Oh man there was a lot of negativland. And random shit recorded off of WFMU you brought up. But this one is Pink Floyd's "Meddle". Hank's favorite!

It used to be my dream to work in research. I fantasized about joining a PARC or an SRI or a BBN. Now I just make disposable enterprise widgets. It's sad.

Listening to this album always makes me think of my college roommate, Hank. He's basically single handedly responsible for my musical taste.

@deavmi Oh definitely, I'm still on IRC every day, I find it super useful. I haven't actually checked out Usenet in a while, but I still have an account on eternal-september.org, I should try it out again and see what's still up.

Where on Earth did you guys find ribbons for a Model 43? They're unobtainium!

I guess in the sense that our relationship didn't collapse in the process, I did, in a way.

@deavmi I really really miss Usenet. I was pretty active on it from about 1992 to 2000 or so!

Today I spent a long time dealing with Windows on Allen's PC. I don't like Windows.

@bamfic It's not terrible! It doesn't seem to support attaching an image (but it does DISPLAY images), so I'm sending this reply through the web interface so you can see what it looks like.

Oh hello, world! It's my first toot from Emacs using mastodon.el. You know what? This is pretty good. It's honestly a FAR better client than 'twittering-mode' ever was on the bird site.

Anyway, t his is really just a test. Let's see how it works!

I want to write a Usenet-style text based reader for the fediverse. I think that would be cool.

I try very very hard to write comments that I would want to read if I had to dive into someone else's code and understand what the hell it was doing and why.

So I gave up. Instead of writing a content manager as a web application, I’ve developed an export backend for “org-publish” in Emacs, so I can scan a directory with some org-mode metadata in a file and spit out nicely formatted static HTML pages with links to the content. This feels right.

Plus, hey, Lisp! (Well, Emacs Lisp, anyway)

I’ve spent the last few days exploring web application dev to build a very simple content manager, and I have come to the conclusion that they are all terrible.

- PHP: What is there even to say.
- Ruby on Rails: Once a lean and simple powerhouse, now a complex behemoth. Not deployment friendly.
- NodeJS: TypeScript makes it usable, but more frameworks than you can shake a stick at and they break every third day.
- Bespoke Go/Rust/Etc.: Great for APIs, not great for a whole user-facing app.

Here's the DECtalk PC Card in action. Forgive me... I posted it to the bird site first, so I namedrop it.

I got a fun toy in the mail today! It's a DECtalk PC Card, the same speech synthesis system used by Stephen Hawking. Video to follow...

@alice Uggh... mansplaining functional programming and trash talking object oriented design is a huge pet peeve of mine. Actually, come to think of it, mansplaining ANY tech concept is a huge pet peeve of mine. It's like... we all try to solve problems by using the tools we know. When someone comes along and acts all huffy about it or rolls their eyes, they're being the OPPOSITE of helpful.

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