(or so it seems)
Miscellany for all the family; batteries not included
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It happened again today, twice! WTF is it all about?
Is this what GMHowell would call "a clusterfuck"? Pah. I'm
supposing the URLs for the comments are going wrong
after a few previews. Or perhaps it's due to having my IP
change between clicking "reply" and clicking "preview" or
"submit". Who knows. Obviously you buggers don't! :P
(Since writing that, it's just happened again. Don't think
it's the IP address. And happened again,
so I don't think it's getting the URLs screwed up. But
other people are commenting in other JEs and the front
What can I say. Leviramsey recently revived that idea
of the JE circle migrating from /. to some new site of our
own (perhaps one where we can shut out all the stupid
ACs). The idea has more and more appeal every day,
I think. Meanwhile, I have various comments and replies
I can't post. How frustrating.
(deferred for future JE)
I think you are a plant
Recently got around to repotting one of my tiny bristlecone
pine seedlings. It had been in one of those little plastic
film cases (with holes punched in the bottom, of course!)
for about 3 years, but wasn't looking too well. It seems to
be doing well now, which is nice. Often things I repot
drop dead pretty quickly. I'll have to get around to doing
the other one, and put those
photos I took on my website. Speaking of which,
My lame website management thingy (I've never been
100% sure WTF it actually is, my best guess is it's a
has turned into a massive PITA. After I finished completing
the changes I needed to make so it could take page
layout info files in the form of configuration data (which
could be written and edited by scripts) rather than
m4 macros, I found that although it finally worked
as I wanted it to in functional terms, it did so so slowly that
my old ZX Spectrum could probably have done the job
faster. My Linux box is old, but not that old!
So I came to the conclusion that doing the page
generation in m4 rather than Perl was in fact a humungous
mistake. The plan is now to get Perl to parse the config
files, and use m4 purely to extract inline commands from
the included blocks of text, which it should at least
manage to do at a reasonable speed (it did OK whilst the
tast was trivial, and I think this is trivial enough for it!)
Unfortunately, untill I finish that (and I've kind of lapsed
in the past few weeks), I can only update my site using the
older version of MMSS (which worked but wasn't so slow).
Unfortunately, I've mostly forgotten how that worked...
Good thing I didn't suggest to Sol that she ran
her new website with it! :D OK, I mentioned it, but
in the context of not using it. That's OK, isn't it?
Isn't it? Pah. Speaking of which, perhaps Sol could use
her domain to hang a new email address off of. That's
probably be handy for spam, but I don't think I know any
more on the subject than she does unfortunately.
Insert interesting content here
With friends like these...
Was discussing with JtS (well failing to, thanks to the
stupid /. bugs) criteria for friending. FWIW, I tend to
friend a lot of semi-random people who I spot on the
front page who strike me as like-minded, and usually
(not always!) I friend my fans*. Either way, I normally
check up what sort of person they are, looking at any
JEs they might have, and most of their still-visible
comments, to see if they're who I think they are. I
occasionally friend FOAFs, but there's so many
of them, and my (mild) synaesthesia makes a lot of
people's names look the same to me. EG: GMontag
accuses CyranoVR and DaytonCIM (IIRC) of being the
same person, but I confuse DaytonCIM with
DubiousDave. I also used to confuse JtS with
StB. There are others.
(*-Speaking of which, I have some new fans. Hello
But most of all, I'm more than a little hesitant to friending
FOAFs because frankly you lot, SOME OF YOUR
MATES ARE BLOODY BARKING! OTOH, I can't
complain too much. For instance, one person I friended
(not telling who, ha!) has a link that resolves to tubgirl.com
in their signature. AFAICT tubgirl.com is no longer
available, so perhaps he made the link knowingly, just
to tease people- "Haha, just imagine if that had worked"
kind of thing. Speaking of which:
The term "Troll" is used for people who say things they
probably don't mean to trick people into making angry
responses. It's also been used around here for such
things as people who trick people into connecting to
goatse.cx and other such horrors. I propose that such
things don't really count as trolls as such, as the tricks
are with obfuscated/unknown URLs etc rather than
what a traditional troll uses.
