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

Tweets from June 2016

Look at my horse, my horse is amazing https://www.metafilter.com/160232/Pinto-Get-up-honk

Thu Jun 09 08:21:59 +0000 2016


A 100-year-old suffragette-themed boardgame https://www.metafilter.com/160225/I-Incite-This-Boardgame-to-Rebellion

Thu Jun 09 08:48:32 +0000 2016


Curried seagull http://www.sciencealert.com/this-seagull-turned-bright-orange-after-falling-into-a-vat-of-chicken-tikka-masala

Fri Jun 10 11:23:16 +0000 2016


Cat cafés are important FOR SCIENCE. http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0615/Cat-cafe-study-reveals-feline-grasp-of-physics

Wed Jun 15 13:53:05 +0000 2016


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

Fri Jun 17 09:47:40 +0000 2016


Procedural spaceship generator (via @hodgestar) https://github.com/a1studmuffin/SpaceshipGenerator

Tue Jun 21 17:11:50 +0000 2016


ICON has leveled up to a proper venue! It was an awesome experience -- definitely coming back next year! #icon2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/1710752522541529

Sun Jun 26 16:52:08 +0000 2016


At #ICON2016 an owl sat on my head. Cl5E_5NWIAAc-Ao.jpg

Sun Jun 26 16:53:08 +0000 2016

Tweets from May 2016

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

Wed May 04 00:11:20 +0000 2016


SCA peeps, does this remind you of something? ;) https://twitter.com/xkcdComic/status/727720125210726400

Wed May 04 07:03:04 +0000 2016


The year's most important writing award, the Lyttle Lytton: http://adamcadre.ac/16lyttle.html

Wed May 04 10:00:15 +0000 2016


This is neat -- a tool for tagging your files in the shell. http://tmsu.org/

Fri May 06 13:05:04 +0000 2016


Flight delayed in US because of scary differential equations http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/07/professor-flight-delay-terrorism-equation-american-airlines

Sun May 08 09:19:48 +0000 2016


This Saturday, Tobias Brandt will present a talk about neural networks in Python at @AlexanderBarCT. https://ctpug.org.za/wiki/Meeting20160514 #ctpug

Mon May 09 09:14:58 +0000 2016


Duck typing https://imgur.com/UPvQeEz

Tue May 10 07:11:25 +0000 2016


"JOSS is an open source, developer-friendly journal for research software packages." https://lwn.net/Articles/686784/

Tue May 10 07:32:03 +0000 2016


TIL about bm, a commandline bookmark manager: https://github.com/tj/bm

Tue May 10 12:24:39 +0000 2016


John Oliver on bad science reporting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rnq1NpHdmw

Tue May 10 16:41:04 +0000 2016


"Nine years of censorship" (of scientific research in Canada) http://www.nature.com/news/nine-years-of-censorship-1.19842

Wed May 11 13:01:24 +0000 2016


Yesss, finally a collection of Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath stories: http://www.aqueductpress.com/books/978-1-61976-095-0.php Do you like Le Guin? You will probably like this.

Sun May 15 22:29:07 +0000 2016


"Translating Gender: 'Ancillary Justice' in Five Languages" http://interfictions.com/translating-gender-ancillary-justice-in-five-languages-alex-dally-macfarlane/

Tue May 17 09:18:20 +0000 2016


"Death in Space" https://vimeo.com/138802207

Tue May 17 10:12:25 +0000 2016


Squeaky fruitbat https://laughingsquid.com/a-young-rescued-bat-makes-adorable-happy-noises-while-getting-his-head-rubbed-by-his-caretaker/

Tue May 17 11:24:26 +0000 2016


Thermoplastic in card form which melts at a low temperature and re-solidifies https://laughingsquid.com/formcard-a-pocket-sized-card-made-of-meltable-bioplastic-that-can-be-used-for-simple-creations/

