social filters n funnels n functions

so now github are microsoft's little bitch

it was already a filter for those who either didnt know or didnt care or could tolerate or would be coerced by social momentum or other reasons, to be on a "platform", a user-lock-in styled anti-freedom abuser/user of freedom, in irony, admittedly, largely to build freedom...

but now the freedom builders are more moving away, now that it is more loudly anti-freedom, owned by the monopolist tyrant enemy they thought they defeated earlier when they moved away out of its range.

so now the monopolomonstersoft comes again...

highlighting both that github never was a bastion of freedom, and, the monopolomonstersoft never was defeated.

much rejoicing as there was, when getting out of its clutches so far as to no longer be using microsoft windows n instead using GNU+Linux, or BSD, or AROS, or Solaris, or whatever, it was still there, with its modus operandi of monopolising, ...

those who can agree with that outlook move away from github, n it becomes more silo'd


maybe i was right to at least keep my empty hollowed out hull there... so that i'd still be able to interject links to freedom respecting git hosting/publishing/networking solutions in comments n all the silo-only lock-in bullshit of msgithub.


but mostly, the filtering will be effective, cajouling us, separating us... separation still the path to destruction, right? we need means of more connection, not filtration into segregation.

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digital open apprenticeships

wanky title/term... idk, can do better, but that's the first that i came up with to encapsule, or at least to remind me of the idea.

everyone should be teaching everyone else how to do their job.

on your website should be how to do your job.

on your product, should be how to make that product.

on your website and product should be how to not only make the product, how to make the website, and how to do your job, but how to become one who does your job.

and when i say how to, i mean, how you. because "how to" has a potential "the one way" implicity about it... n the point of this is that the way, is developmental n branchy.

but this way also non-destructive.

more preserving.

no more losing the skills n trades of old.

the pedagogic imperative runs through this "digital open apprenticeships" idea.

but in this age, we can afford to cast out all our trade-secrets.

it will only help to hasten the evolution of our species, preserve our old ways, allow developing the healthiest new ways, bringing about (for a contemporary e.g.) universal basic income.

and oh wont that seem so much easier and more sensible to do once we do have a solid social safeguard bedrock to know we have to fall back on and to build upon, without bureacratic byzantine scrutiny, penny pinching, torture, tormenting, coercing and cajouling as is in the means tested wellfare/workfare/benefits systems, no longer having that sharpened teeth of poverty coercing you into "dog-eat-dog", no longer needing hedge on trade secrets, able to engage with an open synergy of knowledge, no longer needing employ hostile anti-competivive(/hypercompetitive) tactics, ...

sorry, distracted mid-ramble, lost my train of thought.

well anyhoo, there's another proto-idea flung out there. :3 for what it's worth.

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dumb, dependence, disempowerment

you may have heard of "embrace, extend, extinguish"*

( * embrace, extend, extinguish, was and is an official strategy of the Microsoft corporation to form and maintain monopolies against all outside the monopoly that could offer genuine competition and co-operation alike. examples reach startling and surprising extents, like systemd. )

but i've just formed the wording at last for this other problematic idea undermining our freedom, corrupting our software, inhibiting our competence, and so much more.

dumb, dependence, disempowerment.

or, as actions, rather than descriptions, that might be formed as

dumb-down, dependify, disempower.

or just dumbing instead of dumb-down. and what is dependify? is dependify a word? lol.

but point being, there's this problematic bar-lowering that happens, while sacraficing paths to learning greater depth n complexity.

i'm not sure all who perpetrate n polute with this dumbing, dependence-inducing, dissempowering software are aware of what they're doing, nor what it causes.

stifling curiosity, censoring, controlling all knowledge, ... if they do not know, if they are never informed... in this reaching for popularity, for simplicity, and in ignorance, complicity or nefariously intentionality removing or obfuscating the fuller potentials, people are no longer facilitated, unfettered, flowing to more knowledge that would have helped them become greater helpers of others.

like the pedagogy, the mutual teach n teach alike, is missing, denied, from even existing, in the minds of those who get abused in their use of such dumb, dependifying, disempowering wares.

where do we go from there, nowhere good, fast.

we need to ensure that the first lesson, inbuilt in all our wares, is the importance of letting there be lessons. and then go on to the freedom, then the specifics of that ware.

i say ware, because i dont want to limit this notion to just software. it needs be open to hardware... and i dont know what other wares beyond those two it applies to too.

