A short break from social media

 

I am backing away from social media for a bit. I posted the following on Mastodon:

I need to step away for a bit. I'll be back in a day or a month, but I need a break. I'd like to spend some time with my own thoughts. (Not that there's anything wrong with yours πŸ˜€). I'll always be at baty.net if you need me.

I've watched myself just scrolling and clicking random shit for the better part of the past few days (weeks, actually) and, other than some minor entertainment, I've gotten little from it. That's not true, I get quite a lot out of it. I discover photographers, developers, philosophers, artists, and really detailed nerds who teach me how to do the most nerdy things.

I love social media, but at some point it becomes about filling my head with other people's thoughts rather than doing stuff with my own. And a lot of other people's thoughts are along the lines of pointing and yelling, "That's Bad!", which I find exhausting and depressing.

Spending some time in my own head is probably good for me, even though I don't always enjoy being there. (Hence the reason I spend so much time online).

See you in a while. In the meantime, you can always email me. I love getting email.

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23 Feb 2024 at 10:45

Fujifilm X100VI

I started writing a post this morning about how I didn't have strong feelings toward getting the new Fujifilm X100VI and by the time I finished I had pre-ordered a new Fujifilm X100VI. The Leica Q2 is for sale.

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23 Feb 2024 at 00:00

Does anyone know what they are doing?

I read this in a post today:

The truth is this: Nobody knows what the fuck they're doing.
If someone seems like they have their shit together, either they are presenting you with a completely false front, or they are in a season of The Total Occasional Fluke of Everything Apparently Going Right and Coming Together.

I call bullshit. Just because you or I don't know what we're doing, doesn't mean nobody does. Some people know exactly what they're doing and are good at it. I hate them, of course.

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22 Feb 2024 at 00:00

Now I'm futzing with Obsidian (again)

Remember how I suggested that Obsidian was less futz-able than Emacs? So, yeah, I spent about 5 hours yesterday futzing with Obsidian. I guess I'm feeling tool-sick1 in Emacs and need a break. But I'm not kidding myself that somehow switching to Obsidian would be "simplifying" anything.


  1. Thanks to Mike Hall for the phrase "tool-sick" 

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22 Feb 2024 at 00:00

Using Denote wrong?

I feel like I've been using Denote wrong. Denote has a very specific and enforced file naming format. What this should mean is that I can easily find and open my notes based on this format. I don't do that, though. I use consult-notes and search by title. I hardly ever even see the filename. Now, I can also use the finder or whatever to browse my notes, but I rarely do that either. Is this weird?

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21 Feb 2024 at 00:00

Fending off the Futz Monkey

 

Mike Hall's daily notes resonate with me again with a post (mostly) about futzing with stuff. It's like he's in my head when he writes about "keeping the futz monkey off my back."

I'm in my version of a similar place. For example, yesterday I posted to or updated four different websites. Each of them managed using different and unconventional software. There's Tinderbox, TiddlyWiki, and Kirby CMS. Another is just static HTML/CSS. They all depend on a pile of custom templates, scripts, and sloppily-documented setup. They work, but what if they don't? I'm not always in the mood for fixing things that break when I touch them wrong.

Those four sites are run on two different servers, one Ubuntu and one OpenBSD. I had this idea of moving all of my stuff to the OpenBSD instance, but I spent hours trying to get Kirby/PHP running under the built-in httpd server and failed. Caddy is so much simpler, and I'm familiar with it, so I'm this close to dumping the BSD box and pulling everything back to Ubuntu.

Always choosing the clever option makes for so much extra work. Too much.

Speaking of clever, Emacs and Org-mode are super clever. Maybe too clever for my own good. I probably spend three or four hours a week futzing with my Emacs setup. It's fun, though, right? Yes, it can be fun, but it's also unnecessary. I mean, it's for notes, right? I could use anything for that, but of course I've chosen the clever option again.

The draw of Emacs is that I have convinced myself that since I can do nearly everything in Emacs, the time spent making it look and act just the way I like it is worth the effort. Maybe it is, but it's still a lot of time spent.

It's not entirely Emacs' fault. I could move everything to, say, Obsidian and then I'd just futz with that instead. But maybe not as much? I don't know. Sometimes I switch tools because I've convinced myself that I'm actually simplifying things. This is a convenient lie. On the other hand, the Futz Factor of even something as tweakable as Obsidian is a lot lower than that of Emacs, so I try it (or Logseq, or NotePlan, etc.) every few weeks or months. It never lasts, even though one of those is probably the correct answer. Or would be if I actually enjoyed using any of them for more than a few days.

Ideally, I'd use tools with the lowest possible futz factor, but the futz monkey is a sneaky bastard, so the best I can hope for is something with an acceptable blend of simplicity and futzability.

Right now maintaining multiple blogs is not the right amount. Neither is Emacs. I don't have the energy to figure out why CTRL-e doesn't do what it's supposed to in Emacs. I don't feel like running different servers with different operating systems and web servers. I don't feel like futzing with all that all day, which is what I've been doing for some time now.

So, you'll probably see me writing exclusively here at baty.net and putting notes about stuff into the wiki and THAT'S IT! I'll move sites from OpenBSD back to the Ubuntu server. I may even fire up Obsidian again. It sounds a lot like futzing, but I've convinced myself that it's the best way to avoid futzing. Take that, you stupid monkey!

Baty.net posts

20 Feb 2024 at 11:20



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