Commonplace Book

This is a place for little things, random jottings and ideas. Recent additions come first. It isn’t appropriate for work or children, either.

2 October 2020

Here’s something kinky that my wife found.

nhentai.net: “Let’s do something nice!” by hamao

Donald Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Mike Pence has tested negative.

I’d love to see Trump drop dead, but hopefully he’ll have the decency to infect Pence first. I don’t want to see that creep getting sworn in as anything but the new president of NAMBLA.

CNBC: President Trump, first lady Melania test positive for coronavirus

1 October 2020

I have no idea how I’m going to make a fuss over Mrs. Demifiend this Halloween. Sure, a sixteenth wedding anniversary isn’t generally upheld as one of the biggies, but every one of them matters—especially if you’re happily married and would like to stay that way.

31 July 2020

I can’t believe I didn’t figure out my mother was abusive and my father is her enabler until I was in my forties. I’ve got to stop gaslighting myself; that’s their job, dammit.

23 July 2020

Give yourself the gift of boycotting social media.

indie@ecosteader.com wrote on Mastodon:

Muy importante to mute all the white guys (and yes, their ancestors DID colonize toward the Bermuda Triangle) whose impatience and paranoia render all of their opinions invalid.

I don’t engage with people who post bullshit like this unless blocking them counts as engagement. It just isn’t worthwhile.

Boss: schedules half-hour conference calls at 10:00am and 11:00am

Also Boss: wonders why I don’t become productive until noon

Fuck Agile. Fuck work, too.

Can somebody please talk me out of ghosting my day job?

22 July 2020

Every time I have to do a Zoom call at my day job, I feel the urge to defecate afterward. It’s almost as if Zoom calls annoyed the shit out of me.

If you work in the following industries:

Kill yourself.

Silence isn’t the same as violence, but since it rhymes I suppose I can understand why some people conflate the two.

You can tell it’s time to leave a platform when your primary form of engagement with others involves the block button.

21 July 2020

Apparently people who ask unmasked people to mask up are getting shot.

This is backwards. People should carry spears when they go out, so they can stab people who refuse to mask up.

Why spears? Swords are too short. Gotta keep your distance. Also, spears don’t need as much training. That’s why peasant draftees were issued spears ever since before Hammurabi was laying down the law in Mesopotamia.

Just poke ’em with the sharp end. And if you poke ’em in the butthole, make sure to yell, “Oops! Wrong hole.” Unless you’re Vlad Tepes. Then it’s the right hole.

They should make spearheads that can be screwed onto standard wooden broom handles, though. That would be handy.

Oh, wait. Apparently you can buy Smith & Wesson spearheads on Amazon for less than $30 each. And for a hundred bucks, you can buy actual “tactical spears”. Though I suppose they’d be handy if you’re out hiking and a wild animal attacks.

I’m so fucked. My wife just signed up for Disney+.

Also, she’s discovered Kingdom Hearts.

“I know you hate Disney, but it’s also got Final Fantasy characters in it and it was developed by Square-Enix.”

What you get when you mix shit and Hershey chocolate? I dunno, but I’d still flush it down the toilet on general principles.

Hopefully Mrs. Demifiend will be content to watch the cutscenes on YouTube. I told her up front that it was mostly pretentious Japanese mindfuckery of the sort that would embarrass even Hideo Kojima and Hideki Anno, so hopefully that will deter her from trying to get me to actually play the damn games for her to watch.

20 July 2020

Whenever somebody at work sends me a blurry screenshot of text at work, I pray for their death from hemorrhagic diarrhea. I don’t ask much of my god; just that they make the people who make my day job miserable SHIT THEMSELVES TO DEATH. Is that so unreasonable?

In the spirit of “OK boomer”, I think that when white conservatives speak up the first thing they should hear is “OK honky”.

Wikipedia: “honky”

Also, maybe we should invite white conservatives to have a nice big bowl of “honky please” and wash it down with a tall glass of ice-cold “shut the fuck up”.

Chris Rock’s “N-word Please” cereal sketch

_why was right. Programming is thankless work best outsourced.

