Express lane posting here today:
Cafe Press gives their recommendations on weblogging for dollars or to use their own terminology to create 'buzz.' I eagerly await all of the half assed attempts at buzz generation that will likely flood Blogger and the other free hosts when this tip sheet disseminate through the crafts n' crap market. There is the usual advice about getting the notice of search engines and blah fucking blah but the gleaming gem of this comes at the end of this paragraph (snickering italics are mine):
Start a community with your blog, especially if you do not have a Web site. The more of a niche your shop is in, the better. If you have an "I hate butterflies" themed shop, use your blog to talk about this topic. If your shop is not themed, use the blog and talk about current events, what's hot, what's not, and create virtual conversations. Use your conversations to subtly talk about your designs.
Shouldn't you people be busy making millions on Ebay?
Just saw a package of Grapples last night. Yes, I am behind the curve in fruit marketing. I walked away from the $4.99 for 4 apples price tag but I also managed to carry away the idea that they were somehow a hybrid. Apples soaked in grape juice. Sigh. This does illustrate another reason why weblogs should be included in searches (and I've previously said the opposite): the first link relevant to grape infused apples that I found was actually to Adam Kalsey's weblog where my question was answered immediately. The rest of the results were based on the more traditional use of the English word 'grapple' (even with the addition of 'apple' to the search) that just happened to be in one sentence of an archived newspaper or something. That is one of the things that the proliferation of weblogs has added to search engines: a little more context as most weblog postings tend to be on the less wordy side and generally broken by post into different topics in addition to the categories that most people use these days. I'm not saying it's completely redemptive but it beats the hell out of 'Sports teams grapple with championship ... Apple Computer markets new and stupid toy' results that I'd have gotten otherwise.
Another big plus that I've found while using Mozilla Thunderbird: a 'load images' button that appears whenever images aren't loaded. I filed a wish list bug for the same functionality in Evolution a long time ago. It's nice to see that functionality implemented even if I'd rather have it in the context menu.
I really like the idea of ebooks especially for computer books that fall behind when features are introduced to a language and are often physically large and uncomfortable to lug around. Unfortunately I had a pretty bad experience trying to use one today mainly because the curators of the system (through our library) Netlibrary have chosen to add scarcity to a medium that doesn't really support it. I understand the fears that users will print out copies of the books or just roll their own PDFs or whatever but I've never seen quite this level of obsessive limitation before.
I'd recently read Howard Fosdick's article on Rexx over at Newsforge and wanted to check out his book on Rexx. I did a quick search from the library web site and there is was albeit an ebook and not really there at all. Unfortunately I completely re-did my work computer before leaving for Korea and didn't have
king hell satan Adobe's little reader installed. I did get a chance to look at the table of contents while installing acroread but forgot that quickly when I restarted the browser and was confronted with a message that said the book I wanted to look at was already checked out. Already checked out gives you the idea that there are limited numbers of this electronic publication available. Worse yet, I was the same person using the same browser and coming from the same IP address mere seconds after my first access. The book was unavailable for over an hour. Next time I'll just use a PDF viewer that doesn't utilize ridiculous DRM and print out the pages that I need rather than jumping through hoops to borrow a 'copy' of something that is arbitrarily limited. It also sucks that the arbitrary limitation is so poorly implemented.
The sad part is that I'll probably end up buying the book anyway as much as I'd like to just print the whole fucking thing out or transfer its pages to my own PDF. I guess that's why publishers often use large images of their authors on book covers. I've already paid for access to this book through tuition and I'd rather not pay again and again. If you're somehow involved in book production you might want to consider avoiding distribution through companies that create their scarcity when none exists. Given enough obstacles I might avoid buying the dead tree editions of your books and just avoid the nuisance and insult of legally using them by stealing copies if only for the sake of access.
Edward Felten made some pretty interesting points about BitTorrent being the litmus for future court cases based on the Grokster ruling and I agree with much of what he puts forward. I don't think that BitTorrent is going to end up in the same cement shoes that Grokster was fitted for.
Red Hat, love them or hate them, uses BitTorrent pretty heavily in the distribution of Fedora Core. The obvious argument, as was the case over at Freedom To Tinker in the comments, is that Red Hat doesn't distribute their paid product through BitTorrent and that it's essentially distributing party favors via the MPAA's great satan. That is entirely true. It doesn't charge for and subsequently distribute RHEL (a great satan to an equal number of folks with less money and more moral rigor) through BitTorrent. There isn't a real argument there.
