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from Ariketak

Musu-soinuaren marruma zaratatsuen artean, Sonny Terryk igorritako irrintzia pentsa daitekeen soinurik bereizgarriena zen. Blues harmonikajole bakar batzuek soilik lortu dute itsua zen Terryk izandako eragin iraunkorra (Buster Brownek irrintzia hartu zion, adibidez). Blues urbanoa zuzendari gisa grabatzeaz gain, Brownie McGhee gitarjolearekin aritua zen aspalditik. Deabruak hartutakoren baten eran irrintzika eta aieneka, asaldatutako emakumez eta gizon kezkatuez betetako musika mundu sargori batera erakarri zituen entzuleak. Noizbehinka faltsete ukiezinez baliatu arren, egundoko lan-kanten oihuak kanporatzeko gai izan zen. Bere musu-soinuari haizea emateko era xarmagarria zen. Ipar Carolinako mitoak musu-soinutik ahoskatzen zuen, tresnaren negar errukarria handiagotuz.


Irakurri gehiago...

from Ariketak


Ez det ulertzen nolatan dabilen oaindikan mundu erdia nigarrez, beste mundu erdia ere nigarrez badago, motel, ezin hola moldatu. Zera, katu bat badezu egun baterako, hau da, demagun katu bat nahi dezula 365 egunetarako, ados? Ez dezu 365 egunetarako izango, egun baterako dezu, motel. Zera diot, egun horretan, hobe zeure bizitza bizi, motel. Bakizu, esan dezakezu: Oi ene!, beste 364 egunetan in dezakezu nigar, bainan egun hoi galduko dezu, eta horixe da dezun guztia. Maitasuna izan behar. Horixe da, motel. Gaur baldin badezu, ez dezu biharko nahi, motel, ez dezu behar eta. Izan ere, bizitzan ikasten goazenian... biharko eguna ez da inoiz jazotzen. Beti egun madarikatu berbera da, motel.


I don’t understand why half the world is still crying, man, when the other half of the world is still crying too, man, and it can’t get it together. I mean, if you got a cat for one day, man – I mean, if you, say, say, maybe you want a cat for 365 days, right – You ain’t got him for 365 days, you got him for one day, man. Well I tell you that one day, man, better be your life. Because, you know, you can say, oh man, you can cry about the other 364, man, but you’re gonna lose that one day, man, and that’s all you’ve got. You gotta call that love, man. That’s what it is, man. If you got it today you don’t want it tomorrow, man, ’cause you don’t need it, ’cause as a matter of fact, as we discovered on the train, tomorrow never happens, man. It’s all the same fucking day, man.

Iturria: Janis Joplin McMahon estadioan (Calgary, Kanada, 1970eko uztaila)

Irakurri gehiago...

from Ariketak


Udara joan da ta, ala agian oraindik ez?

Udara, bizitza oparoa Arrain-saltari, gari-heldua Aita aberats ta ama ederra Ixil, negarrik ez, kuttuna

Egun batian, kantari altxatuko Hegoak zabalik, zerurantz zoaz Ordura arte ezerk ez zaitu minduko Aita eta ama zure-alboan


Summertime, and the livin' is easy Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good lookin' So hush, little baby, don't you cry

One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing Yes you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky But 'til that morning, there's nothin' can harm you With daddy and mammy standin' by

Hitz hauen jatorria (jatorriz, Porgy and Bess operakoa)

Irakurri gehiago...

from msnws

Just wanted to lay out a thought that’s been bouncing around my head now for a while.

As I left school and confronted the pressures and responsibilities that come with adult life, I quickly realized that my previous strategy of half-assing my life quickly wasn’t effective anymore. You can’t half-ass an office job. You can’t half-ass paying your bills on time. If you want to make people feel comfortable in your home, you can’t half-ass things like taking out the trash or keeping your place clean.

It was all way too much to handle at once for me. And as my responsibilities continued to grow, I turned towards the internet for help managing my life. That’s when I first encountered the rabbit hole that I like to call the internet’s “productivity community.”

