Half Baked

Consider this…

a sort of notebook,… or a notebook of sorts. A batch of bare-brain wonderings,… less than a blog, more than a wubsite, a playground for p2p exploration, musings on life, the Universe and… well, everything, really.

Everything you see here carries an implicit #halfBaked tag. #NSFW, maybe #NSFL. If you ate those cookies we sent to you… they were laced… If it’s the safe and the sane you seek, the clear and careful and corporately acceptable, why then, back you go!

How Things Are Arranged Around Here

bits is mostly about software, internet musings, usability of computers,… in short, anything about the world of bits.

atoms is about self-sufficiency, life on the farmette, seed politics. These days its likely to veer into thoughts on the power relationship between Real People vs. Nation-States, but mainly centres around the world of atoms.

fyre is,… well,… random. Rants. Rage against The Machine. Politics/Stupidity. Opinions.

wyrds: writings. Attempts at literature, particularly my more avante garde and risky attempts. Stuff that’s near-certain unpublishable, so (only?) safe to expose to the light of day here.

ephemerae are tweet-length notions, currently hosted on Someone Else’s Servers, a sort of Twitter For One. You should give it a try, too.

Once Upon A Time

Out there, in an Internet far ago and long away, I have written screeds upon screeds of stuff over the many years. Some readers might be interested in reading it (some bits have aged poorly!) and I am somewhat interested in housing it all under one roof, so I gave a thought to trying to import All That Stuff from the various platforms that currently host it. It’s too daunting! There are articles dating back to 2005. The job of importing all that stuff, converting the text to markupdown and making sure it looks OK, finding all the old pictures that went with it – some of which are irretrievably lost due to the enclosure-of-the-commons of various image-hosting services (Photobucket, Flickr)… it’s all just a hell of a task, and achieves not much. So fuck it.

Learn from my mistakes: If you’re not hosting it yourself, it’s probably going to vanish sooner or later.

There’s the old one mikro2nd blog — mainly centred around tech-stuff, roughly corresponding to the bits category on this more unified site, where I have pontificated upon ideas around software design, made predictions about cryptocurrencies (one or two of which look like hitting the mark!) and ranted frequently about user interfaces and human experiences in computing.

On the self-sufficiency front, there are almost 240 articles recording bits of our Journeys In Smallholder Land at the old Plan Be blog, firmly corresponding to the plan-be category you’ll find on this site. It is my intention to refocus this a little as time goes by, to make it a bit less about Braamekraal Farm specifically, and a bit more about WHY anyone would try to become more self-sufficient. A bit more about the philosophy and politics of self-sufficiency as this participant sees it.

Once there were other sites. They’re lost in the mists of the Pre-GRAFT Internet-of-Surveillance. For all the talk of how digital media is so much better at copying and preserving our informational stuff, my own experience over more than four decades is that digital media is frustratingly short-lived. Barely do you set something in HTML than the link-rot sets in.