Nonsense

My latest exploration in casein painting this time of a river otter floating in water. River otters as far as I know don't hold their food while floating, but I wanted him to be holding one anyway. Can read more about it on my blog.

dustinwilson.com/blog/nonsense

I'd love to contribute to the wfh workspace showoff, but my office looks like a bomb went off because I'm trying to find ways to fit my books into an overflowing set of bookshelves.

Getting hammered lately with “Google does this” or “Apple does this” justifications for terrible UIs.

Google Material Design told us form fields were better without boxes, until they tested it.

Apple told us removing button outlines in iOS was better, until users complained.

Another painting in casein on Arches watercolor paper this time of some king penguins. I got the idea to paint this after watching a wildlife documentary which had literally thousands of them grouped together on this small island near Antarctica. I liked the colors and abstract shapes the penguins made when unfocused, so I wanted to see if I could do that in paint.

I started slowly re-reading and re-listening (I alternate between the two) World Without End by Ken Follett before the virus made its way to the media. Rather appropriate considering the story takes place during the 14th century plague in England.

Last October I was contacted by Frank Foster to illustrate his newest album "The Way it Was" which was released in January. Been waiting to update my website so now can post here. Can read more about it here:

dustinwilson.com/blog/the_way_

Looking at variable font stuff in Firefox dev tools somehow took me back to where I commented on this blog post that was begging Adobe to release several of their paid fonts for bundling. I was vehemently attacked by someone saying \@font-face and open source fonts were a pipe dream. Today, we have lots of very good open source fonts and much, much more. Wish I could find that post.

"How many tabs is that?!"
"I don't know. Lost count. Why?"
"If I have more than 5 my computer starts crawlin'."

Opened their computer, and sure enough it crawls with 5 tabs open. Amazing how garbage many computers are today.

It's really silly seeing all these wasteful arguments over two equally stupid and ambiguous short date formats. The Canadians use the better date format: 2020-02-03.

I never thought I would be using a DE that largely mimicked Windows considering I'm a recent refugee from macOS, but here I am. I tried out both Cinnamon and KDE and largely picked Cinnamon because most of the apps I preferred were Gtk; I found Nemo much less cluttered than Dolphin; and I found I didn't need many of KDE's customizations to be happy.

My original build for linux was a Manjaro xfce + i3, but I got tired of when I changed outputs on my TV the panels would stack on the first monitor. Everything felt like a shit hack to get stuff working, but I loved the workflow in it. I've transferred over some of the shortcuts I liked in i3 to Cinnamon and have been quite happy.

Biggest issue I'm having with using Linux as my primary OS is color management. My displays are 99% Adobe RGB gamut displays, so everything is over saturated. I used DisplayCAL to calibrate the displays and applied the color profiles which applied and visibly changed the colors. However, everything still looks oversaturated.

I already use Krita for painting, so it's nice having a better-functioning version of it now.

I wanted to buy an AMD card before I decided to make the switch, but this sort of forced my hand. I am going to miss Photoshop and Illustrator on this computer, but I can work around it with my other hardware and have solutions in the works for it in the long term.

Been an interesting day. My hackintosh set up crashed and burned this afternoon. I'd been working on a Linux install for months now in virtual machines and on other hardware including an install script for setting up my main machine in Linux. Hadn't done the switch because of time constraints. Aside from getting the nvidia drivers to work it's been mostly okay.

If Mozilla wasn't the only thing standing in the way of the death of the Web after seeing this post I'd tell them to go fuck themselves. After laying off people because of executive and senior management failure they write this PR speak bullshit.
blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/01/

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