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
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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…
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
At midnight we entered into a new decade, well, except for my Fitbit that entered into a permanent death. No particular reason though, other than being a Fitbit and that’s what they do.
Of course, this all happened after I managed to get Fitbit Pay to work and being acclimatised to not carrying my bank cards around for the past few months, I literally can not remember my bank code anymore 😬
Nothing says 2020 is going to be awesome than writing an email quoting consumer rights and demanding rectification 🖕
In slightly less 💩(or actual news about 💩depending on how you look at it), I got a few gifts for the savage furry asshole this year.
The first is a water fountain drinking bowl, which was delayed for delivery at the last minute, so she’s not yet enjoying what could be her new favourite thing. It’s shaped to be like running water from a tap (or a urinal), and drinking from everything but her water bowl (including the taps) is her jam.
The second is probably the most genius because she’s a real neat freak about hiding her poops and demands constant cleaning of her shit box (she also hides them deep in the litter to be an extra dick about it), it’s a self-cleaning litter box. This thing is a lot bigger than I expected, I mean A LOT, and it’s in a 1970s chic brown colour. But I can’t complain, really.
It’s been quite funny to watch her rush down when the auto-clean starts to watch her bum nuggets to get swept away, it’s the small things in life.
The recent election is what we all kind of expected, Brexit was just the test the Conservatives to see how much lying they could get away with and still manage a win. If anything the cover photo says it all, in BoJo’s riding they had a choice of a bunch of fucking clowns and a labour candidate, they went for the biggest clown they could find. 👏
Then we have the bizarre world of « I can’t really stand Corbyn, so I voted Con » lot, which in itself is counterproductive, but hey, you do you.
Either way, I’m not going to dedicate an entire post to this consortium of shit fuckery, because I’d just be repeating what everybody else has been saying and that clearly falls on deaf ears. That and some bot will probably start attacking my blog, the usual things that happen when people don’t agree with you online. 🤷♂️
Side note : Grammarly seems to think this post is « optimistic », I think your AI is fucked chaps.
In actual optimistic news though, other than the Great Strike of 2019 griding France to a halt, I have got an upgrade on my internet. 10GB fibre, which has been so amazing. Granted I didn’t realise you had to request a specific IP type from my provider and I panicked a little when my Freebox started to refuse to let me use certain ports. But it was pretty easy to fix, it seems like a pretty solid security patch for those who have no idea what they’re doing from causing havoc in the IP range.
Another update on the news front is that oddly enough I managed to grab I domain I didn’t expect, I was trying to register something else, but Autocorrect did its thing. I went through the checkout and setup without even clocking it.
So here I am right now the proud owner of eu.sb 🇪🇺😂 I can’t say that I’m upset about this moment, but it for once autocorrect didn’t duck something up badly.
Yesterday I finally got most of my adulting things out of the way, getting keys copied, a hair cut, followed by giving up going to the shop and ordering food online. I feel that this could have been the top point of being an adult, I have peaked everybody. Incidentally, I had a bit of a shock when I realised I’m 2 years older than I remembered. Oops.
I guess I’ll finalise this post off with a shameless ad.
bbs.yt, ec.gy, frankenserver.eu, mono.mx, uun.nz, and zigs.eu are being shared via Free DNS, a dynamic DNS domain sharing project where members can setup, and administrate their DNS entries on their own remote internet-connected systems in real-time. You can register your own subdomains at ec.je/public/freedns/default.wct.
Also, if anybody actually still reads this blog I’d be interested if you dropped a comment in the comments, I might put it on my life plan to update more often if there are still lurkers.
It’s been a wild ride up to this point in 2019, everything that’s happening in the US, the UK turning in to whateverthefuckthisis, and some changes to my BBS.
Obviously, the latter is less hectic than the others.
In a sleep filled shopping rage, I managed to find that a) I can register .ec domains and 2) one domain in particular was available.
Ever since I took mmn.on.ca off the BBS, it’s been a void of what should be the domain attached to it. I went through a few phases, mmn.ec.je, mrman.ca, mail.ec.je and none really had the oomph I wanted. I also considered bbs.ec.je, but I was a touch on the fence with that one.
But when I saw that bbs.ec was available, well it seemed right and I got it (I also got back bbs.paris and mmn.quebec at the same time but lost kevin.paris, hey ho).
I spent a lot of time working on changing bits and bobs around in the ANSI screens, adding some additional QWK networks, and other touch ups. Outside of that I also picked up another domain name to share with the FreeDNS community – ec.gy, plus some changes on the backend of the BBS which I posted in Announce (about VPNs, TLS, and all other fun).
In real world news, today after being hit hard on the Socials(tm) about the constant bullshittery the Tory Brexit Trolls and Nigel « I don’t show up to work, so you don’t get a voice in the EU parlament » Farage have been up to, I got my voting ballot.
While it would be wrong (and illegal mind) for me to indicate my vote at this moment, I can assure you I did X that shit with vigour.
Beyond that I did have some issues with Jetpack and WordPress recently, so I might have to swap what is hosted in Sweden and in Germany in the coming weeks.