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2021-04-09 09:15 — finally saw the hawks i was looking for
I finally saw the Red-Tailed hawk mating pair that lives near me again, for the first time since last year. I knew they were still here because I can sometimes see them off in the distance but I’ve not gotten close enough to get a picture. Pretty exciting to see them again, the open space that I see them hunting in has gotten pretty crowded recently so I’m surprised that they didn’t move somewhere else.
i added some pics to my photos page, you can see them at the top here.
2021-04-05 17:55 — re: Clock Skew again
a response to ~ew’s post
Well I will admit that I saw ~ew’s post right before writing that flight log post, I wasn’t targeting that at them specificially, more at the flood of posts on fedi/reddit/twitter every time daylight savings comes around. The wording makes it seem personally directed in hindsight, so sorry.
I will say that I’ve never really personally known anyone that gets more than a little disrupted by DST (and usually it’s more from having to track down all the clocks that don’t automatically change than the change itself), so I never really thought about the people with sleep schedules that don’t change easily.
A good lesson on trying to actually be considerate and think about other people since they tend to have very different experience than you. I tend to sometimes be an asshole for no good reason, so I’m sorry about that :(
2021-04-04 12:55 — re: bunburya’s Hello, world!
a response to this post
Welcome to Geminispace!
I’m not sure how much I’ll be updating this as I don’t usually have all that much to say.
You don’t have to write about anything interesting to write! I usually don’t and yet people still read it for some reason.
Whenever I see the Gemini protocol discussed on places like Reddit or Hackernews
Well there’s your problem :P
the prevailing criticism seems to be that Gemini is trying to solve a problem that could be solved by simply using HTTP more reasonably/restrictively.
There’s several responses to this, but I’ll go with a portion of the Gemini FAQ:
Why not just use a subset of HTTP and HTML?
The problem is that deciding upon a strictly limited subset of HTTP and HTML, slapping a label on it and calling it a day would do almost nothing to create a clearly demarcated space where people can go to consume *only* that kind of content in *only* that kind of way. It’s impossible to know in advance whether what’s on the other side of a https:// URL will be within the subset or outside it…You know for sure when you enter Geminispace, and you can know for sure and in advance when following a certain link will cause you leave it.
Project Gemini FAQ §2.5
Of course, even though the FAQ is usually what’s linked to on those places (I know the last several times it poopedᵃ into HN the FAQ was specifically linked) the people don’t bother to actually read it before commenting criticisms. I know the last HN thread was /entirely/ filled with the low-hanging questions and criticisms that were in the FAQ, not one thread of real thought popped up at all.
I’ll leave that debate to people more knowledgeable than me in such matters, but I don’t really view the Gemini protocol as a competitor, a replacement or even, really, an alternative to HTTP. Rather, to me it seems like an *additional* tool that people can use if they choose, and similarly, Geminispace is an additional "place" that people can go when, for whatever reason, they are (temporarily) done browsing the web. That reason might just be curiosity.
You got what Gemini is actually meant to be! A lot of people seem to struggle to understand this somehow.
Do you really think you can replace the web?
Not for a minute! Nor does anybody involved with Gemini want to destroy Gopherspace. Gemini is not intended to replace either Gopher or the web, but to co-exist peacefully alongside them as one more option which people can freely choose to use if it suits them.
Project Gemini FAQ §1.6
[a]: originally a typo but i decided to keep it.
2021-04-01 11:00 — i’ll never understand what gets people to “interact”
A lot of my lowest-quality (IMO) content will consistently get lots of “interaction”—likes & boosts on fedi; likes, comments, & responses on Gemini—while my higher-effort content that I’m really proud of gets ignored (relatively). It’s just an unpredictable trend I’ve noticed that’s interesting.
I don’t really crave attention (consciously at least), even if no one ever acknowledged anything I wrote I’d still write here and on my gemlog just because it’s become therapeutic for me. Even though I’m not really talking about my personal feelings anywhere, being able to write about stuff I enjoy really makes me feel good even if I am just shouting into the void. Obviously people enjoying what I write is great too, but it’s just a bonus rather than the reason I write.
