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_why's site updated again (whytheluckystiff.net)
245 points by milesf 834 days ago | 133 comments



  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/DISCLAIMER
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/URGENTLY
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/JERKS
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/BRICKS
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/EXPERTS
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/WHATSUPDOC
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/PIRATEO
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/NOTHIN
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/TRIALS
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/READING
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/BURN
 
  http://www.ghostscript.com/download/gpcldnld.html
  http://downloads.ghostscript.com/public/binaries/ghostpcl-9.07-linux-x86.tgz

  $ tar zxvf ghostpcl-9.07-linux-x86.tgz 
  $ cd ghostpcl-9.07-linux-x86
  $ ./pcl6-907-linux_x86 <file you downloaded>
Here is what I got: http://imgur.com/a/VSzu0

UPDATE #1:

  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/YOUGETIT
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/EYES 
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/FAREWELL 
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/FIRELESS
Here is what I got: http://imgur.com/a/4V38q

UPDATE #2:

  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/TORN
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/AMANDA
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/REVERSE
Here is what I got: http://imgur.com/a/MR90W

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Slightly nicer PDF versions versions of all of them: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4230124/-why-s-return

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Just checked this out and it is much nicer! How are you producing these pdfs? I'm using the very low tech method of "print screen" ;)

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Get the pcl6 utility.

    pcl6 -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=out.pdf infile

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dphase got it. i'm updating with new ones within 5-10 minutes at the moment to this collection : )

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Sorry guys got way behind. Updating with all of the new ones now

EDIT: Updated all the way to the most recent. This is crazy that it's still going...

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Friday morning: looks like the spree is over, I'm going to compile them all into a single pdf and post that as well. Will be up in a few minutes

EDIT: nvm, someone else did already. no need to repeat!

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jenius, if I provide a VPS, would you be willing to set something up that fetches his spools, turns them into PDFs, and then uploads to that Scribd collection automatically? Or even lets you manually upload them? That would be fantastic.

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That would be sweet. I'm not sure if scribd has some sort of api, but I would happily set them to convert and drop them in a public folder, could be a lot easier

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Here, never mind. I set something up by myself. Here's the link to the folder: http://why.apps.hypeno.de/

If that link doesn't work, then use http://why.attendance.hypeno.de or http://why.dev.brightswipe.com/

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ah nice work! the only issue here is the upside down ones, which i fear takes a bit of human touch...

either way, when they are all done, i'll compile them all together into a pdf and post that so it's easy to read through. like a little book : )

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Ah, shucks. Right now I'm having some trouble tracking which ones have already been downloaded... so it re-downloads and re-compiles each time. Can I email you to help figure this out?

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The simplest solution would be to just add the filenames of the files that's been already downloaded to a file and it checks the file before downloading anything.

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Ah, that's true. Oh well! It's working now. Also: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5575210

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https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5575210

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Aaaaaand I figured it out again. We're all good!

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That would be great. I can make Apache point at a blank folder for downloads. How can I reach you to send you credentials?

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imperson up: http://www.scribd.com/doc/136764612/Im-Person

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UPDATE #3:

  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/LOOKUP 
  wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/FLIPPED
Here is what I got: http://imgur.com/a/LN2vi

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You're the top comment; minde adding the two new ones?

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5572115

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http://www.scribd.com/collections/4230081/-why-s-print-spool

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I'll attempt to compress everything into one file after he finishes up.

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Thanks for doing this. You made my night. Along with ~600 others at last count.

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Is there anyway to download the entire collection as a pdf?

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Hi, hijacking the top comment: here's a live-updating folder of all the PDFs!

http://why.dev.brightswipe.com

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https://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com/tree/master/SPOO...

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WestCoastJustin, if I provide a VPS, would you be willing to set something up that fetches his spools, turns them into PDFs, and then uploads to that Scribd collection automatically? Or even lets you manually upload them? That would be fantastic.

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apparently `lp -o raw -d "<yourprintername>" <FILE>` should print the pcl to your printer. I couldn't get it to work though. Maybe you're printer has to speak pcl. I tried cups-pdf (virtual printer) with no success.

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Yeah, your printer has to speak PCL for that to work.

