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Author: opal hart <>
Date:   Fri,  2 Sep 2022 21:21:46 +0000

blog: 2022 update

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diff --git a/src/blog/ b/src/blog/ @@ -0,0 +1,95 @@ +# 2022 update +<!--[time 202209022116.40]--> + +my blog's been inactive but I am not dead. this year I have mostly been +keeping up with my job, it's going as well as you would expect; visiting +online friends in person; getting stoned; reading a lot.... I will keep +the blog updated as I feel the need, but for the most part I have been +quiet except around my friends and the few communities in which I remain +active. + +for me, this year has mostly been one for self-discovery, and although +much has happened and it feels like a really long year, it's set a good +precedent for me as I finish the year and plan ahead for 2023. + +I have plans for my website specifically. I want to add more content, +make it easier to update relatively structured data (OMEMO and PGP keys +seem like an easy first step to tackle), and start linking to other +websites more. I'd also like to expand the [git](/git/) page since right +now the 404 isn't very much to look at. my repositories are still +directly accessible via git-daemon using the bare `git://` protocol, but +that isn't fancy enough, of course. + +also, I plan to move really soon, once I've finished some things up +where I currently live. other than making sure my finances are straight, +I'm going forward with my name change, because here I'd have to wait 90 +days after moving out-of-county to apply through the courts. once I do +that, I'll be more comfortable opening accounts; I want to leave my +bank, find a good financial credit union, and actually connect my +[LiberaPay][] and [OpenCollective][] accounts so that I can take in +funding that will go entirely toward [Volatile](altnet:// + +[LiberaPay]: <> +[OpenCollective]: <> + +once I move, I'll get some colocation quotes from several datacentres +around the area and make a plan to *finally* move off my dedis and +VPSes. a few others are interested as well, so this should help with +initial setup and any recurring costs. I have actually E-mailed one DC +for a quote, but their mailserver refuses mail from my main address. +they wanted me to just call them, but I'd rather have everything written +out to refer to it later. + +other things of interest: I have gotten tired enough of UNIX and +UNIX-like systems (BSD, Linux, anything) that I am making baby steps +into operating system development. as well, I've been studying +programming languages in an effort to design a language I'd be happy +with using—one that is portable and influenced heavily by +functional-paradigm programming. nothing's set in stone, this has mostly +been an experimental side project of mine. I do not want to follow the +bad design practices that UNIX inspired, but I do want to keep a POSIX +compatibility layer so that I can say my OS runs useful stuff. :) + +while I study a lot of OS and PL design and try to learn how to do +things correctly, I want to incorporate more-immediate fixes to my +workflow, things that should not take as much time. I've been inspired +by projects such as [river][] to take a stab at writing my own wayland +compositor, after running bspwm on all my headed devices for well over a +year now. I've run into some accessibility issues common between most +(all?) major X window managers, and it's hard to hack on bspwm, or in +fact, anything that builds on top of xorg to provide graphics. it's +nasty, I've been looking at wayland, and the only issues I see so far +with wayland, are issues I can totally avoid. I don't like hard +dependencies on shit such as udev either. I'll work on that because +nobody else seems to be. + +[river]: <> + +I will probably be less active on fedi, since I am sick of the buggy +software ecosystem, and I do not yet wish to spend time learning the +ActivityPub protocol in order to write replacements for software. I'll +be experimenting with [secure scuttlebutt][] which seems like a much +simpler protocol to write a simple client and pub against. not in +node.js, this time. + +[secure scuttlebutt]: <> + +I'm still active as ever on XMPP, [Volatile still has a +MUC](, it's still idle but I believe +it will pick up once we set our plans into motion for the project. I'm +still ready to invest time and money into it, because I believe in it. + +aside from that, I've been more mindful and more flexible about how I +approach life. I have considered publicising a calendar so that others +can plan their time around me, but that requires adhering to a schedule +first, which I tend to be bad at doing. + +I have also decided I want to set up a wishlist page, perhaps under +donations (that page still exists but so far I have been unprepared to +take donations). I buy most of my products used anyway, my computers are +built from equal parts new and used parts, and I like toying around with +a lot of stuff that I want but don't strictly need. I figure this would +be a good way for people to send stuff they don't use to my P.O. box so +I can put it to use. I'll provide more details as I'm ready to do this. +a studio apartment is not enough space to store more than what I already +have, for sure.