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February 7, 2020

Dealing with Death

Filed under: Amor fati — Robinson Dorion @ 8:02 p.m.

As my luck has played out, in ~30 years of life, I've somehow not been touched much by tragic deaths or death generally. As you'll read below a couple tragic deaths have affected me, but they either happened before I was born or I was too young to remember. The closest person to me to have taken the eternal nap was my paternal grandfather - Walter, a.k.a. Red - who passed when I was 21. He was a couple months away from turning 92 and lived ~15 miles away. He was ready and when his time came, I took comfort in the fact that I'd gone out of my way to spend substantial time with him in his last years. Apart from him, no very close personal relationships had been severed by the ultimate fate of all the living.

All that changed a bit the first week of December. The family dog, a Lhaso Apso, had just turned 17 in November and had been on his last legs for most of 2019. We got him when he was 3 months old and I was turning 13. Probably not the only dog in New England around that time named Nomar1. My parents said they got him for my 10 year old sister, but I think a part of them wanted a kid to care for as she and I started becoming more independent. He was an easy dog to have : clean, loyal, protective, lots of energy, but also knew how to chill out. He lived a better life and ate better meals than most people2. Of the four of us, I was the least close with the dog3, so I reckon it really helped my parents for me to be there in coming to the decision. Looming large was the Hawai'i trip, for which they had decided they weren't going to kennel him. The 3rd or 4th of December they made the appointment with the vet to put him down the 11th or 12th. Given the known fate, I spent some extra time with him including walking him up the block the 5th. It was snowing and despite his relatively weak, old legs he ran most of the walk and some of it through the powdery snow which was up to his shoulders.

Chilling out with him the evening of December 5th :

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As fate would have it, my Father woke up to him having some kind of seizure the morning of the 6th and thought he was going to die right there. He bounced back, but the decision was made then to move up the schedule to that afternoon. I accompanied my Father and held Nomar in my lap the few mile drive to the vet, he was getting pretty antsy towards the end. We proceeded to the room and had about 10 minutes with him to say goodbye before the vet came in. We took off his collar and my Father held him as they administered the sedative. After that was in, they released him and he wandered the room a bit before the drowsiness kicked in and he fell right at my feet. His goofy last steps reminded me of what he sometimes looked like as a puppy. We were both crying by then, cause what else are you going to do after 17 years ? We moved him into his bed, the vet applied the lethal injection and confirmed shortly after that his heart had stopped. I felt thankful to have him as a dog, thankful to be there for his last moments and thankful for life being able to move on now that the people are freed from the uncertainty and stress they were carrying given his precarious state.

Turning the page to Saturday the 7th, a close hometown acquaintance, Pat Gilligan, overdosed on some form of opiod. He was two years older than me, but the town of less than 20k and high school of about 1k is small. I remember him since I was about 8 and we shared many of the same friends. My sophomore year of high school I mainly spent time with seniors because I was on the varsity teams. I was never teammates with Pat, but his best friends were the group I hung out with so we spent a decent amount of time together from when I was 15 to 20 and always had laughs and good times. It was hard not to like him, his classmates gave him the superlative of "everyone's friend", he was smiling regularly and making others smile and had the brain power to make himself into a civil engineer. The funeral was a standard Catholic affair that didn't really hit me until his two older sisters gave the eulogy at which point it all sunk in and the tears flowed. It was tough to learn that though he had struggled with this addiction for about a decade, he had been sober the past 10 months, spent an enjoyable Thanksgiving with family, was making Christmas plans to sync with friends only then to slip into relapse and have it all taken away days later. I spent the afternoon and evening with those friends4, many of whom I'd not seen nor spoken to for 5 or 6 years. Touching base with them was good for reminding me where I came from and although it had been half a decade, we were able to pick right up as if we'd all been hanging out the weekend prior and every other weekend since high school5. That experience, along with some others helped underscore the strength of the bonds I managed to forge in my small town upbringing6.

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Above, Pat7 at "Bomoroo" 2010, Lake Bomoseen, VT. For a number of summers everyone would invite their college friends to a party that started as a boat tie up at the south end sand bar of the lake, transition to BBQ then Pond Hill Ranch in Castleton for the Saturday night rodeo, then to The Bomoseen Inn, a.k.a. The Dog, then for those degeneratesfun people still standing, Hampton N.Y. where the bars stayed open a couple hours later8. R.I.P Patrick.

Now, moving on to a funeral that was paid for, but not yet executed. At some point in December my paternal, 97 year old, grandmother June took the time to make her arrangements. While she has flirted with death on a number of occassions, she could also live another few years. In fact, I thought I'd seen her for the last time and said my goodbyes in May of 2017. About to turn 94, she had moved in with my parents the weekend prior and I was visiting. My maternal grandmother, Pam, was also visiting for the week and the three of us were sitting down to breakfast. June went to the washroom and a couple minutes later we heard a crash from in there. She had fallen and I was first on the scene. After not hearing a response to my knock on the door, I opened it through the resistance of her walker that I found to be obstructing from the inside to see her lying on the ground. I rushed to her side and started talking to her for about 30 seconds trying to elicit a response to realize maybe I ought to check her pulse and shut up and give her a chance to to respond, which she ended up doing. Pam came to the door and I told her to call an ambulance and lay talking with her and rubbing her back until the ambulance came. She said, "The back rub feels nice," to which I replied, "You could've asked for a back rub without falling down," which made her laugh, which hurt her back because she had sustained some compression fractures.

She was in a lot of pain and when we went to visit her in the hospital that evening the pain hadn't subsided. During that hospital visit she shared, "What's the point, we know this isn't going to get any better and I'm going to end up back here in worse shape. You know I love life and I've lived a good one, but I'd just as soon not make it to 95." It was a month out from her birthday. After that, pretty much overnight, she went from being coherent enough to live independently at 94 to disassociating to the point of not forming complete sentences. Part of it may have been the pain meds being administered, but I think the disassociation was caused moreso by checking out from life. What's the point of carrying on conversations if it's about to be over ? This experience taught me a lot and my visits involved trying to make eye contact with her and tell her I was thankful for knowing her. There were a couple times in the hospital when I was alone with her that she briefly snapped out of the disassociation to tell me that I understood her to soon break back down to the disassociation. I returned to Panama with closure thinking it was the last time I'd see her.

The only problem was, her internals were too healthy and after a month of realizing she wasn't dead yet, she decided to come back to reality and go home. Since then she has returned to her correspondence - a good chunk of which is in French with her former students,9 playing bridge,10 drinking her evening Manhattan and carrying conversation when she manages to hear what's being said. In many ways she's still waiting to die. Pretty much all of her friends and many of her former students have passed. I don't really know how to conclude it here other than to say I'm thankful her underlying health bought us some more time together and allowed me to witness someone close preparing to part with the gift of life. Make the most of the time you have with the people you love and say what you have to say because either you die before them and you don't get to say it or they die before you and you don't get to say it. Also, drink Manhattans if you got 'em. Throwing up cheers with June at The Fair Haven Inn, July 2018 :

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The final aspect of processing death during this time was the Hawai'i cruise itself. The back story is, my maternal grandmother Pam, isn't my biological grandmother. The first part of the story is when my mother was 10, her family was in a fatal car accident on Highway 37 south of Mt. Vernon, Illinois ; killing her mother Shirley and youngest brother Barry. They say my grandfather was saved by the steering wheel and my mother and her three other brothers saved by luck of being in the backseat. My grandfather married Pam in the late 1980s and the second part of the tragic backstory is he died in a hang gliding accident in 1992. My first birthday :

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Despite being married less than a decade, Pam stayed with the family and has been the glue that has held it together since. She has financed numerous holidays, including the trip to Hawai'i, and I'd say is the primary reason I know my uncles, aunts and cousins to the extent I do. Pam remarried in the 1990s to a man with a daughter from a previous marriage. This aunt is the one that introduced us to the French75, in addition to being cool in various other ways.

On one such holiday when I was about 11 I had made some money caddying in Long Island. Pam was making a second career as stockbroker at that point. I later found out her broker had asked her if she was interested in it after he noticed she was good at picking companies to invest in. At the time, she declined because she was preparing to retire from education with my grandfather. After his passing, she went for it. Fresh cash in hand, she sat me down on the porch by the sea, explained the high level concept of long term value investing and made me a proposition : she'd open a brokerage account for me and for every dollar I invested, she'd match. I took her up on this and that's what sparked my interest in investment. Paying respect in 2016 at Grandpa's memorial11 in West Frankfurt, Illinois :

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On the negative side, the downside of the tragic deaths of my grandparents is hard to express. The reverberations of how they rocked my family are still felt today. I'd have enjoyed and learned a lot from my grandfather as everyone says we had a lot in common. On the positive side, without those deaths, I'd not have my grandma Pam, perhaps never been interested in finance and for sure would be a different person. Maybe in the alt-reality of them surviving to the present I'd have found my way to where I am now, but I wouldn't be who I am now.

Life is precious and robust. Death is part of life and while it's difficult to deal with the fact that you'll die and everyone you know and love will die, it's still worth making the most of in the finite time you have. What else are you going to do ?

I'll play Ode to Joy and take refuge in amore fati.

  1. After then Boston Red Sox star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra --Nomar Garciapuppy ?-- who ended up being traded at the deadline summer of '04, the year the Sawx broke the 86 year "Cruse of the Bambino". Despite "our guy" being traded, and Orlando Cabrerra delivering in October, the name wasn't going to change at that point. []
  2. My dad usually served the dog's portion of the meat first to shut up his excited barking. []
  3. You know that bit from Snatch, yeah ?
    Mickey: "Do ya like dags ?"
    Tommy: "Oh, dogs. Sure, I like dags, but I like caravans more."

    I like dogs ok, but I like people more and have a sneaking suspicion most people who have dogs do so to cover the hole in their personality that prevents them from earning higher quality relationships with people. Especially people in cities who essentially sign up to have their lives run by an animal and pick up shit for a decade for a beast they will never hold a conversation with. At least for all the diaper changing children learn to talk pretty early. If I'm ever to have a dog it'll be if/when I own a farm, can keep it outside and train it to hunt. Anyways, </rant> []

  4. Jacob was in town and tagged along to the after "party". []
  5. Within certain bounds of course. Perhaps only one or two in the group can begin to grok what I've written on this blog so far. []
  6. It also underscored how weird people can be because some people that obviously ought to have been at the "celebration" didn't show. Imagine living 3 hours drive away in Boston and not going to the funeral of your childhood/high school friend the weekend prior to Christmas. Unfathomable to me. []
  7. The only pic I had of him. []
  8. No wonder I managed to keep the pace on the cruise like I did. []
  9. A family tragedy typical of gringolandia is that while both her and Red spoke French (she taught at what's now Castleton University), they only spoke it as an encryption mechanism, i.e. when they didn't want their children to understand. So depsite my surname, I'm struggling to reclaim my linguistic heritage in my 20s. The poverty of being American. []
  10. She's a grandmaster, but no, she didn't teach us that either, sigh. []
  11. How he earned the memorial is an article for another day. []

February 6, 2020

Ode to Joy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Robinson Dorion @ 9:52 p.m.

During my childhood athletics were my main interest and activity. My mother had a piano in the house that did not really get any use and when playing an instrument was introduced as an option by the school when I was nine, I wasn't interested at all. I had baseball, basketball and football to play in the neighborhood after school and wasn't going to be sitting inside for anything really. Fast forward to my senior year of high school and my best friend Mark and I were driving around town1 talking about what it'd be like when we became old men. We resolved we'd be neighbors and sit in rocking chairs during long afternoons on his front porch or mine drinking rum, smoking cigars, playing chess and harmonicas and telling stories. He didn't play any instruments, but had musical inclinations on account of his father, Willy C, being a musician2 and part of a band, Satin and Steel,3 and furthermore was the music teacher at the county vocational school. We decided then to make a detour to Willy C's classroom to see if we could score some harmonicas. He called the music store down the road and sent us over and we put two Blue Bender C harmonicas on his tab and off we went. Below, one of the Blues Benders in question.

blues-bender

Though I carried the harp with me during my travels since, I didn't look into learning how to play it until a couple of months ago. Learning new things both helps you grow and keeps you young and music looked like a good area of opportunity. I found the aptly named Learn the Harmonica youtube channel and "Ode an die Freude", from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, caught my eye since I've been most interested in classical music these past years, primarily Bach and Mozart. According to my friend Chad, who composes and studies music, music started going downhill since Beethoven because he started the break away from counterpoint,4 but given the lesson was in the C harmonica and I like it, I went with it.

The first couple days I listened to the lesson and then wrote down the tablature notation,5 presented below, to practice without the video. The positive numbers represent blow notes and the negative represents draw notes and the numbers represent which hole on the harmonica to apply the air.

A: 5 5 -5 6 6 -5 5 -4 4 4 -4 5 5 -4 -4
B: 5 5 -5 6 6 -5 5 -4 4 4 -4 5 -4 4 4
C: -4 -4 5 4 -4 5 -5 5 4 -4 5 -5 5 -4 4 -4 3 5--
D: 5 -5 6 6 -5 5 -4 4 4 -4 5 -4 4 4
E: -4 -4 5 4 -4 5 -5 5 4 -4 5 -5 5 -4 4 -4 3 5--
F: 5 -5 6 6 -5 5 -4 4 4 -4 5 -4 4 4

I've been focusing mainly on this song, playing during previous down times, such as while walking across the city. I still have some work to do isolating the individual notes. Nevertheless, I'm making progress and enjoying the process and here's a recording I made this week.

