Inklings: a tumblelog

The FreeBSD Ports Collection - Staying Current

Almost Photorealistic Vector Art

Some people are just waaay too talented.

RFC 4627: The application/json Media Type for JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)


iFlex Windows XP theme by danillooc

It’s so pretty! Who needs MS’s Aero when you have this!

Caught in the action

Gavin posted this up about a fortnight ago, but I’m only just after seeing it. In it, a Fox News reporter gets shot at by the IDF.

The studio reaction is classic, for example: First Guy: “Well, you know, someone sees you and they are just going to fire at you”, Second Guy: “Really?”; and, Second Guy: “I still don’t understand, Dan, it said ‘Press’, that’s the colour, that’s universal”, First Guy: “Bad guys shoot at anything”, Second Guy: “Right, but it’s Israel?!”

I don’t know what’s funnier: the stupidity and ineptitude of the studio presenters, or their cognitive dissonance. Instant comedy!

Bill de hÓra on Django 0.95

Can Your Programming Language Do This?

Functional Programming: Witness the Fitness!

XLib Manual

Hacknot: The Mismeasure of a Man

On the danger of management use of metrics for software developers.

Freedom Languages

Introduction to Subversion Screencast

This is very, very good.

Swift: A browser for Windows based on WebKit/KHTML

So if you want to see how your sites render in Safari and Konqueror, this is what you need.

The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra

Topper says this is pretty good. Must pick it up when I get the chance.

Aptana: The Web IDE

Making Eclipse suck less for web development :-)

Turning MySQL data in latin1 to utf8 utf-8

This describes how to get PHP and MySQL talking to each other using UTF-8 without having to used the old hack of treating UTF-8 as binary data.

Understanding Monads Via Python List Comprehensions

I never bore of collecting these articles. Some day when I’m able to get Shimubi off my laptop (or just rewrite it from memory) and merge the linklog and weblog, the tag with the most posts’ll probably be “monads”.

Ireland, UNIFIL and the Lebanon

Absence of America's Upper Classes From the Military

Do you, or does your party have a policy to aid those who overstretched themselves in the property boom?

A great article by Treasa.

Dynamic ColdFusion Variables Via Quoted Naming


O/R Mapping, SQL, Relation Orientation and Convenience

The (non) wisdom of crowds

Great article. Saved for the next time some idiot start braying that the market fixes everything.

autotut: Using GNU auto{conf,make,header}

I find autotools perplexing, and I’m not afraid to admit it!

Gentle Reader, Stay Awhile; I Will Be Faithful

On writing well, and reading well

FreeBSD-5.x and 6.x tips

Using getmail

It’s smaller and more secure than fetchmail, and I may start using it so I don’t have to use webmail for my other special email addresses.

"Wait, Aren't You Scared?"

Osama Bin Laden got everything on his Christmas list after 9/11–US out of Saudi Arabia; the greatest military in the world over-extended, pinned down and distracted; the greatest proponent of democracy suddenly alienated from its allies; a US culture verily eager to destroy freedoms that little scumfuck could never even dream to touch himself–I would like to deny him the last little check on the clipboard, i.e., constant terror. I panic, they win. To coin a phrase, Osama Bin Laden can suck my insouciance.


18 Ways to Stay Focused at Work


Like grep, but just that little bit better.


Like (f)lex, but better!

Where Does The Apple Stop And The Worm Begin?

In a nutshell: ‘All Ideas Are Derivative’

The Road To Build Enlightenment

Developer branches and cross-branch merging

On svnmerge

Related to the previous link, it makes merging branches in Subversion much easier.

HOWTO: Adding an RSS feed to a Subversion Server

WP-APP: Atom Publisher Protocol for WordPress

Useful as a reference on how to implement APP well.

How To Provide A Web API

Translating leadership, creating verbiage

This Language Log post sums up a big chunk of the stuff that scares me about business types.

7 Idea Dumping Tips (How To Manage Diarrhea of the Brain)

I could do with this! :-)

How to build role-based access control in SQL

And part 2.

Mold In The White House

Yup, there’s a disturbing similarity between Bush and Yancy.

Ryanair seeks UK govt compensation

Go Michael! He’s not one to see security theatre get in the way of business.


It’s a macro utility for Windows, but with go-faster stripes. Pretty nifty. If I ever end up using Windows regularly again, I’ll probably knock something out with it to make it easier to type accented characters.

Flow (psychology)

Personality Traits of the Best Software Developers

International jury confirms the Irish make the best booze: nation breaths sigh of relief.