- Five years, building a culture, and handing it off. – Laughing Meme
Notable and interesting stuff in here.
- Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version) – YouTube
These people put together a real-life FPS played via Chatroulette. This is some superb work.
A PHP client for Philips Hue. Because reasons. Also, Dave is a bastard. Because reasons.
- The ethics of modern web ad-blocking – Marco.org
This is pretty much my position. I don't mind (ell, I do, but I'll live with it) being show a few adds in exchange for content. I *do* mind being tracked by 15 different sources, none of whom I have given informed consent to be tracked by, and none of whom are ever made clear. So I block ads and trackers, and encourage others to do the same.
- Eddie Campbell and the Mythology of Minutiae
Everyone should read Eddie Campbell. If you have not, I encourage you to read this article, and then acquire a copy of Alec. Any volume. Or any of his other works.
- Stefan Wrobel – How to make Vagrant performance not suck
- Show HN: My SSH server knows who you are | Hacker News
Need to go through this and clean up my ssh settings.
- How I Gave Up Alternating Current | Mostly Harmless
The creator of Soylent is a bit of a twat, film at 11. What interests me here isn't the ultra-ascetic life he's chosen for himself, or his total obliviousness to a: the horror of it, b: the phenomenal privilege that enables him to do it (c: what he sounds like) – it's simply the fact that he's been able to do it at all. This isn't the unevenly distributed future talking, but I suspect it's a marker on the way.
Having one of those evenings where I can’t seem to focus on anything – I’ve started to watch three different films, only to turn them off after ten minutes. I made myself an Old Fashioned, then decided I didn’t want that, and added lime, and decided that wasn’t right, and added ginger ale and lemon (and that’s ended up kind of OK, but mostly in a “this doesn’t really taste of anything specific, but it’s alcoholic and relatively pleasant” sort of way). Can’t figure out what I want to to be doing. So I’m just sort of typing into this box here, to give myself something to do, in the hope that my brain will settle out a bit.
Went to Borough Market this morning, for the first time in a while. Services like Pact and Farmdrop have kind of obviated my need to go there. Have the ingredients for a boeuf bourguignon in the fridge as a result, which I’ll chuck in the slow cooker on Monday afternoon, and have meals for a few days.
As I haven’t tired of telling people, I now work from home (hence the daytime cooking on Monday), which I find incredibly pleasing, although I have been out and socialising a lot, and I suspect the acid test will come when I have one of those weeks where I’ve got nothing at all going on in the evenings, and will therefore go a full seven days without human contact, and become reduced to
even more of a grunting monster without human niceties. What I have been doing, that I’m relatively proud of, is getting up early doing 40 minutes on an exercise bike, showering and dressing, every day. I remain semi-human, at least.
I haven’t really done anything productive with my spare time in a while – no writing, no coding-for-fun. Haven’t been able to summon up the focus and/or enthusiasm. I should do something about that.
Relatively excited for the Bake Off to return next week. I sort of intend this to be the season I actually manage to watch from start to finish, rather than remembering it’s on some time in the last few weeks, and seeing the final few episodes. I might even try and blog about it, just to give me something to write about. I was about to say that I might even try and bake along (or at least, do one of the cakes the weekend after and write about that), but then I remembered that all the numbers long since wore off my oven dial, and consequently, my choices are “low”, “medium” “roughly 180” “roughly 200” and “very hot”, and the timer is knackered, and is at best an approximation to within a ten minute window. Baking at precision times and temperatures is contra-indicated.
OK, I’ve replaced the abortive Old-Fashioned-with-stuff with a rye with ginger and lemon, and that’s much more acceptable.
In related-to-nothing news: it’s not likely that many of you missed the news that Andrew won an Eisner (yes, I know, the publication he is EiC of and that has many contributors won it, not him alone, but like I care) and announced his forthcoming comics series Another Castle, all in the space of one weekend, but I don’t care. Basically, this is all brilliant news and I wanted to write it down here, so that when I come to re-read this a few years from now (and if you think I don’t read this blog back periodically, you’re mad – it’s the closest thing I have to a diary), I remember and smile. I will also note that in conversation with a mutual friend and his daughter last night, Another Castle came up, and the daughter looked very excited. And I’m buying a copy for my niece, when she’s old enough.
OK, I’ve wittered on for long enough now that I feel like I’m focusing on things again, and I’m going to go do something constructive. Like maybe write, or code. Or bake.
- Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn – Charlie’s Diary
Guesting at Mr Stross' blog, Hugh offers a superb take on the Lovecraftian nightmare of the present day.
- Scotch Box ♥ A Vagrant LAMP Stack That Just Works
This could be handy. I'm mostly using homestead at home, and custom work builds, but homestead has a few oddities, and it might be nice to get a completely standard version VM.