I recently discovered midnight.pub; it seems a much more congenial social site than any of the various Mastodon or Pleroma sites, or Reddit and its imitators. No upvotes, no downvotes, no likes, no boosts, no following, no followers. None of the gamification and no popularity contests.

Just chill.

midnight.pub on the web
midnight.pub in geminispace

Unfortunately, it needs JavaScript.

19 July 2020

I saw Amadeus performed by the UK’s National Theatre with Mrs. Demifiend yesterday.

Official Amadeus w/ Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen | Free National Theatre at Home Full Performance

Lucian Msamati was brilliant as narrator Antonio Salieri, the self-proclaimed patron saint of mediocrities.

18 July 2020

I’ll just leave this here.

Ohio veteran, 37, who went viral for refusing to wear a mask, died of COVID-19.

Lauren Boebert (a QAnon cultist from Colorado who’s running for Congress) on Twitter:

“I’m a Christian. So they may try to drive me to my knees, but that’s where I’m the strongest.”

Later:

“Time to get your minds out of the gutter, guys! We’re talking about prayer here.”

Oh, and what was it Jesus said about making a public spectacle of one’s prayers? Matthew 6:5-6 comes to mind.

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

I bet she loves a good stiff one up her ass. Most “nice Christian girls” do.

I don’t vote Democratic because I support them.
I vote Democratic because I loathe the Republicans.

Been watching Daredevil with my wife, an episode at a time as we eat together. I’ve got to say that out of the entire MCU, Wilson Fisk is one of my favorite villains. He used to be a fat kid who got bullied, had to listen while his dad beat the shit out of his mom, and after he finally took up a hammer and whacked his father before some loan shark could, he reinvented himself.

Now he’s a big bald dude who wears tailored suits and doesn’t take shit from anybody. He can speak Mandarin and Japanese, but pretends he needs a flunky to translate for him so people underestimate him. If God himself fucked with Fisk, Fisk would probably crush God’s head with a car door like he was a two-bit Russian gangster.

And yet Vanessa Marianna has him wrapped around her little finger. He’s a stone cold badass, and yet he doesn’t trust himself around women. Maybe he’s afraid he might turn out to be his father’s son after all. But Vanessa doesn’t care. She’s tried being good, and she’s decided she’d rather be bad.

And she’s drawn that way, too.

They say gentlemen prefer blondes.
Bastards like me prefer brunettes.

Twinlog wants to know what microblogging is good for.

Microblogging is the electronic equivalent of writing something like:

Here I sit, broken-hearted I came to shit and only farted.

or

Persecute gamers. Win valuable prizes.

Microblogging exists to enable shitposting. That’s pretty much it. The people who think microblogs are good for anything else are lying to themselves.

16 July 2020

Haunted?
Possessed?
Live outside the New York metropolitan area?

Dial 1-800-XORCISM today!

We’re ready to believe you.

Mrs. Demifiend has been sharing some rather kinky comics with me lately. It’s all pretty lewd, so don’t view it if you’re under 18, at work, or out in public. :)

“Is It Wrong to Get Done By a Girl?”

If it is, why bother being right?

“Eaten Up by the Bookworm Girl” “Sadistic Beauty” “S.Flower”

They all seem to share a common theme (women dominating men). Not sure why she needs to drop hints; I’ve told her she can do as she pleases with me.

11 July 2020

Having the same primary care physician as your spouse can lead to some interesting conversations. Like when your doctor suggests to your spouse that she should periodically stick a finger up your butt and massage your prostate.

If you can’t believe I just wrote that, don’t feel bad.

I can’t either.

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10 July 2020

Haven’t had much to say lately. Things were kinda busy at my day job.

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9 July 2020

There’s nothing like a woman who knows how to be dominant without being cruel. Though a little cruelty can be nice: some spice to go with the sugar.

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7 July 2020

Listening to Therion right after Primus is a bad idea, especially when you’re following up Primus’ The Antipop with Therion’s Beloved Antichrist and your brain has mashed the two albums into an hybrid abomination called BELOVED ANTIPOP.

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4 July 2020

It’s nice to have air conditioning again.

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29 June 2020

Software development for business and government use is a thankless job best outsourced.

