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    There’s a rule on job postings, but how should be the structure of availability postings?

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      Whatever would be useful? I’m less worried about individuals being disruptive; I do think it’s inevitable from recruiters. But please do suggest a format if you have a good idea.

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      Attempting to talk myself out of writing an RSS feed server. I’ve previously tried a couple of paid-for services and found issues with them (at the time, haven’t re-evaluated), and also tried out a mac feed app I love but the sync service has issues and the support team just goes quiet on them (Majorly sad about that.) Tried out ttrss but found it doesn’t do things I consider essential, like importing an OPML of feeds. I don’t want to write a feed server, but I can’t find anything to solve my problem. (Decent fetcher/parser, OPML import, supports fever API. Probably doesn’t expose a web reader interface.)

      Finally got to a place that I’m happy with my hetzner box(es). En-mass migrated from the slower box to the faster box & cancelled the slower one. (Moving VMs between SmartOS hyps is pretty simple. Yay ZFS.) Got the usual LAMP stack setup to run my stuff, split out nicely enough and managed with puppet where appropriate. Also stuck a load-balancer on the public IP, so internally different things can run in isolated zones without using up more IPs. Simples ;-)

      Also spent yesterday hiking up the Wrekin (Big hill in Shropshire UK) in the snow, then building a snow-woman larger than me & an igloo with the kids in the garden. First decent snow we’ve had in 7 years, gotta make the most of that.

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        I have been using ttrss for a few years now without a problem, mostly for webcomics and news. There is actually an OPML importer from the preferences menus

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          Ah useful to know, thanks

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          I like RSS (and ATOM) themselves (sure they could be improved, but there are enough semi-documented versions as it is!) but I think the tooling suffers from a lot of not-invented-here syndrome and/or lack of UNIX-style “do one thing well”.

          For example, my current setup converts RSS posts to maildir messages. There are loads of tools to do this which will periodically check a URL and convert any new posts they find. Not only is this redundant (cron can execute commands periodically and curl can fetch URLs), but the only compelling feature of these tools (their conversion algorithm) can (AFAIK) only be invoked on URLs; yet I also have RSS files I’d like to convert. At one point I was firing up a local web server to make these files available to these tools, but I found this so ridiculous I eventually decided to just fork ‘feed2maildir’ and rip out all of its “features” to get a standalone rss-to-maildir converter.

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            I like RSS (and ATOM) themselves (sure they could be improved, but there are enough semi-documented versions as it is!) but I think the tooling suffers from a lot of not-invented-here syndrome and/or lack of UNIX-style “do one thing well”.

            Thanks for posting this, I’ve been thinking about it on and off since you mentioned it and finally came up with a pipeline using smaller tools I prefer to just a single binary that does everything backed by a single db. I guess this means I’m writing a feed server. :->

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          I’m reading Catherine the Great for fun and Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured to prep for the upcoming EMT classes. I just finished The Storm Before the Storm, which was fantastic. I love everything Mike Duncan does.

          For classic science fiction, here are some of my favorites:

          • Dune, Frank Herbert. The first book deserved every once of praise it got. The second book is pretty good. I wasn’t a fan of the third book. The fourth is awful, and they just get worse from there.
          • Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny. One of my favorite SF books ever. Con artist pretending to be Buddha tries to free humanity from con artists pretending to be Hindu gods, in the process accidentally recreating most of the Buddhist myths.
          • Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe. A quintilogy that was one of the foundational books in the “Dying Earth” style. A professional torturer is exiled from the guild and wanders around a bunch and sort of becomes Jesus Christ. I like it as an example of how you can write a religious novel without it being overbearing or alienating to nonbelievers. Another good book like that is Small Gods by Terry Pratchett, but that’s more fantasy than SF.
          • Embassytown, China Mieville. Not a classic (came out in the past decade), but my favorite Mieville.
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            I love Lord of Light, it’s one of the few books I have read more than once

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              EMT classes/exams aren’t too bad. Practicals/clinicals are nerve wracking. Using EMR/foosoftware is stepping on legos.

              Check this out if you have five minutes emin5. Her youtube channel is filled with useful videos.

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              I’m currently reading “The name of the rose”, but going slow on it, and also got hooked up on reading scp-wiki while commuting

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                You might consider giving this a look. I found it really enhanced my appreciation and understanding of the book. https://www.amazon.com/Key-Name-Rose-Translations-Non-English/dp/0472086219

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                  I guess it would be really nice to understand what all the latin phrases mean

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                At work: same routine apps, no new or interesting projects on sight; expanding the internal framework when I have time.

                At home: looking at job postings, it would be nice to move to europe next year. Even as I have almost ten years of experience, I’m lacking on a few techs the most interesting projects require, unit testing most prominently. I’ll try this week to start with side projects for learning and testing things, I was thinking of a finder of discounted games sraping bundle sites