Welcome back friends! (Right after the nerd news, there’s running and backyard philosophy. You can start wherever you like.) Nerd News The Weekly Nerd News Network (WNNN) wanted to bring the following points under your attention: Emacs 26.1, the first major release since September 2016, when 25.1 came out, happened on May 28. Although Emacs reached perfection (and sentience, some say) a few decades ago, this new version does include improvements such as native line numbering for the VIM refugees and buttery smooth scrolling on X11 (read the very entertaining story behind this).
Weekly Head Voices #143: The rider and the elephant.
Pretty autumn sunset. A few metres below, the ritual weekend-starting braai was picking up speed. Welcome back kids! Besides this post, which somehow turned out to be longer than I expected, my more nerdy alter ego also wrote a post titled Interactive programming with Fennel Lua Lisp, Emacs and Lisp Game Jam winner EXO_encounter 667. #DeleteFacebook, part deux In an unsurprising (to me) turn of events, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has not even caused a dent in Facebook usage.
Weekly Head Voices #142: Theory of mind.
Autumn is really pretty down here. We’re getting back on track with the WHVs friends! In the hardly started tradition of writing blog posts in music-backed focus blocks, I have my “upbeat thinking” playlist teed up and ready to go. The outline of this post formed itself as a Real Bullet List(tm) in my Emacs about an hour ago. Let’s go. They grow up so fast Theory of Mind, or ToM, is an important mental capability that we use to model and predict the thoughts and desires of fellow humans.
Weekly Head Voices #141: Albert was Burning really hard.
Impression of AfrikaBurn 2018 by the Tall Philosophical Neighbour, aka DJ Fiasco, aka Super Hanz. As we were walking back from the ice truck to the BURNIVERSITY, our home away from home, one of our newly-made Canadian friends said: Albert is burning really hard. Albert (name subtly changed to protect the innocent), who by that time had presented his first improv theater workshop at our camp, had struck me as a brilliant and already open-minded human being.
Weekly Head Voices #140: Koperkapel.
Hello there friends, welcome back! Matters have started heating up around here with the final preparations for a pretty intense project that is expected to launch in about a week’s time. I would prefer saying more about it after the launch, because reasons. I’m mentioning it here as explanation for the paucity of this post, and just in case a near-future post manages to be slightly late or even absent.
Weekly Head Voices #139: Luna.
Well hello there friends! We have just returned from a ridiculously enjoyable holiday in The Drakensberg, or uKhahlamba in isiZulu. More specifically, we started in Giant’s Castle, the place of no internet mentioned in the previous edition of the WHV, and also the subject of that post’s main image, but we spent the largest part of the week at Cathedral Peak. Due to it having been holiday and all, the rest of this post will follow the trusty old bullet list form.
Weekly Head Voices #138: Born to run.
I am currently in a place with no to extremely little internet. Just getting the photo above uploaded was an adventure. I briefly debated breaking my current WHV posting streak due to exceptional circumstances, but decided against it, at least for now. Anyways, I might have no internet, but the scenery here is phenomenal. (It later turned out that just getting this blog post uploaded on Sunday evening was not going to happen.
Weekly Head Voices #137: Let me mine your metadata.
Winter is coming, somewhere on the R44 between Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay. Wisdom from the Twitters Let me start this week’s edition with something that a friend forwarded, quite ironically, from the dark underbelly of the internet, also known as “twitter”: Daily activities to avoid: - Consuming endless (news) feeds - Discussion w/ anyone with a big ego - Thinking without pen & paper - Arguing on Twitter
Weekly Head Voices #136: Slightly more than nothing much.
The majestic view from Bodega onto the Dornier cellar and the Hottentots-Holland mountain behind it. Welcome back peeps! Make yourselves at home. It seemed that nothing much happened during most of the week, but I started writing anyway. It turns out there was slightly more than nothing much. Writing stuff down does have its perks. vimium Pro-tip of the week: Install vimium. It’s a chrome extension which enables you to SURF THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY with just a bunch of keyboard shortcuts.
Weekly Head Voices #135: It’s all rainbows and unicorns, no really!
This rainbow unicorn, floating serenely on a cloudy background, is winking right at you. Down below, we are celebrating GOU #3’s second birthday. Photo taken with the expert assistance of GOU#1, age 11 going on 32. Hi there friends, welcome back to the weekly (!!!) head voices! I missed you. Software Release Frazzle Releasing desktop software, even for a small group of people, can get tricky quickly yo! Yes, people still write desktop software, and we do love doing it.