1. There probably never will be a back to normal.

    14 July 2022

    "Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."
    --Mal Reynolds, Firefly

    I've been relying heavily upon timed posts these last few weeks because my mental health has been forcing me to choose between being able to get essential stuff done (read: work) and, well, anything else. Come the end of the (work) day, all I have the compute cycles to do is goof off with a side of doomscrolling (because when I don't I get blindsided by The Next Damned Thing). Mostly, seeing the world operate on Covid Standard Time is disheartening and the …

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  2. Mid-year .plan file update.

    07 July 2022

    Well, I've uploaded the latest version of my .plan file once again. All the usual warnings and advisories apply.

    You know, at some point I'm going to run out of ways to signal that I've updated that file again. I keep the contents of my site in a git repo (several of them, actually) with each post post in a separate file. The filename of a given post makes up the slug of the post when it goes live. Every filename in the repo, logically, has to be unique.

    After the events of today (it's the last week of May …

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  3. 2022 GenX Mixtape

    05 July 2022

    Yesterday M.Belanger mentioned over on birbsite putting together a 2022 GenX rage mixtape, which got me thinking along the same lines. Even though due to a number of factors, to be perfectly honest with everyone, I don't enjoy music anymore and haven't for a couple of years, that doesn't mean that I've bulk erased everything about music from my long-term memory. So, here's my "I grew up GenX, was told that the world was going to end when World War III happened, every promise was broken" mixtape. Every song was one I used to rock out to.

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  4. Life in Pittsburgh.

    17 June 2022

    For reasons I don't quite understand I always equated growing up with situations where you can walk into someplace to do something, talk to someone, and immediately have a real conversation about life where you live. I was struck by this when I went to the car dealership to sell my mom's car the other day. While at the dealership talking to the salesman we chatted about where we were from (the yinzer shibboleth of "I'm from Pittsburgh," "Oh - where at in Pittsburgh?" "I'm from X." "I'm from Y, great to meet you!"), which lead to who we knew, when …

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  5. Combining Manticore and Searx.

    13 May 2022

    Difficulty: Advanced.

    One of these days I'll get around to doing a writeup of an indispensible part of my exocortex, Wallabag. I used it to replace my old paywall breaker program, largely because pumping random articles from the web into a copy of etherpad-lite was janky as hell and did not make for a good user experience. To put it another way, when you're looking for a particular thing in your archive it's a huge time sink to then go through and edit the saved document because it's a single huge line of text. At least Wallabag saves copies of …

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