Stories About Travel

On a snowy ride home this week, I had written this up. I had tried to post it to a particular group on the Internet. That failed out only today. Here is the story I wrote:

It is a slow ride home eastbound on I-90 tonight. Right before the Lake/Ashtabula county line two ODOT snow plows were driving along mostly beside each other. Occasionally there were gaps between where somebody with a death wish could try to sneak through.

Along came a knucklehead who previously had been surfing the berms in this snow while trying to speed. After getting out from behind us dramatically, said knucklehead ride the rears of the two plows looking for an opening to scoot through. Just as one opened up, the knucklehead took their shot.

At various points in the median there are spots for law enforcement and road crews to legally make u-turns. Since Ashtabula and Lake counties are in different ODOT districts, the plows won't necessarily keep going across the line. They'll turn around to stay in their zone.

Two lanes headed eastbound. One plow in the left lane, the car beside it in the right lane, and a plow ahead of the car. In a bit of a pincer move, the plow in the right lane turned left to make for the turnaround in the median.

Somehow the knucklehead swerved to survive just in time. If it had been a collision, the knucklehead's itty-bitty car would've crumpled into the plow that also had salt-carrying functions. Both plows wound up safe and a knucklehead did not learn a lesson in safe driving. They proceeded to stay in front of us driving aggressively in this Lake Effect wintry crap for at least another mile.

Thankfully I'm not driving right now...

Tonight was worse on I-90. WJW Fox 8 in Cleveland reports that there frankly was quite a bit of carnage. My ride on LakeTran out of downtown Cleveland took tertiary backup routes to route around the devastation. I ended up getting off at a rally point instead of my usual destination.

Then again, with 15 tractor-trailers and cars in an accident with fires blazing you wouldn't want to get near that either. Read the whole story at Fox 8 to see what the weather here is like!

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Staring At Pumpa

This is a somewhat stream of consciousness post...

$rmadison pumpa
 pumpa | 0.8.2-1               | trusty/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9-1                 | vivid/universe            | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu14.04.1 | trusty-backports/universe | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1~ubuntu15.04.1 | vivid-backports/universe  | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.1-1               | wily/universe             | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el
 pumpa | 0.9.2-1               | xenial/universe           | source, amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, powerpc, ppc64el, s390x

Thank you Timo Jyrinki for signing off on getting this into Unstable Debian-side. It looks like the auto-lander caught it nicely for xenial. Since it builds against Qt5 I wonder if it plays nice with Touch or other type environments. That is an errant thought, though.

Changelog bits from Debian's tracker:

pumpa (0.9.2-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New feature: user profile and avatar image editing.
  * Shares are now visualised with a recycling icon.
  * New language: Finnish.
  * Fixed bug where a shared object might be seen as already liked.
  * Fixed bug where certain authors were seen as being followed even
though they weren't.

 -- Mats Sjöberg <>  Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:21:25 +0200

And we can go ahead with setting up the test backport copies so that I can later file the backports bug:

backportpackage -s xenial -d wily -d trusty -y -u ppa:skellat/tests -k 030BB05A

Now to wait for that to build in Launchpad and to test it later this week. Right now there isn't a hurry as the upstream Debian package is still in Sid and I want to let it marinate until the 10 days are up. Once it falls into Testing then I may go ahead and file the backports bug.

The network remains a work in progress. There are some W3C activities pushing towards standardizing federation protocols that will be based off If you can conceptualize the software as just a mere engine where even the web page is but one more client, you can find ways to leverage it nicely.

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