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

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given recent trends in my overall ability to type sentences into computers, i'm declaring that this account will now treat articles, conjunctions, and correct pluralization of most words as strictly optional, and deprioritize spelling stuff the way you're supposed to. effective immediately.

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standing offer until further notice:

want to do something on the command line but not quite sure where to start? trying to sort out some kind of tiny script? ill-advised regular expression not _quite_ hacky enough for the job? not asking stackoverflow quite the right thing?

maybe i can help! @ me and let's see what we can do.

(disclaimers: rapid response not guaranteed; i won't make fun of you; i'll tell you if i'm stumped; i'm easy to stump.)

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death 

i just learned another of my childhood neighbors died today. not that many years after his wife. both somewhere around my parents age, people who were the grownups when i was young. she used to be one of my substitute teachers, he's one of the guys i remember standing in a field squinting under his farmer cap making wry observations about crop health. profoundly decent people, though we disagreed on plenty. it gets a little emptier out in the country, bit by bit.

text editor rambling 

((gets stoned and talks shit about text editors is about as back on my bullshit as i can get.))

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(as a coda to this rant, brought to you by having forgotten just how strong of a sativa was in the joint i found sitting on the table earlier, i hope neovim pans out, i really do - if nothing else i'm grateful for it shaking up upstream development a little bit and forcing issues like the actually pretty usable terminal implementation, and i think the world probably needs two usable vims in it.)

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...and i'm grateful that the boring choice of "just keep using regular vim" remains viable. if this worked the way an overhaul of some single-vendor SaaS app typically works, then neovim's existence would have already made the old, boring, works-everywhere-i-need-it vim impossible to keep using.

this, almost as much as anything political, is a whole lot of why i got into free software.

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i became so goddamn stodgy in my software ways exactly because of this kind of thing.

it's not that nobody should make a wild leap in trying to make software better - if anything, we could use more wild leaps in certain directions.

it's just that too many ambitious efforts at change destroy the very thing they intend to improve on, and then fail to replace it, leaving nothing but wreckage where once there was a functioning system.

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a lot of it seems to be terminal stuff, which i have no doubt is a hard area of the code to change. full of brutal historical contingency & decades-old legacy hacks.

and it's possible i just haven't used a good build, but for the last probably 15 or 20 years building regular vim from source has always given me a working program at least.

i haven't followed development closely, but i bet it'd make a pretty fascinating case study in the pain of an undertaking like this one.

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i think nvim still isn't very good, which i'm not sure matches consensus at the moment.

don't get me wrong: what it improves, it really improves. it's hard to put your finger on any one thing, but using it feels a little cleaner, a little more fluid, a little souped up.

the problem is i still haven't managed to use any version for more than a week or so without hitting showstopper glitchiness that forces me back to vim proper.

every time i see them do this version live i think about the last time i saw splitlip rayfield on stage 5 before kirk died and become incapable of singing along for the big crowd part without bursting into tears.

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dustbowl, western kansas, right outta nothin', abilene

dustbowl, WESTERN KAAAAAANSAS

youtube.com/watch?v=Yf9IXWqlR5

conducting your work in units of something called a "sprint" should probably be all the indication you need that agile is not actually your friend as a worker.

1: it's both cold and smoke-free outside for the first time in months so i have the window open but now i'm sitting at my desk too cold to function and refusing to close the window because GOTO 1

i'm probably jinxing this, but there are signs that we're verging on hoodie weather here, and i'm _thrilled_

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Could you plz help me out with my health? 

Hi, fedi!

It's that time of the month again! :gonk:

I need 60 for my ADHD meds, 15 for my anti-depressive + 50 to manage a bunch of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.

I also need physiotherapy for my back & knee, which are really bad. Each session is 30€.

If you could chip in, it'd be very welcome & appreciated! Any cent counts! :ablobcathappypaws:

Thank you so much for helping! :blobcatheart:

:ko_fi: ko-fi.com/eloisa

#MutualAid @mutualaid

i'm going offline for something like a week.

i trust you'll all look after the place in my absence.

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