Oh wait, are people still eating 3 meals a day? I've only eaten 2 meals a day for the past....idk....2 decades? :D - and everyone I know probably.... I think 3 meals a day is too much. In fact there is a positive outcome to eating less. You age slower ;).
Anyway, yeah people are being poorer it seems. Prices are rising. Thank God for the mighty Economy and the fantasy money we worship :)
This is a photo I took tonight (unedited, straight out of the Pixel 4A):
I have made a lot more such photos for the past few days and learned how to make longer timelapses. I will make an article about it all soonish :).
I so love it. To reveal the universe. To do it yourself. There, where you are staying :). I love the night sky simply because there is no sky anymore, it suddenly is the outside world. A world we cannot ever experience more than being touched by a few photos reaching our eyes and devices. Beautiful and hard to believe this is all real. At times I feel like I am going crazy....
Most people live their day to day lives having no clue that these things are real...
Only a little bit edited - colors and such.
We went out again with the telescope and we saw Saturn, Jupiter, and parts of the Milky Way. Here are some photos - astonishing that they are made with a phone (Pixel 4A 4G).
No editing, straight out of the phone, believe it or not.
Am impressed. So fucking cool: great experience to enjoy the night sky with our own eyes and a telescope, and low effort great photos :).
Took a photo last night of the sky and I just fucking realized that I captured the Andromeda Galaxy by mistake!
If you zoom in you can see it a bit. WOW!
Tonight I will go out to take a bunch of photos, this time in RAW, to see what I can capture :D. These things excite me so much! These fucking things are real. HOW!?
My astrophotography adventure has begun :D - @Roma pay attention :)
Just took a photo now, from our terrace. Half Moon and with light pollution. Not ideal at all.
Device: Pixel 4A
Awesome! No work, just let the phone do its thing.
The sheer number of stars is unbelievable! And the core of the MilkyWay was on the opposite side of the planet....imagine how it would look like when the core is visible and the moon is "invisible"!
I LOVE this! This is reality folks! Above our head.
So from now on I have setup my Pixel to take both RAW and JPEG. Just in case I wanna retouch some photos :). How awesome!
The Smartphone World and how I cope with it - https://www.tiotrom.com/2023/11/the-smartphone-world-and-how-i-cope-with-it/
This is my 20 years journey into the world of the phone. I was here when it started, I was amazed by it, then angry at it. And now I found a way to tame it. To transform my phone into my friend, and protect myself from the pile of shit that the phones are streaming on a daily basis into people’s brains.
I installed /e/ OS on my old Galaxy S7 from 2016:
Really surprised to see that they support this model. Basically I made it functional again. I will try to replace its camera from another S7 that is bricked. I will document everything and it will all merge into a big article about mobile phones ;).
I really like my Pixel 4a with CalyxOS. Control control control. Am excited to start my astrophotography adventure with it :).
@Aaron gave me his old Pixel 4a 4G and now I am doing the unthinkable: I am changing my phone! For the first time since 2016. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 since 2016 and because I do not use my phone that much I did not care. But now that I have a new-old phone, I will go for it. Especially since my S7 started to crumble.
I have already installed CalyxOS on the Pixel and so far so perfect. I will make a detailed article about it all, but yah....happy to use an unused device and make good use of it! :)
I need to divorce myself more from the society/politics/conflicts part of our world. It is insane what it has become. When Russia put hundreds of thousands of troops on Ukraine's border and were accused of preparing an invasion, they said that's entirely false. Then they invaded, then they called the war against Ukraine as a "special military operation".
They bombed hospitals and schools and residential or public spaces, killing so many innocent people...
UK, USA, and EU were "horrified" at these atrocities, while China was "on the fence" and Iran and the like were kinda cheering up for Russia and helping them.
Day by day, people dying, politicians lying. People were crying...
And now Israel drops thousands of bombs on Gaza, killing again so many innocent people. Creating a total disaster.
So much suffering, just like in Ukraine. And yet USA, UK and EU are cheering up for Israel.
Even helping them...
Suddenly there is no more genocide....
Israel says they only kill the bad people, despite the videos and photos showing the contrary. They say they are saints and are fighting against evil, because you see Hamas killed over a thousand innocent Israeli people and that's EVIL, so they must go and kill thousands more innocent people....because that's GOOD!
Not to mention what Israel has done to palestinians over the past decades....trapping them in an open prison basically...
Then Russia is like: Oh my god, this is genocide! Unbelievable! To drop bombs on hospitals and kill entire families. This is terrible!