Enjoy !

  1. Driving around for the sake of going for a drive is a popular past time in those parts. []
  2. His father was a good athlete and musician. Mark's older brother Billy turned out to be the musician and Mark the athlete. []
  3. They'd been playing together for over 30 years and I grew up going to their concerts prior to knowing Mark. []
  4. The Ode to Joy bit is in fact a break from custom in that vocals weren't commonly being included in symphonies prior. The vocals are derived from Friedrich von Schiller's 1785 poem. []
  5. If any readers have suggestions for representing music notation as text, please write in. []

January 27, 2020

TMSR OS, January 2020 Statement

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 4:12 a.m.

This statement reviews December 2019 and January 2020 TMSR OS developments and previews the work ahead for February. I said I would make a statement at the beginning of January to review December and plan for January, but ended up having too much fun as the year turned and didn't regain my bearings until mid-January. Please accept this under the traditional MPEx reporting standard of one late monthly statement per calendar year. Moving forward, my reporting plan is to publish statements monthly that reflect on the prior month and report prospectively on the month to come. My weekly reports on Young Hands Club will continue to include TMSR OS activities and to tighten the feedback loop and keep the plans structured as flexible road maps rather than straitjackets I'll comment with a status update mid-month on the prior statement.

Yesterday, January 25th, marked two months since I received the call to head up TMSR OS :

mircea_popescu: yo dorion , you wanna head the tmsr-os project for us ?
diana_coman: just in case he had found things moving too slowly around here, lolz.

Unsurprisingly, Diana Coman had anticipated the potential of such a development a couple weeks prior :

diana_coman: dorion jfw current tribulations in tmsr might even push your schedule earlier re getting more visible and involved.

After following TMSR from the shadows since 2015, while manaloning with Jacob all the while, I didn't hesitate to take the call once I'd confirmed what heading the project meant :

mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-11-25#1953458 << nothing new or different, same old thing management always was. write a plan, get people to ~commit~ to parts, chase the commitments, reschedule as needed and so on.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-11-25 14:32:04dorion_road: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-11-25#1953428 << my initial bias is to say, yes I want it. Before I take the claim though, I have to better understand what the responsibility of heading the project means.

This responsibility was further clarified in my mind December 3rd as Mircea Popescu disabused me of the notion some central website ought exist.

You're the coherent entry point, that's what you do, own it as such.

Thank you, Sir. The coherent entry point I must be then.

I re-read La Serenissima and Personal Sovereignty this morning and the identity being allodial property of the person point sunk in :

La Serenissima does not recognise nor will ever enforce any sort of claim of any entity that purports to impinge on the sovereignty of persons. No entity may claim rights to person's identity under this rule, and if they try to they're being the enemy and should be treated like the enemy. For all intents and purposes identity is allodial property of the person therein represented, and no convention may touch it.

And layering on the factor of the leverage of invested individuals the advantages amplify.

If project C has a decision making system formed out of 18 elements, which each obviously will require a separate pitch, as well as 39 groups formed out of the 18 elements in varying compositions, while project D has a decision making system formed out of one single person, we can say that D offers leverage and couldn't be bothered to mention C again.

There ain't going to be no tmsr-os.orgUSG.dnsTVraft, http://dorion-mode.com/category/tmsros/ is where it's happening.

Given this is the first report, let's link in some of the preceding work that was done. Trinque published Cuntoo November 2018 and between then and November 2019, diana_coman , bvt , spyked , hanbot , lobbes , mod6 , and shinohai had published installation reports.

Despite being instructive on various levels, trinque himself didn't see continuing its development to be sustainable and said he'd be pivoting to a kernel + busybox style arrangement for his own stack.

My familiarity with jfw's Gales Linux1 was encouraging and since he'd just published it, having Republican eyes look it over is a good step towards considering what we have to use to forge TMSR OS.

So given than context, what's been going on these past couple months ?

On November 28th, Mircea Popescu clarified The TMSR-OS Implicit Clients which is a high level description of the software TMSR-OS must be prepared to serve.

On November 29th, I published Implementing TMSR OS which outlined some management objectives2 and the domains of technical work to be owned and delivered. The comments were pretty active there, with a major technical takeaway being GCC 4.4.7, 4.7.4 and 4.9.4 are all up for consideration when an owner of the compiler and C library antes at the table.

On December 2nd, Mircea Popescu comments on the weight of the efi/uefi problem in #trilema :

mircea_popescu: anyway, the efi/uefi problem is actually looming the largest here.
jfw: myeah. if Intel decides the PC architecture is no longer the PC architecture, OS maker has to bear the burden ?
mircea_popescu: the nsa is firmly entrenched in controlling that sweet, sweet path to diff power analysis, they've glued it thoroughly with all the broken glass of "energy efficiency" faux ourdemocracy preoccupations, it strikes me as one of the things that'll only dislodge once the emperor himself is rapemeat.
mircea_popescu: jfw, the ideal solution here'd be a de-uefi-izing dongle.
mircea_popescu: but in any case, the item's probably the most contundent impediment to sanity in computong
jfw: But what do you put in its place? Reversing boards was tough enough as I gather even before the standard fritz chips
mircea_popescu: myeah.
mircea_popescu: i dunno, i'd rather this didn't end up with a tmsr motherboard.
mircea_popescu: in any case, my point being, this whole uefi thing needs some serious mapping.
jfw opens up the spec PDF he had lying on HDD, is reminded it's 2500 pages
mircea_popescu: there;s at least one major separation in the uefi latrine (plenty others, of course, the thing's fractally broken), which fortunately occured just about that moment in time when intel chips became thoroughly useless. so not supporting uefi-2, "must have to work" is relatively a small loss, as it goes with the shitty spycore intel chips anyways, which nobody wants (though might be tolerated in some roles for cheapness' sake
mircea_popescu: ). uefi-1 however is just this jumble of works-with-or-without, maybe-so-maybe-not, up to indeed about 2015 or so.
mircea_popescu: getting concrete details on this partition would certainly help, as a starting point.
mircea_popescu: i don't really know anyone who both a) is technically literate and b) thinks post 2015 intel chips are actually worth money, as it happens. a situation eerily reminiscent of every other socialism's progress, late sovok folk similarily didn't think late sovok artefacts worth deploying.
jfw: Are the post-2013 AMDs any better? 'platform security processor' to keep up with the competition right?
mircea_popescu: prolly just less documented equally worse, nfi.
jfw: the noted split in UEFI severity is a point.
mircea_popescu: Where do anti-good ideas come from? They come from misguided attempts to do the impossible - which is another way of saying "trying to ignore reality."
mircea_popescu: not bad, huh.

Spyked stepped up to the plate here and published his initial report on Bootloading Operating Systems December 31st, through which the decision to support a dozen or two motherboards per architecture and let the rest wither was made.

On December 5th, I drew on some ancient trilema articles and noticed TMSR OS may have the mid to long term profit center potential those articles describe :

dorion_road: It occurred to me this morning, this tmsr-os project could be utilized medium to long term in both lifetime support consultancy and the hottest business idea in btc (code review and code insurance) ventures.
dorion_road: I haven't developed it very far past what's in those articles and what we've done to develop JWRD, but seems like there is a medium to long term profit center to establish.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-05-17 19:17:54 trinque: republic is scant of profit centers

Ideas aren't worth shit without action, but nevertheless, informed long term vision and mission are imperative.

On December 5th, bvt published his vpatch and article to Cement Keccak Hashing into Kernel RNG, continuing his prior work of ripping out Linux kernel RNG and replacing it with a driver that could be directly fed with random data provided from userspace (i.e. from FUCKGOATS). You know, that feature that's, in part, "turning the currently worked-upon cuntoo 3 from a flavour project some group stylistically flavours to a must-have item with no possible competition in the professional (as opposed to toy&smartphone) IT space."

On December 6th I managed to reel lobbes back into the project :

dorion_road: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-12-04#1954338 << on the one hand, there is other work to be done aside from writting code, but on the other hand, portage/emerge/ebuild system is python.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-04 22:32:39 lobbes: though tbh, this whole experience makes me think that maybe computers just ain't my thing. Perhaps I ought to think about BingoBoingo's writing for Qntra course a little more instead of this TMSR OS project
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-04 22:49:59 lobbes: and even then, it has always been 'soft computering' like reporting, sql queries, excel jockying, etc. The only programming language I really know is python (and that I've only ever used here in tmsr)
dorion_road: while I understand you wanted to the logging project to go smoother, but you were also picking up a new langauge for the job.
lobbes: this is true. I've given it some reflection, and I'm going to go ahead and commit to diving into the ebuilds.

Between December 9th and 10th I engaged trinque in #trilema and with MP's help, got commitment from him to provide high level analysis generally and a look at Gales Linux in particular, the fruit of which so far has been his enlightening Republican OS series.

  • Part 1 was published December 28th which establishes solid definitions of Republican and Operating System and discusses hardware selection, compiler, bootloader and kernel with line count measurements of various options.
  • Part 2 was published December 29th which establishes solid definitions of complexity and ownership and discusses and weighs glibc vs musl for libc choice.
  • Part 3 was published January 20th which details the Linux bootprocess on ATX-compatible computers and weighs busybox vs non-busybox system.

Part 3 4 appears to have uncovered some opportunities for TMSR OS to leverage busybox further to slim down the codebase Gales is using --namely using busybox's native mdev for device management, init for init and syslog or logging in place of MAKEDEV, jfw's custom init and multilog via daemontools which Gales use.

On December 9th, bvt committed to giving Gales a test run and published his Gales Installation Report December 29th.

On December 11, Mircea Popescu laid out the important marks against python 5 :

dorion_road: http://logs.ericbenevides.com/log/trilema/2019-12-10#1954799 << hmm. I know python is discussed at length in various log threads, for the sake of clarity, would you mind summarizing the most important marks against it ?
ericbot: Logged on 2019-12-10 19:25:02 mp_en_viaje: anyways, i have serious reservations about anything-python. it's the first time for me, i never thought before a lang is basically the satan ; but it seems to me anything derived off python's going to be stupid, for that reason.
mp_en_viaje: dorion, i wouldn't. let's use the call-and-response format for this. so, what would you say is the problem the republic's formed to resolve?
dorion_road: good question. the problem of maintaining a hierarchy of indivdual agents.
dorion_road: individual*
mp_en_viaje: ever heard / seen someone say "bring it" ? as in you know, the challenge, there's some kinda threat an' the response is... bring it
dorion_road: yes, I have.
mp_en_viaje: the job of gnoseology, the collected product of thought, is to enact partitions, and record them. some of these are more interesting than others, as illustrated through experience ; an examined life is exactly this "following phenomena while aware of the partitions list"
mp_en_viaje: i'd say the most interesting partition available upon "living things" is whether they are ready. there's the living things that are, and the living things that aren't. hence that whole discussion of http://trilema.com/2017/the-day-of-failure-trilemma/
mp_en_viaje: now, people as a particular class of living things are perverse (this is called "intelligence" in pantsuit gospels), meaning they also have a recursion built in there.
dorion_road: that's an interesting partition for sure.
mp_en_viaje: practically this enacts another partition, nietzsche's will.
mp_en_viaje: now there are three groups : the ready, the willing unready, and the dumb unready. in more traditional terms the middle class is denoted as organized stupidity.
mp_en_viaje: they'd like to be ready, see. they just... aren't. and because people are perverse, this tends to manifest rather as exam taking than actual improvement. they don't become any ready-er, they just become adept at pretending they are.
mp_en_viaje: this having progressed unchecked for lo these many years, the principal problem of the republic is dealing with organized stupidity. this is a lot like any other cleaning job, because yes there's no difference between the filth that supports vermin infestations and the "collective action" that supports the marauding idiots.
mp_en_viaje: my objection is that foremost and before being any other thing, python is a tool for the wilfully stupid.
mp_en_viaje: hence the link relating it to wikipedia recently that now of course i can't find. basically what it does seems to me in any and all particulars based upon the forwarding of the "group action" agenda of the only evil in this world ; much like the republic's in all workings promoting itself python's in all its workings first supporting the enemy.
mp_en_viaje: the problem with this argument of course is that it can be applied quite well to A LOT of the things we use ; most notably c++. but it's at the core, i suspect, if unexpressed, of why nobody ever pushed for say c#.
diana_coman: fwiw I wanted to add precisely ^ .
dorion_road: python is then not available to meaningful examination because it has been exam taking and pretending to be ready (e.g. usg.mit now uses it instead of scheme), rather than actually making itself ready for human use.
mp_en_viaje: no, python is a tool built so as to permit the unready to write very bad code.
dorion_road: ah, now I see.
mp_en_viaje: but i do mean ~very~ bad. fractally bad, it even gives them the impression they haven't been writing bad code. without prejudice to lobbes, look at his experience, not necessarily just since sept.
mp_en_viaje: i don't think it's him ; i think it's the damned python.
mp_en_viaje: i am not proposing bash is good ; but i made a point of it in that context because i believe it is in this respect opposite. it has all the ills naggum finds it, yes, but it does not have that one thing that produces pete dushenskis out of otherwise promising young men.
mp_en_viaje: it doesn't promote smarm.
dorion_road: mp_en_viaje makes sense, thanks for laying it out.
mp_en_viaje: this'd be to my mind the string holding pantsuit online together : python, wikipedia & wediditreddit.

