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Aug. 12, 2022

What The Web Looks Like Without Any Blocking Measures

Anyone reading this probably has measures in place to cleanse their web experience of invasive garbage. But maybe it’s been a while since those protections were lowered, and maybe you haven’t seen what the modern web really looks like today. What do normies see when they open a browser? Well, it isn’t good. And things have only decayed since the last time I ran a naked browser. I configured a stock GNU/Linux environment with a standard Firefox (non-ESR) without any addons and no blocking measures beside Firefox’s built in Enhanced Tracking Protection defaults.
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Aug. 11, 2022

Creating Graphs From Terminal

In the post about Visualizing Dependencies I shared a graphic relating some APIs. In the past, I would have painstakingly used something like GIMP or LibreOffice Draw to produce that. But recently I discovered graphviz, a brilliant command line tool to whip up complex relational graphs programatically. The more items you have to plot, the more sense it makes to use such a tool. Let’s say you want to graph out a small social network.
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Aug. 10, 2022

Reaching a Sound State of Mind

A major catalyst which has propelled our society into the perpetually rising shepard tone cycle of new hysterias is undoubtedly the crowded mental state which most people operate in. The human mind has never had to process as much incoming information as is demanded of it today. In a way, it is hard to blame the masses for outsourcing their thinking to others in a desperate effort to free up some thinking capacity for the things immediately present in life.
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