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offline obara from birds are not real on 2022-08-14 10:18 [#02620476]
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1101

I miss new ampi music


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-08-15 04:38 [#02620508]
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13.1


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-08-24 03:10 [#02620593]
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i've noticed that when i am trying to do something like
learn a new programming language, it's pretty ruinous for me
to switch to something else for a little while: ...like,
where was i again?

however, once i put in enough sustained focus, a siphon has
started, and then i can switch between that and whatever.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-08-31 05:40 [#02620691]
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good bad engrish is something i look for on amazon. like,
they meant "techwear" but they've spelled it "teachwear" and
let's have a look

it was through this sort of process that i found a "wizard"
hoodie, which, looking at the image, oh, it's just a light
hoodie cut extra long, kind of like a raincoat, and it has a
gigantic hood i can use to protect my night vision from
halogens, cool, sold. wizard, though? lol whatever

promptly one of the most functional pieces of clothing i've
ever owned. i have fair skin and i shave my head, and it's
90f+ scorchers recently, and i very much value this during
the day to avoid being burnt to a crisp with my many miles
of daily wok. then, at night, yes, it's become muscle memory
to tug the hood forward as high-end halogens loom, then tug
it back once they have passed. the material is thin enough
that i can actually see the oncoming car through it, but
without being blinded.

this has led to an odd problem. in, like, a bar, it's
socially rude to block your eyes out in such a manner; i'd
never with this there. but people seem to have the same
reaction even though they're driving a pickup truck with
halogens at eye level and i'm just on a walk trying to
protect my night vision. that i do get a sense of: hey fuck
u why u no look at me

because the ignorance of your truck is blinding. duh


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-08-31 05:44 [#02620692]
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but then wizard, ok, wizard, i understand what they meant
now. continuing on: "one of the most functional pieces of
clothing i've ever owned" is "the pockets are helluva deep"

like, i can get in there up to my elbows. i can chuck
medium-large jug of powerade in there and it disappears.
then i can just sort of reach down and make it reappear,
and... shit, that's why they called it a wizard hoodie

and since i figured that out i've been having great fun
getting better at it. someone's looking at me from their
halogen pickup truck and a jug of red poweraide appears out
of nowhere, i take a sip, and it disappears off somewhere
unknown and my hands are empty again

i had absolutely no interest in slight of hand before this.
but now i'm finding it absolutely hilarious to make things
appear and disappear in order to confuse people


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-03 06:10 [#02620716]
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thoroughly in the column of, "a stopped clock tells the
right time twice a day," i was a bit drunk last night and i
managed to accidentally set windows desktop image to a
folder of photos of vermont from 2004 or something. that
it's randomly picking them, separate both monitors, kind of
randomly scaled. like, i'll take a screenshat

LAZY_TITLE

it's picking photos i took in the forest in 2004 and scaling
them randomly, i actually have no idea what triggers them to
change. and windows is at its best when it breaks like this


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-04 05:34 [#02620736]
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my dad gave up academia for industry because the latter
didn't pay. the first good story, building E10 at MIT, i am
playing Crystal Quest on a mac classic, this game just
blowing my mind; beat the piss out of nintendo despite black
and white for real. that there is just this godly impossible
high score with a timestamp of something like 2am and the
name is STEVEN PINKER, all caps, i clearly remember because
no one else went all caps... and i ask my dad: who is steven
pinker, and how did he get a score this good? and my dad
immediately loses it giggles and eventually recovers enough
to explain "no someone else put that in there as a joke,
steven pinker would never play that game" and then i'm all
"why?" and my dad like, "..oh... he's just too stiff"

but probably the other best story from that place is dad and
i are in a storage closet and he's all "oh yes, this is
whitman's cat's brain." vivisected and made into slides. my
dad was then very quick to catch himself, that, "that cat
had already died" and "it's just what whitman wanted to do
so he did it"

that i was thinking on it just now, and in a weird way, it's
actually quite sweet. i am certain that man loved his cat
very deeply, and this was his way of keeping part of the cat
around forever, to have its brain sliced up and digitized.
because then he'll always have a part of the cat still

it's admittedly a bit unusual and i never understood until
just now, so i thot i'd share


