Scratchings of the Cat

6 October 2018, 18:16

“he would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective”

The Awful German Language by Mark Twain

27 September 2018, 14:24

Winterhude is a bit Hampstead.

15 August 2018, 15:51

Rivers are people too!

“In May 2017, Colombia’s Constitutional Court granted legal personhood to the Río Atrato”

28 July 2018, 12:46

I was very ready for the rain. I don’t think I have known a high to last so long. I’m sitting in the cockpit with the tent up, but sides partly open, so I can have some wind and rain while keeping computer dry.

The timing, the morning after the blood moon, seems just right.

19 July 2018, 11:55

If Theresa May doesn’t like EU immigrants maybe she should introduce a Pole tax.

7 July 2018, 16:53

“but you don’t sound Scottish” …

6 July 2018, 13:55

My bus is doing 54 knots over the IJsselmeer.

6 July 2018, 13:35

Finally managed to change mac address on my phone. Apps didn’t work, but what did was allowing root over adb (in developer settings), then on laptop running adb root, adb shell, and ifconfig wlan0 hw ether <address>. It reset when turning wifi off and on though, just use it immediately.

2 July 2018, 13:56

Don’t go to the Frisian Islands if you want to see anyone under 70.

29 June 2018, 14:13

The boom broke on the way into Spiekeroog, not far from the trickiest part of the entrance channel. It was obviously one poorly controlled gybe too many for the 40 year old spar.

Strangely enough, I actually had a spare, and the people in the harbour were very keen to help, so it was fitted before tea. We did have coffee though on an interesting swing keel boat, which are understandable popular around the Waddensee.

27 June 2018, 14:10

The engine stopped when leaving the Eider on the way to Helgoland. When I arrived I debugged it, by removing lumps of bacteria / fungus from the fuel line.

31 May 2018, 16:37

“Those visitors were offered a ‘fiber to the boat’ connection” – Creating Europe’s fastest hacker camp

During a year of awful wifi, I have been dreaming of Fiber to the Boat (FTTB). I just discovered this was a real thing at SHA2017. I will need to go if something like that happens again.

Maybe at Bornhack - there is a harbour not too far from the campsite.

20 May 2018, 17:45

I just came across the term restafarian.

I suspect I may be one, but should probably study the details of REST more seriously before claiming that.

15 May 2018, 14:02

The wifi on flixbus is better than Deutsche Bahn. In fact it was non-existant except on the ICE. Still more comfortable by train though.

10 May 2018, 18:27

GPN is full of cats! More than congress I think, and certainly in higher concentration. One has a rainbow LED collar.

6 May 2018, 22:30

After a hard day of IndieWebbing, I was invited by my couchsurfing trustroots host to debug a serial connection between an Arduino and SuperCollider. Luckily I fixed it quite quickly.

This was for a hack involving turning a dumped dart board into an instrument. I thought I was going to meet a hippie type musician but I found a hacker. It’s almost like hippie hackers are a thing. ;)

Previously: Music Hack Day Scotland.

6 May 2018, 12:06

Well, when I’m travelling I take an oven, fridge, maybe some barbecues, and the kitchen sink. :p

5 May 2018, 10:27

I successfully arrived at IndieWeb camp Düsseldorf this morning, after an overnight train trip and very little sleep. I managed to not miss the train by about 2 minutes, despite choosing one at 2am so that I would have a day to get ready. The breakfast was pretty good, with fruit and spinach smoothies, and strange but tasty toast of fruit and mustard. :)

I was on a train to Interlaken, which was fun because if I stayed on I would have ended up in an Alpnie ski resort. Someone on the train who did some sort of cloud infrastructure stuff gave me some Swedish whisky, which I had seen in System Bolaget before but didn’t buy because it cost what things cost in Sweden. Svensk Ek it was called. Very smooth and quite sweet, it was pleasant and would be easy to drink a lot of it, unlike Scotch whiskys where you really know you are drinking them. I slept a bit after my nightcap / breakfast whisky. It’s all a bit confusing at 4am.

Now people are lying in the sun.

30 April 2018, 16:21

A video of someone sailing a Scampi single handed. This is my type of boat and what I’ll probably end up doing more of, unless you want to join. :)

30 April 2018, 13:42

I’ve just been to the sailmaker to get a third reef added to the mainsail. The scampi is a light boat and around 25 knots I already feel like I might want less sail. This will be important if going to Scotland. Next thing will be to work out how to tie it down though - maybe need a new fitting on the boom and extra blocks to bring the lines back to the cockpit.

28 April 2018, 20:12

I just visited a boat called Moana. She is (one of) the first designs of fiberglass boat and seems nice and solid. The owner didn’t know about Disney’s Moana, so hopefully he will watch and like it.

He did have some Lagavullin though. Scotch whisky seems very popular in Germany.

27 April 2018, 16:26

Pleased to note that my wifi connection is still working after a short drive around the sailing club to a new berth. Mostly it breaks but sometimes it Just Works. :)

26 April 2018, 14:29

This idea, of the selfishness of privacy, was also put forward in the film (and book) “The Circle”. It’s a very near future dystopia about a facegoogle. It’s on netflix.

(Also replying to: https://rhiaro.co.uk/2018/04/data)

23 April 2018, 09:43

Last night there was a quite prolonged lightning storm here. Interestingly I saw it diffused through the thick cloud well before I could hear anything.

I watched the front progress on the lightning map which is pretty interesting, and made from crowdsourced lightning detector data.

18 April 2018, 08:40

Was it just yoga you were doing? :)

I suppose you mean that you were missing a cushion.

14 April 2018, 14:31

I thought of a great tweet/toot/note on the bus but now I’ve forgotten it. This is just a tribute.

11 April 2018, 10:14

Beep is an advanced PC speaker beeping program.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PC_speaker

11 April 2018, 05:59

Test of POSSE tweeting through brid.gy.

11 April 2018, 01:48

I shall have to start using potassium as my standard acknowledgement.

9 April 2018, 02:41

In my straying I found myself in a house with quite an interesting library, and so spent most of yesterday reading Quantum Computation and Quantum Information. I was surprised to find that the maths was within my grasp - it seems quantum mechanics only requires basic linear algebra and complex numbers, which is stuff I can mostly remember. Would like to review linear algebra anyway, because it’s useful for information retrieval and I have ideas about making a search engine.

A picture of River MacLeod.

River is a humanoid based on the planet Earth. It likes computering, adventures through time and space, and being a cat.