Jack Baty Daily

Daily notes from Jack about everything

🗓 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.


🗓 Monday, May 6, 2024

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I took a digital camera to a family event recently. When I returned home, I imported the SD card into Lightroom and just sat and stared at a wall of nearly identical thumbnails. Hundreds of them. The thought of wading through them and picking the "keepers" sucked the life right out of me.


🗓 Sunday, May 5, 2024

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I can never tell if the process or workflow change I'm making is just a whim or an actual long-term improvement. Is it a new, better way of working? Or is it something I'm going to roll back in three days?


🗓 Saturday, May 4, 2024

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I accidentally launched Capture One this morning and now I'm screwed. It's better at everything except being the Biggest One. And price.


🗓 Friday, May 3, 2024

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Downsizing my vault

I'm trying to decide what I want in my Obsidian vault and what can just go into a set of folders somewhere else. Wrapping my entire Johnny.Decimal setup as one big vault is too messy.


🗓 Thursday, May 2, 2024

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Kirby timezone

Something that's been bugging me is the time is always wrong when creating new posts on my Kirby blog. "now" is several hours into the future, so I've had to adjust it manually each time. I finally dealt with it by adding the timezone to the php.ini file on my local machine (since that's where I create posts).

date.timezone=America/Detroit


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I added a keybinding to my Emacs config which maps Command-p to the same thing as M-x (execute-extended-command) so that now Emacs works more like Obsidian. Am I a bad person?


🗓 Wednesday, May 1, 2024

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I've been in my occasional "consolidate everything" mood, and that includes my blogs, so I've been posting daily notes over on baty.net. I don't love it. I prefer writing daily notes here in Tinderbox. I may have even decided to remove the Journal bits from Kirby and limit it to only "normal" posts. Still noodlin' on it.


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Trying Markdown

Markdown is everywhere. As nice as WYSIWYG editing can be, I prefer keeping most of my writing as Markdown (ignoring Org-mode for the moment). To that end, I've added a Stamp in Tinderbox to set the appropriate attributes for using Markdown for edit/publish. If this is bold, it worked.


🗓 Saturday, April 27, 2024

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I had an idea today that I wanted to remember, so I wrote it in my notebook. But then I also typed it into Day One, Tinderbox, and Org-mode. "Reduce & Simplify", my ass. I'm not even close.


🗓 Friday, April 26, 2024

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I'm trying something. I'm using EchoFeed to cross-post from my various blogs to a single Mastodon account. The idea is that this way people who don't use RSS can see everything, but it doesn't clutter up my main account. Let's try it: @batybot.


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I've decided to remove the Reply by Email link from the RSS feed posts. It seems to me that it gets in the way. I don't expect to see any fewer email replies this way, but we'll see.


🗓 Thursday, April 25, 2024

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I feel like hanging out over on baty.net. See you there.