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-13 04:19 [#02620903]
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i'm in the ktichen and i'm about to go out for a wok, and i
think, "i'd like to dance for a bit." i opt to take off my
l. l. beans, um [googles] "Men's Wicked Good Sheepskin
Shearling Lined Moccasin Slippers" and go socks on tile
floor. but it's dirty tile floor and i'm a sweaty oaf. i
need to change my socks

first oh, yes, i want to do the swords from phat planet.
great fun. oh whoops i forgot my air sword there

i tap out when it starts spawning multiple sword arms and
put on daft punk's da funk. you have to have to just imagine
your feet snapping to the floor with magnets, and... made it
through that one

then i put on "cowgirl" and neh i'm not making it all the
way through this. because whole point is it's late and i'm
just burning myself out; i'll go on a leisurely wok after
this.

about halfway through i take a rest lean on the kitchen
island. then, oh, hell, my favorite part coming up, and i...
i refer to it as "throwing myself back in the pool." i've
kind of my dance zone and i'm leaning on the kitchen island
for a rest, and so then i just kind of take a moment, and,
yeah, hurl myself back into the dance zone and i'm in it
again. i come with this nice kind of clover pattern. but
then alright i've had it

and that was good enough i thought i'd write it up forbe da
wok.

i think i have proprioceptive synaesthesia.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-13 20:57 [#02620912]
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> i had absolutely no interest in slight of hand
before this. but now i'm finding it absolutely hilarious to
make things appear and disappear in order to confuse
people


really, just, there's a moment in "house, MD" where wilson
walks in on house doing something like bouncing a ball and
declares, "Congratulations, you've mastered yet another
useless skill." there is not much of a point to this, i just
find it amusing to learn it.

i decided to focus on my flashlight, since i have one in my
pocket much more than a drink.

lots of subtasks: do i put it in handle first, or light
first? handle first is easier going in, harder going out.
but going out, i can have my hand on it already and finesse
the bellend through -- alright, bellend first, handle up.

then learning to catch the edge of my pocket as it swings by
with minimal motion.

then realizing i can just let my hands hang loose, by my
sides, in the pockets, and gently have my hand resting on
it. in fact, this is pefect; i can just hang my hand down my
by my side, rest my hand on the flashlight handle; not even
grip it. let the pocket hold it against my hand.

then it's very natural to... whoosh! clickclick. i'm shining
a flashlight around. then clickclick, whoosh, it's gone. i'm
now at the point where i can just drop it into my pocket as
gently as my hand would brush into the fabric a little while
i walk.

that i actually find myself doing reps of this. pulling out
my flashlight, turning it on, turning it off, stowing it
away again. those are the best reps, when you just do them
because it's fun and not because you're chasing after some
result


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-13 21:00 [#02620913]
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i would also say i've noticed... i dunno. i've always had
trouble with what to do with my arms and shoulders when i'm
walking; in that coat, hiding my arms in the pockets, i
suddenly feel able to let them hang loose without getting
caught in whatever overthought spiral that is. it's either
anxiety, and hiding them makes me feel more comfy, or that
the tactile feedback of the fabric gives me additional
feedback that helps me settle things. given that finger
gloves make me feel oddly secure, i suspect it's the former,
but that the latter is also a tad true.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 01:57 [#02620917]
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it's imminent rain and so I carried my... oh, gosh, the
umbrella

