Get these updates in your RSS reading with my feed here: lukesmith.xyz/rss.xml
Macs, "PCs" and the Power of Public Relations
One of the strangest turns-of-phrase that Apple has tried to hoist on the public is the term "PC" to mean all non-Apple computers.
Even without delving much deeper, this is one of the most bizarre choices; Apple Mac computers are not just PCs, but they were arguably the first PCs—you would think that Apple would be proud of more or less inventing the idea of a Personal Computer.
Regardless, what is the point of the term PC to Apple advertising? Why did they run that classic series of commercials contrasting Macs and "PCs"?
At a basic level, PC is just a catch-all exonym, that is, a term for all computers outside of a designated group.
In reality, there's really nothing common to computers made by Lenovo, Dell, Asus and every other company that aren't also held in common with Apple computers.
The only thing in common, at least, is the lack of the characteristic Apple weirdness (no other company is going to get rid of all their computers' important ports, for example).
Regardless, I noticed the actual public relations use of the term "PC" after I did my video on Macs—this term works wonders in the mind of an Mac fan.
That is, nearly every dogmatic Apple user would call me a "PC fanboy"!
PC fanboy... what could that possibly mean?
At first I thought most hate mail was coming from people who didn't watch 10 or so seconds in when I said that I used Linux (deliberately to avoid inane comments like this).
I assumed that "PC" meant "a machine running Windows", which is clearly not what Mac-users thought the term to mean: it was all non-Mac computers. I'd guess that my old TI-84 calculator is a "PC" by that metric.
This is a total inversion of what the term "fanboy" means of course. You can be a Mac fanboy: Apple Mac products, while sometimes different, all share the exact same design principles and are all owned by one company notorious for its quasi-cult like public relations.
While on the other hand, "PC fanboy" doesn't really mean anything—there's no common denominator or design or principle behind all non-Apple computers (again, aside from the fact that they don't do the manifestly stupid things that Apple does).
A "PC fanboy" in practice just means someone who doesn't like Macs, but that's where the magic is for Apple advertising—Mac users have always been lampooned as cult members, but the term PC is an attempt redirect the claims of irrational devotion backwards.
It doesn't have to make sense generally, but it makes sense in the head of an Apple fanboy: non-Mac computers are all the same and if you don't like Macs, you must just have some terrible emotional problem with them for no reason (this is the gist of most of the hatemail I get on this anyway).
Since I made my video on Macs, I don't dislike Macs any more than I did before, but I am continually losing respect for Mac users.
I could've just as easily done a video on why I don't use Windows, but God knows that Windows users don't have the same genre of pathological attachment to the brand they use.
That's not to imply that all comments from Mac users even disagreed with me, but the vocal members of the hivemind have certainly put a smug anime girl face on me from time to time.
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:52:58 -0400
New st patches: Xresources and pywal compatibility
When I did my original video on st, AKA the suckless simple terminal, a lot of other people decided to migrate over, but there are a couple of features that I hadn't added to my build, or people were confused how to add. Now, partially in preparation for LARBS, I've added some more features, including the fact that the terminal colors now use your Xresources colors by default, enabling the use of wal/pywal for creating universal colorschemes. (If you don't know what this is, I did a video on it a couple months ago.)
You can now check out my patched version of st right here, and it will have all the best patches applied by default now.
I think it's at the point where I consider st just about the best possible terminal for me (and probably for most all people). I occationally get requests to submit by build to the AUR, which I might do, but I can definitely say that you can safely use my build and get all the features you expect from a terminal while it still being bugless and minimal as any good suckless software should be.
Well actually, on bugs, there is one little, minor annoyance in the program and that's that ranger image previews disappear when you mouse away from the given window.
While there is a patch for st 0.7 which gives it sixel compatibility, due to its *le bloat* it hasn't been accepted into the program, and aside from that, I don't think ranger is built to work with sixel itself either so far.
Either way, I still consider st largely "the best", but being able to patch in something like this would make it closer to "perfect". With the features and bindings I have in my build, I find it a little sad when I have to use another terminal.
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:09:57 -0400
In Defense of "Pseudoscience"
If you keep up with my random asides in videos and elsewhere, you might know that I'm extremely disappointed with the current state of institutionalized science.
