When I was in college I had an incredibly shitty minimum wage job in a phone center for 1 month before I quit. I called people and read off a script asking them about their car rental experience. The manager was a graduate of the college who studied history and worked there in undergraduate and then got a job after college and worked his way up the management chain. This company later shut down the office in town.

Tracking referrals to flounder and found this cool site:



joe biden is president

Thinking about how the guy who made the "history of japan" youtube video did a q&a once and said he has no friends and spends all his time on creative projects (music, videos) and nothing else.


Pushing myself to run more.


Think I'm going to try livestreaming on Twitch after work on Friday, maybe every Friday. Watch this space.

Enjoying this fiona apple cover of pure imagination:



enjoyed this new yorker article about growing up in san francisco in the 70s


Saw some criticism on twitter that Andrew Yang is a "rich businessman" funding a vanity campaign. He's actually not that rich, net worth estimated to be $1 million by Forbes:


Funny Andrew Yang tweet:


Might split out an Andrew Yang page. I don't agree with Yang on everything (not sure if I'd vote for him if I was in NY -- haven't researched the race), but I still really like him as a character.


I miss RSS. All the RSS readers I can find are like super techy or bloated shareware. Might just make a feed.flounder.online or something


Andrew Yang is so funny. I hope he wins the NYC mayoral race.



Really good article about Facebook and radicalization:


Flounder has absolutely terrible seo. Just abysmal. Exactly as it should be.


One of the most insane things i saw recently was a tiktok of someone giving bad financial advice over the steven universe sountrack

Flounder is growing organically at about the rate of 1-2 new users a day, without any promotion for me, no social media, etc.


Thinking about how insane it would have been to get a $2000 check in college. My living expenses outside of rent were like $100 a month


Check out this feed of other gemlogs, which is now much easier to view if you’re in a web browser



My computer currently runs 100% free software (to my knowledge). this means that I can't install discord (I run it in a web browser) and can't watch streaming services (which require widevine for DRM) but other than that it hasn't caused and problems. I can't play video games on it, but I don't really anyway, plus since it's a musl-based system it'd be hard to play even free games.


Another flounder-esque service. I might collect these together in a page: https://github.com/schollz/rwtxt


I can't recommend Jenny Odell's writing enough. She directly inspired all the side projects I've done since March and probably directly or indirectly influenced a lot of "small web" stuff. It's rare to see a non-engineer talk about Mastodon, Scuttlebutt, shared UNIX terminals


I havent set up a clock in dwm yet, so I've been googling "what time is it" relatively frequently


Last post of 2020


Check out some other gemlogs:


HTTP Proxy

Helping my friend cash out bitcoin I gave her several years ago. Remembering how terrible the UX is for bitcoin

Impulse bought 99% cacao chocolate. A Terrible mistake.

Deb Haaland, Biden's choice for secretary of the interior, sounds almost exactly like Miranda July.


Merry Christmas from flounder to all that celebrate it. Hope you are all well.


Discovered another cool minimal blog platform: https://github.com/writeas/writefreely


Sometimes I use reddit, but not often. switched to old.reddit UI. shocked that they moved away from this UI, which is not just better than the new UI, but extremely good in its own right.


I had found this project before and stumbled upon it again, an absolutely fantastic service:


Basically what Flounder would look like absent Gemini.


I'm very against squarespace web design monoculture. Instead, we should have flounder style.css monoculture


Watched the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others documentary "Knock Down the House" on Netflix. My favorite part is when she is frantically running past a bouncer into a bar and he tries to stop her and she points at the poster on the door saying "that's me, that's me in the picture" and he's like "oh, woah, ok"


Thinking about the time I watched super tuesday election results on a tv at Emporium in Chicago while they also played waking life on another TV

enjoying this youtube video



Reading Infinite Jest, which I gave up on in 2014. Feel like it hits very well in the post Trump era. David Foster Wallace’s image of Americans is absolutely of people who would elect Donald Trump.


was vegan for a year, not vegan for about a year, then vegan again. i think that dairy is not good for my body. eggs are fine but when i eat them i get flashbacks to reading jonathan safran foer's eating animals

Journaled a bit today. I've been keeping journals on and off since I was 14 or 15 years old -- I kept them all in a shoebox. I destroyed all of them a few years ago in a move -- to my knowledge, almost none of the writing was ever read by anyone other than me. I destroyed what I wrote since then in my move to Berkeley. I now have a small journal with only a few pages.


