Tech Support

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,, my social media “home”, went offline. It turned out to be a RAID drive failure in the data center, one under contract to, the service provider behind the scenes for the 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.

Time and Distance

Social media posts
In the fediverse
Occur “right now”
In my timeline stream
But now isn’t what it seems.

My morning
Your afternoon
Another’s night.
Can my today can be
Someone’s tomorrow?

One hemisphere’s summer
Is deep winter in the other.
Hear me, sister/brother
My language may not
Even match yours.

Stretch that beyond
Our blue, spinning globe
Across the gap of space
Is anyone there
To share these timely thoughts?

Tentative Toes

Tentative toes,
Beware of those.
“They might get clipped.”
“They might get snipped.”

Restrained inside,
Boundaries untried,
Perhaps it’s fear.
“We want you here!”

But sooner or later
The urge will be greater
Than the fear and doubt,
And then your out!

Inspired by


Afloat upon a gentle stream,
We travel slowly, as if in dream.
But when the water turns too rough
To float along is not enough.

We must choose right now to fight,
To keep ourselves intact, upright,
To swim and kick and strive
To stay, heads up, alive.

Or perhaps, choose self-slaughter
Succumb to the crashing white water.
And float again instead
Because, too bad, we’re dead.

(Inspired by )


Pronunciation /əˈblɪɡət(ə)ri/
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.

Late Middle English from late Latin obligatorius, from Latin obligat- ‘obliged’, from the verb obligare (see oblige).

Art Appreciation

On your time I must encroach,
But I’m not sure of the approach
Which I should choose to take
Because of what’s at stake.

In the muck I’ll wallow
Though it’s tough to swallow.
I am just out for attention,
Though it is with apprehension.

You may choose to ignore.
It’s your right for sure.
But I hope you may appreciate.
What the artists here create!

Out Loud

Working “out loud”
In writing’s context.
Work In Progress – proud
As an author reflects.

Seeking a strong mix
Of metaphor and rhyme
Using all the right tricks
For this moment in time.

A future rewrite
May improve on today’s
But by being in sight.
This version stays!

Thanks for the hook,

Toki Pona

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.


Have fun.
Be creative.
Be safe.