Welcome to the one hundred and sixty first edition of the Weekly Head Voices, looking back at the week from Sunday January 27 to Sunday February 3, 2018. I am writing this draft in a markdown file, using good old Emacs, during an early morning session (more about that later), because I am still not really loving the Gutenberg block-based editor experience in WordPress 5.0. Today, I have three stories:
In the foreground, the mortar and pestle I used to mash together garlic, ginger, a serenade chilli, green cardamom pods, a whole cinnamon quill, one bay leaf, some curry powder for even more oomf, turmeric, coriander, salt and a few cloves. This paste ended up in that blurry red cast iron pot on the coals to result, a few hours later, in a delectable chicken curry potjie. Welcome to the first WHV of the year 2019 folks!
The sun setting over a lighthouse with a mysterious path in the front. I might just have maxed out my quota of clichéd ending / beginning symbolism, but this situation really just presented itself a few days ago. One previous year as I arrived at this particular lighthouse, it had a rainbow as well. I think the lighthouse itself is, analogously to Mitch Hedberg’s blurry bigfoot, inherently clichéd. Welcome to this, the most recent (as of this writing) instance of the venerable WHV year transition post tradition!
The view from Waterkloof Restaurant’s balcony, on a fairly perfect evening. In theory, this edition should cover the period of time from Monday November 19 to today, Wednesday December 19, 2018. I am very late with this post, because down here we were first busy winding down the year with all of the completion-madness that that entails, and then the vacation started starting. It hasn’t yet stopped being busy starting.
(Note that there’s now a Telegram group that you can join to be kept up to date with these posts. I’m never going to make the A-List, but at least I haz the gimmicks!) This edition of the weekly (haha) head voices attempts to reflect on the period of time from Monday November 5 to Sunday November 18, 2018. The following action scene happened exactly halfway through: Pre-requisite running photo, this one taken in Paarl.
As an alternative to the email list, I have just setup a telegram group which you could join if you’d like to be kept up to date with posts from this blog via instant messenger! If all goes according to plan, a notification should be sent to the group automatically whenever I publish a post over here. P.S. I first did this with IFTTT’s Telegram applet, but its post preview was pretty bad.
Vergelegen, an important node on my Rome Glen – Vergelegen – Lourensford – Land en Zeezicht route. It’s Monday evening around 22:31. The track “Still on Fire” by Trentemøller is making my neurons fire in highly pleasant patterns while I try to gaze back through time at the days from Monday October 22 to Sunday November 4, and to gather my thoughts. I have come to a decision: The rest of this blog will be less melodramatic.
Scene from a recent lunch with a very flat cat. Whilst appreciating these moments with direct experience mode set to 11, one does have to realise that it’s all much more complicated than it looks. Welcome to this, the 156th edition of the Weekly Head Voices, voices who are planning to sing about the two weeks from Monday October 8 to Sunday October 21. Summer has arrived, and it’s really very hot down here.
Happy place: Running on a gravel road somewhere, this time in Wilderness. HELLO FRIENDS! Due to being outside so often, I have not been able to make the time to sit down and write to you more regularly over the past weeks. I did miss you! Fortunately, I am here now (that was Tuesday, it’s now Friday…) to babble a little bit about my subjective experience of the period of time from Monday September 17 to Sunday October 7.
A view from the West Coast National Park on Langebaan with Schaapen Island visible. No, we were never a Dutch colony. This was the week from Monday september 10 to Sunday september 16. Nerd stuff I fought with VTK renderer window reparenting on three different platforms. Suffice to say that the 2018 is probably also not going to be the year of the Linux desktop. Serendipitously (seems to be a theme) I came across UMAP, a great new technique for dimensionality reduction which functions in the same space (weak math pun, sorry) as t-SNE.