i was somewhere between six and ten when i discovered you
could pinwheel an umbrella around by sliding it onto your
wrist and moving it in a certain way [obviously, after
making it swing like a pendulum for a bit first; a kind
earlier phase of childhood development]. i remember what
particularly delighted me... was actually not making the
umbrella pinwheel. it was the inner core of it; the
sensation and experience of how i had to move my wrist to
keep it doing that. i thought: it's like a circle rolling
inside a circle. and i was really just consciously focused
on that, the sensation of the umbrella strap circling around
my wrist vs. how i was moving it. then obviously someone
would yell at me "alright that's enough" and i would stop.
that i'll also note the only one i ever hit with it was
myself; by then i knew enough to step away from other
potentially vulnerable humans before doing stuff i felt like
everyone would love... but no, i did kind of know what
reaction to expect


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 02:02 [#02620918]
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so i actually never really umbrella'd as an adult (raincoat,
boots instead), but i got one again a couple years ago and
it all came right back. swinging around like a baton is more
how it came out, after that long gap. swirl!, grab. stop.
wait. repeat

wearing finger gloves made it even worse. that i now have
something i can tension the umbrella strap on and go wild
without risk of rugburn. that, i dunno, the way parenting
works is: you tell your kid "alright, that's enough," enough
times, and eventually (s)he/it/walrus will grow up and tell
themselves "alright, that's enough" and i need to nip
this umbrella shit in the bud now; now

that it's not hard at all for me to simply let it go; let
the umbrella hang loose. but then, what do i do with it
there? it doesn't sit right on the edge of the glove;
grinding on the top of my wrist.

so i move the glove's velcro strap down a tad, and hang it
off that. this winds up being perfect, that i can let my arm
hang perfectly slack and the umbrella feels a balanced
extension of my arm; doesn't move about.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 02:06 [#02620919]
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the next stage was realizing i could keep the umbrella
positioned so the "eject" button was right under my thumb,
my [hand, arm, etc] hanging slack but essentially placed
just right to grip 'n' deploy in, like, oh, it's happening
in a half second or less

if the button, grip are right. then -- context, i walk 2-6
miles a day and i have some time to kill on this -- i begin
to just goof and fuss with it blind, do it stevie wonder
style. by touch. feeling, where's the button. ok, it's over
there. let's try moving the string like this [again, by
touch, as i am walking]. ok, the button moved that way. it
needs to go the other way

and at this point, kind of like pulling my pants up, i just
kind of "feel" which way i need to tug the string, if it's
moved, and do it.

i have actually been trying to reverse engineer exactly how
the fuck i know from the feel of the string, where the
button is


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 02:10 [#02620920]
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then tonight, yes, i need both the umbrella and the
flashlight. i'm right-handed; both of these are right-handed
mental chewing gum. okay, the umbrella is much harder, so
i'm assigning flashlight to left robot claw. i try the
pocket stow/retrieve i've gotten down rather well with right
robot claw, and fumble, miss, no, not happening.

so i grab a bandolier with a carabiner i made for just such
a thing, and clip the flashlight on. with right robot claw.
then i try to take it off. with left robot claw. fumble.
help. how do we

i've been here before. i do the motion with my right hand
and watch what i'm doing, then very carefully repeat it with
the left hand. a few times until i get it; that sense of
aphasia each time it fails

once that stops happening, i run through doing it by touch a
few times, and, okay, that's awkward, but it works. off we
go!


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 02:15 [#02620921]
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very quickly, i'm not liking this. i unclip flashlight from
the carabiner and put it in left pocket. left robot claw is
no good at this; it will simply have to get better. i know
it will

this is working until i want to smoke a zig and i have no
hands left. so, not thinking too hard about it, i shifted
umbrella+button from thumb and index to pinky and
ringfinger, then held flashlight in thumb and index,
allowing me to aim the flashlight and hold the umberlla --
while keeping my arm totally slack; will never tire my arm
out. freeing up left robot claw for smoking ops

