.. blah! ideas with no tangibility; ideas with irrelevant supports; ideas without value; ideas' witlessness; ideas' witnesses; ideas- 2022-06-30 O, posts unwritten I didn't get to finish the other day's blog post because I got busy. To be continued! A million schizophrenic moths, a thousand cognitoviral flames. Immolation imminent. I'm out of isolation as of yesterday. I still have very mild symptoms but the CDC says I'm okay to be among the other humans so long as I wear a mask, which I have been doing. 2022-06-28 Now, drug the stricken Yesterday I said something along the lines of "oh, I wish drug companies weren't so secretive about how everything was made" though with a bit more detail of why I wished that and how I understood things to be. My understanding was wrong! <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK526213/#!po=5.90909> ^ Here's how to make acetaminophen. 2022-06-27 Noun doth the Wickedness Today I'm not doing much of anything. I may install NetBSD on an X300 I have kicking around for a friend, and I may upgrade my NetBSD on my X200 Tablet to the latest binary build, and I may clean a little - hopefully I clean more than a little, actually - but that's about it. Day #3 since testing positive with COVID-19. I'm still very fortunate to not have any serious symptoms. My temperature usually sits around 96.9F to 97.5F or so. I always figured the normal temperature was 96-97 but according to WebMD (a very reliable source, I know) the rule of thumb created by "a German doctor in the 19th century" (which is the level of detail I've come to expect from such a reputable source as WebMD) is 98.6F which seems high. Healthline (another reputable source) says the doctor was Carl Wunderlich and hyperlinked an actual study from 2019; Normal Body Temperature: A Systematic Review authored by Ivayla I Geneva, Brian Cuzzo, Tasaduq Fazili, and Waleed Javaid, which is not only readable by Normal Human Beings but has loads more and better researched information than what I could describe here. I encorage anybody interested in the history of our understanding of fever to read that article, with the following DOI: <https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofz032> Anyway, my internal body temperature is usually 36 degrees centigrade, sometimes up to a degree higher. Geneva et alia concluded the average to be in the 36-37 ballpark which means I'm just about normal. Of course, because I've known about my body temperature being slightly cold for a while now, and because it's such a small difference, and because I have no relevant health issues, it's very obvious that my being somewhat colder than normal is completely fine. But now I know it's not even worth bringing up as party chatter. Oh well! The more I learn about NetBSD, the more I like NetBSD. This also goes for possums and my friend Noah. The more I learn about Wayland, the more I dislike Wayland. This also goes for Crissy Teigan and Firefox. 2022-06-26 Down with the Dickness Dawn of the Dead (2004; dir. Zack Snyder) has Richard Cheese's performance of Down with the Sickness, a popular rock song, fifty-six minutes in. Being an existing fan of the Cheese it was cool to see. I defrosted my fridgerator last night. Turns out that's something you need to do. I propped it up on a plastic container and used the hair dryer on it in the shower. Lots of clanging and banging but now it's plugged in and hopefully running. I forgot what it was like to adjust to Soylent. Around a year ago I switched back to a solid diet out of convenience - it's hard to lug around a bottle or two when I could pop into a convenience store and come out with a candy bar and a Monster. That was an esophageal spasm ago - something that feels somewhere between a mild heart attack and being hit by a not mild train. My stomach got too acid or something after one Monster after having abstained from caffeine for a little while. So the drawbacks of Soylent are less noticeable nowadays though I will probably go back to solids when I go back to work. I have a Punkt MP-02 coming in the mail eventually from a friend, or I've been scammed for a couple hundred bucks from a friend, we'll see which is true in a week or two. I'm looking forward to driving over my iPhone with a tractor or similarly heavy machinery though sadly it will probably stay in service as a Spotify + Duolingo appliance. --- there was an ook and there was an eek and they clubbed each other for dino meat wearing tattered clothes, suits and ties, eating raptor noses and puppy eyes one day ook tripped over a paper filled with runes of a busier time eek got mad and threw it with anger into an ocean the color of wine ook and eek died together of swollen armpits and wounds that wouldn't heal