The post-war era was a disaster for scientific epistemology, in fact, epistemology and science commentary mostly became an exercise to exclude one's enemies by technicality.
Academia became an enormous state-funded enterprise, and the best way to ensure that your research program got funding before your rivals was to develop advanced reasoning to exclude their methodology altogether from science.
Thus the term "pseudoscience".
In former centuries, there was no such division between "science" and "pseudoscience".
Researchers wrote tomes on subjects which were amalgams of hard analysis and what we would now consider baseless or unwarranted speculation.
Each were understood for what they were, all ideas were on the table for analysis.
The thing is, all academics—at least all remotely intelligent ones—quietly harbor fringe beliefs.
If you push any of them in private, or with vindicating evidence, they'll quickly bounce to support their deeper intuition.
One example that comes to mind is geologist Robert Schoch, who after a little empirical prodding, became a vocal supporter of the idea of a prehistoric dating of the Sphinx, and then later other Mesolithic civilizations.
Nowadays he brushes shoulders even with the ancient aliens crowd, and why shouldn't he?
Once you've earned the designation of "pseudoscientist", you might as well go full-bore and have fun.
The other best-kept secret is that by definition, "pseudoscience" drives advancement in "real science".
All new ideas start out as baseless speculation—Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift, based on the trivial and child-like realization that South America sort of fits into Africa, was mocked as pseudoscientific by Americans for decades. Now it's science.
I wouldn't doubt if Schoch's Sphinx water erosion hypothesis will be similarly vindicated, partially by the many Mesolithic constructions found since then.
In linguistics and archeology, we have a recent "pseudoscientist" in Marija Gimbutas.
Gimbutas unearthed many female idols/dolls from pre-Indo-European Europe and jumped to far-reaching, "pseudoscientific" conclusions: Old Europe was a feminist utopia, there was no violence and complete harmony, etc.
Because Gimutas's politics were socially unassailable, you don't hear "pseudoscientist" around her much, but that's certainly the word on everyone's lips.
If pseudoscience is what Schoch is doing, it's certainly what she was doing.
Regardless, this pushed her into making specific claims about the origin of Indo-Europeans, that they originated from the Kurgan (Yamnaya) culture, a claim that has now become consensus due to further archeological, linguistic and nowadays even genetic research.
I've seen first hand that there are really two types of personalities in science.
On one had, there's the conventional and petty academic who is "detail-oriented" and "rigorous" in some sense that means religiously adherent to theoretical priors.
These people will only truly fight for something when they're on the side of consensus or when the issue is of no social importance.
On the other side are the "pseudoscientists", or in other words, the people who actually have something interesting to say.
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 11:41:49 -0400
Video on copying and pasting from Vim
A quick little video on how to copy and pasting using the system clipboard in Vim. It's simple enough, but people ask me about this a whole lot. Some brief instructions about registers generally as well.
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 15:21:27 -0400
I've put up a video expanding on my i3blocks status bar, partially in preparation for the LARBS tutorial videos.
I've implemented many new features, including signaling for a lower footprint bar, and some other bells and whistles. I also go through where everything is in the system for people using my configs.
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:15:30 -0400
Monetized with Super Chats
I took a long (several hour) walk to clear my head this morning, and came back to a pleasant surprise: YouTube has finally (after five or six months of review) monetized my channel.
I don't have the slightest idea how much money I'll actually end up getting from this, but I hope it's decent enough.
Of course, my studious core of viewers all will be using ad-blockers. The one I usually recommend is Ad Nauseam, which is not just a blocker, but a dazzler. If you don't like ads, don't feel like you need to permit them from my channel to get me more revenue. I'm sure there are plenty other who will be watching them without.
I only monetized after polling my audience at the old forum (some 80% just told me to monetize) and if you're part of that remaining 20%, just block them as you usually would.
The other nice detail is that I can now allow "Super Chats" in livestreams.
If you don't know, that's when users can pay money to have their chat message plastered prominently in the chat window for a period proprtional to their donation.
I think chats in my livestreams are off decent enough size that people would be willing to get some of these.
But then again, now doing le bloodsports seems like a much more appealling prospect. Any takers?
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:34:39 -0400
Redesign of Website
I've reformatted my personal website a bit, and I've readded the video gallery page which I had on my last site.
YouTube is terrible about showing older videos to users, so it's nice having my own archive of things displayed logically.
