17 December 2013
- Some interesting-looking stuff made public by Derek Sivers
- These non-plastic lunchboxes look so cool!
- In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a supernova moment for modern metal, in fact. … “Sunbather is not a better album than Marrow Of The Spirit,” I wrote, “but it is the most successfully ambitious album to emerge from the wreckage left behind by Marrow.” - Stereogum’s Top 50 Metal Albums of 2013
8 December 2013
- ESR ready to ship Shipper, automating everything
- Long, enlightening article about how games have been marketed through the years, and towards which demographics. “Given enough money, I could make guys buy tampons,” says Roeser. “I mean, I could figure out something to do with them. It all comes down to how somebody like me, and there’s frighteningly thousands of me across the country and the world, creates a campaign that specifically targets an audience.” Roeser believes that if the makers of Call of Duty came to him and said they wanted to pursue the female market, it could be done. It would just be a matter of making the message appealing to women and reaching them through the right channels.
- Bruce Schneier, The Problem With EULAs. I guess this also applies to closed-source software
1 December 2013
- ArkOS, distro that runs on Raspberry Pi and provides web services to replace all of Google’s
- Ghost, blogging platform. Apparently it’s like Wordpress but more stripped down. Not so easy to install at the moment unfortunately. Looks nice, tho.
25 November 2013
Trying out a new layout.
21 March 2013
Kratos the furious demi-god, a man defined by violence and psychologically
jammed in that moment of aggressive self-belief right before a post-pub
headbutt, is a wilfully unpleasant protagonist indistinguishable,
dramatically speaking, from controlling a tightly balled fist through
ancient Greece. It goes without saying that it’s great to have him back.
Nathan Ditum, The Telegraph
4 March 2013
I hate to say it, but I am a very high-functioning bureaucrat who looks after licenses.
24 February 2013
the annoyance of providing lecture notes in ppt format
I was downloading a lot of lecture notes to read through. The majority of these were put on Moodle in Powerpoint format. This is an awful thing to do. It was making me hate LibreOffice.
So I started converting them to pdf format to read with the excellent document viewer in Ubuntu 12.04 (which even has some vim-like keybindings). I found out a nice way of doing this at the command line at AskUbuntu (a great resource!).
Here’s a script I’ve been using to convert all the .ppt or .pptx files in a folder to pdf and remove the originals. This uses LibreOffice to do the heavy lifting but hides it.
/usr/bin/libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to pdf *.pptx *.ppt \
&& rm -f *.pptx *.ppt
3 February 2013
I'd like to say a few words about traditional college grading. I'm sick of it. We're obsessed with grades because we're obsessed with data. And yet grading takes away all the fun from failing. And a huge part about education is about failing. Courage, according to Churchill, is the ability to go from one defeat to another without losing enthusiasm.