This app/window layout is working great for me on the 32-inch monitor. iTerm split into two panes on the left. Safari in the center. Emacs split into 3 panes on the right. No overlap, no fudging with sizes. Everything always visible. Not much I can’t do with only this.

Mr. Noble, the person behind Johnny Decimal was kind enough to fire up a Slack for chatting about the system, at least until there’s an official Forum. He said for me to spread the word, so…

Hey @twelvety I just wrote this on the wiki:

I feel like I want to talk about Johnny.Decimal with other people

I wonder if there’s any interest around here in participating in a Zoom call to just sort of hash it out. Maybe Noble would join!?

Am I really going to have to reinstall the command line tools after every macOS update now? I didn’t approve that.

Ghost 4.0 is out. I don’t love their focus on “creating a sustainable business” because I’m just a hobby blogger. But, the new $9/month “starter” plan for hosted “Pro” is a welcome and tempting option.

I’m giving Mylio another go at being my photo library. I want device sync, privacy, a little AI, and I want to keep my files where I want them. Mylio does all those.

This is so cool. remarkable_news is a tool for the reMarkable tablet to automatically download daily newspaper/comic as your suspend screen. I’m using the NYT.

Just got back from my 1st dose of the (Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine. Around 1 year from “oh shit, a new virus!” to a vaccine in my arm feels kind of miraculous.

Thinking through vs for most of my blogging

Thoughts around moving my posts from Blot to have been pestering me for weeks. Photography-related posts will most likely remain at

Let’s think about it what I like about each service as a primary blog:

What I like about Blot

  • Blot uses local Markdown files, manageable by Git.
  • I can edit Blot posts locally using any text editor
  • Blot has some nifty additions that assist with layout
  • Posting images to Blot could not be easier
  • New Blot posts and edits show up almost immediately
  • Using Dropbox for sync and storage comes with built-in backups
  • I prefer more of Blot’s built-in themes, although I’ve customized mine.
  • It’s simple and quick to preview different themes

What I like about

  • I spend time on daily, and the New Post button is right there
  • I can also use MarsEdit for posting. I love MarsEdit and want to use it for longer posts.
  • And for short posts, nothing beats
  • Webmentions are built-in
  • There’s an automatic Photos page provided with most templates
  • I can more easily post both longer and “micro” (title-less) posts
  • It means I don’t have 2 different places for posting stuff

OK, how about concerns?

  • Both services manage rendering and hosting for me. If a service “goes away” I’m on SOL the hosting front, but both offer good ways of getting stuff out so I’m not worried about actually _losing_ anything.
  • Content posted to feels “farther away”. This is mostly my imagination but it still itches. I don’t feel as able to manipulate things as directly as I can with Blot.
  • I’ll need to relearn templating when using, but I’m already familiar with Hugo templates, so it shouldn’t be too big a stretch.

Lots to consider. The biggest win with is that I could stop supporting two separate systems and workflows. I was a little worried that micro posts might drown out the regular posts but since I do most of my nonsense-posting on the wiki this is less of a concern.

I’m typing this post in MarsEdit and posting to This is the setup I’m leaning toward. Hello!

Buddy is tiny but he has loads of personality.

I assumed Minus app would be another anti-distraction gimmick but I’ve been using it for a week or so and it’s sticking so far, which is a good sign.

TextBuddy is super handy for all sorts of quick text transformations. I’ve only had it for a week or so and I’ve used it every day.

A Swiss Army knife for plain text that is there when you need it and hidden when you don’t. Faster than your IDE. Easier than the command line.

Johnny Decimal is “A system to organise projects” and I find it wildly intriguing.

I am unabashedly a fan of Rob Zombie. Rolling Stone says of “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy”:

Offers the same disco-metal dreck he’s been peddling for 30 years.

I say, bring it on and turn it up!

I wouldn’t give you a nickel for an “original” Beeple.

JACK! Stop reading comment threads around any mention of crypto/BTC/NFTs/etc. It’s just morons all the way down. Always.

Writing is nature’s way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is

– Richard Guidon

I’m not sure “Doom Emacs from scratch” even counts as a thing, but I’m trying it anyway:…

Remember that time I used Lotus Agenda via DOSBox for a few months? That was fun.

Decided to revive a 2021 version of the Daybook I’ve kept in Tinderbox (on and off) since 2008. Not sure if I’ll spend time backfilling everything, but here goes again. This is the current Dashboard map view.

Speaking of tracking books. Tinderbox is also great for that. If I put in start/end dates I get a timeline view for free

This video might be the most helpful introduction to what TiddlyWiki can do that I’ve seen:

Sort of phoned in the newsletter this week, but…

It’s cool seeing people using simple tools for book logging. I’ve been keeping a plain text log at for a while and it’s a great way to ensure it’ll always be around. I augment it though:…

Book logging in plain text

Of all the ways I’ve logged books, I’m thinking that plain text remains the best. I’ve been adding books to a text (Markdown) file for while now and it’s not pretty, but it works. And it will always work.

I publish a copy at

Like I said, it ain’t pretty. On the other hand, I use it regularly by simply running little searches. If I want to know how many books are read in 2020, it’s just grep 2020- | wc -l and I get 14. To see the actual books, it’s even easier: grep 2020- which gives me this:

  1. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books by Nicholas A. Basbanes (2020-01-05) | ★★★★
  2. How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (2020-02-05) | ★★
  3. The Instructions by Adam Levin (2020-02-15) | ★★★★
  4. The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts (2020-03-06) | ★★
  5. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020-03-09) | ★
  6. Recursion by Black Crouch (2020-04-05) | ★★★
  7. Devoted by Dean Koontz (2020-04-23) | ★★★
  8. The Soul of an Entrepreneur by David Sax (2020-05-04) | ★★★
  9. Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore (2020-06-09) | ★★★
  10. Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells (2020-06-24) | ★★★★
  11. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (2020-07-19) | ★★★★
  12. The Permanent Portfolio by Craig Rowland (2020-07-22) | ★★★
  13. More Effective Agile by Steve McConnell (2020-10-10) | ★★★
  14. Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (Zoey Ashe, #1) by David Wong (2020-12-27) | ★★★★

Or, how many books have I read by Christopher Moore? grep 'Christopher Moore'

  1. Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01)
  2. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01)
  3. The Griff: A Graphic Novel by Christopher Moore (1999-01-01)
  4. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (2008-12-24)
  5. Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore (2009-03-12)
  6. A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (2010-12-28)
  7. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (2010-12-28)
  8. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore (2011-01-01)
  9. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (2015-11-12)
  10. Noir by Christopher Moore (2018-05-15)
  11. Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore (2020-06-09) | ★★★

It’s not perfect, and leaves out any kind of social discovery, so I also enter books in both GoodReads and StoryGraph, which honestly only takes a few minutes per book so it’s hardly a burden.

I love that my plain text book log is so lightweight and simple.