Vika

(she/her)

Programmer, trans, an IndieWeb addict. Doesn't know if she's real or merely a vestige of a past long gone. Opinions are my own and do not represent opinions of any of my employers, past, present, or future. If I start to shill some cryptocurrency project, RUN β€” this is not me.

This section will provide interesting statistics or tidbits about my life in this exact moment (with maybe a small delay).

It will probably require JavaScript to self-update, but I promise to keep this widget lightweight and open-source!

JavaScript isn't a menace, stop fearing it or I will switch to WebAssembly and knock your nico-nico-kneecaps so fast with its speed you won't even notice that... omae ha mou shindeiru

I have remembered an old easter egg in my website, and decided to try recreating it using CSS counters, which I have recently learned about. Here’s some CSS:

@counter-style rainbow-hearts {
    system: cyclic;
    symbols: "❀️" "🧑" "πŸ’›" "πŸ’š" "πŸ’™" "πŸ’œ";
}
body {
    counter-reset: like-icons;
}
span.like-icon::before {
    counter-increment: like-icons;
    content: "" counter(like-icons, rainbow-hearts);
}
span.like-icon-label {
    display: none;
}

Using it with the following HTML will do the trick:

<span class="like-icon" aria-label="liked"><span class="like-icon-label" aria-hidden="true">❀️</span></span>

I tried to make it compatible with screen readers and allow for a fallback icons for browsers not supporting counters (apparently text browsers don’t do a lot of CSS). This also means the CSS snippet can be excluded from the CSS sent to the browser if you don’t like having fun.

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Are cars even worth it if they move slower than pedestrians? I ordered a taxi and the amount of time I spent waiting for it and the amount of time I will spend inside the car could’ve gotten me to my destination on foot, if not for the damn ice on the sidewalks that nobody cares to break...

Because the city only cares about cars and car owners. And pedestrians are always treated as second-class citizens...

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I want to be free from the confines of this hyper-capitalist world we are living in.

I want to see the Internet that I never got to see β€” an open, free ecosystem run by enthusiasts from their closets.

I wonder what would be of it in our current highspeed era if it were not killed by corporations and silos.

Perhaps we would have something absolutely beautiful on our hands. Perhaps...we could still have it?

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The word "sensitive content" makes me want to destroy this world because usually it gets applied by social networking silos to anything that is not capitalist-praising distilled fake-smile covered in glitter simulacrum and usually is an excuse to non-transparently suppress content undesirable to capitalists.

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I often forget that my new authentication system has short-lived tokens that live a week, and long-term refresh tokens that last up to two months.

And Quill doesn’t seem to use refresh tokens...

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One last thing remains. Moving to a new domain. Soonβ„’

I just need to rent a cloud server, because I am literally hosting this server under my bed, and it might be dangerous now.

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I’ve put a HTTP 451 page on my website in response to my country’s prohibition on LGBTQ+ content. Since I am transgender, publicizing the fact of my own existence is now quite literally illegal.

Fuck Russia.

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A certain comment on Hacker News perfectly conveys how I see all financial systems and crypto, and seem so skeptical about the high price of Ethereum.

The US dollar is a medium of exchange, not an asset or an investment. You use dollars to buy things, you don’t own dollars just to own dollars.

Same could be said about cryptocurrency, about sticks and stones and even squirrel pelts (that were used as a currency in ancient times, if my memory serves me).

And this is why I am so annoyed with cryptobros and venture capitalists who dabble in cryptocurrencies β€” they view what should be a medium of exchange as an investment platform, resulting in the blockchain getting cramped.

I’m so grateful for the FTX crash right now. I hope it would scare capitalist leeches off.

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Some governments are afraid of cryptocurrency, even though it is not anonymous (despite some claims by uneducated individuals) and very traceable -- even more so than physical money or bank accounts. I wonder, why... maybe they themselves do something illegal?

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cryptocurrency is not anonymous cryptocurrency is not anonymous cryptocurrency is not anonymous cryptocurrency is not anonymous cryptocurrency is not anonymous AAAAAAAA

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Cryptocurrency is not anonymous. The biggest players in the metaverse are the furry community and not some corporation that suddenly decide to rename itself to a generic term (isn’t that illegal?). Migrant crises apparently aren’t real and are just a product of racism and nationalism.

How many more lies will I hear from this world that was poisoned by capitalism and stupidity?

Sometimes I wish I could erase the universe and start anew in another world. This is becoming too much. I can’t distinguish between truth or lie anymore, I don’t know what to believe. Truth is a drug; once you have a little of it, you can’t get rid of it. And one day you start knowing too much, and the world feels beyond saving.

I wish I was wrong about the "beyond saving" part though.

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Chuu got kicked out of Loona. What the fuck.

This feels unreal, someone wake me up please

ot12 forever

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An image of a stationary cycling machine's interface, showing a virtual cyclist doing laps around a track.

What a cute cycling machine I found in the gym. I like the UI.

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It looks like I’ve semi-successfully migrated my server to SSD storage. Tow-Boot has been a little bit iffy and picked the wrong drive, which was very fun to debug.

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I had some experiences with cryptocurrency β€” both good and bad β€” and I think I should write an article about the good, the bad and the ugly. Mostly the two latter.

Gonna title it something like "How cryptocurrency doesn’t fulfill its own promises"

If I ever become a cryptocurrency shill, know that I was either hacked or kidnapped. Perhaps both. Maybe this could also be a good way to signal I am compromised...

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apparently tumblr is the new beacon of the old internet or something, huh! maybe I should revive my old account and check if they still have RSS feeds for blogs...

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Apparently Telegram slowly rolls out a requirement to have an email address tied to an account.

Because one of my accounts has been locked out behind an email prompt which I cannot bypass. How interesting.

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