Immigrants who accept jobs citizens won’t do are scabs.
We should be organizing scabs; they too are workers.
Organizing the scabs makes it harder for management to fuck over citizen workers.

Most office work doesn’t actually need an eight hour workday. Most of it can be done by a motivated worker in an hour or two, if said worker can be reasonably confident that once they actually get the work done they can have the rest of the day to themselves as long as it’s possible to reach them during business hours if something comes up. All it should take is a text. Something like, “Hey, something came up. Check your work email.”

Of course, if something like that came after 4:30PM, I’d check my email and acknowledge receipt but not deal with it until the next day. Being on call or having to be “available” is still work, and nobody pays me enough to put up with that shit for more than eight hours a day.

Frotting isn’t just for queer dudes. Try some cock-on-clit action. Use plenty of lube though.

27 June 2020

I’ve been trying to spend more time in the command line, and less in graphical applications. I’ve even set up my Slackware machine to not load X11 by default. It turns out that shell job control is a reasonable substitute for a multiplexer like tmux for my use case. Oddly enough, emacs seems as responsive in the console as vim.

The downside to living in the console is that there isn’t a single console font that fully supports UTF-8. So my little pentagrams show up as squares. Likewise for heavy metal umlauts. It isn’t as easy to set up a compose key, either, though you can supposedly use the alt key and a four-digit code on your number pad if you’ve got a full-sized keyboard.

shell job control commands:

26 June 2020

Everybody posting on public all the time and leaving their follows unlocked isn’t a recipe for community. It’s a recipe for cacophony.

I think Gargron and lain replicated the worst aspects of corporate social media by making Mastodon and Pleroma respectively default to everybody posting on public and everybody being able to follow everybody else.

Dumb fucks…

If you’re going to fanart of media created by corporations, at least have enough pride in yourself to demand that the creators pay you for doing their marketing for them.

25 June 2020

Problems like parker’s are precisely the reason I started using certbot and LetsEncrypt on this site.

parker’s OpenSSL Troubles

I’ve noticed after almost three years on Mastodon that many leftists, even those who claim to despise “tankies”, would happily resort to authoritarian methods like bullying to extract compliance from people not firmly committed to their cause.

This wouldn’t be a problem if most people responded to bullying with defiance, but let’s face it: most people just take it. Y’all motherfuckers need Satan.

24 June 2020

Whenever somebody describes a news outlet as “unbiased”, it means that that outlet doesn’t contradict their bias.

I’m biased as fuck, and my bias favors the following:

Your identity should be yours to decide. Your rite of passage into adulthood should involve an initiation into sex (if you want it) and your choice of name, gender, and religion. And you should be able to change your name, gender, and religion at your convenience.

23 June 2020

[Max] Stirner, in his way, teaches that the Kingdom of God is within you. That man will ever be sufficiently perfected to become his own master is a dreamer’s dream. Yet let us dream it. At least by that road we make for righteousness. But let us drop all cant about brotherly love and self-sacrifice. Let us love ourselves (respect our Ego), that we may learn to respect our brother; self-sacrifice means doing something that we believe to be good for our souls, therefore egotism–the higher egotism, withal egotism. As for going to the people–the Russian phrase–let the people forget themselves as a collective body, tribe, or group, and each man and woman develop his or her Ego. In Russia “going to the people” may have been sincere–in America it is a trick to catch, not souls, but votes.

from Egoists, A Book of Supermen by James Huneker

22 June 2020

You can say whatever you like, but don’t say it to me.

I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe in freedom of association. So, if I don’t like what you say on social media and you bring yourself to my attention I will block and mute you. You are welcome to treat me in similar fashion.

I don’t exist for your sake and I don’t owe you a moment of my time. Likewise, you don’t owe me anything either.

Whenever I see “God” or variations thereof I immediately replace that word with “the demon Yahweh”. Fortunately I learned to read silently at an early age.

I love how atheists are so bent on disproving religion using logic.

Every man-made religion is a house of cards, built on logic and based on a few unprovable premises accepted on faith—one of which is that God exists and gives a shit about your sex life. All you gotta do to knock that shit down is refuse to believe.

You don’t need to justify your unbelief. If somebody asks you why you don’t believe in their imaginary god(s), all you gotta say is, “Why? Because fuck you is why.”

