This blog still isn’t dead yet, but in these troubled times, most of
the tiny amount of focus I can bring to bear on writing is going
towards maintaining covid.house, my new plague
When I was looking for images to use on that site, particularly for
the favicon and the images used in social media site sharing cards, I
did an image search for copyright-free coronavirus pictures, and hit
what is probably by now
an instantly-recognizable icon.
Until I was reading this
the other day, I hadn’t thought about that the reason the image is
copyright-free is because it was made by the CDC…
hey! like (hopefully…) everybody who is able to, we’ve pretty well
hunkered down and are planning to continue our hunkeration until
further notice. unsurprisingly, focus and concentration are at a
premium, so i’ve been neglecting this site a bit in favor of
the bird site — a bad habit, really,
but whaddyagonna do.
a couple weekends back — in, as i’ve taken to saying, The Before
Times — i finally finished porting all the old blog content i still
had over to this site. you can see all 22 glorious years on the
archive page, should you want to. quite a lot of broken
links and a few missing images in those posts, but at least the
content is there. i’m marking it as a “W” and moving on.
finally, while the blogging urge hasn’t been present, the “you should
be journaling this so you remember how fucked up it was” impulse is
strong, my friends, strong. i have laid the first stone in the
foundation of a thing to help with that.
hopefully more there soon.
stay safe, stay sane, stay healthy. talk to you soon.
I’ve been typing on a Dvorak keyboard layout since at least April of
1999 — pretty sure I switched a bit
earlier than that, even, but that’s the oldest blog entry I still have
that mentions it.
That’s a whole lot of years, and friends, in that entire time, I have
never had an actual Dvorak keyboard. I’ve had tons of keyboards that
were set to a Dvorak layout, but that was always done at the
operating system layer, or via some other remapping layer. (Amusingly,
all the really old posts on this blog about Dvorak are mostly me
bitching about getting keymaps to work right…)
As you might guess, based on that foreshadowing, this has changed now
…because a couple weeks back,
I got some good mail.
Yep, Dvorak keycaps for my keyboard.io
Model 01. Look at how lovely these are:
I’ve had “get your web shit together” on my todo list for several
months. This weekend, I finally checked a whole bunch of stuff off
my TODO list:
- I rebuilt the Linode host I’ve had for over 11
years. Based on the notes in the account, I’d
last done this back in 2015. Feels good to just sweep the decks
clean and start from scratch. No more abandoned software installs,
no more crufty leftover
exim mail server. Yay, that new server smell.
- As part of that server refresh, I switched from Apache to Nginx,
which meant learning Nginx. Yay, learning things.
- I also (finally) set up Let’s Encrypt
on all the sites hosted on that server. Yay,
- I gave up on having distinct sites on my .org, .com, and .net
domains, and just set up the latter two to redirect to the former.
www. versions redirect to the bare domain too, because
www. in front of your website in 2020 is a little silly, I
think. Yay for less silly.
- I set up redirects so any old genehack.org links that point to old
blog posts will end up on this site. Maybe cool URIs don’t
change, but at the very
least, the old URIs will keep working. Yay for old crap that’s still
- Both Hack Salem and
SalemTech.Community have nice “coming
soon” landing pages now. Yay, additional projects to replace the
ones I completed.
- Finally, last but not least, sartakulo.us
is also now all shiny and HTTPS aware too. Yay, joke domains.
All that, and
I did yard work!
Quite the exciting Sunday 'round these parts…
From the opening verse of “Routine Pain” (“on any given day I’m a 6
of 10”) to the closing singsong chorus of the titular song “Brave
Faces, Everyone”, the new album from
Spanish Love Songs is chock-full
of amazing songs.
The album is also the answer to the previously-unasked question, “What
if The Menzingers but with, like,
really depressing lyrics”, so I should probably slap a content
warning on any recommendation: the album contains lyrics about
depression, suicide, drug use, unemployment, homelessness, and general
existential despair. But also killer fucking guitars, so it balances
out? Just don’t leave it on repeat for too long.
Literally every song on the album is great, but “Losers” is possibly
my favorite. The closing verse is just perfect:
Haven’t we faced enough
To know this is how it goes?
We’re mediocre. We’re losers.
but the chorus also gives you a feeling for what I’m saying with that
content warning above:
My bleak mind says “it’s cheaper just to die.”
And the prick inside my head’s laid off and daring me to try.
My bleak mind says “this is all you get.
Hoping all this time but all you’ll find is
It gets harder, doesn’t it?”
Check out the video for “Losers”: