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Minu 2023-02-03 No. 44

I've seen people online looking for a way to "anonymize" their online purchases, and one common response is to get a prepaid gift card from a Visa or MasterCard. Don't do that. Those kinds of cards are rarely accepted by online vendors (even if they claim to do so), and there's usually fine-print saying that you can't withdraw cash from them. In addition, there is no way to talk with a human and try to get whatever super secret purchase you were trying to make to go through.

For the same reason it's a bad idea to give one of them to someone as a gift, they're unusable. I still have one I was given as a gift sitting around because it has failed to go through on all but one (1) purchase out of the dozens of times I've tried to use it.

If you want an anonymous method of buying something online, you'll have to either beg whatever company to accept Monero or give up.

Minu 2023-01-16 No. 43

If you have a local Korean or Chinese market/store they may also have other Asian foods. I recently stopped by a local Korean market for some decent chopsticks and was surprised to find saki-ika and canned koshian.

Minu 2022-12-18 No. 42

Calm down son, it's just a drawing, not the real thing.

I don't really care about lolicon specifically but this sort of thing pisses me off. This blog post will likely be the only time I bring this sort of thing up.

Apparently that CNN producer dude who made the "lolicon is CP" piece of 'news' a while back that you may have seen floating around online (usually to be laughed at) pleaded guilty to multiple charges of actual child rape.

Here's a Japanese Twitter thread about the original accusation from about a year ago.

Many such cases. Time and time again I see vocal anti-loli advocates turning out to be actual pedophiles. More recently VICE did a similar article (which is blocked in Japan by the way), maybe it's time to investigate the journalists behind that as well.

Most people are able to differentiate between fiction and reality. We know that playing violent video games doesn't cause the player to become violent, and that liking horror movies doesn't make you a psychopath, so why is this any different? Even if you say that's apples to oranges, studies show that women are much more likely than men to be into pornography depicting rape, but that doesn't mean women actually want to be raped.

Much like the video game example above, there have even been studies showing that "cartoons and drawings depicting paedophilia do not encourage people to commit child sex offences in real life".

Sure, there may be overlap between the two groups in all of the cases above, but that doesn't mean that it's common. One piece of evidence for the loli crowd can be found here, where 2852 anime fans answered various survey questions. At the bottom are a few questions about loli/shota art, and most agreed that drawings are not people.

This article (in Japanese) suggests that if lolicon media were to be made illegal in Japan, it would end up killing the moe industry, which is heavily linked to Akihabara and thus anime/manga in general.

This is why I am against this anti-loli stuff. Whether or not you're a fan of it, banning it would quash Japanese media. You could probably make a deep comment about culture here.

Also would like to take this moment to remind any readers from burgerland that technically all forms of hardcore pornography (i.e. any pornography featuring penetration) is illegal, loli or not. Luckily for you burgers this is rarely enforced.

In conclusion: unless actual people are being harmed, if you don't like it, don't look at it. It's astounding how many people both fail to do this and can't separate reality from fiction. Those people are much more dangerous than lolicons in my opinion. Lolicons may be pathetic from an evolutionary point of view, but they're content to get off to their drawings. Just leave them alone and nobody suffers. But those against it tend to be heavily pro-censorship and anti-fun in general, not mentioning the actual pedophiles among the anti-lolicons who project their desires onto this convenient scapegoat they found.

Thanks for listening to my Ted Talk, and as always, remember to download fucking everything. This affects people who back up boorus (though Danbooru blocks it in the first place for most members because of legal issues like this).

Minu 2022-11-21 No. 41

Here's a command line I cobbled together for downloading Dropbox folders as a zip based on json files in subdirectories of the current location. Extremely specific (hint: gallery-dl), but can be picked apart for several ideas useful on their own. I got lazy with the URL matching and assumed that each subdir had one json file containing only one link, so this could probably be done better. As I write this I realize I probably should've used xargs to fix the multiple links problem, may update if I need to use this again.

for d in $PWD/*/; do
	cd "$d" || break
	url=$(grep -Po 'https://www.dropbox.com/sh/[a-z0-9A-Z]+/[_A-Za-z0-9-]+' *.json)
	[[ -n $url ]] && wget --no-clobber --content-disposition "$url"
	unset url

Minu 2022-11-16 No. 40

Pixiv is killing itself.

Basically, starting December 15th, all art that "[is] patently offensive, unethical, or promote[s] criminal activity" is banned from Pixiv Fanbox, BOOTH, and Pixiv Requests (the paid portions of Pixiv, somewhat like a Japanese version of Patreon); no more art of that kind can be posted there and any that is posted already must be deleted and artists who ignore the new rules may get their account suspended.

