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Posted on 07-21-17 02:04:02 AM, in What's your OS(es)? (last edited by hydra-calm at 07-21-17 02:07:34 AM) Link
Right now, I use Arch primarily. Package management is lovely compared to debian-based systems, as is rolling-release. I'm getting a bit leary of systemd these days, though. I'm thinking I'll either give Gentoo a proper shot on an x86 machine (my only experience with it is messing around on an old powerbook, which I'm sure isn't the most representative) or see about grafting in OpenRC. Used to use Win7; 10's telemetrics pushed me into switching to Arch full-time.

Maybe also noteworthy, I picked up a T2-based SPARC box a while back, and haven't been able to decide if I want to go the path of least resistance (Solaris) or use OpenBSD. I'd have access to hardware virtualization in the latter case, but not ZFS. Guess it's pointless until a concrete use presents itself for the thing...
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Posted on 07-21-17 02:20:52 AM, in How much sleep do you get? Link
It's pretty variable. If I'm tired, I can do 10h+ pretty easily, but lots of times during the semester I'll end up with little to none in the first few days of the week. Probably destroying my body to some extent, but I figure once I finish college and move I can sort it out.
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Posted on 07-21-17 05:46:50 PM, in What are you listening to now? Link
Pan Daijing - Sex & Disease.

First heard something of hers on that Mono No Aware comp on PAN a while back, but didn't pursue further until now. Her live performances are terrifying, on first watch at least.
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Posted on 07-21-17 06:54:55 PM, in What's your OS(es)? (last edited by hydra-calm at 07-21-17 06:55:14 PM) Link
I don't know if my experience is typical, but I've experienced relatively little breakage after upgrades. The major incident I remember was a KMS bug with my T60 (X1400 on that mobo, I think?) that gave me a completely black screen. Thankfully it was fixed pretty quickly -- I just downgraded my kernel for a few days, which while it probably wasn't the intended solution, worked well enough. Also, there were a few times when my upgrading my glibc broke TI's debug probe drivers and that sort of thing, but that's more on TI (and seems to no longer be an issue AFAIK). Otherwise, I've had very little trouble. My T430's been running the same Arch install since 2015ish and seems pretty happy.
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Posted on 07-22-17 02:17:25 AM, in What's on YOUR mind? Link
Sadly I'm tied to twitter, since for a lot of friends it's my most reliable means of contact. Those sorts of platforms are really beginning to exhaust me though, especially when I see the same thing being circulated for the third pass, or some breathless news-item-that-isn't. I don't know why people are so happy to give the older mediums that were really about -talking- up, but I've got to deal with it, I guess.
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Posted on 07-23-17 12:11:06 AM, in Night in the Woods Link
Gonna third what I've seen above. I'm now nearing at least one ending, and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. The writing is pretty lifelike, honestly -- mirrors my experience growing up in rural America, anyway.

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Posted on 07-23-17 12:27:40 AM, in What is your go-to breakfast? Link
Often just end up skipping breakfast, but as far as stuff I actually like, steel-cut oats + some sort of berry are probably top.
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Posted on 07-27-17 04:44:38 PM, in The weather Link
Seems we've dodged a lot of thunder/rain lately too. I used to bike tons when I had free time, but the weather here has been so utterly hellish I haven't. I'm just going to bite the "feels like 42C" when I put a new chain on my current bike tomorrow, but I wish I lived somewhere like WA that had a bit friendlier summer temps...
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Posted on 07-28-17 02:02:54 PM, in Jul Pub Link
Do you do other uC programming? It's becoming an interest of mine and I've spent this summer slowly getting my head around the STM32F4 (taking a break lately, but I think I'm about past the burnout). I've had a few classes on it (8051, sadly) and done some MSP430 and MSP432 for school design team work.
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Posted on 07-28-17 02:39:35 PM, in Jul Pub Link
Neat. A lot of the older, quirkier stuff I haven't messed with, but I am interested in picking up z80 and 68k someday.
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Posted on 07-30-17 08:44:04 PM, in What's your OS(es)? Link
Finally got around to putting Gentoo on my (newly rebuilt) T60. It's forcing me to learn quite a bit I'd previously glossed over, but it's very nice so far. Had to build firefox to avoid the Other piece of potteringware, but at least it doesn't segfault on Pixiv like the Arch AUR's builds of ESR do.
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Posted on 08-02-17 08:48:45 PM, in Fun Summer Stuff Link
Usually just means my schedule goes very nocturnal. There was a decent indoor pool where my parents lived, but since it's a tiny, rural midwestern town, it of course went unmaintained and was forced to close. There's also one at my school, but the hours are pretty limited. For exercise I usually just run at night or go biking if it's cool enough.