Tue May 17 11:31:02 +0000 2016


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

Fri May 20 07:51:57 +0000 2016


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

Fri May 20 07:54:34 +0000 2016


Someone made a smart cat exercise wheel monitored by a Raspberry Pi: https://www.reddit.com/r/raspberry_pi/comments/4ktcv8/it_is_done_the_big_catwheel_now_keeps_seperate/

Tue May 24 21:05:12 +0000 2016


Beeeeeeeees! http://www.sciencealert.com/thousands-of-bees-chased-this-car-for-2-days-looking-for-their-queen

Thu May 26 13:23:45 +0000 2016


Fantasy map tutorial, enhanced by strong language http://ohemult.tumblr.com/post/72686884234/lets-make-some-motherfucking-maps

Thu May 26 22:09:58 +0000 2016


"Europe announces that all scientific papers should be free by 2020" http://www.sciencealert.com/europe-announces-that-all-scientific-articles-should-be-freely-accessible-by-2020

Mon May 30 09:29:29 +0000 2016


My mother earwormed me with this video. You're welcome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xd4kniHJqw

Mon May 30 11:07:16 +0000 2016

Tweets from April 2016

An interesting look at how Dwarf Fortress allows compelling fantasy stories to emerge from its gameplay. http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/guest-column-digging-a-little-deeper-dwarf-fortres/1100-5408/

Fri Apr 01 08:22:20 +0000 2016


(This is why I love simulationist roleplaying games in general and Ars Magica specifically -- the system generates interesting stories.)

Fri Apr 01 08:24:14 +0000 2016


@Babyacid I like to experience it vicariously through other people's stories. ;)

Fri Apr 01 11:20:58 +0000 2016


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XGd8w9RhUM

Tue Apr 05 11:13:58 +0000 2016


Sick of update-apt-xapian-index killing your CPU? Don't use the apt GUIs? Scroll down to the bottom of this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt-xapian-index/+bug/363695

Thu Apr 07 07:50:42 +0000 2016


Finally, a Rogue One (teaser) trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wji-BZ0oCwg

Thu Apr 07 12:34:17 +0000 2016


Pssst, if you haven't seen Zootopia / Zootropolis yet, do it! Familiar tropes, but very well done. Worldbuilding avoids clumsy allegory.

Fri Apr 08 10:01:55 +0000 2016


(And most importantly, Zootopia's animators know what ears are. http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1098668-zootopia)

Fri Apr 08 10:03:02 +0000 2016


The Spider's War by Daniel Abraham: satisfying conclusion to the series. Now you can read the whole thing at once! http://www.danielabraham.com/books-by-daniel-abraham/the-dagger-and-the-coin/

Sun Apr 10 08:15:49 +0000 2016


Ambiguous emoji are buggy implementations. Your font's D should not look like B; a :D should not be a rictus grin. http://grouplens.org/blog/investigating-the-potential-for-miscommunication-using-emoji/

Fri Apr 15 14:15:16 +0000 2016


Elderly female tortoiseshell cat missing in Rosebank, Cape Town, since Tuesday 12 April. Please RT and keep an eye out for her. :(

Sat Apr 16 16:28:03 +0000 2016


Elderly female longhaired brownish tortoiseshell cat missing in Rosebank, Cape Town, since Tuesday 12 April. I suck at cat descriptions.

Sat Apr 16 18:42:13 +0000 2016


ZA student gets perfect maths score in International Cambridge AS levels http://businesstech.co.za/news/lifestyle/120849/south-african-student-reveals-how-he-scored-highest-maths-mark-in-the-world/

Tue Apr 19 08:14:54 +0000 2016


Upcoming video game based on the mathematics of Islamic art: https://killscreen.com/articles/engare-a-videogame-about-the-mathematical-beauty-of-islamic-art/

Tue Apr 19 19:15:29 +0000 2016


Glyph on email: https://glyph.twistedmatrix.com/2016/04/email-isnt-the-problem.html

Mon Apr 25 10:50:47 +0000 2016


The latest Humble Bundle includes several Python and Linux books for beginners! https://www.humblebundle.com/books/no-starch-hacking-books

Thu Apr 28 06:39:49 +0000 2016


@imsickofmaps https://userstyles.org/styles/120402/twitter-s-fav-button-back :)

Fri Apr 29 08:28:44 +0000 2016


Beasts of Tabat by Cat Rambo: completely the wrong book to have read when feeling down. Good beginning to a series; will get next book.