2021-03-27 15:55 — why do people get so angry at daylight savings time
Why do some people get so frothingly angry about daylight savings time? I understand getting annoyed, but dude, you literally just change the clock an hour, nothing to get all worked up about. Also, daylight savings time started literally two weeks ago, why are people all of a sudden talking about it now?ᵃ
[a]: I just looked it up and apparently Europe tends to start the last Sunday in March, while North America starts it the second Sunday in March, which is why it’s being talked about now.
2021-03-26 10:15 — re: You really shouldn’t use the GPL "or later" clause
I never really thought about this before. I’ve licensed my stuff under “3.0 or later” because I’ve always trusted the FSF (at least on protecting users’ and developers’ rights) and I figured that any new version would be stronger. But, there’s nothing stopping the FSF from turning bad—especially with the main visionary being gone soon, one way or another, for better or worse.
Imagine if the altruistic motives of deposing the entire board of directors of the FSF results in a few “multiple affiliation” people on the new board and they release a “GPL 4.0” that gives Alphabet Inc. and Microsoft Corporation the right to use all GPL 4 licensed code in proprietary software. They know well enough that no one would license anything new under it, but they automatically get a whole bunch of software “promoted” to 4 (in particular, the big G gets to nab all that tasty AGPL software they’ve been forced to ignore).
Real food for thought. I don’t have any projects with other people contributing really, so I might as well just relicense my stuff under (A)GPL-3.0-only rather than -or-later. I could always manually upgrade the license later if the 4.0 comes out and it turns out to be cool and good.
this is a good video on Linus Torvalds speaking about the GPLv3 upgrade controversy. even though I like the GPLv3, his comments on upgrading it is great.
2021-03-13 16:00 — joining a cult
I’ve been very silent as of late, half because I’ve been super bored and
magically have gone from having too much to do to having nothing to do.
However, the other half is because I decided on a whim to switch to emacs (doom emacsᵃ specifically). I’d tried out spacemacs a few years ago and doom emacs last year, but my random decision to try them out always occurred at a time where I had lots of work and couldn’t really dedicate any time to it (I think it was a last-ditch procrastination attempt by my brain) and it never stuck, I always just went back to neovim.
Well this time, I was bored (as previously mentioned) and have quite a bit of time to dedicate to it right now, so it’s finally stuck this time around. And, it’s looking like my prediction[b] that I’ll be spending most of my time configuring it was right.
I guess I’ll just record my thoughts so far:
With a few changes it surface-level is working exactly like my vim configuration. obviously the deeper stuff isn’t the same, but stuff like relative numbers, a fill column, and completion are working great. org mode seems to be a pretty good drop-in for how i’m using vimwiki, plus then there’s all the org mode deep stuff that i can gradually start using. the main thing i’m missing so far is i had very fine-grained settings for how i liked each file type wrapped in vim (# of columns, hard/soft wrapping, etc) that’ll take a bit to transfer over.
I really like org-mode capture, it works exacty how I want for a commonplace book that I can link to stuff that I might want to reference later, or just write stuff down.
a few things I’m already liking more:
- zen is better than goyo.vim
- the lsp and completion configuration is much easier than coc.nvim
- i really like how projectile projects and emacs workspaces work compared to sessions (even with vim-obsession)
- i like the popup when entering commands, lets me find things i’m looking for even if i don’t know exactly what keybinding it is
things i’m not really liking:
- emacs lisp is even more inscrutable than vimscript. hopefully i’ll pick up on it
- the system clipboard is the default register which messes it up when i’m moving stuff around. also the "+ register doesn’t exist (it’s the default) which messes up my muscle memory.
[a]: doom emacs - an Emacs framework for the stubborn martian hacker
2021-03-09 20:00 — i wish you could hard wrap gemtext
I want to air my “nice to haves” with gemini, specifically gemtext (stop getting angry, I know you have a few yourself). I don’t think these should be implemented, but it would be nice to have them.
