Jack Baty Daily

Daily notes from Jack about everything

🗓 Wednesday, June 19, 2024

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I've moved daily.baty.net, a static website generated using Tinderbox, to my new VPS at Hetzner. It's a 2CPU/2GB server for around $4.00/month. Simple and cheap. It was previously on a Digital Ocean droplet which cost twice as much.


🗓 Sunday, June 16, 2024

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I wonder what it would be like to be someone who simply decides something, then follows through, forever. I think I'd like that.


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Org 9.7 doesn't stick

I keep installing the Org 9.7.x package and Org keeps reverting to 9.6.x. I don't want to use the built-in version, but it seems I'm stuck with it. I package-install version 9.7 and it works. Well, it works until the next time I upgrade packages or maybe just touch something the wrong way. I can't figure it out and don't feel like bothering with it.


🗓 Saturday, June 15, 2024

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Don't tell anyone, but I've been copying all of the new posts from Baty.net (Ghost) to my old Kirby CMS version of the blog. You know, just in case. I must admit though, that I prefer managing content in Ghost. This was a surprise.


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Have I mentioned that I re-subscribed to Medium? I still root for them, for some reason, so I'm paying $4/month for the privilege of posting there and reading Member Only posts. It won't last, because I only cross-post from baty.net almost no one reads my posts on Medium anyway.


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I look around and all I see are choices. Apps on the computer. Cameras on my shelves. Books in bookcases. Bags in the closet. Shoes on the rack. Streaming options on the TV. Pens in the case. I am very fortunate, but today I feel overwhelmed by it all. I feel like my brain is vibrating and causing a disturbing background hum that drowns out everything.


🗓 Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Yesterday I included a copy/pasted summary of my wiki notes for the day. I don't think I'll keep doing that. If I were going to continue along those lines, I'd rather just do a weekly newsletter with notes collected from the week. I tried something like that once, and ran out of steam quickly.


🗓 Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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If I were to complain about LLMs "stealing" my public writing, I worry that I'd just be wildly over-valuing my words.


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Today in the wiki:

Here we are. Again. Still? A tiny textarea in a weird bit of html and javascript in a web browser. I can't seem to quit it.

Maybe I'll do something like what Phil is doing: Write here in TiddlyWiki all day, then paste the whole thing into a blog post at the end of the day. Or vice versa. Why, though? The whole idea of the wiki is that I can just blurt stuff out without it "going anywhere". If I copy it to a blog, it'll end up in someone's RSS feed, defeating the purpose. I dunno.

Why do you suppose it is that I am more inclined to write stuff if it's going to be public? I have to force myself to journal in my paper notebooks or local Org-journal files, but writing here comes easy and without hesitation. Is it a weird form of vanity? Is it some latent exhibitionist tendency? I can't explain it.

Publishing this wiki relies on a few things. First, TiddlyWiki, of course. I don't like embedding images. I use a plugin and WebDAVNav Server so I can drag and drop images but have them referenced and not embedded. If I didn't need drag-and-drop I would only need the Timimi plugin locally. I deploy the wiki using a simple Makefile which rsyncs everything to a VPS. It's not much, really. So why do I worry about it?

I wish Hookmark worked with Emacs

I'm toying with the idea of highlighting the relevant bits of each entry here. The thinking is that it will help people scan what can otherwise feel like a wall of text.

AI-generated text, images, and video are a liability for those who use them.

I'm pretty sure AI could write Seth Godin's blog. If it isn't already.


🗓 Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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I know very little about anything. But what I do know is that if you can live your life without an audience, you should do it.” ― Bo Burnham


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As if there's not enough noise about Apple in my feeds, WWDC makes it all so much worse. It's weeks of meaningless speculation, rumors, and "wish lists" leading up to the event, followed by a depressing barrage of barely-informed opinions about everything (I don't mean yours, of course). I'm going to shut down, socially, while the smoke of annoyance clears.


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I'm starting to think that I've wasted way too much time wrangling with the metadata/properties around my notes. Keywords, categories, dates, sources, URLs, authors, etc. I almost never use any of them, yet I've spent countless hours making sure they're consistent and accurate. Perhaps I should move on.


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The Lure (2015) ★★★★★

The Lure
The Lure

I rewatch "The Lure" every so often when I feel the need for a Polish mermaid-stripper-horror-musical-comedy.


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Why meditate when you can spend money? -- Dave Rogers

A good and true question! :).


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Another from Dave's post.

I've pretty much abandoned the idea of "taking notes." I mean, I write stuff down that I don't want to forget

This is how I think of PKM now, too. I just want to be able to look stuff up.


🗓 Friday, May 31, 2024

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I'm not even supposed to be here today. Anyway, I've spent a few days mucking with Ghost over at baty.net and I might be close enough to let it sit for a while and see how I feel. I paid for an expensive theme, then tweaked it. I moved to PikaPods. Now I should probably start posting stuff.


🗓 Tuesday, May 28, 2024

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Obsidian is a toy for notes. Emacs is a toy for text. They are all just toys for me. I don't have a normal job, so nothing I do with anything is actually important. I just sit around and play with my toys.


🗓 Monday, May 27, 2024

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Now that I have moved baty.net to Ghost, I no longer have a good place to post daily notes. Yes, I know, that's what this site is supposed to be for, but the whole point of moving the blog to Ghost is so I don't have to maintain/host anything. This daily blog is 100% maintained and hosted myself and there's no other option. Now what?


🗓 Saturday, May 18, 2024

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I spent an hour this morning working on tweaks to some Obsidian templates. It occurred to me that, much like Emacs, Obsidian can become more a toy for taking notes than a tool. I love toys, but is sitting at my desk playing with software really the best use of my time?


🗓 Friday, May 17, 2024

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I write about pens in my notebooks. I post about blogging on my blogs. I take photos of myself. This sort of circular self-reference is my way of creating without actually being creative.


🗓 Thursday, May 16, 2024

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What if I put my Howm folder inside my Obsidian vault? I've already been using Markdown in Howm. The only weird thing is the file names, but search helps with that.


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Last week we were all bitching about how Google's search results have become terrible. Now we're whining because Google is going to start abstracting those results out and showing us what they said, so we don't have to see them. Can we just pick a beef?


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I don't know if where I spend my time online is a bubble or not, but my god we sure do spend our time talking about the same things over and over and over. I'm tired of it. I want to talk about something else for a minute. I know, I'm as guilty as the rest of us, but at least I'm starting the feel like doing something about it. If I start talking about other things, people who currently read my stuff will probably stop reading my stuff. That can't be helped.


🗓 Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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I may as well post something here, too. I have three blogs that are each perfect for me in their own way. Choosing just one would mean losing the others, and I'm simply not willing to do that.


🗓 Tuesday, May 7, 2024

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Some people play video games. I tinker with my blogs and note-taking software. It's OK.