Tweets from September 2017

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson: very good, and utterly depressing, secondary world fantasy.

Mon Sep 04 18:42:46 +0000 2017


That awkward moment when you realise that two completely unrelated bugs in your code were masking each other. :/

Wed Sep 06 16:50:20 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat What OS? GIMP (OSS Photoshop equivalent) and Inkscape (vector drawing program) have ports.… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906953893296386049

Sun Sep 10 18:53:53 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat I don't want to be That Guy and say "install Linux", but... install Linux. ;) It gives access to a h… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906954373972013059

Sun Sep 10 18:55:47 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat Tux Paint? http://www.tuxpaint.org/ I also remembered Krita https://krita.org/ which started as… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906956978139922432

Sun Sep 10 19:06:08 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat You can do simple things in complicated programs with access to appropriate learning materials. Mayb… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906958035133845504

Sun Sep 10 19:10:20 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat I understand desire not to scare off; as a counterpoint, an overly simplified program can be frustra… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906958342081441798

Sun Sep 10 19:11:33 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat I learned Photoshop and QuarkXPress (layout program) as a kid from "For Dummies" books bought by mom… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906958656998166529

Sun Sep 10 19:12:48 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat I'd maybe check out Krita, then; it was designed from the start to have a more intuitive UI. Friendl… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/906959021655064577

Sun Sep 10 19:14:15 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat Here are some video tuts for Krita: https://docs.krita.org/Video_Tutorials

Sun Sep 10 19:16:49 +0000 2017


Thread. https://twitter.com/dammitZA/status/906955208776749056

Sun Sep 10 19:26:17 +0000 2017


New Humble Bundle of books themed around finding a tech job: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/tech-job-for-dummies-books Includes HTML5, JavaScript and Python development.

Mon Sep 11 18:47:33 +0000 2017


I have finally found a desktop pager for Fluxbox which isn't a thousand years old and broken: LXPanel with all other widgets removed.

Mon Sep 11 23:35:32 +0000 2017


It has window icons! It's being actively developed! It even has GUI config. Can't go in the slit, but I can position it underneath.

Mon Sep 11 23:38:45 +0000 2017


Sadly this is made up, but I desperately wanted it to be true. https://twitter.com/klaasm67/status/908654201844183042

Fri Sep 15 22:55:12 +0000 2017


Peacock spiders! https://www.sciencealert.com/seven-new-species-of-adorable-little-peacock-spiders-make-their-debut (via @hodgestar)

Sun Sep 17 09:08:43 +0000 2017


We have finally extracted our @Oglaf shirts and books from the ZA postal system, and they are glorious.

Wed Sep 20 09:06:58 +0000 2017


This is how I do it in my head. It only looks silly in writing because each step is made explicit (and there's a cl… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/911153225130299392

Fri Sep 22 09:00:31 +0000 2017


@astrolabe_cat @British_Airways Inexplicable airport bureaucracy is the worst. :( I'm so sorry to hear that; I hope… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/912369072477736960

Mon Sep 25 17:31:52 +0000 2017


The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams: interesting ideas; pacing and characterisation issues. Ultimately didn't hold my interest.

Fri Sep 29 07:54:35 +0000 2017


Is anyone planning to explain why @FNBSA has discontinued selling prepaid elec. for @CityofCT, or is one perfunctory SMS all we're getting?

Fri Sep 29 08:25:18 +0000 2017


@mariskaza @FNBSA @CityofCT I can only assume that it's some kind of acrimonious dispute over the service. The lack… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/913682718759714816

Fri Sep 29 08:31:50 +0000 2017


I don't want to DM you, @CityofCT. Why can't you explain this situation, which affects multiple Capetonians, in public?

Fri Sep 29 13:07:18 +0000 2017


@CityofCT I understand that. I'm not expecting a 47-part Twitter epic; more like a press release on your site that you can point to.