On December 11th, I published Heading TMSR OS to further detail my perceived responsibilities owning this position. I've made progress on many of the points, but there remains substantial work to do to close the various open loops. On December 14th, I published Contribution Guidelines for TMSR OS to document established best practices. On December 16th, I published TMSR OS Mission and Vision Statement Genesis. On December 19th, I published Some Reasons Contributing to TMSR OS is +ev.

On December 23rd, lobbes delivered his article on Portage and ebuilds.

On December 18th, Diana Coman shared her initial thoughts on v-shaped package management in #ossasepia :

diana_coman: jfw, dorion_road while I haven't really spent time specifically pondering the v-shape of a package management system, I think it essentially stems from that fundamental "each V-tree" is the context of its all vpatches; as such, for one thing there isn't an "automatic dependency resolution" external to the v-tree because what would it do anyway, mess up trees or what exactly? and the problem otherwise switches more to a proper grind ...
diana_coman: ... of the tree ie a reader/signer's thing rather than a system; ie possibly even different grinds of "my OS" since anyway, tmsr-os or not, it's still up to each user what exactly they run on their machine.
dorion_road: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2019-12-18#1013429 << the matter needs to be considered further and i read your reasoning to be strong. in each deployment the user subjectively selects the vpatches and sigs for a particular machine and his plans for it.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-18 12:33:03 diana_coman: jfw, dorion_road while I haven't really spent time specifically pondering the v-shape of a package management system, I think it essentially stems from that fundamental "each V-tree" is the context of its all vpatches; as such, for one thing there isn't an "automatic dependency resolution" external to the v-tree because what would it do anyway, mess up trees or what exactly? and the problem otherwise switches more to a proper grind ...
diana_coman: it's just my initial thought on it really, so I expect there will be more discussion on it esp as things get moving otherwise, certainly; the main thing though is that in this/similar, I fail to see much use/space for ebuilds/portage/very-similar.

Between December 29-30th, Mircea Popescu, trinque and bvt conversed on what v-shaped os means in #trilema :

mircea_popescu: "A feature that I liked a lot is that shell is the only scripting language in the default install of the distribution. Typically perl and python get pulled in unconditionally as a build dependency of a runtime dependency of some rarely-used default-installed utility, or are directly used to implement package manager, etc. With Gales, a decision about what scripting language to use can be made without constraints created
mircea_popescu: by ready availability of python or others." << indeed this is mindblowingly beautiful, and as far as i current;y know the foremost fearher in jfw 's cap.
mircea_popescu: feather*
mircea_popescu: neways, as to the burning "OTOH, I wonder if things like Apache or imagemagick get installed, how will the package management system work out, and how comprehensible will system stay?" question -- i see the merit of using the clean spot as a fixed point to attempt expanding cleanliness. so, it would work by apache becoming tmserv or w/e, and not sucking anymore.
mircea_popescu: at least, ideally.
mircea_popescu: or to put it another way, i do not believe it is either intelligent or even tolerable to try and carry forward the "install" paradigm from derpworld. something much more akin to diana_coman 's work on eulora is what "get installed" will have to mean.
feedbot: http://ossasepia.com/2019/12/29/the-shady-business-with-shaders-in-cs-notes-on-graphics-in-eulora-ix/ << Ossa Sepia -- The Shady Business with Shaders in CS (Notes on Graphics in Eulora, IX)
trinque: mircea_popescu: does this mean "everything is always built and installed" ?
bvt: mircea_popescu: ty; fixed.
trinque: I don't for example need anything GUI-related in an embedded linux device
trinque: I agree that there should be single, correct answers when choosing components (as I'm trying to lay out the options for such selection in my series), but not that each component is always present in any system.
trinque: they are however all to be in the source v-tree, of course.
bvt: mircea_popescu: re second q, imho cleaning up the components will be driven by how the OS gets [re]structured around V, too early to say right now
trinque: bvt: not trying to be a pedantic dick over here, but it's v that's the boundary around the other stuff, not the other stuff around v
bvt: at the individual v-trees sure, but on the yddragsil level?
trinque: no, there's only one v tree
trinque: we've just only ever composed fragments of it yet.
bvt: in this case, i can restate it as 'depends on how current fragments will get composed into one tree'
mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-12-29#1956202 << not necessarily, what i meant was, "everything is first read, then the ints are fixed, then it's read some more, then all the shit is taken out, bit by [http://fixpoint.welshcomputing.com/2019/draft-gbw-node-schema/?b=Compared&e=be#select][bit], then eventually a small pile of actually useful and working code is left behind, implementing 108% or so of what the old pile actually did while removing 98% or so of what it had no business doing"
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-29 13:49:02 trinque: mircea_popescu: does this mean "everything is always built and installed" ?
mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-12-29#1956205 << i don't think anyone's proposing all components should be present in all systems. rather, i expect the v-way to do this is end up with a large tree, with some usually-favoured leaves or final branches. the gui/nogui split seems very early, like one of those
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-29 13:51:19 trinque: I agree that there should be single, correct answers when choosing components (as I'm trying to lay out the options for such selection in my series), but not that each component is always present in any system.
mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-12-29#1956212 << for some reason the proposal there's multiple choice there sits ill with my totalitarian mindset ; but we don't have to argue about it rightnao.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-12-29 13:57:52 bvt: in this case, i can restate it as 'depends on how current fragments will get composed into one tree'
mircea_popescu kicks ossabot
mircea_popescu: hey!
mircea_popescu always knew kicking mechanisms is legitimate maintenance technique.

On January 12th, the decision to port bvt's kernel RNG work from 4.9.95 to 2.6.32 was made :

dorion: mircea_popescu in light of never moving off linux 2.x series, it seems to me bvt ought to port his rng work from 4.9.95 it currently sits on to 2.x.
dorion: perhaps it's not an immediate priority, but I'd like to clarify the path forward.
mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2020-01-12#1956783 << well, or at the very least comment on it.
ossabot: Logged on 2020-01-12 12:47:24 dorion: mircea_popescu in light of never moving off linux 2.x series, it seems to me bvt ought to port his rng work from 4.9.95 it currently sits on to 2.x.
dorion: mircea_popescu comment on major/important changes between linux 2.x and 4.9.95 ?
mircea_popescu: you're not serious, are you ?
mircea_popescu: between 2.4 and 2.6 the principal change is how kernel modules get loaded (they were actually linked pre 2.6).
mircea_popescu: between 2 and 4 the difference simply is "2 was a linux kernel, 4 is treasonable atrocity built atop 3, which is how you say '''mike hearn''' in linux"
mircea_popescu: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/timeline/a390b4b428edb39f3d7f6fcd66aa2d05.png << this timeline might help your visual style i guess.
dorion: mircea_popescu re seriousness, I know it'd be a helluva lot, but I don't imagine porting his work from 4.9.95 to 2.x isn't trivial either. I should've asked, comment how ?
mircea_popescu: dorion, of course it's trivial, he doesn't use any of the pestilent doohickeys. he could port it to most 1series also.
mircea_popescu: this is in no small part due to how alf thinks, he's remarkably exceptional at this side of things.
dorion: mircea_popescu I see, nice. today I learned.
bvt: mircea_popescu: moving to 2.6 kernel will be interesting experience wrt. newer hardware. 2.6.32 was one of the better-patched ones, could try to use that. otoh, the machine i am writing from requires 2.6.38 minimum for full hardware.
bvt: *full hardware support
bvt: porting rng to 2.6 kernel should indeed be not too hard, the only thing i may need adaptation is kfifo api (iirc it's api changed at some point, which may break the code)
dorion: bvt wrt to newer hardware, did you see get a dozen or two alternatives, let the rest wither ?
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: I am inclined to attribute this in part to your use of technology to dive into what seems to be historically uncharted territory as far as extreme literacy goes.
bvt: dorion: in this case, picking 2.6 will not be a problem, of course
mircea_popescu: bvt, i dunno man, commodity servers to this day come on 2.6, random sample turned out 100%
mircea_popescu: unless by newer hardware you mean who knows what random home luser dongle.
mircea_popescu: but the cost to replace that is minimal, i mean... oh, so your video card doesn't work no mo ? awww, splurge on 50 bux, which as per latest j-lo self-promotion 1hr long advertisement incomprehensibly packaged as "a movie" ain't even enough to START the moneycount.
mircea_popescu: skip trying to buy a coupla shots for whatever rando hobag at the club next time, get yourself a working peripheral [see all the hobags in history naked-er and working it more excitedly anyways].
mircea_popescu: it's not clear to me how i'd actually go about computing the value-add of supporting whatever config isn't self-supporting ; but it seems indisputable it's under the cost of five second's labour. making the matter not even work considering, let alone discussing.
dorion: trinque html stripped from comment again, here's original : http://paste.deedbot.org/?id=3p4J
mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2020-01-12#1956798 << just the simple string "lts" makes my skin crawl
ossabot: Logged on 2020-01-12 14:02:44 mircea_popescu: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/timeline/a390b4b428edb39f3d7f6fcd66aa2d05.png << this timeline might help your visual style i guess.

On January 17th, Diana Coman reported a successful build of Gales Linux, which she has unearthed a Lenovo x200 for installation.

Upon trinque noting rEFInd being a relatively slim but robust bootloader apparently developed by one man, I said hi to Rod Smith in email, received a positive reply from him and subsequently invited him to join #trilema on January 18th.

On January 18th, jfw began the process of answering my earlier question about the ability to have multiple C libraries installed and used on a system as a way to approach supporting libGL for Eulora. I say began the process because as the answer indicates, there may be something there, but needs serious research by the man who steps up to own compiler and C library.

I'll note here that I never did follow through on the Cuntoo install I said I'd do back in December.

dorion_road: I'm budgeting time this month to carry out spyked's method using qemu and lobbes is deepening his understanding of the ebuild system.

This is one that fell through the cracks and though I'm not against doing it, I'm not exactly clear to me at this point what would be learned and what the gain would be relative to the time investment to pursue it. In other words, I'm not sure if this task ought to stay on the road map or is an unnecessary straitjacket.

Much of my January activity has consisted of catching up with comments on the various articles published late December. Being back on the ground in Panama also caused me to be a bit overweight in time allocation to JWRD business development. Diana Coman's guidance is helping me establish more balance between TMSR OS, JWRD and a more diversified selection of writing on this here blog since they're all long term and really tied together.

So what's on the agenda for the month ahead ?

1. Moi :

  1. Recurse and give a second go on why it's +ev to contribute to TMSR OS.
  2. Get feedback on the mission and vision statement.
  3. Draft a page for Dorion Mode of a list of all the dependencies the genesis of the system requires.
  4. Get cracking on my code shelf.
  5. Start strategizing on growing contributors

2. bvt :

  1. He expects to deliver awk + posix shell + Ada Vtron by the end of next week
  2. then he'll be on to porting his kernel work to Linux 2.6.32. TODO : have him establish expected delivery date.
  3. What are other priorities for the kernel ?
  4. While I don't want to overload bvt, I recall reading, but sadly don't have the link, that he did the kernel work because important, not because it was most interesting to him. At what point is kernel "good enough" short term and can he be freed up to tackle something else of higher priority ? I'm asking the question, not saying one way or the other ought to be pursued.

3. trinque :

  1. 1-2 more articles in his Republican OS series. He's established a foundation to discuss how V integrates it all and then will summarize and publish a specification6.
  2. No time frame right now about casting his discerning eye over Gales, but keep up the momentum on the path you're on trinque and we'll decide later if/when tearing Gales to shreds is +ev.

4. spyked :

  1. He got his botworks patches out this weekend.
  2. Report on the Gales Linux build and install process was scheduled for January and may still be achievable depending on the demands from his saltmine, but may leak into February.
  3. Acquiring corebootable boards in general and covering suppliers of the APU1 in particular.

5. jfw

  1. Online part of the Gales Bitcoin Wallet is drafted and the code annotation is complete.
  2. Offline work continues in February, optimistically will be done next month, but may leak in March.
  3. Once that's genesis'd and off his plate, decide what he wants to own. I haven't really rushed him here because the wallet is a big win and we've discussed offline it probably ought to include a genesis of Gales Scheme, which will be a big Fixpoint series in and of itself.
  4. Also, while Jacob's been on gbw work, I've been holding my breath on ave1 re-emerging to claim gcc + C lib. I reckon Jacob'd be a good fit here, but if we have a reliable and Lordly ave1, Jacob can own something else.

6. lobbes

  1. He's partially through the gales build and install, was expecting to deliver report by Jan 31st, but MP-logger is dragging a bit, so may leak into next month.
  2. Once his plate has been relatively cleared, need to have a conversation with him about what he thinks is a good fit for him, or at least which ways he's interested in growing his skills, which as I said in the bit quoted from December doesn't have to be purely technical.

7. ave1

  1. Feedback modes are a sign of life, let's see the extent to which he can shorten the loop. First things first is conversations, I don't want to pressure him into a situation to trigger his being an engineer until he's ready.

I'm not hiding or shying away from my junior management status, so if there's anything I've missed, am confused on or am overlooking, please set my head straight in the comments !

P.S. February's my birthday month, I'm not asking for presents apart from those listed above, so don't go have me chasing them ;)

  1. Which uses busybox and aims to avoid the unnecessary complexity Gentoo has fallen into the the sad state of importing []
  2. Some of which were determined to be ill-informed and have been struck. []
  3. Now shapeshifted to TMSR OS. []
  4. See comments there for the details. []
  5. Of interest here given Cuntoo/Portage uses python []
  6. I didn't get an estimated timeline out of him yet, but am assuming for now at least one of those will be out in Feb []

January 25, 2020

Simple Steps Part 2: Hopping Caribbean Islands to land in Prospect Point

Filed under: Ego — Robinson Dorion @ 9:55 a.m.

