thursday, february 20, 2020

i took the trash out just now,
and turning around to go back inside
caught the layer of new snow in the porch light
it shines more perfectly than
any i've seen in recent memory
almost incorporeal
offers no tangible resistance to my steps
and when i scoop a handful from the ground
in the seconds before it collapses into slush
and meltwater, the outlines of individual
flakes all set on edge against one another are
visible in sharp crystal relief
gleaming stars and polygons, lattices and
near-symmetries.

p1k3 / 2020 / 2 / 20
tags: topics/poem

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

watching: solo: a star wars story

The prequel: On the one hand, a narrative frame within which storytelling that nominally coheres with its source material is usually flattened, trivialized, and robbed of any sense of freedom or possibility. A sure-fire antidote to the sense of expansiveness or openness that once attended a big story.

On the other hand, a frame which typically renders efforts at revelation and expansion totally incoherent.

But: Donald Glover does a heck of a good Lando.

p1k3 / 2020 / 1 / 7
tags: topics/movies, topics/star-wars, topics/watching

thursday, november 7, 2019

the light through the library windows
the leaves still on the trees, just
against the fog rising from the snowmelt
on the mountainsides
the road rising gray through the grass
all bright in its browns and yellows
russets and dull greens
frostcolored and the patches of early
snow the black cattle here and there
on the hillsides between expensive
houses and failing barbed wire fences

p1k3 / 2019 / 11 / 7
tags: topics/poem

Monday, November 4, 2019

...or you might just get it

I woke up this morning thinking about the class of technical problems where for years you hope for some kind of solution to emerge, and then when it finally does, the solution entails such an egregious technical and political context that you wonder if you ever should have wished for it in the first place.

FOR EXAMPLE, I wanted straightforward, usable transcription of speech. Well, it’s 2019 and it’s there if you want it, more or less. All it took was massive data hoarding, warehouse-scale computing, and universal networked surveillance under the control of a handful of megacorporations. A little piece of the Panopticon in every pocket. What I probably thought it would require was something on the order of better software and more computing power. What it took in practice was nothing short of a revolution in human affairs.

The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like these problems are everywhere. Oh, you wanted to travel to that far off place where your family lives in a day or so? Wait ‘til you get a load of the environmental, cultural, and political footprint of automotive transit. You’re gonna love it.

The crucial difference is that things like cars and the modern road network were in place by the time I was born. Now I’m getting old enough to have watched expectations I had for the future unfold in realtime. And they’ve come not just with unintended consequences, but as consequences of entire undesired systems.

There’s some kind of lesson here. Probably.

p1k3 / 2019 / 11 / 4
tags: topics/idealogging, topics/systems

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✩ Parsoid in PHP, or There and Back Again — «In December 2019, we replaced the original version of Parsoid, written in the JavaScript programming language, with a version written in PHP, which is the primary programming language of MediaWiki. This new version, which we call Parsoid/PHP, is roughly twice as fast on most requests as the original version (retroactively renamed Parsoid/JS). Parsoid/PHP also brings us one step closer to integrating Parsoid and other MediaWiki wikitext-handling code into a single system, which will be easier to maintain and extend.»

Blockchain

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gnu:social-contract-endorsement [Wiki for GNU Maintainers]

GitHub - wagoodman/dive: A tool for exploring each layer in a docker image

Manual:Maintenance scripts - MediaWiki

Feedback on the FSF and GNU

GitHub - psf/black: The uncompromising Python code formatter

Zynthian: the Open Synth Platform — Why is it always a Pi.

The End of Privacy as We Know It?

EdgeOS User Guide - EdgeOS_UG.pdf

Ubiquiti's EdgeOS CLI Introduction | NetworkJutsu

UniFi - How to Install and Update via APT on Debian or Ubuntu – Ubiquiti Networks Support and Help Center — This is ridiculous.