The first one is nested lists. Using one, two, or three asterisks for three level deep lists would be nice, and doesn’t break existing gemtext parsing. This wouldn’t be an issue, except there’s no good way to represent a nested list for fancy clients that display bullets because the bullets are usually indented while the second level isn’t, making it look weird.
The second is hard-wrapping gemtext. While markdown’s “put two trailing spaces or a blank line to have a break” can get annoying, one of markdown’s greatest strengths is that you can read it in source or rendered, and hard wrapping makes it really nice to read as raw plaintext, and the wraps don’t mess everything up if it’s being rendered all fancy. Eh, this one shouldn’t be implemented even if we could go back in time and add something, complicates parsing too much. Would be nice though, reading gemtext when it goes all the way across the fucking screen in your editor sucks so much holy shit. If I didn’t have goyo.vim I’d fucking give up.
2021-03-04 14:55 — how to block users in your email client + gemini mailing list psa
Even if you don’t like being subscribed to the Gemini mailing list (and I can’t blame you), you should still subscribe to it. Once you’re subscribed, go and subscribe to the categories of [users] and [announce]. There! You now get new capsule announcements, and spec announcements without having to deal with the shitty person^W people. There’s important and interesting stuff on there without having to deal with all the shit.
Also, if you want to be subscribed to the whole list, but there’s just a few people you don’t want to deal with, then you can easily filter them out in most email servers/clients. If you host your own server, you got this. But if you use email from someone else, it’s pretty easy. Usually you just open a message from the undesirable and just click a dropdown, where you’ll see “block sender.” Also a lot of local email clients can automatically send a person to spam. Get this configured and you can “enjoy” the constant bikeshedding without seeing the people that somehow manage to be even bigger assholes than everybody else.
Related toot. Maybe Conman should have moderation capabilities to get rid of some people. He certainly does on the Gitlab repos he created, he should start there.
2021-03-03 08:20 — throwing out and rewriting bad work is hard
I’m writing a Go project called filog, which is a command line utility and accompanying plaintext format for logging a film watchlist and rating log. I’ve already been using the format for quite a while as a letterboxd replacement (it’s meant to be really easy to write by hand so it’s not an issue), but the utility itself has just been sitting in my projects folder unfinished. The problem is that it was my first “real” Go project, so it’s very badly written to say the least. I could rewrite the worst parts, but it really could do with a complete rewrite. It’s just hard to throw out work that partially works and completely start over, but I’d rather do that then release the current abomination publicly.
/Sigh/, I guess I’ll get started now. I can keep the detailed man pages I wrote at the very least.
2021-02-26 13:50 — A Cheetah a Day is on Gemini!
I just added a historical archive of my cheetah a day posts to Gemini. The bot I wrote for it automatically updates the page, you can subscribe with your favorite Gemini feed aggregator.
View it here
The bot also posts on mastodon: @firstname.lastname@example.org
and also posts on reddit in r/Cheetahs
the lastest in my linux adventures:
Apparently if your hosts file is improperly configured, then the newest version of NetworkManager will /silently/ fail (but still work). Instead of manifesting somewhere where you’d actually know what the problem was, instead it broke X.
All the applications that I have open on startup opened fine (so qutebrowser, Konsole, and Lagrange all opened fine, as well as KDE itself), but after boot it became impossible to open any new window (including the screen locker, I’d have to switch to a tty to unlock). It would give this error: `Could not load the Qt platform plugin "xcb" in "" even though it was found.` very fucking helpful, I could easily tell right away that it was an issue with the hosts file! I looked through my pacman logs, but NetworkManager was last touched last Friday so I didn’t make the connection since it only broke today.
Luckily somebody else ran into the issue so I figured out what was causing it:
My hosts file was the default created by Artix’s calimares installer, so it’s not even my fault it was broken. At least I got it fixed now.
I’m probably going to replay Pokémon in a nuzlocke run (definitely didn’t get this idea from Alex Wennerberg’s most recent journal entryᵃ). I was going to replay FireRed or play (for the first time) Emerald, but if my Everdrive GB ever gets here I’ll probably do a Blue runᵇ.
