With decently big icons.
It simply is faster and easier to not have to switch your attention and mouse cursor to the center of the screen after clicking the corner of the screen.
In my view that's the best approach for using the mouse and keyboard. If you use the mouse the menu follows that, not like Gnome where if you pressed the menu icon you'll get a full screen centered menu with apps. Some people are really used with the mouse and for that such a "classic" menu is far better. Your arguments make sense only for when you use the keyboard to open the menu. Also, to have a quick list of apps and categories is super useful when you are not sure what the name of an app is, but you know it is say in Multimedia. I have a bunch of multimedia tools and I want to see which one I am looking for.
After that the focus will be to first make a transcription of the entire monster, to then have others translate it into several languages before the release. Ideally at the beginning of June we will release it on our Peertube with a Spanish, Romanian, and Russian subtitles. Maybe more. Maybe French and German too. Let's see.
Share the waste!
Others helped me, I am helping others too. We should all help each other. We should share the vast amount of stuff we have in this world, rather than keeping that stuff around and not use it, or throwing it into the garbage.
I too often see these in the town I live in:
Massive waste of stuff. Unacceptable!
- We are incentivized to buy and buy and buy; every day bombarded with such messages. And thus people buy even when they don't have to.
- There is no sharing platform that is useful enough, or some place where you can put these things to then be repaired and shared with others.
- People have no time to take any initiative. If people had the time to get involved they can create all sorts of sharing platforms and places. Like for the place where I live: imagine if some people can have the time to take the stuff people put at the garbage bin, repair and clean, and have a central place in the town where anyone can pick that stuff.
Here's a very tiring and frustration situation for me: @Dima correctly pointed out that the interviews are mostly very darkish. An easy fix tho. But Sasha's recordings are over saturated and it just so happens that this girl has these pretty red cheeks (haha) when she is excited, stressed, or drunk. And her cheeks go on and off, from red to pale, for the hours of recordings that we did. To make her look natural I have to tune down just that one cheek. At Dima's advice I started to use masks in Kdenlive and almost frame by frame track her cheek and tune it down. Very time consuming, but seems to be worth it.
I color corrected this documentary so much I feel like passing out at this point.
Back to my frustration.
In Kdenlive if you add effects to main clips, and these clips are in the timeline, then it can so happen to have these clips DESTROYED in the timeline. Meaning, you have 1 clip say in your Kdenlive BIN. You add 100 parts from it into the timeline on different tracks. Now you edit that ONE clip in the BIN to tweak the colors and realize that 67 of the scattered clips in the timeline look like this:
Instead of this:
And the only way to fix is to drag these clips to another track, if you have space left....and many clips have all sorts of stuff on top of them....
Imagine now checking the entire documentary tracks for such errors...
I feel like going insane. After working the entire day, now to get it all fucked.
Here's another fuckery that I get:
And I didn't even touched that video yet....
Truth is, you can't simply color correct in Kdenlive. You have to color correct then check your entire timeline for errors, then export and check what you exported again to make sure it did not render it badly.
For projects like TROM II, Kdenlive can be a massive pain in the ass.
And this was an issue for the past 2 years. I reported it countless of times....
Nothing annoyed me more than this color-fucking-correcting for this documentary...I wish I made it in black and white.
👉 The entire #documentary, around 5 hours long and divided into 4 parts, is made by a single person ( @Tio ), using only #FOSS software like @Kdenlive for editing, and on a #linux distro (https://tromjaro.com) as the main OS.
This is the last thing in the documentary btw:
I made sure I mentioned these trade-free tools.
👉 No stock footage has been used in the documentary!
I'll make sure I'll mention this a lot and source all of the footage used. Simply because for one it makes the entire thing a lot more real (for example when you see some people pointing at some stars, these are not random people pointing at pointless stuff, are the scientists behind the WEBB telescope for example - footage I took from a documentary); and second because it is a massive amount of work to find footage that is not stock. Luckily I also built https://www.videoneat.com/ and I know so many documentaries.
Roko thank you so much my friend! You are so awesome and I hope you won't get too border by the documentary. As I said no huge expectations. And you'll get to watch it very soon ;).
It's all about that trade.