Something that might be worth considering is that since Fedora Core is a test bed for the development and revision of software that will eventually make its way into RHEL BitTorrent plays an invaluable role in allowing Red Hat to distribute its test releases to unpaid lackeys without footing the bill for a hojillion terabytes of bandwidth. In theory (I'm trying to see this as a court might), BitTorrent is a a part of their development/quality assurance process which they're doing with their intellectual property or properly licensed IP. I really wonder if the courts would be willing to make a decision that undermines a successful software company. Yeah, I know, they're profitable on paper but still as a defense of BitTorrent against the charge that it is used mainly for illegal purposes this might actually be a sane position to take. Then again, I'm not a lawyer and I'm totally an asshole so take the lid off the salt shaker.
We finally saw Land of the Dead tonight. I say 'finally' like it opened any more than two days ago but in some senses this is a film that I've waited most of my adult life for. I'm not sure that my opinion has solidified quite yet. It's as heavy handed as you'd expect from George Romero but still breathtaking when compared with the embarrassing crap that he's lent his name to over the past decade or so. I'm just going to make a list as it's easier.
1. Big Daddy, the head zombie, is a great character. He might go a little overboard on emoting at times but generally he's used pretty well. I like that he is both scary as fuck and evokes sympathy at the same time. All of the lead zombies are great including the Butcher character played by the same fella that played Tucker in the Dawn of the Dead remake last year -- Yoon actually noticed that before I did. There also seems to be more balance in this film between the zombies with actual character and the faceless masses in the background.
2. The budget. Almost everything in the movie looks amazing and the zombie make up also looks great for the most part. There are a couple of apparent editing woopsies that made it into the final cut where zombies that should probably be on the periphery of a shot are in sharp focus. The grey faced hordes should have stayed with Dawn of the Dead.
3. Dennis Hopper. I fucking hate Dennis Hopper and he owns just enough screen time to make his character convincingly annoying. Actually, that's the case for most of the characters including the bigger names in the movie. I have to give Romero credit for consistency -- he's never leaned on star power for anything. It is interesting to see how he handles having the names and the money. Generally it's tasteful.
The kinda bad:
1. Asia Argento's character could've been much more interesting with a little extra work. She's some kind of junkie but one ride in the Thunderdome-mobile turns her around? Really?
2. The included answer to that age old question of whether someone can actually make a sentimental zombie movie that gives a nudge-wink to some kind of human/zombie "can't we all just get along?" vibe? Yes. It can and has been done. That is not a good thing. Do we expect "There's A Place For Us" to begin playing in the final scenes of the movie? Yes, god help us, yes. The fireworks almost cracked me up. I'm supposed to be laughing with Romero not at him.
3. The darkness. The beginning of the film has one of those comic book-like melt downs of greasy/gritty animation that is supposed to be an introduction of sorts for those unfamiliar with the Romero universe. It looks good and sets the tone. The problem is that the cartoonish darkness never quite recedes. Len Barnhart nails it in his review when he says that it looks like a Tim Burton film. I'm thinking Beetlejuice. It doesn't mar the movie really but some subtlety, any subtlety or movement in color would be wonderful.
All of the good and the bad said, it's a George Romero zombie movie. I expect the moon and no matter what the guy does I'm going to find fault with it. It's a great film and I'll probably grow to adore it and overlook all of its shortcomings once I can watch it in my living room a few dozen times.
Speaking of my absolute apeshit hatred of intrusive advertising: This week I've been sorting out the feeds I subscribe to that carry ads and those that do not. Guess what happened to the advertising pile? I should probably state it right here: I'm not offended by advertising and in fact make it a point to click on stuff that I'm interested in whenever I'm somewhere that needs support. Advertising in feeds is just not there yet and breaks formatting or renders weird or just looks out of place. So I dropped all of those subscriptions and made a promise to myself with fingers stealthily crossed behind my back to make an effort to visit those sites with a web browser more often than never. I'm not sure whether that will actually happen or not. The annoyance of bad formatting effectively negates the convenience of reading things via feed. I'm not sure how my anal retentiveness compares to the rest of the world but advertisers might want to consider working on their formatting a little bit before shoving it into feeds. The last batch of eliminations came after a number of seldom updated feeds I subscribe to just started blasting advertising into those feeds as content. Being excited about an infrequent writer finally posting something rapidly turns into rage when that post turns out to be an ad for some MSFT crap that I don't want and couldn't use anyway. Way to go.