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Related: https://github.com/bsandrow/_why-spool

For grabbing / building the files.

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Forked and made to support OS X: https://github.com/tcr/_why-spool-osx

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If anyone wants to hook their actual printer up to _why's queue (which I'm pretty sure is what he intended), iandennismiller transcribed the OCaml program in SPOOL/HOMEWORK which polls whytheluckystiff.net and sends the PCL files to your printer: https://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com/pull/4

It's quite magical. I was woken up this morning by my printer, when the first pages were being published. Now every 5, 10, or 15 minutes my printer starts clanking away (it's an old one) and a brand new page slowly emerges. Great way to read a novel, if that's what it is.

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This definitely reads like one at least. I can't help but be amazed at the way he uses to publish / distribute it all at the same time using this print spool.

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On this topic:

I realized recently that my tries to stay or become more anonymous on the web didn't really have the ideological reasons I thought it had. I thought it was all about internet privacy rights and avoiding the inevitable creep of privacy loss; once your data is out it is unerasable.

I found out that my interest in internet privacy varied wildly with how depressed I was during that period. That when I'm clear I don't really care about it.

But when I'm depressed I wish that my every contribution on the web of forums, github, etc was disconnected and anonymized. Commenting without committing your identity to it, seeking praise (github stars) without a face..

In truth, most of my motivation to disconnect my online identities is just an echo of my unwillingness to be one, whole, person; unwillingness to be me.

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That rings very true. But it needs to be taken further:

I would say that regardless of mood, it's still a worthwhile pursuit. Because to sometimes be unwilling to be one, whole, person is essential to finding who you are, eventually.

Once you have found who you are, you are less likely to see changing who you are as a top priority - granted that you like who you are. But it most likely took a lot of time to be who you are and during that time, it would have screwed you forever to be forced to stay who you were. Which is, I guess, why young people care about privacy. And who is to say that you will always like who you are? Which is probably why old people care about privacy.

Becoming a person in the first place has a lot to do with trying out traits or persons. I don't think Depression is necessarily a cause (although it may be) for pursuing privacy about that search, maybe it's just a symptom - that not being whole is depressing and thus searching for yourself deserves privacy. To protect your unfinished person to be finished by the outside world.

But it's also about the pressure we put on ourselves. Merlin Mann said somewhere that Procrastination is forgetting who you are for a certain period of time. I initially thought that that was an entirely negative statement. It just now occurred to me that it can be a positive statement as well. And that being depressed about not "getting things done" is entirely useless, because you're basically punishing yourself for trying harder to find out who you are (instead of finishing stuff that who you were cared about). Which stunts your development and leaves you more likely to procrastinate, kicking you back into a cycle of self loathing.

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I am somewhat surprised, given the content, that no one has posted _why's "Final words". I happen to have logged it, and given the content, it seems very relevant:

(08/13/2009 03:36:54 PM) twitter.com: _why: i thought that RIP was strictly for cremation.

(08/17/2009 10:22:45 AM) twitter.com: _why: burying myself feet first in the woods with the hope that this will lead to a career as a much beloved and sought after mouth-under-a-rock.

(08/18/2009 12:16:43 PM) twitter.com: _why: programming is rather thankless. you see your works become replaced by superior works in a year. unable to run at all in a few more.

(08/18/2009 12:32:21 PM) twitter.com: _why: if you program and want any longevity to your work, make a game. all else recycles, but people rewrite architectures to keep games alive.

(08/18/2009 01:17:43 PM) twitter.com: _why: ahh i’m just so totally suspicious of anyone who claims to love progress but stridently defends the status quo!!

(08/18/2009 01:55:00 PM) twitter.com: _why: kafka would be a lot harder to get into if the trial only ran on a power pc.

(08/18/2009 07:50:07 PM) twitter.com: _why: nailing a small ornate gold shelf at arm’s height above the bed for my cat to sit on. i give you: norton’s perch.

(08/18/2009 07:54:20 PM) twitter.com: _why: i should probably have little teeny shelves all leading up to it. with their own miniature portraits or doll banisters or something.

(08/18/2009 08:06:21 PM) twitter.com: _why: an ascending homage to fish bones. culminating in a delicate canopy of mouse furs.

