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2023-01-23-0118Z

Symptoms still gone this morning, save for a raw throat, so ended quarantine and took a bus back to Centro. [comment]

2023-01-21-0021Z

The cold or whatever illness I picked up earlier in the week, and noticed on Tuesday the 17th, quickly turned bad. Despite quitting beer as soon as I realized what was going on, I walked to Los Cardones without taking any sauerkraut (my go-to probiotics source), so didn't have that to help my immune response. During the walk Wednesday I noticed what I thought was muscle pain in my whole upper body, but didn't realize until later it was a whole-body ache. And I started coughing intermittently. At about 5PM I took 24g of Ivermectin and a 100mg zinc tablet. Thursday I took my last 12mg IVM and another zinc. Just now, Friday, I took another zinc tablet. The aches mostly disappeared earlier today, but I'm still coughing occasionally. [comment]

2023-01-18-1615Z

Yesterday, while on the bus (both times), I noticed a little more discomfort in my throat than usual. By evening, I was pretty sure I had caught some bug. It got slightly worse overnight. [comment]

2023-01-18-1532Z

Figured out the hodgepodge of clock chimes in the area of the cathedral on 5 de Mayo in La Paz, BCS, Mexico.

There are two clocks facing each other: the one in the cathedral itself, which I'll call CC (cathedral clock) for the purpose of this blog post), and the museum clock, MC. Third and fourth clocks to the east and west, which I hear but don't see, will be henceforth referred to as EC and WC.

CC and MC both have quarter-hour "ding-dong" chimes, which on the hour sound 4 times preceding the "dings" specifying the hour. If EC and/or WC has the same, I can't hear it.

CC runs about an hour and 7 minutes fast, so you hear it sound 0900 at 7:53.

EC runs just slightly slower than CC, sounding 0900 at 7:56.

MC runs about 6 minutes slow, so you hear it sound 0800 at 8:06.

WC runs about 10 minutes slow. Before you hear it sound 0800 at 8:10, CC has already issued its single "ding-dong" for 9:15.

So, with this bit of arcane knowledge, for as long as nobody fixes the clocks, you can know the true time in the area of the cathedral without your own timekeeping device. Alternatively, if you have been blindfolded and kidnapped and brought to this area, you can know where you are (or where your captors want you to think you are... remember The Prisoner episode "The Chimes of Big Ben"). [comment]

2023-01-04-1841Z

For a while now, I'd been trying to get systemd to work in usermode on one of my servers, with no success. While systemctl --user enable myservice worked fine, with the service file in $HOME/.config/systemctl/user, systemctl --user start myservice would fail, with the daemon unable to find the service file. Frustrating. Finally, I disabled, re-enabled, and started it with no problem. Weird. Oh, and I found out today that to start the services at boot, one must # loginctl enable-linger username. [comment]

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