After an extended hiatus from the Simple Steps series, I'm pickup up where I left off in School Spirit to start filling in The Fabled Outlines. This article primarily paints the backdrop of the picture of the life I lived during my 22nd year, 2012. Future articles will cover the actually causes I was working from, the output of which was primarily the work I did with Euro Pacific Bank, what I learned, etc.

Disclaimer: This is another mega-photo article, I hope all the pics didn't crash your browser.

The Investment Consultant position1 with Euro Pacific Bank I'd applied for back in early January wasn't officially offered until early February.

The interim involved deferring the transfer admission to George Mason Univeristy and a sit down interview with Peter Schiff at his Westport, CT office2. He shared with me that he'd taken time away from university to work as well prior to eventually graduating. We spoke for at least an hour about his plan for the bank. It was mostly him talking, I didn't ask many questions as I wasn't in the mode of actually considering the offer, I had already decided I wanted it3.

Once the offer was made and contract signed4 I made a day trip to the New York Euro Pac office to shadow an entry level broker, made travel arrangements with two other hired hands I'd be moving with, packed my belongings5 as if it'd be my last time at my childhood home and on US soil6, took Amtrak from Vermont to New York City February 29th for the March 1st departure from JFK to Barbados7.

The other hired hands I made the move with were Ashe Whitener8 (archive) and James Guzman (archive). As Ashe and I were boarding, we shook hands for the first time and pretty much simultaneously he received a call. It was James, he was at JFK, but too late for security to allow him through and he'd be catching a later flight. Ashe hung up, relayed this to me and followed through with, "I don't give a fuck, I'm not here to hold hands." "Hah, neither am I," was my reply.

We9 arrived to Barbados and received a 30 day tourist visa at the airport; stayed in a hotel for a rather annoying10 week house hunting until managing to rent a house near Holetown on the Leeward side.

Below is James outside our 3 bedroom, standalone crib, I'm in the background locking up.

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We settled in and started to learn what the bank was. I'll get to that in an article to come, but Barbados turned out to be a short term stay. You see, three weeks in, we went to immigration to renew our tourist visas and promptly had our passports confiscated. Yeah, that's right. We returned to immigration a day or two later and were interrogated in the basement to learned they essentially had pinned us as narcos ; paraphrasing :

"What're three early to late twenty year 11 old gringos doing wanting to live on our island? We only want retired, baby boomer gringos."

They didn't want to hear the truth, which we backed with documentation, that we worked for a foreign bank. They presented us a catch-22 and required us to have work visas to stay; given we didn't work for a Bajan company, it would've required us to form such a company and then apply for their "work"12 visa.

By that time we had been referring to it as Barmalos13 anyways so said what we had to say to recover our passports and were on an evacuation flight to St. Vincent and the Grenadines within a few Earth spins.

The volcanic island of St. Vincent was a polar opposite14 to the flat dinner plate of Barmalos.

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Above, areal view of Kingstown ; below, view of Kingstown from the harbor. A shade over 10% of the island's 130k people live in the town. The bank had an office there, but we worked from home and pretty much only went to the office once a month to pick up our cash 15.

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Above, the luxurious Young Island just off the southern coast. Below, demonocracy slogans...

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Unlike Barmalos, since the bank was headquartered there, we had connections on the ground from the jump in the form our drivers "Pops" and "Goldfinger"16. We also had connections reaching to the top as Marcus Ballantyne, the son of the Governor General, was the registered corporate agent for the bank and its mutual funds.

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Above, Ashe, Pops and yours truly. Below, Robert, a.k.a. Goldfinger. Goldfinger picked us up every Sunday (the only day we didn't make calls) to bring us to the grocery store and back.

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You're probably asking why Mark didn't recommend we domicile there out the gate. In one part, he didn't want brokers domiciled there and in another, his gringo baby boomer tastes seemed to favor Barmalos. The reason he only wanted admin there and not brokers was because in theory there would be labor laws applied to us. We simply worked from home and didn't tell the bureaucrats we were working. Then we didn't go back to renew tourists visas, stayed illegally and paid the $10 or whatever it was in December when we left.

Anyways, the bank covered our flight and first month at the Prospect Point Racquet Club on the southeast corner of the island, about 30-40 minute winding drive from Kingstown. "Once you're home, you're home," noted Pops upon our initial arrival.

Mark had booked us a two bedroom, two beds and a cot place at the Racket Club the month of April while we looked for more permanent accommodations. Mark had claimed business people stayed there, and we let him know how pissed we were he'd set us up in a dump over the phone the hour we arrived ; hence our renaming it the racket club. After being asked to leave one shitty island, being kept from making calls, and a month facing the reality of how poorly Caribbean islands are provisioned with food, "Our pet's heads were falling off" and we didn't exactly have the presence of mind to notice the windows were open and our shouts were pouring into the kitchen of next door neighbor, who happened to be the owner, lol.

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Above, our unit was on the first floor of the building to the right. Below, yours truly making calls from the porch.

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At least two good things came from the racket club. On the one hand, our future landlord was a member and that's how we met him. Other places we looked at were not nearly as good as the place we landed with him. On the other hand, we met Cecilia, the lady that ended up cooking us lunch every day the remainder of the year, who lived on the premise.

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Cecilia, above and below.

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Above, a goat tied to a post. Below, guard dogs on high ground ready to pounce.

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Despite the struggles, we had settling and it was really a beautiful time in my life. On the one hand, I had a lot of enthusiasm, but up until that point, no one really to share it with. Ashe and James had been studying Austrian economics, libertarianism/anarchocapitalism, etc. much longer than I had so they were like the older brothers I never had. Plus, everyday I was talking to people all over the world about a solution I genuinely thought was in there best interest to utilize.

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Above, myself, James and Ashe on Easter weekend, 2012. We took a ferry 15km from Kingstown to the second biggest islands, Bequia, where they were having a regatta.

Below, Ashe. He grew up in the Charlotte area, N.C. His Dad and Grandfather worked on engines and motorcycles and being from stock car racing central, one of his first jobs was with a NASCAR team. He was an Eagle Scout and was laughing at me and James for not bringing flashlights with us to the islands. Being a teen of the 90s, he was into computers and says he was on Napster the first time it had 100 simultaneous users. He studied electrical and computer engineering at NC State (hence the wolfpack gang sign he's flashing) and worked 6 years as a support engineer at SlickEdit, a licensed IED, in the Research Triangle Park17 in Raleigh prior to making the jump to the bank.

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Above we make our approach to Bequia. Below, some structures carved out of the rocks on the south end.

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Above we enter the bay and harbor, below we view from a nearby vista the same.

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Watch your step, but throw up a cheer.

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We went for a tailgate tour around the island and found Fort Hamilton.

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Spring had sprung and with it, new life.

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It's always fruit season in the tropics. Papaya above, if anyone knows what's called the one below, holla in the comments.

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Whale vertebrae for bar stools.

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According the Ashe and Steve (who was a diving instructor and you'll meet in a bit), Bequia has some of the best diving they've experienced. According to me, that sunset was quite nice.

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By the start of May, we settled on the unit on the left hand side of the duplex pictured above. It was owned by a Club member and located adjacent to the Club who let it to us for $1k monthly all included. It had 3 bedrooms, but by that time, James decided he'd move instead to Acapulco. He'd been working Jeff Berwick and The Dollar Vigilante 18 people for referrals and through that process decided to go live there. So after fighting two months of chaos, Ashe and I established order, hunkered in a finally got to the work that had us on planes, trains, boats and automobiles to arrive at.

The place sat on a hill and the windows were designed to catch the wind whipping through. The design was Robert Horry clutch 19 since we didn't have air conditioning and consequently, we named our headquarters the wind tunnel.

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Above is where we'd eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the mornings we'd watch the ferries such as the one below come in from Bequia and in the evenings we witnessed countless pure sunsets 20 over the ocean.

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Above an eggs scramble breakfast about to be crushed, below a Paul Purest sunset on the horizon and okra growing along the picket fence in the foreground.

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Above, a view from the roof and below later in the year after the yard had let its long, blonde, wavy locks grow.

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Above, the morning twilight anticipating the sunrise ; below, you can see our view from Prospect Point provided us a vista of Bequia.

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There were rainbows.

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And double rainbows.

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And more double rainbows.

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So intense.

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Our wind tunnel at Prospect Point was strategically located on top of a mountain with the volcanic, blacksand Brighton beach to the southeast, pictured above, and the white sand Breakers beach to the southwest, pictured below.

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We went to Brighton beach more because it was easier to access. I had my closest tempting of death there one the first times we went. The east side of the beach is protected by a coral reef and is much more calm, but we didn't know that then. The west side of the beach has long waves. I decided I wanted to get out passed the waves, but then found myself out a bit too deep and realized the east-west current was threatening to either sweep me out to sea or smash me into the rocky shore and I wasn't down for trying out either. I wasn't sure if it was life threatening, but my conscious said, "Might as well pretend like it's life or death and swim for everything you love in life." I listened and took a diagonal path to the northeast and ended up cutting my way back to safety in short order to collapse on the beach from adrenal fatigue as soon as my feet touched the sand.

From that point, I realized why the Vincentians gathered on the east side and tended to hang out over there :)

Directly below we're viewing the peninsula south of Breakers beach from our road with Bequia in the distance center and, probably the most notable Grenadine, Mustique, further in the distance left.

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Ashe turned 30 on Cinco de Mayo, 2012 and his young brother Zane paid us 21 a visit. So we decided to hike the active volcano, La Soufrière, which last erupted in 1979 and still smells like sulfur. Above and below we're at the top, where the wind was whipping.

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This hike was our first, so we let a guide take us. After the hike, he took us to a tunnel so we could get a pic to highlight how white the Whiteners and yours truly are. Or maybe to show us the industry 22 that used to be. Or maybe show us the bats, pictured below. Probably a mixture of both. Anyways, the bats are great and would come out every night around dusk to wave to us with their wings and feast on the bugs.

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Those Whitener's are funny guys. Zane above pointing out the Chino hat looking island with his eyes. Zane below drinking black people beverages23.

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Uhm, Elaine, jerk stores may not exist, but Diana has a bone to pick with you given her Jerk Centre keeps long hours in light of all the demand.

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Speaking of jerk, we ran through bottles of the seasoning --from the jerk store-- to cover too many chickens to count.

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The owner's brother moved into the unit next to us. He was on his death bed and his caretaker, Craig, kept a dog that at first barked and barked and barked at us --in between itching his skinny, flea bit self-- until we started throwing the dog bones. He gained several pounds off chicken bones alone and we named him Itchy. We'd buy a ham once a week, bake it, throw him the bone and it'd be gone in the morning. Itchy the Vincentian bone crusher.

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Our kitchen, with a plate of the aforementioned de-boned ham on the right and a cracked coconut to the right further.

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A typical eggs scramble with mad coconut oil from the market. We'd have Cecilia buy us the oil to get the local price. I did a lot of the breakfast and dinner cooking since Ashe wasn't too strong there and he was helping me in plenty of other places.

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Fruit of the sea.

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Island banana stand.

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Bananas not yet ripe or frozen, though there's probably money under the treestand, scroll for it...

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Nevertheless, Ashe is the banana bread baking Baron.

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In brief, beautiful.

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Below, Ashe's bread machine.

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Ashe, Cecilia and I above ; the neighbor Craig 24 and me below on a Friday towards the end. The party was goin' on and we kept their heads ringin' that night.

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Wa gwan ? Rastaman Ebbo doin' rasta things below. A lot of the neighbors thought we were religious since we didn't go out so much. While we thought that was funny, we didn't go out so much since we were on a mission25 and it was quite the hike to get to town.

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A stickbug on our patio.

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Our resident gecko we named Leo since he liked to hang off the stern of the ship. Would ya look at the size of that sucker ? How many bug bites you reckon he saved us ?

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Above, I view from the top step; below a crescent moon paired with Venus. The night sky was a real treat and in December there were at least a couple meteor showers.

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What up dawg ? Yeah, you read that right, that's 100% juice. The drink is over there, next to the chicken and giblets.

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In June, Ashe's friend --from high school, NC State and beyond-- Steve came to visit for a week. Strong thumb game.

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We made another hike of La Soufrière. This time, Pops just dropped us off at the trail head and we made our own way.

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A steer or two showed us their snout and wisely steered themselves to the side as we made our way.

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The Dudes abided the sign above and couldn't help but notice the palm tree below growing right out of the middle to tower over and shade the towering shade tree. Do you like apples ? How you like 'dem apples ?

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Youngblood on the ascent...

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...given the fog and that rain had washed out part of the trail, we took our time and made piles of rocks toward the top to mark our path. If I recall correctly, Steve was an Eagle scout as well, so dudes were prepared.

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The rum distillery was paid a visit.

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Craig lent a machete and a hand in removing the inner coconut from the outer.

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We managed the rest in putting the lime in the coconut.

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Cheers to you.

