Tweets from January 2017

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar: beautifully written secondary world fantasy. Pacing may not be to everyone's liking.

2017-01-15 19:22:10 +0000

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin: an engaging continuation of The Fifth Season. Recommended.

2017-01-20 21:34:52 +0000

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe / The Ballad of Black Tom: both critical responses to Lovecraft, but can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories.

2017-01-30 18:45:49 +0000

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar: even better than the first book. Re-reading will be interesting b/c of how stories are intertwined.

2017-01-30 18:48:11 +0000

2017-01-30 20:39:24 +0000

Hello world

I'm finally ditching the WordPress blog on my old server in favour of a statically generated one on my new server. I'm using Nikola, which seems pretty cool so far. I have imported my embarrassing old posts and some aggregated tweet backups. I'm hoping that if I make this blog usable again I will actually use it, so that I can stop cramming everything into 160-character telegrams stored on other people's servers. No comments for now; hardly anyone ever commented anyway. ;)

Tweets from December 2016

Heeeeey, you can pay very little to get a bundle of unix-related O'Reilly books:

2016-12-06 13:38:39 +0000

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: as good as it is reputed to be. Recommended.

2016-12-11 08:09:56 +0000

@ParadoxMirror I found an uncorrected proof in a second-hand bookshop. Did not buy book 2 in case it sucked. Filled with deepest regret. :(

2016-12-11 10:22:16 +0000

@froztbyte It is good and you should read it. It's a fantasy heist novel set in a Renaissance Venice expy. A bit tropey, but a lot of fun.

2016-12-11 16:57:42 +0000

@rgaiacs @swcarpentry Hey, thanks! :) Couldn't have done it without our other local instructors and helpers!

2016-12-13 13:26:44 +0000

@rgaiacs Awesome. Thanks! :D

2016-12-13 15:19:21 +0000

Does your GTK theme look weird in Firefox in Ubuntu 16.10? This is probably why:

2016-12-14 00:03:23 +0000

Mostly CT tech/data peeps: who can help a UCT researcher organise and analyse gigs of heterogenous govt data? Advice, tools, etc.. Ping me.

2016-12-21 07:57:36 +0000

Looks like another nail in LiveJournal's coffin:

2016-12-31 12:14:10 +0000

Tweets from November 2016

Finally caught up on Rosemary Kirstein's excellent Steerswoman series. I really look forward to the conclusion.

2016-11-16 16:25:15 +0000

@brimer80 @Ben_Aaronovitch Maciej is the full name; Maciek is the diminutive. The surname should be Kawiński, unless it's anglicised.

2016-11-19 11:05:49 +0000

@Ben_Aaronovitch Janusz is fine; it's a common name although possibly a bit old-fashioned. But pick literally any other Polish surname. ;)

2016-11-19 11:07:23 +0000

@storm_freya You can, but you have to un-retweet it first. Then you can re-retweet it. It's a state you toggle, but you can update the time.

2016-11-20 12:42:48 +0000

I think that you can retweet your existing retweet with a comment...

2016-11-20 12:44:33 +0000

...some time later with an additional comment.

2016-11-20 12:45:09 +0000

If this works, then you can also retweet the same tweet twice with different comments.

2016-11-20 12:46:15 +0000

Tweets from October 2016

Missed the last Long List Anthology kickstarter? Now you can get both.

2016-10-01 10:21:56 +0000

Terrible SFF book covers

2016-10-01 12:20:20 +0000

Have some of your Qt5 apps mysteriously lost their system tray icons in recent versions of Ubuntu? Try uninstalling appmenu-qt5.

2016-10-02 20:02:31 +0000

.@pyconza has been awesome so far! Almost time for my LARP-writing-and-gender talk; as of today I even have slides. ;)

2016-10-07 13:01:54 +0000

First day of @pyconza sprints today. Bring your own thing! Help someone else with their thing! Initial thing list:

2016-10-08 06:46:44 +0000

All the #PyConZA 2016 videos are out! Here's a playlist of the entire conference:

2016-10-10 16:14:09 +0000

"The Spider Who Couldn't Hide" (not for spider haters, obviously)

2016-10-27 21:22:35 +0000

Click through to read the thread! Someday I hope to have the same experience with vintage sewing machines. :)

2016-10-28 20:34:05 +0000

Tweets from September 2016

@makinglight I can't access your RSS / Atom feed because your domain is refusing connections from the server where I host my reader (ttrss).

