Tweets from March 2017

http://callingbullshit.org/

Wed Mar 01 10:20:06 +0000 2017


To Shape the Dark, ed. Athena Andreadis: a hit and miss collection; I particularly liked the Singh and de Bodard stories.

Wed Mar 01 10:31:53 +0000 2017


New Alien: Covenant trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svnAD0TApb8

Wed Mar 01 10:41:20 +0000 2017


.@takealot, you delivered my mother's order to the wrong address days ago; still no resolution. What does she have to do to get this fixed?

Mon Mar 06 10:02:01 +0000 2017


@TAKEALOT Order # 10048525 I can't DM you. Please give me some kind of contact email for more details.

Mon Mar 06 10:44:45 +0000 2017


Tiny #scaleconf tortoise (sadly no banana for scale) https://t.co/a1zqKi5HO2

Thu Mar 09 11:51:19 +0000 2017


@faassen Yes; PDFs of not scanned books. ;) OCR should be good enough to fix this now.

Sun Mar 12 10:27:09 +0000 2017


@faassen The speed of loading is the least of the problem; scanned images of text are also not searchable, indexable, etc..

Sun Mar 12 10:27:54 +0000 2017


@faassen If the typeface is consistent it should be possible to OCR reliably -- but just because it's possible doesn't mean it's done. :/

Sun Mar 12 13:11:24 +0000 2017


The Bel Dame Apocrypha (trilogy) by Kameron Hurley: often grim and depressing, but I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and characterisation.

Mon Mar 20 08:51:57 +0000 2017


The Mirror Empire + The Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley: feels too busy; too many factions, axes; would have preferred a narrower focus.

Fri Mar 24 14:18:26 +0000 2017


timg is a pretty good terminal image viewer: https://github.com/hzeller/timg

Sun Mar 26 20:32:51 +0000 2017


PSA: you can't stick "whatsoever" at the end of any sentence. Why has everyone started doing this all of a sudden? https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/whatsoever-vs-at-all.2412596/

Sun Mar 26 22:34:48 +0000 2017


Currently reading The Stars Are Legion. There's a fictional name which looks like a typo of a common Polish woman's name. So distracting. :/

Mon Mar 27 10:27:39 +0000 2017


Mouse Metronome. Not as ridiculous as some Star Wars EU names. ;) https://twitter.com/HapaxLegoman/status/846384511994748928

Tue Mar 28 18:18:48 +0000 2017


CDs are so old now that arts & crafts websites that tell you what to do with your piles of useless CDs have begun to succumb to bit rot.

Wed Mar 29 22:24:10 +0000 2017


Yoon Ha Lee is doing an AMA! https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/62f6gt/howdy_reddit_im_sff_author_yoon_ha_lee_here_for/

Thu Mar 30 21:43:36 +0000 2017

Tweets from February 2017

RIP Hans Rosling. :( I first heard about him through this viral interview clip, which is more relevant than ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYnpJGaMiXo

Tue Feb 07 18:18:11 +0000 2017


Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee: accessible and engaging despite the complicated premise. Recommended! Sequel to this: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lee_10_12/

Sat Feb 18 22:02:11 +0000 2017


Perfect timing! This Heptarchate short story by Yoon Ha Lee was published a few days ago: http://www.tor.com/2017/02/15/extracurricular-activities/

Mon Feb 20 10:07:09 +0000 2017


Edge --> cat generator. What could possibly go wrong? https://www.metafilter.com/165237/No-idea-how-these-people-got-their-cats-wedged-into-their-neural-nets

Sat Feb 25 07:25:07 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat If you read her other tweets, it looks like the govt has disavowed this, but it's unclear exactly what they disavowed.

Sat Feb 25 07:34:21 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat I suspect some off-the-record bad behaviour ended up in writing because people didn't think things through.

Sat Feb 25 07:37:57 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat And now everyone is scrambling to blame someone else.

Sat Feb 25 07:52:13 +0000 2017


Here's what happens when a trained professional uses a cat generator. :) https://twitter.com/ka92/status/835139879747014657

Sun Feb 26 20:20:58 +0000 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEGpriv2TAc

Mon Feb 27 09:26:05 +0000 2017


Xenophobic letter withdrawn; olympic buck-passing continues. http://www.groundup.org.za/article/school-withdraws-xenophobic-letter/

Mon Feb 27 20:51:44 +0000 2017


Suddenly, every CS graduate in the world panics and googles "how to balance binary tree".

