Notes

An experiment in adding the sort of short, freeform content I enjoy posting so much elsewhere (Mastodon, Twitter, Facebook, etc).

  • Pioneer Square has a view now

    Pioneer Square has a view now

    Sep 20, 2019 at 7:56 am

    We went out for dinner the other evening, and once the sun was no longer blasting directly in our eyes – yay for precession of the equinoxes – we were treated to a hell of a sight.

    See, the Alaskan Way Viaduct has blocked any real view of the Puget Sound from ground level since the 1950s. But it’s going away. Near Pioneer Square, it’s gone. I can look right at the water.

    Until they start building up that juicy real estate, of course. But I’ll enjoy it while I can.

  • A Microsoft Linux Conference?

    Sep 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    The two day event will feature presentations by the Microsoft team behind the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature; the creators of the ‘Pengwin‘ WSL distributions; and (more pertinent to our tastes, perhaps) the Ubuntu on WSL team at Canonical.

    The free-but-small WSLConf is scheduled for March of next year, so WSL 2 will probably be generally available. Much easier than staying caught up with the Fast Ring.

    I may have to check this out.

  • [+1 Interesting]

    Sep 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    As a fan of Slashdot and Everything2 – and actual user of PerlMonks – in years past, I’m sure the next half hour will be chock full of nostalgia for me.

  • Yanick made me do it

    Yanick made me do it

    Aug 30, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Inspired by yenzie to add a point estimate UDA to my Taskwarrior tasks.

    Yeah, I know. I need to add a post to the series. I will. You can see I have some catching up to do.

  • Awesome(wm)

    Awesome(wm)

    Aug 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    There’s been way too much “it just works (more or less)” in my desktop life lately, so I started using the awesomewm tiling window manager.

    Disappointingly, it works just fine.

    Still, good chance to learn enough Lua to customize my setup. Looks like I’ll be revisiting Kitty terminal and a few other tools that have been on the task list for a while.

  • Proudly doing it wrong

    Proudly doing it wrong

    Aug 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    1. write a site weight script that prints a report to the console
    2. make the script write the report to a file, and include the file in /now. Now site building looks like:
      1. build the site
      2. weigh the site
      3. build the site and include the new report
      4. upload!
    3. (today) make the script write the info as JSON instead
    4. throw in some vue.js to fetch the JSON and reproduce the original report format almost exactly.
    5. profit?

    But hey at least I don’t need to rebuild the site after weighing it. And when free time next allows I’ll learn a little more Vue.js and make the report prettier.

  • Sweep Leaves Not Lives

    Sweep Leaves Not Lives

    Aug 10, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Seattle’s homeless sweeps are contentious to say the least.

    From The Seattle Times, on July 9th:

    Seattle removed 75% more homeless encampments in the first four months of this year than during the same period in 2018, even with this February’s record snowstorm slowing clean-ups.

    John Curley pointed out the NIMBY — “Not In My Backyard” — aspect:

    What they’re doing is they’re trying to push them out of view. So they’re sending them back behind railroad tracks, back behind buildings, back away from the general view.

    Mostly I’m curious who’d be so offended by this wall art that they’d remove part of its message.

  • I still love when people say nice things about Perl

    Aug 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    John Siracusa, on the Diving for Perl episode of the Command Line Heroes podcast:

    My hope for Perl 5 is that people don’t dismiss it, because despite all the other more popular languages, there are still problems today to which Perl 5 is the best solution. Very often those are sort of glue type problems. If you find yourself ever writing a shell script, and you’re like, “Well, I’m not going to use my ‘real programming language’ for this.” Whether it’s Python, or Ruby, or whatever. But a shell script can let me connect together a bunch of stuff. Perl is a better tool for that job. It is easier to write a correct Perl script than it is to write a correct shell script.

    Having written a few glue tasks with GNU Coreutils and some shell scripts, I agree with that point. Even just glueing together Coreutils can be easier with Perl.

    And Perl 6:

    That’s the great thing about open source, and programming languages. No one’s going to make you stop. You can just keep working on Perl 6 the same way you have been.

    I won’t say whether I installed a fresh build of Rakudo and played around with Perl 6 after listening to the podcast, but — I installed a fresh build of Rakudo and played around with Perl 6 after listening to this episode.

  • Might see Little Monsters

    Aug 1, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I’m done with zombie movies.

    watches trailer

    ok I’m not quite done.

    Reminds me of Shaun of the Dead. Not in any specific notes, just the slapstick gore and “what sort of hero could a (slacker, kindergarden teacher) be?” angle.

  • I forgot how nice KDE can be

    I forgot how nice KDE can be

    Jul 29, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Getting work done on one machine, trying Manjaro with KDE on the other. I got used to GNOME Shell, which also means I got used to how slow it is. KDE’s pretty heavy-weight too, but so much snappier.