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I just read everything (so far). Given the person behind it, I'm finding it difficult to separate the man from the character; however, I did note that he chose to use his real name at least once and the perspective seems far more personal than it seems in-line with the _why character.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong but this whole thing reads like a suicide letter. I'm wondering if anyone else has had that thought while reading it? Perhaps it's about the death of the _why character; however, given the seemingly personal nature of so much of the writing I can't shake the thought that there may be a very real person in real trouble behind these writings and there's a whole community completely missing that piece of the puzzle.

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The narrator doesn't say it's his name, another character claims to have found out via internet research that it's his real name.

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I hope not :|

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This seems like a bit of attention whoring. If the guy wants to come back to the scene, which he very obviously does, then just do it. These occasionally cryptic updates should be reserved for the new releases of half life and portal. Not for a Ruby programmer who had a nervous breakdown and has now decided to return to public life. It is annoyingly cocky to be posting what he does and to assume the community will go through the time to behold his crypted messages and even more saddening that everyone is going for it hook line and sinker.

HN is not for this kind of stuff and it should be flagged. Tech news; not personal drama.

Also worth nothing- Jonathan Gillette never vanished into thin air. _why was just his made up character. Like kermit the frog.

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Nonsense. Hacker News is about Hacking:

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_(programmer_subculture)

"A hacker is someone who loves to program or who enjoys playful cleverness, or a combination of the two. The act of engaging in activities (such as programming or other media) in a spirit of playfulness and exploration is termed hacking."

What _why is doing definitely fits that definition.

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If anyone's guilty of seeking attention, it's me (who posted this link) and all the people upvoting this. I posted the link. All _why has done is make changes to his website, and I and many others have been following the puzzles he's created.

There's nothing I've done that could command such attention. I suspect the same might be true for you.

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All _why has done is make changes to his website

Yes, but knowing full well that they would be read and discussed and linked by thousands of people.

That's the whole point on doing it on his website -- ie on a publication medium. If he did it on his hard drive, nobody would have noticed.

That said, why nobody worries that those sounds like the texts of a depressed man, maybe even someone about to do something D.F Wallace style?

Everybody merely assume this is just playful clues to some cool new project, while they don't read that way to me.

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What parts lead you to believe these are words of someone is who about to off themselves? I ask because nothing about the text strikes me as someone who's depressed. It's all a bit absurd, maybe, but I didn't feel sadness.

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Well, stuff like:

"Also, is it too late to be real?"

"she did a feature on individuals who had left society and, in the process, had eliminated every trace of themselves."

"Maybe it's me. I'm a relic which is already out of his time in the present age. Maybe I am what is holding things back, maybe I am already not of any relevance. Good things to consider."

"That's a lot, but I think he could have doone it, even alone, even with tuberculosis. Imagine Kafka's fiendish little face rubbing his hands over that fire! Seems fun. Or he could have hidden it inside an old 32-bit PowerPC. No one's going to look there. Just goes to show that you can't trust people who aren't you. Of course he didn't want them burned. That was just Kafka, writing his own death. The ending has his signature on it. Reality's kind of a medium, maybe greater than paper."

etc...

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_why's stuff has always been dark. In the poignant guide, he talks about suicide.

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which could be argued that it's even more reason to be concerned.

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Clearly a lot of us care about it, so it should be here. If you don't like it, don't read it.

People care enough about half life and portal that their cryptic games are part of the fun. The same goes for _why. It isn't cocky, perhaps there are many people doing it right now, and none of us know because no one is paying attention to them.

But we value _why. You may not, that's your judgement to make.

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Thank you for offering your thoughtful and constructive feedback. Your unbiased assessment of our content is valuable to the Hacker News community.

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Can't imagine why _why might have left in the first place :P

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I don't entirely disagree with you but..

HN is not for this kind of stuff and it should be flagged. Tech news; not personal drama.

The guidelines on HN are frequently ignored but in this case I think it might "gratifies one's intellectual curiosity" even in just the way it's been released and encoded.

In contrast, the Boston news was huge on here the other day yet ran against the "if they'd cover it on TV news, it's probably off-topic" suggestion and the "stories about crime" guideline, but much of HN's flavor, like it or not, lies in what actually makes it to the front page rather than what is strictly valid HN content.

