title: Szczeżuja's tinylog. A world parallel to @szczezuja@mastodon.online. Available also as `finger szczezuja@szczezuja.space`.

author: @szczezuja

avatar: 🦪 (:oyster:, U+1F9AA)

license: CC BY-SA



Sun 19 Mar 2023 01:56:26 PM CET

So it was easy. I've bought a printed rule book and a map from "Gondor: The Siege Minas Tirith" board game in secondhand bookshop for about 1 Euro. And then I printed two counters sheets from BGG on color laser printer. Then just stick the chips on a piece of paper and cut it out. And you can play the game the way games were back then.


Mon 13 Mar 2023 08:44:09 PM CET

"The Creature That Ate Sheboygan" board game, from the 80's.

map file to print

counter sheet to print

original rules

Sun 12 Mar 2023 08:50:16 AM CET

Five years a sundog - Happy birthday, circumlunar space!

It's interesting to read. There is a big anniversary, despite the fact that it is not a round number in the technical sense. ;-)

Thu 09 Mar 2023 09:00:14 PM CET

I've been playing with org mode fo a while. And today I used it for taking notes during my job. It's handy. The export function gave a clean output in plaintext and html. Nice.

Sun 05 Mar 2023 01:36:16 PM CET

I realized that I really don't have enough time to use all aspects of a small network. People often complain that the small net is empty, and if there was more content on it, they might be interested in it for longer. And I don't have enough time to keep track of everything in Gophersphere, Geminispace. Added to this is my desire to be active via text e-mail, on Usenet, at the Finger level. And after all, the text network is also entertainment, abandoned many months ago MUD game.

It's not a complaint, it's actually a kind of praise for the small net. I, on the other hand, will fight to be more active.

Sun 26 Feb 2023 04:20:40 PM CET

Continuation of the previous entry about configuring GPG. As always it was a problem between a computer screen and a chair. So GPG signing, encryption and decryption is working for me now. Because it was caused by my lack of knowledge, and bad default configuration files on SDF, I wrote a short checklist. Maybe it will be helpful for someone else.


Tue 21 Feb 2023 09:21:08 PM CET

I've been testing and configuring Gnus for e-mail client.

I started from


there aren't too much examples for Gnus.

It was surprising that Gnus should work out of the box based on system variables, because on SDF.org it wasn't so easy. There was a need to improve config file.

Gnus seems to be more polished than neomutt in sense of TUI. But it has also small oddities - for eg. default expiration of e-mails after read.

But the final thing which annoyed me is GPG decryption fault with my config. I don't know if it's a problem with Gnus config, or a problem with GPG config. GPG command is handling encryption and decryption without that errors.

Sun 12 Feb 2023 03:24:21 PM CET

I'am looking every day at the DiscoGem. I had been doing the same on the Gopher, and I felt familiar with that idea when DiscoGem launched on the Gemini. It's easy way to explore very large amounts of date. It isn't a big effort to look at a small sample every day.

As I said after launching of DiscoGem, it could have some measures and indicators to show the best and the worst samples. So I wrote a simple script as a proof of concept. As it can be seen below, the biggest and the smallest samples (only index pages) and the most useless days when almost all links are inaccessible.


$ ./tott_discogem.sh 
DiscoGem top of the tops
The biggest index pages day:
72184   chars   1       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-01-05/
11185   chars   1       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2022-12-18/
9754    chars   1       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-02-09/
The smallest index pages day:
1540    chars   0       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-02-11/
1639    chars   1       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-01-28/
1723    chars   0       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2022-12-25/
The most useless day:
3009    chars   3       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-02-10/
4498    chars   2       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-01-27/
4053    chars   2       empty capsules  /capsules-of-the-day-2023-02-02/

Sun 29 Jan 2023 09:50:46 AM CET

I spotted this link on Fediverse and I was curious if it will be ok in a text web browser. So I've been browsing this in w3m on Sunday morning. Everything is ok, and the ASCII arts are beautifully displayed in my text environment.


Sat 28 Jan 2023 03:45:29 PM CET

I was busy through past week. Today I catch up things in small net. I've sent an e-mail about Gopher, in response to a gemlog article. I've improved my mastodondigest script with ZERO WIDTH SPACE suggested by Alex. I've dug up in my memory Kelbot capsule with his TUI/tmux configuration asked about in Fediverse.

I could do probably a lot more today, but I don't have to much energy. Weather is sunless in the last days. I'm waiting for the spring time.

Sun 22 Jan 2023 07:49:26 PM CET

My tmux text information desk with GTL for Tinylogs, self-made: fingerclub.sh, astrobotanyring.sh and mastodondigest.sh scripts for gathering information from Finger, Astrobotany and Mastodon.


I've tune up my mastodondigest.sh this weekend. It's presenting information as Gemtex now and extract links at the bottom of every toot.

Sun 15 Jan 2023 04:06:44 PM CET

So It's done.


Mastodon digest script in Bash, which reads followed accounts list and presents last toot in chronological order.



Sat 14 Jan 2023 08:25:32 PM CET

Today I was playing with Mastodon API and curl. It's very easy to set up token to access API. And it's easy to go through account and followed information.

But API wasn't helpful to me with pagination of the response to put it into a quick bash script. There is a bigger effort needed to do so.

I'd like to write bash script putting the last toot of every my followed account. I will make a second try in the future.

But I discovered also that in the web preferences of Mastodon account, there is a special tab to check inactive followed accounts. I didn't know about it.

Sat 07 Jan 2023 02:52:42 PM CET

Today’s Gemini DiscoGem is full of goods.


Last Week News capsule I didn’t know earlier.


And Kypan capsule which lead me to the main prize for all text-only folks:

telnet mapscii.me

More on the gemlog post:


Fri 06 Jan 2023 12:05:37 PM CET

Several days ago I spotted an answer to my everlasting question:

- How you were using the Internet?



Sun 01 Jan 2023 08:54:50 PM CET

New year's fireworks atmosphere themed ASCII-art. ;-)


Sun 01 Jan 2023 11:29:57 AM CET

Wish you a lot of plain-text information and a renaissance of text protocols in the new year!

Sun 01 Jan 2023 11:21:55 AM CET

New Year's cleaning.

I've put all tinylog's entries for 2022 in a separate file, the same way as for 2021.

You can navigate that files through links in the header of tinylog page.

I'm preparing a new gemlog entry, but it's still in progress. This holiday season I spent mainly outside the net.

But in the last days I've got several mails from people around small net and I replied for them. It was satisfying because it's nice to use plain text mail for conversation. It's seems to be a forgotten way of communication nowadays.