I and Sasha. Much love. Love love, you know. We are together for the past 3 or so years. All we want is to stay on this planet somewhere. Can we? The answer is no. It is yes. It is maybe. It is confusing. Is it any answer?
After going through the bullshit of the marriage ritual, and went to lawyers here in Spain and all that, we still didn't figure that out until today.
Ok so listen. If you want to be able to stay in Spain, 2 humans that is, one of you is a resident in Spain and an EU citizen, one an American citizen, here's what you have to do:
- Prove that you are together and you love each other.
- That's it. Now you can live here and we (Spain) will take care of you to make sure you won't end up in the streets, or doing bad things.
Oh wait....that's just my imagination. Hold on. Hmmm....Sorry, actually no one cares if you love each other, can take care of yourself, or you are a good human. Sorry, that was a different planet.
On Earth here's what you need:
- Be "married" (the ritual) with a resident/citizen of Spain.
- The resident/citizen has to prove that they have a job for the past year (so at least a year contract) and make at least 1.000 Euros a month.
- A bunch of other IDs and documents.
- Does not matter if you are with someone or not, you just have to stay in Spain for 3 consecutive years. Illegally.
- Do not get into any sort of issues with the police.
- Get a criminal record from your country of origin.
- Do a course (at least 40 hours) for the local language, in our case a dialect....
- Get a job offer.
- A bunch of other documents.
So, a tribe (say Spain) will give 0 fucks about love, relationships, health, being a good human and such. But they will give 100% to TRADE. If you TRADE in their tribe, that's all they need really. If you invest money into a tribe, guess what, they will let you in no problemos - see. How many rich fucks that have been in jail or did so many illegal things are traveling all around the world!? Countless.
Fuck the "morality, ethics", equality, human rights, being a good human, and all of that crap. Or being a Christian, a Muslim, a whateverthefuck. These do not matter in our society. All it matters is that TRADE.
SO. It's all about that trade, 'bout that trade... - sing with me!
I also realized that some interviews look kinda red-in-the-face and some yellow 😁 . And I may have to take a few days to fix that for all of the parts.
But yeah the documentary is done, except for what I just said.
I really hope the color-fixing won't drive me crazy, but I will do my best to be done in just a few days time. Then send it to all who were part of the documentary. Let's see how it goes....
My laptop also freezes for the past weeks, randomly, when I work on the documentary. I hope it won't go nuts now....maybe be software related, may be hardware although I cleaned it recently...
From what I know even Youtube lacks this feature. I so love it because it makes it so much easier to embed videos in your websites. And yes I still have my own website here https://www.tiotrom.com and I always post there whatever is relevant 😀. And cross post from Friendica to my WP whenever I make a bigger and more important post. And yes you can vice-versa follow me via email@example.com (my federated WP handle).
Oh and ofc you can follow my website via RSS or email too - all links here https://www.tiotrom.com/follow/
Federated, RSS, Email. All easy. All useful.
How beautiful to see the internet working this way. That's how it should be. My WP Website can connect to my social Profile (Friendica), and vice-versa. They all have RSS feeds too. Awesome!
I want to thank again to people like @Michael Vogel @Hypolite Petovan @Tobias and the like who work on Friendica. I love it and we talk about it (and the whole fediverse) in the upcoming TROM II documentary.
ONE MORE LEFT. One more! And I am starting the work on it tonight! #tromstuff
I can't fit the entire timeline in one screenshot but here it is:
Could it be better? Of course. Will I work more on it? Of course not. 😀
2 more parts left. And these ones, from what I remember, are a lot less work. They are together as lenghty as this second part so there is a good chance I am done with them all in less than 10 days.
Excited to be done with it!
I'm using almost all of the 64GB of RAM 😁. That's a bit extreme but I am doing a lot. The Kdenlive project for the TROM II documentary eats some 30GB already. But why have them if you don't use them? So I am happy I use my new laptop at full potential like I've always done with all of my computers.
The problem was that Friendica only provides an ATOM feed while the plugin we use for pulling these feeds and filtering them, only uses RSS. I found https://granary.io https://github.com/snarfed/granary and open source converter so let's see how that works.
I am getting our tromsite.com more and more ready for the documentary release. I want to make it active again and TROMlive was one of those things that kept the website breathing.