Fri Apr 29 09:04:30 +0000 2016


After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress -- nice classic postapocalyptic SF novella.

Fri Apr 29 09:06:00 +0000 2016

Tweets from March 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuH3tJPiP-U

Wed Mar 09 07:57:42 +0000 2016


Yet another demonstration of why you shouldn't buy DRMed media: http://diginomica.com/2016/03/07/bn-nukes-the-nook-with-a-15-march-deadline-for-customers-to-save-their-content/

Wed Mar 09 09:56:07 +0000 2016


The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher: a retelling of the Snow Queen. Scratches that Pratchett itch!

Wed Mar 09 22:11:25 +0000 2016


(I'm looking at you, astronomical library using a locale-aware C function to parse floating point numbers in locale-unaware data files.)

Mon Mar 14 11:01:47 +0000 2016


@firstfallen Yay! Congratulations! I heard all about your earlier visa-related kak. :/

Tue Mar 29 11:26:58 +0000 2016


Interested in open source electronics / automation / Internet of Things stuff? Come to tonight's CLUG talk! https://www.clug.org.za/2016/03/07/clug-talk-simple-cheap-and-open-source-internet-of-things/

Tue Mar 29 13:44:24 +0000 2016


This is the first fan suggestion for fixing the flaws in TFA that I really like. Spoilers, obvs. https://humaniterations.net/2016/03/26/how-to-fix-the-force-awakens/

Wed Mar 30 08:57:39 +0000 2016


(I mostly loved the movie; my main objections were the retread of ANH's tropes and a lot of physics nonsense related to Starkiller Base.)

Wed Mar 30 08:59:09 +0000 2016


New @collectorswkly article about Marwencol, the 1/6 scale WWII-era town created by a survivor of a violent attack. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/how-playing-with-dolls-lets-a-hate-crime-survivor-fight-back/

Wed Mar 30 11:57:08 +0000 2016


This guy isn't possibly missing; he's definitely been kidnapped. He reported his own kidnapping. WTF, police? http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/student-activist-missing-mthatha/

Wed Mar 30 15:45:42 +0000 2016

Tweets from February 2016

If you are a responsible person and would like a cat, let me know -- a friend has a lot of them spare, courtesy of a former tenant. :/

Tue Feb 02 20:47:27 +0000 2016


Daytime repost: let me know if you would like to adopt a cat. A friend has inherited five with a house and can't keep them.

Wed Feb 03 10:29:02 +0000 2016


A data analysis game http://guessthecorrelation.com (via @pierre_nel)

Wed Feb 03 13:14:52 +0000 2016


.@uct_news The Jammie shuttle route maps on your site have diverged so far from reality that they're useless, esp. given recent changes.

Fri Feb 05 11:24:06 +0000 2016


.@uct_news And the PDF timetables don't show intermediate stops -- so e.g. impossible to tell which routes go through Tugwell.

Fri Feb 05 11:25:00 +0000 2016


.@uct_news As a result there's currently no reliable route information at all; use of the shuttles comes down to random guessing.

Fri Feb 05 11:26:11 +0000 2016


What does a South African film have to do to get shown in South African cinemas? http://africasacountry.com/2016/02/movienight2/

Fri Feb 05 12:51:00 +0000 2016


House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard: at times frustrating because of elaborate backstory not fully explained. Second half better.

Sun Feb 07 19:06:15 +0000 2016


About the filter bubble, and how to break out of it: https://medium.com/@bjmay/how-26-tweets-broke-my-filter-bubble-88c1527517f3#.jp3headvx

Tue Feb 09 11:01:17 +0000 2016


Free Basics may seem like an uncomplicated win/win, but the cost of allowing services like it to exist may be devastating in the long term.

Fri Feb 12 08:56:34 +0000 2016


See e.g. large software companies giving software to schools for "free". This makes it more difficult for actually free software to compete.

Fri Feb 12 08:57:53 +0000 2016


Al Jazeera's cuts of the excellent Up series about South Africa are back online! Rights issues resolved? First one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-13O-g9RlyU

Fri Feb 12 10:51:37 +0000 2016


21Up part 1 seems to be missing from YouTube, but it's available on Al Jazeera's website here: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/south-africa-up-series/2013/12/21up-south-africa-part-1-20131217144111763201.html

Fri Feb 12 10:52:19 +0000 2016


Hooray for fed up science pirates http://www.sciencealert.com/this-woman-has-illegally-uploaded-millions-of-journal-articles-in-an-attempt-to-open-up-science (via @autumnal_akika)

Fri Feb 12 12:20:07 +0000 2016


Just started using Trello to manage my huge mess of TODOs. Some helpful user styles: https://userstyles.org/styles/118288/trello-multiple-rows-responsive https://userstyles.org/styles/109839/trello-slim

Wed Feb 17 13:48:14 +0000 2016


The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: interesting mix of F and SF. Engrossing worldbuilding and characterisation. Recommended.

Sun Feb 21 09:56:49 +0000 2016


My new favourite music video. Earwormed. You're welcome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_SlAzsXa7E

Mon Feb 22 21:39:25 +0000 2016


What's that LaTeX symbol? Now you know: http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html

Wed Feb 24 12:23:40 +0000 2016

Tweets from January 2016

@faassen Yeah. I'm not super enthused about the proposed change, but if it's implemented well it may be an improvement over existing hacks.

Wed Jan 06 11:18:29 +0000 2016


Surprisingly good fan cut of the prequels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDLM-dXP-KE One movie; Japanese dub; rewritten dialogue in subs; improved storyline.

Wed Jan 06 20:40:30 +0000 2016


I like this Star Wars review and theory about the series (full of spoilers, obvs): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/seth-abramson/10-reasons-star-wars-the-force-awakens-_b_8895598.html

Thu Jan 07 09:08:34 +0000 2016


.@takealot delivery failed this morning, because I have a job & courier didn't notify me of delivery time. Why is this so hard to arrange?

Thu Jan 07 11:16:20 +0000 2016


@voyager42 @TAKEALOT Don't have a smartphone; would rather not rely on one. The delivery time was fine; I just needed to know about it. :/

Thu Jan 07 11:24:04 +0000 2016


@TAKEALOT I have already filed a request over email. I'm frustrated because this keeps happening, when it really shouldn't.

Thu Jan 07 11:25:06 +0000 2016


So close, and yet so far. http://businesstech.co.za/news/internet/108279/the-content-you-wont-get-from-netflix-in-south-africa/

Thu Jan 07 13:10:58 +0000 2016


In-house framework development http://wondermark.com/c1189/

Fri Jan 08 12:08:46 +0000 2016


Ancillary Mercy: a good conclusion to the series. More similar to the second book than to the first.

Sat Jan 09 14:00:49 +0000 2016


The Monstrous (horror anthology) -- a bit hit-and-miss, but worth it just for the Lovecraftian story by Livia Llewellyn.

Sun Jan 10 06:21:58 +0000 2016


The creator of that rotating Bowie image everyone is going to be retweeting all day is Helen Green: http://dollychops.tumblr.com/post/107517113745/happy-birthday-david-bowie

Mon Jan 11 10:32:17 +0000 2016


Summary of MeFi thread re emotional labour. Focuses on gendered expectations; valuable read regardless of your role: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0UUYL6kaNeBTDBRbkJkeUtabEk/view

Tue Jan 12 10:21:22 +0000 2016


Sometimes the Twitter character limit is really inadequate for a nuanced link description. :P

Tue Jan 12 10:21:54 +0000 2016


You can criticise the Star Wars prequels for a lot of things, but FFS, George Lucas did not invent elected monarchs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elective_monarchy

Fri Jan 15 08:08:54 +0000 2016


"(..) the reason that stolen books are valuable is because people really want to read them." http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/the-cut-throat-world-of-the-joburg-street-book-trade-20160115 (via @pvanheus)

Fri Jan 15 13:14:40 +0000 2016


Star Wars link of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaOSCASqLsE

Sun Jan 17 19:26:19 +0000 2016


The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein: a SF mystery with fantasy trappings. Glad I finally read this; picking up the sequels.

Sun Jan 17 22:40:56 +0000 2016


(By the way, you can get the whole Steerswoman series so far DRM-free, here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/RosemaryKirstein)

Sun Jan 17 22:49:15 +0000 2016


"This is totally what a horse looks like from the front; what are you talking about?" http://beatonna.tumblr.com/post/137652364355/discardingimages-egg-horse-lestoire-de

Wed Jan 20 08:07:19 +0000 2016


Private security at Wits: Adam Habib's letter and two responses http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-01-18-adam-habib-an-open-letter-to-colleagues-critical-of-campus-safety-and-security-arrangements/ http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/what-adam-habib-forgets-when-he-talks-about-his-time-as-a-student-activist/ http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2016-01-19-in-response-to-adam-habib-privatesecuritymustfall/

Wed Jan 20 09:23:52 +0000 2016


The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (aka Sarah Monette): almost stayed up all night reading this. Recommended!

Fri Jan 22 19:20:16 +0000 2016


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o-Sz8dDwIY

Sun Jan 24 09:02:51 +0000 2016


The Bone Key by Sarah Monette: a collection of supernatural mysteries connected by the protagonist. A little understated and anticlimactic.

Sun Jan 24 11:49:38 +0000 2016


Finally, a collection of Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath stories is coming out this year! http://www.aqueductpress.com/forthcoming-pubs.php

Mon Jan 25 14:01:35 +0000 2016


Infrastructure providers whining that they don't want to be infrastructure providers: http://businesstech.co.za/news/mobile/110091/vodacom-and-mtn-fear-becoming-dumb-pipes/

Tue Jan 26 10:27:54 +0000 2016


@imsickofmaps "It's free if you just pay extra for this plan and jump through all these hoops! Isn't micromanaging your transactions FUN?"

Wed Jan 27 11:44:36 +0000 2016


.@hodgestar is at PyCon Namibia this week - wish I were there! :) Check out the tag to see what's happening! #PyConNA

Wed Jan 27 14:13:35 +0000 2016


Culture ship names from news headlines: @cultureshipname

Wed Jan 27 16:29:44 +0000 2016


Extremely lifelike articulated polymer clay dolls http://laughingsquid.com/russian-artist-masterfully-sculpts-hauntingly-lifelike-fully-articulating-dolls-from-polymer-clay/ (via @LaughingSquid)

Fri Jan 29 20:00:42 +0000 2016


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho: sometimes seemed like too many disparate elements not quite merging. But a fun read once plot got going.

Sun Jan 31 14:57:44 +0000 2016


Re: last RT, at least in RPG writing you can turn your "binders of lore" into a sourcebook or module -- or campaign if no time to clean up.

Sun Jan 31 15:21:25 +0000 2016

Tweets from December 2015

TIL about Kraina Grzybów http://facet.interia.pl/ciekawostki/news-kraina-grzybow-najwieksza-tajemnica-polskiego-internetu,nId,1512072

Mon Dec 07 13:27:50 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror Builders Warehouse? Unfortunately small hardware stores tend to have a limited selection (of anything).