and finally, i have a relevant point: this is how i freaking
do my hardware gear, it hit me. i want my cutoff knob
exactly there and my LFO going like exactly this, and etc
etc because when you're running 14 machines at once you need
to depend on things being where you expect them to be.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-14 05:09 [#02620922]
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that, bloody hell, this is one of those things i
subconsciously did to myself, to teach myself something. the
bandolier was a stupid idea, but it forced me to go through
the familiar procedure of copying something from one half of
my brain to the other. getting a firm central image, pushing
through the chiral aphasia, then automating and burying it.
then i did what i should have done in the first place;
accept left robot claw needs to learn this. then i... like,
flashlight and umbrella are both very developed right robot
claw bits of software, so it was kind of casual to just
shift umbrella to different fingers and run both on the same
hand. and that would have been enough, but i fucked around
with trying to reverse the bandolier clipping

and now i'm doing it to myself all night; using the wrong
hand for stuff and making myself brainfart mad hahd


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:27 [#02621001]
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i feel like a solid barometer of america's mood is how
people act when they drive, adjusted for local habits. my
car died over a year ago -- not been worth it financially to
get another, just yet -- and so i'm not as tuned in here;
just from walking. but i have to say, walking about a year
ago, i already felt... it's quite tense, yes... but it's
just kept going, and now even a formerly meek and polite
robin-egg blue prius is apt to run you over, or threaten to,
before slamming on the brakes, because i'm not having it
i've just walked onto the crosswalk anyways

example: i had a pair of long island ice tease at a bar. i'm
walking out, and there's a white prius rolling towards the
exit. they see me, and gun it, to keep from having to wait
for me walking. never mind that, if they'd just chilled, i'd
have been across before they got there, had they not sped
up. but they did. and i've kept walking. and they slam on
the brakes. all i can see is headlights -- can't tell you
what year prius, but it was a few years old -- and the color
of the car. but i can just hear, across the psychic
airwaves, dfhjgdfghkj you fucker

none of this is really necessary and, though i deeply miss
driving, shit like this tells me it probably sux now anyways


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:32 [#02621002]
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probably the peak example was the lady in the luxury SUV who
clearly saw me -- like, sidelock momentary eye contact
before she clearly goes, "oh shit" and she rapidly buries
herself in looking at oncoming traffic, i'm busy, i'm
looking at oncoming traffic, i don't see you

so i wait for all this patiently, standing in front of her
car, her assuming i'm just waiting for her because, oh, she
doesn't see me, i should wait

then she starts forward and realizes i'm in front of her car
-- she knew it, she just didn't think i'd hold my ground and
assumed i'd have moved -- and slams on the brakes. then she
does this "oh mercy i am so startled" act. i roll my eyes
and walk around behind her car. i didn't care about going
first, but i did care about her fucking 'tude. i should note
i was carrying 20lb of groceries as i'm waiting for this
tart


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:33 [#02621003]
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i don't know. i don't really need to win, or to be first --
though i like to be. what really gets me is people just
seeing me, thinking, "oh i can just be pushy and rude and
get away with it" and then doing so. fair warning, i will
ruin your day


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:36 [#02621004]
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once you accept how massively slower one moves on foot than
cars... yes, i actually feel quite natural being on foot and
working with traffic as if i was a car myself. i commuted to
the city daily for ages, after being deeply obsessive about
driving for years, and, yes, i can basically be a car on
foot. but a very slow one, and i have to account for this


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:38 [#02621005]
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the thing, where, like, they see you, but they decide to act
like they don't in order to push their shit through -- that,
well, you're paying attention, so they won't get in an
accident if they just are rude and push it -- felt it all
the time driving. did it myself. but with other cars, not
with freaking pedestrians. sheesh


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:48 [#02621006]
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i heard about some new "adaptive" headlite technology on
NPR, they're all bullish about it: "Well it's like high
beams all the time, and it auto-detects other cars and dims
them!"

