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Demons and Egregores

2024-05-18

Friend-of-the-blog Wyatt has written on semantic drift for terms like demon and ghost. It's short and I think correct, you should read it before continuing here. Done? As I said, I do agree with the p…

Game Review: ULTRAKILL

2024-05-11

ULTRAKILL does not advertise its unique strengths right from the start. With the first few levels set in that Id Software-style "hell, but industrial" environment, poking away at zombie-like…

An Introduction to Arcane Intelligence

2024-05-10

It seems like everyone these days is talking about AI. No matter where you scry- OnlyFamiliars, Hex, The Tome of Visage, Conjurer News, Medium 1 - all you see is how Arcane Intelligence is disrupting…

Perhaps Consider Hiring Me

2024-04-17

Despite programming and/or doing some kind of computer stuff for... geez, literally the majority of my life, time just keeps ticking huh. Anyway, despite that, I don't have a lot of external signifier…

Lesser-Known Python Goodies

2024-04-16

Python is famously an easy language to learn, but it's a hard language to really learn because there's so just much of it; Python's standard library has over 300 modules as of version 3.11! 1 Knowing…

Things that Austin, Texas has more of than I'd expected

2024-04-11

Greenery My mental image of Texas was informed by this airtight syllogism: cowboys live in Texas; cowboys live in the desert; therefore Texas is desert. I did see some proper desert complete with cact…

The Cosmic Dance Goes On

2024-04-09

For the 2017 solar eclipse, my house in Washington was within range for observing the transit. The amount of occlusion was something like 80%; that sounds like a lot on paper, but even 20% less sun is…

CSS Naked Day 2024

2024-04-09

Another travel mini-post, but it's time-sensitive that I post something today in particular. Literally less than an hour ago at time of writing, I learned about CSS Naked Day from a Mastodon post and …

Mental Modes

2024-04-07

Just a quick post today to avoid falling too far behind while I'm traveling. I'm in Austin, Texas right now, and it seems like a pretty chill place, but I haven't seen enough of it to write anything …

I guess this is a review of the System76 Pangolin laptop

2024-04-03

Earlier this year, I decided to replace my old and trusty Thinkpad E480, now getting pretty long in the tooth and having some trouble with all these newfangled web apps, with some newer hardware. I'd …

A Handy Pattern for Rust Errors

2024-03-29

Here's a nifty pattern I use for making Rust error handling more ergonomic. Feel free to skip to the code at the end if you're already well versed in Rust error types. For everyone else, a quick prime…

You Can't Just Not Anglicise

2024-03-26

There's a small park near where I live that was, until recently, called Numbnutz Park, named after the great [citation needed] community leader and semi-professional phrenologist Horatio Numbnutz 1. …

Hie to the Hinterlands

2024-03-22

The Web is getting worse. I'm not going to enumerate examples of how the big digital platforms have gotten slower/more bloated/more invasive/generally less functional in the last 5-ish years, but I'm …

Shell Adventures: Compiling a Manpages Ebook

2024-03-21

man pages are truly the best software documentation out there, with famously zero problems with formatting, content, or navigability. In fact, haven't we all at some point wished we could access the m…

A Dichotomy of Failed Superhero Media

2024-03-13

Once upon a time, circa my middle school/high school days, I was pretty into comics, superhero comics especially. Superficially, I should be massively into the MCU/DCU/ICU/BTU/what have you. But I'm n…

Shell Adventures: What's Inside an Anki Collection File?

2024-03-08

I use Anki a lot. In a nutshell, it's a spaced repetition program that works almost eerily well for memorizing certain kinds of data. Lately I've been using it to help study for the CompTIA A+ certifi…

Film Reviews: Across the Bridge and Zero Focus

2024-03-04

I recently saw two movies at the Noir City Film Festival. I won't get too spoiler-y in this post, but there's still a nonzero amount of spoilage below. If either of the spoiler-free plot overviews bel…

Three Demos from NextFest 02/2024

2024-03-01

After a bit of a demoless dark age, game demos are back, baby! Well, in the indie space anyway; I don't think it's likely we'll get a free, curated, self-contained sample of the next Assassin's Creed…

We're so back

2024-02-26

This site has gone through some changes since its inception nearly a year ago. It started as a Django site1, but before long I began to hear the whispers of the Dark Wizard. "Make your own site g…

Implicit String Concatenation Considered Harmful

2023-10-10

Python has a specific feature (?) related to string literals that, while not undocumented, isn't too well known either. If you have two string literals that are separated only by whitespace, the inter…

Shave Your Head!

2023-06-21

In this post, I outline why I started keeping my head shaved and why, if you're a similar person to me in a few respects, you might benefit from doing the same. I close with some practical tips for the novice head shaver, and some pitfalls to watch out for

What's so great about being bald? The main benefit in my experience is the removal of the friction that comes from having hair. Not literal friction (although there's less of that too), I mean the sma…