Coronovirus surges in Miami - still yet to be contained

A few days old, but shows that things are now under control by any stretch of the imagination.

Hopefully soon!

Walmart declares that suppliers will pay for their improvements?

Walmart has decided to force suppliers to receive a 1.25% or a 6.25% reduction in payments in order for Walmart to improve its brick and mortar stores and the online stores.

I though that this is what profits are for! ???

(article is in French)

Is it time to leave our cherished shoreline property?

Here is an article that discusses the idea of rethinking living on shoreline propoerty. Wit the rising of the oceans and th eextreme flooding that is happening, it might be time to revert some of these back to nature...

!Replace Facebook Community

Just found this forum and while it seems a bit dated, it has a few interesting discussions.

Seems interesting. Would be nice to see how to use Friendica more, and replace FB or other social media.

I am trying to figure out RSS feeds, and it is kind of working. Hope to figure it out better.

RSS feeds

@Eric Rothoff

Hello Eric,

THis is Joseph. WE exchanged a message or two about using Friendica.

I am intrigued about the whole RSS thing.

How do you add them?
How are they listed on your freindica page?

I have used a RSS reader in the past, but if it is available here, and it can be managed decently, I'd look in to setting it up.

I am in the same situation. I am venturing out and trying something new, and all those i know are fine with FB. I am tryign to break away😀

Take care

Branching out, musically

I have been looking at the music creativity side of me for awhile. While the Beethoven level of mastering music is not in my sight, I do have a few ideas I'd like to record and try and develop them.

At first, I was fine with the idea of just recording a song with the built in recorder. But, this is tedious s I need to record them o a USB key, then transfer them to my computer. For now, they are just Casio formatted recordings sitting on my hard drives.

I need to get them in software that allows me to record directly into the DAW(digital audio workstation) software.

Then, I want to create a score for the music.

I finally found some software ideas, and started with one that is called: Ubuntu Studio

I found by a little internet search and found a website dedicated to linux musicians!

I will be hanging out there from now on for inspiration and ideas.

I hope to learn lots over the coming weeks.

Garbage - the growing waste problem...

I watched a show from CBC here in Canada. It was kind of depressing, the state of affairs concerning garbage:

Being that it is the CBC, the show might not be visible outside of Canada.

It shows an ever growing problem of garbage, and how we deal with it in a poor way here in Canada.

Happy viewing.

A new addition to the family...

I got back to playing the piano after a 20 year break. Even before then, it was sporadic since moving to Canada.

A year and a half ago, I bought a good used Korg electric piano. It was amazing in the sense that I have not listened to electric pianos for a long time. This one sounded very real, and I was impressed. I had a synthesizer back in the early 1990s, and it was nice for somethings, but it was a synth, not a piano😀

I practised a lot and it came back to me.

I the started looking for a more advanced keyboard with more features like recording, midi, connection to a computer.

I got myself, after lots of research, a Casio PSX-3000. It is packed with things I will never use, but that will not stop me from trying and exploring new things.

Here is my precious one:

I am having fun again on my piano after all these years!!!

Yet another puzzle adventure, completed!

This one, a nice seen, took some extra time, but it was worth the smile it brought to our faces when we finished it!

Trumps latest tantrum - twitter flagging false news... Points to further reading for those who want to follow up

How much legal grand does Trump stand on?

Not much according to the EFF:

Trump is doing what exactly?

Trying to right a wrong?

Stopping from being deprived of his favorite public ranting platform?

Or, just blowing smoke out of his back side in order to rile up his followers to remind then vote for him?

I tend to believe the last one. The more he keeps the world busy about no issues, the more he slips his agenda by... Or, avoids talking about what should be talked about.

Another day, another trump rant...

Did we learn from the previous pandemic?

The results are far from over, or even conclusive for now.

But, we did live a similar experience 100 years back. Less were learned. Depending on who you speak to, maybe the lessons learned have been lost and forgotten.