i know this is still a relatively rambly post... i know i still need to refine this to a simple message, a clearer way of conveying the insight so it's instantly clear in the minds of any who are told it. like the 4 freedoms defining free software, but better. i need that similar thing for .... pedagogy-ware. and a lot of free software is pedagogyware. but it's not by any means included in free software definition. just a huge, but partial, overlap, of kindred spirit, and essential synergy, even symbiosis. for after all, you cannot have free software without the freedom to learn, that much is included, so much so it's inherent to the 4 freedoms, wherein it says "study".

i say, study's great, but it's for the dedicated studious only, and so, if there's low-bar'ing to be done, it's not to be purely in the realm of use, to catch the popularity, but in the learning. low bar the learning. dont stop the low-bar'ing after the use, like it's just a ploy to catch victims... once they're in, you no longer care to facilitate for them? nah, it's gotta continue, throughout. indeed, only free software lets us have a chance to build in this next principle. you of course cannot have this with proprietary software. anything that appears to, ultimately will stop at the point it becomes proprietary, denying you further knowledge or input, but also, long before that, as the typical emergent property born from the corrupting forcet that inevitably exists in the minds of proprietary software developers. cant trust em. cant trust what you cant see. controlling that which others cannot see (and even if they find a way to, are denied any more, and if they find a way around that, then monstrous entities come chasing them), leads to that corrupting "power-over" addiction and ethics undermindingness.

i'll work on refining the message yet...

but i'll just add a lil ramble to remark (re-emphasize(?)) on how while there's the importance priority of pedagogy, cant have the pedagogy without the freedom (like gotta install the freedom first, like a dependency), and without the pedagogy, you risk losing the freedom.

some might just think this a mere matter of emphasis.

i think it's vitally important. core.

i also think it will be more important to the end users. to most, the freedom offered in the free software definition is intangible. this will help make it pertinent; this will make it ever present, upfront, active, and not only tangible, but tangified(?)~ used, in use, every day, every interaction.

where instead of a click, and then the one action followed by nothing, there would be a click, and then accompanying the one action, there would be cascades more. awareness gifted, to all, not just the studiously curious and persevering.

can you imagine the wealth, the noospheric wealth, this will cultivate in us all?

can you imagine the wealth, the noospheric wealth, this will cultivate in us all?

can you?

can you, imagine, the wealth, the noospheric wealth, this intrinsic pedagogy imperative, will cultivate in us all?

can you imagine?

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children should be seen and not heard

a notion for a communications hub/forum/network/chan/thing

a feature where by, as one implimentation first envisioned, users would be able to mark/vote/tag/tally other users as children, and then instead of them being ignored/muted for that user doing the marking, so the user marked cannot be read by the user doing the marking, instead, iiiiinstead, the user being marked gets muted to everyone else.

buuut! importantly,

it's not an outright muting. they're not silenced completely.

their content, their input, is still there, it's just truncated, so that, if someone wants to read it, they can, with one extra click. unlike everyone else's content that's still visable without clicking their line that expands to show their content.

it's so they can be seen, but not heard.

if you get my meaning.

it's not an ignorance n exclusion system that outright sends all the nazis n every other obnoxious n nefarious clique off into their own echo chamber.

and ... i cant help but envision it with some other idea i had, which i forgot what i called it (if i ever came up with a name for it at all), where it's increments, rather than absolutes, and everyone else has their own custom increments too.

so it's like dialing up n dialing down priority...

handy for when your steam is flooded with noise about everyone's mundane minutia n tabloid sensationalism n advertising spam etc, and handy for not succumbing to "everyone just votes 5 stars", having teired increments (i think i had like 4, that were 1 to 5 to 9, giving like 2 or 3 of the 4 in the end user's hands, or somehing... idk, i think i blogged about it a while back.)

so with this children-mode (no, lets not call it that), this csbsanh mode... coupled with that priority system...

mmm. pertinent info gets to the fore, no one gets marginalised, and everyone gets to improve not only themselves and their own conduct (with help of being measured by their community), but also get to improve their community.

it's a kind of cleaning up the neighbourhood feature... without any genocides or democides or "gentrification" etc. everyone's still there. everyone's learning from the more wise.

oh, that's the other thing... you gotta include the 3rd thing...

qualitative measures.

i'm thinking strong preference for aptitudes.

i've seen a sneek preview of an aptitude test... a battery of tests to determine your aptitudes, gives you lil quotient scores just like for iq. n break iq up into multiple parts too (which you may have seen in some iq tests).

so like, there be wisdom, yo.


mark that up.


