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I'm deep down the rabbithole of playing with classic Mac writing tools. Word 5 is still probably my favorite version.

Just remembered the summer in high school (2004 maybe?) when I somehow got hold of a PowerBook 180 and churned out a big masterpiece of fiction (so I thought) in Word 5. That’s probably the best writing experience I’ve had and I think the hardware and software had something to do with it. I’ve been searching for that feeling ever since.

Might as well make a thread of “guitar things I like that are on YouTube.” Here’s another one.

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Everything about this is cool, all the way down to the drummer’s wallet on the snare to mute it.

Now that I've put all this time and effort into working out a writing workflow on 9front, I'm up against that old familiar foe: I've run out of excuses not to write

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@th SULTAN MANE sounds like a memphis rapper name

Adding fonts to Plan 9 troff is an adventure.

Also reminds me I have an M5Paper I haven't done anything with.

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So I picked up this Handspring Visor I bought because it was cheap and, shockingly, remembered Graffiti without having to look it up after 15+ years of not touching a Palm device. Makes me want to find something to actually use this thing for.

I meant “Not sure why,” but I was half asleep on the couch when I wrote it and I’m far too lazy to delete and repost.

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Not see why but I’m thinking more and more about self-publishing these days.

For a while I had thoughts of starting a really small fiction press, but now that it’s so easy to put out a paperback and ebook at the same time... and since I don’t really have much audience for my stuff anyway... why not?

(Other than the stigma about it not being for “real” writers or “serious” work or whatever, which I am extremely over)

Been learning about troff for the last week.

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troff/groff writing workflow question 

Anybody know of any good troff how-to’s? Pandoc can output .ms files and they work with the groff ms macros, but they don’t work with the ms macros on 9...

I’ve done a tiny amount of LaTeX but never touched troff, and I’m trying to see how much of my writing workflow I can move to 9front.

Brief thoughts on Plan 9 so far, inspired by the SDF Boot Camp:

I think for the first time I’m actually starting to understand what pointers are doing when I read C code. This is a major life milestone.

9 beginner angst 

If I’m honest: still a little intimidated by 9. Diving in to the SDF Boot Camp helps, but at the end of the day I’m still not a very good programmer and my 15-year usage of Emacs/pandoc feels a bit like golden handcuffs.

I love using it, and it feels like a better way is *right there*, I’m just still at a loss for how to rebuild my writing workflow around these tools, and unsure of whether it’s worth the effort.

We’ve reached the “buying print copies of the 9front man pages” phase of the Plan 9 Boot Camp

Weird half-headache today. I assume it’s because the transponders from my COVID vaccine are now connected to the 5G signal.

Apparently I've been using Dreamhost since 2006(!) but I'm moving all my web stuff to Uberspace.

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