Blogsnow is also becoming less useful all the time. They recently started using redirection in displayed links so you don't know where you're going until you've actually loaded the page. If I was that kind of asshole I would call it 'mystery meat navigation' but I'm not so I'll just call it annoying.
LinCity-ng is freakishly pretty and seems pretty stable. I played around with it for a few minutes and narrowly avoided the suction.
There is little that irritates me quite as much as the incessant yammering of really fucking important business types who claim loudly and entirely in capital letters that their industry will collapse, taking most of Western civilization along with it, if we don't start following their procedures and recommendations. The CEO of DoubleClick is throwing his two cents into the brain raffle and the results are comical if clueless.
It might my lack of training in all matters related to apocalyptic business pronouncements but I'm guessing that if a whole lot of people take steps to block your advertising because it attacks them then you might want to try something different. The newspaper example he uses is completely bogus because most newspapers make absolutely zero on purchases and subscriptions and everything on advertising while offering mainly canned material from AP along with the usual home town curmudgeon opinion section in exchange. This is the reason that newspapers have to throw newspapers all over my lawn in order to inflate their delivery numbers so advertisers can pretend that their dollars are effective. How did I get involved in this circle jerk of lies and misdirection?
The 'so-funny-I-near-shit-myself-laughing' quote:
If any browser manufacturer considered implementing an ad-blocking feature as a default option, Smith said they should consider their own position as a marketer [of their own products] and a publisher of content.
"They would be harming their own customer relationships to create a short-term, short-sighted, limited-effectiveness tool," he said. "One that they would probably end up having to withdraw from the market."
Your description of the tool that people are voluntarily installing as an extension of their browser ought to sound awfully familiar because it mirrors the way most people feel about advertising that stabs you in the face in order to get your (unfavorable) attention. Hell, paid content would be worth it if only to see folks like this fella go back to pigfucking on the asbestos farm in Hell for his income instead of lying to and threatening both alleged customer and alleged consumer and having those lies and threats picked up as 'news'. Yeah, I called him a pigfucker. So what?
A few things worthy of at least my own note before I do the sad little stagger through the heat to fix broken Windows machines:
Blogging Pro is up for sale. No clues as to who might be stepping up to the plate or if anyone is even interested in maintaining a site that requires that much work. If you're a venture capitalist with money to burn on IntarWeb 2rev3 then please buy the site and hire me as its full time curator. I promise to bring the profanity quota up to snuff in the first month of my
power mad lust for blood money new janitorial duties.
Google is getting into the online payment business but it supposedly won't compete with PayPal. I have no idea how that is supposed to work as there really isn't any useful explanation of what the payment system will actually be for other than it doesn't intend to step on PayPal's toes and its some kind of extension of the already existent infrastructure they use for AdWord payments. It's like Masonry and wealth redistribution all rolled into one sinister plot. Quickly! Run to the foil lined room in the basement and tune your radio to the far right side of the AM dial.
Ok, so not that much really caught my attention.
Fuck. I finally ran out of patience with the horribly boring train wreck that Evolution becomes when pairing multiple IMAP mailboxes and a fairly extensive set of filters. I decided to switch all of my mail over to IMAP after realizing that I can barely keep up with one pile of mail much less multiple local copies spread out over too many machines. I really wish the filtering worked as well as it did with POP3 but that just isn't the case. Even if there was some consistent behavior that I could pinpoint and work around I probably wouldn't have gone looking for a replacement. There were a couple times that it chewed through 200 new pieces of mail exactly the way it was supposed to and others when the client choked on ten and delivered a whole bunch of spam that I haven't seen to my inbox. I'm tenuous enough about answering/reading the mail I get without doing any manual sorting so I went a-lookin'.
Sylpheed Claws has always been my second choice when Evolution is broken in portage or whatever. I like it because it has most of the features that the heavier clients have without all of that heaviness. It's fast as hell with POP boxes but felt really sluggish with IMAP. I'm also not a fan of the way that plug ins are handled in contrast with the pretty elegant way that theming is handled. I could not for the life of me make it play nice with GnuPG or even recognize that I had it or any other key handling software installed. I didn't find anything on the site or in Gentoo's bug database about anyone else having the same sort of problems so it was probably a mistake on my part. In any case it didn't feel quick with the new protocol so I moved on. I have to say that during the course of the experiment I did gain some respect for the way that filtering is organized in the project as I managed to recreate the more important filters in a matter of five minutes.