Tue Feb 28 08:59:01 +0000 2017


@Fancierfancier A cursory search suggests that the answer is "you don't, because you use a self-balancing implementation". Trick question?

Tue Feb 28 12:38:31 +0000 2017

Tweets from January 2017

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

Sun Jan 15 19:22:10 +0000 2017


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

Fri Jan 20 21:34:52 +0000 2017


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

Mon Jan 30 18:45:49 +0000 2017


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

Mon Jan 30 18:48:11 +0000 2017


https://vine.co/v/i763JxMtiie

Mon Jan 30 20:39:24 +0000 2017

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: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/unix-book-bundle

Tue Dec 06 13:38:39 +0000 2016


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

Sun Dec 11 08:09:56 +0000 2016


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

Sun Dec 11 10:22:16 +0000 2016


@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.

Sun Dec 11 16:57:42 +0000 2016


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

Tue Dec 13 13:26:44 +0000 2016


@rgaiacs Awesome. Thanks! :D

Tue Dec 13 15:19:21 +0000 2016


Does your GTK theme look weird in Firefox in Ubuntu 16.10? This is probably why: https://bug623317.bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1266914

Wed Dec 14 00:03:23 +0000 2016


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

Wed Dec 21 07:57:36 +0000 2016


Looks like another nail in LiveJournal's coffin: https://www.metafilter.com/164293/LiveJournal-represents-social-media-without-borders

Sat Dec 31 12:14:10 +0000 2016

Tweets from November 2016

Finally caught up on Rosemary Kirstein's excellent Steerswoman series. I really look forward to the conclusion. http://www.rosemarykirstein.com/the-books/

Wed Nov 16 16:25:15 +0000 2016


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

Sat Nov 19 11:05:49 +0000 2016


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

Sat Nov 19 11:07:23 +0000 2016


@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.

Sun Nov 20 12:42:48 +0000 2016


I think that you can retweet your existing retweet with a comment... https://twitter.com/confluency/status/800318477886246912

Sun Nov 20 12:44:33 +0000 2016


...some time later with an additional comment. https://twitter.com/confluency/status/800318915616325633

Sun Nov 20 12:45:09 +0000 2016


If this works, then you can also retweet the same tweet twice with different comments. https://twitter.com/confluency/status/800318477886246912

Sun Nov 20 12:46:15 +0000 2016

Tweets from October 2016

Missed the last Long List Anthology kickstarter? Now you can get both. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/753351971/long-list-anthology-volume-2

Sat Oct 01 10:21:56 +0000 2016


Terrible SFF book covers http://www.goodshowsir.co.uk/

Sat Oct 01 12:20:20 +0000 2016


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

Sun Oct 02 20:02:31 +0000 2016


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

Fri Oct 07 13:01:54 +0000 2016


First day of @pyconza sprints today. Bring your own thing! Help someone else with their thing! Initial thing list: https://za.pycon.org/news/sprints/

Sat Oct 08 06:46:44 +0000 2016


All the #PyConZA 2016 videos are out! Here's a playlist of the entire conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmzI8HZsRNs&list=PLGjWYNrNnSufYp1ADGLKUFnXagkQhyRMU

Mon Oct 10 16:14:09 +0000 2016


"The Spider Who Couldn't Hide" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLw-9dpHtcU (not for spider haters, obviously)

Thu Oct 27 21:22:35 +0000 2016


Click through to read the thread! Someday I hope to have the same experience with vintage sewing machines. :) https://twitter.com/mwichary/status/791709895083102209

Fri Oct 28 20:34:05 +0000 2016

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).