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eep bedrock poki nears

eep. next release of bedrock is getting tangibly closer... weeks to months, seemingly comfortably doable for 2018 now, with latest chirpings from lead developer "paradigm" in #bedrock on irc.freenode.net

why eep? why not yay?

well, i considered putting this in my health blog. short of it ... i've not done well to focus on my health so i'd be well enough for the geeking involved.

once it's out ... i might just jack this devuan.


i need focus on my health still. (will spare the elaborations on that for relevant blog).

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nanoblogger so cute

nanoblogger so cuuuuuute

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Back to my Digit's Nix Blog.

really i only remembered this because i was looking through memoserv, and saw the old missing hyphen typo correction message.

my geeking hiatus is supposed to be continuing. supposed to be looking after my health. so... i dont suppose i've much geeking to blog about here.


yup. i got nuthin.

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slapdash first attempt at top 10 software-libre developers

this is being rattled out as quick as possible, so likely in wrong order, n missing key individuals. heck, i'm even likely to get their real names wrong/muddled/incomplete.

here goes...

1. Daniel Thau. (ParadigmComplex)

2. Denis Jaromil Rojo (jaromil)

3. Richard Matthew Stallman (rms)

4. Daniel Robbins (drobins)

5. Theo De Raadt (tdr?)

6. Eric S Raymond (esr)

7. Philip Newborough (corenominal)

8. Matt Adereth (adereth)

9. Derek Sivers

10.TMM (or was it zPlus?) (and other peers of freepost)

and a quick why for each:

1. Daniel Thau. (ParadigmComplex)

Bedrock Linux

2. Denis Jaromil Rojo (jaromil)

dynebolic, dyne.org, devuan, other inspirational talks on freedom

3. Richard Matthew Stallman (rms)

gnu, fsf, emacs, tireless freedom advocacy and unwavering ideals, stallman.org

4. Daniel Robbins (drobins)

gentoo, funtoo, portage, choice, ease of management of complex arrangements of local source compiling

5. Theo De Raadt (tdr?)

Open BSD, OpenSSH

6. Eric S Raymond (esr)

The Cathedral and the Bazaar (instrumental in converting me from a wintard), and other quotes & concise restatements of software development philosophies

7. Philip Newborough (corenominal)

crunchbang linux, brought many out of KDE/GNOME into exploring customising free software desktop environments made out of lightweight components.

8. Matt Adereth (adereth)

inspirational emacs, clojure, keyboard design (and history) and d.i.y. construction talk.

9. Derek Sivers

many an inspirational talk/blogpost

10.TMM (or was it zPlus) (and other peers of freepost)

much needed alternative to proptietary github. notabug.org

i may bother some day to make a more refined version of this list. for now, i'm happy with this... even though there are quite a few pained ommissions, i realise right before i post this.

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salivating over chameleons

help me

every time i see suse's logo, i get attracted to it, almost mesmerised.

it's the best distro logo.

i know the distro's utter sharn. not at all what i want.

but that logo still gets me.



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long time no blerg


has it been that long?

been a rough year.

and some chinese horoscope thing graphed my health luck as really high for 2016, and a horrible plummet for 2017. i hope they're utterly wrong.

ailments really got in the way of my geeking.

anyhoo... this isnt dob, this is dnb.


geekings updates:


much progress and subsequent procrastination on my custom keyboard plans when progress lead to too much elaborate fancy...

... and also...

I have a 3d printer now... havnt even taken it outta the box it arrived in yet though, thanks to messy bedroom procrastination (in part because of ailments hindering me).

there's hemp fillaments for 3d printers too!!

so my keyboard will be made from hemp! woohoo!

if i ever manage to get that project as far as construction.

it's been getting designed in blender, and the project can be followed at this thread over at geekhack:


so... that's the progress update for dak dealt with.

erm... what else...

oh... Elite:Dangerous. i used to mention it quite a bit, spent quite a small fortune on equip for it (did i mention anywhere in my previous blog posts that i have an avegant glyph? ... i have an avegant glyph. ... it doesnt really get used, and wont likely until i get Elite:Dangerous...) but I'm increasingly unlikely to see that game, as there seems increased reluctance for a Linux version... despite that being dangled infront of us in the kickstarter, n the only reason i spent all the money i had at the time on supporting it. well fuk u braben very much.

