1. Mixed thoughts on July 4th.

    08 July 2024

    It's July 4th as I sit outside and write this post, after quite a few years of wondering if I should type this up. But, I figured, I'm not getting any younger and if I ever get around to writing my memoirs I'm going to put this in there, anyway, and there's no guarantee that I'll remember this if and when I ever do. So, here goes.

    Content warning: Gore. This is kind of the definition of trauma for a little kid so if you don't want to read about fireworks accidents you might want to close the tab and …

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  2. Initiation into middle age: Colonoscopy

    20 June 2024

    For starters, let me just say that there is nothing wrong with me as I write this. I used the tag "cancer" up there because this post talks about cancer screening. Also, as I finish and polish this post up a few days later I found out that nothing unusual was found, "You're good, see you in ten years."

    Second, I'll try my best to not be gratuitous given the subject matter. Believe me, the prospect of writing about the far end of my gastrointestinal tract does not thrill me. I'll try to give the topic the gravitas it deserves …

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  3. Migrating fscrypt directories to new drives.

    16 May 2024

    A couple of weeks back I wrote about migrating Windbringer to a new laptop, but something I didn't go into a lot of detail about was migrating the encrypted volumes over. There were a few reasons for this, chief among them that I didn't want to put more information than I already had in that post for the sake of organization. Web search is a clusterfuck these days and I wanted to make potentially helpful information as easy to track down as possible. Anyway.

    Surprising nobody who's known me for longer than an hour, the hard drives in all of …

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  4. Linux on the System76 Lemur Pro.

    02 May 2024

    A couple of weeks back I noticed that Windbringer was starting to act dodgy in the way that Dell laptops do when they're getting long in the tooth: USB trouble, wifi getting weird (he'd only connect to the legacy 802.11b network), power cell not charging fully and refusing to doo so... Dell is remarkbly consistent in this regard. Not too long after that a good friend of mine visited with one of their System76 laptops and let me tool around with it for a while. This started wheels turning in my head because I new that I was going …

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  5. Technomancer Tools: Bookstack

    03 April 2024

    I mentioned not too far back that I'd finished migrating my wiki over to a new piece of software, but it was a little outside of what I'd been trying to accomplish in that post. It seemed a good idea to circle back and explain what I meant by that.

    Don't get me wrong, I quite like Pepperminty Wiki. It's a fine piece of software - lightweight, configurable, it uses flat files for storage, and it's nice and snappy. Especially in situations where the web hosting provider is badly over-provisioned and moderately complex web applications tend to bog down. But after …

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  6. Getting my feet under me again.

    21 March 2024

    I'm still around and kicking, just taking it easy (or as easy as feasible right now). As I write this, we're well into March and I'm trying to be gentle with myself - not forcing writing if I can't string words together (which is annoying when ideas come in the shower), not really looking for anything specific to do, just letting things unfold for a while. I don't have any big projects lined up, nor am I looking for any (I do, actually, but it's going to be one of those "pick at it off and on for a while" kind …

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  7. How did I make it this far?

    15 February 2024

    I find myself asking that question a lot these days.

    Another question I've been asking myself a lot is, what the hell am I going to write in this post? I've tried a few things in the days leading up to this (timed) post, and to be honest they all, upon rereading, sound like I'm some combination of coming apart at the seams, in dire need of a vacation in which I do not get sick, in need of therapy (which, to be fair, I am), and sleeping like I did in high school (which is to say, not sleeping …

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  8. Flipping switches here and there.

    22 January 2024

    I guess I'm as back on my game as I'm likely to be for the forseeable future. I finished the run of paxlovid a couple of weeks back and things only recently stopped tasting like soap. I still get tired pretty quickly. It's not unusual for me to fall asleep around 2300 hours local time, give or take, but I wake up feeling fairly decent. My lungs are still pretty irritated, which has necessitated adding a hit of advair from an inhaler twice daily. Said advair was prescribed because I was using my rescue inhaler to get asthma attacks under …

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  9. I guess my luck finally ran out.

    04 January 2024

    As I write this, it's just shy of the end of 2023.ev. I'm now up and around and functional enough actually think about writing. Not because of any New Year's festivities, unfortunately.

    If you guessed that I caught covid-19 in December, you'd be right.

    I went on travel for a week for work in December, which is probably when I was exposed. It might've been at work, it might've been at the hotel (where, during that week, two wedding receptions and four holiday parties were held), for all I know it might've been at the airport when the TSA …

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