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What do you live for?

I won't pretend to be the only person to think I have asked this, as almost every teenager in existence has asked it. The answer is likely simple for most people. I live because not to would cause untold suffering to all those around me.

=> 2022/05/21

Tools for notetaking

Over the last 5 years I have done a fair bit of note taking. Lets go through the different tools I have used.

=> 2022/02/12

Games I should play in 2022

This is just a list of games I should get around to playing/completing in 2022. The syntax for this page will have boxes where a cross marks what I've played and gotten around to.

=> 2022/02/09

Hero/Villain Dynamics in the 21st Century

On the 14th of september I observed a data leak of the Epik Domain Registrar. What makes this leak interesting to me, is the reason given. First I will talk on the point of Security though...

=> 2021/09/17

Immutable data being used for mass murder at scale

If we've been looking at the pattern of data misuse, this shouldn't really come as a surprise as dark and sad as it is. The worst aspect is that this regards immutable biometric data. What has happened is that amidst the US Retreat from Afghanistan, a lot of biometric data[1] has been left in the hands of the Taliban, so they can easily identify, target and cull, kill or torture any people who were allied with the Americans[2]. Although it's a plain betrayal of the Americans to their allies. It's also a plain example of bad info-sec.

=> 2021/08/17

Academic Science and its problems

Let us begin this by refreshing what is the scientific method. The scientific method is where one makes an observation or question. Follows this with research into the topic. Following this with a hypothesis, and following that with an experiment to test the hypothesis. Data is then analyzed and the conclusions are then reported. The value of the conclusions is based on whether the data and the conclusions made from it can be replicated.

=> 2021/08/11

Printing with netcat

I recently discovered thanks to this blog[1] that you can print with netcat. This was impressive to me, but even still, it doesn't completely solve the problem. Instead it moves it from handling the data for printing on the client's side to handling it on the printer's side.

=> 2021/08/07

License Laundering

Extend, Embrace, Extinguish.

=> 2021/07/09

Who games on Linux? #4 Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart

Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart is a mod of a Doom Mod where you race. It's a lot like Mario Kart 64.

=> 2021/05/20

pass

What is pass? It's just a password manager. It works by using gpg encrypted files which are your passwords. This means they are encrypted and safe. It's also a password manager that is offline, so that means you have no issues with hosting it. You can if you would like, host your gpg encrypted passwords in a git repository, or in the cloud, or on an online machine so you can get them using rsync or some other file transfer tool.

=> 2021/05/18

Pman : Manual pages, formatting, roff and PDFs

Not to be confused with pacman. Its a short script I wrote in order to view man pages in my pdf client. Wait, what's a man page I hear you ask?

=> 2021/05/17

Online Communities

I have decided to write this because I feel that a major flaw in a lot of social media is the problem of communities. A community is quite simple a group of people sharing attitudes and interests in common. Sure, something utterly meaningless can be this common interest, memes, an E-Celebrity- however these communities often seem exploited to some end.

=> 2021/05/11

YANChan.xyz

YANChan.xyz is an imageboard for discussion of a bunch of topics. For now topics include, art, videos, games, technology and random.

=> 2021/04/23

The problem with Bitcoin

Bitcoin has been skyrocketting in price recently, so I thought I'd write a little about its problems. First an introduction to what Bitcoin is. Bitcoin is a blockchain that records transactions in a trustless manner. As a result, anyone can download the entire blockchain and view it and all transactions that have occured between all wallets. How a blockchain is constructed? In Bitcoin's case, it uses a proof of work system. Proof of work is the idea that, by adding something to a blockchain it's very hard to find a hash with specific qualities(In Bitcoin's case this is the number of leading 0s in the hash value). Finding some value to add to this block to find this hash is computationally expensive and to this day, there exists no better method than just going through possible inputs and just searching for a valid result. Once a valid result is found, the miner who mined that block gets some reward.

=> 2021/04/23

Tech Portfolio

Hey guys, I set up a tech portfolio to show off my projects. It's on the HTTPS web.

=> 2021/04/15

The modern web is bloated

This will be a short blog post, explaining in detail why I think the modern web is bloated.

=> 2021/04/08

RSS ported to work again

Hey. I got the RSS feed to work with my Gemini blog now. This means that between my Gemini and HTTP pages, you should be able to subscribe to my feed. I will probably update my index with this information.

=> 2021/04/05

Site is now better on Mobile

Short blog post. I have slightly modified my Gemini to HTML script to include a meta tag that makes pages scale properly on mobile devices. I *think* I have also applied this same change to the UTC news archive so it should be easier to read on a mobile device.