And Ukraine not putting any blame on Israel for doing what Russia is doing to them....
Ukraine is also not an angel, or any other tribe for that matter. Politicians are lying, propaganda is a daily news, and people continue to suffer while at the same time we have problems like cancer killing so many people, tuberculosis that is treatable killing the poor by the millions; diseases, climate change, pollution....
But the thing is, many of these situations are still a result of our trade-based society. The destruction of our environment, enslaving people, making humans into consumers, and so on, are a result of this society.
But even when it comes to wars they are a result of boiling trade-interests on a high flame. Where politicians say all sorts of stupid things, create propaganda through social (ad) networks that also rely on trades, promoting nationalism and patriotism to get more votes, to then have these politicians rule over others, and have luxurious cars, do all sort of businesses, and gain more power.
They care about them and their families, but then they start to promote "patriotism" and "us the tribe" stupidity, to gain votes to be elected as "heads of states". And they use these platforms that care mostly about you paying them to promote your posts. The cycle of vomit.
The thirst for power comes mainly from humans being trained to trade to acquire, because the more you have the more power you have, and vice versa.
And then starting wars is part of the power thirst and the need to get more "support" from the "nationals".
A mix of rich people who lie and have power over others, and the others who are confused patriots, busy workers, and idiotic consumers. Going at war is easy.
And these things are not new at all. For thousands of years these things have existed. From the Roman empire to the Iraq war....
This is a totally insane society, full of lies and idiots. A horror carnival. And I think the sanest way for me is to force myself to ignore this side of our society. Ignore everything that any politician says (I already do this anyway), ignore these conflicts that I cannot do a thing about and are wrapped in propaganda and misery; ignore this society and focus more on the natural world.
I want to try and do astrophotography to reveal what my eyes can't see. To go more in nature, to grow TROM and its many positive projects, to live a less stressed life, because the society is too retarded and chaotic to even make sense of it, let alone do anything about it.
Oh wait... Israel is doing what Hamas has done....
Anyway, good job Israel. Keep on killing! And then the families of the ones you killed will revenge one day, and then you can kill more, and then more of their families and friends will kill your people...
EDIT: A good article about the situation - https://www.currentaffairs.org/2023/10/you-cant-selectively-pay-attention-to-certain-atrocities-and-ignore-all-the-others
I see this posted on several websites recently:
Well....Youtube labels itself as a video platform instead of an ad platform or video-ad platform, or something similar. So yeah...people may get confused when Youtube act like an ad company. But they are.
Same way that facebook is not a social network, is an ad network.
Forget about us, the humans, one species, one spaceship called Earth, common problems like diseases, climate change, biodiversity loss....forget about creating a paradise on Earth for us all from the mountains of waste that we are capable of creating!
Stupid species fighting over stupid things.
I rarely change my Notes app because I have a lot of notes and I need to use them. I can't afford to switch often, plus I could never find anything better than Zettlr for the past years. Until now.
That's the one I've been looking for.
Supports markdown but has a WYSIWYG so it is very easy to use. Text formatting, links, headings, tables, text colors and highlights, paste images, man it has a lot and yet it is so simple!
I add many code snippets and its code blocks are awesome and simple, with auto recognition for the code type:
And you simply hover a piece of text and have all of the options you need to edit, or add blocks via / or a button.
You can even create kaban-style pages:
WOW! Just WOW. It means that I am replacing not only Zettlr but Vijunka too, in one single app! And it is all local.
And it has a lot more, so give it a try.
They are working to add a search function (a must) and more features!
Yeah they added a ChatGPT integration for those who want to use it and add a API key to it....idk how to feel about that but I proposed to them to at least use GPT4all, the open source and locally run language model.
Anyway, I love this notes app! Give it a try. Trust me, it really is amazing how much you can do with it!
Jizast christ....everything is now greenwashed. It is disgusting and so infuriating. The trade practice is so ingrained in our global society that we simply cannot remove it. It is the most aggressive cancer known to societies. Even when problems like pollution and climate change that arise from this trade-based society are impossible to ignore and justify, the traders EMBRACE them and bullshit all of us with their "green" practices.
These people who keep on reporting @Topless Topics videos from our Peertube instance, because of a naked body, are really in need of more relaxed and fun life. And educated. Imagine feeling offended by seeing a human's body. I mean don't look at it if you don't want to, but to report the video....haha. It is hilarious and sad.
So no. Of course, we will never delete videos from our Peertube just because of the naked human body.