But keep a shotgun handy in case the Inquisition shows up.

Today is a good day for a general strike. Just like every other day.

Today I learned that hitting CTRL+S in a terminal emulator will lock its display, and that hitting CTRL+Q will unlock it. I’ve been accidentally hitting CTRL+S for years, wondering why my terminal would freeze, and assuming it had crashed. Turns out I had run into UI convention I didn’t know about.

Today’s gonna be a hot one. It’s already 81°F in my study and it isn’t even noon yet.

20 June 2020

Today is midsummer, the summer solstice, or Litha if you’re into neopaganism.

It’s a good day for public fornication with one or more consenting adult partners.

It’s easy for black people to say “black lives matter”. But they have not yet learned to say, as individuals, “MY LIFE MATTERS.” The day they finally do will indeed be a joyous one.

I hope I live to see it.

19 June 2020

According to Anton Szandor LaVey, the fifth Satanic Rule of the Earth (out of eleven) is, “Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.” Fair enough, but what is the “mating signal”? If I were single today, I suspect that I wouldn’t touch another person without a written invitation or some kind of limited-duration contract—something that makes our mutual consent to sex a matter of public record.

I’m starting to think that anybody who has a corporate social media account (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) should be ostracized. Likewise for people with accounts on Hacker News or Reddit.

If Netflix shitcans Castlevania because Warren Ellis turned out to be an asshole, that’s fine by me.

I wholeheartedly approve of this sentiment.

Perhaps what I am about to say will appear strange to you gentlemen, socialists, progressives, humanitarians as you are, but I never worry about my neighbor, I never try to protect society which does not protect me—indeed, I might add, which generally takes no heed of me except to do me harm—and, since I hold them low in my esteem and remain neutral towards them, I believe that society and my neighbor are in my debt.

Alexandre Dumas, père, The Count of Monte Cristo

However, what is left unsaid in this quote (but shown elsewhere in the novel) is that the Count will do almost anything for his friends.

Today is Juneteenth. Fuck work. Take an unplanned paid day off. I did.

18 June 2020

Confession: this one time in high school (in the early 1990s) I told a girl to go fuck herself because she had annoyed me. I’ve said the same to guys who annoyed me as well, but apparently it counted as sexual harassment and I was creating a “hostile environment”.

I haven’t done anything of the sort since. I learned my lesson. I’m still not a “good man”, but I try not to be harmful.

Do you have to be fucked in the head or have a habit of mistreating women to be a man who creates interesting art?

Now it turns out that Warren Ellis might be a sexual predator, too.

17 June 2020

Not getting a job because of “culture fit” usually means one of two things:

  1. You’re not a young white dude who went to the right college (usually MIT or Stanford).
  2. The management is afraid you’ll disrupt the company’s currently profitable groupthink.
  3. You forgot to scrub your social media accounts and HR found a pro-unionization post.

Which motivation for one of the few remaining legal excuses for hiring discrimination is worse is a matter of opinion.

There are lot of men who work in tech because they honestly have no other option. I’m probably one of them.

Megan Amram had it coming.
She forgot the Eleventh Commandment.
Thou shalt not get caught.

I hate not being able to tell whether my hay fever is acting up or if I actually have a cold. I’m not running a fever so it’s probably my damn allergies. Might blow off work anyway. Self-care comes first, right?

ACAB means all cops. Not just cops in uniform. It also means vigilantes of all stripes, including those endemic to social media. Tone police, masculinity police, femininity police, language police, grammar police: ACAB means you’re all bastards too.

I can’t help but suspect that a lot of the butthurt about deplatforming/blocking individuals on social media (or blocking entire instances in the fediverse) arises out of geek social fallacies, especially fallacy 1: “ostracizers are evil”.

Geek Social Fallacies

If Smudge isn’t sleeping or eating or playing, he’s probably begging. But he’s rather affectionate when he begs.

15 June 2020

What if our culture taught us that “real men” take it in the ass? What if a man incapable of yielding control and letting himself be vulnerable was deemed unfit for adult relationships? This doesn’t necessarily mean he has to take a real dick from another man; a strap-on is fine, too.

