12 Dec 2019, 12:32

feedback on Permanent.org

Hi Robert

I can imagine my comment may have come as a surprise; I have a sense that you guys are working very hard on this product and making it the best you can.

I have my digital stuff scattered over a smattering of web properties, and despite you guys having a cool domain name and being from Austin, it’s hard for me to understand why I want to upload to “one more place” online.

and, truth be told, there are a few concerns I have about your service in particular.

As best I can tell, nothing is encrypted on permanent.org.  That’s fine for photos, I guess, especially if the target audience is to allow the photos to be seen by others.  With the news of NSA and privacy, etc, I don’t relish the idea of putting my things out in the proverbial open for government to see.

I know that’s a weird concern for me to send via plain text email (and post on my journal smh), but it just reminds me that your service is similar to Dropbox in that regard.

I have loads of space on Dropbox, having racked up tens of gigs when they had a free-for-all on storing photos several years ago.

How many times have I gone back to see those photos?  Not many.  I have ended up using that space for source code and images for some mobile games I’m making, and for storing archived worlds from Minecraft.

I have a free pro account on SmugMug, which I scored by writing an API script for them. In my mind, they definitely have a nicer user interface than Dropbox or Permanent. If you could get your user interface up to par with SmugMug user interface, I’d be more likely to refer friends to your service.  (One problem with SmugMug is they mangle filenames e.g. https://thunderrabbit.smugmug.com/Art/Art-show-at-ELF-14-15-March/i-34h4hPd/A)

When I see your user interface, I get a bit overwhelmed with different options that are there.  I personally suck at creating user interfaces, so I don’t really know what to suggest about it.  (I’m an engineer, not a designer.). It’s hard for me to put the time in to learn your user interface.  

It’s easy enough to have a big upload button and slap all the photos onto Permanent, but then it’s like they went down a black hole, and I don’t really know how to show anybody what’s there in any kind of nice way.

Also, Permanent mangles the names of the files that I upload.  I can see how that would be critical for your maintenance of tens of bajillions of files.. but if you could keep the filenames in the URL, it would be easier for me to use it happily.  Dropbox keeps file names intact, which I appreciate.  ((bad example here with spaces in filename  https://www.dropbox.com/personal/ConSwi%20Animal%20Games%20With%20music/hud_buttons/back%403x.png but the filename is intact.))

Also, I have unlimited storage on my web provider, and loads of time spent on crafting nice URLs that are permanent and human-readable.

Finally, as far as I understand, your source code is closed source.

I am using MediaWiki to deal with URLs, including redirects and file versions and such for my online images.

If you’re still reading, click the following URL and I’ll tell you my User Story:


(despite saying I’m not a UI designer, I do like to draw)

  1. I am a user who has drawn an image that I want to put online for all the world to see.
  2. I upload the image, including its name, description, and any other metadata.
  3. the resulting URL is permanent. (but it is pretty long, so I adapted a URL shortener service to create a short URL.)
  4. I write the (short) URL on the back of the art.  It is the canonical permalink for this art piece. e.g. URL: https://art.robnugen.com/mh19
  5. The file history is created automagically as I upload new versions of the art.  (Versions of Magnetic Highway are visible at the bottom of this page https://wiki.robnugen.com/wiki/File:Magnetic_Highway_-_29_Nov_2019.jpg)
  6. mediawiki takes care of creating an index of all of the art pieces.  The index is visible at https://art.robnugen.com/art
  7. There is one feature that I might have to write myself.  I want the category listing https://art.robnugen.com/art to show the art pieces in reverse DATE order instead of alphabetical order.
  • - end of my user story

if you’re still still reading, good luck with Permanent, and I am open to answering any questions that may have come up for you from reading the above.


Rob Nugen, older wiser brother of Fred Nugen, who is friends with Robert Ristroph.  I think y’all know one or both of them??


12 Dec 2019, 10:02

art and TJ Bike

I am headed to the bike shop to get TJ Bike’s back sprocket changer fixed; I plan to draw art while waiting.

11 Dec 2019, 22:32

today was great despite waking up late

(written 22:32 Wednesday 11 December 2019 JST)

I got to work on time and traded contact details with students who wanted to do homework over the holidays.

Chatted with Joanna, who I had met at Rin’s animalistic yoga event. We seem to have similar calendaring systems; i.e. we use them and follow them. We set up a meeting for mid January 2020.

Worked a bit on AB, but I could not do as much as I wanted because the wifi at the internet cafe (DiCE) was not working properly. I did not want to download a bunch of stuff via my phone, so I worked on preparing a list of my websites for my friend Deneys to look at in terms of doing copywriting. I composed this email to send him tomorrow once his schedule settles.

