Hello there friends, and welcome to Weekly Head Voices #221, covering the week from Monday April 12 to Sunday April 18, 2021, and focusing on the programming language Erlang and the evil that is breakfast. Figure 1: Entrance to Vergelegen and Morgenster, taken during an Autumn morning long(er) run. I’m three bananas strong. Learn you a tiny bit of Erlang for Great Good! Last week I attended a meetup that turned out to be primarily about Erlang and not so much about automated crypto arbitrage, the other topic of the talk.
Welcome to Weekly Head Voices number Two Twenny! This edition covers the week from Monday April 5 to Sunday April 11, of which thankfully only 57.1% of the days (vs the usual 71.4%) were officially dedicated to work! Figure 1: A scene from Sunday lunch at Mont Marie in Stellenbosch. Previous visit in WHV #182. Still beautiful. The work week was indeed shorter (thanks week!) but perhaps just a bit too high intensity.
This edition of the Weekly Head Voices covers the period from Monday March 29 to Sunday April 4, 2021. However, its raison d’être is to act as a reminder of the epic weekend in Stilbaai that we have just returned from, and also to practise the borderline (un)justified use of a posh French expression or two. Figure 1: If morning starts like this, day could turn out OK. You might remember me mentioning this place for the first time almost exactly a year ago in WHV #191, when we went there for the first time and had to cut our visit short due to the first COVID lockdown.
WELL HELLO DERE FRIENDS! Welcome to the Weekly Head Voices #218, looking back at the week from Monday March 22 to Sunday March 28 of the year 2021. Figure 1: A little forest on Vergelegen farm, close to where we had just enjoyed an absolutely fabulous Sunday lunch, with wine. Two worlds collide! On the one hand I do worry about the number of hours I spent on this, but on the other hand it’s one of those time investments that should pay off handsomely over the coming years.
Hey, welcome to the Monthly Weekly Head Voices! This one covers the extensive period from Monday Feb 15 to Sunday March 21, 2021. Since we last connected here, much has transpired, a strangely selected subset of which is mentioned below: New computer An M1 MacBook Air became part of my computing zoo. See the new computer post if you’re into that sort of thing. Short version if you’re not: It’s the best Emacs-capable device I’ve ever used.
You know the drill here at the WHV: If there’s a new computer in the family, I usually write a little something about it. These mentions and posts go back to at least 2002, and now I’ve back-tagged most of them so that you can see them all in this convenient “new computer” tag list! Fast, cheap and energy efficient: Choose three This time, I, or rather my employer, had difficulty resisting the siren song of the new Apple M1 chip and especially of the entry-level M1 MacBook Air: Great performance and power efficiency in a truly cool and quiet package.
Hello everyone, and welcome to WHV #216, the one looking back at the two weeks from Monday February 1 to Sunday February 14, 2021. Figure 1: Sup? The two weeks in question can be characterised by Somehow Working Really Hard with Lots of Focus. I would like to say that it has something to do with the liberal daily application of the One Main Thing idea, but experience has taught me that it’s probably some other unexpected and hidden interaction of a number of obscure factors that I will never ever understand, and that next week I’ll be solidly back in the arms of my old friend the really slippery eel.
How do you do, fellow humans? (Sub-vocalise in Steve Buscemi voice for maximum effect.) This edition of the Weekly Head Voices covers the week from Monday January 25 to Sunday January 31 of the year 2021. Figure 1: Weekend scene from the Afrikaans Language Monument (or “Taalmonument”, when you speak the lingo). Initially I thought about ‘shopping out the photo-shooting couple, but I’ve grown to like them now. My notes for the period don’t have much that is WHV-worthy, except for the following two humble offerings:
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE TO THIS WARM AND WELCOMING CIRCLE OF WEEKLY HEAD VOICES! Figure 1: View from a family walk in Hermanus. I was surprised by the beauty here, memories of years ago apparently faded. You are reading the 214th edition of the WHV, the first of 2021 (hurrah), and spottily covering the intersections of my consciousness with the period of time from Monday, January 11 to Sunday, January 24 of the year 2021.
Thanks to COVID-19, many organizations and their their workers have had to fast-track their previously hypothetical plans and dreams to adopt remote working. Where this was once a long-running debate with a handful of more progressive companies actually executing, all of a sudden many of us found ourselves working from home, including spending significant parts of our day in video meetings. Less commuting, less polluting and much more flexibility in how one achieves work-life balance are amazing benefits.