What exactly is the productivity community, you might ask? Just search “productivity” on YouTube and see what comes up. Or, if you really want to go deeper down the rabbit hole, search for things like “Task Management Apps” or “Best Note Taking Apps” and, without fail, you’ll quickly notice that you see the same familiar faces, and concepts such as GTD (Getting Things Done) and Building a Second Brain.

At the time, this content was a revelation for me. I had never taken the time to develop solid organizational skills because I had an executive function disorder that flew under the radar. Before this, in school, I was able indulge in my own worst habits. I chronically procrastinated. I had a teacher who graded on completion and came to our desks only looking to see if we had something written down. I showed her old homework every single time.

Now, I was learning how to take control of my life. Over the years, I became well acquainted with GTD. I started using a task management app. I closed all of my “open loops” by religiously entering them into my inbox. I diligently did my weekly reviews.

I began taking detailed notes on things in a note-taking app. I learned the PARA method. When bi-directional linking notes together became popular, I followed suit.

When I felt as though my system wasn’t suiting me, I changed things. I changed the apps I used. Then I changed them again. Then I changed them again and again and again. My productivity system had to be perfect. I had to be perfect. Why couldn’t I just do the things I was supposed to do? Clearly these systems weren’t working for me. So I had to adapt. I had to look up more videos. More articles. More guides.

I watched videos on how to improve my focus, building habits, hacking your sleep, watching all your content on 2x speed to increase media consumption, how to purge all of your belongings, and so on and so on.

Nothing worked.

Early this year (2023 as I’m writing this) I was diagnosed with ADHD-PI. In the immediate aftermath of my diagnosis, seismic waves of realizations about my entire life and many of the things I’ve experienced over time washed over me. One of these realizations was that my endless pursuit of productivity and self-improvement stemmed from my undiagnosed condition.

I can recall a a moment where I had decided I had to change my productivity system up. I obsessively picked apart GTD’s five step process in and effort understand it better. I can remember telling myself, exasperated, that Step 5 – “Engage” or “Do” was the weakest link in the system. “It doesn’t tell you how or when to actually do stuff!” I’d tell myself. “It’s so vague!”

Clearly I didn’t consider that, for most people, the part where you “do” the things on your list is the easy part of GTD.

This leads me to my greater point… all of these systems, productivity methods, hacks, etc. are not designed for those of us with ADHD. They’re designed for those who might struggle with organization or who might need more guidance, but not those who are struggling with executive functioning, processing difficulties or short-term memory issues.

I also came to understand that self-proclaimed “productivity gurus” such as David Allen, Ali Abdaal, Tiago Forte, Francesco d’Alessio, Matt D’avella, Thomas Frank and many others, whether intentionally, or more likely, as a result of the dopamine fueled lotto that is social media, exist as hostile and predatory figures to the neurodiverse community.

These people operate by creating content that promises the viewer clarity, the ability to “get things done,” improve their thinking and creativity and, in some nefarious cases, make a great deal of money, among other things. All you have to do is take the advice they give in their videos on blind faith. Just check out this new app, try this new way of organizing yourself, connect your apps in this specific way, develop these particular habits. And then, since they’re content creators who operate in an attention-driven economy, and exploit social media patterns for their own gain, they release their next video containing new recommendations, new and better systems, and other, shiny new ways to do things ad infinitum.

To someone with ADHD who doesn’t know any better, like myself, this hijacks a genuine interest in improving oneself and becomes a hyper fixation that will likely only result in frustration, disappointment, perfectionism and burnout.

I’ve since realized that productivity influencers are overrated. Especially those who don’t struggle with issues like mine. Their advice for someone like me is bogus and won’t ever stick. You mean to tell me that I should organize all of my notes into a Projects folder, Areas folder, Resources folder or Archive folder, keep those folders organized, mirror this setup in a task manager, add contexts to my tasks, prune my notes for bi-directional links all while tracking my habits in a custom kanban database in Notion? Yeah right… the minute I fall off of a system this rigid in favor of something more simplistic is the minute everything falls apart.

