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2021-10-20 13:03

I wonder how old people would think I am if they looked at my capsule and fedi profile with anything that directly says my approximate age removed.

2021-10-02 08:22 — Re: Proof of work

Idiomdrottning — Proof of work

Earlier this year I wrote about bitcoin's energy usage in comparison to the global banking system, and also from a logical “tranaction fees” perspective:

/files/on-bitcoins-energy.txt

While the ecological angle is more important, if you're trying to convince somebody that's on the fence then it might be better to target the crypto asshole's selling points about it being better than regular money (along with every other argument you can make). One thing I think would be super useful is a single comprehensive treatise on the harm of cryptocurrency (and adjacent stuff such as NFTs), free of ad hominem and other fallacies that give the crypto bros easy targets to discredit the article. Unfortunately I'm neither skilled nor motivated enough to write anything like that.

2021-09-21 10:37

I've started shutting down my computer (and all my devices) if I'm going to be away from them for more than an hour or two and I've found it's really helped me reduce my needless computer usage; I'm less likely to go back to my computer just to shoot the shit and will only boot it back up if I actually need to do something on it. It's not too annoying either though because I have my computer tuned to have a twenty to thirty second boot time (most of which is typing the LUKS and login password) so it's not getting in the way when I do actually need to do something.

2021-09-09 13:15 — Re: Searching Through Browser History?

Searching Through Browser History?

Re: searching through browser history

I think an HTTP version of this would be good as a qutebrowser extension since you get access to the browser state and DOM (and it could be written in python instead of javascript). Of course, at this rate qutebrowser won't get extensions until like 2099 so it's probably not even worth elaborating on right now, but it is nice to think about because it'd probably be easier to write and more full-featured than a webextension to do the same thing.

For something simpler and a bit more realistic maybe something that periodically parses the browser's sqlite history file and fetches pages either directly or from the wayback machine and caches them rather than trying to intercept the original request. Obviously would break on sites with login and such though.

Or as the bare minimum just lets you search through whatever minimal metadata the browser stores without intercepting or fetching anything itself.

2021-08-21 17:15 — comitium new feeds

It's been a while since I've gone looking for new feeds to add to comitium, so just now I went through Antenna, gmisub, CAPCOM, and Spacewalk and added a whole bunch of new feeds. I'm still sticking to English feeds because I only speak English, sorry everybody that posts in multiple languages (lots of Russian feeds on Gemini which is interesting).

In adding the new feeds, there's a few minor subtle bugs in comitium that I've noticed that have to do with the way I designed it internally, I might do a minor rewrite or refactor if I can ever stomach writing in Go again.

Also I totally forgot this flight log exists lol. I think it's probably pretty untenable for me to have more than one microblog and I can't easily post here from my phone so I've been mostly sticking to the fediverse.

If you're actually interesting in me shitposting and talking about tech stuff you can find me here.

2021-06-22 17:40 — fantasy consoles

I've been musing about fantasy consolesᵃ a lot on the fediverse. I've come up with an idea for a vector-basedᵇ console, and I really am going to try starting work on it. However, I have never once used SDL, nor have I embedded Lua in a program, nor have I written my own assembly, nor have I written an emulator for an existing console. Pretty much the only thing I have going for me going into this is my pretty deep knowledge of the internal workings of retro consoles.

Well, I guess I'll just learn as I go, I'm about to jump in. If I don't make it out of the SDL docs in the next week then start preparing my funeral

My current planning here

[a]: If you don't know what it is, a fantasy console is a fake emulated console that's meant to mimic the hardware limitations of 1980s video game consoles.

[b]: most fantasy consoles, just like real consoles, use raster-based tile graphics

2021-06-17 17:25 — Re: Re: Small request to Geminauts

Vaguely inspired by to ew0k’s post “Re: Small request to Geminauts”

I think any half-decent Gemini client should have “go up” functionality, and if it doesn't then it's the client's fault that it doesn't support the conventions used.

However, I mirror my capsule to the web, and so I leave the navigation links strewn everywhere so my web visitors can still navigate. I really want to remove them though, so possibly I might update my patch of kineto to add navigation links in the header so I can remove them from the gemtext itself.

Before removing them, I'd like to know how many people actually use them, and how many people use the “to parent” functionality in their client instead.

2021-06-11 12:30 — thoughts on solderpunk's mercury protocol

solderpunk's proposed Mercury protocol.

Mercury is irritating to me, because you could just use Gopher. Gemini is meaningfully different from Gopher in more ways than just "the request is different", while the proposed Mercury protocol is literally Gopher, changed just enough to be 0% compatible. Sure Gopher is suboptimal sometimes, but going with an established but slightly finicky standard will almost always be better than making your own carbon copy with one or two minor changes.

If you want to make something new in very lightweight smolnet stuff, your time would be much better spent writing better software and resources for Gopher rather than fracturing the community by creating a competing protocol (and yes, Mercury would compete with Gopher much more than Gemini is). I know it was just a thought experiment rather than a serious proposal, but when there were discussions on the mailing list about making it a serious new protocol, it hit a nerve with me just because I don't like the thought of fracturing the Gopher community. I already feel bad that Gemini has siphoned some users from Gopher.

2021-06-06 19:35 — the only reason people don't like makefiles is because they're bad at writing them

I just converted DevKitPro's horrible pile of GNU Makefiles for the GBA to a single 86-line, pure POSIX Makefile and a 58-line configure script. It's stripped down a bit to only what I'm using, but bringing it to feature parity with DevKitPro's would not take that much.

