Now, everyone comes out of the woodwork to clear supermarket shelves, amass large stockpiles of toilet paper, of all things, and line up in droves at the local gun shop to get a gun. I'd like to see the looks on their faces when they can't get a gun because of all the hoops they have to jump through plus over a week long waiting period.
Our society is so comfortable, so decadent, that the prospect of anything abnormal, the thought of potential discomfort, hardly crossed anyone's mind until the shitstorm was right on top of them. Then and only then did they realize their bubble was not as safe as they thought it would be. So many people who say things like "that will never happen" now find themselves where they didn't think they would be.
The whole point of being prepared for an emergency is to be prepared for it. Not to have it come upon you in the middle of the night and then run screaming to the grocery store to empty the shelves due to greed and ignorance. Because of people like this there is no food for anyone else. Had people already been prepared, shopping may have continued at a similar rate and everyone would be able to have their fair share.
In my opinion, people who had the resources to prepare but didn't only have themselves to blame. On top of that I feel nothing but spite towards those panicking morons who vote against gun rights, and only in the face of an emergency realize why they're important in the first place.
Sometimes I feel like I'd rather just watch things crash and burn...
8kun seems to be the proper replacement for 8ch.net. It's not exactly like it was but the activity level is increasing from what I've seen and even the old themes from 8ch are back. It almost feels like it used to. So, have a look.
3D printing has opened up much cheaper manufacturing of complex items in comparison to machining them from metal. It's plastic, not metal, but it can work. Using electrochemical machining, even a metal tube can be rifled to make a barrel. The entire thing can be produced without needing a machine shop or access to a lathe, or CNC machine.
In many places calling 911 means you have to wait, on hold, for 10 minutes or more. Hell, the police might not even show up. Is taking guns away from people and instead putting weapons into the hands of law enforcement officers going to make us safer, or is it designed to strip our freedoms?
With the shutdown of 8ch.net, I'm left in the dust when it comes to a good place on the Web to talk to likeminded people. Lately, I haven't spent much time online, but checking in on /tech/, for example, was a nice break and allowed me to communicate with people who were nice as well as knowledgable. I hope that the site will come back up in the future, but the silver lining is that it has spurred myself and others to actively seek out and use alternatives.
One such alternative I came across is called Zeronet. It's a distributed method of sharing content in which every user can seed content. As long as a single seed is online, a site will be viewable. It isn't as streamlined as the regular Web, though. And the glow-in-the-darks can presumably upload illegal content which might end up being seeded by you accidentally. The bright side is that you can choose what to seed and what not to seed. And on 08chan, you can choose to mute seeders and entire boards if you desire. Then again, you never know when the party van will show up to give you a free ride you never knew you asked for.
Another site that's accessible over the regular Web, Tor, and even i2p is endchan. I'm hopeful about it so far and encourage you to check it out if you don't already know about it.
On an unrelated note, I found this article to be an interesting read.
It's been a while since I made any site changes. Lots of things are happening right now, so I will probably have more to share soon.
I recommend Signal for secure messaging. Many people use insecure applications for messaging, and it can be hard to tell people to move to another. However, Signal has many features that regular people might like, which makes it easier for your average smartphone-addicted moron to use it. It's open source and end-to-end encrypted, which is it's main selling point. Of course, if you're using it on a typical cellphone running botnet OS, it probably won't help all that much but it's certainly better than most alternatives.
It also has a desktop client that works well. The only unfortunate things are: 1. It doesn't run on Windows XP and 2. It uses a whopping 200+ megabytes of memory when in use. It could be a lot worse, though. Try it out.
I had one hell of a day today.
Aside from that, I'm reading the book Dune. Perhaps you can see the inspiration in the redesign of the main page of my site.
I just replaced a dying HDD in my laptop with an SSD using an IDE to mSATA adapter. It works much better now. I will try to put up a small article in the coming days.
As usual, it's been a long while. People tell me they do read my site, so that's nice.
Earlier I mentioned olduse.net. I recently came across something just as interesting. Telehack is "simulation of a stylized arpanet/usenet, circa 1985-1990." It seems like yet another fun way to waste time online.
I have also recently been trying to put together a nice DOS PC. I have also been experimenting vith various DOS variations, including MS-DOS 6.22 and the latest version of FreeDOS (all of these done in VirtualBox). There are ways to get a DOS machine online, and this can even be done for period correct DOS computers. If I have the time and can scrounge up either the money or spare parts, I will build a low-spec DOS computer to be used for IRC, Telnet, SSH, FTP, and some other stuff. Bonus: fully botnet free.
I was recently invited to the alpha of tildes, which is a relatively new Web forum that is open source and hopes to do away with user tracking, which of course is something I wholeheartedly support. It seemed promising, but so far it feels very much like r*ddit which is a bit of a disappointment. I hoped it would have a better mix of people in its userbase. I still like the idea, and now I can send out invite codes (I have five right now) for other people to sign up as well. Hopefully this turns into a good community. EDIT 2019-05-24: Feel free to ask me for an invite code if you wish.