So, in the same way as we have words Virus, Trojan,
Worm, for concepts that are fairly similar but somewhat
different, I propose that for people who give links to
Goatse, Tubgirl, etc, we use the name "Grue". As in the
creatures that you get eaten by in certain games if you
wander around in the dark. How about it?
What am I doing?
Hmm, I knew I had stuff to talk about, but my brain's a bit
futzed ATM. Did I mention I slept for 14 hours? I did. I
must have been quite tired (see previous JE! Yes, I'm
such a muppet sometimes).
Things I have been up to, apart from recently trying to
break Insanecarbonbasedlif's cypher (groan) and emailing
- Hoping to either install a Jabber client, or write my
own. Unfortunately, most existing Jabber clients are
either not runnable due to their requirements, or strike
me as yik. And most GUI toolkits clash with my
sensibilities or requirements. I'm considering XForms
(the recently GPLd GUI toolkit, not the stupidly
misnamed XML forms thing) at the moment. Still, I don't
know much about the Jabber protocol- it's documented,
but that spec's HUGE.
- Making Interrobang a Mix CD. Apparently arrived
today! Or yesterday. Hooray!
- Thinking about changing my Atoms clone (SDL-Toms) to be a
client-server game, rather than hotseat (you play, then
they play, etc). This could have allowed for chatting,
etc, which would have been a nice feature. Unfortunately
I got a headache trying to figure out some of the details,
and got sidelined designed a neat new authentification
system. I might go back to that later
- Taking photos- did I mention I got a neat little cheap
camera for my birthday? I did. One of them 10-quid
keyring cameras. The plan had been to try to write
a Linux driver for it, and if I couldn't it'd be so cheap it
wouldn't matter. As it happened, there's already drivers
for them. Numerous cameras (as I suspected) have
exactly the same cheap chipset as this, which Gphoto
supports as an "Argus DC-1510", and there's a kernel
driver to get the webcam functionality! Sadly doesn't seem
to last long on the battery, and I couldn't get new AAA
ni-cads (everything seems to be NiMH nowadays).
- Trying to create a replacement bookmarks server
for the Dillo browser. Got some done, and got positive
feedback from the alternative Dillo mailing list, but had
some points I was uncertain about, and I don't know how
to make Perl modules (I don't have anything more
advanced than the Llama book, and I'm a bit short of
funds to buy more). I might get something from the library.
- Still trying to cut back on my Slashdot usage.
Managed for a couple of weeks after I switched off the
JE notification (which is still off ATM, the barrage of
messages had been driving me mental).
But then it started creeping back, more and more... I
had a few days a week or so back when I didn't really
post anything. But soon, I'll be cutting back big time!
More on this later!
- Trying to upgrade stuff. Debian/Stoneage has
XFree4.1, which seems to be very BUGGY. I
eventually got around to upgrading the Xserver to the
4.3 version from Debian/Testing ("Sarge"), and I've
not had it crash since (that got to be a MASSIVE PITA,
I'd usually lose something important in the process). But
I still have to upgrade the X libraries too, and there's lots
of old programs that still needs "xlib6g", which is from
years back. I've got most of them uninstalled or upgraded
now. Some of the remaining packages include various
crappy versions of crappy Java. Perhaps somebody
can enlighten me a moment: If I install either Mozilla
or Firehamster (whatever that spinoff is called this week),
to cut out having to use Konqueror (which I had originally
thought was stable, HAH!!), will it come with its own
Java implementation, or will I have to have one of my
own installed? Hmm, actually, now I think of it, I don't
have Java switched on now anyways. But sometimes I'd
like to. Anybody?
- Thinking of writing a TODO list manager. I could
really do with something like that.
- Probably something I've forgotten. Isn't there always.
Interesting news 'bout me
(now also deferred for future JE, where it belongs! You'll keep...)
- If gay marriage is outlawed, only gay outlaws will
- There were many more, but the dog ate them.