it’s slightly false right now, I can handle that part later. Then fathers’ day’s things.

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                                                                                    Exploit contest on Saturday. If they succeed, we’ll make a new version and release on Sunday. Oof.

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                                                                                      It’s time for NaNoGenMo 2020, so I’m going to be working towards making a generative novel or two…

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                                                                                        I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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                                                                                        Doing a few workshops from remoticon. Going to finally learn how to do something with my SDR that has been sitting in a box for too long and learn something about rf debugging.

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                                                                                          I think I’ve figured out a path forward for ggez, a lightweight Rust game framework I maintain. There’s two problems: First, the current graphics engine is kinda flaky and based on some deprecated libraries, but also works quite well in practice as long as you avoid a few known foibles. So I’d like to write a new one, better faster stronger etc, but that’s a reasonably large task. Second, there’s a big backlog of issues and pull requests I need to deal with one way or another, some of which deal with bugs and updates to the existing graphics engine,

                                                                                          So my plan is to spend the rest of the year dealing with the second issue and updating all the stuff I want to without ripping out and rewriting the graphics engine, but which does involve a lot of other stuff improving the windowing, sound API, fixing bugs, stuff like that. That leaves me then free to work on replacing the graphics engine; I know more or less what I want to do, and have a decent prototype in place, I just need to fill out all the details.

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                                                                                            I just got a sweet new airbrush that I’m going to paint some mini’s I printed with. In particular, I’m going to attempt to participate in my first miniature painting competition

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                                                                                              Giving the finishing touch to a campaign’s website to advocate for better working conditions for tech workers in my country.

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                                                                                                1. I’m participating in Global Day of CodeRetreat: Virtual Edition - trying this out online with a long-time cohost running the show for Code & Supply while I sit back and participate for once.
                                                                                                2. I’m speaking for OLF Conference on my document workflow using Pandoc.
                                                                                                3. I might work on my personal website. The thread last week made me think about things and I think it would be a good geek self-care task to update my website materially for the first time in ~9 years.
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                                                                                                  Friday - daemon/sockets programming and reading TLPI.
                                                                                                  Saturday - meeting my girlfriend for Filipino food.
                                                                                                  Sunday - chores, daemon/sockets programming

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                                                                                                    Playing with my new Oculus Quest 2. Maybe spending some time writing a post on https://reliability.substack.com/ about some tips on running Go in production and sharing some protips.

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                                                                                                      Have our yearly get together for my old group of friends from high school, so we’ll go out for dinner and then to mine to get a few beers afterwards.

                                                                                                      I also need to put up the blinders I bought, and tomorrow my uni friends are dropping by for ranting and boardgames.

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                                                                                                        I found a book about Neuroevolution in Python that I plan on perusing after church.

                                                                                                        Lots of examples with NEAT and HyperNEAT that I’ve been dying to dig into.

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                                                                                                          I’m working on fixing a car audio amplifier. It’s a neat device - 6 channels, 1000 W, class AB. It’s a Soundstream D’Artagnan, built around 2000. Apparently only around 100 of them were made. But part of the circuit has been damaged and I’m having trouble selecting appropriate replacement parts because I have no idea what this part of the board is supposed to be doing.

                                                                                                          I’ve posted a question on the Electronics Stack Exchange but don’t have any real solid leads yet. https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/530928/what-does-this-rail-splitter-like-circuit-do