Wed Dec 09 11:01:43 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror Maybe a more specialised supplier, then? http://www.yellowpages.co.za/search/screws/cape+town,+western+cape/1

Wed Dec 09 11:25:10 +0000 2015


SF short film of the day https://vimeo.com/148316055

Thu Dec 10 09:51:00 +0000 2015


New Star Wars trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpYnwS-BqOg

Fri Dec 11 07:56:31 +0000 2015


@pierredevos Twitter seems to be excluding the trailing ellipsis from the URL. Here it is via a shortener. https://tinyurl.com/hc7x26p

Sat Dec 12 07:50:39 +0000 2015


Re: last retweet, you can play the game on Linux. Get the Mac version, unzip it, find the .swf file, open in a browser.

Mon Dec 21 22:16:32 +0000 2015


Seen The Force Awakens? Read @KyloR3n. Restraining self from retweeting anything until statute of spoiler limitations expires.

Sat Dec 26 10:25:07 +0000 2015


@froztbyte I don't know, but I don't want to be the one to find out what it isn't. ;)

Sat Dec 26 10:38:10 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror :D I really liked the whole movie (despite minor criticisms re: trope reuse); seeing it again on a bigger screen on Tuesday.

Sat Dec 26 11:48:52 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat I knowwwwww, so hard :D

Sat Dec 26 11:49:36 +0000 2015


@mracter Every culture has its own special flavour. :/

Sat Dec 26 11:50:36 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror Two years between instalments. Twooooo yearrrrssss! :( (The standalones don't count.)

Sat Dec 26 11:58:10 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror Hooray! :D And in the meantime we have fanfiction. It's going to be like the long winter between Harry Potter IV and V. ;)

Sat Dec 26 12:29:06 +0000 2015


@TheRiver Yay! I hope you will like it.

Sat Dec 26 18:51:45 +0000 2015


@TheRiver Yay! Now you can read all the spoilery discussions and jokes! :D

Sat Dec 26 23:30:14 +0000 2015

Tweets from November 2015

@astrolabe_cat We had a partial outage this morning -- I think it's the wind. :/

Sun Nov 01 12:48:39 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat The alert feed on Twitter does mention something in Pinelands, but maybe you should report yours just in case?

Sun Nov 01 12:50:58 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat If you wait for the robo voice to finish listing the faults it knows about, you can get through to a human.

Sun Nov 01 12:51:34 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat That fault is apparently in Ambleside -- looks pretty far from you.

Sun Nov 01 13:08:17 +0000 2015


Editorial staff of an Elsevier journal resign en masse to protest (non-) open access policy http://fortune.com/2015/11/02/elsevier-mutiny/ (via @TheRiver)

Tue Nov 03 13:35:24 +0000 2015


Someone has invented a better beehive: http://www.honeyflow.com/ (via @pierre_nel)

Wed Nov 04 09:21:02 +0000 2015


For all your shoe lacing needs http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/index.htm

Wed Nov 04 10:28:21 +0000 2015


@faassen I was all excited that Tweetdeck was keeping the stars, but I just hadn't refreshed. :/

Thu Nov 05 08:32:09 +0000 2015


If you really want to restore the star on Tweetdeck: https://userstyles.org/styles/120397/tweetdeck-bring-back-gold-star-faves (There's also a style for Twitter, but it has encoding issues.)

Thu Nov 05 08:37:26 +0000 2015


No, wait, here's another one that works: https://userstyles.org/styles/120402/twitter-s-fav-button-back Apocalypse averted!

Thu Nov 05 08:38:30 +0000 2015


This looks like more footage of Sarcastic Sheep. Thanks, Reddit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y2ZxgJNlWs

Thu Nov 05 17:56:02 +0000 2015


I can't stop watching this sheep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8dLhySqMg4

Thu Nov 05 17:58:42 +0000 2015


@ParadoxMirror Eep! That sounds like the all-your-teeth-falling-out dream, but tailor-made for people with tattoos.

Wed Nov 18 07:16:45 +0000 2015


@telkomza, FYI, the absurdly long URL to a contact form on your site that you just sent me in a status update SMS is broken.

Fri Nov 20 13:22:44 +0000 2015


@TelkomZA I don't need tech support anymore; just letting you know that you're sending out broken links in your SMSes.