i suppose it is more important for a car to see a
pedestrian, but this made me scream inwardly; SUV halogens
at eye-level are already blinding without "high beams all
the time by default." i can only hope the plan is to make
everyone hate cars enough that anyone who drives one is an
asshole with halogens all the time; people stop driving them
and save the planet

but no, standard pantheon is: all pedestrians hate
bicyclists, all bicyclists hate cars, and then ditto back
the other way down the chain.

nothing to do except double down on my "wizard hoodie" which
-- i basically tug over my eyes, and i can literally see
oncoming halogens through the hood perfectly well... but
without being blinded. everyone else walking at night might
be a bit miserable tho


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:52 [#02621007]
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oh, yes, don't worry about me too much -- when i talk about
standing my ground, this is kind of like... i'm just
trolling, and i always have an exit plan. i can get out of
the way if i have to. but i don't want them to know this.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:55 [#02621008]
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reportedly, ted nelson, inventor of hypertext -- also ADHD,
he called it "hummingbird mind" -- reportedly also got fed
up with traffic shenanigans as a lad and his solution was
thus: to start walking backwards across the road, blind, not
looking at all, pure faith, nothing but a wing and a prayer

and the cars always came to a screaming halt. i don't have
that level of stones... but i could see myself being that
stupid when i was 12, yes...


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 03:56 [#02621009]
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reading that, though -- the wired article on xanadu, look it
up -- like, yes, here's someone who's even worse than i am,
and he invented hypertext. perhaps there's use for me yet


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 04:28 [#02621010]
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> yes, i can basically be a car on foot

yeah, this is an odd one. i can be standing at a traffic
intersection... i'm sane; this is, say, the end of a one-way
street meeting up with a busy two-lane street and i am
following the one-way direction of the road and waiting at
the intersection precisely as if i would as if i were
driving, but instead i'm just standing at the traffic line
with a backpack. that i find i am then essentially treated
as if i were a car, that i even find myself kind of...
imagining, projecting, a car about myself in these moments.

but generally i stick to the roads with sidewalks, i annoy
people with using the blinky lite crossings -- the one up
the street that's instant, not on a timer, i walk special a
bit further for that -- it's just that one-way street is a
good shortcut and hmm, interesting, i am on foot but i am
projecting car and people are treating me as such


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 04:31 [#02621011]
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it's like how carts at the supermarket get like cars; same
vibe but much more raw and personal. i have to say it's kind
of wild standing at an intersection and being a car. like, i
am not two tons of steel, i'm, i dunno, probably like 170lb
meatsack at the moment. and here i am, rather naked and
vulnerable, communing with cars. just something i did kind
of without thinking and it's a bit of a trip


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-18 05:34 [#02621012]
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people keep telling me i should play poker. i have to admit,
i am tempted. that i avoid gambling at all as a rule, but
poker, i dunno, perhaps enough math an tactics than it's
actually a lot more clean-cut than picking a good sector for
engineering in 2022

the engineering part: i could be good at poker. but i will
have to lose a certain amount before i will be. and i am not
sure how much. and it will have to wait until i am more...
flush? i actually don't even remember what the card combos
are; full house is that... no, a straight is 1-2-3-4-5? but
then once i got oriented i would, probably, be right into
peoples' heds like a shale mine. so i'm kind of feeling yes.
but later, when i have a moment


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-09-25 04:39 [#02621156]
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on the chiral aphasia tip again, handedness

i'm having to enter a bunch of digits into web forms with
either shitty tab order or no tab order (press tab for next
field). so i am repeatedly switching between mouse, typing,
and looking over at a notepad to type the next set of
numbers in. and i think: this is shit. i hate this. let's
try typing with my left hand, mousing with my right, and
looking at neither -- instead tacking my gaze between the
screen and the paper with the digits.

right away i found it... not hard at all, really. especially
when my left hand would have usually typed it anyways.
however, for stuff right robot claw would do, it pulls me
out of my flow and i have to think for a moment how to remap
the motion to just left hand.

