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quoting orchids:

i would make fun of these kids but i was just as angsty when I was in my teens evil smiley

Ditto. But thankfully I was too drunk and stoned at the time to remember much of my late teens. :)

quoting starbreaker:

I was angsty too as a teen, but I had grown up doing duck 'n cover drills in the friggin' 1980s.

Shit, I remember growing up with duck and cover drills, yes, but also talks on how to spot bombs and limpet mines, what to do if someone chucks a hand-grenade, dealing with teargas, and a few other useful tips for living in a totalitarian state. At the time I saw them as useful life skills.... y'know, like how to change a tire, wire a plug or cook a pasta. :)

And to your point, every teenager I knew was either apolitical or a bit left in a superficial Rage Against the Machine sorta way. The kids these days, I tell ya.

edited 3/13/2024, 1:28 pm

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quoting d-von:

And to your point, every teenager I knew was either apolitical or a bit left in a superficial Rage Against the Machine sorta way. The kids these days, I tell ya.

I was a bit left in a superficial Queensryche way. I still find excuses to quote Operation: Mindcrime in online political arguments.

This bit from "Spreading the Disease" is still relevant, unfortunately.

quoting :

Religion and sex are power plays Manipulate the people for the money they pay Selling skin, selling God The numbers look the same on their credit cards Politicians say no to drugs While we get paid for wars in South America Fighting fire with empty words while the banks get fat And the poor stay poor and the rich get rich And the cops get paid to look away As the one percent rules America

posted 3/13/2024, 2:40 pm

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quoting starbreaker:

I was a bit left in a superficial Queensryche way. I still find excuses to quote Operation: Mindcrime in online political arguments.

This bit from "Spreading the Disease" is still relevant, unfortunately.

Good stuff! So if you grew up in the 80s, you had Queensryche. The 90s, Rage Against the Machine. Then System of a Down for the 2000s. After that, I have no idea.

posted 3/13/2024, 3:39 pm

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I just pushed a new version of my website to https://starbreaker.org. It was originally staged at https://new.starbreaker.org but that's now a temporary alias.

@Eternity had given me some advice by email back in January that I ended up taking.

https://starbreaker.org/blog/misc/reset-part-two/index.html

posted 3/18/2024, 4:24 am

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quoting starbreaker:

I just pushed a new version of my website to https://starbreaker.org. It was originally staged at https://new.starbreaker.org but that's now a temporary alias.

@Eternity had given me some advice by email back in January that I ended up taking.

https://starbreaker.org/blog/misc/reset-part-two/index.html

Cool. Glad to see you're moving forward. @Eternity seems to have turned himself into the personal web avatar or something. Incidentally, your original plan to fragment content caused an above average level of discussion on Blue Dwarf.

https://bluedwarf.top/cackle/view-post.php?post_num=2483

edited 3/18/2024, 9:12 am

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'Mel' is fine, though.

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I wonder where he disappeared to. I also have this problem of splitting my website like that. Worse yet I have a bad urge of making them all a 'marketable'. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if the project is separate and big enough to warrant its own sub-site — like BuKnight — I will do it, but what about more vague topics like technology in the general sense?

I feel like I have a lot of tech-related stuff to write about, too much for my 'main' webpage which I want to mostly focus on introspective journals and occult things. I have my website 'design' and 'mascot' fledged out, but a fully featured sub-site seems like an overkill for just a techie blog.

edited 3/18/2024, 9:50 am

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quoting d-von:

Cool. Glad to see you're moving forward. @Eternity seems to have turned himself into the personal web avatar or something.

I think he's been a personal web advocate for as long as I've been acquainted with him.

quoting d-von:

Incidentally, your original plan to fragment content caused an above average level of discussion on Blue Dwarf.

https://bluedwarf.top/cackle/view-post.php?post_num=2483

I had noticed that. I ended up recreating my account there (I must have deleted it by mistake.) to drop a follow-up in the comments in case anybody goes digging through the backlog.

quoting the-syreth-clan:

I wonder where he disappeared to.

I've seen him on the 32bit Cafe forum under another name. Also, isn't he a teacher? He might not have much time to post right now.

quoting the-syreth-clan:

I also have this problem of splitting my website like that. Worse yet I have a bad urge of making them all a 'marketable'. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if the project is separate and big enough to warrant its own sub-site — like BuKnight — I will do it, but what about more vague topics like technology in the general sense?

In my case, I want to be able to post spicy takes and fiction without them being easily discoverable by people who think they know me because we work for the same bunch of overprivileged assholes. Granted, that cat is already well out of the bag, but I'm hoping that bitrot and linkrot will eventually work in my favor, and that Google will eventually die from its autocoprophagy (eating its own shit).

edited 3/18/2024, 3:14 pm

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quoting starbreaker:

I just pushed a new version of my website to https://starbreaker.org. It was originally staged at https://new.starbreaker.org but that's now a temporary alias.

@Eternity had given me some advice by email back in January that I ended up taking.

https://starbreaker.org/blog/misc/reset-part-two/index.html

the not wanting to doxx yourself is totally a valid argument for having separate sites (even though you said you're fine with people finding out your name), but I think for separating out content, I would definitely lean towards a unified experience as well.

I obviously don't speak for everyone, but a big way I like to consume blog content is through bearblog's discover page because I get to see a lot of different stuff and skip over the posts that I have no interest in. I see a lot of people write blogs about this issue from a writing perspective, but as a reader, I'd rather have the option to skip over a post, rather than just never see it because I'm not visiting someone's alt site.

posted 3/19/2024, 1:10 am

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I also just read this post

https://starbreaker.org/blog/links/web-bloat-slow-hardware/index.html

Posts like this are so interesting to me and there really needs to be more of a spotlight on them. Over the past few companies I've worked at, it seems like the thinking within the front-end development space is that if you're building a site behind an auth wall, then there's really no need to try and optimize your JS-framwork-based website. It's really fucking frustrating.

This site is powered by a NodeJS runtime on the server and uses React, but most pages tend to be 1.1-1.3 MB (which obviously could still be smaller but I think is pretty good). This is to say that even if you want to use React/Vue/whatever JS framework, we now have ways to move all that computation onto the server to make your site snappy and require less of the user's device. This isn't 2016 anymore, there's really no reason you should be writing bloated JS-only websites.

I think the problem is the natural progression of the average person working at a company today which is:

  1. Graduate from college or a bootcamp or be self-taught

  2. Start poking around job boards, look up some advice on Reddit/wherever and realize that the best path is to learn React/Vue/SomeFramework

  3. Learn the basics of creating a client-side rendered website in one of these frameworks

    • do no research into the tradeoffs in writing a purely JS-based website

  4. Apply for a million jobs, then finally get a gig

  5. Proceed to contribute the shittest code ever

  6. Spend N years learning best practices and MAYBE learn the drawbacks on JS-based websites

And even then, you still have to overcome the hurdle of coordinating a team of people to subscribe to your way of thinking (which I have not been successful at yet). I know all this information now, but it's still a herculean effort to get a team of 10+ people onboard with writing a server-side rendered website. And it's probably going to be a losing battle for at least another 5-10 years until people start learning how to make websites more efficiently

This is why the web is bloated. People are learning skills that are making themselves hirable, with absolutely no regard to how usable their product is.

edited 3/19/2024, 4:18 am

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quoting orchids:

the not wanting to doxx yourself is totally a valid argument for having separate sites (even though you said you're fine with people finding out your name), but I think for separating out content, I would definitely lean towards a unified experience as well.

I'm probably pretty thoroughly doxxed anyway. I used my real name on the old version of my site, which I'll keep archived on the "old." subdomain for at least a year in case there's something I forgot to port over.

quoting orchids:

I obviously don't speak for everyone, but a big way I like to consume blog content is through bearblog's discover page because I get to see a lot of different stuff and skip over the posts that I have no interest in. I see a lot of people write blogs about this issue from a writing perspective, but as a reader, I'd rather have the option to skip over a post, rather than just never see it because I'm not visiting someone's alt site.

Well, if Firefox still displayed that clickable RSS icon in the URL bar (there are extensions for that now) you could click it on starbreaker.org and see almost a dozen feeds because they're listed in <head>:

  • all posts

  • all headlines

  • recent posts

  • recommended posts

  • writing

  • tech

  • deep links

  • entertainment

  • personal

  • miscellaneous

  • rants (sometimes NSFW)

  • lewd (always NSFW)

My blog page also provides topic indexes. This way, if I wanted to write a review of a porno like Leather Gear Solid 2: Sons of Libertines, I could stick it in /blog/lewd/ and people who aren't into lewd posts can just not look at that index.

Though I should change my grep command for all posts so that I get everything but the lewd stuff, and then change the descriptions to "(almost) all".

edited 3/19/2024, 1:43 pm

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quoting orchids:

i wrote about one of my fav musicians right now, Rosie Tucker:

https://basementcommunity.bearblog.dev/rosie-tucker/

literally have had her on repeat since being locked in the house. her music is nuts

I just gave Tucker a listen. Doesn't really do it for me, but maybe my tastes have been warped by overindulgence in Euro-metal.