Fri Nov 20 17:46:45 +0000 2015

Tweets from October 2015

Pygame Zero: pygame minus boilerplate! From Neil Muller's lighting talk at #pyconza https://pygame-zero.readthedocs.org

Fri Oct 02 13:43:41 +0000 2015


Watch me ramble about scripting spreadsheet data conversion at #pyconza. Thanks to @nextdayvideo! http://www.pyvideo.org/video/3930/a-little-scripting-goes-a-long-way-automating-da

Sat Oct 03 09:10:04 +0000 2015


@gvwilson Longer list here: https://github.com/ether/etherpad-lite/wiki/Sites-that-run-Etherpad -- but maybe SWC should host its own Etherpad instance (on the webserver)?

Wed Oct 07 20:14:20 +0000 2015


Good news, fellow Python enthusiasts: this revolutionary, valuable test framework has been ported! https://github.com/The-Compiler/pytest-vw

Thu Oct 08 17:54:44 +0000 2015


If you're looking for a systray volume control applet now that gnome-sound-applet is dead, try https://github.com/Strubbl/pa-applet

Fri Oct 16 16:56:02 +0000 2015


@aneldavdw Thanks for being there, and for doing half the teaching. Couldn't have done it without you! :)

Sat Oct 17 15:07:39 +0000 2015


I donated to @strangehorizons' annual fund drive. The first online magazine I regularly read, and the source of a lot of good short stories!

Sun Oct 18 10:55:29 +0000 2015


Ferrets and kitten http://laughingsquid.com/a-family-of-five-ferret-brothers-adopt-a-rescue-kitten-and-accept-her-as-one-of-their-own/

Mon Oct 19 22:27:51 +0000 2015


That page seems to be down. Here's a cached version: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:V2wXgBbE9BkJ:africasacountry.com/2015/10/how-to-report-on-the-student-protests-in-south-africa/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk

Tue Oct 20 15:17:53 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat You don't have to be a Twitter user to search public tweets. E.g. this page is visible to everyone: https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=news&q=%23feesmustfall

Wed Oct 21 15:34:57 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat That does live-stream -- you get a notification at the top that there are more tweets, which you can click on.

Wed Oct 21 15:37:54 +0000 2015


If someone wants auto-updating, why not dummy account + Tweetdeck?

Wed Oct 21 15:39:23 +0000 2015


@astrolabe_cat Aha, I see the question has already been answered. :)

Wed Oct 21 15:40:00 +0000 2015


Remarkable how different people see different things in this video of yesterday's protest at parliament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-fIg0X7M0A

Thu Oct 22 12:14:47 +0000 2015


Missing GNOME's volume control applet in your minimalist WM? Try the MATE volume control applet. mate-media package in Ubuntu.

Sun Oct 25 12:20:55 +0000 2015


"How to structure university fees to benefit the poor" http://businesstech.co.za/news/government/102094/how-to-structure-university-fees-to-benefit-the-poor/

Sun Oct 25 17:24:50 +0000 2015


Jonathan Jansen's lecture on student activism: https://martinplaut.wordpress.com/2015/10/25/south-africa-when-student-activism-turns-to-gangsterism/

Mon Oct 26 10:40:34 +0000 2015


I just bought https://weightlessbooks.com/format/the-monstrous/ 85% because of the amazing cover art by http://www.reikomurakami.com/

Wed Oct 28 08:15:07 +0000 2015


For obsessive fans who can't wait, the eARC of the new Vorkosigan book is out! http://www.webscription.net/p-2892-gentleman-jole-and-the-red-queen-earc.aspx

Thu Oct 29 08:56:52 +0000 2015


Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold: interesting character study for series fans; probably incomprehensible otherwise.

Thu Oct 29 17:47:24 +0000 2015


Spiders! http://www.wired.com/2015/10/michael-kern-what-spiders-look-like-from-below/ (Don't click if you don't like spiders, because it's full of spiders.)

Thu Oct 29 22:09:54 +0000 2015