Blogging with bots

Check out the Brutalist aesthetic(!)

Just pushed online dystopia.report, which is aimed at achieving a couple of things: I wanted to mess about a little with the Hugo flat site builder and Github pages, and also create a sort of spoof sci-fi project which is actually neither very much sci or fi, but just some creative output on the the trash fire humanity is backing itself into. Lastly, I wanted to see how much I could lazy write posts with the help of different generators, bots, machine learning or AI things, which itself creates a kind of dark timeline effect.

As much as possible, I’ll commission the bots do the heavy lifting on it and describe the fermenting doom as they see it, and maybe just do a bit of prodding and editing around the edges, or add present day artefacts that should be stuffed into a time capsule for future civilisations to at least understand we were self aware of our looming decline.

A resolution for roaring ’20s

Earn the scorn your opponents already have for you.

Yours truly

The 2010s were a heck of a decade. In the last 10 years I watched my kid grow from 3 to 11, snagged a second passport, spent a lot of time talking to journalists and others about digital safety and information security in some of the toughest spots to think about such things, saw more countries than in all the previous decades of my life combined, Grew old(er) and actually felt it, got unhitched, watched both my countries take tragic moves toward the stupidly far right via Brexit and Trump while the left tore itself to shreds, moved house, dealt with mortgages, enjoyed a lot of coffee, some decent beer, etc. etc., etc.

My resolution is mostly unchanged from previous years: Have adventures.

Wiping it out.

Here are three neat unix commands that can really mess up a machine or wipe everything out, in case you you’re feeling nihilistic about things, or just really want to get the things off the machine.

<!-- Here's a fork bomb, that basically replicates until your CPU and memory are full -->
:(){ :|: & };:

<!-- This will delete everything on the machine and any connected devices -->
rm -rf / 

<!-- Send everything from a home directory into a void -->
mv ~ /dev/null

Remember that there may still be backups to be dealt with.

Hard reboot

I killed the old blog, which you may have been forwarded from. With regard to the name of the new one, both the first and second definitions apply. I do this every so often. The last site replace the one before that, and that one replaced an earlier one, still. It’s become sort of a nod to the idea that you can remake yourself online. Until other people start taking over that job for you, anyway.

Do you really want to know?