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Please enjoy the new song "Mon bum a besoin de danser" ("my (butt) needs to dance") titled and inspired by a certain young gentleman saying those words when asked to take it easy at some point. in the spirit of the original franglais sentence, lyrics are in french and english (and a little spanish).

I am very proud of Burn the Earth’s second album “Resurrection,” which we've just finished. In a few weeks it will be on whatever streaming/download service you use, but you can have it now (and then) for free by downloading it from

The mastermind behind this band (including especially all the non-bass guitars) is the inestimable Paul Boutin. Vocals (and album art) by yours truly.

I hope you like it.

Springtime in San Francisco


If you are the kind of person who loves (making) duck rillettes, I would like to recommend that you make them with duck gizzards and a pressure cooker. This writer has discovered that two hours under high pressure in duck fat produces a result that is if anything superior to normal rillettes made from leg and thigh meat.


(after Cyd Harrell)

I am pleased to announce the release of newhope-, a Haskell library for the NewHope cryptographic key exchange protocol. Available at Crypto.NewHope via your friendly neighborhood Hackage:

Hey @mala, do you have an opinion on the currently best community-friendly FOS license?

It seems to me that there is very little difference between a child developing love for their parents and Stockholm Syndrome.

Today's culinary crime against humanity: Vegemite kimchi dusted with cheddar cheese powder

People say that "the beatings will continue until morale improves" but really, even improving morale does not stop the beatings.

It is perhaps more informative to say that the beatings will continue until the very last person is dead.

Conversation on the street today:

Me: I love your Clockwork Orange tote bag!
Stranger: Thanks! It's his (with chin, indicates toddler being carried) bag for the creche. I know it's probably not very appropriate, but... *shrugs*.

Tired of saying "anti-vax"? Just replace it with "pro-pandemic." (H/T @anca)

After taking a break for a few years, I have recently been shaving my head in the shower with a straight razor. I may have been playing too much Beat Saber recently, because this morning when I finished without a single scratch, my first thought was: FULL COMBO!!!

Recently a Japanese monk was issued a citation for driving while in his traditional robes and in response, other monks are demonstrating that they can safely perform other physical actions in robes. The hashtag to search is (…/%E5%83%A7%E8%A1%); the below is one of my favorites:

Last recording of 2018, bounced fifteen minutes or so before midnight.

Still a few bits to clean up, but here it is:

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