2016-09-08 12:39:34 +0000

@makinglight Are you blocking access from certain ranges of IPs? I can download the files directly from my local computer.

2016-09-08 12:40:09 +0000

@makinglight Is your hosting provider perhaps blocking access from Hetzner servers? Also, is there a better channel for reporting this?

2016-09-09 07:06:57 +0000

@makinglight I have worked around the issue by using a proxy for your feed.

2016-09-09 07:16:26 +0000


2016-09-09 10:08:01 +0000

@bumpycat @astrolabe_cat That's the much more fun kind.

2016-09-12 11:57:29 +0000

Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky: concept maybe not that original, but I'm a sucker for monster protagonists and critiques of D&D morality.

2016-09-13 14:38:59 +0000

(Also, spiders are adorable. Who doesn't love spiders?)

2016-09-13 14:39:19 +0000

@woollythinker They're like little eight-legged kittens. I just don't understand this inexplicable aversion. ;)

2016-09-13 14:50:53 +0000

SMBC is channelling Oglaf today

2016-09-15 09:16:59 +0000

Comix broken in Xenial? Get the patched Fedora package:

2016-09-25 18:27:33 +0000

Monospaced fonts with ligatures for common programming symbols

2016-09-28 21:30:46 +0000

Tweets from August 2016

Remembering the Yugoslav Antiwar Movement of the Early 1990s via @razvigor

2016-08-02 08:40:19 +0000

Thanks to our awesome playtesters, our post-apocalyptic musical D&D bard module is almost ready for Dragonfire! :D

2016-08-03 22:05:13 +0000

Final Dragonfire spam: come and play in my and @hodgestar's D&D bard modules! Rules-light; don't need to know D&D.

2016-08-06 07:03:59 +0000

@imsickofmaps Run after them! You are entitled to demand their first-born child as payment. Hope you have singing appliances in your manor.

2016-08-10 14:40:37 +0000

Arrange ebooks in multiple formats into subdirectories for Calibre import: for f in .epub; do n="${f%.}"; mkdir "$n"; mv "$n".* "$n"; done

2016-08-11 14:26:18 +0000

(Replace epub with any format represented in every book. Assumes all formats of the same book have the same name except the extension.)

2016-08-11 14:27:40 +0000

Another tip: if you prefer your comics in PDF or CBZ, but you also want the metadata, import the EPUB as well and delete it afterwards.

2016-08-11 14:28:46 +0000

By the way, there's a Dark Horse Humble Bundle available: :D

2016-08-11 14:29:53 +0000

Rogue One trailer!

2016-08-12 07:29:04 +0000

A user script which automatically exposes RSS feeds for YouTube channels, since YouTube still can't be bothered.

2016-08-13 08:33:39 +0000

Syria's ‘White Helmets’ Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize via @joeyayoub

2016-08-16 13:25:22 +0000

Put this in ~/bin/gerp: IFS=$'\n' for line in grep $@ do echo "$line" | sed -r "s/(.{$(((RANDOM%10)+1))})(.)(.)/\1\3\2/g" done

2016-08-17 17:41:04 +0000

Future You will find this hilarious!

2016-08-17 17:41:50 +0000

Hey, another Humble Bundle of programming books:

2016-08-17 18:21:04 +0000

I'm playing the lovely Samorost 3 on Linux with the latest version of Wine. So far, so good.

2016-08-18 14:52:47 +0000

Dilara Yarcı's traditional Turkish illumination (for my SCA peeps)

2016-08-19 22:44:09 +0000

Armed police ticket a woman for wearing a long-sleeved shirt on the beach in France. Not the Onion.

2016-08-24 05:27:07 +0000

@fijall IIRC one anticipated benefit = optimal intersections without inefficient traffic lights. But this requires 100% driverless cars.

2016-08-25 07:28:43 +0000

Consider a spherical cow...

2016-08-29 07:40:58 +0000

It's not just about hair. It's never just about hair.

