All of that to say:
Whoever you are, you should probably write more if you feel like it. Don't worry about "not being unique" or that you're "just copying something better". Write *especially* if you feel an outsider, intimidated by better writers, "not really plugged into the loop".
Your set of influences and interests is probably weird and varied enough that whatever comes out will be strange and new and uncopyable - even more so if you felt distant and on the fringe in some way.
I got my calculator. It comes with a 200-page manual. https://mastodon.sdf.org/media/q6q-6gHNIwjriPYGC1M
I loved using Graffitti on my Palm. I got a Graffitti keyboard for my smartphone, and it's a bit slower than I remember. More ergonomic, though.
I bought a vintage calculator today. 🤓 It's an HP 12C. Modern, but I went out of my way to buy a used one that was made in the USA. They make them in China, now, and the quality has gone off.
Are you a #gopher person? Then have I got a read for you:
It seems to be a good time to share the words of Cameron Kaiser on the contemporary relevance of Gopher.
I got to play with some m4 macro ideas at a local hacker meetup. I can see how someone could get addicted to this stuff.
I'm looking for a web application I saw that lets anonymous users put up a static, plain text page. Sound familiar?
I see "data breach" being used to describe the transfer of Facebook user data to Cambridge Analytica. It wasn't a data breach. It's Facebook's business model.
Exhibit self-constructive behavior.
@tomasino This might interest you. GNU Make as a static site generator. https://oneofus.la/have-emacs-will-hack/2018-03-06-using-make-for-generating-static-websites.html
The GNU coreutils manual is a worthwhile read.
Being "on the DL" means so many different things.
Web search: "brutalist status report template"
I got a nice email from a complete stranger who read my blog. How quaint! This has never happened to me.