I've been having ample elite satiation via pioneer space sim. a lonely space exploration/trading game. it's luuurvly. fully foss. sorta like a cross between elite2 (f) and 3 (ffe).

ok, so it's not a real spaceship, like we all could, and should have, and would, if not for the crypto fascist bs keeping us all pinned to earth, under pretence that the iss n the various petty probes we send out to the planets are the pinnacle of our spacey potential so far. pah. gimmie my zero-inertia propulsion vtol submarine car ffs. spaceships for everyone. lets end this manufactured scarcity guff n cease harming the planet to maintain that pretence already.

we could be 3d printing our own spaceships. we could each have our own 3d printer onboard that can print another 3d printer enabled spaceship for anyone else we encounter, who could then go on to do the same for anyone they encounter. matter energy conversion fancy stuffs on top of zero point tech... ... all that with foss n fosh... or will we at that point cease needing such a distinction, and rms's arguments against the term free hardware (in its kinship to free software) be no longer relevant, n we'll be talking free technology then. free speech. free technology. freedom of movement. freedom of technology. that's all viable ... or are the greys stopping us clumsy apes from running wild with it... much as we tend not to let dogs drive cars. ? :3

ok ok, back to earth... what else in this update...

I'm on devuan these days.

(oh look! at last, mention of nix stuff... the bloody point of this blog. lol. i suppose i just had a lot of rant i needed to get out.)

so... this devuan's likely to get bedrock hijacked come the new release, which i expect early in the new year (or maybe even sooner... paradigm's off work for the seasons geekings now... so, bedrock development is happening now.)

It's been a while, so i forget what the new features are to be... was it easier install n brg? yeah. brg. bedrock get. easier distro strata acquisitions. twill make playing n testing more expedient. should help get it more robust n towards dropping "beta" from its releases.

without-systemd.org's much loved by me. even started contributing to it earlier today. hehe, added bedrock to it.

and being such a systemdsans kind of nix user, any distro i choose to hijack, or add as a strata, wont have systemd.

that simplifies the choice quite considerably.

past few days i've been meaning to get a dragora install on the go somewhere somehow. considering a qemu vm for it.

it hasnt happened yet.

been too feeble.

also... i kinda still should be in my dont-over-do-the-geeking-and-focus-on-your-health mode. that's why i'm on devuan this year. to keep it simple.

that itch is growing in intensity though. many curiosities n desires to get geeking.

i started using open of~ libre office.

got a spreadsheet for my ailments and food/nutes/poisons. it's proving quite useful for helping me keep track of the stuff that helps n stuff tha harms, various ailments. an ongoing work in progress that i may publish once it's better padded out, n less gaps. likely will have it show up in dob.

ok, i suppose that will do for now... i should go n try defeat this utter crunt of a headache, rather than struggle on updating dnb just because i've not posted in months n months.

there's more to say, but i'll say it next time.

ps, note to self... remind yourself how to do links with nanoblogger properly. is it just htmlness? yep it is, if this works

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so i suppose i should make a blog post rather than spewing all my bilge in irc. ^_^

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i have been combating ailments.

i have been making my new triple monitor xmonad config https://notabug.org/Digit/dribble

i have hijacked my funtoo with bedrock. ... oh that's right... i suppose i should have started with this. THE NEW BEDROCK IS OUT! got its official release stamp of aproval. bedrock nyla is here!

i hijacked last night. im still being a timid wimp. havnt rebooted. scared. things are nice right now. ^_^ ... what if things arent nice after i reboot? ^_^ it's quite probable that things here n there got a little janked by the process. still beta.

i have been going for walks... got a pedometer with proprietary software n crap... wanna get mine foss'd.

i have been further procrastinating and delaying playing elite:dangerous... mainly because it means "windows". basically converting this workstation of infinite promise, into a gamestation of one purpose.

i have been cooking.

i have been putting my big tiny font collection into a repository, past all my pleepin with lame reasons not to. https://notabug.org/Digit/dbtfc

i have been falling in love.

i have been exploring more possibilities of transfering /some/ clfswm-like behaviour to xmonad.

i have been watching more aubrey de grey and tedmed talks.

i had gotten lost in clicking next through the past year+ of commitstrip. laughter is healing, but that got addictive, n that cant be healthy.

i have been enjoying the geek comunity. :) esp #freepost on freenode

i have been getting back into trance more. mpv http://somafm.com/thetrip.pls

i have been bouncing off the walls with excitement for bedrock.

i have been driven mad that we're not all in flying cars already, or working towards it.

i have gotten into poetry (again) and even haikus (a first for me).

i see mars, i see stars, i see distant flying cars.

that wasnt a haiku.

that was a little ditty i had scrawled besides a rough design for a wearable bi-telescope helmet thing.

i have been continuing to make new fonts.

i have been doing house designy type things here n there when i can let it be non-stressy.

i have been imparting upon others the value of hemp, n using it wherever i can. i now can dress myself from head to toe in hemp... only just tho... indoor clothing only so far.

i have been enjoying the kinesis advantage. might make some macros to help make emacs smoother.

i have still been thinking about what i'd do to make my own keyboard, and/or addapt the kinesis... i'd add nav-nips to both sides anyways, thats for sure.

i have been pondering making a libreware 10 quid laptop from parts (seen those baby pi now?!) :O

i have been watching limitless, scorpion, elementary, the big bang theory, and the expanse.

but mostly its just the ailments. ^_^

im probably just writing all this to further procrastinate, not rebooting into my hijacked funtoo, now bedrock.

