worst thing about working near my cat is her insistent desire to be in my face, getting rubs.

she really, really, likes that.

The Seattle GNU/Linux conference is a grassroots group that holds an annual event to promote free open software and hardware. They are based in Seattle, WA, USA, but their events have been online recently due to the pandemic.

You can follow their official accounts at:

➡️ @SeaGL@mastodon.social (main account)


➡️ @SeaGL@pixelfed.social (photos)

Their website is at seagl.org

#SeaGL #Seattle #GNULinux #GNU #Linux #Events #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource

Note regarding information management.

I use org-roam for my long term information store.

I'm using Obsidian as a cross-platform system that I'll be importing into org-roam; I *pay* for the sync service of Obsidian.

Me, on my tinfoil hat:

News this morning said that if Russia invades Ukraine, the first could be left out of the Swift, a system for global bank transactions.

Now, let's imagine that, for whatever reason and for whatever action, Russia gets accused of invading Ukraine. That means that no money transaction from or to Russia from around the globe will be possible.

BUT, AFAIK, Russia still have some big crypto bros, and that could translate in Russia being a massive crypto investor in the future.

looks like Putin has launched war on Ukraine.

what a sad thing.

the explosion of misinformation is going to be spectacular. trying to journal to keep interesting tidbits stored, so that down the road I can read back and reflect on odd bits that come out and then got forgotten/dropped.

apparently truth social, the trump mastodon, has launchedish.

should be interesting.......

working on "caching large immutable data for queries" in golang.

hoping I can make it work this time.

last time I tried it, it was in common lisp, with more aspect oriented programming bits than I could figure out as the nil pointer dereferences flamed around me.

acquired a Cherry MX Brown keyboard - the Kinesis Edge RGB.

its very nice.

I have a MX Blue edition of same, but caught complaints over "clickieness". Sigh.



a not-even-currency blockchain.

at some point I will stand up a tiaf endpoint for people to play with and replicate from, but the data system isn't finished (needs spill-to-disk).

So if someone comes to me - or you - and says, I need to share data with other, external, entities, in a tamper-resistant system where both can write - you do not need a blockchain qua BTC or ETH. You don't even need smart contracts. You don't need miners.

You need a way to authenticate that so and so is a member of the organization, and they are authorized to click the "share the data" button. Or, in other words: LDAP, G Suite, Okta, blah, blah, blah.

What I created solves the data part.

I implemented this system, using the perspective of someone that would do this for work, using conventional enterprise/identity tools; using the perspective that insults to the database would be resolved through the courts of law.

that made everything much simpler and ridiculously faster.

I can basically commit data at speed of cpu. Because I don't "mine", I simply command, a block is instant in creation.

thought #1. a trustless/distributed world without contractual enforcement is extremely expensive. That's why "mining" occurs. bitcoin mining is actually how data transactions are committed as well.... in a trustless world.

thought #2. a resilient public sharable database is actually a very good thing.

thought #3. identity is not solved by a private key.

in news that might be of interest to the mastodon world, I decided to implement a coinless, "gasless", blockchain.

"crypto without the currency".

or, if you're being technical: an immutable database with cryptographic hashing of prior blocks, similar to a merkle list.

I developed a lot of thoughts around crypto/nfts etc while doing this too.

@finn I think the images are broken on social.seattle.

just logged in and all images are 404'ing

another rainy seattle day.

grinding away on the big startup project with a deadline of, uh, monday morning biz opening.

and the kid is home sick. :-/

Wisdom is a double-edged sword: the more you understand about ANYTHING, the greater your doubts about ALL THINGS; including yourself.

I miss sunny days. We've been in Western WA since 2013.

With the covid and the rain and the damp, I am starting to get very antsy. Dreams of the Southwest, where my wife lived for a while before we married.

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