Tue, 22 Apr 2014

Links for April 22, 2014

Rockets fly towards the church of Agios Markos

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014

No More Comments Feed

Comment Feed gone

Well, that was nice. Because of the CMS switch, I can no longer generate a feed of comments (which doesn’t really matter much; I don’t think anyone was using it.) I’m happy to see that telling FeedBurner to redirect it to the source feed, then telling httpd to return “410: Gone” does exactly what I was hoping it would do, at least in NetNewsWire.

This is all I had to do in my httpd.conf:

Redirect gone /ffg/index.commentfeed

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014

It Only Took Spammers 12 Hours To Find The “New” Blog


At least 2 of them hit me last night. I’m pretty sure I don’t have that many human readers. I’ve implemented the world’s simplest countermeasures.

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Sat, 19 Apr 2014

Transitioning From Blosxom to PyBlosxom


I’ve changed the software that serves this weblog. If I’ve done my job right, most readers won’t notice much of a difference.

read more after the break...

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014

Links for April 18, 2014

Aegon on Balerion, the Black Dread

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Links for April 15, 2014

Eagle huntress

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Sun, 13 Apr 2014

Links for April 13, 2014

Dining Room Brookdale Lodge CA by William Bird, on Flickr

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Sun, 06 Apr 2014

Links for April 6, 2014

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Links for March 31, 2014

Twin Peaks Simpsonized

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014

100,000 Scrobbles!

100,000 Scrobbles!

I’ve been using last.fm for almost 11 years now. Primarily, I use it as a statistical database of my listening habits, or at least the portion of my listening that happens on internet connected devices / services.

Of course, last.fm is useful for more than just cataloguing your listening habits. It’s a streaming radio service, a community site for talking about music and more. For me, though, it’s always been most amusing as the place where I can go to remind myself what I was listening to 5 years ago, or which songs I’ve listened to most, or whatever. For example, I found myself wondering how many songs I listen to in a day on days when I work at home. 40 lines of Python later (including whitespace 😉 and reasonable exception handling) and I had my answer.

Some facts:

  • Assuming an average song length of 5 minutes, 100000 songs would mean 49.6 weeks of continuous listening.
  • The web interface won’t show me the very first song I ever scrobbled. The earliest I can find a record of is “Lighthouse” by Amon Tobin, from May 15, 2005, over two years after I joined the service.
  • I can’t remember who turned me on to last.fm. It may have been Dan Sicko; it seems like the sort of thing he would have been all over early.
  • My 100,000th scrobble was the full 39:58 minute version of the Orb’s “Blue Room”, which I’ve scrobbled 31 times -- first on the 31st of March, 2006.

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Links for March 25, 2014

Let da riddim hit 'em

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014

Links for March 13, 2014

Herbie w/ keytar and Apple II

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Sat, 08 Mar 2014

That Is One Chilly Yak

Biggest hassle was extracting disk images in the right format. I didn’t realize Apple kept around so much of the old stuff here

VMac WriteNow 4

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Sat, 01 Mar 2014

Links for March 1, 2014

Atlantis and Endeavour

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014

Links for February 26, 2014

Their culture

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A fellow bought a new car, a Nissan, and was quite happy with his purchase.

He was something of an animist, however, and felt that the car really ought

to have a name. This presented a problem, as he was not sure if the name

should be masculine or feminine.

After considerable thought, he settled on an naming the car either

Belchazar or Beaumadine, but remained in a quandry about the final choice.

"Is a Nissan male or female?" he began asking his friends. Most of

them looked at him pecularly, mumbled things about urgent appointments, and

went on their way rather quickly.

He finally broached the question to a lady he knew who held a black

belt in judo. She thought for a moment and answered "Feminine."

The swiftness of her response puzzled him. "You're sure of that?" he


"Certainly," she replied. "They wouldn't sell very well if they were


"Unhhh... Well, why not?"

"Because people want a car with a reputation for going when you want

it to. And, if Nissan's are female, it's like they say... `Each Nissan, she


[No, we WON'T explain it; go ask someone who practices an oriental

martial art. (Tai Chi Chuan probably doesn't count.) Ed.]