- As GOU#1 and GOU#2 were busy leaving for school, #3 came in to #2 for a hug but #2 was a bit too focused on getting all of her things ready to go in the car. Good Charl, in his only appearance of the day, spontaneously interjected with: “When you’re in a hug, for that moment, you put your full attention into that hug. For that moment, nothing else exists but the hug.”. I could really see the message hitting home with #2, and she vocalised as much. Monday: BIG SUCCESS!
- At work, managed to spill black coffee all over meself as I was just doing step 1 of living the one cable dream (read: attaching usb-c cable to my macbook). Clumsy Charl clearly at the wheel…
- Short but really nice streamlit demo during a work meeting. I knew about streamlit, but I’ve never actually played with it.
- Spent the rest of the day fighting trying, without success, to update the webcola d3 adapter to the latest version of d3.
- In bed that night, had light-bulb that React was probably a better solution for this visualization in any case…
- … and then realised that few years back I built something similar for work, and had a similar evolution of ideas which ended up with react + webcola.
- At the office nice and early (7:30).
- Chatted with colleague about the abovementioned React + webcola thing we worked on together, at which point he pointed me at react-flow and comfyui
- react-flow looks like it could work pretty well for this new project. Also: SO SHINY!
- streamlit app life cycle: script re-runs every time user interacts, see https://docs.streamlit.io/get-started/fundamentals/summary
- it does have caching mechanisms to make this go faster
- marimo, although much newer, approaches this issue with its reactive cell pattern
- Idea: We should write focused technical memos at work. This is now howto, but rather “things I learned” formulated to teach not just to document.
- Upgaded phone to iOS 17.3 and MacBook to macOS 14.3. Apparently there’s a zero day vulnerability in previous versions that can be exploited via malicious websites.
- 8km run at just after 7 AM before it really got hot
- dip in the pool (friend LM says we must but pool is probably not cold enough due to +30℃ temps), then started to work
- right after dip in pool, partially pulled back muscle. Partial, because two warning spasms, but not complete lock like many previous times. PHEW!
- Remember kids: Our spine’s vertical operation is a major evolutionary hack job and a mechanical disaster just waiting to happen. My advice: Spend more time horizontally.
- This is also the reason why I’m still searching for a long enough reclining chair.
- Lovely working lunch with friend S at No Way José
- Some random ideas that popped into my head as I was trying to work:
- idea: make github so that people can
pipx install marimo-turboto get install with pandas, altair, matplotlib, and so on.
- idea: figure out way to publish marimo dashboard to HTTPS url somewhere, for really really cheap
- sounds like AWS API gateway + lambdas can do something complicated to host streamlit, which also uses websockets
- in the end, probably better to do this on my own VPS
- … or even better, on my own machine behind tailscale funnel! This was straight-forward and seems to work well. See https://emacs.ch/@cpbotha/111811547009420844 (post is also embedded below)
- idea: (which has been active for a bit longer) A reliable pattern to lazy start upstream processes only when the first request comes in, and to stop them when no-one is connected. Client -> nginx -> supervisord -> tornado
- systemd can partially do something like this using socket activation: https://serverfault.com/questions/1121584/start-apache-on-demand-using-systemd-socket-activation
- I would prefer to use supervisord for this
- This will remain on the todo list for now, unless one of you knows a trick?
- idea: make github so that people can
- ran into dude who built kubernetes thing for Hetzner using Crystal, a programming language of which I remembered that it just had a release, so quickly lost some more time on “crystal vs nim-lang” googling
- blog post: https://vitobotta.com/2023/01/07/kubernetes-on-hetzner-cloud-the-easiest-way/
- the kubernetes thing: https://github.com/vitobotta/hetzner-k3s
TIL: mastodon embeds are not as durable as twitter embeds
As I pasted the above embed, I saw to my disappointment that it’s just pulling in the mastodon post URL via
With twitter, you get more self-contained HTML which will render even when twitter or just the original tweet don’t exist anymore.
This is probably just another reason to figure out how I can get more low-friction microblogging going on my own websites so that the embedding implementations of other microblogging sites become irrelevant.