Spruce is freakishly close to ideal for a minimal mail client for me. I had an account set up with GnuPG working in under five minutes. It's a very straightforward configuration and, other than using a kind of strange method for setting up accounts, is less problematic than most mail clients. Unfortunately I have a huge address book that I'd prefer to keep in a portable format and Spruce doesn't have a slick address book function. For 99% of the worlds population it would probably be a wonderful fit as it is incredibly fast including IMAP and all and doesn't get in your way. My hat is off to the developers for making excellent choices and less annoying defaults.
I wish I could love Mutt but I really can't. In a text only world it would rock my own personal casbah but I get tired of handling mail with four different applications.
I settled on Mozilla Thunderbird in the end as the most comfortable compromise between feature bloat and speed. Tbird does nearly everything fast which was what made my usual second string mail client fail me on this outing. Even with the slew of filters that I apply to all of my boxes and the amount of shuffling around that I do based on that filtering was quick. Enigmail takes care of the keys and I'm set up and skimming mail in minutes. I'm not particularly crazy about the way that Junk mail filters work out of the box but I'm not using them. I'm going to stick with it for at least a couple of weeks and I'll probably find more things to whine about during that time. The defaults are as annoying as I've come to expect from mail clients but all of them are easily accessible without making a rat's nest of the menuing system. That is good design. I like a well ordered rat's nest. It also helps to have the same basic system of extensions that Mozilla and Firefox. Installing the extras is trivial. Tomorrow when mail starts flooding in will be the real test. I've also gotta see if I can find any sort of troubleshooting reference for Evolution from someone who has experienced the same weird disasters as I have. Switching clients is horrible if only because I can do most things within Evolution without using the mouse. When you're trying to deal with a couple hundred pieces of mail as quickly as possible that little advantage rapidly becomes huge.
I just had one of those "Phew!" moments when I stopped by GoDaddy to check on the availability of domains. As stupid as it might be, I'm glad that the CEO's politics are linked from the index so I can avoid making the mistake of registering more domains with GoDaddy. The invocation of 9-11 has become the sort of silencing technique for the right that 'political correctness' once was. I'm not going to bother to run down a point by point rebuttal of his post because there really isn't much of substance to answer. The short answer: if your pain-by-proxy response to a video of human suffering is enough to short circuit any humane response to suffering in the present tense... I'm going to spend my admittedly meaningless dollar somewhere less outspokenly myopic.
What is most offensive about this is that it follows the same strategy as above -- go read the comments at his site and the largely canned responses. The link from the front of a business page that featured the post title is supposed to link the idea of supporting the troops to GoDaddy and Parsons seems a little baffled that people would have the opposite response to that pitch. It is after all a few years later and the Pavlovian response to the blatant manipulation of a few symbols isn't as reliable as it used to be. The surprised and persecuted act is getting similarly tiresome.
I felt kind of stupid even taking this picture but given the tension between South Korea and Japan I couldn't really resist.
I unsucessfully searched around trying to find that Dokdo animation that I saw during Revenge of the Sith. Yoon has an address for it but she is sleeping at the moment. I'd rather not even comment on the animation but just link to it. When I was watching it in the theater I felt like it was something I wasn't supposed to see. There is no feeling as uncomfortable/privileged for a tourist and a complete cultural outsider than that one.
Wordlog is finally included in Google despite the intentions of Google editorial staff to make the search part of their operation utterly useless. Extinction is staved off yet another day.
Playing Clue (the board game) when the score sheets are printed in a language you can't read is incredibly difficult. I sort of stopped trying after I realized that the uniformity of the character names are pretty much designed to keep players from being able to recall them easily.
Safecount racks up a whateva from me because if you know enough to respond to cookie advocacy then you know enough to know which cookies that don't expire for a hojillion years are appropriate to have kicking around on your computer. The problem with cookies isn't so much that sane folks think that your privacy is being dismembered by some direct marketing racketeer (and it is, after all) but that those trusted name and password combos are pretty easy for the script kiddies to get their grubby paws on. Terrible implementations of ideas that amount to conveniences really doesn't need cheerleading. The lazy and ignorant can do that all by themselves. So, here are a couple of suggestions:
If you're stupid enough to make some part of your site completely dependent on cookies make damn sure that you clearly label those cookies and give them a reasonable expiration date. Seriously, part of the 'choice' that everyone is so fired up about is knowing what the fuck is on your computer in the first place. If you're setting cookies (instead of sessions or something sane like that) for friendly purposes why not try extending that friendliness to someone other than yourself. I've heard that people buy more widgets when they're not pissed off at you.
