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In the beginning... a filesystem

I finally combined years and dozens of devices’ storage into a single filesystem. Now I can do something with it.

For instance, occasionally I will track down the oldest file I have, and process it.

:exploding_head:

find . -type f -printf '%T+ %p\n' | sort | head -n 1
2003-06-17+21:30:40.0000000000 ./games/gamecube/soalegends.gcm

That’s Skies of Arcadia: Legends! It started with some music, and a discussion, and then I played a whole bunch of it! It’s pretty fun. I want to write about it, because it is like the ultimate Final Fantasy 7 fan remix! So. Many. Ways. #skies-of-arcadia

Clover has shown interest in playing it with me, which seems like an okay idea, since the content is fairly kept in check, the violence is cartoony and not emphasized, the controls are simple, and there’s a fair amount of grind (and if I can’t make my kid grind RPGs for me, what’s even the point?!).

I think that timestamp is so old is because I obviously legally ripped that file from a disc so many years and stored it that way.

:sunglasses:

2006-06-24+05:46:42.0000000000 ./music/BT/Ima/1-04 Embracing The Future (Embracing The Sunshine Mix).mp3

Oh, wow. This is totally me. I’ve carried those mp3s with me, even though I swore off the format decades ago. It’s because β€œIma” is that good. I’m a fan of BT, actually. All their stuff is really neat, hits a part of my mind in this particular way.

I was turned on to Ima pre-9/11, by lucifex. It was an amazing come down album, from a high/rave/whatever.

For me it was part of a spiritual experience I had on a snow-boarding trip with Cupcake, where I did a silly thing and mildly concussed myself. I listened to Ima while driving down the mountain in a 300ZX holding one hand in the air so e knew I was still conscious. I definitely met some perspectives of myself for the first time…


As for these files, I happen to have several FLAC versions of the album, so that’s what I’m going to put into place. This is great timing:

  1. I’m very familiar with the album, having listened to it on a variety of devices over the years, and
  2. I’m been wanting to test β€œtransparency” between FLAC and Opus files.

I’m gonna create several versions of lossy formats and compare on my current setup, and see where the sweet spot is for practical music storage. I’ll post about this in #mediaclub. :slight_smile:

2006-09-04+16:25:56.0000000000 ./music/Ghost In The Shell Tribute Category_Techno Style/04 Latin Lover.mp3

Oh snap, GITS music! For the longest time Ghost in the Shell-related music was a substantial amount of my musical library. :slight_smile:

Have we discussed Ghost in the Shell? I have so much to say.

That particular track, Latin Lover, it’s pretty terrific, and always reminds me of a particular faction in Neocron, because its theme music has a similar feel. It was one of the techy factions, they had labs.

I’m sure I have these tracks in FLAC. Time to track them down! :slight_smile:

OMG, @susan, eventually we’ll get to Yoko Kanno! :sunglasses:

2006-09-14+10:57:48.0000000000 ./books/rpg/fate/spirit-of-the-century/EvilHat-SpiritOfTheCentury-Regular.pdf

Spirit of the Century!

This is the β€œpulp adventure” setting/book from Evil Hat. It uses an older edition of Fate, which have sense been waaaaay refined, and also the storyline for SofC was moved forward in interesting ways, including a β€œdarker timeline” 80s settings.

I also happen to have a hard copy of Young Centurions, which I think happens in the 1910s…?

Anyhow, I never played SotC proper. Rather, I played in a really interesting game that was β€œSword and Sandal”, taking place in historical Rome with monsters from beyond space and time. The neat thing was it being run by a person who used to teach high school Latin and had studied in Rome and was way into it!

I don’t recall anyone from that group, but it was pretty fun: one of them made miniature buildings and sold them on ebay (for other gamers that uses such props), and one the storyteller always brought a couple six packs of homebrew beer… it was really fun!

Hmmm, RPG books. Wonder how I’m gonna store those? :thinking:

2007-05-04+14:48:43.0000000000 ./projects/vagrant/vagrant-local/www/wordpress-default/wp-includes/js/crop/cropper.js

Huh. I suspect that is a very old file because it was imported from a template with timestamps intact, during use by Vagrant.

I used to develop use a thing called Variable Varying Vagrants (or very close to that), aka VVV. I was easy to set up WordPress sites for local dev, but I could never get it to update correctly. I suspect it worked well for Mac users.

Anyhow… projects/vagrant is 51,101 items, totalling 849.2 MB OMFG I’ve just been carrying that around?! :roll_eyes:

Haha, I just heard Strongbad in my head, β€œWow, that’s really gre- DELETED!”