Apparently fail2ban is unnecessary if I have a tight OpenSSH config, disable root logins, and disable password auth for users who have SSH keys and know how to upload them.

Eating pussy is a hell of a power trip, even if she’s riding your face.

Sometimes I think about old girlfriends and wonder how they’re doing. Are they happy with their lives? I hope so. But I know better than to try to contact them.

If you’re a published author, try to avoid reading reviews of your work. Gently discourage fans from bringing them to your attention if at all possible. If they’re good, you’ll get an unsustainable high and might start rereading them to stroke your ego. If they’re bad, you’ll be tempted to respond.

Be grateful to get reviews, but otherwise ignore them.

I can’t help but suspect that belief in “spiritual warfare” is motivated by a need to see oneself as more significant or relevant than one actually is.

We point the finger
Laugh in your face
’Cause you’re no better
Than the rest
of the human race

~Black Sabbath, “Cardinal Sin”

Times change. If you can’t or won’t change with them, don’t be shocked when people realize they’re not obligated to put up with you.

It won’t be anybody’s fault but your own if you get left behind when the world moves on. What good will your principles do you then?

Were they ever principles in the first place, or merely fixed ideas, nothing but phantasms with no existence outside your imagination?

I cannot accept that a perfect God created an imperfect world and imperfect people. I find it more likely that imperfect people make imperfect Gods in their own images and use them to explain the world to themselves and each other.

Why do I find Queensrÿche’s cover of Lisa Dalbello’s “Gonna Get Close to You” more menacing than the original? The lyrics are the same. Is it Geoff Tate’s delivery? Is it that the same lyrics that might sound romantic or seductive when sung by a woman sound like the words of a stalker when sung by a man?

Persecute conservatives. Win valuable prizes.

A sovereign remedy against scolds of all persuasions is a hearty belly-laugh.

Have you ever suspected that we’re living in a John Carpenter movie?

14 June 2020

Question my motives at your own peril.

You don’t have to like me.

However, if you burden me with your feelings I might return the discourtesy.

I obviously don’t get FreeBSD’s IPFW firewall. Guess I need to RTFM some more before I can use fail2ban to block assholes from trying to shell in.

Even Nazis deserve a safe space.
Thing is, they’ve already got one.
It’s called Stormfront.
Not our fault if it ain’t good enough.

I’d say “fuck incels”, but they could solve a lot of their problems if they’d just fuck each other.

“Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest is pretty much all about being gay and doing crimes.

Pooh bear, or Pedobear? Only Christopher Robin knows for sure…

I miss Peter Steele and wish Type O Negative was still recording and touring.

The left, they say I’m a fascist
The right calling me communist
Hate, hate, hate, hatred for all, one and all
No matter what you believe
Don’t believe in you—and that’s true, yeah

We hate everyone

Some would say that we’re biased
Accusations that we are racist
Well shit, shit, shit comes in all hues: now this means you
’Cause things ain’t always like they seem
Like they seem

We hate everyone

“We Hate Everyone” by Type O Negative

Some would call this a centrist anthem, but this is more a statement of militant neutrality. No living centrist would have the nerve to adopt “We Hate Everyone” as their theme song.

Here’s another good one.

“Wasting My Hate” by Metallica

Why the pentagrams as separators?

I think they’re metal.

If they offend you, so much the better.

Too bad Preparation H doesn’t work on psychosomatic hemorrhoids. If it did, the internet would be a calmer, more pleasant place.

13 June 2020

Death of truth?
Death of consensus?

Queensrÿche saw this coming in 1988.

I used to trust the media
To tell me the truth, tell us the truth
But now I’ve seen the payoffs
Everywhere I look
Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?

“The Death of Consensus, Not the Death of Truth” by An Xiao Mina
Lyrics to “Revolution Calling” by Queensrÿche

12 June 2020

I’ve been the top and I’ve been the bottom, so I can say from experience that without an unreasonable amount of preparation anal sex is just a pain in the ass for everybody involved.

Somebody ought to make sure Tom Cotton (R-AR) is taking his meds and has his blankie. He’s going on about “wokeness” again because people don’t want to see pro-cop propaganda or old movies with racist characterizations that made people uncomfortable when they first came out in the 1930s.

