April 7, 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas

Old Friends covid-19: day 26 | US: GA | info | exit

Before prom, 1987.

Tonight I caught up with my best friend since high school for a Zoom cocktail hour. Kip and I talked about work, music, life—the things we pretty much always talked about. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other in-person—like ten years—but when we chat, it’s like not much tome has passed. If this whole pandemic has taught me anything it’s that these connections need to be nurtured better. We plan to make this a weekly thing.

I also got a long email from my friend and former colleague Monica. She writes:

Yeah, it’s always good to get some digital empathy. I need to get her and her Skunkape of a husband on the Zoom cocktail hour.

I installed MediaWiki on my home server. I transferred my student support server to see how difficult it would be. I did have some issues: first with 404 errors (and I’m still not quite sure how I solved those), then with script errors (I needed to use the correct version of LUA), and finally sending emails (I was finally able to use Mailgun). I’m still having an issue with Certbot verification to obtain a certificate—oddly I was able to get one for grlucas.com after disabling Pihole for a minute, but that didn’t work in this case. Something else is going on. I still have some MediaWiki items to tweak, but it seems to run fine.

Teaching went well for both classes today. I think I could get used to this Zoom thing.