Servers in the background, Humming electronic things We out in the user world Don’t notice their powerful wings.
Until the site we’re using Crashes, goes offline, goodbye That is, then, the exact moment When we all begin to cry.
When the RAID drive dies The bases of our data Cannot be read out Stilled wings, Tears brings.
Quick techs, things back to specs Backups soon restored Way too much stress for admins But another tech win scored!
Late yesterday, Mastodon.art, my social media “home”, went offline. It turned out to be a RAID drive failure in the data center, one under contract to masto.host, the service provider behind the scenes for the mastodon.art community. After a stressful tech/admin period of time, the faulty drive was replaced, databases restored.
There are thousands of anonymous tech support people at work in the Internet’s data centers. I will never know any of you personally, I suspect. Nonetheless, I rely on you to do your tech wizardry on my behalf. Thank you.
Pronunciation /əˈblɪɡət(ə)ri/ adjective 1 Required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory. 1.1 (of a ruling) having binding force. 1.2 humorous So customary or fashionable as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion.
Origin Late Middle English from late Latin obligatorius, from Latin obligat- ‘obliged’, from the verb obligare (see oblige).
Toki pona I don’t know.
To learn new talk can sure be slow.
But should it sometime happen
I’m sure I’ll let you know.
Word of the Day – Toki Pona
Toki Pona is a philosophical artistic constructed language known for its small vocabulary. It was created by Canadian linguist and translator Sonja Lang for the purpose of simplifying thoughts and communication.
This is a multi-purpose post. I’ve been working on a 3D print project which ties into my daily fun on the social media “fediverse”. Along the way, suggestions from others for mottos have been coming in.
Some have been recommendations for Latin mottos, but “E Pluribus Unum” has been taken.
One suggestion was “kunupu ni li ala je wan lala” which is in the toki pona language for “This community has no king.” As mentioned above, I don’t know the language, so I’m taking the word of a respected colleague.
The coin design is done using Inkscape and OpenSCAD. It’s a work in progress. The icon on the front is the logo of Mastodon, one of the popular versions of fediverse server softare. The other icon is the proposed fediverse logo.