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another lost luminary

jay daniels, how do you feel now?

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order salad from emacs

i want this in my area


my health would vastly improve.

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importance of kiss

with kiss, there's practical real world valid potential to the concept of "more eyes, shallower bugs. sufficient eyes, all bugs shallow."

with increased complexity, there becomes a serial multitude and plethora of disencentivisations discouraging eyes to look upon the code, to understand the code, to see the bugs.

not a call to popularity. one can increase complexity to beyond potential for ANY number of eyes to have any chance of shallowing bugs, let alone making ALL bugs shallow.

tis the concept that most alured me to the foss side of the force. ;)

many eyes.

when something grows to such complexity that no new eye dare look, ~or even to diminish the number of eyes is still too high a price.

i am very keen on the idea that /everyone/ could and likely would look at the code they are running.

this is absurd and far out of reach for us. either the code gets less, or we vastly accelerate our coding capabilities beyond our current biology, and beyond even some of our wildest sci-fi notions.

looks like the code need be kept simple then. in reach.

to let it slip, is to creep in an insidious flaw in free software, to let in malicious features. taking away the 4 essential freedoms isnt the only malisciousness that can be perpetrated upon mass.

all the horrors that spill forth in the dark of proprietary closed-source freedom-restricting "over-a-barrel"-licensed software, the spywares, the malwares, all those nuissance sequestrations of your ram n cpu n hd space to send you subliminals, open your cameras up to perverts or unlawful governments, or steal your bank details or passwords or whatever else, all of that crap, can be slipped in, once no one but the cabal are looking close enough.

have i scared you into learning some code? i hope so. best way to learn, i hear, is to read a lot of code.

have i endeared you to the importance of kiss?

if not, i hope i can.

kiss isnt just a benefit for being a way to prevent something unpleasant (understatement). keeping code simple, keeps it human maleable. on the fly coding can become meaningful. even blur the lines between what's configuration and what's editing code. as use. such that use is development.

and yes, you might say that would lead to bloat. but would it? you might say, yes, it has. free software might be said to be that, in the examples seen, through GNU particularly.

but look at stali. it's quite gnu (despite profestations of being non-gnu, it's still gnu in so far as *it's not unix. so at least nu. ^_^ point being it's small, closer to the human maleable, to give example that free software is not an inevitable trudge to bloat... indeed look at the comparison, proprietary, and how much it bloats. the ratio is amusing. but then, there's bloat and there's bloat... but lets not get into that... or lets...

emacs. emacs is an example of software that retains its attempt at keeping it human maleable such that there's a blurred distinction between coding and configuring. indeed it's jested, not undeservedly, that emacs is a whole operating system, given the bredth of its capabilities. so that bredth makes it perhaps seem /big/. might say bloated. might claim it's all functional n purpusful bloat. but since use and configuration are closely entwined (and configuration and coding being a somewhat blurred distinction), there is at least a path that retains a fluid connection for users to utilise their eyes, keeping all bugs shallow.

special cases you might say then... or, for sake of exploring the potential...

imagine your whole operating system could be read in ... minutes. with photoreading, at a glance.

how shallow then are your bugs?

you might think, but then it'd be capable of nothing.

you'd be surprised, how concise some coding languages can be, how much some coding concepts can leverage and amplify how curt and concise the code can be, how much some clever fractal savvy can do, and how many other things there may be for us to encounter and/or develop.

so imagine you have all the capabilities you need, and more, from a screenfull of code. how shallow then are your bugs?

and actually seeing the real code of it too... i know this might seem like a silly idea if u thought i just meant seeing a pageful of the aliases to much larger pieces of code elsewhere. no. i mean all the code in its entirety.

heck idk, does it even need to be binary? how long before we speak dna inspired code/language?

i could have stopped this blog post at any number of punch points, like a straight-arm microphone-drop moment, like pressing the emphasis button on it... but instead i've got off on a wild sci-fi tangent n ruined my chance to be up on the podium with some title like president or guru. good. ;p


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gnu or snow

gnu/linux or snow/linux?

gnu="gnu's not unix"

snow="systemd's not obviously windows"

... i choose gnu/linux.