=> 2021/04/03

Richard Stallman Situation

Richard Stallman resigned from his post in both MIT and the FSF. The basis of this were statements he made that were in generally poor taste regarding child sex. Poor taste because of the recent events with the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking scandal. Recepients of Epstein money and Epstein prostitutes included other people at MIT, but not Richard. As a result, MIT wanted this deal over as soon as possible.

=> 2021/03/28

Who games on Linux? #2 Loop Hero

Loop Hero is a tower defense Idle game with some RPG systems.

=> 2021/03/12

Who games on Linux? #3 NERTS! Online

NERTS! Online is an online multiplayer Solitaire game by Zachtronics that is free and a lot of fun.

=> 2021/03/11

Mass Surveillance at scale has resulted in murder

I recently read some interesting articles about how the Surveillance facilitated by Software Developers has had catastrophic consequences.

=> 2021/03/10

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Book)

This is a book I read recently. By recently, I mean I ordered a paperback of it, and when it arrived, consumed all 260 pages of this wonderful fiction in 2 days. The only fault I have is regarding the ending being as I feel, quite rushed, although that only particularly affects the last 20 pages of the story. The rest was wonderful to read.

=> 2021/03/07

The iterated Prisoner's Dilemma

If we are to discuss the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, we must first discuss it with 1 iteration. The idea in a single iteration, is that you and another convict have 2 choices available and there 4 possible outcomes. For simplicity, we will name the prisoner's Cain and Abel, and the options Betray and Cooperate. If Cain betrays, and abel cooperates, Cain gets free and Abel serves for 3 years. If Cain betrays, and abel betrays they both serve 2 years. If Cain cooperates and Abel cooperates, then they both serve a year. I will present this with the below tree.

=> 2021/03/04

Browser choices

There's a lot of browsers available for browsing the modern web. You could probably take something deprecated and outdated and still be able to browse it(selected sites with simple HTML and probably no HTTPS) like netscape navigator. Now in my time on the internet I've used a few browsers, lets roll and see 'em:

=> 2021/03/03

Who games on Linux? #1: DOOM 2

DOOM 2 is a 1995 game by id Software that develops upon what DOOM originally did, adding more levels and enemies to the FPS mix they created.

=> 2021/03/03

Impressionism and Games

This is a short blog post, that I hope may illuminate to some people why I prefer some games over others.

=> 2021/03/01

Who games on Linux? #0: HROT

HROT is a boomer shooter taking after the same style as Chasm: The Rift. It is an enjoyable FPS with the brown aesthetic of Soviet Czechoslovakia. It is also software rendered, giving it a unique appearance.

=> 2021/02/28

2007, the year the internet went to shit

2007 is 14 years ago now. 14 years ago, things have gotten so much worse. One could go so far to say that Humans are a treacherous race betraying themselves every day...

=> 2021/02/28

Unix philosophy and writing scripts

The Unix philosophy is a design philosophy for programming and scripting. I will list its rules here, but one can do more reading themselves on this if you want. The reason the Unix philosophy is even relevant today, is because it makes the standard scripting experience on any GNU/Linux system(Linux being a Kernel, GNU standing for GNU's Not Unix, and both are inspired heavily by Unix).

=> 2021/02/20

Stories page

I have now added a stories page to my website. My intention here is to use it as a page to host stories... obviously? Anyway, the content you will find there is content I have rights to put there, either directly from the author, or by nature of it being Creative Commons or Public Domain... or by nature of me holding the rights to it.

=> 2021/02/18

Automating Tmux for fun and profit

First what is a MUX? A MUX is a shorthand for Multiplexer which is used for selecting data commonly in electronics. TMUX is a Terminal Multiplexer. This means it selects Terminals to act on, as well as managing them into panes so you can easily access them. They also save the terminals in sessions, sessions can be thought of like your workspace. This means it can be used for really a lot of things actually. I use it for hosting servers without forking the process or for having processes run in the background in a tmux session rather than in a window(typically this is done with ncurses based applications as they display in your terminal). Another advantage is you can use it with vim or neovim(probably emacs too), so you can create a workspace for doing your text editing activities. In this I will provide examples of some scripts I have written using tmux, as well as some advantages. I won't be going over common keybinds and how to use tmux as a user, so if you're a newb to tmux, take some time to look for examples of using it. If you use tiling window managers, but haven't used tmux, you will feel right at home with tmux.

=> 2021/02/18