Fireworks are exploding constantly already. It's like the Fourth has been moved back a few weeks the same way that Thursday became the new Friday at neighborhood bars in the recent past. I'm hoping that the house doesn't burn down given the intelligence demonstrated by firebugs earlier this afternoon when they were firing those expensive rocket things during daylight hours. The effects of standing up too fast would be more visually impressive than that.
If you've been following along at all and I wouldn't blame you if abstinence was your choice in this particular matter, Forbes magazine has been cranking out the "FOSS is bad" articles again in rapid succession. The most recent example of piss poor even for business journalism sound bites the holy crap out of Theo de Raadt and makes him sound even more like Ed Anger than usual. All of this is embarrassing but unsurprising. What is a little more funny is the inclusion of a story from an alleged 'expert' who switched all of his machines from Linux to OpenBSD because of a comment about the placement of an item in a list that seemed to validate all of his worries about the allegedly chaotic development of the kernel.
Of course, the comment and its accompanying code is available in OpenBSD. Ugh. I guess therein lies the power of public relations and perceived image of a product. If only this had made it into the original article. That would be so much more rewarding.
I've always been an advocate of stealing for a reason. The point of business in general is to give you something for a price that is less than its value, right? We're essentially talking about a rationalized system of agreed upon theft already to begin with. I really, really want to utilize the sarcasm tag right now. When a multi-national is plugged into something you appreciate, seeks to control access for reasons incomprehensible to those without the marketing trephination, and won't sell you what you want for a price that is fair to both parties in favor of speculation then you're probably giving the fuckers what they deserve. This example is really useful because the person who wrote it, unlike me, doesn't have an incredible amount of hostility towards the usual channels of distribution for music. He tried to do the right thing and even believed in the system that denied him what he wanted and concluded that some stealing was not only pardonable but actually necessary in order to circumvent the foolishness and utter lack of savvy on the part of the dicks in control. It's a wonderful and detailed explanation.
Um, so I've been prodded once by IM and once by email to spill something bitter and pitch-like about the oh-so-totally ballyhooed Apple decision to go with Intel chips. I considered this a little less than a week ago all jet lagged and cranky and concluded that there really wasn't a whole lot to say. Apple has a symbiotic relationship with its adherents that transcends any notion of brand loyalty.
I've never seen a group of people so unwilling to get mad when they're obviously being screwed but absolutely jubilant about the slightest change or alteration to whatever Kool Aid they're shipping at the moment. I'm thinking that loyal buyers should all get a gratis copy of The Conquest of Cool (yeah, it isn't a direct link: scroll down the page and pretend it has a hundred and fifty half assed reviews attached to it) or some other consolation prize. I mean, people who are attempting to buy computers with an expected ideological lifespan of more than a year or two. You've been paying a premium for the veneer of edginess and performance and benchmarks that don't mean anything. In the Windows versus Macintosh holy war the switch to x86(?-64) might actually provide some accessible dirt clods for Mac partisans as at least their OS of choice will actually function on a 64 bit processor. Nothing new there at all but at very least a widget of 'difference' if you're playing along at home.
The reason that I don't think that there is a whole lot to say about the transition is that I don't take Apple very seriously as a computer company. They're doing a fine job of becoming the post-Sharper Image for financially solvent metrosexuals looking for tech credibility with the added cachet of a moving target. If you'd really wanted all of the things that Apple claims it's giving you in the promo spiel you'd have coseyed up to BeOS a long time ago and prevented that company from being eaten alive. Instead you've got your incredibly 'different' Ponzi-fied Dell that sells you on some nebulous personal lifestyle choice instead of giving you choice as a money wielding consumer with something to say to the world. Good luck with that.
Apple has always been fun to watch, though. I'm much less anxious about everything they do now that I no longer own one and don't have to babysit them. It seems less like a technology company and more like a Sociology senior field experience project. I'll always have a soft spot for that sort of thing in the same way that I really started appreciating Panda bears after watching that documentary about them and realizing that they're almost too absurd and ill adapted to even their own environment to really survive much longer as a species. The pandas depend on the patronage of the people around them and I guess Apple has the Ipod. Good luck with that.
