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Somewhere out there is a young nerd at a crossroads:

A life of Scheme, LISP, drugs, insanity, and freedom.

A life of corporate enslavement, scooping out their brains a little more every day for a steady paycheck.


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In the world I see, you are stalking elk through the damp canyon forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center.
You'll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest of your life.
You'll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap the Sears Towers.
And when you look down, you'll see tiny figures pounding corn, laying strips of venison on the empty car pool lane of some abandoned superhighway.
—Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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One problem of doing any is I get used to bytes and kilobytes again, and then when I see modern junk need megabytes or gigabytes, I flip my shit and scream "what the fuck do you need 325,000 Atari 800s for just to draw a screen?!"

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I wrote this as a ha-ha-but-seriously-yes:

You should only use software you wrote for yourself, never let anyone else touch it. Other Peoples' Code is the work of the devil.

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I really do worry about the mental health of GNU/Linux users. They're like FOX "News" viewers, so much completely anti-reality shit fed to them it starts backing out of their mouths.

"We're the only free people! The UN/New World Order/Apple/Communists/Fluoridators are going to make you wear masks/use their app store/bottled water and take away mah guns/compilers/precious bodily fluids!"

Dude. Chill the fuck out, it's not like that.

I'm having a hard time getting used to the Safari 15 tab bar being above the favorites bar.

spoiler, possibly insanity 

So, like, "half-sister" Maisie's actually a UFO (which are living, parasitic meaty things, not ships) or half-breed UFO turned inside out by porting to Earth thru the Unny in her internal pearl?

Sentences only Rudy makes you consider.

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“Via my teep slug, I wit your brother was laid low by a Freeth.” says Filkar. “And you took a coward’s way out. Here’s solace: oft a Freeth seeks only to stun, and not to slay. Let us therefore suppose that Villy is hale. How do you regain face? Return bearing the benison of a teep slug.”
Scud goes for it. The slug is an add-on. A power-up.”
—Rucker, Rudy. “Million Mile Road Trip"

All devices beep.
"Your password has appeared in a data leak."

Fucking Instagram, didn't know I even had one anymore.

OK, installed Safari 15. So far… blobby tabs are about all that's different.

Well, that was weird. I was apparently still connected to my VPN after reboot, even tho I'd quit the VPN before shutdown. I'd wondered why some directions were going to Utah, but eh, Internet's stupid.

But streaming gets upset if you have a VPN on and they can figure that out.

Oh, Marc & Marc (no relation) have a FFI layer from Gambit Scheme to Python! That's quite useful.

Except is still down, has been for ~2 years now, no docs accessible.

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Conference videos at

Some of which are less fascist or useless than typing scams or reimplementing Scratch in Scheme, one hopes.

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Even acquiring one is a pain in the ass. Old days: Get a copy of Computer Shopper, read reviews, read until I find an acceptably-priced ad for a good model, mail-order (by phone, but easy enough).

Now: Search 'zon, egg which is new, stap less, etc. for "laser printer", page thru 300 irrelevant results including "Community" (the old TV show?!) pullover hoodies, laser printed auto parts, and laser rangefinders (ooh, do I need one of those?!)

I find 2 in my budget, ordered the least suspicious.

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Can't get this stupid manual to print edge to edge on my garbage inkjet. Kinko^W Fedex charges almost $1/page!!! It was fucking $0.10 a page back in the day, and it should be infinitely cheaper now.

But I know printers only lead to suffering. Is it worth it?

I need some more random ASCII-art for the shell. Bill is fun, but too predictable.

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Foone posting about The Office, and the Polish version is the most grim industrial wasteland Polish thing it could be.

Presumably the blinds are drawn because it's just another concrete building across from them, there's no view.

(never been to Poland, but A) played a lot A LOT of Twilight:2000, and B) seen several grim industrial wasteland Polish shows, and they're each bleaker than the last)

Actually it was books. Remember books? My parents tried so hard to make me not read at the table, but I wasn't paying attention because I had a book.

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed,
The hands acquire shakes,
The shakes become a warning,
It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
—Mentat scribe Mark Stein

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