Monday, April 6, 2020

Queen Elizabeth speaks

https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000007072121/queen-address.html

(You have to click the little "speaker" in the lower right corner to turn on the audio.)

That's one classy lady.

Thank you, your Majesty, for your words of encouragement.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

New animated short by Ivan Maximov

Sorry, no computer software today.

I see that Ivan Maximov, one of my favorite animators, has finally released his latest work:

"Lonely Monster Goes Out"

I really love Ivan's gentle style. I also like how, instead of being intensely plot-driven, most of his stories are small explorations of a fantasy world, with an over-arching plot added for cohesiveness. I also like to believe that he is preaching tolerance of differences between good people, although I might just be projecting my own interpretations. (-:

Some of my other favorites:
Or binge his whole channel. (And also his site for some things not on his Youtube channel.)

I don't understand why he isn't more popular, although it might be related to his low output rate.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Return of the Wiki

A while ago I migrated from a traditional hosting service to GitHub. One thing I lost in the process was access to a mediawiki installation for a personal Wiki. I like Wikis, and I've missed it ever since.

That is, until I finally looked a little closer at GitHub and saw that they support Wikis! DOH! So now I'm experimenting with it and so far I like it (still very early days). Each Wiki is stored in its own git repo and can be cloned and worked on off-line.

One problem is that they haven't integrated the Wiki repos with the general GitHub software very well, so the GitHub Desktop GUI application can't deal with it. The doc says it does, but the doc lies. You have to use command-line git.

But that's not a big problem. One of the reasons I like Wikis is a low-barrier to updating. And having to edit files, write them out, and then do the git commands to update is *not* low-barrier. So my usage will be almost exclusively via the web.

But it's nice to know that if my Wiki grows large, I can run sed scripts on the files to make global changes if I want.

Anyway, THANKS GitHub!

Matias keyboard FAIL

Like many Mac owners, I don't like the chiclet keyboards. I like an old-fashioned mechanical keyboard. So I finally got one: a very clicky Matias keyboard. And while I would have preferred a smaller keyboard (I don't need the keypad), I was very happy with it. For about a month.

Then the spacebar started "bouncing". I.e. maybe 1 time in 20 I get two spaces instead of one. I experimented quite a bit, and it's not the autorepeat, and it's not *me* that's bouncing. I can slowly press the key, and bam - two spaces. Or I can type my normal (pretty fast) speed and get periodic bounces. (Sometimes I can go an hour without a bounce, but then they come back.)

So I contacted Matias support, and after leading me through a series of unsuccessful steps, they sent me a new one. It arrived with NO BOUNCE! Happy-happy.

For about a month. Now the bounces are back.

I know baseball says 3 strikes are an "out", but I'm only giving them 2. The Matias is going in the trash as soon as my new Keychron K2 (with blue switches) gets here.

Wish me luck!