Trying to work up the ambition to open up my file server and add the second CPU

My personal kindle is an Oasis. Yet Amazon keeps sending me emails to 'upgrade' to the latest paperwhite. ::P
Probably because I still have an older paperwhite on my account, but still. Gah.

Ever kickstart something thinking it will be massively useful, and by the time it ships years later it's not only useless, but ridiculously antiquated?

In other news, my Superbook arrived the other day.

It wouldn't make that big of a dent (12% give or take), but in the immediate term it might make me feel better.

In the long term, I expect I'd regret it.

I have a script that goes and screen-scrapes all of my banks-and-similar, 11 of them, every day, and collects the current balance, limits (for credit cards), etc into a database, then renders out a text file that shows up on my desktop so I can see today's status.

Today I looked at my "total cash" which includes savings, and my "total revolving debt" (cards) and had to fight the urge to dump all my savings into paying down the cards.

(Recent adjustments to my insulin regimen has caused some annoying psychological damage and I'm finding it hard to _want_ to eat anything. fast food at least makes the carb calculations easier.)

Been playing with fast food apps on my phone. They pretty much all suck. The ones that offer order-ahead all make it a chore, at best, to find and add the items you want. FFS, mcdonalds, I have to specify _two_ "no sauces" on my nuggets? Popeye's 'nutrition info' _opens a fucking pdf_. Why is this hard?

So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.

How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me: patreon.com/cwebber

Wish me luck. More updates soon.

Even without knowing _anything else about it_, I've seen enough ads urging me to vote against 1631, and none in favor, that my automatic assumption is that I should vote in favor. Whoever has the money to run ads all over the place is _almost guaranteed_ to be on the wrong side of any issue.

Then I see "Sponsored by Western States Petroleum Association" and I have confirmation.

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I’ve been inching my way slowly thru the Silo stories by Hugh Howey. I can’t go more than a few pages without becoming angry and having to stop for a while. Sometimes days.

The future is here and it's got impressively low latency.

Exactly why is it unrealistic of me to expect people with drivers licenses to know how to drive?

An hour of video games, half an hour of work, and 40 minutes of sorting cables. And I'm out of go for the day.

CBS needs to learn what the phrase 'all access' means. Season 1 of Murphy Brown is available. But nothing after? And not the new stuff? What the fuck are we paying for, assholes?

How long is ScanSnap cloud going to be broken? How badly can they fuck it up?

The true failing of RSS is that you can't track people with it

oh, yay. somebody spent about $800 on my daily-spending card. Seems to've taken them a week or so to detect it and let me know, but it's all reported now. And I don't have that card for the next 4-6 days. la.

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The Clacks

Welcome to The Clacks

Named after the transcontinental communications network from Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

Neither Deluge Nor Ice Storm Nor The Black Silence Of The Netherhells Shall Stay These Messengers About Their Sacred Business. Do Not Ask Us About Sabre-Tooth Tigers, Tar Pits, Big Green Things With Teeth, Or The Goddess Czol.