This is the evil king of all crabs and my hand is positioned behind it to illustrate how terrifyingly large the evil sea insect is. The worst part is that these fuckers (there were two) were shipped live so I had the creepy experience of watching them attempt to attack our hostess. They were pretty tasty but nightmare inducing at the same time.
I've been fighting let lag mercilessly for the last couple days which had been a mostly losing battle until the first day of work kicked my ass. Usually that means that you shape up under the onus of work and regularity and all of the other things that make working for hourly wages such a drag. I, of course, am not bright enough for this sort of strategy and came home to take a five hour nap after staggering through the first day. Although I'm kind of mad at myself for gumming the works up yet again I imagine that I needed that sleep since I managed to sleep through the sounds of the auto repair shop across the street. This event (the sleeping through the god awful racket that emanates from that place from early morning to late evening) might be singular so I'm a little torn in what to be guilty about and which is a boon in disguise. It's a guessing game I'm not prepared to participate in.
I woke up to read that drobbins has joined up with MSFT a little while ago. Obviously it wouldn't make any sense at all to post that news right after making the decision since the shit storm would almost outweigh the benefits of being willing to disclose news that is likely to meet with harsh criticism. The things is that Daniel has a wife and child and needs things like health insurance and a regular income. If his work as a liaison (is that the right term) between MSFT and the OS/FS world is helpful or productive that seems rather secondary. I made a trip over to Planet Gentoo just to see how people were reacting and it seems like most of the developers saw this (though not necessarily through MS) as something that was a long time coming. It probably wasn't the best possible outcome but more a case of making the best use of what's available and fits your needs.
On Jeju, one of the islands off the coast of South Korea, there are all of these crazy stone walls that look something like the one pictured above. After a day of driving past them and wondering what inspired people to spend so much effort stacking rocks up to make what I thought were pretty shaky walls being without any mortar or anything. It turns out that they're actually pretty permanent and do a fine job of keeping things from blowing into fields and people's yards. The island is covered with volcanic rock and this was just a case of having a bunch of it available whether aesthetically pleasing or not and making best use. The tour guide guy told a story (translated to me by Yoon) about the wall builder's male and female methodology for building sturdy walls without cement but I'm not entirely sure I'm buying it. What is pretty surprising is how extensive the wall building has become on some chunks of land. There are hundreds of feet of wall dividing rice plots and other crops that I can't imagine need that kind of protection or isolation but since the island is covered with these damn rocks...
Pretty much every time I'm in an airport I see at least one crashed system so I had to take the obligatory tourist photo. To be fair, the OS wasn't exactly crashed but ran out of virtual memory and threw the error message up on top of everything else. That stuff (like most of the jack in the box horrors that Windows likes to toss up when you're trying to get real work done) really belongs in the system tray.
I like this photo because it kind of sums up leaving the U.S. I felt more of this descent into ugliness and disorder on the way back rather than when leaving. I'm still not sure that coming back was really the right choice. Armed with a little bit of perpective I'm feeling a lot of the things that bother me about living here pretty keenly at the moment. You should probably know that most South Koreans are not scared out of their minds by imminent attacks from North Korea or the creeping threat of the obsolete menace of communism. You can read whatever you like into that but I have definite opinions about how things are going to continue to decline on both the domestic and international stage over the next three years.
Yoon and I just got home from our Korea trip/late, late honeymoon. I would write something about it or post some pictures at least but my body thinks that it's not what time it really is where you're at o'clock and I've somehow managed to misplace not one but two different USB cables for the cameras. I need sleep on a cellular level and the kitten is following me around the house meowing in a voice hoarse from so much meowing over the past ten days or so. I'm going to at least try to get a few pictures up tomorrow and possibly the long (winded) version of some of the things that happened.
One thing that I will bother to mention here because it's pretty major and sad is that Jon Danzig of Libranet fame has passed on. That is just heartbreaking. The Libranet site has been replaced (until the 13th) with a notice and a straightforward admission that there will be delays. Fuck anyone who wants to complain about that. I imagine that there will be more details in the future about what happened to Jon and what the future of Libranet might be. I didn't know him at all other than as the founder of one of the better Debian derived distributions but his work remains admired and imitated.
I'm going to sleep now with hopes of waking up without a head full of fog.