Jack Baty

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Daily Posts

Links, thoughts, and photos I feel like sharing---one post per day.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Good morning. It's 4:05 am. Now what?

Renewed my Curio license, as I always do. It's such a great app for all things visual.

I'm having trouble choosing between Logseq and org-roam for my "lab notebook".

Every Bay Area House Party - by Scott Alexander

Want: Houndsy Kibble Dispenser

This is a dangerous channel for me: Wristwatch Revival - YouTube . Found via a link on this fascinating page describing how mechanical watches work Mechanical Watch – Bartosz Ciechanowski . (via Daring Fireball: How Mechanical Watches Work )

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Happy Stupid Pun day!

I am wildly inaccurate most of the time.

People...are like nature's apps

Eleanor, "The Good Place"

Just upgraded ox-hugo with the new toml processing bits . Seems to work.

I'd love to see org mode thrive outside of Emacs: Orga | orga.js.org

The Bad People keep winning. Why is that?

Men make these laws...and they also don't know where a girl pees from

Patricia Lockwood, "No One is Talking About This"

I started the day in a terrible mood so I distracted myself by spending some time in the darkroom. I feel much better. I've noticed that doesn't happen when using Lightroom.


Awesome detail:

“The keyboard doesn’t have an escape key on purpose because the people down there on the severed floor can’t ever escape,” she said. “It’s subconsciously creating and supporting the world that our story is living in.”

Stories Behind Some of the Weird Stuff on ‘Severance’ - The New York Times

In Defence of the Single Page Application | William Kennedy heh

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Still waffling on Hugo vs Ghost. I spent so much time over the weekend setting up Ghost and migrating content. I like how it looks and I like the editor. I like just dragging images to make galleries or featured images. I like that switching templates is much easier. I like that I get a built-in newsletter engine for free. I like that I can just edit a post in place right in the browser rather than Emacs->Org->Hugo->sync. But, it's not plain text. I can't write in Org-mode/Emacs. I don't understand Ghost templates. Hosting requirements are higher. On top of all that, I feel like a "static website" person, not a "use a CMS" person. I know that's silly, but I can't ignore it.

UPDATE: We're back on Hugo for baty.net. I had fun tinkering with Ghost but it just doesn't feel right. (This is me using what I have )

Monday, May 2, 2022

Now what? I've moved baty.net to Ghost so there's no place for these daily notes. Back to the wiki I guess.

Friday, April 29, 2022

I'm hungry.

Contemplating the pros and cons of using ox-hugo for posting here. ox-hugo is awesome, but it's yet another layer of abstraction between what I'm typing and what ends up here. I mean, I get to use Org mode for writing, which is great, but Markdown is pretty good for just writing, too. Creating the necessary files/folders for new posts is a no-brainer in ox-hugo, once things are configured. But, how long would it take me to wire up the equivalent with a bit o' lisp and a snippet or two? With ox-hugo, everything is in one big Org file. I love the idea of this, but I don't know how useful it is. Then again, it works!. Still noodlin'. Trying to remember to Use What You Have.

I've been using the stacking feature on my macOS desktop for a couple of weeks and, surprisingly, I don't hate it. I thought I'd hate it, but it's kind of nice having things organized for me. It's not the way I'd normally organize things, but once I just let it do its thing, I stopped worrying about it.'

Moved my theme's git repo to Sourcehut, too. https://git.sr.ht/~jbaty/codeit-theme . It's part of the baty.net project. I have to admit, Sourcehut is growing on me.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Good morning, it's 4:00 am and I'm already back from my walk wtf.

I have a notes.org file with thousands of lines of stuff I've written down, just in case. I never use it.

the smartphone’s fundamental utility, often elaborately concealed under the guise of entertainment or social connection, is the elimination of friction from capitalist exchange.

