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Mirrors of Opal

March 2, 2021

When I looked into the mirror this morning, I wasn’t sure who I was looking at. Is that me? Is that really what I look like now? Has this years long separation from reality caused me to not recognize my own face, or would it have happened anyway- a side effect of growing older. If you saw me, would you even recognize me? Or am I the ship of Theseus, digested by the carnivore that we call time, now fertilizer for someone you’ve never met? ...

How I Make OpGuides

February 7, 2021

History # Before I can get into how OpGuides works now, I need to provide some history so that you can learn from my mistakes. The first iteration of OpGuides was OpinionatedEngineering.md. A single markdown file so long that the scroll bar was hard to grab. It was meant to be viewed and distributed not as a website, but as a file to be opened with https://typora.io (so that the html and everything rendered- though in theory any markdown editor would do) ...

Time lapse

February 4, 2021

Super brief post about one of the more fun projects I setup recently: a lil' time lapse script #!/bin/bash CAM=$(v4l2-ctl --list-devices | grep C920 -A 1 | grep /dev | awk '{$1=$1};1') #Uncomment the next line to verify it's using the correct device #echo $CAM ffmpeg -f video4linux2 -s 1920x1080 -i $CAM -ss 0:0:2 -frames 1 "/mnt/data/lapse/tl$(date +"%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S").jpg" I have multiple cameras on my system, but only wanted output from the better one, the C920. ...

The Way We Interact With Computers Sucks.

January 15, 2021

You are on a page that is a heavy work in progress. I don’t necessarily stand by anything I’ve written here and this page should effectively be considered not yet published. I have decided to put it up while it is in development to encourage contributions What do you see when you sit down to work? My guess is a desk pressed against a wall, maybe a few shelves, one, maybe two monitors in front of you, and a keyboard and mouse dominating the work area of your desk. ...

Slow Down!

January 14, 2021

I use VCV Rack a lot. I normally use it on Windows as running VSTs in Linux is still a bit of a PITA and If I’m going to make music I want to have access to all of my tools. However, I still want to be able to use VCV on Linux for processing guitar when taking breaks from working on other things without having to reboot over to Windows. ...

xx80

September 27, 2020

The year is 198x. # I stare at my amber terminal. Hexadecimal fills my screen and my mind has become lost in the flow of 6502 assembly, as I hand optimize the code flow. I’m interupted when I recieve a message from my friend, _Maverik, he’s excited about the ground breaking CGI in Tron. Nostalgia is a weird feeling. We can forget when things happened, and misttribute things to entirely different decades. ...

Anti Consumer

March 12, 2019

As I walked to my car after class I could smell the ashes of a cigarette and hear the echos of a train scraping on its tracks. The cool foggy air held still beams of light. It looked like a scene from Blade runner, but I couldn’t help but feel like the Android’s of it’s inspiration, lusting after something to make me feel alive. The drive home was mentally taxing. The fog so dense that cars ahead seemed to be balls of light floating in the distance and keeping sight of the lines to stay in my lane took a constant effort. ...


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