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plan 9 bootcamp screenshot 

attempting to learn more about ape (and npe) by trying to compile Jim Tcl.

I've made a little bit of progress on my outliner, but nothing really interesting or shareable.

Starting to see the value of Tcl as a language for prototyping--you can work very fast, and you can come back and re-implement some or all of this in C if you need to.

I have a bunch of sites, mostly static HTML/CSS, on Dreamhost and I'd like to move them instead of going through the price increase they're putting in place. They don't get that much traffic. What do folks on here use for simple web hosting of a few domain names?

I got in to the SDF Plan 9 Bootcamp starting next week. I’m pumped. Wonder if I can manage to get drawterm on my very locked-down work laptop 🤔

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hp's prank for today: an offer for the programmable desktop from 1968, the HP 9100A/B. Only $4900. (Not actually for sale)

Tcl update: I think I love it. “Everything is a string” seems to fit with the way my brain works.

I’ve read a lot about why it’s bad (and a few counterarguments) and a lot of those objections make sense, but this the closest I’ve come to feeling like I understand what I’m doing writing code.

Tcl is weird, y’all. I’m kind of enjoying it.

I forgot to mention MSYS2 here, but that's absolutely part of the equation as well.

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Now that I have this Ryzen Thinkpad set up, between WSL and VcXsrv/XLaunch, I’ve pretty much totally recreated all the stuff I was keeping around a Linux laptop for.

For people who still need Windows around for various stuff, there’s not really any point in having a separate computer or partition just to run Linux/POSIX stuff you like anymore.

Just remembered that I have a copy of the K&R C book—not the “updated for ANSI C” edition, the original one—that I “borrowed” from my university’s library. I guess I don’t have any more excuses for not getting over my fear of C programming.

Latitude 5290 2-in-1, for the curious. Unsurprisingly, the touchscreen doesn’t work. And it seems to randomly choose a display brightness level at boot. Other than that, it seems pretty solid.

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Installed 9front on an i5 Dell Surface knock-off. Took a minute to get the WiFi working. Now I have two 9 machines, and still not much idea of what to do with them.

list of all the thinkpads i've owned or used 

all of these are not mine anymore unless otherwise specified

* 380ED
* 600
* T22
* X60 Tablet
* X200 (still have and use for 9front)
* X220 Tablet
* X230 Tablet
* T430s
* T14s
* X13 (just got today)

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Got a new Thinkpad today, a Ryzen 5 X13. Gotta say: excellent keyboard. Probably the best Thinkpad keyboard I've used since my X200 (which is still better).

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Up for a challenge? The Interim Computer Museum is offering access to TSS/8 once again. See for details

I enjoy that works just fine in Mothra.

weird generated fiction 

Behind the scenes: I created a corpus of about 100 novels that I like and fine-tuned GPT-2 on that in a Colab instance for a while, and then started feeding generated text back into the generator as a prompt. Thousands of pages later, I started cutting and pasting some tonally-coherent sections together. I like the result.

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weird generated fiction 

here's the first piece of generated fiction I've ever been brave enough to put online. "Seven Signs."

I just finished Don DeLillo's "The Silence" and I have to say, it read like GPT-2 after fine tuning on a bunch of latter-period DeLillo.

I should dig out my experiments along those lines and make a "which paragraph is the generated" one quiz.

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