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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Melech - the character of a king

Thu 20 July 2023 by R.L. Dane

I was thinking about the difference between a kingdom and an empire, and the difference between a king and an emperor.

Let's start with some basic definitions...

(Note: Some words have been boldfaced for added emphasis, and [bracketed phrases] within quoted Bible verses are added helps and not found in …
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Fun with FreeBSD

Wed 22 March 2023 by R.L. Dane

Do *not* do the following :D
Please scroll down to the **Update** section below, instead

I was watching this video about FreeBSD last night, and the gentleman made mention of a blog which had extra information on FreeBSD. Looking at the blog, I found an excellent article describing how to …

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Le Blerb, or: I guess I should write something, eh?

Tue 21 March 2023 by R.L. Dane

Welp, it's been literally a month since my last blog post. 1,000 days to offload, right? 😆

I had a checkup with my doctor today, and going over the results of my blood test, I was encouraged in no uncertain terms to pick up regular exercise again, and stick with …

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Beauty

Tue 14 February 2023 by R.L. Dane

Six years ago, I found myself sitting in a classroom in one of the most beautiful, über-modern buildings on campus. I was in a graduate course surrounded with incredibly intelligent and kind classmates (a rarity in grad school in my experience, sadly), and two very experienced, passionate, and sophisticated professors …

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