Archive for April, 2020

Bash Support for BBEdit

Monday, April 27th, 2020

A port of Bash Support for Vim, utilizing Clippings in BBEdit to auto-complete headers, shell statements, redirection.


Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

I was introduced to the “Solarpunk” movement over the weekend via the Imaginary Worlds podcast. I’m big on Cyberpunk as an aesthetic and form of entertainment, however, the future it paints (and in most cases has already become a reality) is quite grim.

Solarpunk on the other hand…

Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.

Getting Started with Mosh

Friday, April 17th, 2020

I find I’ve mostly been managing my Raspberry Pi’s via the Blink app on my iPhone1. It is an open source and feature rich SSH/Mosh client. I had vaguely heard of Mosh (the Mobile Shell) but never felt a need to look further. After a dist-upgrade and long apt update && apt upgrade -y, config cycles I would get the boot from SSH after my phone locked and found that I would do more steps to disable (and then re-enable) sleep until I was done.

So what is Mosh?

Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.

Mosh is a replacement for interactive SSH terminals. It’s more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links.

The key features are:

  • Mosh automatically roams as you move between Internet connections. Use Wi-Fi on the train, Ethernet in a hotel, and LTE on a beach: you’ll stay logged in.
  • With Mosh, you can put your laptop to sleep and wake it up later, keeping your connection intact. If your Internet connection drops, Mosh will warn you — but the connection resumes when network service comes back.
  • No lag like with SSH which waits for a server reply before showing your typing.

I’ve basically started to install Mosh on any server I manage… hit the jump for a quick setup guide pertaining to Mac usage!

  1. Blink is also great if you work a lot with an iPad Pro! []

Windy Walk to Djurgården

Friday, April 17th, 2020
Photo taken by my wife, not a COVID-19 passerby.

Reading in 2020

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

So far I’ve closed out four books! My aim is always fifty books.

  • The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace (5/5)
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney (3/5)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (5/5)
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. (5/5)

If there was ever a time to revisit The Jungle, it’s now. Though, depressing as hell, it’s (sadly) still as relevant as ever. Having been published over 100 years ago (again, sad) it details the plight of the worker (a Lithuanian immigrant by the name of Jurgis) under the crush of capitalism, its unsustainable over-extraction and destruction on everything it touches (life, soul, the earth). With the pandemic, it’s definitely showing capitalisms unpreparedness, weakness and breaking point. The world cannot continue under these circumstances, I think COVID-19 is earth’s warning shot1.

  1. It’s a wonder the amount of infestation, disease and greed didn’t lead to our own downfall at the turn of the century in the stock yards of Chicago. []

Back to Normal?

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

“JAY: You know, Olaf Blentner once said to me, over tea, that when reality is unpleasant, realists tend to be unpopular.”

This quote from David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System kept popping into my head the other day. I’ve always been a realist (which is not so popular) but in these times I find I’m very unpopular.

As in, don’t look to me for affirmation that life will be “back to normal” by this summer or any time soon for that matter.


Friday, April 10th, 2020

via on “If you work with your head, rest with your hands.”

I am spending hours each day, staring at a screen, having meetings, and making decisions about how to best navigate my business through this season. It is refreshing to step away from all of that and into the workshop, put on my gloves, and get to work.

My life’s dilemma is for both music and technology (sys admin, development, scripting). Making music is working with your hands (guitar, percussion, keyboard, modular synthesizers) though it’s remaining indoors moving from my work Mac to my studio Mac and continuing in front of a screen navigating software. There’s no escape.

Zenburn for BBEdit

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Being grounded for the foreseeable future has allowed me to finish up some lingering projects. I’ve made an adaptation of Jani Nurminen’s Zenburn color scheme for BBEdit. I use Zenburn across all my favorite applications and up until now BBEdit was the odd one out. Feel free to use, tweak and send pull requests.

The source, install instructions and screenshot can be found on my GitHub.

Rent Cancelled for the Month of April

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

via The New York Times

Of all the landlords in New York City, my old landlord Mario Salerno has been making the rounds this past week for waiving April rent across his properties.

When I moved to New York my first apartment was one of his properties right around the corner from Salerno Service Station1 on Lorimer and Grand in Brooklyn, you can’t miss it during the holidays…

When Mr. Gentile spotted the sign last week, he said he was surprised but not shocked. For the nearly four years Mr. Gentile has lived in the apartment, Mr. Salerno has been a model landlord.

Emergencies are fixed almost immediately, he said, such as a water leak in Mr. Gentile’s ceiling that was fixed, patched and painted within several hours.

“You don’t see that, especially in a landlord-tenant relationship in New York City,” Mr. Gentile, 28, said. “He’s amazing.”

☝🏼 This I can definitely confirm. He’s not your typical “evil money grubbing deadbeat” NYC landlord caricature. It was always a prompt and fair exchange. Let’s hope he starts a trend.

  1. There used to be a short documentary on Vimeo about the Salerno Service Station, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it anymore… []

Office Dog!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Now that I’m working from home, I finally get an office dog (his name is Logan). I mean, he’s my dog, but now he gets to be with me all day. He loves sweet potato, sun bathing and barking. This desk is a bit too small for him to hide under, but he makes it work.