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  • Fundamentally Uninterested

    Category: Diary

    I've betrayed my ennui here more than once in recent memory. The situation has not changed much; I've just gotten worse at pretending to care.

    It's unfortunate that I've let it linger for so long. I really could've done much more with my disinterested-time, had I taken care of this sooner than I am now taking care of it.

    I went to the grocery store today. Among other things I grabbed a bottle of kefir. As a fermented milk it's really good for my stomach; there's always a bottle in my refrigerator, but this is only a habit I've picked up in the past month or two. I like also that it has a healthy amount of protein which supplements the muscles I tear while exercising. I've found myself in t...

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    Tags: Year Today
  • Decentralized Finance in the Terra Ecosystem

    Category: Internet

    Here's something I don't write about normally; I've figured that taking a break from writing my usual stuff would be a nice change-of-pace :)

    What is Terra network?

    Terra is a public permisionless blockchain providing a number of algorithmic stablecoins pegged to currencies like the US Dollar . Handling Terra USD (UST) is just like handling the equivalent amount of USD; 1 UST = 1 USD, and this dollar-peg is supported by the mechanics of the Terra network. If you're further curious about how Terra achieves this peg you may find this video helpful.

    There are many other stablecoins pegged to the US dollar outside of the Terra ecosystem like USDC and Tether USD but both of these are only back...

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    Tags: Terra Ust
  • Aaaa

    Category: Diary

    In my last diary entry, here at least, I said:

    Where I am during the day, it's an excessively comfy place to be, but I'm perpetually tired from writing and designing and coding until very very late at night most weeknights.

    ... this has not changed o(〃^▽^〃)o I am every-day tired yet I am consistently learning new things even after the hours of my daily regiment of work .

    I'm right: 24 is still quite young.

    Still, I feel I should be farther along than I am in both my work and hobbies. I cannot find an immediate solution which makes time for all my interests. Some days my work suffers because I'm thinking of Japanese or P2P or Solidity or any number of other things. Other days all...

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    Tags: Work Days
  • Arcadia of my Youth

    Category: Diary

    Recently I've felt keenly aware of something that's only vaguely haunted me for years. It's terrifying to know of and simply knowing the fact has paralyzed me more than I like to say. But dually, the idea is inspiring, just the notion that it can be achieved at all. I'm sure many people suffer from this, too, but I do not open up so much to many people so I'm not sure how widely it's felt.

    By title I'm a software engineer, or something close. I was trained though to be an electrical / computer engineer in school; from a young age I fell in love with computers and electronics. In the 7th grade (that's age ~13) I was first exposed to the TI-84, a scientific graphing calculator that supports a...

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    Tags: People I
  • First it Stings, then it's Fine

    Category: Diary

    I washed my car today. The pollen this Spring is fucking atrocious and it had all accumulated in a thick layer over my E36. The wash today was much-needed.

    In the past I've taken my car to an automatic car wash, one of those ones with the flashing rainbow lights and the machine you drive up to that eats at least $7 and then does a piss-poor job at cleaning any amount of grime off. Today I settled on a hand-wash instead of the automatic one because (1) I can clean my car better myself and (2) it's only like $4 for 8 minutes of high-pressure soap and water. Also I get to clean the tires myself which is a massive benefit since those automatic ones can't clean tires well at all.

    Anyway it's ni...

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    Tags: I Car
  • How I Manage Passwords via my Yubikey Necklace

    Category: Internet

    For some years I've used Pass , so branded "the standard Unix password manager", to store and retrieve my passwords for various tools I use and websites I sign up for. This was nice because pass is a password manager which integrates tightly with GPG on Linux boxes, which I use an awful lot, and password managers are inherently better than just using the same password over and over. After I started using pass but before I began using my Yubikey, my passwords were encrypted with an encryption key on my personal GPG keyring. This was, at the time, a marked improvement over memorizing 10 character passwords made of a random string of letters and symbols I generated via openssl and I greatly enj...

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    Tags: Key Keys
  • How I Stream VR FPS Games

    Category: FAQ

    Often when I find myself playing a game in VR and I wish I could share the experience with friends.

    Whether that be through Twitch or via a Discord VOIP channel, I really want to show just how cool playing games in VR is. Plus, streaming to a Discord channel gives you the same experience Oculus intended with their phone app for streaming content to family members, just better and over the Internet. I almost always play PCVR games on my Quest using the Oculus Link, so this tutorial / walkthrough / FAQ will focus on how I set up OBS to capture, record and stream PCVR video and audio for first-person shooters. The walkthrough is transferable to many other games, but FPS games present a pain-po...

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    Tags: Window Games
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