How to Raise the Dead: An Instructional Guide to Necromancy, as it were

Thu 23 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

I got into a humorous discussion with a good "FediFriend" today about cloning and necromancy. The result of our rather bizarre conversation was that I would write an article on necromancy if he would write an article on cloning.

His resultant article was not at all what I thought it …

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Fading into Memory (the cruelest stage of grief)

Wed 15 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

Content Warning: This post deals with grief

Yet again, I had planned to write about healthy mourning, and yet again, what's on my mind being hijacked by what's rattling around in my heart.

There is this innocent, necessary, and healthy stage of mourning that is also so terribly cruel: the …

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Loss

Tue 14 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

Content Warning: This post deals with the death of a pet and mourning, and approaches things from a Christian viewpoint.

Content Warning, part 2: This post went into far greater detail about the events leading up to my cat's passing than I initially intended, so if you're mourning a loved …

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UNIX is dead. Long live UNIX

Sun 12 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

I remember once watching a video of presenter at a Linux conference boldly proclaim, "UNIX is dead."

As someone who worked on UNIX systems for over a decade, and who's played with UNIX variants off and on for three decades, that is a pretty incendiary statement.

With apologies to Sophocles …

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One month later

Sat 11 November 2023 by R.L. Dane

Content warning: This post deals with loss

Well, one month later.
One month ago, I said goodbye to my furry best friend.
I've thought about him every day, several times a day.
Nearly every day, I find myself thinking,

"Well, I've got time, I can stop by the house and …

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Too clean

Thu 19 October 2023 by R.L. Dane

Content Warning: this post deals with the loss of a pet

So, last night I stayed up late carefully putting up my cat's effects: food bowl, water bowl, litter tray. I washed his carrier (because he peed in it when he was sick) in the washing machine. I was scheduled …

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Using `cal` and plain text to track things

Tue 05 September 2023 by R.L. Dane

I know everyone's got their preferred notes app/platform, but I've been using SimpleNote for several years now, and I'm quite fond of it. Not only does it have very usable mobile and cross-platform desktop apps, it also has alternate apps like nvpy (a GUI) and sncli, an excellent command …

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Time for a new "Geek Code"!

Sun 06 August 2023 by R.L. Dane

I was watching yesterday's video from The Linux Cast on PeerTube, and I really liked how he broke down the various (arche)types of Linux users into seven categories:

  • "The Greybeards" - those who have used Linux since the early days, and have a lot of experience. The Linux Gandalfs.
  • "I …
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That "corban" thing

Sat 05 August 2023 by R.L. Dane

I have a most peculiar skill (for a monoglot): I can read and sing Azerbaijani (Turkish).
Now, I don't understand it. But I can (slowly) read and recite it, and I have learned to sing about a dozen songs, almost all of which were sung by Rashid Behbudov, a popular …

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The Linux Last Mile Problem

Fri 21 July 2023 by R.L. Dane

I was watching The Linux Experiment's latest video entitled "Sometimes, I get tired of Linux," and I realized how similar the issues that he mentioned are to the classic "Last Mile Problem."

First of all, mad props to folks like Nick (a.k.a. "The Linux Experiment"), Veronica Explains, The …

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