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Or, perhaps he simply finds it amusing to post his ever-odd thoughts and watch the reaction. Does that have to be cocky?

Or, perhaps I give him a pass for whatever he does, because I enjoy his personality. In any case, it doesn't seem to me that such vitriol is necessary toward another human being, and fellow hacker. If you find him so annoying, why are you paying so much attention?

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You don't have any understanding of his mind. You are dismissive and rude. Your response is what the community needs less of, not _why.

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Where's your sense of the romantic?

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Why are you so angry and judgmental? Can't he just do what he wants? I mean I don't sit around wringing my hands about how annoying Justin Bieber is.

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I don't take that comment as being made out of anger, or as an attempt to be judgmental, or anything of that sort.

Whether it's deserved or not, the drama and idolization the Ruby community tends to exhibit can get kind of annoying to others.

I don't think that anyone would really object to discussion of _who, or Zed, or DHH, or whatever the current drama-of-the-day is, as long as it's done within a Ruby-specific mailing list, IRC channel, conference or other locale.

However, once this starts spilling over into more general discussion forums, it can be seen as disruptive and out-of-place by some.

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Okay, now I'm really confused :D

steveklabnik found user thdvl whose is a contributor to http://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com (the source for whytheluckystiff.net). thdvl's repository http://github.com/thdvl/shore has this eerie little gem.

http://thdvl.com

Edit: Notice the pronunciation of that domain: "The Devil"

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Have a look at the pull request notes: https://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com/pull/3

"What progress, you ask, have I made? … I have begun to be a friend to myself."

A github user thdvl (likely _why) communicating with another github user cwales (also likely _why) saying he's begun to be a friend to himself. Is _why coming to be at peace with himself? So many ways to interpret this art :)

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thdvl also changed the SPOOL/SOLICIT file to a bunch of base64, which decodes to a gif image, which is of a QR code that points to the URL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistulae_morales_ad_Lucilium

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Does anyone know what these characters in the middle mean?

Screenshot: http://d.pr/i/sSLu

(from http://celebsbukkake.com/thdvl/)

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隔岸观火

watch the fire on the other side of the river, basically it means it's not my problem so LOL

http://www.zdic.net/cd/ci/12/ZdicE9Zdic9AZdic94247719.htm

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Google Translate says "Standing on the sidelines" (Chinese)

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I love the domain choice. I'd say it's a metaphor for what we're doing now.

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Folder structure in some repos seems like a game is being built.

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Also the redirect to "celebsbukakke.com/thdvl/". wtf.

(totally sfw, by the way)

(edit: except for everything else on that domain)

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WARNING> SITE REDIRECTS YOU TO A NSFW DOMAIN NAME

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Uh, no it doesn't :/ Unless it's unsafe to view abstract images with a bit of sound.

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The domain name (celebsbukakke.com) is NSFW (and might get you in trouble if your webfilter picks up on it)

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The domain name itself isn't NSFW, it's however used in a NSFW way.

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_why is an artist. His work touches people:

--

https://twitter.com/rgm/status/324939563770474496

And I find my heart suffused with joy, for @_why has returned to us:

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https://twitter.com/rgm/status/324939832663080960

An improvement to the world that I was not expecting this morning. Huzzah.

--

https://twitter.com/olleolleolle/status/324940406661996544

Such a kind thing, to provide the warmth of culture, in this cold, cold place. I'm warmed to the bone by this.

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What exactly did why do that has earned him this much love and adoration? (Honest question)

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I'm working on a project called "decyphering_why" that seeks to explain that. He's an artist who created books, blogs, code, music, videos, and more.

For example when he released the book "why's poignant guide to ruby" (http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/) teaching the Ruby programming language, he released a soundtrack with it as well! Here's my favourite song from that: https://soundcloud.com/wondible/chapter-2-this-book-is-made

Hopefully the primer I'm writing will help for those new to the person that is Why the Lucky Stiff.

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I'd call his Poignant Guide less of a tutorial on Ruby and more of an immersive experience. Chunky bacon, indeed.

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I'd like to talk to you about this.

