On this day, I of course bring you anime women, but also hopefully some food for thought. For all of the criticisms of the United States, there remains one element of the country which stands beyond reproach: its downright radical interpretation of personal liberty, embodied most perfectly in its approach to free speech. That very liberty is one of the reasons why this site can exist, as some of the content on here – despite being utterly harmless drawings – is deemed illegal in much of the world for one reason or another.
However for some this absence of tyranny is not a virtue, but rather an opportunity in the market. As the world wide web becomes increasingly centralized and our words subject to ever more scrutiny by depression-addled pawns in the employ of major social media companies, we need to remember that freedom of speech is fundamentally a principle. The tolerance of words and ideas is not meant to be reduced to a mere set of laws enforced by the state, but should rather be a guiding star for our behavior in our personal and professional capacities. The myth of the unassailable private company is a pernicious lie peddled by the disingenuous and the misinformed. Even a cursory glance at the thoughts expressed by the founders makes it eminently clear that the USA’s laws prohibiting the policing of speech were not so formulated because they intended to restrain government while giving private enterprises unlimited power to control what can or cannot be said, but simply because it was utterly inconceivable that any entity besides the government could so effectively silence someone, let alone that any one company could have the power to monitor, collect and analyze the speech of billions.
Our modern landscape is dominated by rootless multinational organizations who have a slavish devotion to ensuring that only speech deemed acceptable can be funded, seen and expressed. They are eagerly supported by those too shortsighted or too ignorant of history to see that the same mechanisms of censorship would have been been used to stifle their expression not too long ago; a different cultural climate may very well result in these useful idiots being crushed underfoot by their own tools in the future, though for everyone’s sake I hope that does not happen. The policies of payment processing companies like PayPal and Stripe seek to restrict the funding of anything they dislike (including pornography, which is particularly relevant to this site) and their wishes trickle downstream to platforms that may otherwise have been open. The laws of every jurisdiction known to man, the policies of other companies and the fleeting opinions of a site’s operators cause platforms to trend towards zero liberty as every petty tyrant whittles away at the user’s freedom. The Internet is far from being the great liberator we envisioned in its youth; the concentration of power in the past decade, coupled with the ability to project that power across the globe in under 500 milliseconds has made the Net a tool for oppression that would make authoritarians of days gone green with envy.
And yet there shines a white light of hope in the darkness: decentralization. Tools like InterPlanetary File System and Substratum potentially offer us the ability to freely publish content across the globe in a way that we no longer have to resign ourselves to the whims of social media platforms or cloud service providers. Truly private cryptocurrencies like Monero enable us to engage in commerce with digital cash, sans the opinionated middlemen. The question always remains whether these project will ever see mass adoption; much useful software gets regulated out of existence or ends up being impenetrable to anyone but the technically inclined. There is however, no better time to learn than now. The restoration of our collective natural liberty depends on us mastering the tools to safeguard ourselves from tyrants both public and private.
Here are all the images posted from the start of June to now. No images that have not appeared on the blog or the original June 2010 archive will ever be included in the batch releases, ensuring that all releases are standardized. If you have been keeping up and have all the images from May 2019, download the incremental pack. Otherwise, download the complete pack to get all the images I have edited. Featured here is the image which I liked the most from this month in editing.
Nine years later and I’m still here and alive. Go figure. I am quite happy with my output and despite setbacks like Automattic deleting my WordPress.com blog, I still consider this year to be a resounding success. The forthcoming figures will highlight why.
I have edited 2,928 images. Looking at my records, here is the yearly breakdown:
Year 1: 344
Year 2: 295
Year 3: 311
Year 4: 292
Year 5: 314
Year 6: 323
Year 7: 343
Year 8: 297
Year 9: 300
The output for this year is slightly lower than the annual average over all years, but not by much. My error rate jumped from 1.14% to 1.40% as I fixed errors from past years, but I can at least take solace in the fact that my overall error rate has a downward trend, indicating that as the years have gone on, I have gotten more careful; this year saw me make only two errors.
Of course, these numbers only capture one facet of my output. I released a short To Love-Ru doujin and my first H-manga with Double Ring; I found great joy in seeing an enthusiastic response from someone who I respect upon receipt of the surprise gift. The effort that went into Double Ring was comparable to several months of regular editing work and it feels good to know that the effort was well-received. I also restored, by hand, over 8 years of blog posts that would have otherwise been lost, all thanks to a wonderfully kind soul.
This year also saw developments with my software projects. I released the long-in-development rewrite of the color bruteforcer in Rust. I continue to tinker with it on and off; I have been playing with the idea of adding support for additional blending modes, but I have to see if it proves useful. The booru note copier also had big updates, as I finally added proper tests, implemented a continuous integration build and fixed a long-standing bug that prevented a Gelbooru post from being marked as translated. This all serves to make the project more robust and gives greater confidence that I’m not breaking shit when I change things. The only tasks left for the project currently are an overhaul of the readme and further fleshing out of some of the documentation.
The past year of this odd project of mine started on a bad note. When my old blog got deleted last August, I felt absolutely gutted. It took me a long time to piece together what happened (Automattic refuses to tell me exactly what rule I broke) and it took me weeks to find a reasonably-priced host that would allow my content. However, the site is now self-hosted, and I feel truly independent, charting my own course with renewed vigor. I cannot fucking wait until I have officially been doing this for an entire decade. Here’s to another year filled with Photoshopping and fapping! Prost!
Here are all the images posted from the start of May to now. No images that have not appeared on the blog or the original June 2010 archive will ever be included in the batch releases, ensuring that all releases are standardized. If you have been keeping up and have all the images from April 2019, download the incremental pack. Otherwise, download the complete pack to get all the images I have edited. Featured here is the image which I liked the most from this month in editing.
More images of KanColle girls. The first three images are re-edits using higher-quality Pixiv sources of images posted in 2015 and 2016, while the rest are new. Once again, using images sourced from Twitter was my undoing. For transparency, the errors have been marked on my error spreadsheet.
Maids for the maid god! Or, at the very least, girls in frilly, vaguely maid-like clothing, which is good enough for me. My previous Maid Day post has an explanation of how the phenomenon started.
On another note, all of my previous content has been restored! I am considering recreating all the old batch release posts, but I am undecided as of now. Thank you once again to the kind soul who had the foresight to save everything locally for me; I am now archiving everything on my site, should my backups fail or the site go down. Doing the restoration process manually was certainly time consuming, but it allowed me to reminisce, as well as do small maintenance tasks like fix dead links, avoid images which I later fixed and double-check the categories on each post. What a trip down memory lane, tedious though it was.
With the restoration and archiving done, I will likely next focus on a new theme for the site. I like tradition and I do not care for change for the sake of change, but my current WordPress theme is almost nine years old and there is a world of difference between the web of 2010 and now, not the least of which is the rise in mobile usage. The theme does not adhere to the principles of responsive design, nor is it mobile-friendly, making the site nearly unusable on anything but a computer. Crotchety and disdainful as I may be, it is clear that mobile compatibility is valued by users and search engines alike.
Here are all the images posted from the start of April to now. No images that have not appeared on the blog or the original June 2010 archive will ever be included in the batch releases, ensuring that all releases are standardized. If you have been keeping up and have all the images from March 2019, download the incremental pack. Otherwise, download the complete pack to get all the images I have edited. Featured here is the image which I liked the most from this month in editing.