It was a terrifying experience and the fact that it is both well-known and entirely harmless is mind boggling to me.

These episodes happen for me about every year and a half now, and I had another one 2 days ago. Every time I'm shocked, both at how bad I feel during the episode and at how fine I am 30 minutes later.

Apparently the cause is somewhat unknown, although standing up abruptly from a deep sleep is considered possible trigger.

Has anyone else experienced these?

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So like 5 years ago I got up in the middle of the night to go to the restroom and suddenly got woozy and nauseous.

I staggered back toward the bedroom to notify my wife and wound up collapsing in a heap, which -- as you might imagine -- scared the crap out of her. I laid there, semi-concious, shaking and sweating absolute *buckets*, thinking I was dying.

She called 911 and off I went to the ER.

Turns out this is called a 'vesovegal episode' among other names and is totally harmless.

I've admired Sacha Chua for a very long time. I remember seeing a picture of her with an Emacs/chording keyboard/cyborg glasses setup years ago back in 2003. Mind blown! 😄
Her blog is still relelvant. If you're into Emacs, she produces a huuuuge link list of Emacs related items every week. Amazing.

Oh it worked!

"#Linux is my creative work daily driver, on 95% #libre and #FOSS tools. A few years ago it was the opposite, I was on 95% proprietary tools. It is often said that you cannot be on Linux if you do #creative work for a living, but I have transitioned across the last few years and love it. With the advances in #librecreative software the workflows just keep getting better and better. This collection shows some snapshots of my setup and how I use it."

BREAKING: ICANN has voted to REJECT the sale of the .ORG registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital. This is a major victory for the millions of nonprofits, civil society organizations, and individuals who make .ORG their home online. #SaveDotOrg

Yesterday the temp was 22F and now I have 2" of snow in the yard. In 4 days the forecasted temp is 77F.

I love the midwest! 😎

Can anyone help me with an issue where my Ubuntu desktop changes resolutions when I switch my KVM? It's annoying to either have to close all windows before switching or resize them when I switch back.

Naturally, searching for this info/solution on DDG has been fkn useless.

dist: Ubuntu 19.10
res: 3840x2160 @ 125% scale
kvm: 4 port 4K hdmi


In partnership with our friends at @kde we are thrilled to be embarking on this new endeavor. The configurability of GNOME paired with the simplicity of KDE - all rolled into a single package. Introducing KNOME, built using QTK3 and Kutter.

It (always) bears repeating that the phrase "open source" is defined by the open source definition:

The OSI invented the term "open source" and it has always been defined by the OSD. There are systemmic gaslighting campaigns ongoing to convince you otherwise. Remember: the only people who are trying to convince you that the OSD does not define open source have ulterior motives, namely convincing you that their propreitary software is open.

Pulled the trigger.

Now supporting #sourcehut financially because this is exactly the kind of thing I want.

$2/month is a great price to support @sir and crew.

I know the claim is that #Github makes our repos more easily discovered but after years of use I still don't believe the claim. A good and useful repository will be discovered with or without Github.

Long live

#git migration to follow.

For more information about sourcehut visit:

So the new laptops they issued us all come with a little slidey-thing that covers the web camera. And, as you might expect, 100% of us slid it shut.

What you might be surprised by is that nearly half of my co-workers continue to broadcast video this way, so our meetings are this bizarre underwater experience of ripply black screens.

It's so strange to me all the technology we have in place to broadcast pointless darkness everywhere.

Probably a metaphor in there somewhere.

Bob encourages self-care in these trying times 

This evening I recommend you switch off the TV and social media, and do something to keep your mind busy.

Is it playing games? Reading a book? Binge-watching Netflix? Knitting a scarf? A spot of gardening?

Go do that. 🙂

It's good to be informed and do the right things, but it's not healthy to dwell on bad things outside of your own control.

If you're still feeling anxious, have a phone call with someone and talk things out.

Calling smartphone equipped teenagers 'digital natives' is a mistake because a smartphone makes you a consumer rather than a native of anything.

If you want a child to become a digital native give them an actual computer instead of a corporate controlled and curated consumer device.

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