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Gemini Links 08/06/2023: Emacs and Thoughts on Bubble

  • Gemini* and Gopher

    • Personal/Opinions

      • The Garden

        I awake from my daily prayer sitting in my garden, the sun hitting my skin and covering me with its radiant warmth before it is pushed away by a passing breeze.

        The finches chirp overhead before the greedy jay bird chases them off, wanting all the riches of my feeder to herself. I tend to my plants, filling their cups until they can drink no more, plucking any sickly leaves, and ensuring their health.

      • 5k in 29:30 (wohoo!)

        today marks the first time i completed a 5k run without stopping. not just that, but even in suboptimal conditions, i managed to get a time below my target of 30 minutes. the sun had been blasting the soil for a couple weeks. we were only a couple degrees away from what i'd call proper summer weather. two days ago, it started raining and it hasn't quite stopped. there's a couple of hours of rain, broken by a couple hours of sunlight, rinse and repeat. so what we're left with at the moment is a very humid heat which is, arguably, the worst kind of heat. i was sweating during my warmup at home and i was already thinking that i'd be happy hitting my 3k target at the very least.

    • Science

      • "Schöner Thrombus"

        Blood clots... some patients know about them, and have a sense that blood clots can mean trouble. On the other hand healthcare workers, especially those dealing with acute illness, are on average positively horrified by this entity.

        There are arterial and venous clots. The former is something like what happens with many types of heart attacks and strokes, but can also travel to and block arterial blood flow in the kidneys, spleen, other organs, or the arms and legs. I will leave those for other discussions and the pertinent specialists (cardiologists, neurologists, vascular surgeons...).

    • Technology and Free Software

      • Imitation

        Imitation is a common way to learn. An urge could be good, or bad. The experience could be educational, or might land you a job. Or it could go down the barren rabbit hole, again. One way to defuse fad following is to toss the task onto a TODO list and let the subconscious chew on it. If it's still interesting after a while, or has been reinforced by something else, then give it a spin. You may also need to free up a block of time for dedicated study: no internet, no distractions. Or it could end up being deleted off the TODO list after a while.

      • Emacs: Bookmarks in Registers

        This sounds like just what you need. However, the problem with these is that if the buffer in-question changes, then running register-to-point will not take you where you want to go. E.g., if you run point-to-register inside an *info* buffer, and then move the buffer to some other info page, then this will not take you back to the original info page.

        Of course, you can just use a regular bookmark instead, but then you must name the bookmark, and then the bookmark clutters up your list of bookmarks. What I want is to be able to store an anonymous bookmark in a register, which is handy if you only need a bookmark for a little while.

      • Internet/Gemini

        • Thoughts on Bubble

          So I’ve been away from geminispace for a while, only really using it to check the weather on my phone. I was busy with Game Boy Showdown (I placed roughly middle of the pack, but I’m just glad I finished a thing), and there’s always work (ugh), and the last couple of weeks I somehow talked myself into doing savage raiding in FFXIV (not sure if this was a mistake).

          But I have seen some chatter about Bubble, which looks like a neat project. The only complaint I have about it is that is way too similar a URL to

          I get the concerns about centralization, but it would be really cool if multiple people ran their own Bubble instances for different interests. The Reddit-esque format is good for writing prompts, for example.

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