Not super bad, but still. So it was better than before.
Now when I asked who is Tio, meaning me, here's what it said:
Oh my jizus-christ! So I am Tio Theodoros Mavridis, I am greek, I created the Zeitgeist Movement and the Zeitgeist Addendum documentary among other things.
This chat is the biggest bullshitter in the world. Can be so confidently wrong. It is astonishing.
This software basically puts words together based on what is statistically more relevant, and many times can create wonderfully written sentences while being full of shit. How can anyone simply trust this bullshitter is beyond me. I can ask it about anything and I would have no clue if it is complete garbage or not.
So, what is this crap useful for except funny poems and lame chitchatting?
Why I hate smartphones.
Only 10 apps out of perhaps hundreds on her phone can be removed, since the rest came pre-installed with the phone. Bloatware. Google + Samsung apps that are 100% useless. And they cannot be removed.
So, we cannot uninstall/remove anything. Now what can she do? Buy a new phone probably.
And this is how you create a massive amount of waste. On these phones you have no control over your OS, so if your phone is a few years old you can say bye bye to system updates. You cannot remove the bloatware. You cannot change the battery or any other components. And yes probably you can do some of those if you have a ton of time and skills to install a custom Android and have the guts to unglue your phone and change the battery. But most people will never do this.
I tried to make the SD card of her phone part of the system to expand the storage. Worked. But then what for if I cannot move 99% of apps there? I then enabled the developer mode and enabled the "force move the apps to the SD card". That allowed me to move a bit more apps but still 80% cannot be moved.
However when these moved apps update, they are reinstalled on the internal storage again. Basically 'd have to move them to the SD card all the time....sucks. Not sustainable...
I eventually managed to install adbmanager and luckily that allowed me to remove any bloatware I wanted.
Problem is you have to know the exact name of these apps and they look like "samsung.android.visioncloudagent" so you have to figure which app does what.... I found some websites where they list this bloatware like this or this. But it takes time to remove because you have to be VERY careful not to brick your phone.
After doing all of these she has some 1.7GB of free space. Which is fine for now but still unsustainable. I wonder if the next Android update will add back all of that bloatware....after all when I got some updates years ago Samsung decided to install Facebook and Instagram for me, without the ability to remove them.
So, her laptop uses Linux and not Windows, despite having Windows pre-installed when we bought it. Why not install a sane Android OS on her phone?
With laptops is a ton easier, especially for older models, to install an OS. My mother could do it if I gave her the instructions. With the phones it is a different world. People are already googlefied so you can't just install a new Android without connecting it to their previous account since everything is tied to that. You need to root the phone and hope that it won't brick it. That's something that can make your phone useless. Plus all of these custom Androids that have removed the bloatware only support a tiny fraction of all phones.
LineageOS for example, the one that supports by far the most models - https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/ - does not support that phone.
The rest support mostly the Pixel phones, namely the newer ones. And that's another issue...even these custom OSes will support this or that device for a bit, then bye bye. Therefore you still have to buy newer devices even when you want a custom Android that is bloatware free.
Some of these even add their own bloatware like https://e.foundation/e-os/ - with their own subscription models.
I was considering to compromise on buying a second hand but newer model Pixel and then install one of those bloatfree Androids, but then if you buy such a phone second hand and the battery is crap and you can't replace it....what can you do!?
Linux phones, if anyone wonders, are an experiment at best at this stage. Plus they only support a few models too.
It is such a different world when it comes to computers. This Microsoft tablet is more than 10 years old:
And it still works with TROMjaro Linux. Granted to make the bluetooth and wifi work I had to install a custom kernel and do some gymnastics. Easier than installing a custom Android on a phone. But this tablet receives constant updates. And this was a special case since these tablets used some weird hardware for the bluetooth and wifi. Most decade old laptops/computers work just fine with the latest Linux.
So you can bring to life old computers but not old phones.
That's one major reason why I hate smartphones. They are disposable. They come bloated with a ton of crap. It is hard if not impossible to block ads on phones. Plus they are with you all the time so notifications and all that crap will make your life a hell.
Even a Linux phone would not be something I would use much since I do not want to always be trapped in the digital space.