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While Steve's visit was all well and good, shortly after marked a defining moment. You see, he was recently engaged and Ashe was to be his best man later that Autumn. The rub was, Ashe had meet the bride to be and listened to Steve talk about her and their relationship during the trip. He told Steve he didn't think it was a good idea to marry the chick, said he didn't support it and declined to be the best man. He thought he was marrying her for the wrong reasons and that he shouldn't settle. That was some of the most keepin' it real I'd ever witnessed to that point in my life. Ashe wasn't just mouthing off talking about being a friend. He was cool, calm, collected, rational, empathetic, courageous and serious. It wasn't easy, but he made it simple. He might not of been there to hold hands, but he stepped up and had his buddy's back. Steve didn't want to hear it, went through with it and they didn't talk for many years. I don't know how the marriage worked out, but for sure this showing of character strengthened my relationship with Ashe because apart from Zane, I was naturally the one he spoke with most about. I saw exactly where he was coming from and I listened and supported him in speaking up.

Through working together on what we thought was the most important thing we could be working on, i.e. Euro Pacific Bank, moving to a couple different countries together, learning about philosophy and self-knowledge and talking to each other every day for months that turned into years, Ashe and I formed the strongest friendship either of us had had. He was always really close with Zane and we formed our own level of brotherhood.

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Ashe and I blazed our own trails pretty much side by side from 2012-2015. We grew tremendously on levels we certainly weren't expecting prior to deciding to move to a foreign country with some strangers to work a start up bank. I'm about as old now as he was when we met and I wouldn't be standing where I am today without the guidance he was able to offer me then.

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We've grown apart in recent years by focusing on different roots, branches and fruits of the tree of knowledge, yet there remains plenty to reap from natures bounty.

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Onward and upward, through the mist and to the peaks above the clouds.

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  1. The buy your ticket, eat what you kill, starve otherwise arrangement, i.e. not what you'd call a job. The log link there was gifted to me through whaack's comment on my previous article. Isn't engaging the world great ? []
  2. I couldn't help but make leap the office was built as if Howard Roark designed it. It lie into a hill and stepped up 3 levels away from the road with the hill. Peter's office sat in the southeast corner with large windows overlooking the harbor and sunrise. []
  3. How does this relate to the present ? Hm. While I didn't ask Diana Coman any questions, her process is public and works from the cause of "killing stupidity on sight", which has a higher likelihood of providing a stronger foundation than previous leaps of faith I've taken. Similar to Peter, I'd observed her answer more questions than I counted prior to talking to her. []
  4. The contract included a 5 year non-compete agreement; not that it was likely to be enforced, but I mention to note lack of strong negotiation. Also, being even more optimistic in my youth, I was of the mindset I'd work for this organization my entire life. I couldn't imagine anything better. []
  5. Essentially clothes, computer and a stack of dead tree books. []
  6. "Dollar could 'collapse', i.e. hyper-inflate, 'any day now.'" When people asked at the time, I said I'd go back when it's the former "United States". Little did I know then it was, against the BTC, and I had the wrong numeraire. []
  7. Barbados was recommended by Peter and Mark Anderson, the Bank's President. Their concept was the 10-12 newly hired hands would all move there with the three of us being the first batch. []
  8. Fun fact : the start of this Oro pseudonym was when we started hiring junior brokers to work under us and forming teams. EPB being a precious metals shop, one of the other brokers named his team "Team Gold", which Ashe partially trolled with "Team Oro" (we were living in Panama by then). []
  9. James made it that night []
  10. Primarily caused by being keen to get to work while interfacing with the island... pace, let's say. []
  11. I had just turned 22, Ashe was about to turn 30 and James was somewhere in between. []
  12. As if any work's being done there whatsoever, pfff []
  13. I'd certainly not step foot out the airport, it's a hub of the region, for really any reason. Place is a tourist chumpatron to the hollow core. Dun be a chump, aight ? []
  14. To the degree Caribs can differ. Apart from sailors and medical students, St. Vincent has very few tourists. Those tend to frequent the Grenadine islands such as Mustque and Bequia. In all there are 32 islands in the Grenadine chain, including St. Vincent. As such, the eat loose change shaken from cruise ship tenants for breakfast, lunch and dinner Barmalos culture wasn't present in SVG. []
  15. The bank was for non-U.S. people, we weren't allowed to have accounts (not that I prefer some "account" to cash anyways). []
  16. The Vincentians love their nicknames. []
  17. Where RedHatrathead started []
  18. To his credit, I understand he had a big falling out with them by calling bull on that Galt's Gulch scam. []
  19. This dude was a role player who played 16 seasons in the league and managed to win 7 titles. Hitting clutch shot after clutch shot was pretty much all he did along the way. []
  20. A Paul PiercePurest sunset was when no clouds obstructed the setting and the sun melts into the water. You don't know it'll happen until it does because there may be clouds kilometers out on the horizon that're only visible when the sun is behind them. []
  21. Part of what he paid us with was a suitcase full of goods. The most important item was a Berkey water filter, which was Reggie Miller clutch* since there was something off with that island water. No wonder the elite Hawaiians positioned themselves to take it directly from the clouds.
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    *These layers of '90s-'00s basketball references may have you lost, but they were legit part of our slang. While I'm here, I'ma just go over the top with it and barf out Puke Walton --if you get that one, hat tip. There, I think it's out of my system, roflmao. []
  22. I don't remember what industry the tunnel was used for - sorry, it was 8 years ago :/ -- but I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts the Masters kept the slaves moving and producing. []
  23. I don't think we were quoting that Chappelle bit then, but I have it now, so I ask, "Nigga, what the fuck is JUICE !!?!?! I want that grape drink. Ingredients : sugar, water and, of course, purple." []
  24. Looks like he vote labour, me say. []
  25. "Like keep grindin' boy your life can change in one year, and even when it's dark out the sun is shinin' somewhere. Look here I pay dues, my own worst enemy so either way I can't lose." - J. Cole., Premeditated Murder []

January 21, 2020

Hawai'i Cruisin

Filed under: Uncategorized — Robinson Dorion @ 1:39 p.m.

About 18 months ago, during the previous family reunion of my maternal side at a beach house on Long Island, there were talks about a Hawai'i cruise to bring in 2020. I didn't know much about Hawai'i and figured it was overrated since gringos generally barely travel 1. As the date approached I had pretty low expectations and wasn't really looking forward to going all the way out there, but the maternal side has experienced a bit of diaspora 2 and I find spending time with family one of the best opportunities to learn about myself and where I came from. By the time the week was through, I needed it to be through because I was enjoying myself so much I barely slept 3.

Which brings me to the point that pains me to state, but must be stated : I didn't take any pictures until about January the 2nd, day 8 of 11 on the trip, at which point I took a fuckton4. I hopped on a red eye to Las Vegas where I spent the day awaiting my next red eye back to Panama. In the final stretch of my sleepless daze, I left my camera somewhere between the rental car drop off and my gate and didn't realize it till I woke up during the descent into PTY. The real blow is I leveraged up on dumb risk by not taking the 5 mins it'd have taken to backup the pics onto my laptop. The pictures presented below were gathered from friends, family and a cheap fondleslate5. The stupidity's mine to own and kill 6, so let's get to lookin' at some views of the Rainbow State.

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Boom ! Above and below, bows on Waikiki Beach, Oahu the morning of December 27th.

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Waikiki was swamp reclaimed by the Americans 7, above is the canal they cut where they frequently have rowing races which lies less than 10 blocks from the sand.

After boarding our vessel, The Pride of America (archived) by Norwegian Cruise Lines, the afternoon of Saturday the 28th, we departed the port of Honolulu, Oahu and cruised the sea for the night to wake up in Maui.

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Above and below, Maui morning. Below after I'd been up early with the old man to hit the gym. The early morning gym routine lasted till about the morning of new year's eve.

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We stayed in port at Maui from the morning of the 29th to the afternoon of the 30th. There were all sorts of excursions available and plenty in partnership with the cruise line. I didn't get off the boat at Maui. I did okay keeping up reading logs and blogs - trinque, bvt and spyked were en fuego - but as I explained :

dorion: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/ossasepia/2020-01-08#1014862 << upon reflection, I went into the hawaii trip with pretty low expectations and not much of a plan, figured I'd spend a lot of time doing normal tasks. when I got there I started enjoying myself and then wanted to make the most of that and didn't properly adjust.

So let's delve a bit on what I enjoyed.

First off, a cruise ship is a feat of engineering guided by management to behold. This vessel is 13 decks, ~280 meters long, carrying 80k tonnage, ~2.1k+ passengers, ~900+ crew.

Second off, typically in communities 8 of 3k people everyone speaks the same language, there are more animals than people in the area and usually there are no traffic lights - y'know, rural. On this ship I don't know how many languages total were being spoken, but easily over a dozen. There are 16 dinning options, 6-7 bars, 2 pools, 5 jacuzzis, gym/spa, arcade, card room, library, theater, art gallery. With time limited to a week and people going on dry land everyday, you're not going to speak with or meet everyone even if you wanted to, y'known urban.

Third off, I enjoyed the dining very much. The first night our party of 23 ate at the Liberty Restaurant and every other night we ate at Skyline. The menus were great and this thing was all you can eat, all you can drink. I had trout, prime rib, paella, duck, salmon, assorted salads and soups, Manhattans, vino, steaks, cakes, pies, sherbet, espresso double shots with Baileys, you get the idea. Wanna try something and don't end up liking it ? Fine, order something else, it's priced into what was already paid.

Fourth off, the crew was great. At dinner, we had the same set of servers every night. The bartenders not only were remembering your name by the second day, but what you were going to order. I reckon it's a mixture of the aloha spirit, the weather, the management and being the only American flagged cruise ship going, which means it is complaint with all state 9 and federal laws 10. They typically go five months on, two months off. Live in barracks and eat mystery meals below deck 3 while being responsible for ship duties apart from their main gig, but save plenty. Whatever explains it, these people were happy to serve you and I was happy to be served by them.

Fifth off, being on a volcanic chain of tropical islands brought me back to my 22nd year when I was prospecting from Prospect Point on St. Vincent 11. Here, have a shot from a beach on Maui's northern coast to get the picture.

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Sixth off, and really the most important, the family time was priceless. Below is the crew of 23 on New Year's Eve.

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NYE was a blast and also where I really started to test my endurance. We arrived at the Hilo side of the big island the morning of the 30th. I didn't get off the ship. From what my parents tell me I didn't miss much, but a friend I met on the ship got hooked up with some BM boys and had nice cookout where they were gifted more grass for the time they had to make fire with it. Like everything, what you're able to make of a situation depends in large part on who you know. We pulled out of Hilo during the golden hour for NYE at sea.

By the 29th or 30th I'd been doing laps around the ship meeting as many people as I could, by the time New Years rolled, I had plenty to see. Met some peeps at the smoking deck 12 called Waikiki 13 on 13th deck aft around 22:30. I had a Manhattan 14 or two with family prior then switched to Amaretto on the rocks and a glass of water with every drink. They emptied the main pool and jacuzzis, the latter they filled with ice and champagne bottles, and had a band jamming through the calendar turning.

From there, moved to the "club" Mardi Gras till it closed, then back to Waikiki. Despite Sylvain from Quebec emptying his mini bar, I didn't drink more, but stayed up with him and the father son duo of Jim and Zak Danger telling stories. By 6, we had nautical twilight and breakfast was starting to be served so I went for OJ, eggs Benedict, bacon and yogurt and ate while the sun was rising over Kona on the leeward side of the big island. There is no port big enough on Kona for the ship and they were scheduled to dingy in to let people off since Kona is supposed to be the nicer side of the island. However, 1-2 meter drops in the sea caused the old sailor captain to call off the dingies and make a day at sea. I told my parents to stake claim to chairs by the pool as by 7 territory was becoming scarce. I went to sleep at around 7:30 and got back up around 11:30.

New Year's day at sea was really cool. When people have dry land access during the day, the ship tends to be empty. With no where to go, it was the opposite. From Kona in the southeast, our destination was Kauai to the northwest and our path weaved through the islands with plenty of scenery including whales and dolphins.

I reckon below is the northern coast of Molokai, where there were several visible waterfalls from the steep cliffs. I didn't verify if she was over 50 15, but she was cool.

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The night of January 1st ought to have been low key, but then it wasn't. It started with my following through on a promise to play cards with my little cousin after dinner. I met her, my aunt and uncle at the Champagne Bar, which is close to the card room. My aunt was having a French75 16, a drink I'd never heard of before, which turns out is my maternal grandmother's 17 favorite drink and is now right up there with the Manhattan in becoming one of mine.

Drinks aside, the cuz was all business18 and we played a hand of heads up UNO, which I think I won, but it's still up for debate 19. After that, I teach them rummy, one of my favorite games. They're learning, taking their time since there's a decent amount of strategy given the simple rules, and they end up smoking me. For round two, they have 17 mins prior to a show starting they're planning to see, so we switch to speed rummy where when one's playing, everyone's egging them on to discard already. I got a good draw and my redemption as I scored +5 whoever was in second in cumulative.

With all that excitement and a new drink to explore, I went to the smoking deck to see what was up.

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While Seth, pictured above, and Natasha at the champagne lounge - piano and player pictured below - naturally loved to make the French75, when I ordered it at the smoker's deck 20 I got glares and barkeeps asking for reminders on the recipe, but they all delivered and I'm not going to complain about having the French75 reputation and at the end of the day I think they liked it.

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I stopped by my sister's room to get her to rally with me. While I was out seeing people, she was on vacation to relax and catch up with her close friends via phone/video/text, not talk to strangers. Doesn't mean she wasn't enjoying herself and actually got the cops called on her 3 or 4 times for noise complaints 21. For whatever reason she was in some old school Jay-Z mode so maybe the neighbors wouldn't have complained if she was bumping Bach ?