I read some advice on the ADHD subreddit some time back. It said this:

“I really think the problem with most organizational systems for people with ADHD is that other people’s systems almost never work for us. We need to build our own, and understand that the things the system is telling us to do are coming from US, not some outside authority”

This has become my exact position over time. Nowadays, I keep things simple. I largely use stock apps on my iPhone, iPad and MacBook and focus far more on what works for me. I try not to worry about perfection anymore. I regard all the creators in the productivity rabbit hole with disdain, whether justified or not. It doesn’t matter to me.

Living with ADHD sucks. It’s not easy. I’ll likely have issues forming habits, being organized or taking charge of my own life for the entirety of my life. I can recognize that and work on my problems one step at a time. I don’t need random people with expensive cameras and Skillshare money to remind me that these tendencies make things harder for me. What’s more, I definitely don’t need them to sell me their new solution of the week as though it’s some golden answer that will fix me.


from Ariketak

Eroriko zarela

Baneraman denbora luze Grace Slick abeslari eta musikagilearen White Rabbit (Untxi Zuria) abestiaren hitzak itzuli nahian. Erronka nahiko dibertigarria iruditzen zitzaidan. Honen egitasmoa ez da abesteko moduko itzulpen bat egitea, baizik eta, olerki gisa hartuta, esanahia itzultzea (errimak, beti ere, errespetatuz, noski). Bereziki, abestiaren alde didaktikoari garrantzia ematea gustatuko litzaidake: jakinmina edukitzearen eta bera asetzearen garrantzia, hain zuzen. Abesti honen hitzen bitartez, Grace-k irakurtzeari eta arreta jartzeari egiten die keinu; galderei edo ulertzen ez ditugun kontuei erantzun eta arrazoiak bilatzeari. Horra hor, azken bi lerroetan mezu nagusia: Feed your head (Elikatu zeure burua). Bai, horixe!

Irati Jimenezek idatzitako iritzi-artikuluan zera oso ondo azaltzen du; errealismo literatur-generoari, gaur egun, hain goretsitakoari, aizkorakadaz zein labankadaz josten du bertan eginiko kritika. Oi, irakurtzea bidaiatzea bada, zergatik baloratzen ote ditugu soilik liburu errealistak? Logikatik ateratzen den oro, haurrentzako soilik aproposa balitz bezala kontsideratzen dena, ez al du ere bere lekua literatura errealistak duen bezala? Gaur egun, logikotzat jotzen ez den hori, baztertzera edo seriotasun ezarekin baloratzera ohituta gaude. Alice neskatoa, bera bakar-bakarrik moldatu behar izan zen Lurralde Miresgarrian jazotzen ziren gertaera arraro zein beldurgarrien barrenetan. Printze urdinik gabe. Bera eta bere burua soilik. Bihotzetako Erregin baten buruak mozteko zaletasunaren aurka, edo animali guztiak bere aurka jartzen direnean, besteak beste.

Ez al dauka honek gaur egun oraindik zeresana? Kontu ilogiko hauek ez al dute beren kutsu logikoa edo gaur egungo errealitatearekin zerikusia? Txikia bada ere... Ez al dugu jada honetatik zeozer ikasteko? Horretatik elikatzeko? Askotan, baztertu edo uko egin ordez, beste ikuspuntu batetik aztertzea interesgarria izan daiteke. Jakinminak ez du mugarik! Tira, ba, hobe irakurtzea, orduan! (naturari noizbait logika aurkitzen diogun bitartean, bederen)

Pilula batek handiago egiten zaitu

Eta beste pilulak txikiago

Eta zure amak ematen dizunak

Ezer baino gutxiago

Galde Aliceri

Bi metro zenean altuago

Eta baldin bazoaz untxien bila

Eta eroriko zarela badakizula

Esaiezu pipa-erretzaile beldarrak

Deia eman dizula

Gogoratu Alice

Gorputza txikia zu(e)la

Xake-taulako gizonak

Altxatu eta nora joan esaten dizutela

Eta perretxiko mota bat jan baduzu

Eta zure burua mantso mugitzen dela

Galde Aliceri

Uste dut jakingo duela

Logika eta proportzioak

Narras hilik erorita dituzula

Eta Zaldun Zuria alderantziz hizketan dabilela

Eta Bihotzetako Erreginak “moz diezaiotela burua”