eek whispered to his falling comrade ook, of a different world, heard only a squeal -- empirical evidence says you're a myth the physical nothing, the empty, the wisp you're not of our numbers, we've nothing for you we've no words to describe you. run or hang in loops we've killed all your family, we're tracking your friends we'll kill them by sunday, for the crime of self defense you won't get away with being inexpressible we won't expand our vocabulary you are all crucifiable --- 2022-06-25 Down with the sickness I tested positive for COVID-19 last night so it looks like I'm stuck at home for the next couple days. Between my Soylent stash (for the end of the world) and my water stash (for the end of the world) I don't even need to dip into my savings, so that's nice. Yesterday the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade, marking the first time the Court has ever decided to take away Constitutional rights. Four of the majority were men, joined by one woman, and the dissenting opinion was written by two women and one man. No Supreme Court justice is under half a century old. --- REPORT: JUSTICE ALITO CONSIDERING ADDING EXCEPTION FOR HIS DAUGHTER, WHO IS IN COLLEGE AND WHOSE LIFE COULD BE 'RUINED' BY MISTAKE By TRINITY BLAKE; 2022-05-04 WASHINGTON (AP) -- As women across the country fear losing access to safe and legal abortion, reports are coming in that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is considering making a major exception to the court's decision to overturn the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States. Justice Alito has reportedly informed an anonymous source that he 'screwed up' and that though he believes abortion should be illegal, '[his daughter] isn't like all those [expletive] who will go out and [expletive] and then just roll up to a clinic and abort a living child'. In Alito's reported words, 'Having this child could ruin my daughter's career. She made one mistake. She isn't like the others!' Alito went on to say that while doctors who perform abortions are still murderers, '[his daughter] is different. She just is. I wouldn't expect you to understand.' The exception, being called by critics 'Alito's folly', is expected to appear in Alito's third draft opinion. Alito's second draft opinion broadened the allowed language to 'better describe' what Alito called 'party idiots who don't care about human life'. This wouldn't be the first time a Supreme Court Justice has added an exception to a seemingly concrete ruling. In Plessy v. Ferguson the often-overlooked tenth 'diversity' Justice, George Freeman, added an exception to the famous 'separate but equal' rule; 'While I'm required to like segregation in order to maintain my position in this Court, I do not want to use the colored bathrooms. Shop- owners never clean them.' The anonymous source also said after Alito drives his daughter home from Planned Parenthood he plans to continue protesting that same location in his 'special disguise' - sunglasses and a baseball cap. --- 2022-06-22 Dangerous ideas Perhaps the homelessness problem in the United States would be taken care of if any domicile not occupied were given to someone who wasn't previously occupying a domicile. Is it so bad to force a child to share toys with which they never play? A mowed lawn resembles a soldier's buzz cut hair. Fine, but I wouldn't want to date an army man. I would prefer to let the lawn-spiders, the bees and milkweed, and the butterflies and things like that have a home. I deleted my /politics page because I learned people actually read it. Though it loosely reflects my current beliefs, enough that I'm not embarrassed by it, I'm uncomfortable at the thought of anyone actually caring about what I believe. Here are the good bits from it: I don't hold public office. Don't fret about my beliefs, they probably won't ever affect you. BITCHUTE I tried to swap from YouTube to this site back in 2019(? maybe 2020). The site administration has let it get infested with right-wing puppets and various other muck. Plus all my favorite channels left. So I can't really recommend it. Looks like everyone's using PeerTube now, my only concern with that is data resiliency - can hobbyists keep their instances going with the same dependability as YouTube? CEREAL The milk goes after the cereal into the bowl. Corn flakes aren't that bad, despite their origins. Cereal with coffee instead of milk is pretty good. Soggy cereal beats out freshly poured cereal most of the time. Exceptions are maybe Cocoa Pebbles and Cheerios. Life cereal is especially good soggy. The last powdery bits of the cereal are much better than the initial big bits. A lot of that powder is sugar and it sweetens the milk. Bag cereal is just as good