I've been into Scarlet Dorn since I discovered her via Lord of the Lost about a year ago; Dorn was a guest singer on a Lord of the Lost track.

posted 3/26/2024, 2:02 am

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Added this for the March IndieWeb carnival.

https://starbreaker.org/blog/tech/personal-web-accessibility-march-2024/index.html

quoting :

I think there’s more to accessibility than implementing WCAG AA or AAA guidelines, or complying with Section 508 if you operate in the USA so that you don’t get sued. It’s important that my website be inclusive to people with disabilities, if only because I might need such accommodations myself someday, but I think the emphasis on accommodating disability ultimately limits our thinking of what accessibility is and what it’s for.

Consider, for example, a personal website that is explicitly designed to be viewed on a desktop or laptop. Its operator has every right to decide that supporting mobile devices, especially smartphones, isn’t worth their time and effort. It’s their website, after all. But in a world where most people access the Web via smartphones, is such a website truly accessible?

posted 3/28/2024, 4:39 pm

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'Mel' is fine, though.

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Assorted Random Anime Ramblings (2023.03.27) In which I gather all anime I ever watched properly that I could think about and give a few thoughts on them. Rate my taste... or lack of thereof.

edited 3/28/2024, 7:43 pm

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quoting the-syreth-clan:

Assorted Random Anime Ramblings (2023.03.27) In which I gather all anime I ever watched properly that I could think about and give a few thoughts on them. Rate my taste... or lack of thereof.

I'm not going to comment on your taste because I haven't seen any of these.

posted 3/28/2024, 11:10 pm

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I can relate to this a lot. I would explain how so but I don't necessarily want to reveal that much about myself at this juncture. But yeah.

posted 3/29/2024, 2:10 am

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quoting divsel:

I can relate to this a lot. I would explain how so but I don't necessarily want to reveal that much about myself at this juncture. But yeah.

Sounds like you've got a similar story, but it's yours to tell or not at your discretion. No pressure.

posted 3/29/2024, 5:58 am

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I guess... I wish I had realized sooner what the limitations of Internet relationships were. I didn't have a concept of what a parasocial relationship was back in the old Internet days. Today I would never let myself get sucked into the more obvious examples of that, like talking to streamers and such. Yet in the past I let myself be sucked into a very similar relationship paradigm. And like you say, I would never do it again. I wouldn't say everything about relationships on the Internet ends up not being worth. But it's better when you understand the limitations.

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posted 3/29/2024, 6:28 am

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Sounds like you're trying to say that all three characters are assholes.

  1. The guy "on the left" is self-righteous and more concerned about how a sentiment is expressed than the sentiment itself.

  2. The guy "in the middle" seems to have his heart in the right place even if some people find his language offensive, but he seems to abandon any principle of tolerance he might have as soon as the guy "on the left" starts in on the speech policing.

  3. The guy on the right only needs an AK because he either makes too many enemies or can't aim for shit.

posted 3/29/2024, 6:41 am

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quoting starbreaker:

Sounds like you're trying to say that all three characters are assholes.

  1. The guy "on the left" is self-righteous and more concerned about how a sentiment is expressed than the sentiment itself.

  2. The guy "in the middle" seems to have his heart in the right place even if some people find his language offensive, but he seems to abandon any principle of tolerance he might have as soon as the guy "on the left" starts in on the speech policing.

  3. The guy on the right only needs an AK because he either makes too many enemies or can't aim for shit.

very good observation about person number 2. We definitely don't want to be like him.

posted 3/29/2024, 6:44 am

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quoting divsel:

very good observation about person number 2. We definitely don't want to be like him.

Person number 2 seems to be what sociologists used to call other-directed. He'd rather be wrong than lonely.

posted 3/29/2024, 1:20 pm

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quoting starbreaker:

Person number 2 seems to be what sociologists used to call other-directed. He'd rather be wrong than lonely.

Interesting way of looking at it. I think there are definitely a lot of people like that out there. But I suppose if you ask me what the moral of the pseudo-comic strip is, it would be that creating a culture of nitpicking, elitism, and and constant superiority tripping over idealogical things -- whether based in good intention or not -- radicalizes people who are not the perfect beacon of the idealogy in the opposite direction.

posted 3/31/2024, 11:35 pm

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quoting divsel:

But I suppose if you ask me what the moral of the pseudo-comic strip is, it would be that creating a culture of nitpicking, elitism, and and constant superiority tripping over idealogical things -- whether based in good intention or not -- radicalizes people who are not the perfect beacon of the idealogy in the opposite direction.

These assholes didn't push me to the right. I've always been a dirty pinko atheist with a gun. I have always been for civil liberties and against letting corporations and billionaires do as they please. And I've never had patience for identity politics. It was obnoxious bullshit in the 1990s and it's still obnoxious bullshit today.

posted 4/1/2024, 2:33 am

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Me ranting about my YT algorithm roasting me (with good reason) In my blog.

posted 4/3/2024, 5:53 am

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