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What profiterole, if it gains the dessert, only to lose the entree?

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Take too hot for anywhere but here: apoliticality is a privilege.
If you want to "keep politics out of this space" then you live with the conditions that lofty political decisions will have no impact on your life. You don't live a life where the whims of some talking head can determine weather or not you have a place to sleep tomorrow, or when the next time you'll get a meal will be. To be apolitical is to have no concern for the goings-on of the status quo, which means that it benefits you.

It's day two (almost day three now), and I can't tell if I'm falling ill or just completely exhausted.

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Self care is not a waste of time. Self care makes your use of time more sustainable. ~ Jackie Viramontez

The doubly connected edge list was a fun foray into data structures in over the weekend. The reference I used was [1], although now I see that Wikipedia also has a reasonable intro [2].

This structure is useful for representing planar graphs, which are an important building block if you want to generate maps of imaginary worlds.


At 12:30 this afternoon, a friend messaged me to talk about building a good planar graph library in Rust.

12 hours later (with breaks to do childcare, go grocery shopping, cook dinner, process laundry, do the dishes, ...), we have something efficient and memory-safe (using the generative lifetime trick[1]), with a reasonably pleasant API, and passing elementary unit tests.

Time to call it a night.


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To everyone who still makes text-based tutorials, thank you!

I'd much rather follow a text tutorial than wait 15+ minutes for a video tutorial to load.

Your work is very much underappreciated. Thanks again! 💜

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Getting a head cold just in time for this awesome fall weather. I can still enjoy it from the porch, though.

Had a dream about plugging together old hardware and booting it up.

I have decades of more interesting memories to draw from, and this is what gets queued up when I sleep?! My personality must have died some time ago and been replaced with an inscrutable puzzle box, all without the rest of me noticing.

Nope, it's not even a fresh Debian install. /sbin/init doesn't exist, so this must have been a botched attempt at installing a new system. Figures, since the datestamps are all around 2003, which is a long time after I thought I was done using the machine this drive came out of.

I finally imaged the hard drive in my old 486 to mount it and see what nostalgic treasures I could find...

And I see that /home is missing. The last thing I remember doing with this system was messing about with its partitions and filesystems, and it looks like there's nothing but a fresh Debian install, circa Linux 2.2.20. Go me.

The frequency with which, "Neat, I haven't booted up this old computer in a while! Let's see what I left on here," turns into <boot off rescue media> "vi /etc/shadow" depresses me a little bit.

Some old (from my POV, not necessarily in an absolute sense) computer hardware is still kicking around here at the old homestead. Will try to take a few photos to share for the sake of childhood nostalgia.

Long after the last mammal gasps its final breath, somewhere far from Earth, an intrepid alien away team gingerly applies voltage to long-dormant mains. The old facility groans and slowly coughs its way back from death, but too much time has passed. Motors churn sluggishly and give out again, seized for eternity. Computer banks hum briefly before shorting out in a final cascade of sparks and smoking electrolytes.

But in a bedchamber, a dumb, faithful single-purpose device starts blinking 12:00.

So relaxing to be able to write code for myself instead of having to make something for The Corporation.

On leave from work at the moment, so I punched my personal dev setup at home back into shape. Time to un-mothball some projects!

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White kids' racism is a symptom of white racial respectability politics 

Dystopian science fiction isn't supposed to be a template for the future. Case in point: the original Deus Ex posited a secessionist movement in the Pacific Northwest spearheaded by militia groups.

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