be like rjbs!

February 6, 2008  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

A few other CPAN authors have already uploaded bundles that install all the modules they want to have around before they start working. This has always seemed like a good idea, but with all the re-installing of perl I’ve been doing lately, it’s finally hit home just how much time I can save.

audible.com itunes stupidity

February 4, 2008  🔐 💾 🤤

Ages ago, I got an Audible membership. Three days each week, I walk about half an hour to the bus and about half an hour home. For most of the year, I can spend that time reading a book. In the winter, though, it’s just too cold. My fingers freeze, even if I read with one hand in my pocket and switch back and forth. Audible sells audiobooks, and I can listen to them on my iPod while I walk. They have a subscription model where get one or two credits each month, and each credit can be exchanged for one book. Sometimes, this is an okay deal: you pay $15 per month and get a $25 copy of the abridged version of a popular novel. Sometimes, it is a great deal: you get a $40 copy of a twenty-five hour classic.

a bad day for fingers

February 4, 2008

Earlier today, I shaved my face. At one point during the routine, I noticed that a lot of hair had collected under the blade and wasn’t rinsing out. Rather than wipe perpendicular to the blade, I tried to clear the razor by running my index finger across it. What was I thinking? I didn’t even draw blood, but I have a nice slice across my fingertip now.

beer bread: make some

February 1, 2008  🥘

How on Earth have I not yet written anything about how good beer bread is, and how easy it is to make, and how everyone should make more of it?

fallout from apple's evil screwdriver wielder

January 30, 2008  🍏 ⚙️ 🤤

About a week ago I upgraded my hard drive, which was much less simple than it might have been, largely because of an incredibly overtightened screw.

git: you're explaining it wrong

January 25, 2008  🔀

I switched from Subversion to Git entirely, shortly after YAPC last year. Now I only use svn for work and other people’s projects, and even that is because I’m just way too lazy to bother witching to git-svn just yet.

reinstalling leopard: not so bad

January 25, 2008

So, I don’t use Apple’s Mail.app very much. Actually, I detest it. Still, you know, I’m an email geek. Every once in a while, I get a bug that says something like, “Apple Mail is doing something totally insane, and only you can help us, Rik!” Well, that’s how I like to read the bug reports, anyway. It makes me feel like more of a superhero, even while doing my secret identity thing behind a terminal.

upgrading my macbook's hard drive fails to be as easy as pie

January 23, 2008  🍏 ⚙️ 🤤

Before the semiannual Big Mac Announcements, I was thinking that I might buy a new laptop. I was half suspecting that we’d see a subnotebook – something like a Duo or even more like the 12” PowerBook. I wanted something narrower than the MacBook, as that would make it a bit easier to use on the bus, if someone sits beside me. Unfortunately, the new MacBook Air isn’t any narrower, but is a good bit more expensive, so I skipped replacing my MacBook. Instead, I spent about .5% its original purchase price on nearly tripling its storage, which is the only limitation that I bump into much.

putting named captures to awesome use

January 17, 2008  🐫 🧑🏽‍💻

Well, I think the use I put them to is awesome, but it’s part of an IRC interface to something, so there’s sort of a maximum cap on awesomeness.