Tweets from April 2017

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley: a lot more... meaty than I expected. A bit of a slow start; it picks up about a third of the way.

Sat Apr 01 15:19:40 +0000 2017

Sofia Samatar has a new short story collection coming out next week. :D

Mon Apr 03 09:15:43 +0000 2017

Auto-updating time-lapse video of the /r/place canvas

Mon Apr 03 10:50:33 +0000 2017

Want to learn Python? Here's a Humble Bundle full of books which may be relevant to your interests:

Wed Apr 05 19:23:01 +0000 2017

Ding dong! The witch is dead!

Wed Apr 05 20:33:43 +0000 2017

This Python data science textbook is available as a set of free Jupyter notebooks!

Fri Apr 07 16:29:11 +0000 2017

New praying mantis friend C89y206XsAAmPSa.jpg

Sun Apr 09 10:53:02 +0000 2017

@ParadoxMirror I once had one on my back porch for months, but it's been ages since I've seen one! Moved from under…

Sun Apr 09 11:00:43 +0000 2017

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor: ends on cliffhanger! Some elements from first novella fleshed out. Looking forward to next instalment.

Mon Apr 10 13:08:08 +0000 2017

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace: hard to describe; the unique setting makes it worth reading.

Tue Apr 11 10:06:15 +0000 2017

Sword & Mythos (anthology): several good stories, although not all seemed on topic. Also enjoyed the essays.

Wed Apr 12 12:04:47 +0000 2017

Any recommendations for a plumber in the Southern Suburbs?

Thu Apr 13 13:02:38 +0000 2017

The Bone Key by Sarah Monette: pretty good collection of short horror / mystery stories with a common protagonist.

Fri Apr 14 17:11:39 +0000 2017

A mostly faithful Flash port of MozPong, a beloved MacOS game from my childhood:

Sat Apr 15 20:53:54 +0000 2017

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente: an interesting read, but a little too incoherent for me. May benefit from more familiarity w/ source.

Tue Apr 18 14:45:42 +0000 2017

Don't know how I missed The Tomato Thief last year, but I'm glad I read it at right time to get certain references.

Wed Apr 19 08:12:43 +0000 2017

Looooook at this fluffy eight-legged kitten (unless you don't like spiders, in which case maybe don't).

Wed Apr 19 20:41:31 +0000 2017

Tweets from March 2017

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!

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) C6eW0vgWQAUA2Vd.jpg

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:

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?

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. ;)

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!

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:

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:

Sat Feb 18 22:02:11 +0000 2017

Perfect timing! This Heptarchate short story by Yoon Ha Lee was published a few days ago:

Mon Feb 20 10:07:09 +0000 2017

Edge --> cat generator. What could possibly go wrong?

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. :)

Sun Feb 26 20:20:58 +0000 2017

Mon Feb 27 09:26:05 +0000 2017

Xenophobic letter withdrawn; olympic buck-passing continues.

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

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:

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:

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:

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.

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...

Sun Nov 20 12:44:33 +0000 2016

...some time later with an additional comment.

Sun Nov 20 12:45:09 +0000 2016

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

Sun Nov 20 12:46:15 +0000 2016

Tweets from October 2016

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

Sat Oct 01 10:21:56 +0000 2016

Terrible SFF book covers

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:

Sat Oct 08 06:46:44 +0000 2016

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

Mon Oct 10 16:14:09 +0000 2016

"The Spider Who Couldn't Hide" (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. :)

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


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

Thu Sep 15 09:16:59 +0000 2016

Comix broken in Xenial? Get the patched Fedora package:

Sun Sep 25 18:27:33 +0000 2016

Monospaced fonts with ligatures for common programming symbols

Wed Sep 28 21:30:46 +0000 2016

Tweets from August 2016

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

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.

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: :D

Thu Aug 11 14:29:53 +0000 2016

Rogue One trailer!

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.

Sat Aug 13 08:33:39 +0000 2016

Syria's ‘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:

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.

Thu Aug 18 14:52:47 +0000 2016

Dilara Yarcı's traditional Turkish illumination (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.

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...

Mon Aug 29 07:40:58 +0000 2016

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

Mon Aug 29 09:46:12 +0000 2016

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

Mon Aug 29 14:30:40 +0000 2016

Man with baby owls

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