Here is an interesting article that mulls over this idea:

Uploading new photo - issue

!Friendica Support

I had see the issue before, but I decided to ask after seeing it again tonight.

I am using 2019.12

When I upload a photo, once the upload is done, my browser ends up on a blank screen.

I need to refresh my browser and it will bring me back to my photos page.

Why is it not reloading the page automatically?
Steffen K9 🐰 friendica (via ActivityPub)
@Joseph Hogan If I remember correctly there was a bug some time ago with the photo upload page. Maybe you should consider upgrading to the current stable version 2020.03.
@Steffen K9 🐰


I'd like to.

But, do I really need to upgrade the DB format to Barricuda? Or, like @Hypolite Petovan said, I can upgrade it with the built in upgrading tool in 2020.06?

I thought that it was a requirement, that is why I was nto sure.


Puzzle me crazy

I have liked doing puzzles since so so long I do not remember.

I have some how enticed my boys into this game of patience.

Here is our latest completed puzzle.

It helps to have extra eyes looking for pieces😀

Further canning adventures

I tried last year with making pear jam.

It did not go quite as planned. Most of my pear jam turned in to pear syrup.

Nothing lost, as we ran out of maple syrup for the pancakes and waffles, so this worked rather well!

This time, I set my eyes on strawberry jam. You know what, it worked like a charm. It will last be a few months! It is less sweet than normal jam, but I was trying to reduce all the sugar normally found in jams. It turned out tasting pretty good.

What will I try next?

Baking skills are improving

Sunshine, fresh air and a good walk....

Is this not what we all need after being confined to quasi quarantine. Social distancing has quite the impact. Being the social creatures that we are, we like to interact.

Well, today we all went out and took a long walk around the neighborhood. It was nice out, the sun was shining and it was a nice day. I will be opening a few windows in order to get some clean, fresh air in the house.

Another good piano day! 😎



I am writing because recently I tried using your android based application Friendiqa.

It works for the most part. But, there are is something causing me issues:

1 - I can not upload a photo, as I upload it, the sending of the message fails, and I get: network error: AP: https// Return:

I'd wold have written to you via the gitlab account on the git.friendica site, but while there is a way to log in, I could not find a way to create an account.

Thanks for any feedback.


@Marco R.

COVID-19 - dashboard

My wife shared this dashboard about the status of COVID 19 cases/deaths. A nicely done visual guide.


On a positive note...

On a more upbeat note, I have been messing around on my new piano. It has a large number of extra features more than my older one. It has sounds an features that I am slowly discovering. While exploring, I can not help but play be a little creative and work up a few new melodies. We'll see where they go...

It is nice to be back on the piano after all those years. It has only been a year and a half, but I am progressing pretty well, both relearning old pieces, and tackling some new ones.

slowly downhill - life continues to slow down

We really are slowing down. We are allowed to go out less and less. But, things are getting done around the house, slowly.

Work has then a deep decline in volume.

But, I have been spending time doing lots of little things I could not do.

Lets hope we all obey the basic principals and stay away from each other😀 This should slow it don a bit.

Good luck and be strong.

Another day under the covid 19

Life has changed a bit under the COVID 19.

Just staying home and hanging out with Myrtelle and the kids a lot more.

Will surely get more done around the house since work has dwindled to a fraction of the normal volume.

Time will tell what becomes of all this.

Til next time

Canada - coronovirus updates

Latest news in Canada. We get a daily update on the effects of the coronovirus. Interesting to see the progressin, and also the measures taken by the local governemnts, as well as the citzens.

email test

@Hypolite Petovan

Hello Hypolite

This is Joseph. I have been learnign with yours and others help on the helpers forum.

My email was not working for 2 days, and it just started working.

Can you reply to this to let me know that it works with someone outside of our system?


Hypolite Petovan friendica (via ActivityPub)
Hi Joseph, I got your message!
Thanks a bunch. Justmy forums that have to hopefully start working again.
Have a good night.

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