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Dewi Morgan

aka Farrier

March 5th, 2018

An old piece of paper


There's a piece of paper that's followed me around from job to job, country to country, house to house, for decades now. The first notes are on it from my days in FullDuplex, supporting Sun Microsystems, and probably are commands that only work on sunos — or at least, on other unixes, there are better ways.

It has notes on it, little things that I tend to forget. Many parts of even this artificial memory are obscured by time and coffee.

diff --brief fs fs (to check if different)

diff --dbByW $COLUMNS fs fs (side by side)

Loop: i=1; while [ $i -lt limit ] ; do stuff ; i=`expr $i+1` ; done

Sort by length: cat file | perl -...

Sort by freq: mysqldump e-Bv `...

grep: -p = perl regex

-m = line numbers

-d/h = with/no filename

-c ...

-z = data lines end in ...

-r /R = recurse

-l/L = matching/nonmatching filenames only

du -sh * = display human readable dir totals

Then there are the words I cannot ever remember when I need them: hypocritical, vichyssoise, modest, demure, humble, self-effacing, etymology, ambigram, portmanteau, procrustean, procrastinate, celery, defenestrate, petrichor, incongruous, bespoke, plagiarize, triage.

And on the other side, the mysterious incantation, which I think once was the sequence of keypresses needed to recover from having the wrong resolution set or perhaps from having a virtual screen set as primary:

Rclick desktop, up, enter, ctrl-shift-tab, tab, left, enter, enter.

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February 20th, 2018

Makin' dollies!


We're finally doing something we've been threatening to do for about eight years now, coming on nine: we're going through all our stuff, and sorting it into storage bins.

But we were picky about storage bins: They must be sealed - not completely airtight, but definitely damp-and-bug proof. So a simple clip-seal won't work, they need a seal, a gussett. That knocked us down to essentially four brands:

  • Ziplock WeatherShield: nicest interlocking of different sizes. Comes in transparent or black.
  • Iris WeatherTight: widest range of sizes.
  • Sterilite Gasket Box: cheapest, most widely available so we could shop around.
  • Remington Weathertight: expensive, and few sizes, in weird shapes.
  • Container Store Weathertight: expensive, only available from Container store, probably just rebranded Iris?

The bins mostly needed to be transparent, so we could see what's in them. They had to stack. We  had to be able to afford them.

We ended up settling with three different sizes of Sterilite bin, which do not interlink, which is a shame. But the vast majority, currently 36 and rising, are a single size, the 54 quart.

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January 2nd, 2018

Since this is where I paste all my thinkings that I suspect I'll want to look at again, here's something I wrote today, in answer to the question "What are some of the most disturbing video games ever made?"

This is one I’ve been playing the last few days, and it’s disturbing in a wonderful way. It’s subtle. And it shocked me to my core.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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July 3rd, 2017

Our helium is running out. It is a critical resource for things like MRI scanners, and the government is essentially throwing it away.

I bought my own body-volume in helium today, for essentially zero bucks.

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December 31st, 2016

I was walking through a bookstore, and found myself looking around at all the sections I normally walk past, blithely ignoring them. Read more...Collapse )

January 20th, 2016

Modding the Pip-Boy

[This post is a work in progress, will be edited whenever I make progress... I expect this project to never be fully "finished".]

So I've been promising for some time that I'd mod my Fallout 4 Pip-Boy and post pics of it. So with my wife away for a while, last weekend was the time to get started...Read more...Collapse )

April 24th, 2015

The idea of a universe that self-constructs out of logic and math, like an infinitely complex snowflake, is delightful, awe-inspiring and breathtaking to me.Read more...Collapse )

April 2nd, 2015

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My main problem with new computer graduates is that they mistakenly believe that computing is some kind of a "science". It's absolutely NOT. Read more...Collapse )

March 13th, 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett touched many a life, but like too many of my heroes, he touched mine only very lightly before passing on.
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November 20th, 2013

It has been many years since I tried to use IE in any serious way, so I decided to switch to it as my default browser, to answer two questions:
1) Does it function as a modern browser at least as good as Chrome?
2) Have they made a decent effort to remove the hurdles to re-adoption?Read more...Collapse )
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