(Apologies for missing two weekends in a row; today is technically still a weekend for me.)
[This post is part of my Watership Down read through. You are welcome to join in at any time; please read my introduction post first.]
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I've spent the last six months editing a book. Phil Sandifer found himself writing about "A genre dominated by, in effect, an AI crank, an extremist technolibertarian, and whatever the fuck Nick Land is" and I begged to preview it. I ended up researching, editing, copyediting and helping with the publicity. It has been six months of solid and hearty yuks and lulz and a sheer delight.
The kickstarter is up now (announcement). So far it's landed about $1500 in twelve hours; people seem quite keen to get this book. And let me assure you that the stretch goal essays are also things the world needs.
There are also excerpts (  ) and images of what the conspiracy zine and full colour editions will look like. (If I had $70 of actual money spare I’d be sending it in to get the conspiracy zine and color editions, which look to be gorgeous productions.)
“Or, to put it another way, this is a book that uses Eliezer Yudkowsky, Mencius Moldbug, and Nick Land as a loosely stitched together foundation on which to build an oddball philosophical structure made of bits of Hannibal, China Mieville, Alan Turing, Thomas Ligotti, John Milton, and a futuristic AI that will torture you for all eternity if you buy a mosquito net.”
edit: and at $3000 in the first 18 hours, Phil decided he'd better preview the $4000 essay, "The Blind All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate."
installing and setting up xubuntu 16.04. why the hell does vim-gtk have apache2 as a “suggested package”.
to make capslock a control key, run /usr/bin/setxkbmap -option "ctrl:nocaps" from Session and Startup->Application Autostart, and fuck you xubuntu for still not including an interface for this basic x11 config shit. you’re darned lucky you haven’t comprehensively sodomised the pooch like gnome or kde.
(i'd be running xfce debian if it wasn't as bloody ugly as sin and mint if they'd ever heard of security.)
how the fuck do you set preferences for nautilus when you’re not actually running gnome. edit: the answer: gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences default-folder-viewer 'list-view'