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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Re-thinking dates

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Thinking about how to tackle an up-coming open-data project, I found the impressive RethinkDB. Rather than convert the data on-import into a relational database, I want to load the raw data into a NoSql database, and then map to a converted table with links back to the raw source-rows. RethinkDB imports csv out of the […]

Apache upgrade

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

We use the Ubuntu biannual releases as reminder to do backups. Backup; upgrade; work through the bugs. Just upgraded to 13.10 Saucy Salamander without noticing much change. Played with Unity for an hour or so, to see if it had become amazing; then switched back to Xmonad, and back to work on my website project. […]

The Dark Geek Rises

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I recently switched to a dark desktop theme. I’ve wanted to for ages but most the themes I tried didn’t have nice round window borders and I felt sad. But having switched to Xmonad as window manager (which is another whole story), Ambience Dark just looks great.

Chili sin carne

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

I’m feeling delighted that someone has asked me for my veggie chili recipe. When I turned veggie, back in ’87, chili was one off the last things to go, because I couldn’t build the flavor I wanted… Until I discovered the secret ingredient (iled and drained, or user tinned, probably 2 tins) 2 tins chopped […]

Mail constallation

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

As earlier posts suggest, there have been no cartoons here for a while because such spare time as I can steal these days has been absorbed by the mail project. Thunderbird just can’t hack my work email any more. It’s search functionality is broken (why is there separate quick search and find in messages?) and […]

A sense of wonder

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Heads up Unity

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I want to like the HUD. I’m a vi user; I like the idea of command mode for everything, I think it’s a great idea, and I have already found it useful. But, despite Precise Pangolin’s proclaimed pixel perfection, it has obvious failings. The Gimp is a prime candidate for intentional programming. Its menus are […]

Open Clip-Art

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

I recently added the badge to the home page, pointing at my contributions. I created these sets for projects, including Cambridge Climate Change Charter and either they didn’t end up getting used or the client didn’t specifically want to retain ownership of the assets, so I have made them public domain.

Public opinion

Sunday, October 30th, 2011