Dust

Let’s start this on a positive note by ranting about how either the recent Chrome update or the recent Bleachbit update, which I ran afterwards on temporary files, totally nuked the contents of my Writespace Chrome extension – the ilk of which apparently also being sunsetted by the big G this year, but I digress; containing words that are now gone forever. So much for lamenting the lack of ephemerality.

(Word soup Too Soupy Didn’t Read: Writespace has words. Chrome and Bleachbit got updated. Words gone. Do not know which of the two the culprit was. Also, sidenote: Chrome extensions like Writespace will be unsupported by Google in 2020. Also, another sidenote: ranting about this is hypocritical considering the writer was ranting about lack of ephemerality on earlier posts.)

Now that’s out of the way, I don’t know whether I should agree or disagree with what I wrote yesterday. That seems to be what I’ve been doing this whole time, I just noticed.

It’s as if one views oneself objectively as a meaningless collection of information randomly caused by nature to form, somehow gathering mass and thus attracting more compatible information to that which has come before, and if one looks at oneself and recognizes one’s existence as such, this collection of information is naturally bequeathed with value, as the self, and for that which is capable of considering value, that is also able to decide which is meaningful or not.

Ha! How about that for taking a stab at the meaning of meaning? Although pretty sure tomorrow I would read that previous paragraph and laugh at how stupid it is. Today, I would rather cherish having another stab at clawing against the surface of oneself with words, knowing full well that getting to do this is a privilege not afforded to people possibly bathing in dust this week.

Enough for today.

Some things I noticed 01/17/2020:
  1. so apparently x-ray crystallography is shape-shadow matching
  2. Ano ba naman ang mga kabataan ngayon, masyadong makakalimutin?” – Lola Flora, today’s episode, regarding CD et al’s excuse to thug up
  3. was installing and reinstalling cabal and ghci and stack and still can’t get tidal to work because some math-functions package won’t link. was able to compile and install supercollider though, so at least there’s that. But then, what’s the point?
  4. I’ve been typing set time for 15 minutes this whole time and been at the mercy of Google’s Did you mean…? autocorrect. Corporate idiot compassion.

Storage Sense

What happened
  • browsing udemy.com, some courses require Microsoft Office, so tried office.com login to checkup on Excel online; it’s alright, still no use to me
  • account had 2FA tied to Microsoft Authenticator long gone from phone, so can’t login at first, had to sort that out; tied Microsoft login to Google Auth instead, which is possible, apparently
  • password has changed, so figured time to visit Windows on Virtualbox to make sure can still log in, updated/upgraded the thing; that took a while
  • while at it, also booted up Windows partition afterwards, after two years (!), so many updates backed up
  • ran out of disk space, Bleachbit temp files, still not enough, deleted some from precious android firmware collection, learned Storage Sense is a thing
  • files from old Windows install (Windows 8) still being kept apparently so let go of that; will hunt for the deleted ROMs some other time
  • typing this on Notepad, hopefully can boot back to Linux after all these feature upgrades with less fuss

I mentioned vague thoughts about Facebook last time but while writing the thought I realized I was just being old.

The idea goes like this. If one wishes to “be normal” (not to stand out), one has to try to participate in the attention economy (to try to stand out), so it is really hard nowadays not to stand out, because if you don’t try, you do. Ex falso quod libet.

(There’s a relevant widely retweeted quip I once read about how creepy someone at a coffee shop is, no headphones, no phone, just sitting there. Maybe I’d find it again.)

But this notion is wrong, because there is an assumption that normalcy is immutable. It is not. What’s normal changes over time, some just don’t get the update.

Oh well. I have a similar vague thought about ephemerality, but this entry is now too long so I’d probably reserve that for tomorrow, unless something else comes up.

Enough for today.

Some things I noticed 01/02/2020:
  1. There’s a comment on the Egypt Caspian Report episode about how Pharaohs might react to the news of modern Egypt importing food. I don’t know what sentiment the commenter is assuming the Pharaoh would have, whether to be weirded out or to be disappointed it’s still happening. I doubt everything I thought I knew about this, Joseph and all, is the point.
  2. It’s uncomfortable how that Philip Goff person on the Mindscape podcast could rattle on almost without saying anything understandable. Weirdly enough, I had to look up panpsychism out of frustrated curiousity. Maybe that’s the idea, I’m just a sucker for vagueness, or both.
  3. Microsoft should just ship Windows with the Linux kernel and buy Codeweavers to run all the legacy stuff on WINE. Windows update taking users hostage every damn time is criminal. Restart now. Do not turn off. Who are you?