I am working on a big ZDay article. About the experience, the people, the everything.
I am also working to find a solution for our TROM.tf server that is at the limit when it comes do the disckspace...we urgently need a solution. Either object storage for Peertube, or move the entire server to a larger one.
Am also trying to release a new TROMjaro ISO but there are some bugs that need to be fixed with the Calamares installer....
All in all, busy like a bee! Busybee!
So the practice of "donation" has been completely bastardized nowadays. Mastodon has a "donate" button on their main page:
That leads to their "sponsors" page https://joinmastodon.org/sponsors :)
Where you can get your logo (ad) for your company, directly on their page that they brag gets hundreds of thousands of views per month:
And their Patreon has all sorts of "levels" of "donations" that "unlock" special features and add your company ads to their websites.
What a shitshow!
Motherfuckers it is not a "donation" when you get something in return for your "donation", such as special treatment, merch, ability to advertise on their website, etc.. This is a "trade". A payment. 180 degrees opposite to a "donation".
Such a weird society we live in, where Mastodon gets "donations" and Facebook is "free".
I have visited Aaron this weekend:
Such an amazing guy! As always. In 2 days I will return home, I am still at @Roma 's place.
After I return I will make a big article about the entire ZDay experience and meeting lots of wonderful people. Then I will focus to update our servers and services, including our Friendica! Currently we need to put Friendica in maintenance mode for some 20 minutes a day to backup the database....but that sucks since you cannot use it for this period of time. So I need to fix that too.
Anyway, I have had a wonderful experience for these past 10 or so days and I hope to have more of these experiences.
TROMjaro 12.08.2023 (big update, many changes) https://forum.tromjaro.com/t/tromjaro-12-08-2023-big-update-many-changes/183
If people think that TROMjaro is "just another distro" then they don't know what they are talking about. Here's a sample of what we pushed recently to make the desktop experience better than most "distros" that I know, perhaps there is none that deals with theming and HiDPI, and fonts, and consistency and more in a better way than TROMjaro.
You know I watched one of the latest videos from @Nick @ The Linux Experiment where he talks about theming the Flatpaks. So complicated for the average user. Guess what!? We do it better and automatically, and we also sync GTK with QT, and fonts, and icons. If only more people would take a serious look at TROMjaro and by all means use the changes we made for your distro!
Give TROMjaro a try ;)
Well there are a few things that look a bit more polished, but not respecting the system's theme, not exporting the menu for HUD functionality, not using the system's native window decoration, Thunderbird is in the same boat as Gnome apps.
Not made for the Linux community, but made for themselves, enforcing whatever design decisions they want. And with some themes the corners look broken, and I tested hundreds of apps but Thunderbird is the only culprit so far.
How come functionality is not something we should be excited about?
The new Thunderbird is bad, at first sight.
For one, I see no emails what-so-ever. I have no idea how to fix this.... It works to send and receive emails tho....so that's a total mystery. I also have no clue where to report this to Thunderbird...
I don't understand the big deal with the new UI. My Thunderbird looked almost identical. Simple, clean. Unified folders and all that. Now it is worse because the app does not respect me and my system.
I have a different theme/accent color for my system....but Thunderbird downgrades its release to not work well with the system it seems.
Also, a massive topbar with a huge search bar that makes it more difficult to grab the window and move it around. Plus why 2 search bars? Isn't the "filter messages" bar enough?
And of course the annoying GTK4 topbar that won't let me use the XFCE features like rolling up the window or maximize it to the topbar to save space...
Idk what's up with the people who think that improvements always should bring less features, less customization options, less compatibility with the system.... If anything Thunderbird should have made it more compatible with the system, like allow me to use the HUD and search through the menu like I can with 90% of all apps.
Overall a bad experience and now I have to get my emails back somehow.....
I start to hate more and more the Gnomes. They are the apple-fan-boys of Linux, thinking of how great it is to make everything more simplistic and unusable and geared to only the Gnome world. Linux is going to lose more of its uniqueness, defaulting to 1 theme and 5 accent colors, and 1 desktop environment, Gnome. And the rest will still be around, but small, and butchered by the GTK4 and such decisions, making the Gnome apps look like weeds in a field, not matching anything on other desktops and not working well on other desktops.
To be underwater and breath, is such an amazing feeling. The closest you get to flying. And last dive we saw some very cool sponges, and other creatures. Next time I'll try to get the gopro and record some stuff. Humans should do these things for free, so they understand more about our place on this planet.