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Anyways, I sold her on a 20 minute walk starting at the Champagne lounge - had to have her try a proper French75, ofc - then walking up with the smoking deck, see what's up and walk back to the room. I was running on fumes, had liquorburn22 anyways and was planning to get on dry land in Kauai in the a.m. So we get our drinks and head to the Heavenly Clouds. It's sprinkling as we walk up the stairs and a minute or two after we're there a proper tropical downpour proceeds. I don't recall how long we were stuck up there, but more than we bargained for. We were lucky to be back by midnight and my memory is a bit fuzzy now so I could've been up later.

I was pretty wrecked when I woke at 7 a.m.ish and was on the fence about even going on the planned trip to the Waimea Canyons then the beach with my parents at 8:30. I saw my Uncle Al was vaping some medicine on his balcony, so I went for a pep talk with him through which I realized how much I needed to get in the ocean. This is also where the Hawai'i hospitality started to really pay. They're so organized and smooth getting you off the ship and to the rental car place. Shuttles are running every ~2 minutes so you barely need to stop walking. We get to the car rental and I see the famous golden roosters for the first time. This is where I'd insert those pics, but you'll have to use your search engine of choice or imagination.

Kauai may be the most scenic Hawaiian island, it's where a good chunk of Jurassic Park was filmed and the scenery for sure nurtured my Jurassic heart. We stopped at a grocery store where I picked up Kauai Kombucha and Kimchi, Rice Crackers, 19th green mix and some local guava candy. We drove west down the coast until Route 552 where we turned north toward the Waimea Canyon look out. The more traveled road is 550 to the east, if you make this trip, drive up 552 and down 550. At the entrance of 552, there was a papaya farm, where I scooped 3 small papaya, a bunch of apple bananas 23 and 3 tangerines. The SCOBY, fruit and sweet, salty, carbs had me coming back to life.

So we get to the look out, park on the side of the road and walk a couple hundred meters up the road to the vista. As it turns out, the state bezzle charges $5 and only accepts plastic, not "legal tender". The plastic had been left in the car, but as we're regaining our bearings on what the next move is, some lady walks up to us and says, "I'm only going to be 5 mins, I'll give you my ticket when I come out." "Alright, cool." As it turns out, there was a stand with a solid salesman dealing fruit and baked goods. I scooped a bag of lychees, a box of starfruit and a sack of super delish banana spring rolls. Win. A couple people asked me what this furry looking red thing I was biting in to was and were glad to learn that's what the thing they were drinking in their martinis looks like off the tree. Anyways, lady delivered the ticket and the state got skimmed for being stupid. Of course we passed it on when we were leaving on the condition the recipients pay it forward.

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You kind of get the picture from the above, but please go see it for yourself. It's for sure worth it.

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The failure to back up most hurts here. The culture warrior above was really impressive. When I got up there, my parents started talking to him and asked him about hunting, given his pike. He said they hunt small black tail deer, about 100lbs, but the unique beast they go after are wild bulls called the Hawaiian moose. These aren't rodeo bulls raised by cowboys, these are wild from birth.

Then he gathered the ~250 people at the vista around and gave a presentation. He explained the peaks to the north of the canyon is a mountainous swamp that averages over 350 inches of rain annually, is one of the wettest locations on earth and has more endangered species than all of North America 24. Then he broke down the etymology of Hawai'i : wai 25 means fresh water, ha means breath and i means consciousness. Control of the fresh water meant power on the islands, the elites went upstream and the seat of the Hawaiian kingdom were those mountains. While they're hunting and exploring in the canyon, they regularly find artifacts from their ancestor's civilization. Hawai'i : breath, fresh water and consciousness. Pretty cool, eh ?

Then he broke down the etymology of aloha, which he said has hundreds of interpretations, but literally : alo means sharing the present and ha as above means breath so aloha is the recognition of sharing the gift of the present breath with another.

He then showed us his conch and explained how they were vital communication tools. First, he demonstrated a long monotonous call which signaled meal time to those in the canyons. Then he demonstrated an alternating call which signaled the danger of an invader on the horizon of the sea. Shells were placed at strategic locations in the canyons to facilitate the spread of the calls throughout the island. Leaving home without your shellphone could mean you miss out on the fun of battle and wind up on the losing end of the raping and pillaging.

He went on to explain that hula dancing was originally a war dance only performed by men. In more recent times, these Hawaiians learned it's much more effective to have pretty girls in skirts do the dancing and figure out how to trade rather than fight.

This is where it starts to get interesting. He smoothly changes gears and says that recently, according the state laying claim to the park, the presentation he delivered us was illegal. He pointed to his woven donation basket for the first time and said that due to him putting a basket on the ground and sharing information about his culture, the state claimed he was a vendor and required a license to perform.

So he challenged it, he said, "Your honor, the prosecutor must establish jurisdiction. Show me the law." The state delayed, and delayed, and delayed and delayed and buddy went to court five times and on the fifth time, the judge dismissed the case. So he said "Wait a minute, if he doesn't have it now, he never had it. It's not like his dingo ate the law." The culture warrior goes on to explain that this whole charade sparked his curiosity and based on his study, Hawai'i was never legally annexed by the gringos.

He qualified all this, saying, "Don't just believe a guy on top of a mountain wearing a grass skirt. Do your own research."

Now, I had recorded what he said and told him I'd transcribe and publish it here and gave him my card, told him he could leave comments answer questions, etc. Given the disaster my stupidity caused, the above isn't verbatim 26, but I preserved the spirit of what he said and hope it's clarified in the comments. I didn't do the research because I don't really care if Hawai'i is part of USia or not. While they may, for some time, have benefited from the current arrangement, it's not a secret to anyone with a wit how tenuous the USKorea and the currency it relies on is. Hawai'i is certainly not like any other state and as long as they let me back to enjoy their beautiful landscape, welcoming, accommodating and competent tourist culture and keep the hula girls dancing, I care not one whisker what flag they fly.

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Continuing on. Above, canyon view from route 550; below, sincerely yours.

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Above as below, ocean view with with wavy grass on 550 descending.

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Emerging from the surf of kekaha beach.

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In theory, I ought to have gone to sleep the night of the 2nd. However, the Kombucha, Kimchi, day in the sun and sand, and aloha spirit had me high. So I went to say hi to people. What started in the champagne lounge moved to the heavenly cloud and by the time we rally to Mardi Gras and I roll in to find it's motherfucking Latin night. I realized it's going to be a while before sleep and catch my 8th wind to represent Panama salsa. Long story short I danced a lot of salsa 27 and spoke a lot of Spanish with a group from Monterrey. They were savvy enough to get a bottle of wine and champagne at closing which I got sucked into draining with them. These Monterrey Mexicans talk a lot of shit, like the shit talkin' I'm used to being from New England, so we all kept it real and got along well. I got the invites to visit.

By 3 or 4 I'd had my fun with them and was in the mood for some gangster rap before calling it a night. I had brought my laptop out to DJ Latin beats in the champagne lounge after they kicked us out of Mardi Gras and headed up to the smoking deck. As I approached I heard it was loud up there and as I walk up the steps, Zak Danger was posted up by himself with Rick Ross Push It To The Limit 28 blasting. He sees me and says, "You want to hear some hacker shit ? Felix, from Montreal, has a Huawei phone with universal remote." He points to the TV and says, "He just changed the channel to some Japanese movie, changed the music to Rick Ross, said he was going to bed and bounced."

At that point we did the obvious thing and went to the Cadillac diner - open all night - ate diner food and crushed Arnold Palmers. Zak's from Cali, so on the walk there, I dug out a west cost hip hop gem from my middle school days, Gangster Nation by Westside Connection that Zak for sure wasn't expecting me to bring out given he'd pretty much only seen me wearing a suit and tie, including at that moment. Shrugs.

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We had till 1pm in Kauai the next day. I didn't really sleep in, but as soon as I was up I was on a mission for Kombucha. There's a nice little beach next to the market by the port where I hung out for a while.

Upon departing port, we headed to the north coast of Kauai, the Hanalei coast, where dragons live by the sea and frolic in the autumn mist. As we were moving north, then west, there was rain on the coast, which some noobs thought would spoil the majestic views, but a barkeep informed me is better since there are more waterfalls after it clears.

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Above, the double rainbow went all the way across the sky. Below, Kauai in the background, double rainbow in the mid ground and younger and older in the foreground.

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So intense. The baddest motherfucking rainbow I've ever seen.

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I reached for the pot of gold a the end of the rainbow during the golden hour and it paid off 29.

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Hawai'i rum punch was the last drink served on the cruise. I only ordered it to order it, I had like 3 sips.

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Last late night Cadillac diner meal.

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Above is the Camaro I rented 30 Below, Felix and Emilie from Montreal. I paid for the car, they paid for the parking and the sushi. After we exchanged invites for Montreal, Killington and Panama.

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Emilie said she's a sushi snob 31 and this Doraku is the best she's had. I don't know what else she's had, but it melted in the mouth.

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We walked the beach after. And got a pineapple filled with juice, then back filled with kombucha.

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Then we picked up something to smoke from Unco 32 and sat in the park and made a fire.

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No children played with lighters in the making of this article.

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Well positioned ladder trucks just in case negligent parents are letting their children play with lighters... Shhh !! The Fireman comin', whatchya gon do now ?

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More kombucha. In Oahu I only found imports, nothing locally grown like in Kauai.

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Standing on Waikiki wave breakers with Diamondhead Mountain in the background.

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From another pier.

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Kids just doing laps jumping off the pier, running up to jump off again.

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The only filth on Waikiki was the predominately white trash, mentally retarded, homeless. I don't know if there's any plans to clean up the trash, but I was called a filthy whore by a toothless, shoeless... no she wasn't a whore, whores have money, something else. I think it must've been my posture that triggered her, despite being tired, my shoulders were back and I was breathing well. Aloha and all that.

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Sidewalk waterfall and pedestrian street views. It tripped me out a bit how orderly the pedestrian flow is. First night I went to the chino for something. No cars in sight in any direction and people are waiting for the crosswalk light. In Panama, I walk through moving traffic as standard course. I was like, WHAT ARE THESE NERDS DOING WAITING. While I was still jay walking at the end, whatevs, the orderliness was quite pleasant. I will point out that my exposure to chaos did save a lady from crashing into me while driving. We were about even, her in the furthest left lane and me second from right on the four lane highway going into town, where we were simultaneously merging into the lane between us. She never saw me, and I saved her blind spot from a crash and a bad day. You're welcome lady.

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Standard, well stocked ABC stores are on every other corner. Look for the local section for the goods. A package of soft cuttlefish caught my eye, which I picked up and nourished with. The clerks are all happy and are actually focused on doing their job well. Different country.

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Kombucha, alkaline rain water, snacks, cigar and sunset.

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Thanks for being you Hawai'i, until next time, aloha.

P.S. "There is no we, there is only V."

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P.P.S. Ayo whaack, is this the beginner type wave you have in mind for lobbes ?

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  1. 50% holding passports is generous []
  2. Originating in Franklin county Illinois - pre-War of Northern Aggression it gets a bit foggy and the Smith maiden name may have been assumed by a particular character - my people on this trip converged from Panama, Vermont, Long Island, Maryland, Florida, Illinois and New Mexico. []
  3. You know how elite military crews do "hell" week where they get sleep deprived and do a bunch of difficult tasks to separate the wheat from the chaff ? For me, a ~sleepless week in a tropical paradise aboard a floating city was something of a heaven week. []
  4. Way more than a shitload for those counting at home. []
  5. I originally brought it because I typically travel with my edgerouter, plug in downstream from modem and sit on ethernet with static IP. I didn't know how flaky the WiFi on the ship would be, nor if I had to debug my wpa_supplicant or dhcpcd configs. I plopped down the ~$350 for unlimited bandwidth over 2 devices and never had a problem with the lappy. []
  6. The general approach moving forward is to set aside these, "eat this exercise ball in one bite" articles and shift to the live blogging approach, which'll cause more frequent backups. []
  7. Not to be confused with United Statist. []
  8. Cruising this time of year means a lot of families, which means a fair share of old people, but plenty jovencitas. []
  9. The brain damaged 21yo drinking law the failed colonies has maintained so far aside, the bummer here is the last bar open, Mardi Gras, closed at 2am. The degeneratesavvy ordered bottles at last call. []
  10. The latter is at least what one of the barkeeps explained. He said he'd not work on another ship []
  11. At which point in the writing I'm pretty well irritated the bones of my Fabled Outlines lack meat to link to. []
  12. If you get caught smoking anywhere else, it's a big fine and they basically throw you overboard since fire is one of, if not the biggest, danger on the ship. Maybe they don't throw you overboard these days, but just go smoke with the smokers and have a chat. []
  13. If any NCL people read this, consider renaming the smoking deck to "Heavenly Clouds" or something along those lines. The ship is Pride of America after all and the late Bill Hicks is one of that country's greats. Know your audience, playing Hicks tapes from the 90s will keep asses in seats among that crowd today. []
  14. The go to drink my that has kept my paternal grandmother alive pushing 98. Two parts Canadian Whiskey, one part sweet vermouth and cherry juice in lieu of the traditional bitters. []
  15. Daughter, not pictured, was 17. []
  16. A New Orleans drink named after the 75mm cannon the French placed there during the war of 1812. 1.5oz gin, 0.75oz lemon juice, 0.75oz simple syrup, fill the remainder of the champagne flute with champagne of course. []
  17. Maybe I'm weird for drinking grandma drinks or maybe my grandma's are kinda cool ? I dunno nor care really, decide for yourself. []
  18. Her parents were at the table and she wouldn't deal them in ! []
  19. So get this : they had this new fangled deck where one of the wild cards is make your own rule and another wild card is switch all your cards with mine. So I draw the make your own rule wild card and I dunno wtf to do, so I solicit help and auntie suggests, "Gimme all your wild cards." "Sounds good." One of the wild cards I get is give me all your cards. I hold this one till UNO and play it last. Did I go out and win since I don't have any cards to trade with her ? Or did I lose since she's to give me her cards ? Can I exercise half the option and deny delivery ? Asking for a friend. []
  20. Where screwdrivers and BudLight (burp) is more the norm. []
  21. Maybe a record setter ? []
  22. Kinda like sunburn, 'cept from booze and on the inner skin of your digestive tract rather than your outer wrapper. Urbandictionary apparently doesn't know about it, but I didn't make it up. (Sincerely : I don't usually drink much at all and DD'd plenty of times while in VT.) []
  23. The small sweet ones. []
  24. Not as if it's so easy to map, similar to the ocean floor. Seems to me it's basically direct cloud to river fountainhead. []
  25. I later learned mea means reddish, so Waimea means reddish water. []
  26. Dingo and gringo are artistic license I took. []
  27. The girls were pretty pretty, but pretty noob dancers, but it was fine because when you're a girl you just have to follow a man who knows how to lead. []
  28. Not the song I'd have thought to pick, but probably perfect. []
  29. I for sure had a lot of fun that night starting off telling people I found a coin on the ship that afternoon. I let them hold it, first time most had touched precious metal. When they asked where, showing them the picture and the technique I used to extract it. Laughs were had. []
  30. In Hawai'i there's more cars than people. They automagically upgraded me. []
  31. I said, you mean you have refined tastes ? []
  32. Local slang for anything on the BM. Unco asked if we were cops, and Felix clarified he's Canadian. []

December 19, 2019

Some Reasons Contributing to TMSR OS is +ev

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 4:00 a.m.