2008-06-01+15:39:25.0000000000 ./docs/1mr/main/wp-content/themes/simplr/404.php

This is a WordPress theme template for the 404 page. But it sits in a directory that is a backup for 1mr, or β€œOne More Robot”, a short-run webcomic about 5 people living together; it was based on our conversations, with additional characterization happening in-verse.

And wow, were we cool! Kimi made us emblem graphic things and all!

omr_about_zone

omr_about_patience

omr_about_maiki

omr_about_magnolia

omr_about_brainpan

I’ll post more at one more robot. :slight_smile:

2008-08-21+23:35:50.0000000000 ./projects/wp-stuff/plugins/geo-mashup.1.12.0/geo-mashup/images/geotag_16.png

Ah, Geo Mashup! I love this plugin, it reads the geo fields in WordPress and builds embedded web maps! I use it extensively in my work, you can see it (with Google Maps) at:

I’ve been meaning to write up a page for it for a while (Discover Geo Mashup).

Hey, WordPress is 17 years old. Geo Mashup is apparently at least 12. Neat!

I used to store my plugins and themes in a directory called wp-stuff, but I don’t any longer. If it is free like Geo Mashup I’ll clone the VCS repo. Otherwise I just let whatever updating/subscription service handle it, because that’s how the WordPress ecosystem works and it’s weird.

Oh yeah, I’m sure there’s probably #geo-mashup already. :slight_smile:

2008-10-27+16:12:28.0000000000 ./dl/496_RPG_icons/W_Sword001.png

Hey, RPG icons!

496_RPG_icons.zip (1.5 MB)

These are the icons from 496 pixel art icons for medieval/fantasy RPG | OpenGameArt.org

What should we do with these?!

2010-01-18+05:47:20.0000000000 ./video/cell phone videos/video-2010-01-18-13-46-20.3gp

HAHAHAHAHA! This is the funniest video! But it is embarrassing. Maybe to me, more than @susan, but definitely one of us!

I found several videos in that format, from Jan 2010. I’ll watch them with Susan and see if any are capable of being shared. :slight_smile:

Also, VLC is so dope! What even is 3gp?

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2010-08-26+15:25:48.0000000000 ./projects/webcraft/wp-gravity-forms/wp-content/plugins/gravityformsmailchimp/images/active0.png

That is an image in an add-on for GravityForms, a plugin I use extensively on WordPress sites. How extensively? Well, that file is actually part of a git repo I kept to merge in GravityForms when I would deploy via git. Out put from tree . -L 3:

[maiki@lime wp-gravity-forms]$ tree . -L 3
.
β”œβ”€β”€ docs
β”‚   └── wp-gravity-forms-README.md
└── wp-content
    └── plugins
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityforms
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsauthorizenet
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsaweber
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformscampaignmonitor
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformscoupons
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravity-forms-custom-post-types
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsfreshbooks
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsmailchimp
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformspaypal
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformspaypalpaymentspro
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformspaypalpro
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformspolls
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravity-forms-post-updates
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsquiz
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformssignature
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsstripe
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformssurvey
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformstwilio
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityformsuserregistration
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityview
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityview-advanced-filter
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityview-az-filters
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityview-datatables
        β”œβ”€β”€ gravityview-featured-entries
        └── gravityview-visual-composer

28 directories, 1 file

The README:

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms does all kinds of neat form stuff in WordPress. I use it on nearly every site I build. This repo uses a directory structure used for deployment.

I don’t deploy plugins in this manner any longer, though I do tend to keep a copy of any software I use, as part of a healthy software ecosystem. :sunglasses:

2011-08-11+11:28:36.0000000000 ./books/rpg/fate/kerberos-club/Baugh-KerberosClub-CharacterSheet.pdf

That is a character sheet for an RPG called Kerberos Club, β€œA FATE Role Playing Game of Strange Victorian Adventure”.

:face_with_monocle:

I have a massive amount of RPG game files, so at some point I ought to figure out how to β€œprocess” them…

2011-11-12+16:34:52.0000000000 ./books/wizards/174_CS_Chance_Encounter.pdf

This was a PDF for Dungeons and Dragons 4e. The 174 refers to the Dungeon β€œMagazine”, at this time released as landscape PDFs. The β€œCS” refers to the β€œChaos Scar” campaign, an updated B12 Caves of Chaos homage, updating to the meta-mythos of 4e that tied β€œChaos” as an otherwordly, nightmarish mad god thing.