Remember when Tumblr banned porn and died a slow death? Pixiv has one foot in the coffin and the other on a banana peel with this change. I would not at all be surprised if many artists (mostly those affected) ditched Pixiv, causing their followers (who likely are on Pixiv for this newly-banned content in the first place) to leave as well, just as what happened with Tumblr.

It's also a good idea to grab all the non-paid Pixiv accounts you like as well just in case artists decide to boycott Pixiv by deleting everything.

They haven't banned porn yet, but considering that this bans a large portion of it from being paid for I wouldn't be surprised if they then expanded it to all art and eventually banned porn outright.

If you are a member of someone's Fanbox, please import their works into Kemono.party. That way, it will be saved and available for all to enjoy. If you have a favorite artist with a Fanbox that hasn't been imported yet or is out of date, consider shelling out a few bucks to save their work before it gets deleted for good. Most of them are only a few hundren Yen, and you'll only need to pay once (or maybe twice) if said artist is on Pixiv's hitlist.

You'll need to make an account on Kemono (technically you don't have to but it gives more control) and import your key, which in the case of Fanbox is stored in the cookie FANBOXSESSID and looks like a string of digits, an underscore, and lots of alphanumeric characters. Importing the key should automatically import any subscriptions, and by default sets up auto-import so you don't have to manually run it with each upload.

I can only hope that those artists choose to move to SubscribeStar and not Fantia...

Minu 2022-11-14 No. 39

While minding my own business, I suddenly remembered about Danbooru20XX, which is a public rsync mirror of Danbooru images and metadata updated yearly.

Would've been nice to remember about a few weeks ago, I've already downloaded over a million files from Danbooru itself and probably pissed off the owner a few times.

Do note that PNG and JPEG images in Danbooru20XX are losslessly optimized, saving about 100GB. The original MD5s are saved alongside tags, translations, etc in the metadata dumps, and are sometimes wrong anyway.

Also apparently metadata for banned and gold account images are not available in the dump, though less rich metadata for those images from before November 2021 is available.

Keep in mind that the rsync:// protocol is not encrypted, so be careful if your country bans downloading drawings of little girls.

Minu 2022-11-10 No. 38

I was going to write an article on ramroot, but I decided it wasn't for me. Interesting to check out though, it lets you boot an Arch-based Linux system to zram. It's also in the AUR.

Minu 2022-11-01 No. 36

Ourobooru, a booru site affiliated with 8chan.moe, is possibly in danger of being shut down.

You have to do a little fiddling to get gallery-dl working on booru.org sites, but adding something like this to your config file should let you download from there (see here for details):

	"extractor": {
		"gelbooru_v01": {
			"ourobooru": {"root": "https://ourobooru.booru.org"}

Then running gallery-dl as usual should work. There are about 20GB of files on it at the time of writing, so you could mirror it in a day if you have decent Internet. Don't forget to grab the metadata as well.

Minu 2022-10-20 No. 35

Apparently a moderator of PolyMC had some Wrong Opinions, causing people who disagreed with him to start harrassing him and acting as if the project was compromised and spreading malware. Basically he removed a CoC that someone else added and then banned him from the repository and the Discord for trying to ruin the project. The CoC people then went on start harrassing and forked to make PrismLauncher, which I would avoid. Also, the AUR mods removed the mod's account further proving that the AUR is stupid.

Reminder that if you go into the code for PolyMC and comment out or delete the first if statement under after AccountListPage::on_actionAddOffline_triggered() in AccountListPage.cpp a strange bug occurs where you don't need a Microsoft account to play.

Minu 2022-10-18 No. 34

A SATA to USB adapter for 2.5 inch drives

I got one of these to mess around with some old 2.5" drives recently. The little instruction manual that came with it said something like "this product only works with 2.5 inch drives as USB is not capable of satisfying the higher power requirements of 3.5 inch drives".

My problem with this is that although it may be the case for old or low-spec USB, modern USB is more than capable of supplying the power for a 3.5 inch drive. There are USB-C cables capable of carrying 100 watts in addition to tons of data at the same time.

Surely they could just upgrade the cable to be able to supply the power needed for a 3.5 inch drive. To prevent people plugging it in to an underpowered PC and complaining, they could put in an LED that would shine red when insufficient power to spin the drive was supplied. Making the non-SATA end USB-C could also improve the chance of the port being able to supply the power needed since only PCs made in the last few years really have them.

Minu 2022-10-17 No. 33


Minu 2022-10-14 No. 32

An email from a reader prompted me to check out gallery-dl, which I had heard about but never actually given attention before. It looks very promising. I will have to rewrite the danbooru article to use this; Hydrus is good for managing personal collections but not so much for mirroring entire sites.

