An Amsterdam Sunday

Stendhal syndrome, Stendhal’s syndrome, hyperkulturemia, or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art. We did three museums in one day. That’s really pushing it. But we stayed ahead of the above […]

An Amsterdam Saturday, a sketch

Amsterdam in harsh, punishing sunlight. A pre-cold is threatening my weekend, reminding me of bodily frailty, as I and my companion trudge through cobbled streets fraught with traffic peril from onrushing bikes, their bike bells a-clanging. The street scenes in the city center were the ones I’d been told to expect: tourists toting tourist gear, […]

Ruby feature: Regular Expression replace once

About a year ago, programmer Tony Arcieri posed a question on the Ruby language bug tracker:  Why was Thread.exclusive deprecated? Among the answers to this question, Shyouhei Urabe’s one of the tersest feature descriptions yet: “we already have such thing, to some extent at least”: /#{@mutex=Mutex.new}/o The pair of slashes are Regular Expression delimiters. A Regular […]

Automate finding misspellings in source code

Typos and misspellings in code can be difficult. Finding them and keeping them out takes vigilance. Lots of mental energy wasted. The misspellings tool written in Python can be installed using pip install misspellings. This tool looks for commonly misspelled words in source code. It has a built-in list of common spelling mistakes. Example: List […]

How to use very latest Bundler in Travis

TL;DR: When Bundler has fixes in master that you need, use the specific_install Rubygems plugin to install and use Bundler directly from a git branch. Example Travis YAML configuration excerpt: before_install: – gem update –system – gem install specific_install – gem specific_install https://github.com/bundler/bundler.git I will spend the rest of this post unpacking what the above means. […]

TODO: Buy a Cinemateket Malmö card today!

Analog film is dying. Digital film is slow in creation. A percent perhaps, of all film, is digitally available. It’s becoming harder to borrow film from archives. So, not even the places showing old films know how it’s going to be. Therefore, Malmö’s wonderful film club Cinemateket will sell half-year memberships now. 200 SEK to […]

Pep before PolyConf 2016

I sat down to prepare to get to this year’s PolyConf. I trawled last year’s photos, and found these shots. (All these photos were taken by polyconf. They’re also All Rights Reserved. So, just links instead of using the awesome paste-a-link-with-oEmbed-support.) Me having coffee – hair-styling is remarkably difficult in high summer heat. Will, author […]

Looking forward to PolyConf 2015

On Wednesday, I once again journey south, to Poznan in Central Europe, to participate in the PolyConf programming conference. As every year, it is about getting new perspective on things, from happy and grumpy people in the field. The field of computering. I’m lucky to see some familiar faces in the list of people going there, and […]