Busy as Shit

I’ve been working through creating my own installation of NextCloud to synchronize my data across a number of devices, and so far I think the installation has been a resounding success. It’s currently running, believe it or not, on a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM. I would love to detail out how me, a rube, got this crap working. I’m not sure how much of an opportunity I’ll get to do that, though.

Insurrection

I never thought I would be saying this, but it turns out that 2021 is already becoming a bigger beast than 2020 already was. We kicked the new year off with the President of the United States encouraging a seditious attempt to prevent a fair election from being counted. It involved a few right wing talking heads as well, with Charlie Kirk organizing transport for as many as 80 buses full of QAnon-obsessed lunatics.

Unemployed Sommelier Wins the Internet

Alright, of all the people to take the lemons of COVID-19 quarantine and make lemonade, this unemployed wine sommelier absolutely wins the internet. His sophisticated palate interpreting utter gutter booze makes for some of the best comedy you can get for free.       Watch those and tell me this isn’t goddamned hilarious. 😂

Exhausted

Well, shit. Christmas was simultaneously fun and horrifying. I love giving gifts. I love making people feel good. I just always feel incredibly awkward accepting gifts. Not sure why. Not to mention the fact that Christmas is a goddamn drama machine. Everyone and their mother feels as though the world is immediately collapsing upon having to see “Uncle Joe” one more goddamn time and “put up with his bullshit”. It is what it is.

Crapcrapcrapcrap

Look, I’m still alive! Woo. I also bought myself a new Razer Elite keyboard, since they’re marked down to like eighty bucks. I get to take my Logitech G513 home now, which is what I’ve been wanting to do for some time. I think it’ll be pretty conducive to me playing Cyberpunk 2077 on my living room TV. I have to admit that I’m just wholly emotionally exhausted right now, intellectually exhausted, and even physically exhausted.

Evangelicals are Ruining the United States

I think it’s time we address the elephant in the room: Evangelical Christians are destroying the United States. I’d like to share a quote. It goes as such: Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise.

COVID mRNA Vaccines

Ahahahahahahaha. People are going hard on the mRNA vaccine. This is a list of the bullshit I’ve seen from the anti-vaxx crowd so far: “Messenger” RNA instructs cells to create virus parts The mRNA is generated via genetic manipulation It contains a microchip created by Bill Gates It’s going to make you a leftist/liberal It’s an excuse for the police state to codify “papers, please” in the US Holy shit.

Thom Tillis Is Trash

Read this and tell me that Senator Thom Tillis isn’t a piece of garbage. You with me on this? Yeah, he wants to make streaming copyrighted content a fucking felony. Seriously, vote this human excrement out of office IMMEDIATELY. You fucking worthless North Carolina residents seriously elected this piece of shit? You people, man. What the fuck is wrong with you?

Election Fraud

Donald Trump is completely correct; There absolutely is a widespread and concerted effort to kick his ass out of the White House. Myself and 80 million other voters conspired to vote for Biden and ensure that orange bag of dicks is out on his ass January 21st, 2021. As far as “Election Fraud”, it’s not necessary when you’ve allowed a quarter million Americans to just die, all while downplaying the virus.

Science Denial

Every single person who entertained the notion that: Coronavirus is a hoax Shutting down the economy was unnecessary “Everyone was going to get it anyways” Entire medical establishments were lying about the severity Deaths were misattributed or outright unrelated You people are literally the cancer killing human society on a global scale. You should be ashamed of yourselves, but something tells me that shame isn’t in your vocabulary. Disgusting.

Weekend

It’s almost the weekend, goddammit! WOO! Just today and tomorrow and it’s two days of unabated freedom. WOO! Most importantly, muh baybay also has the weekend off. YUSSSSSSS.

Section 230

.....Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk. Take back America NOW. Thank you! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2020 This asshole is so bent out of shape about his tweets being tagged as “disinformation” that he’s going to draw the ire of the Pentagon just to get his way on “Section 230”.

Hobby

I think I need to get myself going on my hobbies again. Every time I have a moment outside of work to do something of substance I find myself vegetating over a TV show or some brainless youtube videos. In the past I would spend considerable amounts of this free time learning something new about computers or electronics. I haven’t done much of that since overhauling this blog to conform to Hugo.

Thankful

I’m thankful for my kids. They’re awesome little people and I love them. I’m thankful for my family. I’ve both been blessed with family members I’m blood related to as well as dragging people into my inner circle. I’m grateful for Amber, because she’s wonderful and amazing and literally the best. I’m grateful for my career. It has taken me down some really interesting roads in life. I get to be a professional geek.

Big Dick Is Back

It feels really weird to be back in the office. I’ve been working from home for a couple weeks now and I can’t say I’m used to the structured corporate feel anymore. It was kind of a shock to come back to. I am, however, finally able to make some progress on the projects I’ve been assigned. It’s not really possible to install automation equipment that weighs more than two cars in a two bedroom apartment, so I haven’t been as productive as I’d prefer.

The Hollywood Ten

I just ran across Trumbo (2015) on Netflix and I have to say; It’s a pretty damn good film. It’s also strange to me how little things have changed since then. It’s insane to me that not only is McCarthyism emblazoned permanently in historical record, but the fact that we haven’t learned shit from it is duly noted. It’s really unfortunate. Another damned good one is Don Verdean (2015). I think both of those films cover different aspects of confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance that still wreak havoc on society to this very day.

Relief

Things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The people in our lives who make us feel things no one else can. The sigh of relief coming from D.C. with Biden taking office. A Coronavirus vaccine is on the way. Happy and healthy kids. The promise of open borders and traveling once the virus subsides. A future borne from hard work and maximum effort. I think I could go on more, but I’ll just leave this here for now.

Installing a *.Msixbundle File

This is a pain in the ass. My user profile is prevented from accessing the “Windows Store” by my administrator, because they’re dumb I guess. I dunno. It’s really not a clever move if you think about it, because you’re ensuring that people source their software from places other than “vetted distribution sites” such as Windows Store. But, whatever. This is the workaround. All you’re required to do is open powershell and execute the command Add-AppxPackage file.

Election Anxiety

As I write this, Donald Trump is lobbing salvo after salvo of attackis against Democracy in the United States. Other than politics, how do you lose a case where large numbers of voters, far more than you need to flip Pennsylvania, are disenfranchised? Vote Observers thrown out of counting rooms. People going to vote finding out they have already voted through a fake ballot - go home! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2020 When people get out and vote in massive numbers, Republicans lose.

De-Nazification and Post Trumpism

I figured I’d take a moment and expand on this, as it’s going to determine the next few decades and how we’re able to heal as a nation. If Trump and his associates are not prosecuted, they argue, it might set a devastating precedent. Others worry that the desire to prosecute Trump could amount to no more than “vengeance” that would further erode democratic norms. This vigorous debate on the left asks how we as a nation can get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s criminal behavior, while also ensuring that no future administration can act in such a manner again.