If I don't do that, I literally get oblvious questions all the time asking me to do a video on things I did a video on last week.
I can hardly even blame summerfriends for that since if you're a new viewer, you have no good way of knowing what kind of stuff I've made videos on on YouTube because they never recommend non-recent videos and they have no good UI for looking someone's video history.
That's actually one of the ironies about YouTube.
For all they complain about there being a drought of advertisers, they put out all the incentives for people to put out more and more junk videos constantly.
It's easy to see from my side the enormous bias YouTube gives to videos that are 72 hours old, but after those 72 hours, very few people will ever see any given video unless it absolutely goes viral.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:11:47 -0400
A Journey to Athens
I've still been looking for apartments in Georgia or thereabout and yesterday I took a full-day trip back to Athens (Georgia of course) to scout out apartments. After a full day and after seeing about a dozen places, I have to admit that I didn't find anywhere too much up to snuff, even given the fact that I don't need to be particularly close to the university.
I may be back there again within a week or so, but I'll concede that I was debating whether I actually want to live there again.
I'm really not in the mood to put down a year's rent anywhere, even if it's only $5000 or so, unless I can get a really great place, but I suppose the real problem is a change in my mindset.
In brief, I don't feel like I want to put down money for something that isn't going to last; the bugmanhood of renting an apartment is extremely unappealing.
The better alternative now seems like just buying a parcel of land with the little money I've saved up.
My goal is 5+ semi-remote acres for less than $20,000, which is doable. I have a couple placing I'm looking at now, but am always looking for more.
I just want land that I am extremely free in building restrictions and zoning (preferable none), and that I can have a permanent setup on: possible growing and self-sustaining utilities.
I've done a lot of math and think that I can get a decent cabin built (my myself) for less than $5,000, probably closer to $3,000, but maybe with $2,000 of unforeseen costs ;-)
The other thing on the ledger would be me buying a car (or more likely, a pick-up) because I haven't needed a car since honestly 10 years (my old car finally died about two years ago).
Granted, if anyone reading this around Georgia has a used pickup truck in good shape they're willing to get rid of, feel free to contact me ;-)
Don't rip me off though, I have a YouTube channel!
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:04:34 -0400
First Imagemagick Videos
I've put up two videos on imagemagick today and yesterday covering some of the basics from making canvases and composites and basic effects. You can check the first out here and the second here. Imagemagick is one of the most useful programs out there, and can be a huge boon for automated imageprocessing and also making little modifications (like resizing and minor adjustment).
I'll be doing more like this just because of imagemagick being such a huge and useful world. Specific ideas are welcome.
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:13:23 -0400
Updates about Money and Patreon
First, as a reminder, I do indeed have a Patreon and encourage people to join. As stiff of a veneer I pretend to have when it comes to money, I won't pretend that there is a great psychological effect to getting new patrons and bigger pledges. Now that I'm dissertating, if I can start making decent money on YouTube, it will affect a lot how much free time I'll have if I can live with on part-time work. If you don't like Patreon as a platform, donate via Liberapay or Paypal.
I said so a couple days ago in a part of another post, but I'm switching my Patreon to being based "by creation" rather than "by month" so people get charged by content rather than time. As longer viewers know, sometimes I have to take several weeks off, while other times, I'm making videos every day.
If you're already a patron on Patreon, you might want to change your settings.
Specifically, everyone has been grandfathered in from the monthly donation scheme with those settings.
If you want to pledge by creation now, you'll have to adjust the per unit donation and your maximum.
Of course my Liberapay is, by its nature set to on a weekly basis, so if you want a clearer time-based donation system, try them out. Liberapay, unlike Patreon, does not skim money off the top for themselves, so if you're thinking about using one of them for time-based donations and don't have any account yet, go with Liberapay.
By the way, Patreon says I'm making $180 per video, which isn't accurate. It's really more like $180 per month plus about $10 or so for the first few videos; it simply adds in the monthly donators to that number. If I could actually make near $200 per video or more, I could basically retire and do this full time ;-).
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:31:52 -0400
Video on GIMP basics
I've put up a video on the basics of GIMP, which you can see here.
