I can walk again. Wearing a joint-immobilizing boot brace, so I lurch around with a gait even more graceless than my usual palsied semi-stumble, but I can walk. And shower. And make my own breakfast. Hallelujah! Better news: my prognosis is good. The joint had osteoarthritic damage that may be trouble down the road, but… Continue reading While I was making other plans, teil vier
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…
A day or so after the not-so-thrilling last installment of my medical troubles (previous post), I get my hands on a knee scooter. Rented from a local pharmacy. This is a big improvement over the wheelchair. I’m more mobile on it, and can pee standing up. If you think that last bit doesn’t matter, pray… Continue reading While I was making other plans, pars tres
Thanks to everyone who joined my Patreon feed or upped their contributions. I’m still worried, but a little less so now. Some good news. The post-op pain has stabilized at a level where the occasional Tylenol will handle it nicely. If Dr. Wilson the anesthesiologist is listening, damn! You are good at your job. The… Continue reading While I was making other plans, part deux
Today I had to – literally – crawl from my wife’s car to my house. Because I couldn’t walk. Life is what happens while you were making other plans. About six months ago I sprained my right ankle in kung fu class. It gave me occasional pain, mostly in cold weather, but I thought it… Continue reading While I was making other plans
Once again I will be at Penguicon and hosting a party for all friends of this blog. This coming Friday evening, room number not yet known, it will be posted at the con. Those of you who participated in the design of the Great Beast may be interested to know that I expect to receive… Continue reading Friends of Armed & Dangerous 2019
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
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
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
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
The 2018 edition of the annual Friends of Armed & Dangerous FTF will be held in room 821 of the Southfield Westin in Southfield, MI between 9 p.m. and 12 p.m. this evening. If you are at Penguicon, or in the neighborhood and can talk yourself yourself in, come join us for an evening of… Continue reading Friends of Armed & Dangerous gathering 2018
I haven’t posted a reposurgeon release announcement in some time because there hasn’t been much that is very dramatic to report. But with 3.44 in the can and shipped, I do have an audacious goal for the next release, which may well be 4.0. We (I and a couple of my closest collaborators) are going… Continue reading Flight of the reposturgeon!
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
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
I had been thinking about posting about immigration recently, because some facts on the ground have caused me to move away from a pure laissez-faire position on it. A few minutes ago I wrote a long comment on G+ that I realized says a lot of what I wanted to. This is a slightly revised… Continue reading How elites are blind about immigration
Yesterday I posted about how the streetlight effect pulls us towards bad choices in systems engineering. Today I’m going to discuss a different angle on the same class of challenges, one which focuses less on cognitive bias and more on game theory and risk management. In the face of uncertainty, buy options. This is a… Continue reading In the face of uncertainty, buy options.
I’ve been getting a lot of suggestions about the brand new UPSide project recently. One of them nudged me into bringing a piece of implicit knowledge to the surface of my mind. Having made it conscious, I can now share it. I’ve said before that, on the unusual occasions I get to do it, I… Continue reading System engineering for dummies
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
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!
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