NOTE: It's been noted by a couple authorities this article is rather incomprehensible. With that being said, take heart that the comments provide some relief and a good example of the quality of feedback Diana Coman is prepared to provide should she accept you as a Young Hand of hers.

If you find yourself weighing whether or not it's in your interest to contribute to TMSR OS, consider some points :

Your interest is derived from who you are, i.e. your identity, signature, name, word and actions.

A strong individual identity is unique and expensive to replicate which generates signatures that are expensive to forge. Strong signatures are essential for sound contracts which are a central pillar of commerce. TMSR employs 1 RSA for identifying individuals in the WoT because it's the strongest known identity scheme from a practical 2 standpoint.

Having more effective tools available to employ for commerce increases your leverage and raises the probability for resourceful commerce.

The stronger your identity tools, the more incentive you have to use them to own and sign your work and the more incentive others have to provide you feedback to acknowledge the quality of your work and help you improve. The elite thinkers and capital allocators have the intellectual bearing to do in this world ; if you're one, you might as well own the bearing you do with a strong signature and a proper publishing platform.

By effectively contributing 3 to TMSR OS, you not only strengthen yourself as noted above, you also help strengthen the system's implicit clients 4.

On the money side of the ledger, you're well advised to factor in Gresham's Law into your expected value function and ask yourself if TMSR OS makes Bitcoin more or less peer to peer, more or less adamant :

mircea_popescu you familiar with gresham's law ?
herbijudlestoids yes
herbijudlestoids quite :)
mircea_popescu ok so. it doesn';t matter what people do or don't do. merely the preference to save strong currencies and to spend weak ones ensures the price differential. compared to anything else man made, bitcoin is adamantine.
herbijudlestoids i swear i mentioned something about global reserve asset earlier. preference to save is enforced by the marginal global saver
mircea_popescu so i mentioned something in 2011, what of it >D
herbijudlestoids what they save in is the store of value. you cant just call a currency the strong one for no reason. the use of a particular asset as a store of value by the marginal global saver(s) is what gives it that characteristic i.e. what are those entities converting their productive surplus into
mircea_popescu but i have an excellent statistical reasonv : that 10mn earliervi. no business in the history of business did anything like this. only currencies can, and only currencies do. basically in the 2010-2014 the entire world had a zimbabwe moment and didn't even know it (much like the actual peasants of zimbabwe, what do they know of finance).
jurov oh, they did notice ever fattening stacks of bills
mircea_popescu i guess. and obama is increasing the minimum wage, and more qe, and more bailouts, and so on and so forth.
herbijudlestoids im not really sure what any of the above has to do with greshams law lol
mircea_popescu it's a better model than the "marginal saver", in that it relies less on statistical artificery.vii other than the statistical reason (ie, bitcoin is the strong currency because of its history) there are actually legions of other reasons. bitcoin is fungible, unlike any other fiat (in that no court can order the de-fungibilisation of bitcoin). in any dispute of currency the more fungible wins, period.

Everyone knows weakness is strength in fiat land ; do you think the ~33% cut to the Federal Funds Rate in 2019 is a signal of more to come ? What'll that do you your purchasing power ? Why save with the weak, when you can hold the strong ?

Fine, fine, let's engage the point a little. Just the tip, okay ?

Here's one example. Do you understand what that means ? Do you see how the fact that you can make rounds of any size and call them coins therefore makes for a weaker currency than Bitcoin ?

Strength in the sense of stronger, fuller specification ; strength in the sense of stronger, fuller bindings on the future -- that's what strength is ; not the piddly nonsense you expect it to be, on the basis of all your experience clawing barefoot through the mood of your sad, limited past history. There can always be more of anything in nature -- but there will never be another number four. That is what real strength is.

And that's what we're aiming for here with this OS, a full specification because Bitcoin is an OS and Bitcoin is Sovereign.

There are more points and more details that could be expanded upon, but if "you" are operating on causes of this world of higher importance to you when compute expected value of an investment of your time than personal responsibility, strong individual identity, efficient and effective contracts and sound money 5, feel free to explain in the comments how those interests provide you leverage and ask how contributing to TMSR OS may further those causes.

  1. Understanding the practical strength of RSA for identity keys and signature has been a long term strategic project of TMSR, since before I was born. []
  2. Euclid's GCD is the latest hightech in factoring large prime numbers. []
  3. Contribution isn't limited to vpatches to software, there's a lot to be done and TMSR OS is a piece of something much greater. So follow the links I lay and the links in the links and if you don't know, you can ask me and someone in your WoT to help clarify. []
  4. E.g. more of the right people reading the Bitcoin code and staking their name on signing it and deploying TRB on TMSR OS means over time a smaller, clearer and more comprehensible codebase and a more robust Bitcoin. []
  5. Time and how you spend it falls in there as well and is there a better way to make use of your time than to interact with people carrying meaning ? []

December 16, 2019

TMSR OS Mission and Vision Statements Genesis

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 10:12 p.m.

The TMSR OS mission and vision statements genesis seeds the tree of consideration and expression on this branch of thought.

Mission:

The mission of TMSR OS is to be a profitable implement for its implicit clients and operators to leverage in furthering capitalist economic interests and disrupting socialism.

Vision:

By enumerating goodness 1 and owning any software worth the mention under V, TMSR OS allows the operator to manage his investment of trust and sets the basis of a framework for full process insurance of the complete computing stack, from hardware schematics to BIOS to bootloader to kernel to compiler to key management and graphics software -- ab ovo usque ad mala.

The success of TMSR OS is measured primarily by the success and growth of its clients. Bitcoin is the sound money, unpatchable 0day to the socialist monetary system, Gossipd is the uninterdictable, undecryptable communications layer of the forum, MP-WP is the preeminent publishing platform, Eulora is, "the masterclass in economy masquerading as a video game" and with TMSR-PGP the operator manages his identity keys, i.e. generates keys, encrypts and decrypts, creates and verifies signatures.

Sharpening the capitalist computing tools necessarily means making the use of fake central bank 2 money trademarks and the fast food technology sillycon valley has been serving to support their inflation fueled real estate and ipo bezzle investments for the -ev misallocations they are. Everyone who has thought for a few moments about it knows the political and technological collectivism is unsustainable and TMSR OS accelerates the slaying of the socialist beast and assertion of the individualist, honor-based hierarchy to which the elite are productively defecting.

May this guide the cultivation and bearing of nutritious fruit and to the victor go the spoils.

To be continued in the comments and pingbacks...

  1. As M. J. Ranum puts it :

    Why is "Enumerating Badness" a dumb idea? It's a dumb idea because sometime around 1992 the amount of Badness in the Internet began to vastly outweigh the amount of Goodness. For every harmless, legitimate, application, there are dozens or hundreds of pieces of malware, worm tests, exploits, or viral code. Examine a typical antivirus package and you'll see it knows about 75,000+ viruses that might infect your machine. Compare that to the legitimate 30 or so apps that I've installed on my machine, and you can see it's rather dumb to try to track 75,000 pieces of Badness when even a simpleton could track 30 pieces of Goodness. In fact, if I were to simply track the 30 pieces of Goodness on my machine, and allow nothing else to run, I would have simultaneously solved the following problems:

    • Spyware
    • Viruses
    • Remote Control Trojans
    • Exploits that involve executing pre-installed code that you don't use regularly

    Thanks to all the marketing hype around disclosing and announcing vulnerabilities, there are (according to some industry analysts) between 200 and 700 new pieces of Badness hitting the Internet every month. Not only is "Enumerating Badness" a dumb idea, it's gotten dumber during the few minutes of your time you've bequeathed me by reading this article.

    Now, your typical IT executive, when I discuss this concept with him or her, will stand up and say something like, "That sounds great, but our enterprise network is really complicated. Knowing about all the different apps that we rely on would be impossible! What you're saying sounds reasonable until you think about it and realize how absurd it is!" To which I respond, "How can you call yourself a 'Chief Technology Officer' if you have no idea what your technology is doing?" A CTO isn't going to know detail about every application on the network, but if you haven't got a vague idea what's going on it's impossible to do capacity planning, disaster planning, security planning, or virtually any of the things in a CTO's charter.

    Editorial Note :

    I went through the pain of making the quote a footnote because a) Ranum's blog doesn't have the MP-WP select tool to render http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorials/dumb/?b=Why%20is&e=CTO%27s%20charter.#select correctly and the archive.is js select is unreliable across browsers, b) underscore how handy the tool is and c) I've learned a lot reading Ranum, you probably will too. []

  2. What percentage of Federal Reserve Notes do you reckon are digits on some server in a ~closet in Northern Jersey (no, not the Bailiwick of Jersey in the channel north of Normandy, the failed European colony south of the mouth of the Hudson River), hmm ? []

December 14, 2019

Contribution Guidelines for TMSR OS

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 6:32 a.m.

The implicit clients of TMSR OS are the implementation tools of economy, i.e. medium of exchange 1, punishment gazette 2 and public forum 3, along with "the masterclass in economy masquerading as a video game".

Being a collection of software, the entire system is controlled by V 4 , which has a manual genesis of it's own, to quote :

0x00] Software is the property of people running it, and part of the systems running it.
0x01] Identity is constructed, upon a fixed supportv, by others' view.

These absolutely true, universally valid and fundamentally correct principles mean in part that there is an expected value of every line of code that is deployed. Every line of code carries both risk and reward. A job of the operator is to evaluate his risk and reward exposure and the tools of contribution provide him leverage in that process.

All code in the system is a signed vpatch published by the authors on their blogs in articles which explain the modification. All vpatches and signatures are distributed on the code shelf of the author and the code shelves of any other signers of the vpatch who leave their seals. While there is no central code repository or central version control system or even a wesbite, the decentralized publishing and distribution system provides the operator of TMSR OS a basis to answer his guiding questions, "What is the cost/benefit of each vpatch ?" "What is the meaning, source and context of the text ?" This is the paradigm shift at the root of the redesign of computing, consider :

Used together with specialised scripts, V-genesis allows an agent to reconstruct a complete Bitcoin tree, verify its correctness, and manage his investment of trust at all junctures so that he is never required to implicitly trust either an unknown code author, or a code snippet of unknown provenance.

Exciting times, wouldn't you say ? As the old Young Hands m.o. goes, "Work on what matters, so you matter too." So then, what are the guidelines for setting yourself up to contribute to this process ?

  1. Install an IRC client and register a nick with #freenode 5 ; Jacob Welsh (WoT: jfw) genesis'd his IRC client, yrc.
  2. Register your RSA key 6 with deedbot, see deedbot's help page for help.
  3. Install a V, Diana Coman's (WoT: diana_coman) starter pack is a good starting point.
  4. Maintain a blog 7 where you :
    1. Maintain a code shelf ,
    2. Publish your work plans and reviews 8,
    3. Publish articles for context 9 on your vpatches,
  5. Maintain an IRC connection to converse with people 10 for context to sort out who's who and what's what.

Take your time to learn, but come out of the shadows sooner rather than later, you don't really stand to gain from manaloning. Go ahead and start by asking questions here in the comments.

Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum captos circumvectamur amore.