I may do more in the future, but even better, I'm going to be doing some videos on Imagemagick (I already have one recorded which I'll release over the weekend). For those who don't know, Imagemagick is a core system for image creating and editing that accessible on the command line. It's hard to full express how useful IM is, so the first video will be just on one of my implementations of it.
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:36:55 -0400
Consciousness, bicamerality and book reviews
After a good bit more reading, I've given up on Hamlet's Mill, and not lightly. I usually view it as a kind of shame to stop reading a book before finishing, but I frankly don't feel like it's worth it at this point. The book is far too circumambulative to actually communicate its deeper point, but I get the feeling that it's that way out of a desire on the authors' part to avoid criticism with lack of clarity.
From what I can gather (after reading several hundred pages of deep, dank, quasi-poetic prose), it's a general argument that many classic mythological stories (those stories in different cultures that Hamlet is based on) are a kind of folkloric embedding of knowledge of axial procession (the fact that the earth's axis wobbles every several tens of thousands of years). This point is only alluded to or barely said, and only very circumstantial arguments are made for it, at the request of readers to squint their eyes to blurry the argument to make it sound more convincing than it really is.
Instead, I've started reading Julian Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind for the third time. It's one of my favorite reads, no so much because I find it so convincing, but because it's that pleasurable mix of ancient aliens-tier imagination and speculation with at least passable science, neurology, linguistics and other research. This was an enjoyment I hoped to replicate in reading Hamlet's Mill actually.
I've been hinted that I might start doing book reviews at the request of many subscribers, and I might pick Bicameral Mind to be the first candidate after I finish it again. I put up a poll of commonly requested books on the forum, and Taleb's Antifragile, Herrnstein and Murray Bell Curve and an unspecified book by Nietzsche got the most votes, but I'll probably end up doing everything on the poll anyway.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:47:25 -0400
Linux is the Wild West! Talk is now out
I've uploaded my Linuxfest talk at this link. Check it out. Southeast Linuxfest sends their apologies for not recording my face, but luckily I brought all the equipment for recording on my own machine.
Again, the talk was pretty packed with a lot of standers, especially considering the late time; it was great presenting and meeting all the people I did. I might be going next year as well if I have the time and hope to see all of you again (with many others).
Linuxfest also had set tables for lesser donnors to advertise their wares. At least one group was livestreaming throughout the event, and I figure that might be an option for me in the future. (I've also thought about merch, but it always strikes me as contrived and a little too consumerist.) I'm not actually sure how much they charge for the tables, but it's crossed my mind to crowdfund the money. That's probably something to think about in the future though.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:54:29 -0400
Linuxfest 2018 review
A brief video on my experience at Southeast Linuxfest, check it out here.
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:43:34 -0400
Syncthing video, also Patreon changes
New video out on Syncthing for keeping files in sync.
I've said this on Patreon already, but I'm going to be moving to a "per creation" payout on Patreon rather than the "per month" payout. I figure that'd (1) be more fair to people when I go another month like the last one where I don't put much out and (2) give some incentive for me to put stuff out regularly when I'm not moving cross-country or something. I'll treat all contentful videos as "paid" videos, meaning that I won't charge patrons for meta-videos or personal updates. For example, I'll be putting one out today or tomorrow on Liunxfest, etc.
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:36:10 -0400
The Secrets in Hamlet's Mill
A week or so ago, I heard about, for the first time, the book Hamlet's Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and Its Transmission Through Myth. The subtitle should communicate the gist. After ordering it online, it arrived this afternoon and I've gotten five chapters in (barely a fifth of the way through the whole thing).
I was attracted to the book as part of my general sympathy for the idea that pre-classical and primeval knowledge and myth is, to use a silly word scientific, or at least true in a astronomical or quasi-metaphorical level. That's certainly the intended argument of the book, but it certainly labors under that Moldbuggian tendency to beat around the bush quietly, hoping that the deeper argument will eventually sneak up and hit its reader on the head. While the book is definitely designed to be a slow burn, one positive aspect is authors' repeated insistence of the imperfectness of translating early writings and myths, partially on linguistic grounds, but even more so due to the severely underestimated difference between the modern and primeval mindset.