In this trade based society companies are incentivized to release newer model of phones constantly. They support each model for a few years then bye bye. They pre-install a lot of crap to make more off of you. Trades: attention, data, subscriptions. So we end up with a world full of disposable ad-devices that people call as "smartphones". The irony of using the word "smart" for those devices.
And I get it, these devices if they were Linux based only, and supported indefinitely, could be useful in certain circumstances such as navigation, keeping in touch with close friends, etc.. But the rest seems to me like just a tool for consuming, trading. Your life being sucked away from you by companies and individuals who want your currency, your attention, your data.
I will eventually install a custom Android on my own personal phone, a Galaxy S7, 8 years old. To put some life into it. Just so that I get rid of the pile of shit that the software is on all phones nowadays, even if I only use my phone for GPS, maps, and such purposes.
Very efficient today. Only some 15 more minutes till all is done! Wow...can't believe I am getting so close.
Happy with this last part so far. But I have to be honest, I feel like I can't judge this documentary anymore....after 2 years of editing....idk if it makes sense or not. Regardless I'll finish it haha.
I will continue to work on it these days, more and more.
As you can see we talk a bit about these beauties too 😀 - friendica, mastodon, and the like ;)
Also, god bless the 64GB of RAM:
They do help a fuck lot!
Will I finish this part this month? We shall see! 😀
Do people have thoughts anymore?
Anyway, I go there and they tell me to wait in the waiting room. I enter and I see a few C's. Some young, some oldish. By C's I mean people. Why C? Because that's how they look to me, like the letter C when they sit down and are bent over their phone screens.
I said a timid "Ola", and I think an older dude said "Ola" on just 5% volume.
I remember not long ago when I was going to the same dentist, waiting in the same waiting room, that most people were just sitting around. They had some magazines there and some were picking them up and browsing through them.
So I sit down and look around like I normally do. I could see through a big glass door how strongly it is raining outside. It was pouring. My mind shifted to the TROM II documentary, the stuff that I want to do next, my plans for the next months, and so forth. My mind drifted towards the scenery for a bit and I was thinking how weird that this water falls from the sky and how it sounds....those rain droplets falling on the pavement make a lot of sound. And sound is basically energy. The atmosphere, the stuff around, shaking, and the vibrations reach our ears. How cool.
I remember waiting in this waiting room for many hours when I was going for my braces. And had a lot of thoughts. I like to think about stuff.
I then look around me and the C's are still C. I am thinking "Do they think that I am a weirdo...the only one here just sitting like that and not bent as a C? Am I more like an L when I sit down?" - but then I thought.....are these people even thinking about that? Or thinking in general?
Not to be mean, but it seems to me like pretty much everyone nowadays has no more "free time" to think. That time is completely eaten by the phones and the computers and the tv....
Like....if they go to school/work, then they have to solve all sorts of issues they may have, then they have to buy food, cook, drive, take care of family members (like the soft-brained kids they may have), have homework.....then they are nonstop on their phones....Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Youtube.....Netflix....Amazon....shop, take photos, consume, like, share, chit-chat.
Honestly, does anyone nowadays have inner thoughts? Because even when you sit in your bed, before going to sleep, probably most humans are on their phones. They wake up with their phones in their faces too.
I was amusing myself thinking that in the near future people would go to a psychologist and be like...
Patient: I hear voices in my head!
Psychologist: What do they say?
Patient: idk....like words at times...
Psychologist: Do you hear them loud?
Patient: At times yes....
Psychologist: How often and when mostly?
Patient: Not that often, and usually when I do not do anything for some reason...
Psychologist: Ok, you may suffer from ITD.
Psychologist: Inner Thoughts Disorder. A lack of outside stimulation of the brain can cause the brain to shoot random thoughts. It is nothing to worry about. Back in the days people managed to deal with that on a daily basis. I recommend you these apps to keep your brain more engaged, and take one of these sleeping pills an hour before you want to go to bed.
That's how I was amusing myself.
