Monday, November 13, 2023

Alas, say it ain't so: HeroPress calls it a day

And so we say farewell to one of the genuinely good geek/nerd blogs out there. I'm a bit late on this, but Tim Knight from HeroPress announced his retirement from blogging last month, bring into an end an epic 16 year blogging run.

I'm not bullshitting when I say that HeroPress really was one of the best blogs out there for the geek/nerd/whatever you want to call it sphere of the internet. Unlike the bigger, mostly corporate owned blogs that just regurgitate the same SEO friendly news and articles, the content that Tim posted felt like it was of genuine interest to him and his readership. Our portion of the blogosphere is diminished without his work, but to quote Kenny Rogers: You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away when the dealing's done.

Nerd Trash salutes Tim and HeroPress and wish him good luck and favorable winds wherever he may go!

Thoughts: 11-13-2023: Tattoos

I've had the idea/urge lately to get tattoos. I've always been hesitant about it because I don't want a shitty tattoo or one that I'm not going to like as time passes. I've got way too many people in my family and have seen way too many people with shitty tattoos because they either knew a guy with a tattoo gun and no talent or decided not to invest the money into getting good tats. I'm also apprehensive about getting a tattoo that I'm going to end up not like days, weeks, years, decades down the road. I'm 40 and the last thing I want is to get a tattoo now, then spend the next 30-50 years regretting it until they plant me six feet in the ground.

So that probably leaves out overly complex tattoos and sleeves. With the former, it's a shame because I've seen cool ass designs, like watercolors and elaborate geometrics. But elaborate and complex are going to be too expensive and heighten my aforementioned apprehensiveness, so say nothing of the time and patience that the god knows how many sessions it would take to get that kind of work done. With the latter, sleeves just might be too much for me to deal with for the same reasons.

What I am thinking about is getting some very simple tattoos. Like just combinations of shapes and arrows. I got the idea from a video a YouTuber named Milo Rossi did about Otzi, an ancient mummy found in the Alps. His body was so well preserved that you could still see his tattoos and Rossi decided to get the same tattooed on his own body. I thought the idea was neat, but I don't want to exactly that. Instead, I want to come up with my own basic designs.

Of course, having said all of that, I do have two ideas for tattoos that are dumb. The first is a barcode on my wrist, not some dumb "Hurr, we're slaves of da gubment, hurr hurr" reason, but just because it's an idea that's floated in my head for decades. The other one is a tattoo on the back of my neck of a data port. Blame science fiction for that. I have no idea how that would look, but I'm not exactly going to be rushing out to make that my first tattoo