scraps: now with more code

The keen-eyed among you should notice that I finally implemented code tags for the site theme. They are so stupendously overdue I can hardly fathom how I got on without them for so long. But there we are; marvel at our resilience in the face of difficulty and all that.

I did ’em all quick ‘n dirty like (see also: this post, your mom, haha, etcetera), for the benefit of the post to follow this one. Good, bad, colour suggestions, rubbish, thoughts, those things – they go in the comments.

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Reading the Sandstorm

I’m totally not compensating for failing to post in March.
Just thought I’d get that out of the way. Y’know, to ward off questions.

Many moons ago (like two damn years’; wowzor ‘n stuff), I pumped out text detailing how I keep up with the news-ey things that interest me. Well, the inexorable passage of time has seen that old post turn to a falsehood. Now I, in a narcissistic revisitation of old material, decided it was high time I let my valuable readers know that things just don’t work like that any more.

Apparently a clock. Of Persian origin.

Apparently a clock. Of Persian origin.

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scraps: more bits on top

It’s the website we all know and love, but with more bits on top. That is, a few post categories I opted to list in the header menu to make it look, err, more used. Good idea? Terrible idea? Inspires a better idea that you’re willing to help me implement because I’m not terribly good at this page-making business and this whole thing kinda came together more-or-less by accident and I have no idea what I’m doing (but I disguise it, badly, with long sentences)?


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First-born second-favourites: Multiple network config utilities on Arch Linux

So here’s something that took me an embarrassingly long to time figure out: (Arch) Linux doesn’t like it when you have multiple network configuration utilities set to connect you to a network. In my case, a wireless network. In fact, the same wireless network for both utilities.


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What a WOUnderful World

Windows updates! “Aww geez, R4mzy, now why’d you go and irritate everyone with such opening words?” Fret not, proverbial commentator, for I am about to tell of a way to make those words a little less headache-inducing! The thing is called WSUS Offline Updates, and you’ll need to vault the Read More button for details.

Lookit the purty terminal.

Lookit the purty terminal.

Oh and, err, a little belated, but Happy New Year and/or whatever it is you do over the December period.

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Gibs: smoke weed e’er’ day

Well, no, not really. Not even close. But I like the stuff and engage in recreational use of it on occasion. I don’t see how it or it’s effects are worse than alcohol, or tobacco for that matter (I’d much rather people got high than drunk, for the most part). I believe weed should be legal for whatever-the-hell-you-like use by consenting adults (no kids m’kay, same as the alcohol and tobacco rules). There’s also that whole other bag of benefits that marijuana provides to the quality of life of a great many people who deal with pain and discomfort, as results of injury or disease or whatever else, along with other medicinal uses.

That’s why I put mouth to money and donated towards the Trial of the Plant campaign on Indiegogo. It’s a crowd-funding campaign, run by the Dagga Couple (lel), that seeks to bring some fight to the marijuana legalisation effort by getting recognised experts on the topic to have their say in the, yep, Trial of the Plant over at South Africa’s High Court in Pretoria in March 2016. The Indiegogo and Dagga Couple pages will explain the details better, but it suffices to say that I’d rather like them to be successful and I feel the prohibition of marijuana is stupid.

Plant and grow and pick and dry and cure and...

Plant and grow and pick and dry and cure and…

I’d go further to say that growing it for personal use should be just as allowed because I’d like my weed home-grown-reliable, with no drug-dealer WTF or mass-producing tobacco-company-style chemicals, thank you…

Anyway, if you feel like I feel go donate quick ’cause there isn’t much time left on that there campaign (sorry, I didn’t want to share until I donated because that felt disingenuous and I donated late because putting money towards crowd-funding campaigns requires me to think on them a long time).

Review: Prayer for the Blood Angel

Cor, is November nearly done already? Indeed it seems so, what with darkened Fridays and the tentative appearances of holiday decorations… I hadn’t planned it but turns out today’s post is a book review. See, when I’d finished splashing the book-related text on the screen I realised I had enough wordy bits there to make a whole post with so I figured I’d go with it. So, without further ado…

That'd be my desk in the background, yes.

Don’t you just love that glare?

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rAge 2015: Friday: Bring Your Own Dice

You know what’s fun? Gaming expos, that’s what. We don’t have all that many of them happen down here on this end of Africa (or probably in Africa in general), but at least one of what we have is pretty good. That being rAge – which runs every year over a weekend in October (for the last, like, I dunno, 11 years or something), showcasing all kinds of wonderfully geeky, techy, nerdy, and gamey type things. That, and it plays host to a kickass BYOC LAN (the NAG LAN @ rAge), which every year for the last few years is the largest held in the southern hemisphere (as far as I’m aware, anyway). This is my eighth attendance, and I thought I’d write something of what I saw here over day one, Friday.


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Review: Shadowrun Returns

A little while back, I mentioned I’d been playing this. Well, I finally finished it this last week and figured a review might make a nice post.

Shadowrun Returns is an isometric, turn-based, role-playing affair. The player has dominion over a character who can be specced to specialise in in all sorts of wonderfully different proficiencies, thanks to being set in a fantasy world of elves, dwarves, orcs, trolls, and humans all eking out their survival in a corporation-controlled future. Shamanistic and wizardly magic have returned to the world, alongside the emergence of metahumans, while technology has advanced much like we want it to and brought Deus Ex prosthetics, Matrix-inspired virtual-world hacking, and little drones to do our fighting for us while we control them with our minds from behind cover.



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There and Back Again: A Linux Tail

I have been wanting to mumble about my experiences testing Linux out on my gaming system for weeks already. And now it’s the last day of August and I don’t want to break the minimum-of-a-post-a-month thing I’ve had going on, so it’s coming at ya all rush-like. Enjoy.

I rather like the regularity there...

I’m partial to the regularity there…

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