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soon soon soon

i'm still caught in that moment of child-the-day-before-christmas*

*or whatever similar religious festival hijacked by commercial urge to sell toys and toxic confectionary to children. ^_^

soon. bedrock. soon. eeeee. *bounces off walls with excitement*


saw this now too: https://github.com/sabotage-linux/sabotage/blob/master/COOKBOOK.md thnx tax. will need to put in witchcraft.

also wanna try some sabotagelinux magics in my bedrock too.

... i'm still straining to come to terms with the new adjustments in bedrock conception coming up for nyla. like, uhh... ~_~ iunno.. no core anymore... that's gonna be a mind bender with hijack installs until i see it in action. :)

there's been a lot of (in style of quatto) "empty your mind, empty your mind, empty your mind"* to get rid of past conception of bedrock, n make way for new, so i dont keep tripping up over old notions no longer relevant, n stick to learning it as new.

* yes, i know quatto said open your mind to quade (and no i dont know the correct spellings of their names), not empty, but empty is what i'm saying in that style of quatto. ;p

i might make a multi-fallback. y'know, like, "6 is breached! fall back to position 5" hehe. the fallback strata will be nice, n doubtless used often by me when i go meddling. though i'd like to think i could keep things straight enough that if i made my own minimal systems i could get into them to use as my custom cushy fallback.

y'know... insta heats rather than meal bars. ;)

something just a little more pleasing than the ultra make-do. but still... simple, minimal, basics&essentials-complete, buuuut, just, y'know... um... give it dvtm n such. ;) so it's not just busybox.

heck, maybe one of the "fallbacks" could be just good ol systemrescuecd! :D ever ready there for when shit fucks up, as it alegedly invariably inevitably does, as coroborated by all but the most recent past experience, and it's still inconclusive as to whether or not this recent no-shit-fucked-up will continue for eternity

idk wat else to add ~ i add, returning to this still sat here on another desktop, dormant after hours have passed.



i have reinstated my great wall of backenter. a small piece of thin card placed between return and backspace. who ever thought that was a good design... make those two keys next to each other. ... oh what horrendous consequences in irc. :> it sticks up about a milimeter above the keys, hopefully just enough to prevent that happening again. i have even written "the great wall of backenter" upon it... should some day i forget why it is there. ... maybe some day this will be popularised among those who's keyboard designs are likewise so with neighbouring backspace and enter. ... and they'll eventually abreviate it to gwob, and people will ask each other if their keyboards are gwobbed. "hey, jonny, is your keyboard gwobbed?" "mine came pre-gwobbed with a built in factory gwob. do you have a gwob?" "i dont need a gwob, i have a row of keys between my enter and backspace".


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pre-bedrock sit-rep

just gonna jot down a quick sit-rep in the days before this next bedrock could be ariving.

last sun, we got a clearer picture of how soon we /might/ expect the next bedrock release. could be as early as this coming weeken (tho more likely end of the month, or later ~ i'm guessing).

so... my boxes:

big rig: planned for e:d (now aka "brabenspace")... so not really in this. 2nd 3008wfp monitor enroute (after delay), ordering 3rd soon. however, it may likely still get bedrocked (still has alpha4 available). ... if, after the x60t and one of the rpi are bedrocked, this box's void might get hijacked. ;)

x60t: a partitioned space was made for bedrock nyla the moment it gots it new hd, long ago at the start of the year. oh yes, no mistaking it. it ready to go. it has been ready to do this, for a hefty duration.

r-pi 1: hooked up, ran paradigm's earlier test fetch n build script on its raspbian. conveniently just a switch to hdmi, n i'm on the pi when sat at my big rig. i have a high-speed (16 arbritraries!) card i might use for a clean bedrock install from the ground up. will be fun.

r-pi 2: small card (+adapter) enroute. hopefully arives in time for the show.

netbook: yup. shall bedrock even it. will be nice to have 32bit bedrock. :)

testbox: meh, no point bedrocking it rly.

other old boxen: nahhhh. not gonna get silly trying to bedrock any ancientware.

so, unless brabenspace announces that i can land on earth, that'll be all my main boxes going from void (or freeslack (netbook)) to bedrock. void (and the trisquel and nixos before it) were only ever intended as "an exploration", a gainful filler until this bedrock release.

what am i putting /in/ those bedrocks?

hrmm. void, slack & gentoo, looks the way of it these days. for the basic solid main players at least. i'm likely to be avoiding distros that have caught the systemd infection.

soon.... it's coming... soon.

