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11/13/2021 15:35 #60856

Dandelion Horta at Kostas
Category: food
I love dandelions so much. The ones at Kosta's on Hertel are so yummy.

tinypliny - 12/26/21 23:38
Haha, I remember when Basra used to love these. :)
joe - 12/09/21 00:37
ladycroft - 12/07/21 04:23
If I ever get 'home' again...I'd love to try this! Is it only seasonal or year round on the menu?

11/13/2021 14:15 #60855

Angelo in Masumi Lighting
Category: friends
Went to Rochester for the dentist on Friday before picking up (e:hodown) from the airport. Watched murder documentaries on Field st and ate some delicious Pho at Sea.


12/13/2020 00:44 #60829

Centos Stream
Category: linux
I was sad to hear about the CentOS changes when they were first posted on the centos blog but I am going to trying to not freak and think it might be a positive move. I mean it seems in the last few years I have more often been annoyed at how behind CentOS was from the current kernel. Maybe this will make it better. This article made me feel at least a little bit better.

The thing that annoyed me the most was that I had just moved servers from CENTOS 6 to 8 and I should have maybe just gone to 7. I guess only time will tell.

Fingers crossed. Server #1 - done!


11/26/2020 12:14 #60828

Category: networking
Now that I have the my KVM farm setup again for estrip I spun on a pihole on centos 8 instance in order to move DHCP and DNS from our router to something we have more control over. Its also nice that it blocks so much stuff.

They even have a docker based installer.

While I already have adblockers on my computer, its devices like our TV that I don't trust.

Its kind of crazy that 16.9% of the traffic in our house where we have ad blockers going is still getting through and now being blocked.


11/22/2020 12:57 #60825

Smartwatch Madness Take Two
Category: smartwatches
This isn't the first time I experimented with Smartwatches. Back in 2016 - (e:paul,60448) - I got the Samsung Gear 2, which I actually sold back to best buy as part of getting the Active 2. Before you accuse me of just generating more e-waste note that I sold that back and bought a used Active 2.

Honestly that wasn't even the first one. There was a google watch a couple years earlier in 2014 (e:paul,59394) but more specifically, I believe the kickoff of this obsession was the time in the 1980s as a child where I threw a shitfit in the Eaton center because I wanted, no needed, a Casio calculator watch. We ended up leaving Toronto and going home ;( I am so glad I was not the parent of myself.


However, this post is not about the Active 2, I will post about that more later. This post is about the Fitbit sense. You may ask, why would you get a Fitbit Sense if you have a Samsung Active 2. Well I was fortunate to have an Independent Health Extras card, was sick of squandering it on herbs and vitamins I never use from Feelrite, and in 2020 Fitbit is now a participating vendor in the 2020 list ::READ PDF::

I got a fitbit sense. and it seems pretty good. The fitbit developer studio is pretty easy to use browser based IDE with Javascript as the SDK language.

I was really disappointed in two things:

1. The lack of linux native fitbit simulator though the SDK is browser based
2. That once I pushed a custom watch face to the sense, I could no longer use any of the ones from the fitbit app. It constantly just says "another clock is being installed"

I made a clock face that can pull in heart rate and step data, and transmit info back and forth to a companion app of the phone in order to move and receive data from an external server.

The plushies randomly showup throughout the day. I am still working on the file styling.


Most of the adult characters show up.



Layla's husband Henry


Mora's husband Bo

Gene - for nightime mode


Big P and Little P



Bluedog, who's backstory has him as a local branch manager for the church of Satan's contract division, takes over the watch at a special time of day at 6:59. Time then goes from 6:59 to 6:60, 6:61, 6:62, 6:64, 6:64, 6:65, 6:66 in spooky red and black. Then it continues in normal time with 7:07.


I am planning to do something fun with each character as time permits.

Sadly the fitbit sense doesn't have sound. On my other arm I am wearing a Samsung Active 2 smartwatch which I like much more and will review in more detail later.

Both have ECG, HR monitor, steps, etc. The main benefit of the fitbit is the week long battery life whereas the Active 2 only goes for a few days. On the flipside the Active 2 is more fully integrated with my Note 20 Ultra and can play sound and spotify right on the device in offline mode. The fitbit for some reason only works offline with pandora and deezer. What even is deezer.