One time at my school a relatively successful writer who was a guest lecturer did a well-attended talk where he talked about how he would stay up all night watching netflix and justified it to himself as "inspiration" and how he lost like 20 pounds because he wasn't sleeping and was drinking caffeine all the time. good talk

Once on a drive to iowa city to see bernie sanders before the 2016 primary me and my friends stopped in a general store in southern iowa that had free ice cream and free bibles


congresswoman barabara lee 9/14/11 speech



Dreamt I accidentally was the democratic nominee for US senate in Michigan


Thinking about the time I got a hello kitty toaster from a flea market in bridgeport, chicago and it melted when i tried to use it


I absolutely love this guy's videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6cpa-TvKn8


It sounds like my upstairs neighbor is practicing the same Minecraft background music song for 4 hours a day

Thinking about the last 2 weeks of my first job in chicago i just watched the office every day on a tv in our office

someone on the berkeley free stuff facebook group posted a copy of the book of mormon in Khmer

Thinking about the time i was at a neutral milk hotel concert in 2013 and read over this guy’s shoulder him writing in his notes app something like “it feels like I’m just floating in the world”


Read a book that said most of the physical athletic difference between men and women is related to nurture, not nature, with the exception of upper body strength, and that for example women and men's marathon record times are converging on each other and will eventually be the same. book also claimed that height differences and vocal differences between genders are also primarily based on environment, not biology. interesting book, may try and find the title later

Going to learn more C once I finish some work on Flounder, I think

Thinking about the semester in college where I slept on the couch every day because my roommate snored and stayed up way too late, until his parents, unprompted, un-bunked the bed and moved it into the living room for me. strange.


Thought about giving $69 to a diy venue in chicago that i went to twice, gave $9 instead

Thinking about how mitski was on adventure time well before she was even remotely popular. Read YouTube comments like “adventure time brought this to 10,000 views!” On francis forever. interesting comments for the best signer-songwriter of our generation

"I steal a few breaths from the world for a minute

And then I'll be nothing forever

And all of my memories

And all of the things I have seen will be gone

With my eyes, with my body, with me"

Leaves upstairs in the loft part or my apartment from a bag of free hangers that i got from the street, while drunk on Saturday, that had leaves in it


There is a sound outside my apartment that sounds exactly like the puzzle sounds in The Witness and I’ve heard enough of it that I don’t think it’s actually someone playing the witness but it sounds exactly like it


Someone seems to be covering green day’s holiday at a house show?

there is this guy on tik tok who gives very standard sound financial advice and has like a million followers. very strange


Got a new yorker subscription

Finished most of the Flounder rewrite -- just need to do some cleanup and QA -- look forward to a new build soon!


in 2017 I made $6000 from bitcoin investments, haven't been involved in bitcoin since then


enjoying listening to UC berkeley radio


My project for this week is to listen to radio. in college I was a radio DJ from the midnight to 2AM slot on thursdays, playing electronic dance music. one time I talked for like 15 minutes about an article in the guardian about sexism in electronic dance music. I wonder if anyone ever heard that.


Thinking about the time i saw bernie sanders in iowa and the lead singer from foster the people did a solo show and didn't play pumped up kicks but instead played a bunch of deep cuts he wrote in high school


Spotted graffiti — “shalom, y’all”


learning about the ford model t

found $20 on the street today


Thinking about when a white claw promoter gave out free white claw at a company party at my old work two years before it got popular and everyone was like this tastes like shit. before its time.

thinking about the time i was at a house show and the band played a melodramatic, sarcastic cover of yellow by coldplay


Thinking about and re listening to hurtbreak wonderland, the 2007 album by japanese postrock artist world's end girlfriend, an album i have only listened to 2 or 3 times but which I really really enjoyed. relistening now

I think my favorite album of all time is solo piano by philip glass. is it an "album"

social media and the death drive


bought a bike today. i have not owned or ridden a bike in 4 years.

sewed a hole in my cutoff jean shorts instead of buying new ones

bought my bike from a recent uc berkeley grad in a student co-op that used to be a catholic monastery and i made a joke about how now would be a great time to join a monastery and saw a facebook ad for joining monasteries.


