Dear Linus heads,

Are there any Linux GUIs that AREN’T based on X Windows?

Our older dog (15yo) has started to fail. She has never had seizures, now she had two grand mal seizures today. This sucks. 😢

I have to admit that since I retired, I have been getting some interesting job offers.

My son and I are still practicing The Trooper every night. We made it to 100% on the tune, but now we’ve graduated to playing with a backing track from the original recording. It pushes and pulls quit a bit, so at times you feel “oh this speed is ok” and then the next verse you feel OMFG this is so fast!!!

Having the real singer singing along makes a huge difference to our energy too.

Having fun.

Well. Not quite. The serial port on a Picostation is 115200, like all the docs on the internet say everywhere. The serial port on *these* picostations, which come from sudoroom and were fucked with there, is 9600 baud. Anyway, they are finally working and configured now.
Show thread your pictures are rather fantastic. I do miss Southern Wales and surrounding area. TY for the vicarious joy of looking at the pictures.

I forgot my MacBook Pro charger on my little trip and the iPad Pro charger has been a great substitute charger.

So probably the weirdest Cambrian creature was this little beast. It's called Opabinia.

About the size of a mouse, and probably a relative of anomalocaris. Opabinia is mostly unlike any other creature we've ever found on Earth. Five eyes and an odd little trunk with a grabby thing on the end. In an incredibly bizarre form of convergent evolution, it probably used this appendage to eat in much the same way an elephant uses its trunk!

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Projects like this only supporting installation via CocoaPods is why I refuse to use it:

Good job, making it impossible for people not using your dependency manager of choice to use your library 👌🏻

Oh my god, such gear lust for this right now:

I love me a good subtle (or sometimes not subtle) chorus.


My son and I are now playing The Trooper at 100% (we started at 60%).

Just a little over 40 days of practice. Now we stop incremental speed ups and nail this sucker.

A lot of concerted work for a 12 year old (and for me too, it is really fast).


Douglas Adams Quotes I Can Remember:

"The ships hung in the sky in exactly the way that bricks don't."

"Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."

"I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by."

"For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a few seconds, nothing continued to happen."

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Show thread, I just got some new little ones to take care of. Note to self, don’t overwater.

Don’t denigrate developers who choose to specialise. We need people who go deep with specific languages, frameworks and approaches. Saying it’s bad engineering is gatekeeper bullshite.

Also, could just be (as it is with me) that they enjoy working with a specific set of tools.

My son and I are playing a challenging dual guitar piece. Everyday we up the speed. It is funny to see how some days he is just distracted. Today I had a coffee late in the day. I was on fire. Since we do this everyday, I have a running benchmark to see progress and regressions.

Feeling disappointed and hurt by friends who stop communicating. Need to check to see who I’ve done that to and rectify and apologize.

I’ve been on a strange vintage TV kick. I’m watching Hill Street Blues, from the early 80’s. One of the characters’ kids runs away.

The parents are very upset.

As a pre-teen, I ran away from home quite often (not for very long). This started happening after my family moved to Europe.

All of a sudden I want to call my parents and apologize.

I’ll call tomorrow when they are up.


New video: Making Eurorack power cables

Remember, kids, I'm not on YouTube and don't have The Algorithm™ ramming my videos down people's throats... so if you want to support independent video, you have to share the link!

I randomly met an incredibly interesting person tonight. I rarely go out amongst the populace, but I did it and lo and behold I met a fascinating young lady with an incredible life story, who just came over to sit next to my friend and me and we started chatting.

I love that people can be nice, people can be interesting.

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