Jack Baty Daily

Daily notes from Jack about everything

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Ah, WordPress

I was grumbling to myself this morning about how I don't enjoy working in WordPress. Then this happened...

I'm ready to move on, but maybe I'll just install a caching plugin instead :)


Dockhunt looks cool, but it forces Twitter access so I can't use it. In a week, neither will anyone else, once Twitter kills free access to its API. Sure wish it would just export an image for me instead. I did it manually, so here's mine:


I swear if I see one more post explaining why Mastodon isn't Twitter and "That's OK!™" I'm going to flip a table. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻


I say we start publicly shaming anyone driving a giant-ass truck or SUV that isn't either hauling a load of lumber, pulling a boat, or transporting 6 kids somewhere.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023


I have got to do something other than putz around with Emacs today. But what? Putz around with everything except Emacs, probably.


I'm tired of software. All of it. I'm going to go read a book and write in my notebook for a while. Maybe forever.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

daily.baty.net #

As hinted at yesterday, I've moved this blog from baty.blog to daily.baty.net. It feels like a better fit, since everything here is, well, daily. I'm hoping I can put RSS redirects in place, at least temporarily. So what happened to baty.blog? I put my Blot.im blog there. Confused yet? I am.


I'm happy that I've moved my websites where they belong, but I still haven't solved the problem of Too Many Blogs. Let's see, there's baty.net which is supposed to be my primary/only blog. Then there's baty.blog which is the Blot.im blog that I can't get seem to let go because I like how it works so much. Finally here at daily.baty.net is the blog that should probably be my only blog, because it handles the timeline exactly how I like it. Let's sit on this for a few days and see how it settles in. Good grief.

Figured out my Apple Notes ghost problem #

Aha! I was becoming frustrated with Apple Notes because it would spontaneously launch at seemingly random times and I could not figure out what was causing it. It was caused by Tinderbox. Tinderbox can "watch" a folder of notes in Apple Notes and automatically import them. One of my Tinderbox documents was configured with a watch folder so it would cause Notes to launch whenever I opened that document. Phew!

Monday, January 30, 2023

Moving to daily.baty.net #

I've been wondering if using the domain baty.blog for this website is a little misleading. Or at least confusing. I've decided that it makes more sense to move it to daily.baty.net. To that end, I've configured the server to listen to both baty.blog and daily.baty.net, with the plan to move entirely to daily.baty.net in the coming days. I'll add a redirect, but if you want to update the URL in your bookmarks or feed readers, feel free to do that any time.


I have a subscription for both Micro.blog and Masto.host. I'm thinking that I don't need both, but I can't decide which one to keep. This morning, it's Mastodon and not Micro.blog.


The thing I see in AI-generated artwork is the "Artificial" part. It's not real, it's not made by a person, and to me, it's not art. It's all just a meaningless technical demonstration.

Early Tools for Thought, Mark Bernstein

Compare Tinderbox's author Mark Bernstein's ideas, experience, and history with, for example, some of the #RoamCult folks and it should help determine which tool to invest your time with.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Mastodon is becoming meaner already #

I've noticed that my Mastodon feed has become more caustic recently. Not much, just a little, but noticeably. People are boosting the typical Twitter-like behavior of "Look at that! That's BAD!" and I'm worried we'll end up in the same place we often do. I wonder, now that quoting is on the roadmap, how it'll progress.

Saturday, January 28, 2023


I would like some form of AI browser extension that filters my social media feeds and removes every post that's bitching about something.


If "blocks" are the future of the way we experience editing text, you can keep your stupid future.


“I began to read just after I was four. The letters on the page suddenly gave in and admitted what they stood for. They obliged me completely and all at once.”

"The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" by Alan Jacobs

I've been reading a lot more lately and it's been great.


I was all excited about using my Blot blog for "typecast" (scanned, typewritten pages) posts, but I realized that there's no way to do that and also include alt/text for accessibility and that feels wrong.


I have three Leica M cameras and yet I hardly ever leave the house. This fact bothers me to no end even though there are a couple simple, obvious solutions.

Friday, January 27, 2023


I'm starting to think that showing off our over-stuffed boxes of index cards isn't any better than people sharing their over-linked bubble graphs from Obsidian.


I've decided to include most of the individual posts here in the allposts.xml RSS feed. That way, if you really do want to subscribe to this firehose, you're welcome to it. To counteract the noise, I'm no longer automatically crossposting this feed to Micro.blog. Anything I feel is worthwhile I'll manually repost there.


