minus by Ryan Armand

“[m]inus is about a little girl named minus (never capitalized!), who, for all intents and purposes, is a god. She’s just not really aware of it. Sort of. It’s a little hard to put into words but it makes sense when you read it.

What’s awesome about [m]inus is how charming it is. It’s very funny occasionally, but the ridiculous adventures that minus gets herself into are just a lot of fun to read. The art is also beautiful. Unlike probably 90% of all webcomics, [m]inus isn’t about pop culture spoofs or videogames (although there are comics dealing with those type of subjects). It’s very original.”

-Sparda, “minus (AKA: “The greatest webcomic ever”).” comicvine. 2010.

Minus is archived online. Highly recommended. One could reasonably argue that this is the greatest webcomic ever. This one may be my favorite.

Installing Citrix Workplace on Ubuntu Linux

Installation

$ cd Downloads
$ sudo dpkg -i Citrix-Workspace.deb

Installing a CA Certificate

The pre-installed certificates might work for you. If you get errors when trying to use Citrix, then you’ll likely need to install a CA certificate.

  • Go to the VPN website you use Citrix for.
  • Click on the lock in front of the url
  • Click on certificate (Chrome) or Connection Secure (Firefox)
  • Note the authority under Issued By (Chrome) or Verified By (Firefox)
  • For example, the certification authority might be: DigiCert TLS RSA SHA256 2020 CA1
  • Search for DigiCert TLS RSA SHA256 2020 CA1 in your favorite search engine.
  • Select the official site that allows you to download the relevant certificates.
  • Download both the PEM and the CRT files.
  • Do the following:
$ sudo cp ~/Downloads/DigiCertTLSRSASHA2562020CA1-1.pem /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts
$ sudo chmod 644 /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts/DigiCertTLSRSASHA2562020CA1-1.pem
$ sudo /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/util/ctx_rehash

Note: The instructions on the Citrix website seem to be incorrect. It tells you to cp the pem file with a crt extention, even though every other file in the directory is a PEM file. The above copies to the default Citrix directory on Ubuntu, changes the file permissions to -rw-r–r–, and rehashes the new certificate so Citrix can use it.

X.509 Certificate for Chrome or Firefox Browsers

I’m not sure if this is strictly necessary, but it might also be helpful to import the X.509 certificate into Chrome or Firefox. For Chrome (Firefox is similar), do the following:

  • Go to the three dots (hamburger)
  • Select Chrome settings
  • Search for: certificate
  • Click on Security
  • Click on Manage Certificates
  • Click on Authorities
  • Click on Import
  • Select ~/Downloads/DigiCertTLSRSASHA2562020CA1-1.crt
  • Select all three options.

Dan Savage Revolutionized Sex…

“Over the years, Savage honed his philosophy on boundaries—we should all be good, giving, and game for our partners, but we should also accept their hard limits as “the price of admission.” He built up an encyclopedic knowledge of kink and the mechanics of sex: the long-term effects of nipple clamps, how to stage an exciting bondage scene, what kind of butt plug to get when you’re first experimenting with anal penetration. (Not—and he cannot stress this enough—the small kind that looks like a finger, which will pop out of your butt at the least opportune moment.)

This staggering oeuvre, full of best practices and universal frameworks and detailed instructions, made Savage Love a beloved institution. It has also vexed Savage at times over the past decade, as the world he’s schooling changed with the #MeToo movement and the cultural evolution of the gay and trans communities. In recent years, it sometimes seemed like Savage was on the defensive as much as he was setting the rules. When I talked to him in Seattle, it was clear he felt that, too.”

-L.V. Anderson, “Dan Savage Revolutionized Sex. Then the Revolution Came for Him.” Slate. September 23, 2021.

If Dan Savage is on the defensive, who isn’t?

Proxi

“[Proxi] is in some sense a game of self-discovery, a game where we actually uncover the hidden you – your subconscious, your inner ID, and bring it to the surface, bring it to life so you can interact with it, you can play with it, you can learn from it and it can learn about you.”

-Will Wright

It’s an interesting idea. Create a proxy for yourself that interacts in a digital world, so you can view your behaviors with some perspective. Learn a bit about yourself and use that knowledge for self-transformation.

The problem, of course, is that journeys of self-discovery tend to be painful. What happens when you discover something about yourself that you don’t like?

What most people do is try ignore it or tell themselves that what they learned is not really how they are. There’s levels of deniability. I’m not a self-absorbed asshole. I’m not usually a self-absorbed asshole. The people around me are self-absorbed assholes. My environment is making me into a self-absorbed asshole. And so forth.

The appeal of this game, at least initially, will be the same appeal of psychology. People that want to learn more about themselves. The problem is that a lot of those people are self-absorbed assholes, and since they have put themselves on a pedestal, they’ll be inclined to blame the game or game the game. They’ll change the representation to reflect their views of themselves. So, it will perpetuate the delusions of self they already have and not be an exercise of self-realization.

So, the market for the stated purpose will be very much like the market for painful self-reflection in our everyday lives, almost nil. People use games as a way to escape reality. They rarely use them to gain insight into reality.

Borogove.io

This is a free hosting service for Interactive Fiction games. You can upload games and share them with others by giving out a link to play online.

Games must be either parser system story files or HTML files. Currently supported file formats:

* HTML (including Twine and Texture)

* Z-Machine (Inform, Dialog, ZIL)

* Glulx (Inform)

.* gam, .t3 (TADS)

* HEX (Hugo)

* Å-Machine (Dialog)

* Ink JSON files

Game uploads can be public or private. Public uploads can be found in the gallery on the front page. Private uploads aren’t listed anywhere and can only be accessed through the direct link.

https://borogove.io/

Modern Piña Colada

“Four years into our marriage, my husband found me on OkCupid.

I had only joined the site to check out his profile. He had joined to find someone else…

…Then I received a sweet message: “I see we’re a 98 percent match. Would you like to meet up and see what life has to offer?

It was from my husband.”

-Gayle Brandeis, “We Wanted to Split Up. OkCupid Had Other Ideas.The New York Times. October 1, 2021.

Easily the most Pina Colada song thing I’ve ever read.