The Partial End of Confinement

As of Monday, the confinement was lifted on France, but since we’re not a Green Zone there are still a lot of things closed.

Which after seeing the last two days is a pretty lucky strike. It’s like everything went back to pre-COVID, and rather concerningly I’m just expecting the second wave where we get to spend another two months cooped up in our appartments.

If anything that could put this into perspective is the video from Canal Saint-Martin taken on Monday, Parisiens giving zero fucks about social distancing.

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Thanks Amazon

I never thought it was possible to have a package ruin your day, but then Amazon excelled at it in a rather surprising way.

I ordered a cat toy to keep Miss Fat-One occupied at times, got a discount and it was all good. Until today that is

I bet you’re fucking happy
Great job
THAT WAS EASY

After spending a good half hour pulling the box out of the mailbox, I finally got it out. Hooray, etc

Until I discovered that it was actually defective, all that for literally nothing. I contacted Scamazon with a pretty violent email, I got a call which was basically contact the seller cos it ain’t us and lol we’ll mention it to the delivery people.

Utile, merci les gars.

Not to be beaten by this event, I figured out what’s wrong, I basically need to glue Part A back to Part B. Easy, just no superglue, so that’s a thing I need to get tomorrow when Carrefour is back to normal hours, assuming, of course, Carrefour has it. Until then a little weight on top and it’s all good.

As one can see, little Miss is at least enjoying her thing, and that’s the important part.

Dealing with Kaja Today has been Interesting

Brought you you in the medium of text message.

[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: So Kaja saw another cat, one that just went a bit further than it should have because it’s in heat
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: Kaja blew down the closure
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: And went to fight this cat in it’s own territory
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: When I hear it I flew out the window
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: I’ve been in an hour long negotiation with this psychopath
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: Fucking all the neighbours coming down, watching, this fucking savage wild cat scream and wreck a broom
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: After throwing flowers off of this poor guys house, kids traumatised, I managed to knock her down enough rage pegs to corner her with a towel and disable her legs
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: Drag the little psycho back in, screaming the place down
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: She’s now focused her rage on me
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: I can’t sit or work
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: And she’s banned from her garden for at least 2 weeks to chill the fuck out
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: And all my neighbours now know me as the guy with a savage animal
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: I have to move
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: Change my name
[16:47, 21/04/2020] Kévin: Change my face

My Life, F it

Since then I discovered she managed to rip out two of her claws, and of course she’s still heinously angry, so next trauma is washing her foot and checking it in the morning, then the vet visit.

Oh the vet visit will be bloody. Probably mine.

The Boredom is Setting in

Other than my sleep cycle being utterly fecked up, during my waking hours I’m running out of things to find (other than smoking, and boy is that expensive when you buy in France).

I’ve been reading books, but generally when I do that I end up falling asleep at whatever random hour that might be. My TV is also now developing age issues, so the struggle is real trying to turn it on. At least my Freebox is responding to vocal commands (and no it’s not Alexa, but it is temperamental).

The blitz of working the new site was rather faster than I expected, still some things to do there, just not really a whole set of work to do to keep me fully occupied. 🤷‍♂️

As for Miss Kaja, she’s still doing her thing, mainly outside.

Making a Load of Changes

I started to get my shit together during what is now the fifth week of being locked in a box my home and getting all my online stuff in order.

The idea was to use a pretty good domain I found on backorder, ynn.org, getting a three-letter .org would have been the masterpiece, but instead some dipshit domain guru auction site got it. So it’ll never be available again, forever full of ads to buy it which nobody ever will.

But I digress, after reeling in from my perceived loss of the situation, I got my brain working. Granted it didn’t work well, since one of my ideas was Downtown. Yes, I now own dtne.org because that made a lot of sense.

I got thinking again, later, looking for a few combos, then I started to link things, and looked for uldl, upload download. To be fair in the early 90s I used to do more D/L than U/L, but it read right and uldl.org was available. I renamed my WordPress from it’s temporary name Project X (pjx.mmn.on.ca) which it turns out you don’t do that because it fucks everything up. A few rules in CloudFlare later, it’s somewhat fixed but still not quite working with my S3 upload system.

I started to move my domains over, I imported my huge post history from lj.gl to this new WordPress Multisite install at uldl.org, asked the gods at Jetpack to move over the subscription and voilà we’re here now.

Using the redirect plugin for WP over at lj.gl I’ve got everything redirecting. There are still some issues, since WP crashed out if I tried to import the media library, which is irrelevant anyways since all the images still live in the same Object space, but WP doesn’t give a shit and broke all the images for the lolz. There also seems to be a loss of about one thousand articles, somewhere, no idea what since the import was successful, but as I find them I’ll bring them over by hand.

