Report Card: October 2018

The Conky Word Clock
First Boot and Disassembly of my Compaq Portable

The NIKON COOLPIX 990, reviewed

A Portland Indie Folk show, recounted

As much as I am pre­dis­posed to con­tain all soft­ware-relat­ed Posts into long, well-con­sid­ered reviews or com­par­isons, I’ve been dis­cov­er­ing them and learn­ing hap­haz­ard­ly and very quick­ly as of the past month, which has already lead to a long, frag­ment­ed list of stuff I’ll nev­er ever get around to address­ing if I don’t make some effort to chron­i­cle the jour­ney. If I’m going to con­tin­ue spend­ing all my time leap­ing from point to point like this, I think it’d be in my inter­est to write you a report card every month. Wel­come, Open Source Moms & Dads.

Atom’s mark­down-writer pack­age is unusu­al, but effec­tive.


My stat­ed goal has been to find the “right” tools to make up my per­fect­ly opti­mized writ­ing work­flow, but my ADD and my inter­est in com­par­ing software/services/ prod­ucts works direct­ly against this. I spent way too much time shuf­fling text around a ridicu­lous array of web-based and local com­pos­ing solu­tions: Libre­Of­fice Writer, HTML Tidy, both clas­sic and Guten­berg Word­Press edi­tors, ghost­writer, Calmy Writer, Sim­plenote, Vim, Kate, WPS Writer, Abi Word, and even the Mark­down Writer pack­age for Atom. Up until this month, I’ve been ask­ing why word proces­sors are always so com­pli­cat­ed, but I now real­ize that the fun­da­men­tal manip­u­la­tion of both phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal text is dras­ti­cal­ly more com­pli­cat­ed than I imag­ined.

ghost­writer is an excep­tion­al Mark­down Edi­tor.

Music & Streaming

Every con­ver­sa­tion I’ve had with Port­landers about Port­land music has been pre­dom­i­nant­ly about what artists and their audi­ences wear and how they behave instead of what they’re try­ing to say.

Indie Folk Bat­tery Bur­glary

I actu­al­ly took a much-need­ed break from the gar­gan­tu­an Band­camp essay (which has real­ly become a semi-com­pre­hen­sive his­to­ry of stream­ing ser­vices,) but wrote about the miss­ing pain and sin­cer­i­ty in Port­land music. Per­haps most impor­tant­ly, I dis­cov­ered two inge­nious tools that solve ancient prob­lems:,‘s excel­lent, Siri Short­cut-enabled, ele­gant­ly-embed­d­a­ble solu­tion that final­ly means one can con­fi­dent­ly share a sin­gle link to a song or album with the con­fi­dence that the receiv­ing party[ies] will be able to lis­ten as quick­ly and sim­ply as pos­si­ble.

Incred­i­bly, I was able to find an open web Apple Music play­er that allowed me to make use of my sub­scrip­tion to Walt Mossberg’s “best stream­ing ser­vice” despite run­ning Lin­ux. Of course, it’s absolute­ly absurd that young indi­vid­ual col­le­giate devel­op­ers con­tin­ue to usurp the rich­est com­pa­ny in the world at UX design for their own prod­ucts.