and every time right robot claw just has this stabbing urge
to rush in and help -- like, hey, i know this, let me do it
-- and i literally have to have somewhat of an internal
fight so my right hand doesn't abandon the mouse and do it
its darn self

and i am recalling the ramachandrian mirror box experiments
where, after a corpus callotomy -- or whatever, where they
sever the main bridge between left and right hemispheres to
help with extreme extreme seizure cases -- and same thing
there, one hand would start acting like an alien octopus
tentacle and reach around the barrier, actually quite
surprising the owner of both hands


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-10-12 03:55 [#02621463]
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yes, i'll get back to typing handedness after...

was just singing along to "El Camino" by The Black Keys.
this is an album, like, i would sing along to this over and
over in the car. so i slide back into singing it very
easily, so easily it can fool me into thinking i can sing
other things this darn well... but, no, it's just the
immense time i've put in with this particular album.

i felt an odd dichotomy just now. that i'm basically...
following my program; learned muscle memory, singing
along... and yeah, like with my synths, let's let that run
in in the background... and then suddenly it's like... the
part of my brain that thinks about articulating words kicks
back in up above

end sum, a sense of: i'm letting a scripted program run in
the background to hit all the right vocal resonances, and
i'm distantly aware of it, but i'm really focused on a
second thread, which is: thinking about the words,
articulating them, putting feeling into them

and cool this is exactly like when i'm playing a keyboard
part i've memorized with right robot claw while my brain is
really running left robot claw to run all the dub shit and
droll the rums and etc


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-10-12 03:58 [#02621464]
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typing: right-handed, mouse right hand. left robot claw
naturally better at one-handed typing. i'm still trying to
sort out more elegant ways to use shift, ctrl, etc. but
it's... well, still slow, but surprisingly: not frustrating
at all. like, ok, this works fine, just needs some
refinement

but then i try to type with just my right hand, and, shit,
this is fucking murder. because that hand usually more
mouse

what really gets me is trying to spell particular words,
depending on which letters you need, i'll actually get a
sense of the hand i've experimentally tied behind my back
getting pissed like get out of my way, let me do it.
and i have some really weird, but actually quite inarguable
conclusions, like a lot of my verbal ability lives in my
left hand


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-18 09:54 [#02622415]
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i forgot; i can just write things here


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-18 10:02 [#02622416]
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so i was given a "GOOGLE NEST HOME MINI" puck as like... a
prize, or something, and it's like when grandma gives you an
ugly sweater... oh, just but a polite face on it and say
thanks very much. which is what i did.

then it sat it a box. i obviously googled it, and apparently
it can be set up to essentially just pair with random
bluetooth stuff, but only after you use the Google Home App
with your Google Account to set up Google Assistant and...
yeah.

it continued to sit in a box. for a laugh, just now, i
pulled it out. google nest mini puck unboxing. deep blog
shit

1) "Oh, that's actually a nice little USB bri... oh, it's
not USB, they've clearly learned their lesson from AOL
floppies"

2) i plug it in. lights. this will need a moment to boot,
and then it will boop, or something.

3) color lights, the google-styled boop, and... hey, that
sounds fucking nice actually

4) it instructs me to use my tablet or phone and something
something the app

5) i say, "okay, google, pair with bluetooth" [skipping to
the end of the online instructions on a rat fart of a prayer
it'll work]

6) it instructs me to use my tablet or phone and something
something the app

7) calmly, i repeat myself: "okay, google, pair with
bluetooth"

8) the puck then cranks its volume up to the max,
yelling
at me to something something my tone or
phablet the phapp

9) i laugh and unplug the puck.

maybe i can just disconnect the speaker and the amp from the
brain and put in a phono jack.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-18 10:05 [#02622417]
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what cracks me up is that it maxed out the volume and yelled
at me after i kept asking for bluetooth, google, bluetooth:
shut up or i'll pull this smart home over

just utterly no results searching around; possibly takedown
notices going on. who knows.