Woke up today and the sky was orange and dark. I had resolved not to check my phone today before work, and had guessed it was like 5AM, but it was actually 9AM. My apartment complex is dead quiet.


Did an enegram test and got type 4


I relate to this strongly.

the heart sutra is the most frequently recited text in the mayahana buddhist tradition which i wonder if it makes it the most frequently recited text in the world. depends on definitions of "text" and "recited"


The sun was red yesterday here in southern oregon from the smoke from the fires. Eerie


I currently live in the city in the united states with the coldest summers in the continental united states



Bought a slab of live edge wood, going to treat it and make a table out of it.


I've been thinking about old technology.

Found a 4 leaf clover on a hike today:


Been thinking about getting into IRC because of how many people who do "small web" stuff use IRC, but I find the medium somewhat unpleasant. Not just because IRC is old and clunky, but because I'm not a fan of synchronous online group chat in general. I'd much rather email people.

Completely obsessed with this article on mechanical windmills, research done in the Netherlands in the 1920s to improve windmills long after they had commercial value, and a potential future for mechanical windmills. Represents everything I said above.



Calmed by the horns of the ships that I hear from my room

Read this horrifying story:



accidentally ate a bite of bacon hamburger today; realized i've been vegetarian for nearly a decade


impulse bought a beat up old film camera on ebay


Trying to "inbox 0" all the emails I've received since 2006 -- deleting things I don't need to save, etc. I have an attitude towards archiving where I don't want to just be a "data hoarder" -- I want to curate what I think is important enough to keep, which often isn't that much!

I'm 7,000 messages down out of 120,000

Article on some of the ideological foundations of flounder:


Thinking about what a colossal failure bitcoin and blockchain was.

Continuing to edit emails and being nostalgic for a time when I was very unhappy

Napped from 5pm to 10pm


Posted Flounder on the Gemini mailing list.

I ran cross country in high school and ran inconsistently after that. Running fits really well with my current life situation, so I'm getting back into it. If you want to track my times and progress, check out:


Played around with my email setup today. Pulled a bunch of mbox files from several old gmail accounts. Using notmuch + alot to filter them

on 10/25/2008 I released a number of latex balloons with a tag attached telling whoever found them to email me where they found it. I released them from St. Louis and got two responses -- one in Louisville, Kentucky at 38.2468, -85.75927 on 10/26/2008 another in rural illinois, at 38.02657, -89.14356 on 10/27/2008

Numbers may be approximate -- this is based on an old document I stumbled upon.


Funny project: https://bible.artimproved.com/


Elon Musk's Starlink's affect on the night sky:


It's fun to write software without time or business constraints. I've been rewriting modules for flounder and making useless optimizations just because it's fun and interesting

Good article that helped inspire flounder:


Looking at photos of me in college and getting deeply sad


Experimenting with a really cool client for twtxt:


Thinking about the time as a kid I tried to teach myself to write with my left hand.


Think I'm going to transfer my money to a credit union when I move to Berkeley.

Just got renters insurance from a "hip" "cool" "fun" insurance company. with emojis.

My mom lost her sense of smell a few days ago, got a COVID test, she does not have COVID.


Thinking about how I have never purchased a car


hiked the olympic discovery trail for 7 miles today. Took a picture of this odd crashed car:


Experimented with a new way of converting this image using a command-line tool called imagemagick:


The command I used was:

convert car.jpg -resize 350x350 -define jpeg:extent=32kb car2.jpg 

This has been a lot faster than using GIMP or an online file uploader.


Lots of great new content on Flounder! Also, I've been enjoying this guy's videos about rollercoaster tycoon 2:



Welcomed a few users to Flounder. Here are some cool pages that people have created:




Cori Bush won the St Louis congressional primary!

Really enjoyed this article:



Created Flounder. Flounded flounder