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I hate computers (and programming is terrible). 💩

Editing WordPress PHP with a proportionally-spaced face? No thank you!

I hate computers (and programming is terrible). 💩

I actually wanted a Japanese maker, either Pilot or Sailor. I went with a Pilot Custom 74 with a medium nib, as I’ve done before. It’s a good, reasonably priced, everyday pen.

Buying a fountain pen:
‘We have many overseas makers… oh, excuse me, we have German and English makers among others…’

I was running on four hours sleep when I wrote this. 😴

I’m not sure what I was imagining at the time but the Linux virtual console, framebuffer, tmux and a collection of command-line interface tools isn’t it. Emacs is sort-of it, if Emacs was less of an editor and more of a Lisp machine.

> A Case Study in Not Being A Jerk in Open Source

Great article, showing we don't need to be Linus to each other while still giving strong and unambiguous criticism of code during reviews.

I don’t want to suggest that graphical user interfaces themselves are particularly wrong or something, but I’m wondering whether my computing environment wouldn’t be simpler to use and require less resources if it was a high-resolution fixed-width character display.

I really like the upright italic face available on -76 and the seen here mostly in the class browser. It looks like it’s called Cream, but I can’t find much about it on the Web.

Screenshot by user ‘SUMIM.ST’ on Wikimedia Commons used without endorsement via CC-BY-SA-4.0 (

The X1 Carbon’s page up and page down keys being in the corners of the cursor key cluster is still fucking me up… I miss the X220’s 7-row keyboard.

I’m really looking forward to the day ‘libvte’ ( Terminal, Tilix etc.) supports ligatures. 🔗

‘Unix is not my ideal system, but it is not too bad. The essential features of Unix seem to be good ones, and I think I can fill in what Unix lacks without spoiling them. And a system compatible with Unix would be convenient for many other people to adopt.’—Richard M. Stallman, The GNU Manifesto (

🐘 New blog post: If you could edit tweets, or What's New In Mastodon 2.4

【地震情報 2018年6月19日】
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I will never — I asbolutely refuse to — understand why Japanese people wash concrete or tarmac, by hand, with a dirty cloth.

I just read the Wikipedia article on CLISP (🔗 and it says, ‘[Its author] Haible did not originally intend to distribute CLISP under the GPL, but in a well-publicised email exchange with Richard Stallman, he eventually agreed to do so. The issue at stake was whether CLISP was a derivative work of the GNU readline library.’

This sound like it could be what Stallman was referring to, is it? 🤔

In his overview of the GNU project (🔗, Richard Stallman mentions one benefit of releasing Readline under the GPL (rather than the LGPL) is that, ‘… at least one useful application has been made free software specifically so it could use Readline, and that is a real gain for the community.’

I’ve been wondering what that application is.

Standards are documentation, not legislation. They explain how to make your code do the same thing as mine. Sadly, we write them in an imperative voice, and don't explain how we chose them. Alex has more to say:

«In 1993, John Gilmore famously said that "The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." That was technically true when he said it but only because the routing structure of the Internet was so distributed. As centralization increases, the Internet loses that robustness, and censorship by governments and companies becomes easier.»

【地震情報 2018年6月14日】
#地震 #埼玉県 #千葉県 #東京都 #茨城県 #栃木県 #群馬県 #神奈川県 #山梨県 #静岡県