You know, I used to spend at least 2-3 hours in bed before going to sleep, thinking about stuff. And it is damn fun. At times I would spend 5-6 hours or more, staying in bed, thinking. Actually this thinking time allowed me to create TROM, the documentary. The many books I wrote and projects I created. Heck yeah, this article was created last night while I was sitting in bed, in darkness, just with my brain. Now I too have reduced the night thinking to say 1-2 hours for some reason, but I still think every single night before I go to bed. 😀
These moments of you inside your brain are, I think, essential to get to know yourself and the world around you. To plan ahead, to talk to yourself, understand yourself and your relationships. And the world that is out there. Without it you are like a Rumba cleaning robot. Or other sorts of robots. You observe and are pushed by the stuff you are observing. But have no time for self-reflection. Your brain is a read only software by you, and read and write for the big companies that are keeping you busy.
People have become robots. And there is a good reason why. An explanation that have predicted that. TRADE.
The same way that humans became physical robots for the past centuries, working 8 to 12 hours a day, same way today their minds are being trading assets. Facebook, Google, Netflix, TikTok and the like, they NEED your mind to trade. Your attention and data are so valuable today. So they do all they can to transform you into a livestock animal, milked daily, because that's all they want.
It is a very ugly society we live in. Driven by the same force of trade.
When the printing press was invented some said that humans won't even think because they will spend time reading other people's thoughts. Wasn't true really. Newspapers and the invention of the TV, others said, will make people dumber by keeping them glued to those media outlets. Not entirely true, but to some degree truer than before. The "smartphone" and the internet era is on a different level tho. They do keep people busy most of the time, because it is run by a cancerous invasion of companies and individuals who want BRAINS. Mindless consuming BRAINS. And you carry that consumption device with you non stop, and rely on it.
I too rely on a phone....to keep in touch with my parents and because they require one when you have a bank account, go to the hospital, the dentist, and so on. But I decided to only use the phone for that. And for the weather at times. Plus GPS. The rest I do not care. Although I spend a ton of time online, I do so only on my laptop. On my phone I rarely even have credit. And on my laptop I do a lot of work for TROM. Besides that I do scroll through reddit at times, but mostly I use our own tools like TROMnews, I watch documentaries and so forth.
But man.....this is a scary world for me. I see most humans as zombies who are not alive, but simply are automatons that are fed and milked non stop for an endless trade society.
And I genuinely wonder if people still have inner thoughts nowadays....what do they dream at night about....what do they think when they are not C's....? Are they L's, I's anymore? idk....
One thing I am 100% sure is that if I did not spend a lot of time with myself, in my head, I would have been lost today. It is what allowed me to get rid of my suicidal and depressive behavior, what allowed me to change, what made me make TROM, write books, make videos, and so forth. Without these, there is no me.
So maybe I'll take it easier for a few days. Th next 5 or so minutes I should finish in less than a week.
In a way I thought "what if I finish it this month" haha. But then I should not put so much pressure on me. I want to make it very good.
In any case, it is February now and I've already finished 22 minutes out of perhaps 1h, 1h and a bit, of this last part. I think 2 months is more than enough for me to finish it. So, before April. Then in April to do the final edits for the entire thing. And in May to manage to create a trailer and get it ready for the release.
It is looking very promising. ;)
The war in Ukraine: 1 year later, 10 thoughts.
1. It is only Russia's fault.
And by that I mean a few who control Russia.
A bunch of talking heads say that US pushed Russia to invade, NATO bla bla bla. Does not matter if that's true, it is Russia who invaded Ukraine. They are dropping the bombs, they threw the first punch and keep on throwing more.
2. Russia has no excuses.
Russia is a nuclear weapons collector. They have the most numerous nuclear weapons in the world. Even if Ukraine joined NATO, even if Ukraine hosted some American nuclear weapons, it made 0 difference for Russia. No one is suicidal to ever attack Russia. For fucks-sake no one dares to attack North Korea because they have one and a half nuclear weapons...
So when Russia or others are blabbing about how they had no choices, that it is the Americans' fault for this, then this is pure nonsense of course.
3. The situation is very complicated.
Some say the world should keep on providing arms to Ukraine, some say this is terrible and only prolongs this war so more people will die, some say they should defeat Russia (now is the moment), some say Ukraine should accept some compromises and negotiate some peace talks....