Rules I’m going to go with:
The “base rules” (obviously)
- Any pokemon that faints is “dead”, and must be released or put in a box permanently.
- You can only catch the first pokemon you encounter in an area. If it flees or faints, then you’re SOL for that area.
- You have to nickname all your caught pokemon.
- If all the pokemon in your party faint it’s game over, even if you have pokemon in the box.
- No save scumming (sort-of defeats the purpose of the other rules if you just reload)
Less common rules
- Randomly choose starter pokemon based off of trainer idᶜ
- You can’t flee from battle.
- You have to use the same number of pokemon that a gym trainer or rival battle uses. Might end up ditching this one because referencing the wiki constantly will get annoying I’m sure. If I’m playing a kanto game then it’ll be okay, but if I’m playing a version I’ve never played before then I’ll have to be constantly checking when the next battle is.
- Online resources can’t be used (conflicts with the previous rule)
- The “can only catch first encounter” rule doesn’t come into effect until you get poke balls and can actually catch pokemon
- Pokemon you get in preprogrammed encounters are allowed to be caught (legendary pokemon, pokemon given by NPCs, etc.)
[b]: I don’t have the stones to wipe out my save on my actual Blue cart even though it means I’ll probably not play it again. I gotta dump the SRAM because it’s fun to play on a legit cart though.
Wow I launched a bot on mastodon and reddit that posts cheetah pics every day!
I have finally gotten my subscriptions in Lagrange tuned perfectly to where I have a decent amount to read every day (~20 minutes, which is perfect). The main reason I never really browse gopher is that there’s too little content, so I end up saying “I’ll check it once a week” and then it slowly gets pushed out of my schedule. My gemini subscriptions combined with my rss feeds on the web give me the perfect amount of (generally high quality) daily content.
Funnily enough I actually have more content on gemini every day now than I’m subscribed to on the web!
Bought /Into the Breach/ for Switch today on Erik Moeller’s recommendationᵃ, will probably write a gemlog post on my impressions on it and a few other games I’ve been playing lately. Made sure to back up the NSP because I don’t trust the ninty and would like to ensure that I always have access to my legally purchased games. I never pirate games, and so far they only ban Switches that pirate or play cheats online, but I wouldn’t put it past them to ban all hacked switches even if all I do is play homebrew and run RetroArchᵇ. I’ll be happy to pirate if they force me into it though.
[b]: the switch is the best portable emulation platform that’s ever come into existence. i even replaced my vita with it as my main portable emulator (although i still prefer to use my real gba/gb when playing those games)
2021-02-10 11:30 — Certificate Change on 2021-02-11T11:20-06
I am changing my server configuration on 2021-02-11 at 11:20 UTC-6 (Mountain Daylight Time). The certificate will change, the new sha256 fingerprint will be:
Seriously considering taking down my website and just hosting a proxy to my gemini capsule, because I really do nothing with my website and I update this capsule regularly. Or at least I’m going to heavily change up some stuff on my website because right now its layout makes it look like it’s being regularly updated, which it isn’t.
After seeing that a pack of razor cartridges cost $50, I decided to pick up an old style safety razorᵃ because a pack of 10 double sided blades costs under $5. Even though the handle cost ~$30, it’s still less than a pack of 8 cartridges.
I’d recommend it for the cost alone, but my skin is a lot less irritated afterwards, and it actually shaves really good. It took me until my second shave with it (today) to actually get the hang of it, and there’s still a few spots that aren’t shaved very closely, I still need practice going around corners. I never really got razor bumps, but I didn’t start getting them with this so that’s a good sign. Too soon to say anything about ingrown hairs, but I haven’t gotten any new ones so it seems to be good on that front too. I’d recommend
a rant in the style of
"hacker" "news" comments
An Internet can’t be bothered to read an FAQᵃ nor can they understand why other Internets don’t want their protocol to be extensible. A Hackernews bitches that a very specific and unnecessary feature is not in the markup syntax. A blind Hackernews says that everyone disables that feature anyways because it’s annoying, but the other Hackernews immediately say that they’re doing it wrong and that it’s actually the most important feature in the Web™ despite the fact that none of the websites they program at their day job make use of said feature. Other Hackernews are baffled why a protocol designed to be simple and private doesn’t make it easy to track users, because it’s necessary to do so in order to run a Web that serves plaintext.