I'll also say that in addition to this book, I've also bought Pandora's Seed (Spencer Wells) and the notable Forbidden Archaeology (Michael Cremo), both of which I'll hopefully be going through this week. The latter book I bought with not too much expectation of seriousness, but out of raw curiosity. It argues an extremely ancient origin of mankind based on reinterpretation of archaeological evidence, its author being what could be described as a Vedic Creationist. I don't expect to be convinced or even unannoyed by the book, but I'm always interested in circumstantial evidence for an earlier date for human evolution, especially given the constant pushing back of the accepted date.
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:40:48 -0400
I've been at Southeast Linuxfest the past two days. I'll probably do a full review later, but here are some highlights so far.
- My subscribers are not nearly as weird as I anticipated, and seem to be actually less weird than the average Linux user.
- There actually were some girls Linuxfest (although no obvious >girls).
- My talk was pretty crowded; standing room only. It also generated a lot of good discussion. I polled the audience and about half of them knew me (usually the younger ones).
- Some boomer guy began to unironically "Interject" to my use of the term "Linux" as I used it in the talk ;-)
- I even had a very young fan (as in utterly prepubescent fan) besting even Pewdiepie's fans in youth. He asked for an autograph and picture.
- Linuxfest was generally well-organized but there were some huge oversights. The rooms were only equipped to handle HDMI inputs. This basically ruined Michael Tunnell's presentation which was right before mine (and probably others) since they couldn't record from his laptop. Poor guy had to use some useless Chromebook (which its distinct lack of keys) to try to preview kdenlive. They couldn't record from mine either, but I'm not going to let that happen, so I just went Harambe Mindframe and connected to the screen VGA input, bypassing their recording rig and recorded the talk on my own machine. This is something that the speakers should not have to be worrying about.
- People got a little peeved by the organizer's keynote, because it went way, way over on time, and then was followed by another talk that ruffled some vocal SJW feathers (basically a critique of witch-hunting codes of conduct). This is just what I gleamed from people, all of whom were really tired after a long day, because I sat these talks out.
Anyway, it's been nice meeting all of you who have/had come! Again, I might do a video update after the whole thing is over.
Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:12:46 -0400
Exile in Suburbia
While I'm looking for a new apartment or land to live on, I've been living in the Atlanta suburbs (or 'boondocks' in some people's definitions) again. After a couple days of rest after the grueling move/drive across country, I'm getting used to the 40 minute walk to the closest town and the extreme lack of people of my demographics (both age and race).
I found a local bookstore today and bought a copy of Cochran and Harpending's The 10,000 Year Explosion, a book I had read a while ago, but never bought. It's actually my style to only buy books after reading them and liking them at libraries. I'm rereading it now.
I've also been going thru A.J. Ayer's Language, Truth and Logic, which was largely one of the key books in spreading Logical Positivism to the English-speaking work. Intellectually-subtle viewers may know that I'm not a big fan of Logical Positivism—in fact I'm sort of reading it to have a strawman to attack in my dissertation. You never know though; I find it very difficult to enunciate my distaste of it. The vocabulary isn't quite out there to do so with a popular (or un-popular) audience.
Since I plan on my dissertation being in large part philosophy of science and then some, I'll have to overcome this lack of vocabulary, and might do so partially with the aid of my YouTube channel.
Thu, 31 May 2018 18:24:26 -0400
Whomst lives in Georgia?
Friendship ended with Arizona; now Georgia is my best friend.
I just finished my move from Arizona, which is more relieving than I can possibly express. Classwork is done, and the only possible reason I'll ever be returning to that quite literal hell-hole is for when I defend my dissertation and my graduation ceremony.
The thing is, while I've moved from Arizona, I haven't really moved anywhere in particular; I'll be living with family and friends until I decided where I want to live exactly. Here are my options:
- Just go full innawoods right now, buy land (in Georgia or Tennessee) with my money and get started. The disadvantage is that I don't have as much money as I'd like to get a choice parcel, and this would also interfere with my dissertation (perhaps it doesn't matter of course).
- Partial innawoods. I have some family in Florida with remote land and farmhouses. I could ask to live their and watch the property, maybe practice for real innawoods hours in the meantime. No money required other than my food, unless the relevant family member wants nominal rent.
- Move to an apartment in a practical place to work on my dissertation. This would probably mean a college town where they have a library and bus system (probably Athens, where the University of Georgia is, where I've lived before and have friends, but I don't particularly like the place). Work on the dissertation and finish in a year, then go elsewhere.