- Took a look at cloudflare tunnels to expose marimo and other dashboards to the internet
- great that I can use my existing domains for this, and I can route between multiple domains to multiple locally running services
- some more steps to setup, but it did not take more than about 5 minutes, and gives me even more options than tailscale funnels. OPTIONS MAN!
- At work, quickly got react-flow… flowing. SHINY!
- In the evening, found https://www.macstories.net/stories/generating-markdown-links-to-mail-messages-with-shortcuts-and-applescript/ which is the new Shortcuts based way, based on the old AppleScript way, of getting a
message://link onto the clipboard.
- You might recall from this blog that
message://are the most durable and cross-platform way to link to emails from your notes (or anywhere else)
- You might recall from this blog that
- Woke up to cool, overcast weather, a big change from a series of 30℃ + days. Really had to resist going out for a run (normal run day + that amazing coolness), because of Wednesday’s partially pulled back muscle not being 100% yet.
- Worked on mystery visualization project (react-flow)
- Lovely and energising lunch with previous colleague and friend. Happy that I reached out on Thursday although they have a packed schedule because only in country for limited time. I guess this is quite related to calling up your friends, with a ping of serendipity salt.
- I was shocked by how well and fast ollama worked on my MacBook. See embedded tweet below.
- Almost at the end of the afternoon, friend S and I went to some more friends for the first Weiss-off, that is, a Weiss beer tasting contest. It was huge fun blind-tasting 10 different Weiss beers, ranking them, trying to identify them (so much harder than I thought!), and then having them revealed at the end.
- Between the experts there (read: us), Stangen Weiss Bier came out on top, followed by Weisbier No5 and Jack Black Atlantic Weiss. The fourth place was shared by Erdinger and CBC Amber Weiss.
- My favourite, Stellenbrau Jonkersweiss, is glaringly absent from the top. I’ll live, probably consoled by just such a Jonkersweiss. Super happy that Amber Weiss and Atlantic are both present!
- There was a trophy (for the taster who could blind-identify the most beers in the Weiss-off), which we have christened the David Weisselhoff wisseltrofee.
With @MistralAI's Mistral 7B at Q4_0 on this MacBook M1 Pro 10C / 16C, @ollama looks like it's easily 3 times faster than the new MLX 0.0.11 (with GGUF support).— @email@example.com (@cvoxel) January 26, 2024
It's subjectively (visually) faster, and the tokens/s measurements confirm this. pic.twitter.com/9vyluimLKK
- Yesterday’s Wonderful Weiss-off also had some, thankfully quite minor, effect the next morning, but I went out for a careful weekday distance run, which fortunately went without a hitch. Just very hot thanks.
- Went to Buco and then to Apple Tool and Gas to find the rest of the screws I needed to repair the shower door. Friendly gentleman at Apple even sawed some of my screws to size! Shower door back in operation.
- Updated my “old” M1 MBA to macOS 14.3 and then reset to transfer to GOU#1’s iCloud. Say what you want about Apple, but that part of their stuff works really well.
- Left for Betty’s Bay at about 16:00 with GOUs #1 and #2. The rest of the family already there.
- Woke up in Betty’s Bay after a longer than normal night of sleep, but Garmin body battery was still not completely happy.
- In spite of having run yesterday and still feeling a bit tired (see body battery above), I had the best run of the month so far in Betty’s. Go figure.
- Spent some time with Canva – what a great resource for doing nice designs, even flow charts – but not sure where I could use this.
- Background thought through the past weeks, and mentioned on Tuesday: I would really like to do (and promite) more TIL-style writing at work and at home. See Simon Willison’s amazing TIL collection for inspiration.
- Ran into https://github.com/outlines-dev/outlines a Python library that can guarantee structured text generation from many LLMs, e.g. 100% valid JSON according to a specified schema. What makes it different from similar libraries? “Unlike other libraries, regex-guided generation in Outlines is almost as fast as non-guided generation.”
- I already had AutoGen on my list for experimenting with multi-agent LLM applications, but now it has been joined by crewAI which I have also just ran into (thanks reddit!) and which seems to have significant support online.