Berlin has been white, covered in snow. It’s pretty. But also cold, gray, and dark.
This week has been stressful, for reasons that I can’t (yet) talk about in more detail. That has taken up a significant amount of my time and energy. The weeknotes this week will be a bit sparse because of that.
I’ve been struggling with physical paperwork, and have set aside some time to go through it all and bring some order to it.
I feel mostly clueless as how to physically file documents in a way that I can retrieve what I need quickly enough. I can Organize electronic archives by year well enough, but physical documents are a different beast entirely. At this point, I’m considering creating archives for 5-year periods, so 2021–2025 would be the one we’re in right now. Then, every five years I can go through old archives and trash whatever is no longer relevant by then. Minimum effort, maximum effect.
I’ve been off Twitter for a week or two now, and focusing on Mastodon as my Twitter alternative. (You should follow me at @firstname.lastname@example.org.) It’s been great: no advertising, and no random content pushed to me by a capitalist algorithm.
And no crypto/web3/NFT spam either.
I pushed two Nanoc patch releases, fixing a couple of bugs.
After the 4.12.13 patch release, one more issue surfaced that needed a fix. It turns out that
File.write doesn’t work when you want to write lots of data, and the fix is to use
IO.copy_stream to write a string (wrapped in a
StringIO) to a file opened for writing. This used to be not a problem, because Nanoc was using Ruby’s
PStore, which presumably deals with large files properly under the hood.
I fixed that, and then realized that compressing the data in
tmp/nanoc/ would be quite sensible, so I did that too. Ruby comes with so much useful stuff, and
zlib is part of that.
In Weeknotes 2022 W41: The Office, I wrote about the broken hard drive, which I’ve now replaced with a new one I bought. The new drive is used a backup drive, for both Time Machine and Arq Backup.
It’s still unclear what is broken about the old drive. Perhaps I’ll connect it to a non-macOS device so that I prevent the OS from mounting it as soon as it’s connected, and erase it so that I can use on macOS again. I’m fairly sure this is not a hardware error: I would’ve noticed a S.M.A.R.T. status change, and the drive is really not old anyway.
I gave denisdefreyne.com a new favicon. It’s prettier and cleaner. A bit more formal and serious too, which I think good.
I had already finished Star Wars: Andor last week, but it’s stuck in my head because it’s such a good show. It is worth saying again.
The Peripheral season 1 is finished, with a bit of a disappointingly open ending. TV series that don’t properly wrap up story lines are frustrating.
I might be getting a bit bored of the Assassin’s Creed games. I’m still playing Assassin’s Creed: Unity but I’m not very into it.
I rewatched Minority Report. It’s still pretty good.
Andor: Anti-fascist Art (Sage Hyden): This explains what is so great about Star Wars: Andor in a way that I never could. Watch Star Wars: Andor, then watch this.
Marvel’s Defenders of The Status Quo (Pop Culture Detective)
Capitalism, The Web, And You (Heydon Pickering at ffconf 2022)
FTX Was (And Is) A Complete Mess (LegalEagle): Everything related to cryptocurrencies is still terrible, and here’s some more of it.
Bye, Twitter (Tim Bray): I also deleted Twitter off my phone, and don’t intend to use Twitter anymore going forward.
HIV vaccine candidate induces immune response in early clinical trial (CNN): This is fantastic news.
What went wrong with the Tube Map? (Jay Foreman)
Willy Wonka and the Myth of the Lazy Poor (Sage Hyden)