Just finished Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood. The cover has two green rabbits and a butterfly, suggesting a cute children's story. The first page has photo of its author, a very friendly looking woman, to reinfoce that suggestion. Then you start reading and it's a dark and dystopian novel about bio-engineering, corruption, ecological disaster and humanity's near-extinction. All told in a witty and engaging style. Brilliant!

People on the internet have an odd tendency to leave me alone when I'm free, and ask for support when I'm sleeping and have to go to work the first thing the next day. Not a problem, but that means it can take 16 hours before I have time to work on it. :nyoron:

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I'd love a "do not disturb except for phonecalls"-mode. :blobglare: :blobowo:

Just finished The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, what an excellent read!

Despite describing the development of a late 70's computer, I found many aspects of it relatable to how we develop and think about computers nowadays. And despite how everyone working fanatically on the development of that computer is portrayed as a hero, I personally identified the most (by far) with the guy who quit the team halfway.

Anyway, migration from ReiserFS to EXT4 is done!

I only had 3TB of free space, so I had to do use a slow rsync-rm-shrink-grow-repeat strategy. This is what that looks like in terms of disk usage (in percents, so a drop in usage can also mean an increase of the filesystem size - also, I ended up moving it to a LUKS device while I was at it).

Odd. Looks like right-click-save-image-as on a website that uses plain old HTTP authentication is now broken in Firefox. It will save the "401 Unauthorized" response instead. :blobunsure:

So many book stores, so many books. Just not the ones I'm looking for. :blobsob:

pain point: Comma-delimited lists where some items in the list may be hidden. The last time I ran into this problem I ended up falling back to JS, but let's see if I can do better this time.

Aaah this warning brings back memories. It was also in beta when I last used it 15 years ago.

Also, I ought to stop ranting about everything.

Every chat/communication platform ought to have a sane console client. It's so annoying to be forced to type on a shitty phone or to use a web app that you have to log into every time you reboot or switch devices.

I always have a bunch of persistent tmux sessions running that I can easily access from anywhere.

When someone asks if your site is made with Dreamweaver, is that a compliment? 😭

Larry Wall always has a very unique and brilliant view on things. Apparently is a very interesting failure. :blobsurprised:

It sometimes surprises me how dedicated some people are to manipulate scores of their favourite visual novels. Someone created about 40 accounts spread over the last month, each with a different (non-throwaway provider) email address, each with about 30 to 40 votes each.

That's a lot of effort, and it only takes me a few minutes to find and undo all that work...

$ mkdir x; cd x; rmdir ../x; racket
Welcome to Racket v7.0.
SIGSEGV MAPERR si_code 1 fault on addr 0x5


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Latest addition to my playlist: Drudkh - A Furrow Cut Short

Excellent music for when I need to get some programming done.

Currently looking into (my first Lisp) for backend webdev, but I'm thoroughly confused. I evidently haven't yet grasped the impact of continuations on the rest of the language - why would something like 'letrec' need special consideration* for a stateless servlet? Isn't a servlet just a (mostly pure) function that takes a request and returns a response? Surely that wouldn't require special language support?

Time to dig a little deeper...

*) docs.racket-lang.org/web-serve

Having a fast PC with a 37" ultrawide monitor is great and all, but for some reason I'm more productive on my cheap 13" Chromebook. :think_bread:

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