Everything is now about short-term gains and we're all suffering, or will soon be suffering, because of it.

Thursday, January 26, 2023


Some days I feel like writing everything where lots of people will see it. Other days I want to scribble in my paper notebooks. The rest of the time I want to scribble where almost no one will see it, but I still want it "out there".


Why is every YouTube video either too long or too short? Ten minutes is a good length. No useless "Shorts" just so you can push some new "content" and no 90-minutes of your talking head rambling.


I often think about selling, say, the Leica MP and buying 100 books of photographs with the money.


I should learn to create WordPress themes. I bet I could make one that I like in pretty short order.

Monday, January 23, 2023


I can feel the sharing pendulum swinging rapidly back toward under-sharing. I need to be more of myself, to myself. And that's it.

Friday, January 20, 2023

My own instance #

After a number of false starts, I went ahead and moved my Mastodon presence to my own instance at baty.social. It's official now because I also migrated followings/followers from my old account at fosstodon.org. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 19, 2023


I don't know if anyone else feels this, but I just grabbed a Map view of my blog posts here in Tinderbox and this is what it looked like with no input from me at all.

Think about how cool this could be if I started doing stuff with these? What? I don't know, grouping them, linking them, whatever. It's cool though, right?

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Evernote in 2023 #

I wrote a post about my Evernote 2023 Experiment. Right now I'm thinking that it goes like this: If I wrote it, it's in ~/org. If someone else wrote it, it's in Evernote. That would be a decent start, anyway.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


Last night I dreamt that I was giving a presentation in a large auditorium. I was editing a simple web page by hand and every time I refreshed the page the crowd would go "Ooooh!" in amazement as I continued typing furiously with my HTML-stained hands.


I thought I could move the things I post here over to my microblog instead, but I'm finding that I still want to post things publicly that aren't automatically shared on anyone's feed (RSS notwithstanding). So here we are, still.


I don't need to read more. I need to learn more.

Tinderbox as a blogging platform

Tinderbox as a blogging platform

I'm pretty good at using Tinderbox, so I made this blog with it. I've used Tinderbox since the mid-2000s for all kinds of things and it's one of the deepest, smartest, most flexible apps I know. Tinderbox's export features are powerful, but can be hard to understand at first. I still get tripped up by the way exports work, but I've done it. It's "finished", so now I can just get down to writing. This blog does nearly everything I want and it looks good to my eyes. It handles title-less posts well, and the RSS feed is flexible. I've got images working the way I like and it's nice working in an outliner. I'm all set then, right?

Not really. I have been trying to limit the number of apps I use. Or at least the number of apps that I need to really understand in order to get enough value from. So should I really be using Tinderbox this way? It's complex and does things in a unique way that doesn't translate to anything else. It's both liberating and constraining.

For managing a static blog, Hugo makes much more sense. It's made for blogging. I understand enough about how Hugo works and have a lot of experience with it. I have another blog, similar to this one, at daily.baty.net. It's made with Hugo and it's also "finished". I can just fire up my editor and start posting. It works, and it works best with Emacs, the editor I'm using for nearly everything else. Plus, Hugo isn't really an "app". Once a theme is in place and configured, there's nothing else to do. I don't use Hugo the same way I use Tinderbox.

I think what I'll do is test the idea of recreating the look and behavior of this blog in Hugo. If I can get close, it would make more sense to switch to using Hugo. If not, Tinderbox it is.

Update: After reading Dave Rogers' post, Like it's 1999, I was reminded of this year's theme: "Use What You Have". I have Tinderbox and this blog and I like both of them, so that's that. :)

Monday, January 16, 2023

I'm super confused right now

I'm super confused right now

I'm in another one of those moods in which I am nearly catatonic over where to put things, and what to put them there with. It's crazy-making. One thing is constant...paper always makes sense and always works and never does anything unexpected and I don't have to learn it. Paper is comfortable and not at all confusing.

And then there's my daily notes. Should I write them here or on daily.baty.net? Depends on if I'm in the mood for Emacs or Tinderbox. Most days I go back and forth three or four times.

In yet another bout of confused weirdness, I've been doing this thing where I'm using Evernote again. I know, right? It's almost as if I'm trying to annoy everyone with my retro, proprietary, user-hostile note-taking app. Almost.

I shot some digital photos today and opened them in Capture One for editing but then missed "Select Subject" from Lightroom Classic so I switched to that and edited them again.

Why didn't I shoot film instead of digital? Dunno, I told you I was confused.

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