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i'm brennen. i grew up on the rural great plains and currently live in colorado.

interests: gardens, pens, notebooks, animals, the weather, camping, festivals, burns, music, SF&F, history, poems, bikes, misc. d.i.y. nonsense.

professional computer botherer and angry about it. sometime perl & php hacker. used to sell blinkenlights for a living, currently deploy wikis.

i complain about computers and worry about natural disasters too much, but try to CW it.

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waking up from a dream where i was shouting "...the mechanization of the mind! bring on the butlerian jihad!"

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holy shit: the noise a cricket makes is a crick, isn't it

is there a single instance in history of these things working as designed for more than about a week past their original install date? who has been alive at any time in the past like 6 decades and thinks these are a good idea? how is it possible that they continue to be a design feature of brand new storm windows in 2022?

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going back in time to have a forceful conversation with whatever sadist invented the squeezy tab latch thingies on storm windows.

now preparing test envelopes for two variations of the address format where you stick "po box " on a line by itself to see whether they get delivered.

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just physically running into the dmv this morning to renew my (checks notes) 8-months-expired drivers license.

i'm going to write one of those ranty "things programmers & bureaucrats falsely believe about x" for how you can't always use a street address as a mailing address, because dealing with this fact has burned on the order of 3-7 days of my life every single year since i have lived at an undeliverable address.

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Superglue: for when something's broken and you want to glue the pieces to your fingers

contra that (bogus? i have no idea) lenin quote, it's a pretty rare 20 years that hit like a day.

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some days are like 20 years or so hits you all at once.

anybody got a good spreadsheet for calculating remaining years before an executive notices your job can be replaced with a descendant of gpt-3 with no losses an executive would notice but probably less whining

this increasingly defines my entire relationship to work.

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there's probably a difference between too stupid to understand this software and too lazy to understand this software, but i'm not yet sure it's a distinction i'm going to uncover within the time horizon of this particular workday.

i'm home for a few days to help with some projects. we're building a new barn. thinking about how the ancestors of these swallows lived in previous barns, at least a few timbers of which are probably being recycled into the new barn...

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this morning i agitated the barnswallows by walking past the general vicinity of a nest. a hundred angry little fast swoopy birds yelling at you all at once remains quite an experience.

i used to think i could help people with computers, but i haven't felt that way in years. it's absolutely and perfectly hopeless because the entire system of consumer technology is just a ball of overdetermined suck.

what am i going to tell them? spend literally your entire life just learning about computer shit? i did that and i'm having a bad time too, just a different bad time.

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every time i have to figure out where the router is at a relative's house, it's in the fucking basement with a bunch of metal around it.

there's a "my older relatives are bad at technology" plaint here, but more subtly most of the time it's in the basement *because a tech came out and put it there*.

it's like a physical manifestation of the thing where their computer is slow because... they run the operating system it was sold with and the applications the vendor installed on it.

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my parents stop putting the wifi hardware in the basement next to the washing machine challenge 2022

tech discourse meta doomerism i guess 

it's kind of amazing how any thread on, say, lobste.rs where it seems like there might be anything interesting to say constantly wants by its very nature to drift into basic ethical and political concerns, which is "off topic".

i used to care about the nuts and bolts of this stuff. i used to think about this stuff and learn from it. lately i just fucking cannot.

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tech discourse meta doomerism i guess 

the "commenting on websites about technical things to talk about how a programming language is interesting or whatever" → "commenting on websites that are supposed to be about technical things but you can't stop fixating on how the technical economy is irredeemably corrupt and must be destroyed before it can finish rendering the planet uninhabitable" pipeline

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