Hello there friends! This edition of the WHV, number 170, is how I choose look back at the three weeks from Monday April 15 to Sunday May 5, 2019. This period was host to whooshing-by-deadline-induced stress, one amazing and thought-provoking wedding, the birthdays of two of my GOUs, and, a bit strangely part of this list, the acquisition of a new computing device. At least we were able to pause everything for a sublime afternoon at a favourite vineyard close to my backyard:
WARNING: EXTREME PC hardware-related nerdiness ahead. Read at your own risk. Just the new laptop, skulking in the bush. It is tradition around these parts that the welcoming of new computer machines is celebrated by, amongst many other rituals, a sometimes incomprehensible amount of customisation-related labour and a mention (or two) in these pages. Some examples from the past include: Hacking Radeon suspend / resume support into the Linux kernel and the X-Server in 2002, so that my cheap clone laptop could too.
Beautiful evening skies above my house. I just went through my notes. As far as I can see now, the week from Monday April 8 to Sunday April 14 2019, although otherwise quite solid in terms of productivity and of The Important Stuff(tm), did not fare too well on the blog-worthiness scale. About the exact implications of this discrepancy, I am also not entirely sure. Nonetheless, my mission at this moment is to try and give you something entertaining and/or educational, and for this I have a cunning plan…
Sometimes it feels like the place is falling apart, and sometimes you find yourself in a heavenly corner like this. Postcard Café, Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch. My friend showed me a photo and said “Here’s a picture of me when I was younger”. Every picture is of you when you were younger. – Mitch Hedberg (RIP) In this edition of the WHV, I cast my now older eyes back on the week starting on Monday, April 1 and ending on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
(I initially posted this blog with an incorrect slug, so I had no choice but to re-publish with the correct slug and URL. It is possible that you receive the email notification twice. I am really sorry about this! P.S. Yes, it’s a dirtly little secret of the blogging industry that slugs are involved.) I have posted similar photos before, but this one is special, because it was a crystal clear and almost wind-free Friday afternoon, hosting an almost perfect barefoot run.
It sounds a bit more involved than it turned out to be, but I have a thing for posts titled “Moving M years of K from Y to Z”. As can be seen in the history page or rather the first weblog entry dated 2001-02-27, this blog has been around for more than 18 years. It started as some CGI script, then spent some time as a LiveJournal, then, thanks to meeting Professor Biella Coleman who was at that point still a grad student, went through a Movable Type phase and then, at some point, converted to Wordpress.
Amazing view from a rather precariously installed bench on the hills above Morgan Bay. In this, the 166th edition of the WHV, I attempt to peer back at the two weeks from Sunday March 11 to Sunday March 24, 2019. If you like, you may imagine that this looks like somewhat like the photo above, although the photo above was in fact just me peering out over the sea, while I generally just sit hunched over some form of keyboard when writing these posts.
This short WHV looks back at the week from Monday March 4 to Sunday March 10. In the week after that, I had actually decided not to publish this one, instead folding whatever I wanted to say into the next edition. However, fear of yet another much-too-long WHV, along with my current preference for a short warming-up of the writing pipes, have led me to change my mind, and so here we are!
Pre-work not-too-shabby running route. Welcome back friends! This WHV looks back at the two weeks from Monday February 18 to Sunday March 3, 2019. I was planning to release the edition of the WHV on time, but my need for a break was greater. Because I’ve given up on ever mastering the art of the bullet-list form of the weekly(ish) status update, I am going to double-down on the old-fashioned sectioned prose form that you see before you.
The view from a Sunday run in Onrus. This WHV looks back at the week stretching from Monday February 11 to Sunday February 17, 2019. I would like to share the following life bits with you: Work: Plumbing and running. I converted our one telemedicine product from virtualenv and requirements files to pipenv. Much has been said about pipenv, also in various dramatic contexts, but there is not much competition when it comes to reproducible builds of Python applications.