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Leon Mika
Software Developer and occasional writer of music. Based in Melbourne, Australia.
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@val All of the clothing I have with possum fur comes from Australian possums that were introduced into New Zealand. Possums are protected here, but are considered a pest in NZ, so much of the possum fur comes from there. That’s where these gloves come from, plus a couple of scarfs. Worth trying to get some if you can get it imported.

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@Miraz Oh, it’s fantastic. Super warm without being too thick.

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📝 New post on Blogging Tool over at Workpad: More Tools For Blogging Tool

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@mandaris Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Hope it doesn’t worry too much during your vacation.

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Oof! These mornings have been really cold this last week. Had to bring out my wool and possum fur gloves for the walk to the cafe in 0.5°C weather.

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🔗 Adding Github-Style Markdown Alerts to Eleventy

GitHub has alerts (aka callouts) Markdown support where the syntax looks like [Obsidian’s.]

So apparently, if we were using Github instead of Gitlab, I could’ve had it all. 😏

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One other thing I found this morning during my exploration of Markdown and Asciidoc is that many tools have a problem with JSON code blocks containing JavaScript-like comments. They’re reported as syntax errors, and sometimes they break the syntax highlighting. They’re still included in the rendered HTML, ... lmika.org
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Asciidoc, Markdown, And Having It All lmika.org
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Must say I enjoyed The Rest Is History’s recent podcast on Dragons. They go into how these mythical beasts developed over the years, how they’re seen differently in different cultures, and how they entered the mainstream. Just watch out for the odd spoiler for House of the Dragon series 1. 🎙️

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@mandaris Oh yeah, I'm not one that goes seeking for reasons to use Mermaid. 😀 (it did come in handy today when I needed to whip up a quick sequence diagram for a Slack message, though). But it's also things like callouts and decent syntax highlighting that make it a nice app for writing long form documents. Confluence supports all this as well, but having this all using Markdown is just so much better.

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@lmika It probably needs integrated version control, but I guess one could simply use Git for that.

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Eight months in and I’m still enjoying writing technical documents in Obsidian. I’ve never really appreciated how well it works for this form of writing. I wish we were using this for our knowledge base, instead of Confluence.

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Key ring.

Image of a keychain with the phrase 'Everyone I know has gone to Europe and all I got is all this work to do' with stars below Europe, and laptop and briefcase emoji below 'Work to do'
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It’s always after you commit to a deadline that you find the tasks that you forgot to do.

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@V_ Happy birthday! And congratulations on your 700th entry.

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I think if I ever created a Tetris game for the TI-83 graphing calculator, I would call it “Tetris Instruments.”

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@Burk That's a better system than mine, which is "I have a cool idea at 2am", don't write it down, then forget about it in the morning.

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@Miraz Ah, I see. Okay, I'll give that a try.

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My Position On Blocking AI Web Crawlers lmika.org
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@Miraz Fascinating. I've tried (black) tea without milk a few times, and although I can drink it, I still prefer it with milk. A little to bitter for me without it.

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@lmika Also, shoutouts to Jaycar. The one I originally wanted was in stock but was faulty, so they gave me this one instead, which had more capacity (650 VA, vs. 600 VA) and knocked $50 off the price. Great customer service.

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Finally did something today that I should’ve done a long time ago: buy a UPS. Hopefully power outages will no longer bring down my Mac Mini server while I’m away (power is usually quite reliable when I’m home, but as soon as I leave for any extended period of time… 🪫).

A box containing a Digitech 650VA Line Interactive Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is placed on a wooden kitchen table.
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Sometimes I wonder how and why my work email address got onto various B2B marketing email lists. “Want to buy some network gear, or setup a meeting with our account manager?” What? No! Even if I wanted to, that’s not a decision I’m authorised to make.

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@martinfeld I do remember seeing dolphins when I took the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry, which crossed the heads of Port Phillip Bay, a number of years ago. I don’t remember much except that they were pretty close to the boat.

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@mandaris Yeah, that's for sure. I'll have to make it easier for future Leon to get to it.

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In today’s demonstration of the gulf between taste and ability, may I present my attempt at fixing the fence extension:

Auto-generated description: A partially damaged wooden fence with a makeshift repair tied together using green string and an olive tree branch protruding through the slats.

Part of the challenge was getting to it. I had to hack out a path through the overgrown beds:

Auto-generated description: A fenced backyard features dense, overgrown plants with long, slender leaves amid a paved ground.

Trust me when I say that this is an improvement. 😅

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@skoobz Nice desk view.

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Checked out of the Cockatiel Cafe and heading home to Melbourne. Always a little melancholy leaving Canberra, but I’m sure to be back soon enough. As for the “residents” I was looking after, I’ll be seeing them again real soon. More posts then I’m sure.

Two cockatiels, one white and the other yellow, perched on a cage in a room.
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@Miraz You'll have to give it a try next time you're on this side of the ditch. 😄

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One of these days, I’m going to make change to a Dockerfile or a Github workflow, and it’s going to work the first time.

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@manton Wow, that look amazing.

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🔗 How the “Nutbush” became Australia’s unofficial national dance

It’s amusing to grow up thinking everyone did this up until a few years ago, when someone from overseas told me they never learnt this dance. Anyway, this is totally a thing. Last wedding I attended, we absolutely did the Nutbush. 😄

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@jean Nice. They look great set against that sand.

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@SimonWoods Ah, touché. Can’t deny that that won’t ever happen.

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@V_ That's probably a healthy way to look at it, actually.

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Been asked to do a routine task today. This is the fifth time I’ve started it, the fifth time I said to myself “hmm, I should probably automate this,” and the fifth time I just did it manually. Now wondering if that was time well spent.

Two columns, the left one with the heading 'This Universe' and five evenly sized boxes with the label 'Nah, it'll take too long. I'll do it next time', the right one with the heading 'Alternate Universe' with one large box with 250% the height of the left boxes with the label 'Build the thing' , and six small boxes taking up 50% the height of the left boxes
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@odd I think if you add ".rss" to the end of a user's profile URL, you'll get their posts as an RSS feed. You can't reply to the account, but you'll see their posts.

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@martinfeld Oh wow! Always a lovely sight.

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@sonicrocketman Love that blog spelunking feeling.

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📝 New post on Sidetracks over at Workpad: Blogging Gallery Tool

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MacOS has cat, but not tac. Fortunately, Vim came to the rescue with this command:

:global/^/move 0

Source: Superuser

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@lmika And that day is today. 🙌

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Thinking About Plugins In Go lmika.org
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It’s easy for me to say this now, but I would pay a non-zero number of dollars for a set of well designed and well curated sites that can replace Know Your Meme, Fandom, and all these song lyric sites. I’d be fine it they also host ads, so long as there’s one or two, and none of them are video.

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I’d be curious to know if there’re any Go apps that are using the plugin package. I’m not aware of any myself; most seem to use things like shell-outs or embedded languages. It seems like the package itself is little more than an experiment so I’m not that surprised, but it’s a little disappointing.

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I’m a little suspicious of using project starter kits for learning something new. Sure it can whip up that React or Svelte web-app in a few seconds, but then you’re left with maintaining project infrastructure that you didn’t build yourself. Might be best to start learning projects from scratch.

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One of these days, I’m going to write a long form post, and do the narration in a single take.

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@odd That's my understanding as well (I didn't watch the presentations either).

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@Burk Maybe they need a new trademark too. Here's my suggestion.