Bartender? When I'm finished with that coffee, would you please be so kind as to serve the best beer from your selection of microbreweries? Yes? That would just be so nice!
// And while I take a seat and find a place for the stuff in my hands ...
Hello rosie88, nice to meet you!
E-commerce site? I wouldn't even know, where to start. Gives me the shivers. So do you understand all that magic, that ~she12 is mixing up in the shed? Really???
// Me looks impressed
You know, the stuff I'm dabbling with --- 8 bit micro-controllers with maybe 2kB of RAM ... I wouldn't even attempt to build anything html-like on these little fantastic machines. Seriously. I have toyed with the idea to add something gemini like, BUT that would require some other component to deal with the certificate stuff. Well, maybe in another life in another universe ...
// me takes a sip of coffee and staring out of the window into the rain ...
I'm not a prepper, but maybe it would be good to get to grips with these low power radios called LoRa, and build small, solar powered stations with little screens, that ping the neighborhood like twice a day. And the folks across the street can answer by typing in "we are well! come over for coffee if you like". Like a neighborhood telex machine or something such.
// Other part of brain: Shut up Nerd! So I switch gears, sit upright, take another sip of coffee ...
This coffee really is good! Just what I needed. Do I bore you already? Isn't hardware supposed to "just work"?
Takes my glass of whatever it was I ordered and as ew was talking I took in everything he said. Being an introvert has its perks and being a great listener is one, once done listening I begin to speak, "yes an e-commerce site and it is more of a damned headache, all that html bullshit has me dreaming in code. I am almost done and as soon as I am I will put up a 'gone on vacation all summer' sign up so no more work for at least the summer." I take another sip of my drink, ew continued on speaking, once again the opportunity came for me to add to the conversation, "Oh? I wasn't aware that she12 was up to anything magical in the shed but if she is I am certain it will be amazing, she is a great artist with the ascii paintbrush" I laugh thinking myself witty. I add, as ew spoke of 8bit microcontrollers and 2 kb of RAM, "why with those specs that truly must be the tiniest of tiny computer. I would love to see it. As for gemini it is quite easy to start your own capsule with a VPS, domain name and a trusty TLS. Eventually I will fire up my own server and get my own gemini capsule".
The mention of the word prepper got me to cant my head slightly, since I am indeed one I listened intently but what I heard next made the corners of my mouth curl into a smile, I say "why that is a great idea, ew. You see I am a prepper, one thing I lack is a shortwave radio, but what you suggest is far better than a shortwave.
"On the contrary, you did not bore me, honestly you fascinated me instead" I continue to sip on my drink as the conversation continues.
Dreaming in code? Yay. That sounds like high time for a summer vacation, indeed!
// I shake my head in disbelief and take a sip from that Highland Park. Ah, good stuff!
I'm sure glad that my nights are "Black as the Night is Black in Africa" (from some old song by Özay & Altinay band).
Regarding the neighborhood telex ... I found two projects which might serve as puzzle pieces ...
// I grab my notebook and leaf through it. Paper is sure nice. And it works without electricity --- however, I always miss a "grep' working on paper journals ...
Ah, there we go: a microcontroller based thingy
and a small computer thing running on a Pi or similar, even without internet access. Even provides this newfangled gemini stuff!
// I take a mental note that my list of useless projects is too long already. And on the other table I overhear ~euromancer saying
... and was amazed at the amount of free time people have :D
// I chuckle
Did you hear that, too?
// Rosie88 nods.
I can speak only for myself: the day I stop feeding my mind with projects --- useless or not --- it will likely come up with its own. And that might not be desirable, I'm afraid.
// We burst in laughter ...