I've often enjoyed using my tootme script to easily toot from the command-line. The reason I wrote this script is that the excellent toot utility which I had been using to toot from the command-line would just fail ungracefully if it encountered an error (like crossing the benighted 500-character post limit). So, tootme provides a friendly front-end to toot, returning with error messages right inside the editor if something goes wrong, and giving you the temp file location to recover your partially-written toot.

The reason I don't just use a more advanced command-line fediverse utility like tut is that I don't like to have potentially time-wasting utilities on machines I'm trying to get serious work done on.

But how did I get from tootme to blogme (which this very post is being written in right now)? And what in the Stephen Gary Wozniak is miniblogging??

It's a simple progression between two opposite extremes. Just as how Project Gemini sits between the mindless, bloated excess of the modern World Wide Web and the minimalism of Gopher, miniblogging lies between the spur-of-the-moment toot-it-and-forget-it of microblogging and the careful "proofread it a dozen times and make sure that every point has nice footnotes and helpful links, &c." plodding work of writing a formal blog post.
Now don't let the comparison between the two make you think I'm comparing "plodding" blogging to bloated horrible websites. The slow-and-careful work of formal blog posts is a beautiful one, and a worthy endeavour.
I just really wanted to have some way of preserving some of my more worthy (and lengthy) thoughts in a more blog-like form, without the anti-motivating aspects of having to think about tags, categories, formatting, proofreading, and all that jazz.

So, miniblogging aspires to be the best of both worlds. The free, long-format nature of blogging, the delightful low-effort-workflow of tooting.

SO HERE IT IS. BLOGME! It plops you into the $EDITOR of your choice, takes the very first line you type as the title of the blog post, the rest as the body, and sets the tag, category, title, filename, and date automagically.

Soon available on my Codeberg repo, which I would link [right here], but Eyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm miniblogging over heeeere!!!

Gesture navigation is lame

Sun 26 May 2024 by R.L. Dane

In late 2017, Apple introduced what was to be a very revolutionary iPhone (by iPhone standards, heh): The iPhone X.
Gone were the archaic huge forehead (how much room do you really need for a speaker, camera, and proximity sensor?) and chin (with physical home button*). In its place was …

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Nearly a Quarter Century of Mobile Phones

Thu 09 May 2024 by R.L. Dane

A fedifriend, Joel recently shared an older blog post detailing the smartphones he's owned over the years. It's an enjoyable read, so definitely check that out.

Since a lot of my blogging plans the past month got waylaid by various difficulties that I won't get into right now, I thought …

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The Toxicity Dance

Sun 14 April 2024 by R.L. Dane

There's been some kerfuffle today on the fediverse over the issue of toxicity in the Linux and Open Source community. "Toxic" is one of those trigger words that immediately gets fingers a-pointing. The great irony is that just to mention the word "toxic" can in itself be a toxic statement …

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Sat 13 April 2024 by R.L. Dane

I was chilling out at the parking lot of In-N-Out after having lunch there (because the weather is pretty nice today), but decided to go to a local library to have a nice desk in front of me and do some reading/writing.

I asked the Oracle at Googlii (via …

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Six Months a Mourner

Thu 11 April 2024 by R.L. Dane

Content Warning: This post deals with the loss of a pet. Also, Christian themes.

This will probably be my last post on this subject for a while. I do not wish to labor the point, but today marks the sixth month of my cat passing, and I felt that I …

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The unfolding horrors of Toxic Masculinity

Tue 02 April 2024 by R.L. Dane

Content Warning: This post deals with the issue of toxic masculinity. If that (or the discussion thereof) is upsetting to you, please skip this one. Also, a minor bible reference is included.

I thought I had a pretty fair grasp on the idea and archetypes of toxic masculinity. I am …

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How did we *survive*?!?

Sun 31 March 2024 by R.L. Dane

About an hour ago, I was catching up with an old friend from the 90s that I've kept in touch with through the years and visited several times (even though I moved to a different state at the end of that decade). We were part of a wonderfully tight-knit group …

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Amiga: My Alternate History

Sat 30 March 2024 by R.L. Dane

Just a few days before Christmas Day, 1989, I excitedly carried home one of the greatest Christmas gifts I have ever received. I vaguely remember going with my stepdad to the university computer store (The "MicroCentre," it was called; no relation to the large, currently-extant computer store chain) to pick …

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A Breath of Fresh Air

Thu 25 January 2024 by R.L. Dane

It's funny to me how simple, practical changes can produce lasting effects. It's also funny how something can seem so insurmountable when you're stuck in a certain mindset, only to realize that it's just a matter of a simple change of thinking and habits.

When I was younger (read: thirties …

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