So you know how, when setting up a new installation, you get curious about some configuration value and you start digging through the documentation to figure out where the value might be set to find out what it is? and, as you are scrolling through the config file your eye is caught by some other bit of arcana, and you wonder what/why, which opens another rabbit hole of research and discovery. And then suddenly you notice you’ve lost two and a half hours on this, your pets are whingeing outside the door to be fed, and you have yet to cross off even one item on the setting-up-new-OS task list?

Yah, I have never ever done that before either. Ever.


AC / DC icon

Once upon a time in America there were two standards for producing electricity – AC and DC. Well, to be more accurate, there were two primary different methods, and each had dozens or potentially thousands of different specific standards for implementation. But the really important point, for this conversation, is that in the large scale of things at the time almost no one was using either method, because electricity was not available to anyone but weird hobbyists.

Which brings us to GNOME and KDE. Continue reading “GNOME and KDE”


London Pottery 2 cup Farmhouse teapot with filter.

The word souvenir[WT] comes from Français, but with a twist. French, itself, borrowed subvenio[WT] from Latin, meaning something akin to “bring to mind,  come up with.” In English it usually means “a memento of sentimental value, an aid in remembering.” Continue reading “Souvenir”

Sky gradients

With a few clear days I have been able, once again, to enjoy one of the cool things about the view from this apartment – morning colour gradients before sunrise.

The view to the east is a vibrant glowing sky fading from a dark blue night overhead through pale blue to orange where the horizon is hidden behind a jagged silhouette of mountain peaks just picking up the colours at the crisp edges. The kind of colours and depths totally lost in a cellphone pic.

Multinational personal banking

Or why it sucks that banks use borders as an excuse to charge fees.

If I use bitcoin to send money from, say, my savings account to my checking account (iow: from my private offline wallet to my phone wallet) I just do it. Which is exactly what the bank does. It costs a microscopic amount of my internet bandwidth, a microscopic amount of my computer cpu, a cost so infinitesimally small it is nearly impossible to calculate except in large scales. Which is exactly what banks do. Continue reading “Multinational personal banking”