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Completed my second Freeletics Hell Week and with it my second training journey! 💪

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Is this the Hogwarts Express? 🚂🧙

At least we had the perfect weather at that moment (every five minutes it changed between sun and rain) and also a perfect place for a nice view of the Jacobite Steam Train passing the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

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I bought myself a Tilley LTM6 hat. It was expensive and still feels a bit strange to wear because nobody wears hats here. But it’s comfortable even with my big head (I always have to buy XXL caps and helmets) and it protects my face and neck pretty well from the sun. And it comes with a lifetime warranty!

Let the vacations begin! 😄

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After multiple years of delays, my Solo V2’s finally arrived. Let’s see what I’ll do with them. I also have a YubiKey, I can’t even find right now. 😅

Update: Found the YubiKey. 😄

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I should write better tests or at least create some automatic tests. 😬 (But ActivityPub is so complicated to test!)

Due to some mistakes in my blog’s ActivityPub implementation, I lost all my followers and my posts didn’t send. Glad that I have some backup and was able to reimport all followers from 2022-12-10 02:00. 😅 If you followed me after that time, please re-follow to get my posts in your user’s inbox. 😊

And now, good night! 😴

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I think it was a very wise decision to buy some long merino underwear, a new and warmer jacket and new winter shoes. It’s so cold! The whole week already under 0°C.

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GoToSocial seems like a promising alternative to Mastodon. It’s written in Go (👍 in my opinion), lightweight and pretty good documented so far. It’s still “alpha software” but seems to make great progress. In the past, I self hosted a microblog.pub instance and then after some time without any Fediverse profile other than my blog, which has ActivityPub support as well, signed up at Fosstodon to be able to reply to blog comments from the Fediverse. I already set up an instace of GTS, but will probably wait to use it as my primary Fediverse profile until GTS enters the beta stage sometime in 2023 according to the roadmap.

Yesterday, I fixed GoBlog to be able to be followed by GoToSocial users. I didn’t know that some ActivityPub servers require requests to get information about the remote actor to be signed. But that should work now. 😄

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I’ve realized that trying to strictly follow what is on the IndieWeb wiki won’t work well for me. Thus, I have to invent and change some things to make it work better.

The IndieWeb Wiki is a good source of inspiration one could use, but I don’t see it as a guideline you need to closely follow. A lot of IndieWeb sites are too much like social media for my taste. Why replicate social media on your site when you have the freedom to make it better? I was never a fan of “post types”, too many restrictions and sometimes hard to choose between them. (Also, should this post be a like, reply or bookmark? 🤔😅)

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Simon Willison is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his blog. Amazing!

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After the repair, I am really excited about my pedelec. The battery significantly increases the range of a “small” bike ride and allows me to visit many beautiful places in the vicinity of my hometown Braunschweig and enjoy the nature.

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