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A little bit of "you had to be there" (I saw his performance at a RailsConf, for example- it was weird, wonderful, nerdy, and funny all at once)

A lot of his Ruby code was fuckin' genius, too.

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There's a documentary being made:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47LtM830ocE

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His book's so funny and quirky that it made me forget my troubles for a little while. The world needs more why.

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A bit of background: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5541880

I'll be uploading PDFs of the files as they come in here: http://www.scribd.com/collections/4230081/-why-s-print-spool

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There's a flood of new content on whytheluckystiff.net, as predicted months ago by a cryptic message on the site.

Nice to have you back, _why. We missed you :)

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Here's the text from /SPOOL/WHATUPDOC:

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Dr. Pestus, good afternoon,

I am a fellow, a professor of sorts, who is doing work under an anonymous guise and I have just finished reading your book "Kill Yourself! The Terrible Things People Say and Do When They Aren't Themselves." Now, before you start to usher a reply, I am not writing to disagree with you.

My complaint is that my real name is very plain and I prefer to have a fictional one. You don't seem to suffer this problem, since your real name is quite fictional-sounding on its own.

I do realize that having a fictional name makes me a bad person, but how bad of a person does it make me? Please rate on the scale of John Q. Public to Mister X.

Also, is it too late to be real?

_why

His reply came in a few days:

Yes, it's true! I know your real name! I asked a few of my experts to trace back the little e-mail you sent and it lined up with the coordinates of one Pirate O's General Store in Draper, Utah. It seems that you composed the e-mail while you were plugged into their connection, enjoying a Sangria Senorial it seems. A quick call to store owner Chase McGuinn sorted all of this out. Now

---

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Here's the text from /SPOOL/JERKS:

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Many, many years ago, so long ago that it's a real stretch to find anyone else who can remember this, on the old Oprah show, she did a feature on individuals who had left society and, in the process, had eliminated every trace of themselves. She had like three or four guests up on stage, if I recall correctly, and they had all gone back and diligently destroyed every little bit of information previously known about them. Burning birth certificates and ID cards, canceling bank accounts. Stealing photos out of family member's albums and destroying them. They had hired hackers to break into schools and erase their records. In fact, each of these persons had done such a bang-up job that all that was know about each of them was their social security numbers. (Although Oprah's researchers were unable to say which social belonged to which person; these numbers were only know because of the noticeable gaps that were left in the government's records.) On the program, these people sat in the dark, nameless and unsorted. No one know who the were.

---

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I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.

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Here's the text from /SPOOL/EXPERTS

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The audience laughed, female laughter. Incidentally, the videotape of this program can be seen at http://youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me0. (I don't know if it is proper to dump a YouTube address here. It feels like I have maybe just gone ahead and ruined what I am writing by doing that. Has all of this writing lost its timelessness, to have this relic here? But maybe this link will never break, maybe it will stay there for all time. Maybe it's me. I'm a relic which is already out of his time in the present age. Maybe I am what is holding things back, maybe I am already not of any relevance. Good things to consider.)

Allow me to leave the jerktoasters on Oprah's darkened stage while I drop a name. Any of you happened to read the work of Dr. Emery Pestus? I can't go on with this story until you've read him, he's a big name in -nymity. Knows everything about it. Naturally, he goes on about all the things you know already: that anonymity obscures the truth, that it opens a vent for hatred, basically that it turns people into vile and slanderous beasts. But too often we let disguised persons slide when it comes to little poems or donations.

On that point of Anonymous donations, he writes:

Where one sees Anonymous etched, one witnesses the spoil of all the other names etched on the stone beneath it. In many cases, the gift of each part is the same, but the gift or Anonymous seems somehow the more virtuous. This lie speaks to the cynicism of our time! Where is the real man in all of this? Where has he hidden? We hate the man who is good and who is himself.

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Edit: corrected YouTube link.

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The video's pretty traumatic, in case anyone's in the middle of some work and doesn't want to have to go home and hug their kids right now.

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The digit at the end of the link can be 0-3, and you still end up at the `drunk mum' video. I don't know if this is interesting or not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me3

Edit: ...probably not, other video ids ending with a zero show the same behavior (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtKZKl7Bgu0)

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I'm trying to find the video, but haven't been successful so far.

