~ Hi Everyone ~
I'm glad this space exists and looking forward to spending some time here. Some things about me:
- web developer for money
- slow burning music projects on the side
- politics/philosophy/psychology buff
- ribbonfarm afficionado
in the spirit of further #introduction, some random things that preoccupy me:
- maintaining a generous sphere of personal freedom while being embedded in society in a fulfilling way
- dreams of next-gen composition tools for virtual modular synthesizers
- thinking about how to make North American cities beautiful and functional in spite of decades of car culture
- recognizing and grappling with spooky psychological antipatterns: mine and others'
as if they don't make money on us just by owning property, and couldn't just go to the rental board to get someone evicted (and wages garnished) for nonpayment.
like somebody posted the other day, we already live in an autocratic regime. the power is just distributed among a bunch of unaccountable private bureaucracies dedicated to extracting as much biopower from you as possible.
landlords get fucked. i'm trying to transfer my lease (which means I have to find a new applicant), and they're asking my applicants to find guarantors who can pay the rent with 20% of their income (on top of normal proof of work and past rentals). that's way higher than the median income here, and my apartment is not very expensive. i'm pretty angry.
Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he is two vast and trunkless legs of stone standing in the desert. Says visage is half sunk and shattered. Says nothing beside remains. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. Ozymandias, King of Kings, is in town tonight. Go and see him. Look on his Works, ye Mighty, and despair." Man bursts into tears. Says, "But doctor...I am Ozymandias, King of Kings."
Adblocking, old man yells at cloud
I grew up on dialup. 1200bps, max. I remember what it was like to get anything done at that speed, and now that it's no longer a thing I wouldn't inflict it upon anyone. That's why I try to keep my stuff as lightweight as possible, with as few deps as possible.
Treat others as you'd want to be treated, right?
A couple of years back I went to an HTML5 meetup and hung out with a bunch of web developers. I suck at web design (so much so that I didn't bother to try to write a new theme for my website, I used one that someone else made and tweaked it a little). One of the webdevs noticed that I use a couple of adblockers and yelled at me for taking money out of his mouth. That one cannot eat money, and that he gets paid a (much larger) salary (than I do) is beside the point.
So I put my laptop on the local network (Windbringer had been tethered to my mobile - OPSEC, ya' know) and asked him for the URL of the website he works on. He gave it to me. I opened it in a bare Firefox profile (no addons, no config tweaks, new right out of the box). His precious website loaded fully after just under three minutes.
Then, to make things fair, I rebooted Windbringer, got back on the local wireless, and opened it in my usual Firefox profile, with all the adblockers turned on. His website loaded in about five seconds.
"Your website loads so much tracking garbage up front that your page won't load in less than three minutes. I don't have time for that." And I left.
Unsurprisingly, I haven't been invited back, but my point stands - too much crap means your page won't load in a reasonable period of time.
I NEED to know the source of these two delightful images, allegedly 1987.
"To Be Young And Online: Youth Explore Databases, Find Friends In Forums"
I especially want to know what happened to Kawasaki Boy. Radical haircut and image makeover once he started surfing Compuserve, or did he just get... traded in for a new one? And the bike actually belongs to Tennis PC Girl but she doesn't like to drive?
web devloper / political theory nerd / synthesizer operator
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