Hi Deneys

There are several different projects that I judge could use some help in promotions.

  1. promoting my workshops as Barefoot Rob
  2. promoting my art (Marble Track 3 animation)
  3. promoting my art (drawings)
  4. promoting MKP Japan
  5. promoting my art (mazes)

I don’t know if copywriting is part of promoting, but if there is a match here, I would love your guidance and help. In order of need (1 being the highest), if any of these speak to you, let’s talk about how I can make them better.

1. these are for my workshops as Barefoot Rob

2. these are for Marble Track 3

3. These are for my drawings

4. This is for MKP Japan

5. These are for my mazes,

but I am doing the colorful drawings more than mazes now

Basically then headed in to work at JB and talked about the lesson for BP tomorrow. I made several corrections to the lesson plan and Eriko made the fixes. Super grateful for her making the lesson plans; relatively easy for me to go in and do the teaching part.

A good idea popped into my brain for the kids lesson at 15:30. We have worked on “what’s your name?” enough that the know to parrot back “my name is ______.” To help them with pronouns (and eventually reported speech), I ask “what’s her name?” or “what’s his name?” or “what’s my name?”

They like to play velcro ping pong ball darts, and this is where the brainstorm came. I used the same pattern to ask about scores. “What’s your score?” “What’s her score?” etc. We went through about 8 sets of having the kids ask each other the question and write scores on the whiteboard. Then went to “What’s your total score?” but I did not emphasize the word ‘total’.. I just gave them a chance to practice adding up numbers.

11 Dec 2019, 07:46

woke up late

Today after my alarm woke me up at 5am, I turned it off and then thought “oops I should have snoozed it” and promptly fell asleep again until 6am.

Fortunately, I had not planned to leave until 6:00am, so I was within tolerances of leaving on time.

On Wednesday mornings I wake up early so I can sit on a train that begins from 登戸 station at 6:57am. The train arrives in 登戸 at 6:27 am and chills for an hour, offering something like 450 seats to people who are willing to sit for half an hour before departing.

Today, though I arrived in Noborito at 6:40, I was still able to get a seat on that train. Yay!

08 Dec 2019, 22:27

I effed up my toe on Sunday (NSFL)

(written 22:27 Wednesday 11 December 2019 JST)

TJ Bike’s rear gear set decided to be stuck in top gear, so I cannot easily go up hills without the chain skipping gears. While trying to get started moving again, I started to lose balance and my sandal(*) got stuck on the pedal so I could not put my foot down in time to catch myself before my little toe got banged into the curb and ripped off the front corner of skin.

(*) yes, I wear sandals while riding TJ Bike because I don’t want to wear shoes, but the pedals are too painful to go barefoot. Plus, the sandals are just a bit of protection during any small mishaps.

08 Dec 2019, 21:52

Animalistic Yoga with Rin

On Sunday night I went to Rin’s first animalistic yoga class; it was pretty fun though the location was like right on the street so I was self conscious as we were making various animal sounds and expressing ourselves freely.

I look forward to the next one, which I think will be in January!

05 Dec 2019, 23:04

hung out with Rin to hear about her trip

Rin came to Jonathan’s to chat with me; we had not had a chance to catch up since our trips starting in October! She was able to hang out with her grandmother and chocolate covered coffee. Sounds like quite an experience!

We each have changed a lot since October; I am allowing more abundance into my life, and she is meeting lots of cool people who live here and beyond!

05 Dec 2019, 23:01

Great first lesson at BP

Today was the first of 12 lessons at BP. John, Yoko, Daisuke were there in the last session. This time there are 9 others.

Just enough time to create 4 teams of 3 at the end of the lesson; I had planned to do it but forgot about it until the end. It worked out perfectly though because it created some excitement and great energy for the students.

The team names are “42”, “Yes”, “Upper”, and “Booster”

I am really excited for how it’s turning out.