2016-08-29 09:46:12 +0000

Full sandwich robot video, for all your crappy robot needs:

2016-08-29 14:30:40 +0000

Man with baby owls

2016-08-29 16:06:28 +0000

Coherence (2013): this story had more compelling characterisation when it was the Seventh Voyage of Ijon Tichy by Stanisław Lem.

2016-08-29 19:20:27 +0000

Tweets from July 2016

My first day at #DebConf16 at UCT! :)

2016-07-04 10:18:39 +0000

@aliwilgus Lois McMaster Bujold? The protagonists of the Vorkosigan series are basically nice people & the tone of the books is optimistic.

2016-07-05 09:47:15 +0000

@astrolabe_cat Are you aware of @DrScienceCat? I believe that @DrScienceCat is relevant to your interests.

2016-07-11 23:25:34 +0000

Cartoonists campaign to have artist released from Manus Island detention centre

2016-07-20 09:49:32 +0000

Vampire: the Masquerade fans, this Humble RPG Book Bundle may be relevant to your interests.

2016-07-27 19:01:41 +0000

Tweets from June 2016

Look at my horse, my horse is amazing

2016-06-09 08:21:59 +0000

A 100-year-old suffragette-themed boardgame

2016-06-09 08:48:32 +0000

Curried seagull

2016-06-10 11:23:16 +0000

Cat cafés are important FOR SCIENCE.

2016-06-15 13:53:05 +0000

@SlackHQ Where do I file a (non-security-related) bug report? Can't find anything appropriate on your site.

2016-06-17 09:47:40 +0000

Procedural spaceship generator (via @hodgestar)

2016-06-21 17:11:50 +0000

ICON has leveled up to a proper venue! It was an awesome experience -- definitely coming back next year! #icon2016

2016-06-26 16:52:08 +0000

At #ICON2016 an owl sat on my head.

2016-06-26 16:53:08 +0000

Tweets from May 2016

@ParadoxMirror Sorry about the shitty people. :( I wish we didn't have these constant relapses into conservatism.

2016-05-04 00:11:20 +0000

SCA peeps, does this remind you of something? ;)

2016-05-04 07:03:04 +0000

The year's most important writing award, the Lyttle Lytton:

2016-05-04 10:00:15 +0000

This is neat -- a tool for tagging your files in the shell.

2016-05-06 13:05:04 +0000

Flight delayed in US because of scary differential equations

2016-05-08 09:19:48 +0000

This Saturday, Tobias Brandt will present a talk about neural networks in Python at @AlexanderBarCT. #ctpug

2016-05-09 09:14:58 +0000

Duck typing

2016-05-10 07:11:25 +0000

"JOSS is an open source, developer-friendly journal for research software packages."

2016-05-10 07:32:03 +0000

TIL about bm, a commandline bookmark manager:

2016-05-10 12:24:39 +0000

John Oliver on bad science reporting

2016-05-10 16:41:04 +0000

"Nine years of censorship" (of scientific research in Canada)

2016-05-11 13:01:24 +0000

Yesss, finally a collection of Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath stories: Do you like Le Guin? You will probably like this.

2016-05-15 22:29:07 +0000

"Translating Gender: 'Ancillary Justice' in Five Languages"

2016-05-17 09:18:20 +0000

"Death in Space"

2016-05-17 10:12:25 +0000

Squeaky fruitbat

2016-05-17 11:24:26 +0000

Thermoplastic in card form which melts at a low temperature and re-solidifies

2016-05-17 11:31:02 +0000

@faassen Ugh, it's the "real art requires suffering" myth all over again. Stapled to the "innate talent" myth associated with maths / CS.

2016-05-20 07:51:57 +0000

@faassen Some people mistake experience so deep it's invisible for "innate talent".

2016-05-20 07:54:34 +0000

Someone made a smart cat exercise wheel monitored by a Raspberry Pi:

2016-05-24 21:05:12 +0000


2016-05-26 13:23:45 +0000

Fantasy map tutorial, enhanced by strong language

2016-05-26 22:09:58 +0000

"Europe announces that all scientific papers should be free by 2020"

2016-05-30 09:29:29 +0000

My mother earwormed me with this video. You're welcome.

2016-05-30 11:07:16 +0000