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Jack Baty – Director of Unspecified Services

When I was a smoker

I was a smoker from 1983 until 1996. I loved smoking and I was good at it. I’ll probably start smoking again the minute lung transplants are an outpatient procedure. Me smoking and looking impossibly cool (mid 1980s)" Me smoking and looking impossibly cool (mid 1980s) It’s been so long since I smoked that I barely remember it. I hate to admit that what I do remember about smoking, I remember fondly.

Scanning film negatives with a digital camera

Scanning film negatives with a flatbed scanner is a pain. All scanning software sucks. Every one of them. Fidgeting with negative holders is a joyless, tedious drag. And the whole process is slow. So very slow. I’ve been experimenting with scanning film using a digital camera. I’ve processed a few rolls this way and it’s working quite well. Here’s my setup: a combination of the MK1 Film Carrier and Negative Lab Pro.

Curio 14 public beta

Curio is one of the nicest, best-looking, useful, and thoughtful apps I’ve used. George, the developer, is insanely responsive and helpful. I started using Curio in 2006 and never stopped for more than a month or two at a time. Here’s why I sometimes stop using Curio: I think I’ll be going all-in with the iPad (there’s no Curio for iOS) I decide that plain-text only is the way to go What if I switch to Linux?

Painting Eddie

My unfinished painting of Iron Maidens Eddie" My unfinished painting of Iron Maidens Eddie I started this painting of Iron Maiden’s “Eddie” from their “Killers” album cover in 1981 and have yet to finish it. I’m guessing I never will, but it remains in my closet, just in case. I think I was afraid of painting his hair so I’ve put it off for going on 40 years and counting.

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters 🎵

Wonderful, weird, powerful new record from Fiona Apple; and I’m very very happy about it. I resent you for having each other I resent you for being so sure I resent you presenting your life like a fucking propaganda brochure Seriously great. Whenever you want to begin, begin We don’t have to go back to where we’ve been. I saw Apple perform in 2012 and I’d love to go back and do it again.

My wiki is more Roam-like thanks to TiddlyBlink

I’ve finally gone and added TiddlyBlink’s modifications to my TiddlyWiki-based wiki at rudimentarylathe.org. This gives me a little of the automatic backlinking functionality of Roam but in TiddlyWiki This was inspired by Getting started with TiddlyWiki: a beginner’s tutorial. I’m not a complete beginner, but seeing TiddlyBlink’s use mentioned in the context of “getting started” made me feel a little more comfortable trying it. One of the cool things about TiddlyWiki is that content and feature enhancements can be installed by simply dragging and dropping from another wiki, right in the browser.

I'll be using Org-roam for the time being

It’s been a challenging week for me using Roam. For the past several days my Roam database simply wouldn’t load. I’d see the spinning Astrolabe forever. Deleting the site data in my browser and restarting would help for a time, but then it would happen again. What I’ve come to learn is that I need my Roam database available to me all the time. I understand that Roam is still in beta, but here we are.

Thoughts vs Records

**UPDATE: **After writing this I realized what a jumbled mess it became. I’m posting it anyway because it really is intended as a way for me to think this through. I apologize for the rambling you’re about to be subjected to. I work mostly with two kinds of notes: Thoughts and Records. Thoughts are meant to be used as raw materials for new thoughts. Records are for logging events. Thoughts are most useful right now, but will also be used in the future.

Thoughts vs Records

UPDATE: After writing this I realized what a jumbled mess it became. I’m posting it anyway because it really is intended as a way for me to think this through. I apologize for the rambling you’re about to be subjected to._ I work mostly with two kinds of notes: Thoughts and Records. Thoughts are meant to be used as raw materials for new thoughts. Records are for logging events. Thoughts are most useful right now, but will also be used in the future.

A long and binding road

My muscle memory is a mess. I spent years in Vim and then learned Emacs. I started with Spacemacs so that I wouldn’t be too distracted by those nutty Emacs keybindings. It helped. But I wanted to learn to configure Emacs on my own and so I powered through the learning curve and rolled my own configuration. I actually learned to (almost) enjoy the native bindings. Trouble was at that point I was stuck between worlds.

Org-roam and aliases

I just learned that Org-roam supports aliases. This means that I can reference pages in my Org-roam database in more than one way. For example, I might want to have a page for “World War II” but when mentioning it I would just use “WWII”. It’s done like this… #+TITLE: World War II #+ROAM_ALIAS: "WWII" "World War 2" This is really handy. Even “real” Roam doesn’t support this as easily yet.

Stop using encrypted email - Latacora

Latacora: Users are encouraged to rotate their PGP keys in the same way that LARPers are encouraged to sharpen their play swords: not only does nobody do it, but the whole system would probably fall apart if everyone did. If messages can be sent in plaintext, they will be sent in plaintext. … The clearest example of this problem is something every user of encrypted email has seen: the inevitable unencrypted reply.