  1. Bitcoin []
  2. Web of Trust (WoT). []
  3. The logs and blogs. []
  4. Linking to Diana Coman's latest as it provides context and preserves the predecessors, which she links to. []
  5. #freenode is not ideal, in fact, it's a known issue. Nevertheless, it's where the Republic meets at present. I link the article pointing out the problem in case you, dear reader, reckon you have what it takes to solve it. []
  6. GnuPG 1.4.10 is recomended for now. []
  7. At minimum the blog software should support comments, pingbacks, server side select a la MP-WP, and no SSL or javascript or captchas of anykind if. Really, you should probably just install mp-wp. It'll give you more practice with V and if Mircea Popescu (WoT: mircea_popescu), says it, "provides those last edges of extra productivity and intellectual leverage that convert exceptional performance into mindblowing performance" for him, what's it going to do for you ? billymg (WoT: billymg) has a vtree and guide and Hannah Wiggins (WoT: hanbot), Aaron Rogier (WoT: BingoBoingo) and Eric Benevides (WoT: lobbes) have guides published. []
  8. You probably already know prospective reporting is core to working with people. The minimum standard is aligning with the ancient MPex standard of one month, but some people publish more frequently. The bottom line is, tell people what you want to do, what you think is important and do it well. If your words don't match your actions, write about what you're doing to fix it. A few example plans are Lucian Mogosanu (WoT: spyked) for December 2019 and Eric Benevides for December 2019, bvt (WoT: bvt) for July 2019 and Young Hands. []
  9. Articles publishing a vpatch, should have context about the vpatch, your blog should also have articles to provide context about you. []
  10. The forum is vast and deep, a few years ago the recommendation was to read the logs for '6 months'. Meanwhile the forum moved to #trilema and licensed castles while the log is available via trilema, ossasepia and ericbenevides. []

December 11, 2019

Heading TMSR OS

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 6:15 a.m.

With TMSR OS being the deliberate innovation and redesign of computing and me taking the call to head the project, it then follows I ought write out as soon as possible what I understand my responsibilities for ownership to be.

This is written as a starting point. As the work unfolds, I expect more responsibilities will become evident. The comments are open and welcome for feedback and corrections to accelerate my process of perceiving and prosecuting my responsbilities.

The first pillar to raise in is that I must be the coherent entry point of the project.

@Mircea Popescu

You're the coherent entry point, that's what you do, own it as such.

Thank you, Sir. The coherent entry point I must be then.

I re-read La Serenissima and Personal Sovereignty this morning and the identity being allodial property of the person point sunk in :

La Serenissima does not recognise nor will ever enforce any sort of claim of any entity that purports to impinge on the sovereignty of persons. No entity may claim rights to person's identity under this rule, and if they try to they're being the enemy and should be treated like the enemy. For all intents and purposes identity is allodial property of the person therein represented, and no convention may touch it.

And layering on the factor of the leverage of invested individuals the advantages amplify.

If project C has a decision making system formed out of 18 elements, which each obviously will require a separate pitch, as well as 39 groups formed out of the 18 elements in varying compositions, while project D has a decision making system formed out of one single person, we can say that D offers leverage and couldn't be bothered to mention C again.

The second pillar is tried and true management.

mircea_popescu: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-11-25#1953458 << nothing new or different, same old thing management always was. write a plan, get people to ~commit~ to parts, chase the commitments, reschedule as needed and so on.
ossabot: Logged on 2019-11-25 14:32:04 dorion_road: http://logs.ossasepia.com/log/trilema/2019-11-25#1953428 << my initial bias is to say, yes I want it. Before I take the claim though, I have to better understand what the responsibility of heading the project means.

How then do I interpret these into concrete tasks ?

1. Initial Tasks

  1. Write the plan.
    1. Implementing TMSR OS was an initial outline of the technical work to be done and with it came clarification on priorities and challenges.
    2. TODO Maintain a page on Dorion Mode for each of the 8 sub-components that provides context on the approach and tracks the status of the work done and to do.
    3. TODO articles to write below.
  2. Get people to commit to parts.
    1. bvt is on the kernel and taking December to test and report on Gales. The vpatches to the kernel bvt produced thus far may be sufficient for now. Integration of the kernel into the system is the highest priority in the short term 1.
    2. spyked is mapping the uefi-1/2 cleavage and aiming to test and report on Gales in December.
    3. ave1 is the tentative owner of the compiler and c library. I chased him Monday, December 9th and await his reply for a week or two. jfw has Bitcoin wallet work these next couple weeks, if ave1 hasn't committed by the time jfw's freed up, I plan to offer gcc and c library to jfw.
    4. lobbes is writing an article to explain his understanding of the gentoo ebuild system.
    5. Coreutils, Package management, install and process supervision and logging decisions will be informed by further testing and reporting on Gales and Cuntoo, lobbes' report and the discussion to ensue. Someone will have to take each of those.
    6. The Graphical Interface, is a big consideration for C library and the static/dynamic linking appraoch. jfw has a series of recipes for hand building the X11 stack on musl-dynamic, which could be a good starting point once the decision of how to package the build is approached.
  3. Establish the Initial Timeline for TMSR OS "genesis".
    1. In addition to the design decisions this includes every dependency of the Implicit Clients of TMSR OS to be V-ified.

2. Articles to Write 2

  1. Qualifications and best practices for contributing. Due to be published by Saturday, December 14th.
  2. Mission statement and long term vision.
  3. Reasons why it's +ev to contribute.
  4. Dependencies of the implicit clients of tmsr os.
  5. Re-state distribution. What does it imply for each person to maintain a code shelf ?
  6. Start on code shelf.

3. Regular Tasks

  1. Maintain my work plan and reviews 3

  2. Cultivate conversation in #trilema when it's my turn 4.
  3. Read/Comment on all related articles.
  4. Read/Comment on work plans.
  5. Maintain a unified timeline of deliverables.
  6. Talk to people about contributing technically and in general integrating it into their operations.
    1. Defining the work and understanding what known parties want to commit will determine how much outreach on the technical front will be needed to start.
    2. Integrating TMSR OS into the operations of JWRD will be a primarily mechanism of talking to people about becoming operators.
    3. The new Panamanian administration is making an effort to attract the computer industry, working the meat-WoT to explore opportunities there will be a Q1 2020 priority.
    4. A strategy for growing hands remote/digitally needs due consideration.

4. Long Term

  1. Implement for leveraging in the process of raising the quality 5 and quantity of republicans, giving more reason for the elite to defect 6.
  2. Stabilize development environment for Bitcoin, Eulora, Gossipd, etc.
  3. Leverage to develop a consulting business with lifetime support and/or full process insurance venture 7.
  1. I don't estimate this to be a big job, depending on what bvt wants to do, helping spyked to tackle the uefi problem or helping stabilize the compiler and c library would be good uses of time to my eye and, of course, there's other options. []
  2. I expect this list to grow as I get into the writting, and suggestions are more than welcome. []
  3. Maintain weekly work plans and reviews on Young Hands. Publish monthly TMSR OS plans and reviews on Dorion Mode with January 2020 being the first* monthly plan.

    * I claimed I'd publish a plan for December, but counsel from Diana Coman has caused me to simply keep weekly plans this month and start January with the monthly. []

  4. Hold initial conversations in #trilema because everyone reads every line anyway, and where Mircea Popescu makes himself available to guide correctness. A #tmsr-os channel is looks like a good idea for new comers once the "genesis" has been achieved. []
  5. How much time will be saved once an OS with sound priciples that works is in hand ? []
  6. In my mind this principally includes less time and energy mining salary on imperial salt farms []
  7. As Diana Coman aptly pointed out, it'll all come down to the people :

    There is for sure a lot of potential in there and moreover having the TMSR OS in the first place is simply a prerequisite for being able to do anything like code review&insurance (in 2012 when I first read that article on trilema, my thoughts were precisely - yeah, great idea, except it would take rebuilding the whole environment from ground up because nobody can sanely provide insurance in the swamps). But as everywhere otherwise (and as I'm quite sure you know already), the crucial part is getting in the right people to do this with, on all sides and as it grows.

    []

November 29, 2019

Implementing TMSR OS

Filed under: TMSR OS — Robinson Dorion @ 5:44 p.m.

The Most Serene Republic has decided to make an operating system. I've received the call to head the project and this article is my first attempt to clarify the needs and requirements for success.

As an implement of TMSR, the operating system serves as the point of integration between V -- the most important advancement in human thought and only sane manner of deploying software -- and all other software worth the mention. Given the sad state of computer hardware and software in these dark modern ages, the switchover guarantees to be bloody in all the correct places.

While the technical implications are profound and technical conversation is likely to dominate the first phases of development, eyes and efforts must be continually aimed at capitalizing on the capacity for TMSR OS to be a political implement to use in talking to the right people as the Republic continues to carve a sane living space for the elite to productively defect to.

The form of the core work follows the function of meeting the dependency requirements of the clients, implicitly : time and money 1, chat 2, publishing 3, "the masterclass in economy masquerading as a video game", and strong encryption. Or as the man himself put it, "the legitimate and for that reason possible-in-the-future uses for a computer definitively enumerated : you can publish with it, you can hack with it, and that's the fuck it with it already! You can't pantsuit with it, nor should you."

To address some management considerations prior diving into the technical topics :

  1. Continuing to hold the initial design and strategy conversations in #trilema is preferred, a #tmsr-os channel is the next step when the technical details deepen and as a landing beach for new blood.
  2. I see no reason to change the process of the author and signers of a v patch writing a blog article to provide context on the patch and their seals. A central website that aggregates and organizes the articles and patches as well as high level introductory literature can be added as an integrating layer.
  3. Weekly or biweekly planning and reporting articles to clarify status, maintain alignment and ensure reporting is central. As more ownership is taken and work specified, delivery timelines for the high level goals will solidify.
  4. trinque mentioned in the log he was working on a ticketing system ; mod6 also stood up a ticketing system (tbot) for TRB, but I'm unsure if it's still online. I think a ticketing system is smart, my present preference is to use mod6's if available, primarily because it was complete and would only require mod6 to genesis and someone to stand up.
  5. Much of my thinking so far has been focused on clarifying the technical requirements and who we have today to deliver on that front. As the technical requirements become properly specified, raising the quantity and quality of participants we become a higher priority.

So what are the primary domains of the technical work ?

  1. The Linux kernel
    1. Owner: bvt
    2. Status: Linux 4.9.95 was genesis'd and feeding the RNG with FG is implemented.
    3. Questions/Comments: Latest vpatch and write up coming over the weekend. Unclear at present what next priorities are. There was previous mention of rolling back to 4.4.
  2. The Compiler and C Library
    1. Owner: ave1 (tentative) 4
    2. Status: Work towards a GCC 4.9 genesis underway, unknown how far developed.
    3. Questions:
      1. I understand GCC 4.9 coming into Republican use as the last GCC prior to version 5 wreckage. Gales Linux uses 4.7.4 in part because it's the last GCC that doesn't require any C++ to compile. What are the cost/benefits of genesising 4.9 vs 4.7.4 ?
      2. C, C++ and Ada are the desired initial GCC front-ends.
      3. Static or Dynamic linking ? musl, glibc or other C library ? Is there a way to have the default be static linking, but provide a dynamic linking option for software that won't link statically, e.g. libGL ?
  3. Coreutils
    1. Owner: unowned at present
    2. Status: Cuntoo bootstraps from Gentoo stage3, Gales Linux bootstraps from Busybox.
    3. Questions: Busybox is spartan enough for one to approach understanding, though it leaves a lot to be desired. Gentoo stage3 is a more robust tarball of binaries from Gentoo that requires a Gentoo system to build and doesn't support cross-compile. What does a Busybox + Gnu Coreutils approach look like in comparison ?
  4. Package Management
    1. Owner: unowned 5 at present
    2. Status: Cuntoo uses Gentoo's portage/ebuild based on Python, Gales uses a custom, shell based build script system.
    3. Questions/Comment: The former is more mature and more complex; while the later has far fewer packages ported, it's much simpler. Porting the dependencies of the list of implicit TMSR OS clients is the first priority once the framework has been decided.
  5. Graphical Interface
    1. Owner: unowned
    2. Status: needs reporting
    3. Questions/Comments: X11 is not ported to /cuntoo/portage. I am under the impression that it could be emerge built, but would be under the more traditional /usr/portage. Gales doesn't have a X11 port, though jfw has a recipe to built the X11 stack by hand.
  6. The Install Process
    1. Owner: unowned at present
    2. Status: livecd/usb, initramfs
    3. Questions/Comments: Process for creating and using install media for deployment.
  7. The Boot Process
    1. Owner: unowned at present
    2. Status: BIOS, bootloader, init
    3. Questions/Comments:
      1. Does Coreboot fall within the scope ? This seems it should be optional given limiting TMSR OS to Corebootable machines would be quite restrictive. With that being said, owning the BIOS for those who do want to take the step is a big win.
      2. Bootloader: LILO, grub.
      3. init: Gales Linux uses a 57 LoC init in combination with djb's daemontools.
  8. Process Supervision and Logging
    1. Owner: unowned at present
    2. Status: Gales uses djb's daemontools and multilog while Cuntoo imports Gentoo's OpenRC based init system.
    3. Questions: Gales uses daemontools and multilog to great effect, including leveraging daemontools to simplify the boot process.

There remain many wrinkles to iron out, but here is where I make the cut in this attempt to clarify my understanding of the way forward, solicit feedback from the commenters and encourage any bystanders to come out of the shadows.

  1. The Real Bitcoin []
  2. ircd as a predecessor to gossipd []
  3. MP-WP, see The Whet and billymg's v-tree []
  4. He shared the news of his genesis efforts in the log, yet to respond to my ping about his status. []
  5. lobbes is taking up Gentoo portage/ebuild reporting; spyked has published his notes on bootstrapping Cuntoo; it's unclear at present if either wants to own this domain. []
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