Another apparently 5-starᵇ Hackernews ignores the fact that you can serve any filetype and don’t have to use the custom markup and then complains that the biggest problem is that there aren’t 6 levels of headings. Hackernews also says the biggest problem is that it doesn’t use blockchain.
[a]: Project Gemini FAQ §2.5: Why not just use a subset of HTTP and HTML?
[b]: A rating system for C-programmers. The more indirect your pointers are (i.e. the more "*" before your variables), the higher your reputation will be.
A few days ago Renéᵃ emailed me about my previous flightlog post (it’s right below this one), saying they put their own copy of GUS up. It works perfectly as far as I can tell, and is actually updated, so I just migrated all the backlink links in the footer of my gemlog posts to it. Nothing against GUS here, but I like to actually use an updated search index so people can actually /find/ replies to my posts when I link to the backlinks. I was debating whether to switch it over since they said they were waiting for a few days of bug testing before announcing it on the gemini mailing list, but I decided it couldn’t hurt. Only way to get half decent bug testing is through real use, right?
geminispace.info - a gemini search engine
[a]: their gemini capsule
Is GUS ever going to update its index? It’s been well over a month and a half and it still hasn’t been updated.
I love how far along I am on my Royal Game of Ur GBA game. I’ve never really gotten past making the art for a game, but I went and finished it first for this so now I can get right to coding, so now I’m pretty guaranteed to finish it as long as nothing comes up to distract me from working on it.
Semi-related, I’m skimming through the toncᵃ GBA tutorial again and discovered a sectionᵇ that brought up an old train of thought. Gemlog post incoming?
[b]: see “think first, code later” under “3.3.1 gba good/bad practices”
I don’t understand fossil’s idea of how git’s history works. Fossilᵃ consider’s git’s history to be “what you should have done,” but that seems to me like they don’t have a grasp on what a "commit" in git is supposed to be, and how git’s history is supposed to work.
However, I still like fossil, and I may even try it out, I just don’t like the misrepresentation of git.
[a]: fossil source code manager
Should I switch from tmux to screen? You usually hear about people switching from screen to tmux, but I think it might be worth it to switch the other way. I don’t have any particular reason to dislike tmux, the only practical reason I have for using screen is that it supports serial connections while tmux doesn’t. There isn’t a lot tying me to tmux either though, I only use the most basic features where it would (presumably) be easy to switch to screen.
I started writing a gemlog post, got a few paragraphs in, and then proceeded to continue rereading LotR and not finish the post. I always have such strong motivation when I start writing something, but it always fades out and turns into a struggle to finish. I want to finish this post and it isn’t too long, so I’ll get it done tomorrow, but it’s annoying to me that I have 11 really good blog posts stuck in my drafts folder because I got busy and never finished them. Some of them aren’t very good, but I wrote enough for them that I can’t bring myself to delete or significantly rewrite them. Whatever, they’re there if I ever get motivation to continue that topic. At least I’ve gotten out of that "production hell" stage and finish up any new writings I start. Hopefully that trend will continue.
I’m creating this flight log today. Hopefully it’ll be a place where I post short snippets and thoughts, because I like to keep my gemlog long-form and slightly more formal. Hopefully it’ll also help me break my mastodon addiction since that’s what I primarily use fedi for.
unlike mastodon, gemini links will actually work here too!
Since I made a new page that isn’t from a template for once, I realized how cumbersome it is to have a go home link at the header and footer of every page. I put it in anyways, but it’d be easiest to navigate my site using your browser’s built in "Root" and "Parent" functionsᵃ. I lay out my site to make it easily navigable in that way. For example, in Lagrange you can use <M-Up> to navigate to the parent directory and <M-S-Up> to navigate to the root directory.
[a]: if your browser doesn’t have those, how do you stand browsing gemini/gopher space?
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