New Emacs-capable hardware: M1 MacBook Air

You know the drill here at the WHV: If there’s a new computer in the family, I usually write a little something about it. These mentions and posts go back to at least 2002, and now I’ve back-tagged most of them so that you can see them all in this convenient “new computer” tag list! Fast, cheap and energy efficient: Choose three This time, I, or rather my employer, had difficulty resisting the siren song of the new Apple M1 chip and especially of the entry-level M1 MacBook Air: Great performance and power efficiency in a truly cool and quiet package.

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Weekly Head Voices #216: Sup?

Hello everyone, and welcome to WHV #216, the one looking back at the two weeks from Monday February 1 to Sunday February 14, 2021. Figure 1: Sup? The two weeks in question can be characterised by Somehow Working Really Hard with Lots of Focus. I would like to say that it has something to do with the liberal daily application of the One Main Thing idea, but experience has taught me that it’s probably some other unexpected and hidden interaction of a number of obscure factors that I will never ever understand, and that next week I’ll be solidly back in the arms of my old friend the really slippery eel.

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Weekly Head Voices #215: Gateway to an unknown universe (aka Taalmonument)

How do you do, fellow humans? (Sub-vocalise in Steve Buscemi voice for maximum effect.) This edition of the Weekly Head Voices covers the week from Monday January 25 to Sunday January 31 of the year 2021. Figure 1: Weekend scene from the Afrikaans Language Monument (or “Taalmonument”, when you speak the lingo). Initially I thought about ‘shopping out the photo-shooting couple, but I’ve grown to like them now. My notes for the period don’t have much that is WHV-worthy, except for the following two humble offerings:

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Weekly Head Voices #214: One Main Thing

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE TO THIS WARM AND WELCOMING CIRCLE OF WEEKLY HEAD VOICES! Figure 1: View from a family walk in Hermanus. I was surprised by the beauty here, memories of years ago apparently faded. You are reading the 214th edition of the WHV, the first of 2021 (hurrah), and spottily covering the intersections of my consciousness with the period of time from Monday, January 11 to Sunday, January 24 of the year 2021.

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An introduction to Asynchronous Communication for the workplace

Thanks to COVID-19, many organizations and their their workers have had to fast-track their previously hypothetical plans and dreams to adopt remote working. Where this was once a long-running debate with a handful of more progressive companies actually executing, all of a sudden many of us found ourselves working from home, including spending significant parts of our day in video meetings. Less commuting, less polluting and much more flexibility in how one achieves work-life balance are amazing benefits.

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Super simple yearly post archives for Hugo

I was looking for the most simple way to get automatic yearly archives of all blog posts for the Hugo setup responsible for cpbotha.net (this blog). Fortunately I ran into Rohan Verma’s template-based solution which I could then simplify into the even more straight-forward shortcode-based solution presented in this post. For an example of the output, see the post archives here. To make this happen on your Hugo setup is a two step process.

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The 2020 to 2021 transition post

Welcome to the year 2021 friends. Every year around about this time, I try to write a transition post like this one. You can get a list of all of the transition posts by going to the “transition” tag page. If you don’t have time to read them all (haha), you could just scan through last year’s 2019 to 2020 edition. This transition tradition started at the end of 2009, which coincidentally is also the year that the Weekly Head Voices was born.

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Weekly Head Voices #213: Merry Christmas!

This edition of the WHV looks back at the week from Monday, December 21 to Sunday, December 27, 2020. Figure 1: View of False Bay from Clarence Drive, a truly beautiful road. Merry Christmas During this week, the most noteworthy happening was of course Christmas. As a family, we are wholly dedicated to the pursuit and application of Love and Science. However, we do try to respect the religious customs of our fellow humans.

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Weekly Head Voices #212: Use it, or lose it

Well hello there folks, and welcome to the 212th edition of the Weekly Head Voices! This one covers the two weeks from Monday December 7 to Sunday December 20, 2020. My end-of-year vacation started at some point during the period under investigation, so there’s not all that much to report here, except perhaps for a small philosophy message brought to you by the world of science. Figure 1: View of the bridge over the mouth of the Steenbras River, taken from our anniversary hike up Steenbras Gorge to the Crystal Pools and back.

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