In a blatant attempt to attract more Institutional supporters…

Anybody who has visited my Patreon page should know that I have two special support tiers. At Bronze ($20 per month) level, you get included in the credits of the project pages for all my solo stuff. Here’s a recent example. Today I’m announcing two new perks for Institutional ($100 permonth) supporters. This tier is… Continue reading In a blatant attempt to attract more Institutional supporters…

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Stop whining and get the job done

I’ve been meaning to do something systematic about losing my overweight for some time. last Thursday I started the process by seeing an endocrinologist who specializes in weight management. After some discussion, we developed a treatment plan that surprised me not at all. I’m having my TSH levels checked to see if the hypothyroidism I… Continue reading Stop whining and get the job done

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How to make The Breakfast

I wouldn’t have posted this if the comment thread on “The sad truth about toasters” hadn’t extended to an almost ridiculous length, but… I dearly love classic American breakfast food. I delight in the kind of cheap hot breakfast you get at humble roadside diners. I think it’s one of the glories of our folk… Continue reading How to make The Breakfast

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The sad truth about toasters

I bought a toaster today. I didn’t want to buy a toaster today. About ten years ago I paid $60 for what appeared to be a rather high-end Krups model in accordance with my normal strategy of “pay for quality so you won’t have to replace for a good long time”, an upper-middle-class heuristic that… Continue reading The sad truth about toasters

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Draining the manual-page swamp

One of my long-term projects is cleaning up the Unix manual-page corpus so it will render nicely in HTML. The world is divided into two kinds of people. One kind hears that, just nods and says “That’s nice,” having no idea what it entails. The other kind sputters coffee onto his or her monitor and… Continue reading Draining the manual-page swamp

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Fthagn to you too

I learned something fascinating today. There is a spot in the South Pacific called the “Oceanic pole of inaccessibility” or alternatively “Point Nemo” at 48°52.6?S 123°23.6?W. It’s the point on the Earth’s ocean’s most distant from any land – 2,688 km (1,670 mi) from the Easter Islands, the Pitcairn Islands, and Antarctica. There are two… Continue reading Fthagn to you too

upside wants a firmware dev

The UPSide project, announced here two weeks ago, has come together with amazing speed. We now have: * A hardware lead – A&D regular Eric Baskin – with thirty years of experience as a power and signals engineer. He is so superbly qualified for this gig that my grin when I think about it makes… Continue reading upside wants a firmware dev

C, Python, Go, and the Generalized Greenspun Law

In recent discussion on this blog of the GCC repository transition and reposurgeon, I observed “If I’d been restricted to C, forget it – reposurgeon wouldn’t have happened at all” I should be more specific about this, since I think the underlying problem is general to a great deal more that the implementation of reposurgeon.… Continue reading C, Python, Go, and the Generalized Greenspun Law

Hey, Democrats! We still need you to get your act together!

Six months ago, I wrote Hey, Democrats! We need you to get your act together!, a plea to the opposition to get its act together. A month ago, a Democratic activist attempting a mass political assassination shot Steve Scalise through the hip. Today, Gallup’s job creation index at +37 in July—a record high. In my… Continue reading Hey, Democrats! We still need you to get your act together!

Three easy pieces

I’m back from vacation – World Boardgaming Championships, where this year I earned laurels in Ticket To Ride and Terra Mystica.. Catching up on some releases I needed to do: * Open Adventure 1.3: Only minor bugfixes in this one, it’s pretty stable now. We gave 100% coverage in the test suite now, an achievement… Continue reading Three easy pieces

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