as box cereal. Taste-wise they're identical and they're about the same effort to pour because the boxes have bags in them too. The only con to bagged is that a greater amount of cereals are boxed (e.g. there are no off-brand Wheaties where I am) and boxes have cool puzzles on the back (though now that I'm not a wee lass I do have a cellphone on which I play Konami Picross instead). WRONGSPEAK AND WRONGTHINK If you're unaffected by a slur you probably shouldn't use it, even in an educational or non-hateful context. There are some words I'd now consider hateful I used to use without reserve. Personally I don't use hateful language because I don't think it's justifiable. However, if you're okay with offending people, consider this - you cannot grow in your understanding of the world if you don't communicate with people with whom you disagree. You're really going to prioritize hateful speech over self development? If you go on my platform and say things with which I disagree, I should not have to host your opinions. Most of my regrets involving political speech involve saying either too little or too much, which is nice, because at least I didn't support some stupendously awful cause that ended up killing everyone or something. Maybe right now I am doing that without realizing, but I hope not. 2022-06-21 Some things I learned this week Instead of grating vegetables, you can peel very small sections off of them to get essentially the same effect. It works better if you dice the peelings after you're done. A grater will do the job much better but in a pinch the peeler will work fine. A teaspoon is 5mL, a tablespoon is 15mL. They aren't the same. You can never have enough paper towels. If you think you do, you're wrong. Aspirin is bad for you, acetaminophen is especially bad for you, ibuprofen is bad for you, you can have either pain or pain. The GNU debugger is awesome. Compile programs with `-g` and run gdb [program], then execute `start`, then `step` through statement by statement and inspect variables with `print`. I've been printf(3) debugging since I was eight years old (about a decade ago). This is a total game changer. The first pancake is always the worst. Don't be afraid to screw up the first time, instead ensure the environment is controlled so that when beginners make that first pancake the customers don't eat it. People believe the dumbest stuff because they're so used to dumb things happening. You can't be sane in an insane world. Food I'm craving Pizza (good pizza, not something from Pizza Johns or Papa Hut). I could make it myself but dough seems hard and I'm procrastinating learning how bread and stuff works. I also don't wanna go to the store, carry the ingredients home, and figure out what to do with the leftover stuff. Perhaps all my problems could be solved with one of those Hello Fresh startups or whatever but the point of pizza is that it's cheap and delicious and I don't wanna pay more for less. A bagel, but I could always go for a bagel. I'd like some veggie cream cheese right now on a dark toasted bagel. Pancakes. I haven't had pancakes for a couple seasons now. I like pancakes with good maple syrup, maybe not the really expensive stuff in glass jars (I haven't tried that stuff so I wouldn't know) but the stuff that comes in the gray-cream colored pitchers with the small handles and black caps, with instructions on the back for what to do if there's a skim on top of the syrup. Thin, Maine maple syrup, no corn involved in the process. Though Aunt Jemima (or whatever name by which she goes nowadays) is alright in a pinch. I'm trying not to eat so much meat. The exceptions are (a) trying something new, (b) home-cooked meals by someone else, and (c) East asian restuarants. And of course food that would otherwise go to waste. I've found that limiting myself to these situations gives me a pretty good amount of meat in my diet ("pretty good" being a small amount, I eat meat maybe thrice a week at most). I don't have a moral stake in this in terms of animal cruelty, though I do believe farming animals is cruel, because I didn't kill the thing and Capitalists will never voluntarily decrease the amount of product they churn out. I just don't see a future where humans can have meat in nearly every meal and I'm trying to acclimate in advance. As past, so will pass - I'm sure we'll go back to some sort of primarily-grain diet, though maybe "grain" will be corn and corn derivatives and not much else. Meh, could be worse. That being said, I could go for some turkey mixed with egg. In a pan, put a couple of slices (or even just the giblets left over from the slicing process) of turkey beast on some butter as the oil, and crack an egg over it. Break the yolk if the yolk isn't already broken and keep flipping the egged turkey until the egg is cooked. Serve alone or as part of a breakfast sandwich. It's the perfect mix of texture and flavor. I had this with some turkey that would have otherwise gone to waste and it was very good. 2022-06-20: Some thinks I've been thinging about The world would be a more interesting place if any biologists or researchers focusing on transmissable diseases took a look at Internet memes or "fake news" (cognitoviruses). If a policy tangibly hurts people it's not a good policy. Whether or not I believe it's good, if something I supported takes food out of a mouth, I was wrong. Humans come before statutes. Nobody's applied the second amendment to the abortion debate. The intent of the founding fathers regarding the second amendment was clearly to allocate for the self-defense of the populace even if it may be to the detriment of an offending party. Does a pregnant individual not have the right to stand their own ground and fend off entities that will do them harm? Plastic is the new lead. Humans shouldn't be drinking animal milk (I drink a lot of chocolate milk, so this is a dig at myself too). Meat is as essential to the culinary arts as sugar, but it's also as essential to human sustenance as sugar. The next "got milk?" will be disseminated through Internet memes. I'm not in favor of banning anything; abortion or firearms. I think a national firearm ban to some extent may be inevitable but I'm not too torn up about it. A bullet doesn't have much practical use beyond taking a life or practicing for it. I want a Nintendo Wii powered through USB-C. A holocaust will happen before 2050. This game of "telephone" that is generational education didn't impress upon this generation the gravity of the Holocaust committed by the Nazis in the 1940s. The Nazis had a fetish for documentation; the next holocaust will be recorded literally in 4K Ultra HD. In a desensitized world, will that even make a difference for the children of 2160? In the information war that will be World War III, who will win - the Americans, who can't tamp down obvious misinformation such as "Pizzagate" or that the COVID-19 vaccines have microchips, or the Russians, who manufactured these rumors? "Americans" and "Russians" here are not literal names. To me it's conceivable that gender nonconforming and non-heterosexual individuals would be targeted as scapegoats for a future manufactured "struggle" in the same way the Nazis chose Jews to be the primary scapegoats for "degeneration". Outliers are routinely paraded as examples of the queer community by those who wish to discredit it. External parties try to break the LGBT+ umbrella into the "LGB and others" or "lesbians and gays, but not bisexuals". The latter for acceptance (exceptance?) from those who conduct the former. All wins temporary at best. 2022-06-19: Some things I've been thinking about The UNIX philosophy ("create things that do one thing well") is a mandate rather than a suggestion; programs can and will fall under their own weight if you allow them to become too complex with too many things dependent on other things. From a software design standpoint I've found this to be very useful. However, I think focusing on software complexity is treating the symptoms of Bad Computing rather than the disease. The core issue is that humans should not have to change themselves for a machine - the machine should only ever be changed for the human. After all, a computer is simply a tool. Interchangeable (right?), repairable (right?), intuitive (right?), and a means to an end (right?). Lately humans have been having to change themselves for machines. There are easily comprehendable issues - e.g. "I don't have a first name, how do I fill out this form?" - but there are also denser, deeper problems in this regard - in fact, even computer literacy education is itself changing humans in favor of machines. Software should be designed to be basically intuitive to someone that's never used a computer and ideally need no further skills. This probably started with the Old Engineers who were basically breathing computer before computers were even existent in their modern form. Graybeards (women and nonbinary fellows included within this word, use your imagination) didn't need to change themselves for computers because they and machina were already kin. Then they made simple interfaces for the restivus and hoped it was enough, and it was for a while. Once we defeat the status quo, the rest will be easy. The Center for Disease Control in the United States isn't perfect but I trust them a bit more than a bald guy on Spotify. Today's Juneteenth, which is a memory to a pretty cool event, the end of lawful slavery in the United States.