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I've got several ideas percolating for this post that didn't seem to warrant each being their own post so I've decided to do the usual list-potpourri for this one. Complaints may be directed to the service desk.

  • We got the results from the PET scan but not the interpretation. According to the PET scan things have grown a little bit (4mm instead of being 2mm back in August 2022). We'll see if that's a bad thing, although they did mention that they couldn't get a good read because of my breathing. It was also in part because my mask was coming off my face so I was in a bit of having some distress trying to keep things together and being calm about it. That tends to get me to breathe meditatively, which is never a good thing when folks are scanning your torso. Ah well. I'm not going to sweat it much.

  • I'm pissed off that Hachette Book Group, Inc. v. Internet Archive (1:20-cv-04160) went the way it did. I'm pissed that these publishers decided to sue the Internet Archive, but I'm even more pissed off that the Internet Archive went with the defense they used. It reminds me of the ticket I got once when I was sliding through a red light during a snow / ice storm and decided it was better for me to run the light than to stop. It was Christmas Eve and JoDee and I were driving home from my parents. There was no-one else on the road, save for a cop, and that cop decided to write me a ticket because technically I broke the law. I wrote up my reasoning and the judge said "TL;DR: you broke the law. Pay the fine". That seems to be the defense in this case: morally we're right, but technically we broke the law. Judges don't care about morality, they care about how you've run afoul of the law. And that's fine. However I've also realized that there's a lot of books on my shelves that suddenly don't need to be there. I'm fucking tired of supporting the corrupt business models of publishers that only see their audience and their authors as two ends of the same milking cow. From now on I'm only supporting authors and publishers that I personally know and trust, and reading the rest through the library system. If I can't get it through the library then it doesn't exist. Period. Destroy the library system and reap the rewards of irrelevance. I don't care anymore. This also fits in perfectly with my desires for minimalism. I cleaned out a bunch of books that I'm no longer going to read or listen to.

  • I'm currently reading Chokepoint Capitalism which is also coloring my views on major publishers out there. Definitely worth reading, though you might find your blood hitting a simmering boil before the end.

  • I have seven days (well, six when this posts) of my "career" left. It's an interesting feeling. Definitely working on exploring these feelings some more. Also thinking about hitting the ground running with my designs. Of course my priority is also in getting everything squared away to go onto disability (that's kind of the point) but I'm just taking in the fullness of what lies ahead.

  • This post was not written by ChatGPT.

I think that's all for now. I'm sure more will be coming in the next few days. Who knows? Maybe I'll suddenly become an internationally renowned best-selling author with my rants about my career past. Who can say?