08/28/14; 05:16:19 AM

ITN, via The Guardian:

  • The US navy successfully [landed] an unmanned drone on an aircraft carrier at sea for the first time. The defence department said the X-47B drone, nicknamed Salty Dog 502, flew from Maryland and landed on the deck of the USS George HW Bush in the Atlantic on Wednesday.

Oh, goodie.

07/11/13; 09:10:08 AM

That would have been infinitely funnier if it rhymed. Sorry Dino.

But I digress. Turns out I misunderstood the CSS tab in the Settings window of Fargo. Changes there are reflected in Fargo itself, NOT in the public reader which you see now.

Guess it's back to the drawing board!

07/11/13; 07:29:45 AM

My bad!

  • Can't save because Dropbox reports that this account has made too many requests recently.
07/11/13; 05:00:32 AM

By Bonnie Tsui at The Atlantic Cities, one of my favourite blogs:

  • Recent brain research has shown that the moderate ambient noise of café chatter and espresso machines, in the range of about about 70 decibels, fosters creative work in a way that extreme quiet (50 decibels or less; think library quiet) does not.

I can attest to this. No matter what I do to furnish my SOHO, I do my most creative work (code, blogging, pontificating) at coffee shops. I'd long assumed there was more to it than the simple caffeine hit I was gladly receiving.

So what's the solution for those who can't leave the house, such as ankle-busted people like me?

  • So perhaps it's no surprise that a new website, Coffitivity, is offering to let you stream the creativity-boosting buzz of the local coffee shop right into your home or office.
07/10/13; 08:30:42 AM

For some reason my account has morphed into two:

This happened after buying VMware Fusion 5.0 Professional. My licences are in one, my (albeit sparse) community posts are in the other. Logging in, I get taken to the second one. I have no idea how to log into the first one.

Me thinks a long and complex road paved with support tickets is about to be travelled. Wish me luck.

07/10/13; 04:28:26 AM

The Japan Times:

  • The U.S. rail company at the center of Canada’s worst train disaster in recent history on Tuesday blamed firefighters for the deadly derailment, as police indicated they believe it could be a case of criminal negligence.

That photo of the piled up tanker carriages is unbelievable.

07/10/13; 04:13:38 AM

In no particular order, to test lists in Fargo:

  • Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes

  • True, Spandau Ballet

  • Lily Was Here, David A. Stewart

  • Avalon, Roxy Music

  • Jealous Guy, Bryan Ferry (I know, I know; I like his cover)

  • Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty

The irony hasn't been lost on me that these songs were recorded either before I was born, or when I was an infant.

07/10/13; 04:05:12 AM

Busted ankles are a pain in the... foot? Three weeks ago today, I stepped onto a utility cover, which promptly broke and caused my ankle to invert. An hour later, with my foot the size (and purple/red colour) of a beach ball, I attempted to move it just slightly to fit into the taxi that would take me to the hospital. All the pain I'd ever felt in my entire 20-something years on this planet concentrated itself on my foot for those few seconds. I didn't think I could scream that loudly.

But I had a point to this post besides self-absorbed pity! Which I've subsequently forgotten. Something about how its impossible to sleep, because the bruising and torn ligaments are on all sides of my foot, so it's impossible to position it in bed without feeling sharp pain. Fun times.

Now I remember. I have a beautiful, caring girlfriend who brings me food and encouragement, and a computer I can use to still be a part of the world, as I sit here with my foot in an ungainly cam boot propped up on cushions. The Australian Medicare system allowed me to see a specialist, get an x-ray and be given crutches and a boot without paying a cent. For someone in so much pain, I'm under no illusions that I'm not a lucky guy.

Sometimes, I just need to remind myself.

07/09/13; 08:18:03 AM

A rather terrible photo of me!

07/05/13; 09:46:55 AM

As I eluded to in a previous post, I'm in the process of moving my self-hosted WordPress blog over to Jekyll. It has over 5,000+ posts written since 2004. It's been a huge pain, but I've got all of them exported and in the Markdown format Jekyll expects. Now I'm just in the process of writing the Liquid themes and RSS feed templates.

And then I read Dave Winer's posts about Fargo, and tried it out.

Now I find myself writing here, instead of continuing my old blog migration. After a brief session riddled with mistakes, I already find it effortless. It's an outline, I have a dinousaur looking at me.

Jekyll and Fargo are simple, but couldn't be more different. I'll be interested to see how this battle between them plays out.

One thing is for sure: I'm going to use (I hate the word "try") this for posts on university assignments and work, and see how it goes. I have a month to get my Fargo blog looking spiffy before next semester starts! ☺

07/05/13; 09:14:00 AM

Part of the reason I'm thankful for Fargo is I'm overhauling my primary blog. Rubenerd.com has been operating since 2005 on WordPress, but lately I've grown tired of maintaining all the server side architecture on my little VPS to run it, so I'm moving to Jekyll.

There are few things that frustrate blog readers about blog migrations than the endless posts about how they're doing it, so I figured I'd explore some of it here. Who knows, perhaps my Fargo blog turns into a metablog about blogs!

Firstly, Jekyll has given me the chance to really think about the DOCTYPE I'm using. I've been comfortably on XHTML1.1 for years, but all the cool people my age are on HTML5, so I thought I'd finally give it a try.

Having spent years writing well formed, valid XML, HTML5 is a little scary. Lots of unclosed tags, lack of XML extensions, a spec that keeps changing so often the W3C validator spits out different results each time you use it. Say what you will about specs, but I can finally appreciate why Dave froze RSS 2.0.

I've always been fascinated by metadata, so I figured for a static text-based blog I could take the alternative route and try XHTML1.1+RDFa. It's a W3C spec, and though its not the microdata the cool people are using with HTML5, RDF and I have always gelled (I'll admit, I probably still prefer the so-called RSS1.0 for this selfish reason).

The problem with this approach is, again, the W3C Validator. While the DTD clearly specifies the use of ARIA "role" (something critical if I'm not going to have HTML5 elements like "nav" and "header"), the validator tersely tells me my sandbox XHTML1.1+RDFa markup is invalid because there is no "role" element. Yikes.

So, I'm back at square one. I really want to provide accessibility, and I really was looking forward to getting stuck into RDFa with my new site design. Oh well.

07/04/13; 02:44:59 AM

(A big thanks to everyone in the Fargo community for their comments. If I had a Disqus account, I'd thank you! I'll try out your suggestions. ☺)

As far as I can tell, no way to disable Disqus comments. For reasons I won't get into here, I prefer not to use them.

My custom CSS doesn't seem to be coming through.

No spell checking. I make so many typos this is bound to be an issue.

Each panel in the Settings window has to be updated seperately. If I change something in "Font" then click "Advanced" without clicking OK first, my changes are deleted.

The Fargo outline editor doesn't respect the [Shift]-[Down] combination to select an entire line, like most contemporary editors.

It's US centric, or at least the timestamps are. I'm in Sydney, Australia, and these dates are wildly wrong. Wonder if there's a way to define a +1000 timezone?

The title for my blog here seems to have vanished.

Those issues aside, usability wise I'm liking this a lot. I'm not going to give up my primary self-hosted blog, but this could be used for any number of side projects I'm working on. And I've always had a thing for outlines.

Being able to hit [Command]-[R] and [Command]-[L] to indent or move out an outline point is nice.

+1 for RSS 2.0 (It's Dave, so what would you expect?). The less I have to deal with Atom, the better.

07/03/13; 08:26:25 PM

Wow, here I am, and I even got this cool vanity URL! This is too cool. Pity about the Disqus comments, wonder if they can be turned off?

07/03/13; 06:59:13 PM

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