Minu 2022-10-06 No. 31

Several booru-type websites (inlcuding Danbooru) are struggling to adapt to AI-generated art; some artists seem to be trying to get their works removed from said sites in an attempt to prevent the training of AI models on their artwork. In other words, it's time to download fucking everything. I wrote a quick article on how to do this.

Minu 2022-09-27 No. 30

「モザイクないだけで違法はおかしい」 FC2で無修正売った男性、前代未聞の刑事裁判で「わいせつ」の意味を問う

Some Japanese dude was arrested for uploading an uncensored adult video. He's trying to take the issue of whether or not uncensored material should be illegal to the Japanese version of the supreme court.

Can you imagine? haha

Japanese artists drawing completely uncensored lewds, that's crazy haha

I don't care about it myself but I'd like to see some just for a laugh, haha

Minu 2022-09-25 No. 29

An Orz who is *frumpled*

Here's something that grids my gears.

I found a recently released mod for a decade old game that barely anyone plays anymore. I have some feedback for the mod creator. How do I contact him?

First I went to the post announcing the mod on the game's somehow still functioning forums, but you can't actually register. You have to log in with Microsoft or Google. No thanks.

Next I went to a Reddit post that announced the most recent update to the mod. I hate to do it, but I registered a throw-away account with a burner email and left a comment on that post.

As expected, logging out and viewing the comments reveals that my comment is hidden. I don't know if they instantly shadow-banned me but they might have well done so.

Fine, if I can't leave a comment I'll just DM the dude. Except he has DMs disabled. There's a "chat" feature that he apparently couldn't opt out of, but the guy hasn't logged in for days and the chat won't load.

Running out of options. I check the forum post again for any leads. No email, no XMPP, the only other method of contact is D*scord.

I don't suppose I'll be leaving feedback then.

Minu 2022-09-22 No. 28

I was messing about using xbindkeys to make one of my mouse buttons work like the Control key so that I could control-click with just my mouse, but sadly this seems to be impossible with xbindkeys alone. There are some posts online claiming to have done it but they all require crazy workarounds that don't seem worth it.

This made me realize that by using a combination of xbindkeys, xdotool, and a scripting language you can at least in theory do what I was wishing for in #25. I will have to experiment with this, but I feel like running a script on each button press is asking for trouble.

Minu 2022-09-11 No. 26


Big if true.

Minu 2022-09-07 No. 25

It would be amazing if there were some program that allowed binding certain mouse buttons do arbitrary keyboard key-presses specific to whatever window is in focus. I know this can be done on an Xorg-wide scale, but if I could choose what was "typed" depending on the program in focus I could easily bind mouse hotkeys (which are usually poorly supported) in just about any program. If pressing "d" would do what I want, I could just bind whatever mouse key to input "d", but only in that program. Bonus points if you can specify based on window class/role/whatever as well as title, kind of like how i3 does with its rules.

If such a program exists, please let me know. xbindkeys can do some cool stuff with mice, but as far as I can tell it can't distinguish between windows.

Minu 2022-09-06 No. 24

Reminder that the basic taste "umami" should be referred to as "savory" because that's what the word actually means when we say it in English. "Umami (旨み)" means "good tasting" and has nothing to do with a specific flavor.

Minu 2022-09-04 No. 23

An anime girl in the background with a rose in the foreground

It seems that text-to-image AIs can run on beefy PCs now.

I dream that one day training models on input images and using them to generate new images from prompts completely locally on a decently powerful PC will become possible. Imagine training models and spitting out a model file that can be shared online, kind of like NovelAI does with writing style but without having to pay for it.

Speaking of NovelAI, did you know that if you clear your cookies and change IPs you can reset the 50 free turn counter while retaining your stories? It's true.

Pic related is something I got out of this online Stable Diffusion demo with a prompt about not seeing flowers.

Minu 2022-08-26 No. 22

Mad respect for the Japanese postal system and DHL, whose powers combined can deliver my bad financial decisions from the other side of the world in under 48 hours.

Minu 2022-08-17 No. 21

Found a pretty cool site that lets you check your site for accessibility issues. I plan on tinkering with this some, have already changed a few things because of it.

Minu 2022-08-13 No. 19

A photo of Dungeon Meshi 12, announcing an anime. Dungeon Meshi is FINALLY getting an anime!
...but it's done by Studio Trigger. Oh well, at least the series will get more attention with an anime.
I can only hope they don't mess with the writing and do something stupid like make aliens show up in the last episode.

Minu 2022-08-03 No. 18

Quick Anki tip.

