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garden rambling 

unexpectedly, between afternoon monsoon rains and volunteer plants from the compost, there is now a patch of somewhat thriving garden.

aside from the various nightshades, i guess i'm growing some as-yet unidentified squash and... watermelon? yes, that is definitely a watermelon.

bikes 

anyway should i buy one on craigslist for 20 bucks?

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bikes 

it has *exactly* the aesthetics you expect from something called "lime" and released in the long, horrible industrial design shadow cast by the late 1990s & early 2000s.

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bikes 

today i learned of the existence of the trek lime, a bike with... a front-wheel dynamo powered automatic shifter?

what kind of rube goldberg nonsense is this

uspol, pure venting 

just how doomed and useless is the democratic party in practice, you might ask?

well:

npr.org/2022/07/26/1113659467/

me like 5 years ago: fuck it, i should just camp more.

me now: actually this one worked out, i should probably get back to it.

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me like 15 years ago: i will hack on things and the world will get better as a consequence of all this collective effort to build a commons

me now: well, shit.

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me like 20 years ago: i have opinions about art and one day i will make something important

me now: well, i sure did biff it on that one, but on the other hand art actually doesn't matter very much, so i guess that's an enormous relief

back on my burner bullshit 

holy shit aluminet got expensive.

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back on my burner bullshit 

i went to see if i still had the source files for a sticker i got printed a couple of years ago and naturally there's a multi-shell-script build process. aside from inkscape, it has dependencies on perl, ruby, jp2a, and lolcat. i guess at least i wrote myself a README.

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back on my burner bullshit 

we went to get the bikes out of storage and i tell you what, even knowing it intellectually, it's pretty amazing what a thorough coating of fine alkali dust followed by a couple of years in a damp root cellar will do to just absolutely ruin every metal mechanical component, fitting, gasket, seal, etc. on a cheap cruiser.

it's not exactly that i don't want to think about complicated things which are hard to reason about, it's more that it's fucking hot out and most of my other desires have been supplanted by a feeling that it's time to sit in the river and smoke a j.

high summer yard & garden report 

my plans to have a real System for moving the irrigation water around have again failed to materialize. next year, i tell myself. gravity fed whatnot.

inexplicably, the apple tree is going gangbusters for a second year running. here's hoping it doesn't shatter under the load, since i once again did a terrible job pruning it.

once we get thru the worst of the midsummer heat, i'm going to plant a bunch of greens, try to put up a frame for greenhouse panels. (2/2)

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high summer yard & garden report 

it is hot as fuck.

i didn't plant much, and 70% of what i did plant died almost immediately.
on the other hand, the compost i mixed into the raised bed provided about a million little tomato seedlings and some squash or melons or something that are going to town, and half a dozen of the peppers lived, so i guess there'll be some nightshades.

there's also a volunteer dill that's now taller than i am, lots of basil, some very random lettuces. (1/2)

this is a writeup of a debian installation, if i understand this correctly, upgraded continuously since _1993_:

diziet.dreamwidth.org/11840.ht

("cheerful" is both the new part and the part i'm still working on.)

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i think embracing cheerful despair is going to be my new thing.

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heatwaves 

@brennen when life gives you sunshine, make sunshineade

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