- Move into Atlanta, get an internship at an NGO, become a bugman (joke choice).
- I don't own a car anymore and don't want to buy one unless I go innawoods. I'll need a truck if I do. Having a car while living in a city is a waste.
- I'll possibly still be getting some amount of money from the University of Arizona for online work. This means that I'll have an income stream. I want to treat this income as going directly into the innawoods fund though.
- If I actually ever get monetized (it's been 5 months of "review"), I might actually be making workable money on YouTube (possibly enough for rent somewhere). Patreon/Paypal is small now, but a lot more than nothing and sort of pays for my groceries and such.
Anyway, the title of the post is "Whomst lives in Georgia?" because I'm curious. I know some subscribers live in Athens, and if there are a lot there, or a lot in Kennesaw or another college town, that might be a reason to move there, so we can have IRL meetups or stuff or I can do stuff at university events, etc. Feel free to respond to the thread on this on the forum or if you don't want to dox yourself, just mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sun, 27 May 2018 18:05:00 -0700
Series on Old Norse and Language Learning?
One request I get a whole lot is to talk about how to learn a language, or one harder, a language using only a book. I could just "talk" about it, but I figure doing it real time might be a lot better. I taught myself Latin this way nearly 10 years ago, and now use my Latin knowledge all the time academically. Part of my knowledge of Chinese also comes from my particular method of learning.
Anyway, I want to record myself going through an introductory language-learning book, verbally externalize my thoughts to make it clear how I interpret what I see. Obviously I have a lot of initial knowledge about languages generally, but as it comes up, I'll mention and explain all the needed concept and why they're relevant.
The language I've chosen to learn is Old Norse/Old Icelandic, which, as it happens, is very close and mutually intelligible with modern Icelandic with some minor differences. WhyOld Norse? (1) It's an ancient language that can be useful for my own understanding of historical linguistics, and the development of Germanic languages, (2) it still has some older linguistic properties that will keep viewers informed of a more highly inflected language, but (3) it also has a vocabulary similar to English, which will minimize the rote memorization aspect of learning it.
The book I'll probably be going through is Old Icelandic: An Introductory Course by Valfells and Cathey. I'll either have a physical copy or a pdf of it, which ever ismore convenient for recording. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to give me them! Again, the point of the series isn't supposed to be just on Old Norse/Icelandic, but on language learning generally, so everyone is welcome to watch! ;-)
Wed, 23 May 2018 18:23:48 -0700
I'll be doing a stream in a bit, probably within the hour. Keep your eyes peeled on YouTube.
Tue, 22 May 2018 10:23:59 -0700
Forum now has HTTP & SSL (Lunduke BTFO once again)
I've finally put HTTPS on the forum for security's sake. I appreciate that people have been signing up already anyway. I'll probably reannounce it on the channel when I do a live stream probably tomorrow.
You may've noticed that there was also some server downtime, that was actually relevant to the SLL upgrade. I stupidly miswrote something and broke my Apache server for a minute or two. All fixed now though.
Sun, 20 May 2018 20:03:14 -0700
How I Write Accent Marks and IPA Characters in Vim
I just released a brief video on how I put special characters into vim.. There is a built in system (with control-k) for inputting special characters, but it's not as manipulatable as I'd like. Instead, I have two little vim files that coin functions to enable/disable deadkeys (for diacritics) or extra shortcuts for characters in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The deadkey function turns ', ", :, ` and other symbols into deadkeys that place diacritics onto different characters. The IPA function is similar, but allows a sequence of semicolon plus two letters to correspond to an IPA symbol. E.g., if I want to type 'ʃ', I just type ';sh.
The links are in the video description (the files are in the voidrice repository as usual). The system is pretty customizable, and you can easily add whatever characters you need, potentially imitating the toggling commands I have there already.
Sun, 20 May 2018 13:54:58 -0700
Video on the blog system
I just put up the video on the blog system, if you're interested. Check it out here.
Again, the link to the Github repo is here. Enjoy!
Sun, 20 May 2018 09:43:03 -0700
Guests now allowed on forum; Perks for supporters.
Now that the forum is being reborn, I've openned up one of the subforums, the tech support one to non-registered posters. This makes it so people without an account can come and ask questions.