If you want to delete old history (say you tried Anki and it didn't stick, then later you came back and actually started using it), you can remove it from your database with a debug command. Just open the debug console (be sure you have a backup, and on a US keyboard hit Ctrl+Shift+;) then paste the following into it:

mw.col.db.execute("delete from revlog where id < [UNIX EPOCH MILLISECONDS]")

It should delete all history before the timestamp you put into it. It doesn't really affect anything but I found it annoying that my "Days Studied" started counting the instant I first used Anki and not when I started using it regularly, causing the percentage to be much lower than it should be since there was a gap between the two.

Note that this only affects the review history, things like cards added will still show info from before then. Could probably be fixed easily, but I don't care enough to figure it out right now. Maybe later.

Minu 2022-07-30 No. 17

A screenshot of Ojamajo Doremi (S01E19 04:34).

Recently finished the anime Ojamajo Doremi. It's not as sad as I was led to believe.

It's got lots of cute girls and somehow just about every character is likable (Aiko best girl). If you have the time to watch an anime with just over 200 episodes I recommend it. Beware that the watch order is kind of wacky, though. Here's my recommended watching order:

  1. Ojamajo Doremi (S1)
  2. Ojamajo Doremi Sharp (S2) E1-36
  3. Ojamajo Doremi Sharp: The Movie
  4. Ojamajo Doremi Sharp (S2) E37-49
  5. Motto! Ojamajo Doremi (S3) E1-45
  6. Motto! Ojamajo Doremi: The Secret of the Frog Stone
  7. Motto! Ojamajo Doremi (S3) E46-50
  8. Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho (S5) E1-12
  9. Ojamajo Doremi Dokkaan! (S4)
  10. Ojamajo Doremi Na-i-sho (S5) E13

I put the movies (which are honestly just HD ~30 minute episodes) right before the first time they are referenced, but they might be slightly out of order chronologically. The last episode of Na-i-sho kind of spoils the ending of Dokkaan, but it's not a huge spoiler. There's also a movie that came out recently but from what I've read it's just in the same universe and doesn't affect the story.

Minu 2022-07-24 No. 16

A screenshot of Minecraft beta 1.7.3.

While searching around in block game for an old seed I used to use, I accidentally stumbled upon the seed for the first world I played singleplayer in: -292687514. It should work on versions between a1.2.0 and b1.7.3 inclusive. The spawn isn't very breathtaking like more famous pre-adventure seeds, but I have fond memories of that beach.

Speaking of minecaf, I could complain to no end about how Microsoft is handling it, but honestly it has been downhill for a long time now. It started with wolves in b1.4 and hit the point of no return with hunger in b1.8. Luckily you can just play older versions and not have to deal with the torrent of new stuff for the sake of new stuff and desaturated colors.

You also have the benefit of being able to run at decent FPS on older hardware, as they began to focus on code standards over efficiency around b1.8 as well. For reference, here are some comparisons run on a Thinkpad X220. It runs b1.7.3 at 25% CPU with at least 30FPS on the highest settings and around 60FPS at more reasonable settings. The most recent 1.19 update takes about a minute just to open a world that has already been generated, and barely cranks out an inconsistent 20FPS at 100% CPU with the lowest video settings possible. Imagine needing to upgrade your PC just to play the new version of brown bricks.

Here are a few links related to golden-age Minecraft:

Just beware, UltimMC and some downloads of PolyMC may have this wacky bug in them allowing you to play without a Micro$oft™© account, so be wary :^)

Minu 2022-07-01 No. 8

Forums may be declining in popularity, but don't underestimate them. I recently posted about an awfully specific and technical topic on a 10+ year old forum, and in just over an hour got a two-screen long detailed reply from someone who had been doing exactly what I asked about for years.

Minu 2022-06-27 No. 5

I really hope that paper dictionaries don't go the way of the paper encyclopedia.

Browsing JP Amazon for dictionaries is a hobby of mine, and every time I see one whose latest edition came out about a decade ago I find myself hoping that it'll get a new edition soon.

There are a few jiten I'm eyeing that fit this description, most recently the 漢検 series. Their 漢字辞典 and 四字熟語辞典 are getting up there, and I have hope for these in particular because their 漢字学習ステップ series just got a new edition a few months ago and the edition before that came out around the same time as the other two.

Minu 2022-06-24 No. 3

Took a look at bulk renaming programs after realizing I would have to use ranger's :bulkrename on over 100 directories with a few dozen in files each. I found pipe-rename, looks like it does just what I need: edit filenames as lines in $EDITOR to rename them.

Minu 2022-06-23 No. 2

A YouTube thumbnail.

Just a reminder that the official Monster Hunter YouTube channel made a series of tutorials featuring Rie Takahashi (Megumin, Emilia) as a furry vt*ber.

Don't call it a grave. It's the future you chose.