(ah good, that was better than filling irc ( #bedrock on irc.freenode.net or other chans ) with my yammering about it)

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milliion years hypercube

lol. just noticed in my last entry... i think i was using strata as if it were the singular. what, so now i'm mildly dyspraxic as well as dyslexic? ^_^

all the better for creative thinking, my dear.

so, i (hope i) am coming out of a bout of unpleasantry... suffice to say, 30 somethings rrrrly cant eat almost nothing but litres of icecream in a day, n then go out n do intensive manual labour after months of lethargy.... nearing 2 months later.. n things are for the first time, looking up.

so, i can get back to funtime geeking (i hope), yaaaay!. *touches some wood... no idea why that's a relevant thing to do though, but does it anyway, just to help facilitate a mental leaning towards the desired outcome in hope of some quantum entanglement influence*

obligitory wtf u doing now: sat in a 4pane tmux, typing this in emacs from nanoblogger in my ssh'd sesh to my kimsufi box in the bottom left, above it, my local emacs with erc for irc doing most of the action, and the right two panes are lynx and elinks in a battle to determine which becomes my fave (available (since voidlinux dont haz links browser in repo)) tty-friendly browser. ¬ all on my big main box, that's sortta getting a last hurrah in its current state... tho to be honest, that's not really why i sat down at it... will the ailments it was getting too uncomfortable to sit at the x60t. ... its upcoming statechange is twofold. the first, the parts are here already, and i've just been lagging in getting them installed on account of A) the illness, B) it a fangled involved process just to get the box detatched n out to somewhere it can be worked on, to say nothing of then getting it back in there... C) n it not essential, n D) i just meh E) i kinda knew the next augments were in the pipeline, n better just the one disruptive adventure moving heavy components around n crawling into difficult places to meddle with wire spaghetti... so, what specifically? 3 sticks of 8gb to max out the mobo with the sweetspot fastest ram she can handle. n the next? a flippin woppin humungous 30inch 2560 x 1200 monitor! ... n it's just to test if i can put up with the 8ms refresh on it (ooooh but the 3000:1 gonna look so much more pimp than a mere 1000:1), so as long as it doesnt overtly problematic (without trying too hard to see a problem), then two more will be bought too, n my monitors will finally be of this millenium. ^_^

so, thats wtf im doing now, n the context of what's next too. ^_^ still voidlinux on my two main machines, the test rig, but freeslack on the 32bit netbook, n when some gemini minded genius inocently amidst an exploration of source based distros, pointed out the 32bit-only-ness of gobo linux... n so, that's likely to happen there once i get my big n FAST sd card for it n suss how to get that sd card to play nice with the multiboot. had only a little experience, n all of it troublesome n problematic with those lil pseudo drives.

erm, right.. there's loadsa thoughts n distractions... kinda got mania on the go wanting to burst out n carry on with life after been so incumbered with ailments over the past couple months. erm, erm... maybe it was something about bedrock i wanted to ramble on about. ... no, no, i do that all the time. something else.. ^_^ meh, gone now... or maybe i covered it n had less to say about it than i thought, or maybe i forgot to say the more about it, idk. ^_^ if this blog post is down to this level of ramble i suppose i better wrap it up....

so... i'm a 30 something now, as proven by the great icecream lawnmower debackle of 2015. but i'm still the 4 year old. ~and i'm still the 7 year old. ~and maybe still the 14 year old a bit too. ~and the 17, and the 19. and definately the 25... with the help of a coctail of numerous substances i wont mention here (i'll save that story for another blog) and a summer solstice (and a beach n a campfire ~ if they helped too), i became a million years old omnidirectionally, even hyperdirectionally. ... which is as nice a thought as it is... immense. almost daunting if it werent so empowering at the same time... though, empowering in a responsibility sense. no, i dont expect that will really mean much to hardly anyone, but it's put out there all the same*.

*fingers rly wanted to type time there instead at first, n then as i fought them to type same, they were still going for time initially, n then for space. )_) curious quirk just on what i thought was to be the final word.