But now that this war has created a lot of damage already it is hard to say wtf anyone should do next. Allowing Russia to take those Ukrainian territories seems like an invitation to grab more from Ukraine in the future. And it just feels wrong to let them do that...like terribly wrong.
4. The others are also big bullshitters.
On the other hand "the rest" are also complete idiots by thinking that Russia wants to take Ukraine, then the other tribes. Same way that no one dares to directly attack Russia, Russia cannot dare to attack any NATO members. It is pure suicide for both sides.
5. The profiteers.
Lots of people take advantage of this war. The ones selling weapons, the ones hosting the refugees, and lots of others who deal with the tons of money transfers for aid purposes or other purposes. Many people are getting rich because of this war.
6. USA and the rest are the opposite of saints.
USA; France, Germany and others, are supplying weapons to all sorts of dictatorial tribes around the world. They have killed, tortured, and destroyed a lot over the past decades. They are charlatans who pretend to care about Ukraine. Some might, but very likely they only follow their own interests. So fuck off with your superheroes attitude. You are not here to defeat the evil, you are here to prioritize only your own interests while sitting on the shoulders of dead and enslaved people.
7. The damaged ones.
Like with all wars, the ones suffering are not the ones who started the war. Are the ones that do not want any of this. Some are dead, many are refugees now.
8. I don't trust Ukraine.
The image of Ukraine, the heroes, I do not buy. I am sure there is some truth about what is being negatively said about them. Like them being influenced by the US, being engulfed in corruption, abusing in the past the areas that Russia occupied, that a bunch of people from those regions wanted to be part of Russia, especially in Crimea, and so forth.
9. Putin has failed.
Let's be naive and take Putin's words as true. If he wanted for the Russian people in those occupied regions to not be persecuted and treated badly, he achieved the opposite. He destroyed those areas, those lives. And made most of the world hate Russia and Russians.
If he was scared of Ukraine and how it was becoming a US puppet, and how they were getting new weapons and such, well...now Ukraine is even more a US puppet and has more weapons than they ever had. And they will get more. So, another failure.
If he wanted to push NATO further, then he achieved the opposite. NATO is closer and has more weapons now.
If he wanted to flex his muscles, he showcased that Russia has none.
All he achieved is dead people from both sides, destroyed homes and families, a worldwide hate on Russia; he isolated Russia in all regards, he showcased how badly prepared his army is, and made everyone look good and "come together" in this fakish fashion but one that made USA and Europe produce more arms, and ally against Russia.
10. The future is a constant suffering.
After all I am seeing, this war will drag for a long time. At best they get tired, exhausted, and will seek for a "peace deal" that may last for a bit of time, to then fight over those bordering regions again. Russia would love to destroy Ukraine, USA would love to drag Russia into a prolonged war.
It is an insane game that should not have existed in the first place.
I'll leave you with this image:
The nearest galaxy to us. Billions upon billions of stars. Even more planets. We are in this vast Universe....on a small round rock. Why aren't we helping each other, create a wonderful life for us all, and go explore the rest of the Universe? Why do we fight...?
We know who we are, from a scientific perspective. But almost no one understands....humans, despite the vast amount of knowledge about the universe and us, are still living like "citizens". Patriots, workers, statuses....Zombies.
First red box is done, the other one needs to be done 😀
Not bad considering I only started a few days ago with this last part.
So far I like it.
And with a dark theme:
We use XFCE but we struggled to make some scripts to make sure QT and GTK, of all shapes or forms, are properly synced so pretty much all apps look ok on the desktop. From themes to icons and text. From my knowledge and tests no other distro does this. I know it sounds like I am bragging but I am not. I wish all will fix the theming like we did.
Now I just barely started to work again on my laptop after I moved my stuff to it, so this does not reflect the normal use for me, but still almost 30GB of RAM used without VMs and just 1 Kdenlive project open:
Anyway, I like RAMs. And I use them. God bless 😀.
Why is this even a thing? It should be opt-in if you want to be daddying by google and firefox.
Also installing it in a VM, 5 or so minutes. Fast fast fast.
HALF! At times even quicker.
So yeah, that's super cool. I will test these days the rendering speeds for the TROM II documentary, curious about that. But ofc since this laptop has 3 more cores than the previous one, of course it will be faster.
I am so happy with this laptop.