I've tried to google for "Jerktoaster", but there's only 5 links, non of them relevent.

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I don't think that is the correct Youtube link. The o is clearly lowercase. It seems the original video is not presently viewable.

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The o at the end looks more like a zero (it is one pixel taller than other "o" letters). There is a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Me0 called "drunk mom" but I'm not sure if it's related.

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"This video is unavailable" doesn't necessarily mean there used to be a video with that ID. That video is pretty creepy, though.

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It's a little taller, but it still looks like an o to me. If you go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpcjWG_Meo it says "This video is unavailable", which means that a video did exist at some point at that URL.

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eek. That video does not seem to be an excerpt of Oprah - it's instead some sort of disturbing screaming match in a dark room

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Link to where one of the older files /SPOOL/CAPRICE refered to

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&gs_rn=9&gs_ri=psy-...

Turns out this is where he refers to in the /SPOOL/ELEVENTH file

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This reads less like a return and more like the goodbye he never made when he left.

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I made an archive of all the PCLs that have been spooled so far, plus PDFs and (rotated) PNGs rendered at 150 DPI.

http://thomas.fach-pedersen.net/SPOOL/

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In honor of the HOMEWORK document, I automated it to update every couple of minutes :-)

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this should be at the top! most complete option yet, with preservation of the original documents. many thanks!

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If you'd like to follow in real time I wrote a shell script that pipes all new entries directly to your printer:

https://gist.github.com/spro/5416485

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Fantastic, thank you. I've got a dot matrix printer that's been hooked up and waiting for a project for some time now...I think this is exactly it.

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1. install ghostpdl - I'm using version 9.07 from here:

    http://code.google.com/p/ghostscript/downloads/detail?name=ghostpdl-9.07.tar.bz2
2. Download all of the things

    curl whytheluckystiff.net | grep SPOOL | cut -f1 | cut -d/ -f2 | while read line; do wget http://whytheluckystiff.net/SPOOL/$line && pcl6 -o $line.pdf -sDEVICE=pdfwrite $line; done

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You guys are going to be so mad when he announces he's doing Node now :)

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Okay, so I've curated it a little bit - flipped everything right-ways-up, and arranged it into what I think are three logical sequences in what i think is the correct order:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r9m1nlo4c7i7umf/cpUb9PU6pJ

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here's a transcription of the "trials" sequence:

## TRIALS

TRIALS

Once a year, I take a month & I read everything I can by one author.

This year I read 4 books by Thomas Bernhard in one month.

And the year before that, it was everything by Denton Welch in one month.

But - in 2009 - see, this was very very dangerous - I read everything by Franz Kafka in one month.

I started with "Amerika."

It was August.

I read The Castle.

## READING

I read The Trial.

I read all the short stories.

I read The Stoker, even though it's (verbatim) the 1st chapter of Amerika - because I really enjoyed Amerika.

I read all the deleted stuff.

All the Blue Octavo notebooks.

The Burrows and so on.

I skimped on the letters.

(Don't care who he was outside of his own imagination.)

And when I was finished, I felt done.

It went quick.

## BURN

I finished early.

I was done.

I was decimated.

To program any more was pointless.

My programs would never live as long as the trial.

Hadn't he told Max Brod to destroy all of those books?

He had sad to burn them, my friend, to burn these books.

But look, here was Amerika, thoroughly reconstructed.

## YOUGETIT

And yet completely unfinished, in my hands.

What if Amerika was only written for 32-bit PowerPC?

Can an unfinished program be reconstructed??

Can I write a program and go, "Ah, well, you get the gist of it."

If The Trial was written for 32-bit PowerPC, Max Brod wouldn't have to burn them! He would just be like, "How do I even get this thing off the hard drive?"

## EYES

But no.

It wasn't written for 32-bit PowerPC.

It was written for eyes.

At the end of Amerika, we don't even know how Karl gets to Oklahoma.

Who cares - he's in Amerika and he goes to Oklahoma.

In that last chapter, they say, "Does everyone have their identification papers?"

And a woman pulls a large bundle of papers out of her baby carriage - her perambulator - and raises them.

Karl has no papers, he simply raises his hand.

## FAREWELL

This is good enough, so they let him by.

What if he had not told Max Brod to burn them?

What if he had just not said anything to Max Brod except, "thanks a lot," and, "A fond farewell to you!"

In fact, seems weird he didn't burn them himself.

Tuberculosis doesn't stop you from burning paper, right?

A thousand pages.

Two thousand pages.

Maybe three thousand pages.

## FIRELESS

That's a lot, but I think he could have doone it, even alone, even with tuberculosis.

Imagine Kafka's fiendish little face rubbing his hands over that fire!

Seems fun.

Or he could have hidden it inside an old 32-bit PowerPC.

No one's going to look there.

Just goes to show that you can't trust people who aren't you.

Of course he didn't want them burned.

That was just Kafka, writing his own death.

The ending has his signature on it.

Reality's kind of a medium, maybe greater than paper.

## TORN

We all want life to have the same texture that we read about in novels.

Promise me you'll never read all 3 Kafka novels in a month.

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// missing line

  A computer will never live as long as the The Trial.
// typos

  He had [said] to burn them, my friend, to burn these books.

  [This] was just Kafka, writing his own death.
  [This] ending has his signature on it.

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For a lengthy discussion of how to get access to these posts you can read about the last time it happened:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5540796

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Have there been any updates since that post, or is this just a dupe?

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There's been a new set of things posted.

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Thanks for that - I had no way of checking, and there was nothing indicated by the person who submitted the link.

Useful to have the specific confirmation. I've edited my comment so it's now clearer, but I guess the downvote will persist and the comment will sink. <fx shrug /> Never mind.

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Honestly, it doesn't read anything like he's "coming back" ('he' being the _why 'character'). Which is sad.

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Of course not - he's far too busy being Satoshi.

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I like to imagine theyre roommates or something. I think I prefer it to whatever the reality is.

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And Mark Pilgrim!

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Just a note, it's a printer spool. So as new things are added, old ones are going away.

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you can just just clone the git repo and step back in time if you missed any

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Can someone explain me what the hell is that website?

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You'll have to do some digging to see the history of it:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5540796

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He stripped the site of contents now. Everything's still in the repository history though: https://github.com/cwales/cwales.github.com/commits/master

My mirror's at http://thomas.fach-pedersen.net/SPOOL/ has all the documents in PCL, PDF, and properly oriented PNGs if you're tired of turning your monitor upside down :)

I made an imgur album of the PNGs too: http://imgur.com/a/dJpuG

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A friend of mine put together the full book as a pdf: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5575707 / http://www.scribd.com/doc/136875051/-why-s-complete-printer-... / https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/8z6j7bju8qx7g7o/WHY_FULL...

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Bored now. The big drama queen.

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New files added:

[edit] SPOOL/TORN http://imgur.com/jMi4TiZ

[edit] SPOOL/AMANDA: http://imgur.com/9Gh4mRs

[edit] SPOOL/REVERSE: http://imgur.com/keddF4h

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I am enjoying this, Jonathan. Keep it up.

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Sappily enough, seems like he fell in love, or something. That's what I'm reading from AMANDA, he met a girl, and loves her more than Ruby (should that even be possible!?)

Whatever the reason, I'm enjoying the ride!

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The github version was just ipdated with a file called amanda 6 minutes ago! can't find a pcl viewer for mac right now so I cant help that way

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MacPCLtoPDF works well.

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Is he trolling?

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I'm not sure. This may depend on how exactly you define trolling.

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I mean, I don't really get it, that's why I think he's trolling. I don't mean trolling in the sense that you spam "fuck you" on a forum, rather the sense that he is fooling or teasing us(if that's the right word) in a intelligent way.

I don't really know much about _why nor the Ruby community.

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https://gist.github.com/dokipen/5415806

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Is the site ever up? I've tried a number of times and it always seems to be down.

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I'm getting a GitHub 404 now.

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Is there an explanation on how to access these posts? Thank you!

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They are in PCL. A viewer such as http://openpcl.sourceforge.net/ will work.

On the Mac PCLtoPDF does a really nice job http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/pcltopdf.html

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https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5571702

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Is this site ever up?

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