Bird Platform kills off 3rd party development!

Twitter API Service Disruption

And with it, the last of my engagement. Tapbots makes incredible software for interacting with twitter. Despite it’s already limited API integration, chief twit killed the integration completely with no word or warning.  You had incredible developers working for your users, but now you have pissed them off.  I cannot wait to see the incredible work that comes out of spite.

Twitter API Service Disruption brings Ivory App

update: twitter makes a statement about “longstanding rule”

Status update:

be3n@mastodon.social

Most of the people i follow have already departed twitter. It hasn’t been useful for a while. now, it’s not even amusing.  I’ve moved to @be3n@mastodon.social.  I will still syndicate posts from this site to twitter and the twitter feed will also remain (for now).  I’ve already added Mastodon syndication and feed. (assuming this posts makes it there).  Exciting.

Upgrading to Unifi Dream Machine Pro.

Unifi Dream Machine Pro

I’ve been using Ubiquiti equipment since the original PowerStation.  I took it to the next level with Unifi.  I slowly acquired more and more equipment until their controller software had such an incredible sight into my network and it’s workings.  An insight that makes maintenance and  troubleshooting effortless.  Moving from the USG Pro to UDM Pro i immediately enjoy the faster speeds and the fancy touch screen panel.  What i don’t like is it’s complete lack of integration with non-local controllers and the missing features in its switch component.

Unifi panel showing link aggregation

As you can see from this image, i am a fan of link aggregation.  It is an inexpensive way to maximize existing  infrastructure and improve network performance.  Unfortunately, the 8 ports on the UDM are currently incapable of this feature.  I was hoping to remove one of the switches from my closet as i move links to the UDM, but it was not to be.  This seems like a serious oversight for a Pro branded unit.  I am hoping they fix this with a future update, but will not be holding my breath.

I had to fish my drone out of the LA River!

Filming the mural that is called, “The Great wall of Los Angeles.” i crashed my drone by being a terrible pilot (i need more practice in tight spaces}). I had to fish my DJI Mini 2 out of the LA River. good thing it crashed onto a dry patch and suffered minimal damage.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a mural on one wall of a one mile stretch of the LA River. If you don’t know that, it is the flood drainage system of Los Angeles.  There was a river at one point, but now it is a concrete riverbank accented with chain link.

At first i thought i just needed to flip it over and i could liftoff.  alas, i had to construct an elaborate fishing pole of entangling loops attached to a telescoping dusting pole i had.  Just out of reach, it took nearly 30 minutes and countless attempts to ensnare my little mini.

Drone Crash View Drone Crash Damage

The look on my face when i finally recovered my drone
The look on my face when i finally recovered my drone

I Visited Niland, The Salton Sea, and Slab City.

Niland CA - Beach Sunset

I traveled to The Salton Sea to meet some of the alternative communities and see the incredible artwork coming from the area.  Also it’s a great place to get in some drone flights.

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Outside of the town of Niland sits the remains of a Camp Dunlap (commissioned in 1942).  All that remain are the concrete slabs that give Slab City its name.  Since the 1980s people have been camping there for free.  Now a few permanent encampments and even a few event venues exist.  There is no water or electricity or any other government services.  There is an eBike rental place, an internet cafe, a Hostel, a Library, and the East Jesus art exhibition.

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My final visit to the Encino Avenue bridge.

Encino Avenue bridge demolition

After reading of its impending destruction, i was hoping to pay the Encino Avenue pedestrian overpass a final visit.  Unfortunately visits were discouraged. The messaging was a bit mixed, as the fence was literally tied up with string.  i took pictures without trespassing.  The 101 will shutdown between White Oak and Burbank over the weekend for the bridge’s demolition.

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