In Defense of Friction - Gabriel Kahane: Words & Music

New Post: Book logging in Emacs - Jack Baty

I want one so badly: Rotary Un-Smartphone

This, from Mastodon's dev...

Mastodon's monthly active user numbers have risen by 84,579 since the Twitter buyout story broke on Monday

Eugen - Mastodon

...so, as I suspected, almost nobody has left Twitter for Mastodon, if you consider Twitter's 330 Million active users. Measurable but not meaningful.

I made my .doom.d config public, but just to be annoying, it's on Sourcehut: https://git.sr.ht/~jbaty/doom.d

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

It's time for spring, why can't we have spring?

I don't see how Nota adds anything that Obsidian doesn't already cover, other than it feels like a good Mac app. That's not trivial, though. Interesting that I can use both interchangeably. For example, I opened Obsidian and it created a daily page for me, which I'm now editing in Nota, since Nota doesn't create daily pages.

Remember Tumblr ? I miss Tumblr... Jack Shares Things

Remember TiddlyWiki ? I miss my wiki...Jack Batys Wiki — A sort of Rudimentary Lathe

One of the best things I've done recently is to consolidate my domain names. Everything is under *.baty.net now and it's a relief. On the other hand, consolidating all my sites here as one blog is something I'm less sure about.

Put a new ribbon in the Hermes 3000.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

I'm bored with all of this.

So basically Curio now has a form of transclusion for figures. That, and file-backed text figures make Curio a sort of visual Roam. Curio 22 Release Notes

As an org-mode user, I'm starting to feel isolated. If I don't want to use Emacs or (sort of) Logseq, my "text" files aren't very useful. It makes me miss Markdown a little.

Org-roam is clever and helps me stay in Emacs, but it's not as easy or immediately useful as the more fluid and visual tools like Roam or Logseq . I don't know what to do about this, other than to not use Emacs for my PKM or whatever.

Nota - Pro notes app designed for local Markdown files. Looks and feels quite nice and has an actual Mac menu bar like all Mac-assed apps should. Missing daily notes, though.

The speed with which Twitter recedes in your mind will shock you. Like a demon from a folktale, the kind that only gains power when you invite it into your home, the platform loses all its power when that invitation is rescinded.

Robin Sloan, The lost thread

GitHub Gists from Emacs Orgmode - Noetic Nought


Monday, April 25, 2022

I should really get my shit together.

I'm thinking of changing my complex-as-hell "productivity" system with something simpler, like, "Write it down so you don't forget it. Then do it as soon as you can."

I don't need more software. I need more ideas and the energy to act on them.

I'm already sick of hearing about people rage-quitting Twitter because Musk is buying it and something bad might happen because of that. Twitter wasn't great yesterday, so let's see if any of the terrible things actually happen first, then quit.

Ben Thompson can stop suggesting that companies should build out an advertising model any time. He's smart, and probably right, but it's not right right, know what I mean?

I've made posting to this site as easy and fluid as I'm capable of but some days it's still too much friction.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Center Window on the Current Monitor in Emacs, Simplified • Christian Tietze Very simplified. Nice.

I spent nearly 4 hours yesterday cleaning up old content here. Mostly bad image links due to trying to migrate from a half-dozen different WordPress gallery plugins. I think I got most of them. What a pain. Now I remember why I keep promising myself I won't change platforms, again.

This is handy, and comes with SetApp: TextSniper - Capture and extract any text from your Mac's screen | images

D'ya ever feel like you need a reboot? I feel like I need a reboot.

Shot a roll of the new Neopan Acros in the Nikon F100 yesterday. Something doesn't seem right, but I can't put my finger on it (other than the scratches and dust).

Alice. Nikon F100. Acros 100

Looking at photos on tiny screens sure papers over a lot of flaws.

Film photo reaction: "Oooh, it's almost in focus, there's not too much motion blur, the grain isn't too rough, and there's only a few dust spots...I love it!" Digital photo reaction: "It's not perfect, delete it."