Gogoan izan Muxarrak zioena

Elikatu zeure burua

Elikatu zeure burua


One pill makes you larger

And one pill makes you small

And the ones that mother gives you

Don't do anything at all

Go ask Alice

When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits

And you know you're going to fall

Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar

Has given you the call

(Re)call Alice

When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard

Get up and tell you where to go

And you've just had some kind of mushroom

And your mind is moving low

Go ask Alice

I think she'll know

When logic and proportion

Have fallen sloppy dead

And the White Knight is talking backwards

And the Red Queen's off with her head

Remember what the Dormouse said

Feed your head

Feed your head

Oharra: Bigarren bersoaren amaieran, azken aurreko lerroa, hainbat eratara transkribatuta ikusi dut. Nire aburuz, “Recall Alice...” dio Grace-k, (Gogoratu Alice...). Askotan “He called Alice...” bezala idatzita dago, baina, uste dut, beste bertsoetako formari jarraituz, “Alice gogoratzeko” agindua ematen duela, eta horrela itzuli dut.

Irakurri gehiago...

from Ariketak

Belar txarrak

Nahiko barneratuta daukagu nahi/gustoko ez ditugun gauzak txar bezala kalifikatzea. Nolatan ez erabili hitz zabaldu hau? Jatorri aski zaharrekoa. Txar, txaar eta xar formak daude jasoak. EHHEren arabera:

Badirudi zar formaren sabaikaritzez sortua dela (ez zahar > xahar > xaar > xar): zar aldaera aski antzinakoa da eta xar/txar jad. XVI. mendean dokumentatzen dira testuetan, xahar baino lehenago.

Berehala kontura gaitezke kontu oso mamitsua dela hau. Hasteko, txar hitzak gaizto, eskas, kaltegarri edota txiki (bere kutsu negatiboarekin, noski) esanahiak ditu historian zehar jasotako testuetan, eta zar hitz zabalduak (aurreneko adiera zahar delarik) badu ere kutsu gutxiesgarri hori, nahiz eta gaur egun adintsu den adiera nagusia. Baina, badauka hitz honek nahiko ezaguna eta erabiltzen den beste erabilera. Hala du jasoa EHHEk:

Erdi-mendebaldean ia atzizki moduan ageri da, balio handigarriarekin (Añib libru-zar andi bat, TEtxeb (bizk.) a bai mallu zarra!); bestalde, irainen indargarri gisa erabiltzen da (Apaol mokorda zar bat! Urruz a tonto zarrak!).

Laburbilduz, esan genezake zahar eta txar hitzek etimologia hurbila dutela, nahiz eta, gaur egun, esanahi oso ezberdinekin ezagutzen ditugun. Are gehiago, ez litzateke lehen aldia izango beste hizkuntzek euskaratik hitz ugari hartu eta bereganatzen dituztela, eta txar hitza ez da gutxiago izango:

gask. charre ‘ahul’, gazt. charro ‘zakar, landugabe’ eta port. charro ‘makal, baztergarri’ (FEW 13/2, 361a, tšar; DCECH 2, 343b, charro). Cf. Garesko “el querellante le decía al querellado era un charro” (LéxNavI 1798), “cómo un charro me ha de levantar a mí la mano” (LéxNavI 1800).

Honen guztiaren ondorio gisa, hala azaltzen eta berresten du EHHEk txar eta zahar hitzen erlazioa:

gauza zahar edo zaharkitu gehienak “txarragoak” dira eskuarki berri/gazteak baino.

Tira, eta kontu hau guztia zertarako? Ba, espresuki, belar txar edo belar gaizto esamoldeek duten txar edo gaizto adierengatik, hain zuzen. Soro, baratze edo lorategia dutenek arrazoi nahikoa izango dituzte belar hauek kutsu negatiboarekin deskribatzeko, lapurtzat ere jotzen direlako, erein edo landatu ditugun landareei elikagaia lapurtzeaz gain, ingurumenera azkar moldatzen dira, eta akabatzeko ere lar zailak izan ohi dira. Azken hau berresteko, esaera bat dugu:

Belar gaiztoak zainak luze.

