Location: Guest Room
Input Device: Cyber Rig
Audio: Central heating
Visual: Cyber Rig and guest room periphery
Emotional: slowing down, settling.
Melton mentioned in a phlog entry today  about keeping
things lean in the gopherspace. The text is very lean and I
really appreciate that, especially when I am going over
congested wifi or hotspot with a faint signal to the tower.
With larger files, I usually make note of them and download
them later. I still have not found a good workflow for
downloading stuff. What usually ends up happening is I
download to the server that I am attached to, especially when
mobile or using a low powered machine (like right now) and
download from the server when I am back at a regular
workstation. I don't really like doing things that way,
especially with pictures, since I seem to lose the continuity
of reading a post and viewing the picture after and then
rereading the post.
Right now, I am using my cyber rig again, with Pi0w on
battery and the face mounted display (FMD). I am also using
my "zero gravity" Target recliner and testing this out with a
cheap compact Chinese mechanical clicky LED keyboard. I like
the breathing glow of the rainbow LEDs, especiallly since the
face mounted display is not enclosed right now. I am not
wearing my Carhartt ambient light shield at the moment and my
periphery is visible, so looking at the FMD is like looking
at the ceiling with my head tilted back against the
head rest. When I gaze downward, I see the room and the
keyboard. That's if I am in full recline, like now. If I
sit in seated position, my periphery is more of the keyboard
and my legs. Also, my head is tilted downward with gravity.
I am enjoying using the cyber rig for gopher and taking my
notes. Right now, I just have 2 screen sessions. One for
reading gopher and the other one for typing out my notes.
For some reason, when I am doing this on a full
desktop/laptop, the experience starts simple, but then
becomes complicated and distracting. First, a terminal in
gopher, then a terminal for notes. Then a terminal for email.
Then I need tunage and fire up an mp3 player/streamer. Then
something I read in gopher takes me to the web so I fire up a
browser. Then the browser has me and I get distracted by
something else, not related to the gopher session. Then I
end up on mastodon and it goes on ad infinitum. Then I
realize it's after 3AM and I have to get up for work in 3
hours. At that point, my notes are incomplete, I'm feeling
burntout with all of the web stimuli, and did not feel like I
accomplished much of anything except consume a whole bag of
So going back to what Melton wrote, the noise on the web was
mentioned and how people are looking for pure content. I
think I am one of those people. I don't like having to keep
filtering out all of the noise to get a decent signal. I
don't like how hard it is to find stuff on the web these
Before, you would be able to find decent content when you did
a search. I would even find more content related to the
thing I was searching and sometimes even whole communities of
people interested in the things I was searching for. And
that was only on page 1 of my search results. Now, I
struggle with finding the same kinds of results.
Even not too long ago, I would see some forum entries
related to my inquiries in the results. Not so much these
days. If I need to do a deep dive, it takes so much longer
with so many distracting things...or my patience has
become shorter. Yeah, the results hit the glass at super
fast speeds, but the results are not what I inquired
about...until I hit page 5 or later. And the amount of
resources to go through the noise, the cookies, the banner
ads, the bad scripts, the hijacked browser pages, the
unrelated, and get to page 5? Forget it.
So I enjoy the gopher tunnels for the pure content. Searches
are still questionable for me since veronica-2 and other
search tools are hit or miss, but at least the content that
is there and still available is just about the content. Same
with logging in to SDF and enjoying com or bboard...or even
listening to anonradio while chatting on com in the
#anonradio channel about what is currently being
broadcasted...a shared and interactive experience with the
community in real-time.
So yeah, I find myself experiencing and enjoying the pure
content more so lately at my speed and on my terms and taking
the time to digest and ruminate, instead of being force-fed
and rushed into consuming more. So toxic!
Maybe I have been too over-exposed and developed an allergy
to the World Wide Web of now, kinda like Cayce Pollard's
allergy to fashion labels in Gibson's, _Pattern Recognition_.
Maybe the pure content of the gopher tunnels are giving me an
ASCII and the shell does seem to have a Zen quality to it
that seems to calm me down to be here in the now. The
traffic, billboards, road rage, and accidents on the
Information Super Highway are too much for me right now. I'm
turning off at the next exit and gonna drive this dirt road
and enjoy the scenery with no destination planned. Maybe I'll
pull off the road and hitch hike a ride to the closest
outpost for a cosmic voyage. Maybe I'll request for asylum
in your colony. Or maybe I'll jack in and share a consensual
hallucination like before. Or check in at your gopher hole to
see what you're up to. Maybe I'll even pull your finger.
. : [ cybah_rig ] : .
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