Hardy Heron

After a couple of days of slow servers, today it picked up a bit and I installed Hardy Heron without problems. Well, with a couple of minor problems. First, my /boot partition is still just a little too small, so I had to move a few things around to manage the recreation of the initrd… Continue reading Hardy Heron

Categorized as Linux

LA Times Book Festival

I went with the family to the LA Times Book Festival today. We parked in the same lot as last year, avoiding the snarls off the 405 at Wilshire (signed UCLA) and heading up to Sunset to come in from the north side. This year, we had got tickets ahead of time for three panel… Continue reading LA Times Book Festival

Categorized as Books


They say soon we will run out of helium. Most people think, “What’s the big dealium? So our voices won’t squeak When we inhale a leak – Balloons will just lose some appealium.” But balloons aren’t the sole use of helium: For industrial stuff, it’s idealium. When released without thought, It can never be caught,… Continue reading Helium

Categorized as Poetry

My Experiences with Radioactive Elements

I’ve recently been reading about the elements, and particularly about the rarer ones. Radioactive elements tend to be among the rarer ones on earth. In my life, not counting glow-in-the-dark radium dials/paint, radon emissions from e.g. granite, or other household traces of radioisotopes, I’ve had two interesting encounters with radioactive elements. The first time I… Continue reading My Experiences with Radioactive Elements


Sorry for the relative blog silence recently. Here’s what I’ve been doing lately: Buying stuff at the local library book sale last weekend. Old maths textbooks FTW! Puzzling over how to approximate spirals with Bézier curves. Or otherwise thinking of a way to draw them. Having lunch with Gary. He actually exists in real life!… Continue reading Miscellanea

Vecto get!

Xach has released version 1.2.1 of Vecto, featuring circle arc paths, and I’m sure a whole lot more on the drawing board. (asdf-install:install :vecto)

Categorized as Lisp

A bit of a new look

I broke out the programmer art skills and tweaked the header image to something a bit nicer than the default, and while I was at it, made myself an icon for the site. If the icon doesn’t show up for you, don’t blame me. Get yourself a standards–compliant browser. I don’t care about your pathetic… Continue reading A bit of a new look