Jack Baty

Director of Unspecified Services

Thursday, July 14, 2022

⛅️ Partly cloudy +63°F I ordered a bunch of paraphernalia around keeping index cards. I mean, I already have a lot of it, but I ordered more: storage boxes, dividers, more cards, etc. This almost guarantees that I won’t be using index cards in the future. I’ve been testing DxO PhotoLab 5 and it’s quite good. I used to love using “U-Point Technology” years ago in the old Nikon Capture NX app and it’s fun to see how far it’s come. Continue reading

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The other day I got out my can-opener and was opening a can of worms when I thought, What am I doing?! Jack Handey, SNL ☝️Me, every day. One thing about TheBrain is that its “knowledge graph” visualization isn’t just a clever side effect of linking (see Obsidian). It’s core to the way the app works. Capture One for iPad is out today. I’ve been using the beta. It’s fine, not great. Continue reading

Monday, June 27, 2022

I love software. I just wish I didn’t love so much of it. Today so far I love TiddlyWiki, Denote, and TheBrain. You see the overlap there, right? For example, I recorded that Denote 0.1.0 was released in Denote, TheBrain, and Org-roam. I’m nuts. What does doing all this even get me? I’m not sure I have the energy for it. And I certainly don’t need to be making it harder. Continue reading

Sunday, June 26, 2022

I record the weather when each of these daily posts is created, but I’m not sure why. It’s another one of those “that’s a fun and clever thing to do” things that doesn’t actually help anything. I guess as long as it’s not getting in the way, but knowing that there are dependencies in my post creation macro and in the theme files worries me. Everything I publish online is always one big draft. Continue reading

Saturday, June 25, 2022

I don’t feel like being here today. The world depresses me. The people in it depress me. I’m a middle aged white CIS male, which means I have little to worry about, personally, from our new reality. I’m privileged. I can’t even imagine what the world must feel like for anyone not like me. My heart breaks as I watch everything become darker for so many people. I donate. I vote. Continue reading

Friday, June 24, 2022

After my brief existential crisis yesterday, Alex was kind enough to remind me why I do it this way. I feel better now, thanks. I just logged into my just-in-case WordPress installation running at v8.baty.net and was bombarded by a half-dozen plugin messages begging for attention and feedback and asking that I “Upgrade to Premium!”. Stop it. WordPress can do anything, but I don’t like how it actually does much of it. Continue reading

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

I spent some time tinkering with Bastian Bechtold’s org-static-blog. I was thinking I could use it for publishing some Org-mode notes. Since I already have notes.baty.net being rendered with Hugo, I didn’t see a need to switch. Clever package, though. Nice and simple. org-roam is absolutely fantastic! (Reddit): Some good stuff here. I get it, already, GPT-3 can make sentences. Is it really necessary to post every single one of them? Continue reading

Monday, June 20, 2022

As much as I like what Hey email is doing, After two years with the service, I’ve decided to cancel my subscription. Reminders go in Apple Reminders. Todo lists go in Org-mode. Twenty years ago I would be so deep into AI and surrounding technologies. I’d know all the players and I’d be using it for cool new stuff and trying everything. I can’t understand why today I simply don’t care. Continue reading
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