July 21, 2018
How to Beat LinkedIn: The Game:
For those unfamiliar, LinkedIn is a 2D, turn-based MMORPG that sets itself apart from its competitors by placing players not in a fantasy world of orcs and goblins, but in the treacherous world of business.
If I hadn’t already deleted my LinkedIn account I’d totally play this.
July 20, 2018
My Photography Website
I’ve tried a few times to maintain a separate website dedicated to photography. It’s never stuck. I don’t remember why, exactly, but it’s usually been due to either weak display of photos or weak blogging features. I like SmugMug for display but not for blogging. I like some WordPress themes for blogging but not for photos. I could never seem to find both at the same time. I’m sure there’s something out there, but it eluded me.
I’ve been experimenting with Squarespace and finding that it does a good job of combining blogging and photo galleries. I picked a theme, added some photos, imported some old blog posts, and was surprised that I kind of like it.
The new site is at photos.baty.net and it’s a work in progress. Maybe this will rekindle my interest in photography or maybe it’ll be another dead end. I hope it turns out to be the former.
July 19, 2018
Scientology’s $5,000 E-meters are surprisingly well-engineered - boingboing:
After extensive litigation, Scientology started adding a disclaimer to its E-meter packaging and manuals saying that “by itself [the E-meter] does nothing.”
On the other hand, it “does nothing”.
July 19, 2018
Spacemacs configuration changes
I’ve made some recent changes to my Spacemacs configuration.
I like to keep my spacemacs/emacs config synced between devices. To do this, I’d been keeping everything in
~/.spacemacs.d/ and syncing the entire directory. My
init.el, private layers, snippets, bookmarks, etc. lived in
~/.spacemacs.d/ and synced via Syncthing. Worked great.
It worked great, that is, until recent changes were made to the way Spacemacs handles environment variables. Spacemacs now reads environment variables from the default shell and writes them to a file in the configuration folder as
~/.spacemacs.d/.spacemacs.env. This meant that every time things synced, it wreaked havoc on the other system, since many of the environment variables are different between the Mac and Linux machines.
So, I went back to the normal method of keeping my configuration in a
~/.spacemacs file and symlinking my layers and such from elsewhere into
~/.emacs.d/private. The .env file is now created at
~/.spacemacs.env so it doesn’t get synced. I imagine there’s an easier way to handle this, but this is what I did for now.
July 17, 2018
“The Magic City. A Portfolio of Original Photographic Views of the Great World’s Fair”. 1894
I have no idea where I got these, but I love them.
The Magic City cover
The Magic City