@entreprecariat i live-coded for a conference held in berlin summer 2020 which normally cost a pretty penny but being a participant, got access to their online conference platform for free ๐Ÿ‘ but also as i'm in california and everything was sync in berlin so i pretty much missed everything sync and only could catch the youtube archival vids which were available to even non-paying people anyways (which i mean, i'm down for) but it kinda makes me wonder what (online) conference will look like and what their funding models will be and i mean, things going online = accessibility bc i'm in not-big-city california and traveling and housing is a thing so i hope things stay online (but also hope i get out of here) but there's also something irreplaceable about physical experience (and conferences) too

on another note, i've been wondering when the gnu image manipulation program team is ever going to get around to renaming their program

there's something to be said about programming languages that are a little more strict with you in terms of types/object properties/etc. and i've spent a not-insignificant amount of time so far this semester figuring out bugs which turned out to be typos or wrong types (mistypos?) that don't throw any errors bc python and the things you can get away with but mb if i continue down this ai/ml/cv path after this degree i'll be stuck writing more and more python bc tooling outside of it for these things doesn't seem to be that great... anyways back to making more typos and mistypos ๐Ÿ‘

@yaxu thanks for enabling my (mb more than slight) obsession with arctic lands and sucking me into a google maps photosphere arctic tourism session smh. also it looks like there's a reddit post about it old.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comme

ahh, my friends 'quiet splash nomodeset', you have saved the day again. (is there are a point to not having 'nomodeset' there by default in grub?)

part of me is tempted to try to find mice that don't have scroll wheels because whenever there is a scroll wheel, i'm tempted to use it and after awhile, it aggravates my carpal tunnel. even though half of my computing life is in tmux/vim, i'm still tempted to use the scroll wheel to scroll through output smh.

Debian first experiences, GNOME complaining 

@yaxu thx, i'll add that to the list of distros to try. i guess cinnamon and mate are a bit diff than new gnome? i guess i could could try out those DEs on debian too

Debian first experiences, GNOME complaining 

haven't gotten a replacement laptop yet (because i hate buying things and obsess over everything and then get anxious and,.. yeah) but have Debian 11 installed on an old desktop tower. Seems like a bit more work than the Ubuntu I'm used to (and the install process was definitely less straightforward) but not much difference? Also, tried out GNOME but a lot of the design decisions seemed weird and annoying (sorry GNOME devs if you happen to stumble upon this) like how scrollbars and pop-up info for files overlapped the actual folder view in Nautilus so I couldn't see the details of the bottom-most file, Activities seemed overly flashy and cumbersome, what windows were actually open were hidden by default (and when turned on, not grouped?), and also drag-and-drop from file-roller to Nautilus was broken,.. so I switched back to the XFCE I'm used to. Maybe I'll try Plasma in the future? But it seems like people say things tend to be broken there. After my GNOME experiences, not overly motivated to try anything GNOME-related for the time being...

Not sure what I gain using Debian over Ubuntu (other than a more painful install experience)? But wanted to try something non-Canonical (hah!) and it seems okay for the time being.

I've been swapping microsds amongst pis and am now booted from my broken laptop's ssd in an external enclosure through a desktop tower and it's like interacting with my broken laptop but not and it's kinda throwing me down some existential paths

use cases would be maybe gaming lol, but audio live coding hopefully again one of these days, but more importantly ai/ml/cv stuff. i guess self-repairable would be good too but doing computer surgery today reminds me of why i barely do any hardware projects (i have clumsy, half-broken hands despite being a percussionist...)

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that being said, what should my next laptop be? linux-friendly a must. a dedicated gpu would be nice (but i never quite got it to work on my old machine outside of nouveau drivers), intel preferable and some sort of decent warranty plan (bc i break things). having physical ports would be nice too. a somewhat nice, sturdy case would be nice too. i had a dell xps 9550 that was ok (15.4 inch, metal top and bottom, some sort of carbon fiberish plastic body), before today the touchpad didn't click anymore, some keyboard keys got stuck, and i replaced the fans once, and the whole thing once due to battery swell, but it lasted 5-ish years. should i get another dell xps? go lenovo something (are they still good)? something else like asus or something? have the heartbleed/meltdown things been sorted out yet? is it a right time to buy or is some new architecture gonna drop soon? i have a windows tower so i'm ok for now but by next february-ish i need something.

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lol spilled water on my laptop (and a lot of other things) and it has the flashing orange light of doom (even after taking a hairdryer to the parts). ordered a usb nvme enclosure so hopefully i can mount the old ssd on an old linux-enabled machine (and luks won't complain) and recover stuff from it (like projects due wednesday oops).

@paul i liked the tim roughgarden ds&a moocs when i self-studied years ago timroughgarden.org/videos.html doesn't really present anything in any new or "fun" contexts but structure always helps me learn and his moocs (at least used to be) were the among the more interesting/engaging moocs i came across

my vim sessions are starting to mirror my internet browsing sessions in that i open way too many tabs so i'm finally learning about :mksession and now i'm wondering if there's a tmux equivalent

@paul minimax algorithm has the same sorta feel, making decisions trying to make the best out of the worst-of-all possible scenarios

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