A blacksmith and a lumberjack walk into a bar

Jack Black brewery’s Lumberjack is an amber ale craft brewed in Cape Town. As bottle designs go, this one is pretty metal: Amongst a number of impressive-sounding statements, the back of the bottle concludes with: Lumberjack has a sturdy malt driven backbone packed with loads of roasted malt. Huge hop additions intensify the piney-citrus aromas of this full flavoured ale. A beer for the brave. After reading that, who does not want to drink this beer for the brave?

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Weekly Head Voices #90: The geriatric edition.

This is the 90th edition of the weekly head voices. I just looked up the very first edition – it was way back in August of 2009! (That was apparently about 285 weeks ago, meaning I’ve averaged about one post every 3.17 weeks.) To celebrate, have some bullets: Behind me are two weeks of extreme focus chasing various deadlines. I can feel my brain taking some strain switching between C++ and GPU shaders on the one side and Python and D3 on the other.

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meepz97: I haz a new computar machine!

WARNING: EXTREME PC hardware-related nerdiness ahead. Read at your own risk. My most awesome employer to date (that’s the vxlabs of course!) decided to treat me with a brand new workstation. On Tuesday, February 10 of the year 2015 the new desktop PC arrived. (Around these parts, we have a long tradition of writing about new computer acquisitions, see for example 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2013.)

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Weekly Head Voices #89: Xanthohumol.

I found myself in Stellenbosch this weekend, so I drove by my old student house. Fifteen odd years ago, the house used to go by the name The Far Side. It was usually inhabited by five fairly attractive yet dangerously intelligent male engineering students, who were, quite unexpectedly, also extremely modest. (In those days, prepending “male” to “engineering student” was mostly redundant.) Well, it seems The Far Side has gone through a little transformation of its own:

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Weekly Head Voices #88: Just be yourself, they said.

I wish you all a zen-filled 2015! (I think zen trumps straight happiness, because zen means that you’re on your way to understanding and making peace with the mechanisms underneath the happiness, all the way down.) So much has happened since I last stood on this soap-box. However, as Noeska explains, this means I have even less to write about than usual. (for those of you too busy to click: things further back seem far less relevant now, so less motivation to write down)

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Weekly Head Voices #87: Good Reads.

Two days ago, I received this in the mail: Visualization of Variation and Variability by Stef Busking & Integrative Visualization of Whole Body Molecular Imaging Data by Peter Kok For various reasons I was temporarily ever-so-slightly misty-eyed. Well-done boys, I’m SUPER proud of you! Other books you might also like. I’ve recently finished reading two other mind-expanding books: The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin: Liu Cixin is a wildly popular Chinese science fiction author.

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Weekly Head Voices #86: Beardy.

You could have set your watch by the appearance of this weekly blog post! Enjoy it while you can. Here’s a random photo from my week: I finally figured out what planking is. Note-taking and todo system chaos (NERD WARNING). My email-note-taking-todo-system is again slowly morphing into something strange and unknown. I once called using Trello for task management “the time management connoisseur equivalent of lying in the gutter with a cheap bottle of wine in a brown paper bag”.

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Weekly Head Voices #85: Gone south.

From now on I’m going to try a more fluid weekly blogging schedule. My approach up to now was to try and write up the weekly right after the weekend, at which time,however, I’m usually caught up in the usual start-of-the-week storm of, uhm, possibilities, and hence let the blog writing slip, and once you start slipping it’s a challenge to stop. So now, instead of focusing on the when (the failed after the weekend) I’m going to focus on the how often.

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