There aren't many interesting things to do around here, especially at night, so until I'm out of undergrad it's pretty much just going to mean shutting myself inside and working on projects etc. unless I get an internship.
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Posted on 08-03-17 11:58:55 PM, in General Anime Discussion Link
I've been slowly rewatching Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou. I'm not going to try to describe the concept too thoroughly, but it's set in a peaceful, overgrown post-apocalyptic Japan many years in the future, and centers on an android named Alpha minding the titular quiet country cafe in place of her absent master. It's slow, contemplative stuff and has kind of a sense of mono no aware hanging over it.

I've also started Yuri on Ice, and while it's pretty cute, I'm not in the mood for that sort of thing most of the time.

These days I mostly read manga though -- the sorts of things I enjoy (Lain, Haibane, Kaiba, Utena and so on) don't seem to get anime anymore.
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Posted on 08-09-17 12:44:34 AM, in Fun Summer Stuff Link
Biking is wonderful. Probably my favorite form of exercise when it's cool enough outside -- exploration is fun, going 30+ mph without any kind of external power source is fun, working on the thing is even kind of fun. Sadly anything modern and decent (i.e. brifters, alu, 10sp+) is $1k or so, which I absolutely have no way of getting right now. Biking took over last summer even on this old Raleigh Alyeska though.
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Posted on 08-09-17 07:09:16 PM, in What mobile apps do you use the most? Link
Bubble (the comic book/manga reader app), FBReader, Twidere, Xabber, Orbot, Son of Hunky Punk (though not in a while). I don't have a super nice phone; all of these are from my cyanogen'd/fdroid'd nexus 7. I'm currently saving for an N900, which might change things a bit. (I only call/text atm -- I usually even print directions in advance if I need them because google location services is a bit creepy)
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Posted on 08-10-17 07:51:09 PM, in Dining in, or eating out? Link
When I have time, I always prefer to cook. It's a fun hobby, and the results are better than most of what I can get here, since there's not exactly an abundance of decent (or reasonably priced) restaurants. That falls apart during the semester sometimes though and I end up eating garbage. No idea what the proportion will look like once I'm actually working, but I guess we'll see...
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Posted on 08-11-17 01:39:00 AM, in Favorite Album(s)? (last edited by hydra-calm at 08-11-17 01:54:05 AM) Link
This is a difficult question and my answer would likely be different tomorrow, but I'll have a shot...

Vladislav Delay - Entain
Vladislav Delay - Anima [If I had to pick an absolute favorite, probably this]
Microstoria - snd
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
At the Drive-in - Vaya
Endless 1
Main - Firmament III
Main - Dry Stone Feed
This Heat - Deceit
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Reload - Autoreload
Richie Hawtin - Decks EFX & 909
Rapoon - Tin of Drum
Pan Daijing - Lack [I'm aware how recent this is...]
L - Holy Letters
Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4
The Dead C - The White House
The Dead C - Tusk
Fushitsusha - Pathetique
Leif - Taraxacum
Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
Empress - Homeward Sounds
Bluetile Lounge - Half Cut
Vainqueur - Elevations
Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
Wipers - Youth of America
Yør - Lack of Being
Voices From the Lake - Voices From the Lake
Slovenly - Thinking of Empire
Seam - The Problem With Me


I cheated on a few of these (they're EPs), and dance music is skewed toward EPs/singles, so it's probably underrepresented here. There are also tons of things I find interesting/worthwhile that aren't really long-term "favorites" I come back to constantly because they're exhausting, flawed or require a specific mood to enjoy. (e.g. I find Hafler Trio - Kill the King too terrifying and disorienting for regular listening, but I love it anyway)
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Posted on 08-16-17 11:22:51 PM, in Recipe apps? Link
On the linux/desktop side of things, I used to use Gourmet to scrape Seriouseats and other recipe sites and make shopping lists. I should start doing that again, considering how much I suck at sticking to a meal plan without it.
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Posted on 08-17-17 08:21:59 PM, in Recipe apps? Link
The IRC gateway helps a lot if you can get the teams you're in to turn it on. But yeah, web slack is kind of an abomination when it really does very little you can't get from something like IRC anyway, and spends gigs and gigs of RAM doing it...

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Posted on 08-18-17 01:39:59 AM, in General Anime Discussion (last edited by hydra-calm at 08-18-17 01:44:32 AM) Link
Re: above, I liked Penguindrum a lot, but I need to rewatch it. First time I was watching it was during a very busy/unstable part of my life and there's loads I don't remember. I've not seen the newer Ikuhara stuff, though...

In other news, I saw the new Kino series' PV today, and while I'm still cautiously optimistic, nothing about it looks quite right coming from the first series. I hope it's actually good though -- the current translation of the light novels is horrid, and the anime omits a lot of what they cover. Also looks like Kaiba got a blu-ray release, which I desperately want despite the price...
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