January epilogue

Posted on: 31st January 2021

Learned the hard way why Arch Linux might not be the best choice for a server. PHP updated to version 8 on Arch and broke NextCloud and I basically had to redo everything with PHP7 to get NextCloud up and running. NextCloud is so wary of PHP updates that they have a version check on PHP and merely disabling the version check won’t help.

I finished Books and Bone just in time to meet the January goal for my bookclub. We just do one book but its been so hard to keep myself focused recently. I can shield myself from outside noise with headphones blasting with music but what have you got for inner voices? Anyway, the book. Its a nice read and Victoria Corva1 builds up the characters and the world ornately. I only have issue with the climax of the book which seemed rushed and takes quite a leap of faith. The book ends with a potential sequel and lots of unanswered questions.. well, not unanswered but just glossed over.

I will end this post with the poem in Brain Pickings latest post 2. Pasting it in entirety here. Its even lovelier to hear it in Amanda Palmer’s voice.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster: places, and names, and where it was you meant to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or next-to-last, of three loved houses went. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident the art of losing’s not too hard to master though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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