Posts

  • On brevity

    There was a young joker, a git,
    Who thought himself quite the wit,
    But he wasn’t funny,
    His jokes were runny,
    Like “Conciseness, rather than prolixity, is the very being, the very body, the very soul, of wit!”

  • YouTube channel web feed bookmarklet

    tl;dr Drag →→→ YouTube channel feed ←←← to your bookmarks to get to the web feed of the current channel.

  • Reproducible Jupyter Notebook with Nix

    So you have a Jupyter Notebook with pyproject.toml and poetry.lock files, and you want to productionise it? You’ll just need a Linux or macOS machine. This is the magic sauce:

  • systemd services & timers in NixOS

    systemd services and timers are a game changer if you’re used to cron jobs. This looks at a couple of simple real-life examples to show off the advantages.

  • Elden Ring Linux performance settings

    tl;dr Just set everything to max performance in CoreCtrl and you’re good to go.

  • Bash lints beyond ShellCheck

    ShellCheck is great, but it can’t catch everything. This is a collection of lints which I believe ShellCheck doesn’t currently detect.

  • Faux idempotency

    Writing idempotent code is great. It should always result in the same final state, so it’s easy to test. And a failed run shouldn’t affect the next one, making it reliable and safe. But as you’ve noticed I used “should” in both places, because code which looks idempotent may not be.

  • Consistent fonts in Firefox

    Are you sick of every single website using different fonts in the name of branding? You can easily force websites to use the browser default fonts:

  • Rarotonga tourist tips

    The Cook Islands recently opened up to tourists from New Zealand. Since the COVID-19 situation meant we wouldn’t be able to meet our family and friends without something like four weeks of hotel quarantine, we decided instead to take this first chance at an overseas experience in over a year. A friend happened to have booked a vacation overlapping a couple days with ours, so after arriving we met up for a chat. We learned a bunch of things about practicalities on the island, and this is a collection of those I can remember plus a few more we found out afterwards.

  • Dependabot on GitLab

    GitHub has made it as easy as six lines of YAML to get started with Dependabot, and I wanted to get as close to that as possible.