Fri Sep 29 16:48:20 +0000 2017


Apparently the decision has now been reversed. Hooray? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ https://twitter.com/FNBSA/status/913809757747720195

Fri Sep 29 17:43:06 +0000 2017

Tweets from August 2017

"People no longer trust each other. Why? And how can we fix it? An interactive guide to the game theory of trust": http://ncase.me/trust/

Wed Aug 02 17:51:57 +0000 2017


Happy #internationalcatday! DGvAX4VXgAA-rkH.jpg

Tue Aug 08 20:35:06 +0000 2017


@pierre_nel No idea; would not eat.

Thu Aug 10 21:21:25 +0000 2017


@Fancierfancier I'm really looking forward to book 3!

Fri Aug 11 22:12:11 +0000 2017


World's! Most! Epic! Fishing! Simulator! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0uNhsLmGWA

Sun Aug 20 10:23:00 +0000 2017


Today I discovered @Miamaska, a really good webcomic.

Thu Aug 24 23:13:16 +0000 2017

Tweets from July 2017

@Nantalith OMG, kittens! :D

Mon Jul 03 11:01:56 +0000 2017


@rbjacobs Still no followup from CC division re: my card pin issues.

Wed Jul 05 09:54:24 +0000 2017


@ParadoxMirror I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I can't believe this isn't satire.

Wed Jul 05 09:58:53 +0000 2017


@ParadoxMirror The article is pretty old; I wonder if the trauma has faded after a mourning period of five years. ;)

Wed Jul 05 10:03:23 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs No feedback since original reply. Have not tried phoning. I need to speak to a technical person who can a… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/882618875216633857

Wed Jul 05 15:15:12 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs This is a long and complex issue which I would like to continue to discuss in writing, not re-state to a… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/882620287023550464

Wed Jul 05 15:20:49 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs I'd be happy to speak to someone on the phone or in person if it's someone who is informed about my speci… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/882620629073244161

Wed Jul 05 15:22:10 +0000 2017


I remember the fake books released online @ same time as real books. And the people who read them all the way throu… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/884558949500035073

Mon Jul 10 23:44:22 +0000 2017


@fijall @europython Red and green lettuce? Luxury!

Wed Jul 12 11:59:39 +0000 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye6GCY_vqYk

Sat Jul 15 22:19:50 +0000 2017


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

Thu Jul 20 16:46:53 +0000 2017


This looks amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EZCBSsBxko

Fri Jul 21 08:34:54 +0000 2017


@ParadoxMirror Yesss, it's awesome. I can't wait! I've been super excited since the teaser.

Fri Jul 21 09:34:22 +0000 2017


@ParadoxMirror Maybe a little bit typecast as the straight man in weird cop buddy movies? He's pretty good at it, though.

Fri Jul 21 10:38:48 +0000 2017


SARS eFiling finally moving away from Flash https://mybroadband.co.za/news/internet/221408-sars-efiling-will-move-away-from-adobe-flash.html

Wed Jul 26 10:25:39 +0000 2017

Tweets from June 2017

Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC sells reproduction dust jackets for old books: https://www.dustjackets.com

Sat Jun 03 15:27:17 +0000 2017


@pierre_nel Epic. :D

Sat Jun 03 23:02:31 +0000 2017


@pierre_nel On the other hand, that's what you get for using production credentials in docs for new devs & assuming… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/871140598203502592

Sat Jun 03 23:04:38 +0000 2017


:D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxWvtMOGAhw

Sat Jun 10 06:50:22 +0000 2017


Today I discovered Voice of Baceprot, an Indonesian schoolgirl thrash metal band: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3Moj3Nl7RPrk3or5GDQEw/videos

Sat Jun 10 13:44:35 +0000 2017


Sigh. I also only buy trades for a variety of reasons. I can't believe we're still having this conversation in 2017. http://www.blastr.com/2017-6-13/black-panther-world-wakanda-cancelled-im-reason-superhero-comics-are-struggling

Sat Jun 17 14:02:19 +0000 2017


@fnb you have blocked my credit card pin AGAIN while I am overseas. How do I proceed? About to board flight.

