Manual: York Fitness 3230 Home Gym

Scored a home gym over the weekend. It came with the OG dead-tree instructions, which is really nice because the manual doesn’t appear to exist online.

So, without further ado, I give you: the assembly instructions for the York Fitness 3230 Home Gym. May it inform you in good health.

No more Google ads

Got rid of Ads from the site; they were causing a huge slowdown and nobody ever clicked on them. So, the site should perform better. If I find a decent, free, and fast analytics service then I’ll toss Google Analytics as well.

So, if you want to support me, or just say thanks, or just like sending money to folks, I do have a Ko-Fi.

Dear Liberal government, your housing plan is bad

A perverse incentive is an inventive that has an unintended and undesirable result that is contrary to the intentions of its designers. The cobra effect is the most direct kind of perverse incentive, typically because the incentive unintentionally rewards people for making the issue worse.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perverse_incentive

The problem being addressed is a lack of access to housing for Canadian families. Recently, the average asking price for a house in Canada broke $800,000, with around 25 bidders for each house. Of those bidders, about 18 are families looking for a home, and the other 7 are investors looking for an asset that will generate revenue while appreciating indefinitely.

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Happy Pride Month!

Image by https://www.behance.net/aliciamula

It’s June again, Pride month.

It’s a time to celebrate; to celebrate ourselves and each other, the community we build, and the progress we’ve made.

It’s a time to remember; to remember the victims of hate, to remember those who came before us and fought for the rights we have today.

It’s a time to stand up; to stand shoulder to shoulder, to support one another. Stonewall was a riot! We stood up together, said “no more”, got loud, and set some shit on fire. Nothing comes easy, and the world hasn’t given us anything for free – change and progress take time and will.

There’s a lot going on these days, and we still have a long way to go. Canada has only recently banned conversion therapy; places like Texas and Florida have declared war on us and our children. Take the time to celebrate how far we’ve come, but never forget that we’re not done yet. We have more to fight for, but we have a community to stand together, support one another, and to love each other, and that counts for a lot.

Collect a keypress in a bash githook

After a flurry of accidental pushes direct to the main branch at work, I decided we need a technical solution. The obvious answer would be to use GitLab’s protected branches, but that’s not practical at our org. Next best: a to check the branch one is committing to, and have the user confirm or cancel as the case may be.

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Sound check

Technology has changed since I last updated this site, but joining # has inspired nostalgic feelings about the old days of the Internet so I plan to shake the dust off this and maybe post some stuff again.

Speaking of Mastodon, I’m at https://tech.lgbt/@silvermoon82

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