01 Dec 2019, 20:49

State of My Life Address
  1. I am very close to finishing the goals I set in August for this year: 1 website, 4 workshops, 4 sessions, better relationship with Lin.
  2. Lin and my relationship is definitely getting better, mostly because I have chilled out a lot about things that annoy me. Except for one: today I explained very clearly that her asking me to clean my room is ineffective. I am not going to clean it. the end. I did not add that I will clean it at my pace, but I do keep it clean at my own pace.
  3. Yesterday the eye gazing workshop was cancelled, but Lughn attended anyway. We sat together for some sessions, 3, 5, 8, and 8 minutes, respectively. She said it was great and many other superlatives. So happy to hear it! We will do at least one workshop at her place.
  4. Today I told peeps from SOGO that I try to attend SOGO at least twice a month.
  5. As of November, I have started doing online sessions twice a month with one of the men from my online men’s circle.
  6. As of 2 December 2019, I have gotten approval to work on AB again, and just given the last of my souvenirs from the US to my friends, finishing with Ami, as we sat in Jonathan’s near 目黒 station.
  7. Lin, Jennie, and I are all doing fine. Lin’s mom is fine, and set to retire in the middle of this month.
  8. Ma is coming to Tokyo with Madeleine at the end of December. Looking forward to the trip and wondering how it will be paid!
  9. I recently started drawing art again, with my latest two pieces being Magnetic Highway and Happy Worms.
  10. Marble Track 3 construction is still going strong. The total video is ruffly 15 minutes long at this point.
  11. Tonight Lin will be home late; I am writing this from the Jonathan’s where Ami and I met.
  12. I worked for 4 hours tonight at Jonathan’s a got a good bit done.
  13. I had a banging headache on Tuesday after using my computer for 4 hours at the restaurant on Monday.
  14. Just today (Wednesday 4 Dec 2019) I realized I can use Blender to model MT3 pieces in 3D. I have been wondering what software I can use for that. Now I wonder how plausible it will be for me to do it.
  15. Rin invited me to an event she is having in a couple of days. How does her event look so good to me while my (barefoot) event looks so unpopular?
  16. Tomorrow will be the first day I work at BP on Thursdays. 3 month contract to start. Today Eriko took me to breakfast to talk about plans for the lessons.
  17. Today at JB, Hide and I talked about possible subscription services. I wonder about selling my art online. I need to scan my recent pieces and put them on Zazzle or something. Or Zazzle, because that is what I have set up so far.
  18. Today I stayed at On The Marks hotel so I could have a private room for my convo with my client in the US. Having the room was okay, but probably overkill. I will just use a cafe next time.
  19. I walked barefoot outside today when it was 2 degrees C (according to my phone). It was survivable because it was not raining.
  20. I have paused playing with Urbit, and did not finish the 2nd week assignment of Hoon 101. It’s just too low priority for me, with too little upside.
  21. I have been using sigils about once a week after having created several some weeks ago. I have not lit any candles recently. Curious how my desire ebbs and flows.
  22. I have attended 4 weeks of Japanese lessons at the ward office. I just ignored an email I got from a Japanese language school (after I signed up for a free level check) because they have a 10,000 registration fee. I ain’t ready to invest that kinda money in Japanese, sadly enough.
  23. I am still using my 2013 MacBook Pro, and still thinking about getting a new computer, and still thinking about not getting a Mac anything.
  24. Considerations for new computer: must be able to run DragonFrame, Godot, hugo, VirtualBox, and connect to my wifi router + printer. If those work, anything else I care about should work fine.
  25. I have been getting myself off my computer by 10pm each night more often than not in the past week or so. Before that I more often was computering past 11pm.
  26. I am on my way to SCC (for private lessons with Azusa and Yasu) and then BP (for the renewal lesson with 12 students over 12 weeks). I think I have all the right things with me.
  27. Finally, for the record, I told Eriko this time is the last time I am willing to take lessons for 5000 yen per hour.
  28. Update; She agreed to 10,000 yen per hour! Yay!

01 Dec 2019, 20:08

Great day today

Today I woke up late, possibly because my covers were too warm.

I arrived late to SOGO, but apparently they started late so I only missed the beginning of the warmup.

During the core workout, I met Ting, from China, who helped me remember how to count in Mandarin.

During the pair workout, Valeriya taught me the first five numbers in Russian (here is what I remember)

  • ar *
  • triter
  • proky
  • ted

hmm that’s pretty bad. Internet says:

  • a’deen
  • dva
  • tri
  • chetyre
  • pyat’

source https://waytorussia.net/WhatIsRussia/Russian/Part1a.html

Anyway, good workout and good lunch at the Mexican place with Dominique and everyone. I sat next to Dmitri; we mostly talked to the peeps across from us, one of whom grew up in California after her Japanese family lived there during WWII. She is in the process of getting a long term stay visa, by virtue of her heritage.

Got home then took TJ Bike to the shop; his back tire was completely flat this morning! The guy at the shop gave me a new tube because I had just bought a new tube and tire from him a couple weeks ago.

Then I updated two of the pages for my recent art: