Live stream: Emacs, LibrePlanet 2022, philosophy
On Saturday 2022-02-19 at 12:30 +0200 I held a live stream. The
recording of the video is available. Below is the text of the
#+TITLE: Live: Emacs videos, LibrePlanet 2022, philosophy presentations #+AUTHOR: Protesilaos Stavrou (https://protesilaos.com) #+DATE: 2022-02-19 Hello everyone! I have been meaning to do a live stream for a while now, but could not make it happen due to various reasons: the weather was bad, my Internet connection was intermittent, there always was maintenance work for my Emacs packages as well as new releases... You get the idea. Anyhow, I have some brief announcements to make and then we can check the chat for any questions. I posted the schedule for this stream about 30 minutes ago, so I don't expect anyone to show up. No worries! You will get the recorded version. * Completion UIs in the modus-themes Earlier this week I published version =2.1.0=: it is already available in all the package archives and emacs.git. However there is a set of stylistic constraints in the user option ~modus-themes-completions~. I am currently finalising its refactoring so that it accepts an ~alist~ type of value. **This is a backward incompatible change** meaning that old values will be ignored gracefully: you will get the default looks and will need to update ~modus-themes-completions~ according to its new documentation. Sample of the far more powerful/flexible redesign: #+begin_src emacs-lisp (setq modus-themes-completions '((matches . (extrabold background intense)) (selection . (semibold accented intense)) (popup . (accented)))) ;; OR the same list of properties for all keys: (setq modus-themes-completions '((t . (extrabold intense)))) #+end_src Once this refactoring is complete, I will publish version =2.2.0=. This will be an exception to the rule, as I normally tag a release every month or so. The change log entry will explain the details. Thank you for your understanding! * My talk at LibrePlanet 2022 I will deliver a presentation about Emacs and the notion of "living in freedom". Most of it will be philosophical, though there will be technical insights about Emacs and its practical use as a liberating program. LibrePlanet is an annual event organised by the Free Software Foundation: https://libreplanet.org/2022/. I still cannot be more specific about the event. This will change in the coming days or weeks. Please stay tuned on my website's code blog section: https://protesilaos.com/codelog. * No more Emacs tutorials/demos I have decided to talk about Emacs only in relation to some wider theme, such as what I will do at LibrePlanet 2022. The reason is that I no longer have time to do videos about Emacs AND also maintain my Emacs packages: the latter take up most of my free time already and I think they deserve to be prioritised. As an aside: the disproportionate workload is one of the reasons I removed =use-package= from my dotemacs. Making my setup considerably /harder to reproduce/ raised the barrier to entry, thus sorting out low effort questions I would receive practically on a daily basis. I always made it clear in the README that my dotfiles are not a distro or something you just plug-n-play, but here we are... This is consistent with my position against spoon-feeding new users---and you already know I take documentation very seriously, which is not the same thing. * Philosophy videos I already published two long presentations on philosophy. There are many more to follow. My approach is to be understandable to a general audience. You do not need to have studied philosophy before, though that definitely helps. The thing with philosophy is that you can say something profound without sounding or looking profound. There is no need for certificates, other figments of social status, professorial palaver, increasingly obscure jargon... This is how I live philosophy, anyway, and will stay that way. I understand no-one necessarily signed up to this channel for that type of content. Now is a good time to search for alternatives. * Moving to the live chat So that's all for today folks. Thank you for your attention! I will now read the chat, in case there is anything there, otherwise I am closing this.
The video thumbnail is a tweak of the Levitating, Meditating, Flute-playing Gnu under the terms of the GNU General Public License: https://www.gnu.org/graphics/meditate.html