Gizakiaren ikuspegitik, hortaz, zalantzarik gabe esan dezakegu etsai latzak direla, ahaztu gabe, bioaniztasunari egiten dioten onura. Bai, azken esaldi honetara iritsi nahi nuen. Batzuentzat txarra, besteentzat onuragarri, esango nukeen bezala. Batzuen zaborra, besteen altxorra esaerarekin aldera genezake.

Belar gaiztoen, edo ikuspegi neutrotik ikusita, basalandareen garrantzia manifestatzera nator, eta horretarako, Gerard Manley Hopkins poeta dakart laguntzaile modura, zehazki, bere Inversnaid poemaren azken paragrafoa. Ingeleraz erabiltzen duen weed hitzaren kutsu neutroa mantentzea garrantzitsua irudi zait, espresuki, bertso honetarako. Errimazalea bera, beraz, errima zorrotzak errespetatu nahian, hementxe duzue:

Zer izango litzateke mundua ezen

Umelik edo basatirik gabe? Utzi gera daitezen,

Oi, gera daitezela, basatia eta umela;

Gora basalandareak eta basoa, dena dela.


What would the world be, once bereft

Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,

O let them be left, wildness and wet;

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Irakurri gehiago...

from msnws

Hi all -

I'd like to start posting monthly updates. My hope is to make these a recurring post so I can commemorate and share what’s been happening in my life. I have no idea what structure this will take, but I’ll likely talk about a wide variety of things that have stood out for me.

Let's dive into some of my highlights in June.


Last month, I ran my first race in over eight years. Back in college, I used to love participating in races, though the distances were never too crazy. Even though I’m a more experienced runner at this stage in my life, I kept the distance on this race low and participated in a 5k in my local neighborhood. The weather was brutally hot that day and I was very under-hydrated, but the race was a lot of fun!

As the cherry on top, however, my partner invited a handful of friends and some of her family to support me at the park near our apartment. I felt a lot of love and encouragement for what ended up being such a short run.

Overall, I finished the race at 29:53 which is a time I’ll gladly take, given that I’ve been struggling various ankle and knee injuries since December 2021.

As a bonus, I’ll throw in my running playlist I’ve been rocking out to lately. It’s all electronic, and mostly Psy/Goa stuff, but it makes for great running music! If that interests you, feel free to pop it on for your next run.

Here's the link

Violet Noise

In my first post on the blog, I mentioned my music project. However, I didn't go into much detail. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Violet Noise. VN's a complete passion project and my goal is really to just make music that interests me. I do all of the songwriting, production, mixing, marketing and visual art. It's been a great outlet for me, if I'm being honest.

June saw me diving back into the swing of songwriting, whilst also toying around with some new sounds/techniques. Lately, I’ve been really interested in learning to chop breaks, inspired by all the break and jungle music I’ve been listening to in the last handful of months. As such, I’ve been strongly considering incorporating some of those sounds into my music.

As of right now, my plan is to release a couple of singles before diving deep into a much larger project, most likely an LP. After releasing my EP, I planned on slowing down a bit as a “palette cleanser” before immersing myself in a huge project. Currently, I have rough, rough, rough sketches for about 10 songs. Only 2 of which will survive. Half aren’t even real songs with full instrumentation yet. They’re just beats! Regardless, there’s nothing much to share at the moment, other than sharing that I’m working on music as much as I'm able to.


After everything that went down with Reddit last month, I’ve fully transitioned from Reddit to Tildes. I have to say, the experience has been really refreshing so far.

After spending well over a decade on Reddit, I started to realize just how much that place brought me down with its endless negativity. It felt like nearly half of the posts were laced with negative sentiment or were just focused on straight up complaining. It’s funny because right before all the API shenanigans began, I had started to really think about Reddit’s impact on my mental well-being. So, when all of this began to unfold, I gladly deleted every account I've ever made at Reddit and haven’t looked back since.