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someone (not just someone, but xeirrr!) just pm'd me that my blog's useful. O_O

spose i should make another post.

short one though. arm is in a sling.

myt as well paste my pm reply to the enquiry... it's about as much as i update regularly anyway.

the questions were: Which distro and Window manager do you normally use? Which font?

currently am using void linux on most local machines, planning to go back to bedrock linux once the next version comes out. still a gentoo fanboy enough to keep it running on my server. xmonad, specifically my configuration which i call "tabular boonad". font... i make my own, n use them exclussively. http://ks392457.kimsufi.com/stuff/fonts/?C=M;O=D wastage, pcf and tydls feature prominently over the past few days.

i actually only got back to xmonad yesterday (or was it day before maybe), it not being directly available in void linux's repo. had been using spectrwm for all this time with void. spectrwm's still my wm of choice to put on a live compact system with tiling ootb ("rowan"'s deskfig), and as nice as its default featureset is, even above vanilla ootb xmonad's for the most part, eventually it does wear out, n i seek things it cannot do. so it was back to xmonad i had to go... n i prefer to stick to the repo no matter what distro i'm on, so i had let many weeks go by, dismissing a fellow void user's reccomendation to get it through cabal (and also because have had bad cabal experiences in the past)... but yeah, eventually it came to that point i nnnnnnnneeeded xmonad and tabular boonad and my scratchpads back... so cabal it was. and y'know what? it was fine. idk if that's all more praise to void linux, just good timing, or if because that's how it normally is with cabal, n all past times i had only ever seen it when there was likely to be something wrong anyway. heh.

so it is all good.

xmonad via cabal in void linux is full of sufficient just works charm n relative effortlessness... relative to cabal expectations that is.

this further adds to the joy of it.

void seems likely to be my main quick-grab binary distro in bedrock... might even try hijack it. then doubtless i'll eventually end up with an AUR strata, maybe a deb/ubu repo-fest strata too. gentoo and exherbo will be there too. as will nixos and guix sd. much respect to the ~\/~ of course it will be there.

yep, so even though i've not been running bedrock for months, it's still foremost on my mind, and i still see myself as a bedrock user, n a big ol fanboi of bedrock linux.

How about vsido?

it's still there on my main rig's multiboot, preserved, precious. still at least half the partitions on my test rig are vsido too.

when i set up a sid strata in bedrock, a lot of the apt configuration i take from vsido.

iirc, i paypalled a little support vsido n bedrock's way, just a little before i got into void, iirc. might do that again in a few weeks/months. including guix (/ guix sd) and void this time too.

xeirrr informed me vsido, upon dist-upgrade, wants rid of systemd n sysvinit back these days. :) excellent. at time of writing idk if that's vastone's efforts, or if the upstream have relaxed their capitulation to coersion into the systemd debackle. whatever, it's very welcome. :) awesome to hear it's in that state of itching to remove systemd. very good news to me. in a sense, i only got into void because it lacked systemd which vsido was still coerced into having from debian upstream.


runit is nice.

but indeed, the wealth that is debian... many of us still do have an eye out for the systemdless path with debian. from iso until eternity. some of us rrrreally dont like the thought of ever having a systemd infestation, (or ANY kind of lennartware infestation, we've come to learn), from our own innocense, just having it hoisted upon us one day... ugh no. it's abhorrend. one wonders wtf the debian steering cabal capitulates were thinking to ever have made such a move.

aaaanyway.... i try not think about that.

no systemd here.

glad there's continued rays of hope from sidside. voidside, gentooville, and the town of bedrock, these places impose no such systemdickery. ;) safe.

though bedrock doesnt prevent you having it either. er, tho nor does gentoo... but anyone using gentoo will know how to set a couple useflags in their make.conf n they'll never need be bothered by it if they dont want, so it's still a non-issue in gentoo the land of choice. and as much as that's still valid to call gentoo the land of choice, n choice is still what gentoo's all about... it's kinda laughably supersceded by the transplendent transcendent paradigm redefigning bedrock linux.

ok, sorry if that was overly gushing. but bedrock really does take the level of choice offered to the next level. lot of oomf to the choice. like all the choice offered by pick-a-distro---any-distro multiplied by pick-as-many-more-distros-as-you-like-any-distros.

heeh heeeeeeey.

but yeah... soon... next version.


i'm kinda all still just floundering in slack water, flopping around exploring while i wait for the next bedrock. void's been an unexpected treat. far more possitive result than from my nixos exploration.

i'm kinda tempted to go see solusos again, n give it a bit of a live-in try before bedrock's next release. i had tried it only for a few days in the past. i think maybe at least a fortnight n i might get to grips with the stuff that matters, n would make it a more effortless inclusion in bedrock thereafter. ;) because it is indy. i wanna see what they're up to. :) them and two or three others too... though i doubt i'll find meaningful time for them before bedrock's release.

anyhoo, i'll stop before i mak my arm worse...

good news to hear there's hope for vsido systemdlessness on the horizon. while it may look like i'm being distroholic, or dsitro-slutty, it's all still in a larger framework of focussed intent n explorations, all towards the bedrock path.

anyhoo... nothing much to report rly... just still edge of seat watching the foss scene n moment in history.

soon and now... ;)

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