Additionally, I'm going to give perks to people who support me/the channel on Patreon. For now, it's going to be for anyone who gives any ammount of money, but I make increase the required input in a bit. Perks will include a gold-plated name, access to a private forum, and possibly other abilities like bigger avatar size and such (that's not implemented yet).
Sun, 20 May 2018 09:14:04 -0700
More tinkering today[standalone]
I'm changing a couple lines in the blog script (
lb) that beautify the standalone pages, giving them UTF-8 encoding, actual titles and the website's stylesheet. While the standalone pages were originally an afterthought, I'm sure someone will like using them. I'll also probably put a video up about the blog system anyway
I've also been working on the forum today, and I'll also be putting up an update to the mutt-wizard which will hopefully fix compatibility with certain sites. Originally, I made the apparently improper and pessimistic assumption that some providers don't use +INBOX as the inbox location, encouraging me to writing a very skiddie line in grep to filter out all non-inbox boxes to smartly guess the true inbox. This caused the system to detect people's "Contacts" or "SMS" folders as their inbox in some cases.
I'll be fixing this soon so that it always just assumes that "+INBOX" is the real thing, which I think will lessen the errors people have.
Sat, 19 May 2018 13:36:26 -0700
Check Github for the blog system[standalone]
I put my new blog system on Github. Again, just a little 70-ish line script that generates HTML and RSS/XML code automatically from a post; it'll get me a lot for very little, and obviously doesn't involve any silly databases.
Check out the link at https://github.com/LukeSmithxyz/lb. Play around with it if you're interested in it for your own purposes. I might do a video on it in a bit, and I'll be refining it as needed.
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:13:06 -0700
As I said, in a post before, I'm figuring out a new blogging and RSS feed paradigm which has been 95% done for several days, barring those little annoyances. I've been moving things around, including the GUIDs for RSS entires, so you may be seeing double, triple or quadruple entries in your RSS feed reader.
Feel free to purge your RSS feed cache to fix this. You won't lose anything since I have everything on my RSS feed (I'm not one of those people who has a rolling 15 entry RSS feed).
Wed, 16 May 2018 10:38:11 -0700
New Forum Up and Under Preparation[standalone]
My subscriberbase has been pretty consistently dogging me to put the forum up. I figured I might as well just start a new forum with updated myBB software now. The old forum was a good trial run, but with newer software and now on my own server, there are more possibilities for a longterm forum.
So check out forum.lukesmith.xyz and go ahead and register the name you want and start posting if you'd like. As a minor warning, I don't have https for the forum yet, but that will come pretty soon.
Wed, 16 May 2018 09:23:55 -0700
On my new blog system[standalone]
For the past day or so, I've been "writing" a blog "system". Really it's only about 100 lines in shell script, which sure as hell beats installing WordPress and having huge databases on the server.
I want to have one rolling blog page, automatic RSS feed updates and maybe even standalone pages, so that's what I wrote. I also want to be able to link to individual blog entries on the rolling page, so I have it automatically label each header for the use of interior urls.
If you're reading this, wherever you're reading it, it's been successfuly.
Really all the script does is let you write a HTML draft entry, and when you're done, it appends it to the rolling page and converts its information into an RSS feed entry and appends it to your RSS feed. "Append" is probably the wrong word though, since it's not being added to the end, but in front of other entries.
Anyway, I hope to be able to have a fully functioning and synced blog and RSS feed, without the hassle or bloat, now I'm pretty confident that I'm right about at it. The only thing I haven't implemented (and might not) is the ability to change and delete posts from the RSS/rolling blog/standalone page directory. I'm the kind of person who doesn't believe in revision though, so maybe I'll slide without that.
Mon, 14 May 2018 15:09:10 -0700
New turbo-minimalist site[standalone]
I've decided to severely trim down my website, not in content, but in frills. We'll see how this works out, and if it does, I plan on keeping it this way with maybe minor beautification.
At a surface level, my site is just going to be two main HTML pages: the main page and a blog/updates page which I have made automatically (This also includes RSS updates).
One of the other things I've made use of is an Apache server's capability to display directory contents in and index page. You've probably seen things like this, see one of mine at talks/. You can also give these pages CSS and descriptions for the files, which I've decided to take advantage of. It seems like a much better way of organizing files on your website and making them accessible than doing it manually in HTML.
Mon, 14 May 2018 14:53:20 -0700