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Hi, I'm Eli --

I live in Maine, where I like to spend time with my family, cook, hike, and read rule-books for table-top rpgs like Follow, and Lady Blackbird.

I enjoy playing with Raspberry Pis, micro controllers, JavaScript, Common LISP, Emacs and a whole heap of other webby-techy things.

I work as a software developer responsible for web development and quality assurance testing. I very much like to write documentation.

Did you know that you don't need X-Windows for graphics on Linux? Here's a few console programs that can display graphics using the framebuffer:

- fbi
Display and manage images directly from the command line.

- links2
A simple web browser without CSS and JS, can display inline images when switched to graphics mode with the -g param: 'links2 -g'

- mplayer
Play videos straight from the console! Can be a little tricky.

(And yes, I used a 5:4 monitor the screenshots.)

:crt_w_prompt: :blobowo:

"Every configuration option in a program is a place where the program is too stupid to figure out for itself what the user really wants, and should be considered a failure of both the program and the programmer who implemented it."

I was interviewed for Marketplace today about running your own social network site! You can catch me on NPR stations today or just listen/read here:

Mastodon etiquette question 

Fixed the big remaining bug in my wiki engine! Next step is to document it so other folks can play with it, if they want! There is one other feature I'd like to add, but it is most def icing.

vague Hilda spoilers? maybe? 

I *should* install linux on this new laptop... but I *want* to install Plan9 on it.

nailed it. I think I am all in on Plan9's Acme for a while.

fedi isn't a hellsite. its a decentralized federated collection of interconnected hellinstances, which together form what we refer to as the "hellaverse"

I'm pleased to announce the v1.0.0 release of Hometown, my Mastodon fork! It's up to date with Mastodon v2.9.3, and unique features include:

- Local only posting
- Full support for rendering incoming `Article` posts from federated blogs like Write.As
- "Exclusive" lists that let you follow someone without clogging up your home timeline

For more info, including rationale for each new feature, check out our wiki:

And the release itself is here:

I've used Plan9's Acme all day at work and think I'm falling in love!? The only hiccup is that I need to figure out how to make the text size *MUCH* larger.

techbro red flags 

β€œNow β€” James looked at the Lighthouse. He could see the white-washed rocks; the tower, stark and straight; he could see that it was barred with black and white; he could see windows in it; he could even see washing spread on the rocks to dry. So that was the Lighthouse, was it? No, the other was also the Lighthouse. For nothing was simply one thing. The other Lighthouse was true too.”

Son told me geology is the study of time and pressure. As we walked, it struck me that sociology and economics were also the study of time and pressure. Then I started to think that maybe every life is in its own way a study of time and pressure.

A very large beetle 

β€œThe key insight was to stop trying to build a mechanical carriage, and instead build something more like a mechanical horse.”

I know that a lisp is technically a lisp without a repl, but, like, is it *really* a lisp without a repl? If you can't do repl driven dev. with it is it just some other language in lisp's clothes?

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