Highland Chewie

I picked up a water color kit for $2 with a brush and eight colors to try something new. I followed along with a tutorial to paint a highland cow and my painting wasn’t that great, but it was fun. Afterwards it felt a little like Chewbacca, so l added a bandolier. Here’s Highland Chewie Chewvaca:

November 29, 2021 · 1 min

Emacs which-key prefix labels

I’ve been using evil-mode for my Emacs configuration and evil-leader makes the key-mapping very straight-forward with the set-key. I wanted a few functions to be grouped together. SPC is bound as a leader key and there are a few frequent functions bound to single keys, the rest are grouped under other leaders. However, the secondary leaders show up as x → +prefix and it would nice to give the grouping a name....

November 22, 2021 · 2 min

Emacs custom configuration

I crafted a custom configuration for Emacs and have been using it for the past few weeks. This is something I didn’t really see myself doing when I started using Emacs, it seemed “very advanced”. This was my journey from a noob to a different kind of noob! Doom I started my Emacs journey with Doom and was learning things along the way. This was a great way to get started by borrowing configuration snippets and blindly copying and pasting, which got me up and running quickly....

November 21, 2021 · 2 min

Sony A7c initial customization

I have been using the Sony A7ii for a long while. It was my first full-frame and mirrorless camera. The A7ii is a great camera and in a lot of ways I have been very spoiled by it. However, when the A7iii came out with fairly significant improvements I resisted the urge to upgrade and decided to wait for the A7iv. The A7iv was released last week and in many regards is a “perfect” camera....

October 27, 2021 · 4 min

org-bars view for outlining/folding

I came across this new org-bars package that shows folding indicators and lines to indicate the groupings. In the reddit discussion I also discovered that there’s another package org-visual-outline but it actually requires configuring two packages so I didn’t try it. However, based on the discussion in the comments it seems that org-bars supports narrowing of the buffer (and it works great) which visual-outline does not. I discovered a visual bug and filed a report, so hopefully it’s an easy fix but it’s not a breaking issue....

October 23, 2021 · 1 min

Wine and CrossOver to use Lightroom on Linux

I have been using Darktable and transitioning away from Adobe’s Lightroom. However, I have almost a decade of edits and experience with Lightroom so doing a cold-turkey switch is proving to be challenging. So I decided to investigate if I could “natively” run Lightroom (without a VM) so I decided to give wine a try. I use guix as a package manager on Pop!_OS and guix has wine but it did a while to build and install....

October 16, 2021 · 2 min

Fully automated deployment

Up until the last commit, the site was being written in Org Mode, exported using ox-hugo, and Hugo was invoked manually to generate the html all locally. The generated public folder was what was being pushed to SourceHut for the deployment. This will be first post which will only commit the actual content in org format only and the full CI/CD will happen on SourceHut. Using org-publish I’ll be following along with the System Crafters’ Publishing Website with Org Mode to take full advantage of org-publish and configure multiple outputs (WWW and Gemini)....

October 5, 2021 · 2 min


This entry and all previous ones are taken verbatim from the gemini capsule. Establishing a web presence The gemini capsule has been an interesting experiment. In order to be the change I want to see, I will be creating a personal website/blog and the articles will appear both as html and gemtext. All entries prior to this have been made with Android+Termux+emacs. Going forward, the entries won’t strictly be made from Termux....

September 10, 2021 · 1 min


I’ve decided to cross post any of my content type toots from Mastodon (Fosstodon instance) here. I’m not sure if there’s a good way to “tag” something aside from filenames so I can generate a toot vs post section? I’ll include that info in the filename and I can investigate automation later. First impression I just received my frame.work (i5) DIY edition laptop. I haven’t installed the RAM and NVMe yet (they need to come out from another machine first) but I’m pretty impressed with the build quality so far....

September 1, 2021 · 3 min

Video Editing

I’m not a video person, I’ve made an occasional slideshow but even that has been over a decade ago. Recently, I needed to edit a video of an event and splice in the live recording with some pre-recorded segments and stitch it all together with some simple transitions. I didn’t know what the “standard” FOSS offering was when it came to video editing. For photography I would go to Dark Table, GIMP for images, but what for video?...

August 8, 2021 · 3 min