Friday, December 16th, 2022

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Share to Mastodon

I started coding this yesterday and continued to today. I wrote a small bit of custom code that adds a Mastodon button in the entry footers when visiting the blog. Clicking one of them lets you click a button to share the entry to your Mastodon account.

The first time you use it, it prompts you for your Mastodon instance. It then saves your response as a cookie. Then when you click it, it confirms you want to share to the saved instance (in case you migrate instances, etc.) And then redirects you to the Mastodon "Share" page with a simple message of "Just finished reading [title] - [url]"

Required some adapting of my templating code as I hadn't prepped tags for URL encoded titles and post URLs. But, overall, nothing crazy.

12/16/2022 8:36 am | |
Tags: mastodon, social media, programming, glowbug

Unwritten Rules from Reddit (

Threads like this come up from time to time and they are mostly regurgitations, but these are a few of my favorites:

Surround yourself with people who will mention your name in a room full of opportunities.

Your mental health isn't your fault, but it is your responsibility.

If a kid has a lemonade stand set up, stop and buy a cup. Or two.

12/16/2022 1:45 pm | |
Tags: wisdom

25 films, from Iron Man to When Harry Met Sally, added to the National Film Registry (

Every year, 25 films are added to the National Film Registry for preservation and posterity, selected based on their cultural legacy within American film history. Films must be at least ten years old to be selected. This year's selections bring the grand total of films on the registry to 850.

Perhaps the most famous film added this year is The Little Mermaid, Disney's animated musical about a teenage mermaid who dreams of being human. The film's induction comes ahead of Disney's live-action remake starring Halle Bailey, which is currently slated for a 2023 release.

Other films added to the registry this year include the prom-gone-wrong Stephen King novel adaptation Carrie (1976), the original Hairspray (1988), the Blaxploitation crime drama Super Fly (1972) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), for which José Ferrer became the first Latino to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

The oldest film inducted this year is Mardi Gras Carnival (1898), a recording of the New Orleans parade that was thought to be lost but was recently rediscovered in the Netherlands. Pariah (2011), a low-budget coming-of-age drama directed by Dee Rees, is the most recent film added. 

This year, at least 15 of the 25 films were directed or co-directed by filmmakers of color, queer filmmakers or women. 

12/16/2022 4:42 pm | |
Tags: movies, us history, pop culture


Watching Christmas movies with Katie and we get around to watching White Christmas, which I don't believe I've ever watched before. I was captured by one of the fake headlines it shows in the movie, were Variety refers to the lead duo as "Going Boffo."

So I looked it up:adjective adjective: boffo

  1. (of a theatrical production or movie, or a review of one) very successful or wholeheartedly commendatory.

  2. (of a laugh) deep and unrestrained.

But when I go deeper, Wikipedia I discovered a rare direct contradiction within an entry:

Boffo, an informal term meaning very good, originated with the Hollywood trade magazine Variety.

It's a portmanteau of "(B)ox (Off)ice" with the final "o" appended for effect, and while some may claim its origins were with the trade journal "Variety", it's more likely it came from the trade journal of the motion-picture theater business that called itself "Box Office".

I couldn't find a hard source and honestly don't care to delve into it. I did, however, submit a change cutting the problematic half of the first sentence to allow the second sentence to stand.

12/16/2022 7:46 pm | |
Tags: linguistics, etymology

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