Like Xubuntu and Kubuntu have been with Ubuntu since forever; but the "recent" additions like Neon and Nitrux seem to underscore the phenomena.

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The sheer number of distros which appear to just be Ubuntu with different DE choices is getting kind of weird to me; as someone who has been mostly out of the Ubuntu ecosystem since 2006.

Is there a big need for canonical to be more DE agnostic?

Is it hard for new DEs to get upstreamed into Debian or Ubuntu proper?

Is there a reason for this beyond rolling your own distro for your DE is fun/cool/sexy?


This was my first general election in this county and we got to the early voting lication right at opening and it was still an hour long line to vote.

Found one tiny 16gb microsd in a corner sonewhere thats still good and booted up successfully in the wee hours of the night last night.

Probably wont have much time to do more beyond that today.

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Well the only microsd card in the house that doesn't exceed my Raspberry Pi's maximum capacity just died.

Or atleast it's overheating so bad at mount I don't trust it.

Will have to wait a day or two to play around with

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politics voting NC 

The value of the vote isn't academic or philosophy this year for my state. The question for my state isn't "do our votes matter?" the question is "is this our last vote which will be allowed to matter?"

NC has been considered a swing state for my entire adult life. It very likely is going to be fucked for a generation. Southern north carolina, doubly so. If we fail to stop the amendments in my state.

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politics voting NC 

Here in NC, we have six constitutional amendments on our ballot; which if they pass will allow republicans in our legislature to stack the courts and cement their gerrymandering indefinitely. While declawing any statewide elected official.

NC is one of the most heavily racially gerrymandered states in the country.

The U.S. Supreme court failed to right it.

welcome to night vale 

Was a year behind on Welcome to Night Vale, I've been using the week of Halloween as an excuse to catch up.

The format they switched to, always doing three episode arcs; strained my brain having to always follow the story threads so closely over longer stretches of time. Might have to program myself to binge it quarterly or something.

They have also grown kinda continuity heavy. Might have to ask for the script books for xmas so I can get a refresher of the beginning.

baking, love, cake flour 

But what im getting at is; im about to run out on my lunch break to buy cake flour for my fiance's cake on the off chance it will make it more delicious.

Its occurring to me that this is a measure of how much I love my fiance. I dont buy cake flour for myself or anyone else. But his damn cake? I gotta have cake flour.

The end.

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baking, love, cake flour 

Ive long kind of thought cake flour is dumb.

Like Ive met few cake recipes where you couldn't get all-purpose flour work. When you have left over all-purpose flour you can make anything with it. When you have left over cake flour you are kinda committed to wait for your next cake to use it up.

I never use it. I make all cakes or cupcakes with all-purpose flour. I've never felt like they were worse for it.

I wonder if "The Emperor's New Clothes" will start to feel less like morality play and more like history, when the people of the future look back on the present.

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us pol - 

It's weird how Trump runs around before an election preemptively disclaiming any responsibility for a loss. I get that he is the type of jerk that claims all the credit and accepts none of the responsibilities, but the preemptive part seems at odds for somebody trying to project confidence. He does this with regard to economic indicators, going around setting up other people to take the fall just in case. Probably other things I'm not noticing. Protecting his ego must be exhausting.

Was it really non existent? Why was there no announcement to the users who were obviously using it? It's absence was clearly felt by some.

Will that be a foreshadowing of how the mastodon instance goes out one day?

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One thing I've been thinking of this morning in terms of the this morning is how it's mastodon instance is constructed on the tomb of their old GNU Social instance.

The first months of my usage of were peppered with people asking where the GNU Social instance went.

Semi official word on bboard at the time, I believe was that its usage was non existent and the server had hardware failures.

The isn't really prepared to moderate the toxicity and bigotry in parts of it's internal bboard.

It has no publicly stated moderation policy on it's mastodon instance.

However, people it's mods don't like seem to get banned, without any transparency or obvious crime.


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