then, duckduckgo degenerates into... freaking real estate
articles? no, ads. clearly based on my IP's location.
because DDG has fucking crap and now they're weaving in that
organic ad crap, i guess?

it's kind of like, saying "we have six pages of results" and
then it stops after page six... you just start mixing in a
few crap ads on the tail end of the real results, then it's
entirely real estate ads. quite disappoint for all their hot
air about transparency. and i did have hope for their
android guard app


 

offline mermaidman on 2022-11-18 11:37 [#02622419]
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this thread has lost it’s purpose


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:19 [#02622624]
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ironically i'm back in it for... shit i wrote when i first
cracked it. that typically i'll just rotate around various
obsessions and it arguably balances out, but i was in a
weird place, and... well, when, despite it being nuts, i
began getting results, that did quite whip me up into a
frenzy, and it also helped distract me from my dad dying of
cancer. i threw everything into it, really, committing in
the sense of taking your hands off the wheel and not
worrying about going off the rails. eventually what slapped
me back down to reality was putting months into it and
realizing i still had years to go.

but i was thinking about this bit:

the answer was my compulsively honed set of note-taking
techniques, in a parking lot at 5am. flowcharts, arrows,
etc. and it was like i'd taken a huge dump. unburdened. the
core of it is there for reference later, in coded symbols
that are not the whole deal, but enough that i can work back
up to where i was later. L4 was freed up to the point where
it began functioning again, and a day or two later i had
compiled a very deep and beautiful conclusion using a
beowulf cluster of circumstance i built with engineering, my
best friend, and a forum that is both broken and
interesting.


cite ~ LAZY_TITLE

i was utterly serious but also totally losing it with
giggles. if that makes any sense


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:22 [#02622625]
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i also wrote some more manageable descriptions with a bit
less giggle, to expand the above into a more palatable
morsel:

spare glances in this thread -- you know, morbid
curiosity -- are subconsciously stored. then i've leaked out
all over the other threads, as always, and jokes that grew
over there came back here and a derailed aphex twin thread
formed the groundwork for a derailed freqy death thread that
spawned some other things that led to the stuff, weasels.
weasels. weasels. entangled pringles.

your reactions influence my reactions. pretty much, in my
personal bubble, i have two boards that could handle this
thread: riced out yugo, and XLT. riced out yugo allows me to
edit posts, and the system began sucking mud. so XLT it
was... riced out yugo is thoroughly autistic, but XLT is
pretty schizophrenic, and, like lewis and i, it was simply a
good fit.

being the first person to diagnose a messageboard's
consciousness with something out of the DSM is a nice notch
in my belt, but it's not what i care about. what i care
about is that i have a supercomputer of circumstance,
something found moderately tolerable by the angry voice of
steve jobs in my mind that demands innovation, elegance, and
no bullshit.


LAZY_TITLE

a) thank you for participating in my supercomputer
mermaidman
b) dammit, i'm an idiot, i should go reboot the yugo forums


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:24 [#02622626]
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i really am back to this because i have a further update to
the supercomputer concept: i knew all that was a bit
egotistical, but i was having great fun being so silly, and
then, i dunno, somehow it worked?

now i'm realizing: that's what it all is. all of us chatting
to each other, talking to each other chatting about each
other, that the collective dialogue taking place across all
humans is a supercomputer, and i wasn't building one, i was
just learning how to grab a time quantum from one that
already existed