I actually have a lot of the PDFs from that time period, in books/wizards:

[maiki@lime wizards]$ tree .
.
β”œβ”€β”€ 156_SoW_Rivenroar.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 165_whitelotus.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 171_CS_Den_ot_Slavers.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 171_CS_StickInTheMud.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 172_CS_Brothers_Gray.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 172_CS_Pincers.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 173_CS_Lost_Library.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 173_CS_Tainted_Spiral.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 174_CS_Chance_Encounter.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 174_CS_Slivers_Call.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 174_Dungeon.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 175_CS_Glass_Spire_Forest.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_CI_Fomorians.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_CoB_Geryon.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_Cross-City_Race.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_CS_Dead_By_Dawn.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_CS_The_Keep-1.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_CS_The_Keep.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 176_Eye_On_the_Realms.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_CS_Eyes_in_the_Forest.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_CS_Glowstone_Caverns.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_DD_Torog.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_Deck_of_Many_Things.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_Dungeon.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_Maze_of_Shattered_Souls.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_Nightmares_Unleashed.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 177_Realmslore_Vaasa.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 178_BD_Chessenta.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 178_Coppernights_Salvation.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 178_CS_Elves_of_the_Valley.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 178_CS_The_Crawling_Fane.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 178_Tyrants_Oath.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 374_dragon.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 374_whitelotusacademy.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 376_felltaint.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 383_CA_Wizard.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 383_Warlock_Vestiges.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 383_WR_Humans.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 383_WR_Tieflings.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 384_CD_Avandra.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 384_Warlock_Basics.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 384_WR_Eladrin.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Assassin.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Fighter.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Shaman.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Sorcerer.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Swordmage.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CA_Wizard.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_CD_Ioun.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_Item_Focus_Rituals.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_Minotaurs_of_Mistwatch.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_Power_Of_Dragons.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_Spellscars.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_WR_Deva.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_WR_Half-Elves.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 385_WR_Warforged.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_Bazaar_of_the_Bizarre.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_CA_Barbarian.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_CA_Cleric.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_CA_Druid.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_CA_Warlock.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_PP_Shadow.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_Scoundrels.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 386_WR_Changeling.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_BoB_Ritual_Enhancements.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_CA_Artificer.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_CA_Ranger.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_CD_Erathis.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_GG_Shades_of_Darkness.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_KYR_Defender.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_Playing_Shardminds.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_WR_Revenant.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 387_WR_Tieflings.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 391_PE_Pyromancer.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 391_PE_Staff_Fighter.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 392_BoB_Illumian_Echoes.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ 4E_SRD.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ Arcane_20Power_20_284e_29.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ D&D 4E Dungeon Delve.pdf
β”œβ”€β”€ Forgotten_20Realms_20-_20Campaign_20Guide.pdf
└── Forgotten_20Realms_20-_20Player_27s_20Guide.pdf

Hey, you now how here in 2020 a lot more folks are trying to address racial inequality? Well a decade ago Wizards of the Coast was winning. At races. Not the voting kind.

Two notes about the Warforged:

  1. Holy shit, that thing looks dangerous! And,
  2. Why would we call robots a β€œrace”? Like, that’s some racist bullshit right there.

What to do with all these PDFs?

I deleted them! Easy peasy. :slight_smile:

2011-11-12+16:34:54.0000000000 ./books/anima-prime.pdf

anima-prime.pdf (602.8 KB)

From http://www.animaprimerpg.com/

Anima Prime is a fast-paced, spontaneous roleplaying game inspired by the Final Fantasy series of video games as well as Avatar: The Last Airbender and other animated shows and movies.

The game combines narrative freedom in character scenes and combat maneuvers with elemental powers, Soulbound Weapons, and the summoning of Eidolons to allow you to create your own stories and action scenes rivaling those usually seen in video game cut scenes and anime battles. A flexible goal system lets you infuse any fight with meaningful story decision points and unlimited tactical options.

I’ve never played this game, but I like the the PDF. I believe it is the first time I read about β€œlines and veils”:

What kind of content do you not want in your story? This comes in two flavors, labeled in the game Sorcerer (by Ron Edwards) as lines and veils, which I find very helpful. What kind of stuff can happen but only off screen (veiled), and what kind of stuff isn’t brought up by anyone at all? For example, you might agree that characters in your story sometimes have sex, but do you fade to black before the clothes come off or actually play out parts or all of the event? Would it ruin the game for you if children got abused or killed during the story? What is over the line and not okay at all, and what is fine but shouldn’t be played in detail?

Also, it always seemed the most β€œFF6” of all RPGs, so I held on to the PDF. :slight_smile: