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frequently asked questions

updated 2021-08-18

Are you religious?

The only god I worship is Hatsune Miku.

What are your political beliefs? What do you think about [thing]?

See my political opinions.

I messaged you on [platform] and you didn't respond. Why is that?

I'm not active on many platforms and the ones on which I am active tend to glitch out because I always have weird device setups. If you need to get in touch with me I highly encourage you to contact me via SMTP at the addresses on the site index. Unless you opened with something really weird, had I seen your message, I would have responded.

What genitals have you?

I understand neither why one would ask this question nor why they would expect an answer.

Why "Trinity"? Don't you go by Deven?

I go by both. What do you think the T in DTB stood for? I mostly use "Deven Blake" for formal contexts.

How do you pronounce "Deven"?

It depends. I have the katakana translation of my name on the site index. This says my name is pronounced "DEH vin", which isn't really correct. It's actually "DEH vehn", which is distinct from the name "Devin". In practice you're probably better off just saying "DEH vin", which is what I do.

No, my parents did not curse me with some ungodly unique name; I got it changed (legally) from what it once was long ago. Send guesses as to my birth-name on a postcard: 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE; WASHINGTON, DC 20500.

How do you pronounce "Trinity"?

You leetspeek "tr1n17y". Alternatively you may use the English approximate pronunciation "Trihnihtee". Pronouncing "Trinity" as the Japanese romaji "toriniti" is also acceptable if the other listed pronunciations are too difficult.

How do you pronounce "Blake"?


Are you {antisemitic,homophobic,racist,sexist,transphobic,xenophobic}?

Not intentionally. This one tends to be rhetorical, and from people who believe otherwise. You're welcome to browse my (no doubt terrible) political opinions, which are previously hyperlinked on this page.

What happened to the two-column layout of the site?

Columning on /index.html happened on 2020-10-21 with site commit f36a3215a8bbd0ae9f6b83c9c2b58eabf826a2b7 and was removed on 2021-05-03 with site commit d98a2203895fc3817894b2d99ada84a777b22212.

The issue was that on any modern mobile devices I used (Safari on iOS late 13.x to 14.2 and some privacy-friendly fork of Firefox for Android later) the columns would look weird due to scaling, and on most browsers I really care about supporting (Lynx, Mothra on plan9front, and NCSA Mosaic) the HTML table wouldn't even be rendered. When I tested it it only looked good on graphics-focused desktop web browsers and honestly I would rather have the site be displayed consistently on all devices than have it look pretty. So it bothered me for a while until I got rid of it.

What phone is that?

I use a Unihertz Titan, which is a phone that resembles a Blackberry but is much thicker and has a really high-capacity battery. I do not recommend it. Unihertz won't release their modified Linux kernel (which is a violation of the GPL2) and alternative ROMs suffer for it.

I also have a Pinephone, which I'd like to use as my daily carry but the currently-available software is so buggy I just can't. So far I've tried PostmarketOS with sxmo and Phosh, and the Manjaro with Plasma Mobile with which the phone came. All were unnacceptably buggy but have very exciting potential.

You may have also seen me out and about with an iPhone SE (2016), which I used for a year or so, and which I also don't recommend. iOS is more of a toy than a tool and always seemed like it was discouraging me from creating anything with it.

The jailbreak scene is also obnoxiously awful, filled with equal parts anti-piracy pro-proprietary Apple fanboys and script-kiddie pro-proprietary Microsoft lamers. They will work to prevent the copying and redistribution of modular iOS mods and charge money for even the most basic homebrew apps. Seriously, the iOS jailbreak community is the worst development community I've ever seen. I think 4chan/pol/ is more civil. That I've seen, the only value to iOS devices is their camera, and I'll probably end up going the Stanley Leiber route and just use my SE as a very shiny photograph tool.

Before my iPhone and an abysmal Blu C4 "smart" phone (since given away), I used a variety of feature-phones I disliked.