On the other hand, Tildes, has been a breath of fresh air. The community is pleasant, and the discussions there are real. Like… really real. It’s fun to be back on a platform that moves a little “slower” (I'll likely post about this concept at some point, since it's something that's been on my mind lately).

I have 4 invites Tildes left. If anyone reading this is interested, feel free to private message me on Mastodon. That’ll probably be the fastest way to get my attention.

Pocket Casts

Over the last several months, I've been experimenting with Overcast as my daily podcatcher. After some time though, I've made the switch back to Pocket Casts as my go-to app for podcasts.

While Overcast is certainly a good app and nothing to sneeze at, Pocket Casts ultimately still wins me over due to its customizable playlist features and better Apple Watch functionality.

This topic tends to elicit a diversity of opinions since its so dependent on the way in which you, as the user, prefer organizing and consuming your media. Personally, being able to organize the podcasts in my feed via adjustable filters neatly fits the way I approach finding the next thing to listen to. Therefore, Pocket Casts is the clear winner in my book.

Have your own thoughts? Suggestions for podcatchers/podcasts? Drop me a note on Mastodon, I'd love to chat!

La La Land

This will be my last note since I'm starting to realize that I could keep this going for quite a while!

My partner and I had a great time at the Rooftop Cinema Club in Chicago's West Loop, where we watched “La La Land.” I actually saw this film in theaters when it first came out, but this time around, I felt as though the film resonated with me more deeply. Maybe I’m just a little more media literate now? It's also possible that, because I'm older and have more life experience, many of the themes and hardships Seb and Mia go through are more relatable. And, without spoiling the film for those of you who haven't seen it, I think this allowed me to feel a deeper emotional connection to the end of the film.

No film is perfect, and La La Land is no exception to this rule. There are problematic aspects of the movie (white saviorism and all that). Those elements of the film occasionally lessened my enjoyment of the plot, and made certain moments harder to watch. Additionally,, many people online and in my own life have noted that the film sags in the middle. However, at the end of the day, there's a lot to this film that's special.

The set pieces, the music, the chemistry between Stone and Gosling… there’s a lot to appreciate here. All in all, it made for a really nice night out at the movies.

If you’ve read this far, then thanks! I’m still trying to figure out how I want to approach writing on this blog. I thought this format could be a nice way to hold myself accountable when it comes to posting consistently.

Stay tuned for more of my thoughts on this blog. I look forward to providing a July Highlights post soon enough.

Until next time!

#running #music #musicproduction #tildes #reddit #podcasts #movies


from msnws

This will be my only post about #Threads since I don’t care to give it the time or attention it doesn’t need.

As it stands right now, it feels chaotic and impersonal. While #Mastodon feels like a nice community where I follow real blogs (micro as they may be) that I’m interested in. Threads feels like the old social media dick measuring contest to see who can make the most bottom-of-the-barrel joke the fastest and subsequently rake in the most likes/reposts the fastest.

As an aside, in my use case, Instagram is primarily a platform used by my real life connections. Almost all of the people I know in real life stopped using/actually posting on micro-blogging platforms like #Twitter or Mastodon around 2016.

A lot of people I know tie their real names to their Instagram handles. Conversely, a lot of people I know no longer want their real names tied to their microblogging handles.

So sure, there might have been a few million users signing up in the first few hours, but how many of those accounts will convert to people who actually contribute to the community and post?

At the end of the day, I think Threads is here to stay. At least for quite a while. But, if user engagement, and therefore, ad revenue, is low, it’s definitely the kind of thing I could see #Meta pulling the plug on in a handful of years.

Regardless, I know I won't be using it any time soon.


from Brian Johnson

Although I have always loved the idea of social networks, I had withdrawn from pretty much all of them because I felt the decisions made by each to maximize their revenue resulted in a worse and worse experience for the users of those networks.

As I was following the news of all the problems at Twitter since Elon Musk bought it, I became aware of a microblogging platform named Mastodon. The more I read, the more I thought that this has the best promise of becoming what I think a social network should be.

