Readings on Group Dynamics and Self Improvement

I've had three books next to my bed during the last week. Let's start with the worst one.Working out Loud"Working out Loud" is supposedly a method to make your work visible among a wider circle, with the intention of garnering career advancement and/or happiness. The primary tools…

OSM Tile Creation on AWS Spot

This article describes some efforts to automate OSM tile creation on AWS spot instances.I'm running a website for a regulars table in my city. As part of this regulars table we have a database of all pubs we visited, because we're in a different pub every Tuesday. Why not…

Printing to remarkable cloud from CUPS

A while back I wrote a tool to print directly from CUPS to the remarkable cloud. This is a little bit of description around that. I like the way I can skim the news in the morning and print directly to my remarkable and then read while riding the train…

AnkiDroid audio with Python and Google

I've been learning Czech recently. My Anki cards have my native tongue German on the front and Czech on the back. When listening to Czech audio I really took a long time to translate simple words or grapple with the conjugation of Czech verbs. The remedy to this situation appears…

AWS Cloud images for Guix

We had a good, inspiring orchestration meeting at the Guix day pre-FOSDEM and as part of that I've been working on making public AWS cloud images available for Guix. This post serves as a status report, since we're not quite there yet. The code that runs the builds is available…

Walk on a sunday, na, scrape distrowatch

A friend asked me today if I could do some Perl programming for him. I'm a bit rusty in Perl, but I still understand it well enough to port it to Python. The source module was on CPAN and basically scraped all of the metadata off of distrowatch.com. The…

Entertain me on a sunday

Sunday was great weather, 0° and sunny, after breakfast I went outside on a 90 minutes long walk and three podcasts: The Bicycle Artist by Home of the Brave An interview with a bike designer in Walnut Creek, California, that has his own opinions on bike design, and about what…

Haddawys 'Arabian Nights'

I'm currently reading Haddawys new translation of 'Arabian Nights' and I enjoy it greatly. The short format of each story or 'night' is delightful. I'm totally blown away, that something stemming from a 14th century manuscript could be translated into this kind of vivid, modern English. And the short-story format…

Yeast population growth

I started educating beer judges two months ago and the upcoming topic will be 'fermentation'. This peaked my curiosity a little. I do have two text which cover this. This is Heinrich Lüers "Wissenschaftliche Grundlagen von Mälzerei und Brauerei" and White and Zainasheff "Yeast". Lüers is…

My morning papers

The taz has a report on the radical left group KOMITEE. Three guys who tried to bomb an immigration removal jail. This jail was not yet opened. Their intention was to stop it from going into service. All of this happened in the nineties. They've been on the German most…