Thu Sep 08 12:39:34 +0000 2016


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

Thu Sep 08 12:40:09 +0000 2016


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

Fri Sep 09 07:06:57 +0000 2016


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

Fri Sep 09 07:16:26 +0000 2016


Glittercat! http://kainimuramonster.tumblr.com/post/150060315266/this-is-what-fucking-happens-when-you-forget-to

Fri Sep 09 10:08:01 +0000 2016


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

Mon Sep 12 11:57:29 +0000 2016


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

Tue Sep 13 14:38:59 +0000 2016


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

Tue Sep 13 14:39:19 +0000 2016


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

Tue Sep 13 14:50:53 +0000 2016


SMBC is channelling Oglaf today http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/wishes

Thu Sep 15 09:16:59 +0000 2016


Comix broken in Xenial? Get the patched Fedora package: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/comix/+bug/1521730

Sun Sep 25 18:27:33 +0000 2016


Monospaced fonts with ligatures for common programming symbols https://www.metafilter.com/162556/Because-and-are-better-than-and

Wed Sep 28 21:30:46 +0000 2016

Tweets from August 2016

Remembering the Yugoslav Antiwar Movement of the Early 1990s https://globalvoices.org/2016/08/02/remembering-the-yugoslav-antiwar-movement-of-the-early-1990s/ via @razvigor

Tue Aug 02 08:40:19 +0000 2016


Thanks to our awesome playtesters, our post-apocalyptic musical D&D bard module is almost ready for Dragonfire! :D http://claws.za.net/Dragonfire2016/Modules

Wed Aug 03 22:05:13 +0000 2016


Final Dragonfire spam: come and play in my and @hodgestar's D&D bard modules! Rules-light; don't need to know D&D. http://claws.za.net/Dragonfire2016/Modules

Sat Aug 06 07:03:59 +0000 2016


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

Wed Aug 10 14:40:37 +0000 2016


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

Thu Aug 11 14:26:18 +0000 2016


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

Thu Aug 11 14:27:40 +0000 2016


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.

Thu Aug 11 14:28:46 +0000 2016


By the way, there's a Dark Horse Humble Bundle available: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/dark-horse-30th-anniversary-comics-bundle :D

Thu Aug 11 14:29:53 +0000 2016


Rogue One trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY

Fri Aug 12 07:29:04 +0000 2016


A user script which automatically exposes RSS feeds for YouTube channels, since YouTube still can't be bothered. https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/1760-youtube-rss-feed

Sat Aug 13 08:33:39 +0000 2016


Syria's ‘White Helmets’ Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize https://globalvoices.org/2016/08/16/syrias-white-helmets-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/ via @joeyayoub

Tue Aug 16 13:25:22 +0000 2016


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

Wed Aug 17 17:41:04 +0000 2016


Future You will find this hilarious!

Wed Aug 17 17:41:50 +0000 2016


Hey, another Humble Bundle of programming books: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/joy-of-coding-book-bundle

Wed Aug 17 18:21:04 +0000 2016


I'm playing the lovely Samorost 3 on Linux with the latest version of Wine. So far, so good. http://samorost3.net/

Thu Aug 18 14:52:47 +0000 2016


Dilara Yarcı's traditional Turkish illumination http://dilarayarci.tumblr.com/ (for my SCA peeps)

Fri Aug 19 22:44:09 +0000 2016


Armed police ticket a woman for wearing a long-sleeved shirt on the beach in France. Not the Onion. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/french-police-make-woman-remove-burkini-on-nice-beach

Wed Aug 24 05:27:07 +0000 2016


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

Thu Aug 25 07:28:43 +0000 2016


Consider a spherical cow... http://www.rollinwild.com/

Mon Aug 29 07:40:58 +0000 2016


It's not just about hair. It's never just about hair. https://twitter.com/thedailyvox/status/770185876521574400

Mon Aug 29 09:46:12 +0000 2016


Full sandwich robot video, for all your crappy robot needs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CDbl1Y-JOY

Mon Aug 29 14:30:40 +0000 2016


Man with baby owls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAoFOv-JEn4

Mon Aug 29 16:06:28 +0000 2016


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

Mon Aug 29 19:20:27 +0000 2016

Tweets from July 2016

My first day at #DebConf16 at UCT! :)

Mon Jul 04 10:18:39 +0000 2016


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

Tue Jul 05 09:47:15 +0000 2016


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

Mon Jul 11 23:25:34 +0000 2016


Cartoonists campaign to have artist released from Manus Island detention centre https://eatenfish.com/

Wed Jul 20 09:49:32 +0000 2016


Vampire: the Masquerade fans, this Humble RPG Book Bundle may be relevant to your interests. https://www.humblebundle.com/books/vampire-masquerade-rpg-bundle

Wed Jul 27 19:01:41 +0000 2016