Apparently, I am not alone. Although Mastodon launched in 2016, by October 2022 it had acquired only a few hundred thousand accounts. But with the chaos at Twitter and subsequent news coverage, it has since grown to over 14 million accounts across more than 17 thousand independently run instances since then. And Mastodon is just part of a larger community which is usually identified by the term Fediverse containing platforms for not just microblogging, but full blogging, picture sharing, video sharing, friend/community networking, and more.

What makes Mastodon (and the Fediverse) different, and why does it hold promise? Most social networks are single instances managed by for-profit entities. By single instance, I mean that you have exactly one address to enter, such as Facebook.com or Twitter.com. Because these entities want to make lots and lots of money, they do things that work well for them, but not necessarily for you. The two most noticeable are paid placement (ads) and engagement algorithms.

Paid placement is what you think it is. Much of the money is made by selling ad space. An advertiser decides what audiences they want to target (which may or may not be things you are interested in) and pays money to force their posts into your feed or stream. Not all ads are for goods and services either – they may be political ads targeting you because of your religion, race, gender, or other aspect of your life that the platform has collected and categorized about you, with some platforms bragging to have hundreds of thousands of data categories they can tag you with.

The other big thing (and in my opinion, the most dangerous) is the engagement algorithms. A platform can't collect data about you and show you ads if you aren't there. These platforms have massive AI engines that try to determine what you are most likely to engage in, and force those posts into your feed and at a higher placement.

Notice I said “what you are most likely to engage in,” not “what you like to read.” These two things may overlap, but they are not the same. It is well known that it is easier to get people acting if they are scared, angry, incensed, or offended, then if they are happy. These algorithms only learn what works – they have no morals. (Sometimes a platform will temporarily dampen posts about a hot issue, but this isn't learning, it's more of a topical whack-a-mole.) Study after study shows that continued exposure to this information flow correlates to increased likelihood of depression, anxiety, poor self-image, and even violence and suicide. Yet these algorithms do so much to bolster the bottom line, they persist.

(For more information on the engagement algorithms, I recommend the book The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World by Max Fisher)

So how is Mastodon (and other parts of the Fediverse) different? There is not one owner of the network, it is comprised of thousands of independently owned and managed servers. Similar to email, your identity consists of a user name and an instance name. With no single owner, there is no single entity that can decide how the whole Fediverse operates. Don't like the way your Mastodon server is managed? There is a process to move your account to one you like better.

Mastodon has no ads, and does not collect/harvest personal information to use or to sell. Of course, it costs money to run these servers. Many (most) servers ask for donations, either one time or on a subscription basis. Others may charge for usage if they want. Again, if you don't like the way your server gets money to keep things running, just move to another one.

If you are interested in learning more about Mastodon, there is a really good article at https://tidbits.com/2023/01/27/mastodon-a-new-hope-for-social-networking/.

Mastodon and the Fediverse really are different from the for-profit behemoths we are used to. They look different, they feel different, and to find your way around, you will need to think different.

It’s about time.


from msnws

Hello -

Bear with me since this is my first blog post. I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.

My name is Mason. I’m a creative living in Chicago. I use the vague word “creative” here because I’m a bit of a Jack of all trades, master of none. Basically, my ideas to output ratio is very low (likely as a result of my ADHD). A lot of different mediums resonate with me, but I have trouble seeing things through. Obviously I’m learning to change that, and I even independently released my first EP of produced music a couple of months ago! It’s all a work in progress.

I’ll likely be posting my thoughts, ideas and other things here. I have a wide variety of interests so you’ll likely see a bit of everything from music production, visual art, graphic design (my day job), ADHD talk, Apple hardware/software and more.

Really, whatever catches my eye and is too long for other platforms is fair game.

You can find me on the Fediverse for shorter thoughts. Additionally, here’s a link my music. I’ll eventually have my portfolio site up, but it’s under construction so no point in that right now.

Until next time!

#introductions #ADHD #Chicago


from jascha's blog

TV Time!

Say you have a directory of videos going to stream using OBS. You may want to sync them to the actual time to provide a guide of what is playing and will be coming up. You need to have ffmpeg installed to use ffprobe.