“The idea that we all need safe spaces from mean words…”

Oh, come on. Conservatives have always had safe spaces from mean words:

Try putting pics of Tom Cotton next to pics of former US senator Rick Santorum (R-Narnia). They look rather similar.

I wonder how long it’ll be before Tom Cotton is caught with an underage rent boy. He looks the type. All conservative Christian men crave cock. The penis of Christ compels them, you see.

Speaking of Charles Koch, this guy’s like a fascist version of George Soros. Dude’s got his fingers in dozens (if not hundreds) of pies.

Sourcewatch: the Koch Brothers

Whenever you hear a right-winger talk about taking the “Benedict option”, encourage them. If they want to withdraw into little homogenous enclaves, let them. Why build gulags if the inmates are willing to build their own? Just be ready to welcome their rebellious children and help them break free of their indoctrination if they try to escape once they turn 18.

I haven’t listened to Lordi in a couple of years. Got “The Arockalypse” playing now. Probably their best album, TBH.

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11 June 2020

People are asking if there are gemini spaces that provide hosting to writers and are hosted in the EU.

Registered “tanelorn.city”. Gonna try making it a pubnix that provides gemini hosting. I will most likely regret this.

Setting up LetsEncrypt on FreeBSD using acme.sh is a pain.

But it might be worth it to also be able to run Apache and set up basic websites for normies who try to get to demifiend.org and tanelorn.city via www. Ideally I can use the same certs for both www and gemini.

I probably should have used OpenBSD, but I have no idea what Rust support is like on that OS.

Too hot to cook. Glad my wife thought to get cold cuts.

Demifiend can have little a salami as a treat.

Before Roko’s Basilisk, there was a Lovecraftian parody of a Chick tract.

“Who Will Be Eaten First?” (172KB)
“Who Will Be Eaten First?” (172KB)

Iä! Iä! Cthulhu ftaghn! Help immanentize the eschaton and perhaps you too can be among the first to be eaten.

10 June 2020

“The U.S. financial system could be on the cusp of calamity. This time, we might not be able to save it.”

We should have burned it to the ground in 2008.

The Atlantic: “Will the banks collapse?”

Betteridge’s Law suggests they won’t, but one can always hope. Hope springs eternal from my asshole, like flatulence.

GOP crybullies in action:

Trump campaign demands CNN apologize for poll that shows Biden leading

Bunch of candy-asses…

Charles Koch has done more to subvert what passes for democracy in the US than Vladimir Putin ever managed.

Oh my feces, what have I done?!

I don’t defecate.
I justify a maltheistic worldview.

Nobody gatekeeps like metalheads. Not all metalheads do it, but there’s still a small minority that are all in on the “Wimps and posers leave the hall!” mentality.

I’m glad that Tarja Turunen was able to build a career for herself as a rock vocalist after Nightwish threw her under the bus.

Having a bookshelf over my desk isn’t working out. I need a longer and thicker plank with more brackets for support.

You’d think more right-wing libertarians would be on board with defunding the police and limiting the scope of their authority to situations where violence is already happening and an armed response is required. It’s consistent with their belief in a minarchist government that exists only to adjudicate contracts, enforce borders, and punish crime.

The state calls its own violence law and that of the individual crime.

~Max Stirner

Before the sacred, people lose all sense of power and all confidence; they occupy a powerless and humble attitude toward it. And yet no thing is sacred of itself, but by my declaring it sacred, by my declaration, my judgment, my bending the knee; in short, by my conscience.

~Max Stirner

Use M-x ruler-mode when you need to make sure text lines up. For some reason tab stops in Emacs are kinda wonky. It’s probably something in my config.

Smudge is easily amused. I just keep a small baggie of kibble in my drawer, and when he comes up to ask for attention I throw individual pieces for him to chase and eat.

This works for Purrseus, too. It’s probably better for cats than just filling a bowl.

TODO: Create a slackbuild for https://git.sr.ht/~int80h/gemserv and submit to SBo

TODO: Write a HOWTO for running one’s own Gemini server on a VPS

TODO: Write a HOWTO for packaging Rust applications for Slackware using Castor as an example.