YARRRRGGGHHHH it's now more than a month after the previous WHV saw the light of day. This draft, intially intended to see the light of day not much more than a week after 171, has been languishing in a cold jail of electrons up in the cloud somewhere for the past weeks, while life was doing its thing, you know, inexorably marching ahead. Whatever the case may be, I'm happy that we are here now.
Down here, you never know what sort of fantastic beasts you could run into. I met this particular fullmetal creature right about here. Dear friends, In this post, I do a particularly lossy review of my trip through time, from Monday May 6 to Sunday May 19, 2019. First we talk about sleep, then a long part on technical tricks, then a slightly more backyard philosophical piece on human tool sharpening, and finally the announcement of a new academic event somewhere in the far or near or medium term future.
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.
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!