Mon Jun 19 13:20:21 +0000 2017


@rbjacobs @fnb you have blocked my credit card pin AGAIN while I am overseas. How do I proceed? About to board flight.

Mon Jun 19 13:23:56 +0000 2017


@rbjacobs I can see that you have changed the pin; I want assurance card won't be cancelled if I attempt to use it again.

Mon Jun 19 13:34:07 +0000 2017


@rbjacobs I went through the proper authorisation procedure before leaving. This is the second time FNB has done this to me.

Mon Jun 19 13:35:09 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs already found new pin & used it. Issue is that my activity is triggering unexplained pin resets. Don't kn… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/876863184837234688

Mon Jun 19 18:04:09 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs ... or if I risk complete cancellation. Last time I kept calling you, pin kept being reset, & nobody could explain why. 2/?

Mon Jun 19 18:06:01 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs Last time problem persisted post my return to ZA until I got a new card. No explanation ever given. I nee… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/876864014273433600

Mon Jun 19 18:07:27 +0000 2017


AIMS Desktop, a distro customised for mathematics-focused higher ed., now based on Debian: https://jonathancarter.org/2017/06/18/aims-desktop-2017-1-is-available/ (via @highvoltage)

Mon Jun 19 22:12:06 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs Explanation I was given makes no sense. Have followup questions; could you please escalate to someone w/… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/877503435796434944

Wed Jun 21 12:28:16 +0000 2017


Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany: some parts have aged better than others; overall still a fun read full of interesting ideas about language.

Thu Jun 22 14:51:17 +0000 2017


@Rbjacobs Still no followup response since this tweet; still not sure whether it's safe for me to use my card.

Fri Jun 23 15:13:45 +0000 2017


Area X (Southern Reach trilogy) by Jeff Vandermeer: Lovecraftian bureaucracy. Not sure if ending is satisfying, but journey is interesting.

Tue Jun 27 06:10:42 +0000 2017


Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson: a traditional first contact story communicated mostly through alien video games. Recommended.

Tue Jun 27 06:22:16 +0000 2017


Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee: as good as the first book, so very good. Recommended. But start with the first book.

Tue Jun 27 06:23:04 +0000 2017


To everyone that I apparently persuaded to buy Ninefox Gambit: to avoid confusion, I suggest you actually start with http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/lee_10_12/

Tue Jun 27 13:27:21 +0000 2017


Interview with Yoon Ha Lee in Lightspeed Magazine: http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/interview-yoon-ha-lee/

Wed Jun 28 07:47:29 +0000 2017


The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker: pretty good historical fantasy, although a bit slow.

Wed Jun 28 16:32:58 +0000 2017


Trying out Mastodon. Come, we can have the whole place to ourselves for five seconds before the assholes arrive. ;) https://mastodon.xyz/@confluence

Wed Jun 28 20:47:37 +0000 2017


@HypnZA There are literally dozens of us!

Wed Jun 28 22:23:36 +0000 2017


It's possible for a publisher to insist that retailers sell their books without DRM. Tor has done it. Why can't O'Reilly?

Thu Jun 29 13:57:11 +0000 2017

Tweets from May 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_MSFkZHNi4

Thu May 04 14:31:47 +0000 2017


"The Amazon CloudFront distribution is configured to block access from your country." One way to make sure your local newspaper stays local.

Sun May 14 09:12:17 +0000 2017


Find international radio stations on a world map! http://radio.garden

Sun May 14 22:02:13 +0000 2017


Thread. :/ https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/866803106566295553

Tue May 23 12:26:43 +0000 2017


Ornithologist problems https://jads-abum-rat.tumblr.com/post/156735823429/i-cannot-believe-either-found-on-the-door-of

Thu May 25 13:58:43 +0000 2017


Interesting post by @MarissaLingen on volunteering, and when to stop http://www.marissalingen.com/blog/?p=1782

Mon May 29 10:22:45 +0000 2017


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoiezEB9n2Q

Tue May 30 06:41:45 +0000 2017