Add the videos to a directory. Then run this little bash script to get the total time in seconds:

for f in ./*.webm
do ffprobe -v quiet -of csv=p=0 -show_entries format=duration "$f"
done | awk '{sum += $1}; END{print sum}'

The above example is only getting times for .webm videos. If you have a variety of video file types can use the wildcard * to get all.


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Nostr Live Streaming!

NOTE: Assumes using a Debian-based OS.

First, install nginx and rtmp module

sudo apt-get install libnginx-mod-rtmp nginx

Edit your /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Below, change yoursite.org to your site's DNS domain.

Also, change <YOUR-IP-ADDRESS> to your IP will be streaming to the server from (aka home IP).

load_module modules/ngx_rtmp_module.so;
worker_processes auto;
#rtmp_auto_push on;
events {
        worker_connections 1024;
        multi_accept on;

rtmp {
        server {
        listen 1935;
        listen [::]:1935 ipv6only=on;
        chunk_size 4096;
        allow publish <YOUR-IP-ADDRESS>;
        deny publish all;

        application live {
            live on;
            hls on;
            hls_path /video/hls;
            record off;
http {
    server {
        server_name yoursite.org www.yoursite.org;
        listen 80;

        # Static website
        location / {
        root /var/www/html;
        index index.html;

        location /hls {
            types {
                application/vnd.apple.mpegurl m3u8;
            root /video;
            add_header Cache-Control no-cache;

            # To avoid issues with cross-domain HTTP requests (e.g. during development)
            add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin *;

        include /etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;
        include /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/*;

   server {
        server_name yoursite.org www.yoursite.org;
        listen 443 ssl;
        listen [::]:443 ipv6only=on;

        ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/yoursite.org/fullchain.pem; 
        ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/yoursite.org/privkey.pem; 
        include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf;
        ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; 

        # Static website
        location / {
        root /var/www/html;
        index index.html;
        location /hls {
            types {
                application/vnd.apple.mpegurl m3u8;
            root /video;
            add_header Cache-Control no-cache;

            # To avoid issues with cross-domain HTTP requests (e.g. during development)
            add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin *;


Make sure port 1935 is accessible to with world or at least <YOUR-IP-ADDRESS> provided. Also be sure the path for the stream is valid where in config is now /video.

Be sure also to get a new SSL certificate from LetsEncrypt/Certbot and edit the SSL config portion above.

In OBS, set the stream URL to rtmp://server-IP:1935/live

For the stream key, choose what the .m3u8 will be called, like stream for this example.

Start streaming something in OBS and on a mobile device using a carrier connection open https://yoursite.org/hls/stream.m3u8

If all is working as expected should see the test stream! You are now streaming without using Cloudflare or another walled garden network.


from jascha's blog

Add new service file to /etc/systemd/system/strfry-relayable.service

Add options, change user and paths as needed.

Description=strfry stream up to relayable

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/strfry stream wss://relayable.org --dir up


Enable it to start automatically on reboot: sudo systemctl enable strfry-relayable.service

Start service: sudo systemctl start strfry-relayable

Check Status: sudo systemctl status strfry-relayable

#V4V #nostr #relayable #relay #strfry


from jascha's blog

Filter Nginx Logs

Tired of your nginx logs filling up with health checks of other user agents you do not need to log?

This example assumes you use Pingdom, Amazon-Route53, and UptimeRobot health checks. Change or add to fit your needs.

map $http_user_agent $log_ua {

~Pingdom 0;
~Amazon-Route53 0;
~UptimeRobot 0;

default 1;


server {


access_log /var/log/nginx/access.log combined if=$log_ua;


from jascha's blog


One of the things that are always on my key chain is a bootable USB key with Ventoy and multiple ISOs or IMGs. I often use this for everything from installing Linux or Windows (if I have to). To disk imaging, pentesting, network troubleshooting, and digital forensics.

Here is a list of must-have ISOs/IMGs to always have in your pocket:

You can also add any Linux distros or other tools you'd like by dragging them into the Ventoy drive.