After this cacophonie of hell was completed I’ve started moving in other sites, I’m kind of halfway through bbs.ec, I got phlog.bbs.ec over with no problems at all. The decision on that, was to move it into this journal rather than being its own thing. Which makes sense, since I want to control more where I post things.

Although all the other network sites have their own blog parts, I keep my various personal posts at journal.uldl.org mirrored with my Dreamwidth and LiveJournal and the other stuff that is more related to the « not really a personal post thing » I put in the uldl.org news section. I’m also working on a better menu system to fluidly switch between the networked sites. There will be some weird-ass shit for a while, no lies.

Some of the other good things about this arsery is that this site is hosted on a dedicated server with DreamHost, so it’s more reliable than the previous place I hosted lj.gl. I also have centralised where I keep all the contact forms to uldl.org directly, so I don’t have to piss around with too much nonsense.

I’m heading back to the grindstone on this one to finish off bbs.ec and drop in the redirections.

I Got My Domain Back

What wonderful news, I can hear my inner 17-year-old self say. After losing my personal domain nrg-online.ca back in the early 2000s to the horrid Michael “Mikey” Yack from FerberleursSabings.com I managed to get it back.

Granted it took many years, but it’s the principle of it all. What do I plan on doing with it ? No idea, maybe make a homage to how much I detest Mikey Yack, but I already did that for a while on mmn.on.ca.

While it’s not a massive victory, by literally any stretch of the imagination, it’s kind of the same feeling I got when I managed to get MrMan.NET on a domain auction from Dynadot in 2014.

Let’s see all the old accounts I still have attached to my old email address now…

Reading is Fundamental

In the lockdown boredom and sudden liberation of social commitments on the old bank balance, I boredom bought decided to buy a Kindle.

Granted, selling my soul to Amazon wasn’t me best idea (although I did pay extra for the Ad Free version of said Kindle) it was probably the best option for my lazy ass to start reading again.

I’ve bought a couple of books while I await the Kindle itself since of course, it’s one of those 7-day delay products (hashtag thanks COVID) to flip through on my phone for a while. I even got back on to GoodReads, because I’ve committed to this now.

Let Me Share a Story

This happened last night, told in the medium of text message.

[23:48, 24/03/2020] Kévin: I just had a hilarious moment
[23:49, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Getting out of bed for a pee, halfway down I managed to knock over a pint glass, thing rolls on the floor and smashes, I try not to step in the glass, which of course means I fall into it repeatedly, screaming
[23:50, 24/03/2020] Kévin: While all this is kicking off, I’m spraying an ungodly amount of blood from a small little cut all over my floor
[23:50, 24/03/2020] Kévin: I give up
[23:50, 24/03/2020] Kévin: I stand in the glass cos there ain’t anything else to stand in at this point
[23:51, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Grab the brush, bleed everywhere, try and get this shit sorted before Kaja comes flying into the kitchen, because she will of course, and there will be more blood and screaming
[23:52, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Meanwhile, the reason I came down is because I needed to pee, so here I am about to piss my self, covering the floor in more blood
[23:52, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Sweeping up
[23:53, 24/03/2020] Kévin: And my nose is running too, so blood everywhere, going to burst a seal at any moment, nose dripping in
[23:53, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Sweeping while of course stepping on more glass, bleeding more, making this problem a fucking horror show
[23:54, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Finally get all the pieces I can find, check my foot, and in the process nick myself on a ninja splinter in my food, now bleeding from my hand, considering to just piss myself and call it a night
[23:55, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Eventually, it’s all swept up, now I’m using wet wipes to clear a murder scene, still wishing I took the opportunity to wet myself, when I waddle to the toilet, do my business, figure OK we done now
[23:56, 24/03/2020] Kévin: To find Kaja blast through the windows cos now she’s having an argument with a fucking leaf and is rilled up by the fact she can smell blood, metaphorically and figuratively
[23:57, 24/03/2020] Kévin: I was à good 3 minutes away from being very asleep before all of this
[23:58, 24/03/2020] Kévin: Now, now I am going to stare at the ceiling while the angry one tries to kill whatever she thinks just exploded in the flat

FML

I’m so so bored

In France we are now kept inside our homes and only let out for specific reasons, obviously this is for the greater good.

But when you can’t go do a thing you realise that being at home is quite boring. Don’t get me wrong, after a long week hiding for an entire Saturday is pretty exhilarating, but being at home for what will be a week as of tomorrow night is rather boring.

For a while I had work to keep me occupied all day, but now our hours have been temporarily reduced, so filling my time with activities, is well, trying. In fact, my cat now hates me for existing in her space.

But it also means I can do other things I really should have been doing for some time now, like working on my BBS, expanding my web presence, buying a shit tonne of domains, and doing up my gopherhole.

So far, I updated a single page on gopher.is, so we there, in the grove.