Beware Counterfeit No Starch Books from Amazon!. Kind of annoying given this is Amazon itself, not a third party. So their supply chain controls are simply beyond inadequate, or they just have too much money and power to care.

The game started off messy, but that Perenara try was just a thing of beauty...

Eleven supreme court justices with decades of experience in UK Law find that prorogation was unlawful. Rees-Mogg, with a History degree (!) believes they're wrong. They obviously don't teach critical thinking at Oxford, if you're reading History...?

Disco Dingo one day in... so far, so good. Dash to dock seemed to go pear-shaped to start with - even after upgrading it - but a reboot fixed that luckily. New icons are great, UI looks a bit cleaner/fresher. Really liking the notification icons (e.g. number of new mails) in the dock (users of other operating systems, who have had this for ages, can start laughing now).

Problems with restarting the game:

RT @MarkRuffalo Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole. Mad and strong can also be dense and destructive. The Hulk works best when he is in unison with a team, and is a disaster when he is alone. Plus...heโ€™s always got Dr. Banner with science and reason. ๐Ÿ‘

IDLE3 on Ubuntu: ๐Ÿ‘
(i.e. The Johnson's, Rees-Mogg's, etc of this world are complete morons)

Watching Gove on @MarrShow, and have never felt such an urge to punch the TV screen. Just shut up with the lies and stretched-truths.

Minor update to Trouble with Turtles.

Linux on Dex is pretty cool. Being able to run a full desktop environment in a device that fits in your pocket is something I dreamed about, 25 or so years ago when I was a backpacker. This is the best I could do at the time. Actually, I have fond memories of the Psion Series 3, but it was hardly the sort of device you could actually do development work on...

I'm living in the future!

Test post: testing if adding u-url fixes federation issue with

"So here's a list of companies supporting Trump's re-election:

  • Bang
  • inn n out
  • chick fil a
  • Taco Bell
  • McDonaldโ€™s
  • Wendy's
  • KFC
  • Pizza Hut
  • Olive Garden
  • Waffle House
  • IHOP
  • Carl's Jr.

So if you see me starting to get thinner and toned don't ask me why." ๐Ÿ‘

First up, a url followed by a thumbs up emoji (e.g. colon thumbs_up colon) gets auto-converted into an link (a href) with a microformat class of 'u-like-of'. So, assuming I've hooked up my site properly to, those should wind up being magically forwarded on to the fediverse (todo: I think I still need to send a webmention to kick that process off...) (2/2)

After much reflection, I finally decided to rewrite my static site generator in Nim, greatly simplifying things in the process - along with the name: SiteBaker now just becomes Baker. Now comes the task of adding features I was too lazy to add before. (1/2)

Test post: just testing out the rss->activitypub converter at

Not the normal knock-off:

"Iโ€™m a modest Stylite, but I must tell you I have solved Brexit." ๐Ÿ‘ ย  Awesome.

@higgidy@twitter Nice pies but I don't understand the sheer amount of pointless plastic:


Why isn't it a tin-foil tray and then a plain cardboard box with the picture of the pie on the front, rather than a window?? In fact, why is there a tray at all??


I'll take luck over good in a pinch...

Trouble with GIMP:

Managed to reduce the macbook partition in chunks of 5GB at a time, down to the point I could fit Ubuntu - after that, surprisingly easy to install (using rEFInd is critical I think). Hidedously slow to startup afterwards... although now I don't know if that's because I've got used to a faster machine with SSD

Out of the blue, just remembered one place I now quite miss visiting (from when we used to live in Auckland): Brewer's Coop. I haven't brewed my own beer in over 10 years - I don't think I've even seen a home brew supplier since moving to England.

Going to try installing ubuntu on an old macbook... so far so miserable. Haven't even been able to resize the boot partition so far.

One thing they don't tell you about switching from iOS to Android is the proliferation of non-obvious notifications. My S9 buzzes a lot more than I remember the iPhone doing, and half the time I have no idea why...