See DevKitPro's horrible chain of makefiles:

https://github.com/devkitPro/gba-examples/blob/master/template/Makefile

https://github.com/devkitPro/devkitarm-rules/blob/master/gba_rules

https://github.com/devkitPro/devkitarm-rules/blob/master/base_rules

https://github.com/devkitPro/devkitarm-rules/blob/master/base_tools

And see my single makefile and configure script. It doesn't have anything for C++ or audio, but it'd be trivial to add in.

https://paste.nytpu.com/bTxkMGsm

2021-05-15 15:20 — switched server software

I switched my server from jetforceᵃ to gmidᵇ, should be no changes, the certs are all the same and everything.

Mostly switched because the configuration of gmid is very easy without having to write python code like for jetforce. I can easily set up redirects (the biggest thing) without a CGI script or writing python, the configuration is as easy and flexible as nginx configuration. gmid has a lot of the actually good features of advanced web servers, like being able to reload the daemon without restarting it completely. I also trust C to be actually performant while I absolutely do not trust python to work at even a “reasonable” speed, not that my server ever gets enough load for it to be noticeable anyways.

[a]: jetforce by michael lazar

[b]: gmid by omarpolo

2021-04-29 14:20 — going full gemini

Today I decided to go “full Gemini.” I decided to take down my HTTP site and have my site just be a kineto proxy to my capsule. Now there are those that would say “Everybody knows you never go full Gemini” but I did it anyway.

Now, this isn't as an extreme measure as it sounds. The HTTP-only part of my site consisted entirely of links to my proxied capsule anyways. The only part I had to migrate over was my `files/` directory which acts like a poor-man's pastebin, I'd just rsync files into it. But, I just copied that over to my Gemini directory and it worked all fine and dandy.

However, there is one minor performance issue: /all/ content is being proxied through kineto, including stuff that could just be served by nginx directly. When I first set it up everything was just passed directly to kineto, including stuff like images that don't need to be proxied. Well, I just plopped this in my nginx config to have it directly serve those files:

There, now nginx just serves most of the non-gemini resources in my capsule directly.

I was also very unhappy with my self-written stylesheet so I decided to theme my site like Lagrange. Skyjake's website was already Lagrange-styled, so I just ripped the stylesheet off from that.

Skyjake’s HTTP Gemini proxy.

I first just changed the colors to match what Lagrange generated for my capsule. However, there were a few issues with the stylesheet, and also a few things I just didn't like, so there were more changes. You can see the stylesheet and also a list of what I changed here:

The stylesheet

Also available through Gemini since it's just sitting in my Gemini folder.

Well, that's it. I guess I should mention that I made a fork of kineto. All I really changed was adding a header talking about Gemini, add a little ⇒ arrow before links, and support external stylesheets rather than inline styles.

Check it out here

You can see my new website here. It is obviously the same as my capsule though, so nothing too interesting though :P

2021-04-28 12:25 — A new gempub

I translated The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers to the gempub format.

The gempub specification

Link to the gpub

If you don't know what The King in Yellow is, it's a short story collection, the first four of which are horror stories centered around the titular play, which is almost like a necronomicon. Those stories inspired writers like H.P. Lovecraft and H.G. Wells. There are a few darker or semi-horror stories later, but by the end the stories are romance. Even if you don't like the later ones, at least read the first four, they're really good.

2021-04-21 14:00 — new keyboard thoughts

I have nothing to do for school today, I just finished loading 31 new cheetah pictures into the bot, and I now have nothing else to do today. I guess I'll ramble a bit here.

I guess the only thing I have to write about right now is my new Keychron K3 keyboard that arrived a few days back. I'm really liking it so far, but it is the first keyboard I've ever had that isn't built into a laptop or the literal cheapest keyboard you can get at walmart. The bluetooth has no noticable latency which is pretty surprising, and it feels good without being so loud that I can't use it at night. It's slightly different dimensionally than my laptop keyboard so I accidentally hit enter instead of apostrophe a lot, which is pretty annoying especially on IRC and XMPP. I really like the page up/down and home/end keys though, it's really nice to have those off to the side.

Now that I don't have any more to say here, maybe I'll go for a walk if it warms up. Maybe also try to get into OpenTTD.

2021-04-15 11:30 — re: The Punkt. MP02 Minimalist Phone

replying to bbbhltz's post

For reference for people with little experience with them, PDAs were not meant to be mini standalone computers, they were meant to be companion devices that would sync with your computer. For instance, you'd be taking notes on your PDA, then plug it into your computer, sync up your notes, and keep writing. Or add a meeting on your computer and be able to reference it on your PDA later.

I'm really disappointed that there's no sort of syncing feature. I remember reading about one Punkt phone or another a while back, and wishing that it'd be like what a PDA was. I think a simple, minimalistic device that synced my notes, calendar, and contacts with my computer would be amazing. And since we have the power of The Internet™ now, you don't even need a dock plugged into your computer all the time, you can sync wirelessly. I can obviously just sync up with my smartphone, but 1) smartphones don't have any physical buttons and are objectively the shittyist medium to type on; and 2) there's way too many distractions. While it's /possible/ to have a minimalist experience on a smartphone, the sheer force of will required to do so is beyond my reach.

Honestly, despite the steep price tab if I could get a contemporary, aethetically pleasing PDA-like device I would 100% go for it. I guess I'll keep trying to get JPilot and a Serial to USB adapter working to get my Palm Pilot hooked up.

Or maybe I'll write something for the PocketCHIP…

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.

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