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As an example, I would usually spend a minute looking how I can make an HTTP GET request, but with Hy I know it's (.get requests myurl). This all adds up to half (or more) my time saved.

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I wanted to start learning LISP so I chose's Hy, and I'm amazed at how well it works.

Since I already know all the Python builtins and libraries, I don't have to spend time on learning those, and can focus instead on learning the language proper.

Does anyone else find themselves putting mediocre shows on the second screen while you're doing something else, because you feel that watching good shows demands too much attention?

With mediocre content, I'm not worried about missing something crucial.

Shynet is the best (small, has all the things I care about) self-hosted analytics package I've used so far.

Give it a go! perhaps think about having a paid-for hosted version? It might bring in some income.

Yet another technical interview has confirmed to me that I completely freeze up on even the simplest things when getting interviewed.

Next time a job has a technical interview requirement, I'll just save myself the hassle and quit. any way you could add support for this?

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Imgur doesn't have a web UI any more? I can't find a login link on the mobile website.

So glad exists so I don't have to deal with this bs.

I did another live stream, where I design a kitchen sponge holder and forget to tell anyone I'm doing a live stream so nobody watched:

Does anyone know how/if I can get a YouTube stream URL *before* I start the stream, so I can send it to people early?

I decided (at's suggestion) that, since I'm designing/soldering/programming/making things all the time, I'll stream some of them:

Click the bell to be notified of the next time I stream!

Hey, do you want to join our webring of cool people making stuff with tech? I really like your site.

Really impressed by how fast and easy to use is. I'm choosing it over Algolia for a project where I need speed of development and over ElasticSearch for one where I need speed of response.

Hey! I'm making a Maker webring ( and have been following your blog, I saw your baby grand post and I'd like it if you joined.

Would you be at all interested?

I've recently needed a very small, schemaless Python ORM with good performance and guarantees, but didn't find much.

Fortunately, a small project I wrote years ago fit the bill:

Give it a shot, I'm rediscovering that it's actually really nice.


After browser push notifications, Dead Man's Switch now supports Telegram notifications! Never miss a liveness check again:


I needed a way to install packages from Github that didn't have apt repositories, so I wrote a short script that will take some repository names, find the latest .deb in releases, and install/upgrade it if it's not already installed:


The thing that I never would have guessed with the "coronavirus vaccine is has microchips" is that when we were telling people "Facebook and the NSA are monitoring your communications", our mistake was that it didn't sound *enough* like a conspiracy theory.

Does anyone know why beef is a big contributor of greenhouse gasses, when the CO2 released came from the atmosphere anyway (from plants)? Or is it because of the methane?

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What sets appart?

As a general instance, we are not centered on a specific theme, or a specific language. Everyone is welcome as long as they follow the few rules we have.

We always run the latest stable version of Mastodon, providing you a stock experience, with the following modifications:

  • 2048 character limit (not 500).
  • 512 character limits for the account's bio (not 160).
  • full column width (not fixed size).
  • more search results (20 instead of 5 per type of search).
  • Audio upload (not limited to videos only).
  • full text search of statuses (not restricted to searching tags and users).
  • trending tags are displayed on the main UI ( and a more complete view is available here)
  • boosts and replies are shown in the timelines (more complete view for everyone).
  • Your account is also a XMPP account (Federated Instant Messaging, take a look online to find a client and use your username and password to configure it, you can also use our online web client). Woohoo! two services in one!
  • We also have a very good view of the federation (our federated timeline gives you a more broad view of the Mastodon network than a 'normal' instance, there's a lot to read in a lot of languages).
  • We also host a Peertube instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • In the same vein, we host a Funkwhale instance for the convenience. Try it and let us know what you think !
  • If you want to be on a more quiet, moderated instance, or use another AP implementation, we host a Pleroma instance for the convenience. This is the same fediverse as with Mastodon, but with a different default UI and way more optimized backend. Try and see which one you prefer !
  • Now if you want a different UI, the stock mastodon one does not please you, you can check Pinafore.
  • We do also host for the convenience a video Conference server ( Jitsi Meet )
  • We have a mastodon relay for other instances to bootstrap their timelines:

Although we are a medium+ sized instance, we'd like to keep the feeling that you are at home and safe here.