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:45 [#02622627]
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case in point: i was at some meetup from a thing back when
tonight, and i stepped out for a zig. some guy asked if he
could borrow my lighter, and never mind i was there for a
gathering with other people i wound up talking with him for
a half hour. his teeth were bad, and as i was trying to spot
my uber later, i am 90% sure i saw him sell some guy drugs.
but fuck me, he's not... what you'd expect to that. arguing
about whether the wordplay in Shakespeare was subversive or
not. then he's tangenting into UK grunge, talking about, how
this guy took that and was like, "fuck dactylic hexameter,
i'm going to do it rap style" and just, like, what, i'm
usually the only one within a two-block radius that's even
heard of that farty latin crap. even though he doesn't have
it quite right

but before all that he started going on about flouride. and,
recently, i posted some rant on here -- "that's garbage
paranoia from the 60's; someone mixed up flouride with LSD,
the old plot to put LSD in the reservoir" -- and, this is
who i am: i am just beside myself with joy to try my
argument out on someone who's brought the subject up
unprompted

he doesn't even wait for me to finish that quote; he
interrupts -- one of those convos with lots of interrupting
but only to speed up the talking -- "oh they did that.
hitler put LSD in the water supply once. it didn't go well
and they didn't do it again"

i paused and thought, and just said honestly: i'm trying to
think if the timeline of that even makes sense

we let that detail go and move on, joust a bit, and i manage
to dredge up two vaguely solid ideas that i will research:

1) sodium calcium something vs. sodium ion, there are
different preparations
2) swishing it around your teeth is good, but drinking a lot
of it might not be

and i'm still leaning towards it being nonsense. but here,
yes, the supercomputer heard me, and once i filtered out all
the spam, here's my next job, to research this. just my role


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:55 [#02622628]
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i am just beside myself with joy to try my argument out
on someone who's brought the subject up unprompted


...and, yeah, he has some incredibly expensive hippie
filtration system at home because he doesn't want his
daughter exposed to flouride. that i was kind of itching for
a discussion about it and life sent me a man who is
passionate about it [unless he's actually right] to the
point of mental illness, who no doubt tries to discuss it
with many people any no one plays ball, and life has sent me
him, that i'm taking the subject seriously and actually
listening.

the event i was at was large and no one missed me. they
weren't the right crowd for flouride so i didn't mention it,
but they did have some other things on tap


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-26 06:55 [#02622629]
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*sent me to him


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-11-29 09:06 [#02622730]
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absolutely none of these are fungible. all i have is dinky
manfrotto clamps. the agony, the agony


 

offline mermaidman on 2022-11-29 09:53 [#02622731]
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the bullshit how do you categorize them to be under this
thread? i’m asking cause i’m really curious


 

offline mermaidman on 2022-11-29 09:54 [#02622732]
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what makes them belong in this thread vs another epic thread
or vice versa


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-12-02 18:17 [#02622911]
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i cannot believe how much of a flaming dumpster barge google
search "results" have become.

the last decade, oh, like:

1) google is cool
2) google is getting on my nerves but this shit works, sooo
3) okay the broke things
4) okay they changed things
5) i'm trying to use your fucking image search on dec 2,
2022, shotliorderly b4 2, and i've tried like six different
flavors of search query, each time getting more like...
technical? volumetric capture

...and still google image search is showing you this
clown-ass stock image art, i'll hit u -- it's clear you're
not. fucking. listening. that my search terms do not matter
to you. i'll fucking hold up a piece of paper. take all its
monet


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-12-02 18:19 [#02622912]
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informational entanglement


 

offline kei9 from Argentina on 2022-12-02 18:23 [#02622913]
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yeah google has got shittier and shittier, youtube too.

internet as a whole has taken a turn for the worst, its
normie land now. you have to go offline to escape the very
same people you were escaping from when going online in the
90s



 

offline mermaidman on 2022-12-02 18:38 [#02622914]
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the internet went back to the 90’s?!


 

offline mermaidman on 2022-12-02 18:40 [#02622916]
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i think i started using the internet somewhere in the
2000’s i remember i wanted a porn in a floppy disk from my
friend in school


 

offline mermaidman on 2022-12-02 18:41 [#02622917]
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i said a porn cause i asked for any porn


 


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