If you like slice-o’-life comics, check out Small Stories, a web site of comics strips by Derek Kirk Kim (I lost the address to this site years ago but it was mentioned in Ernie Hsiung’s weblog). There are lots of stips there, some long (Same Difference is some 79 pages long), some short (such as Valentine’s Day). He says he’s working on getting some of them ready for a printed book. I can’t wait...
I complained last November that my favourite bicycle parking place had been taken away from me by the County Council. Now the City Council (I assume) have installed new Sheffield racks on a street corner just a few dozen metres from my offices, which is nice. What’s more, they are flush with the ground (as opposed to having steel tubes along the ground, which obstruct the wheels of parked bikes) and well-spaced (usually Sheffield stands are too close together), which improves on most of the cycle parking in town. Groovy.
In a discussion of quoting in weblogs I found a link to a note by Lore Sjöberg on one of the things mentioned by Tim Berners-Lee in his ancient Style Guide for online hypertext, namely that when writing hypertext you should make it make sense without the links.
I really lost it at work today. Why am I so frustrated? Well, one of the things that upsets me is when stupid software makes simple things hard. For example, when I find myself spending an entire fucking afternoon trying to copy data from point A to point B.
I found Vera Brosgol’s on-line comic Return to Sender (via Derek Kirk Kim’s links page) just in time for her to announce a short hiatus while she works on something for Girlamatic (a soon-to-be-launched web site for female comics creators, it seems). The whole strip is in a a very pretty pen and wash style (actually the black ink is real and the blue wash is done with Photoshop), giving it a very distinctive look.
My former college, St Edmund Hall, has made the news: The Daily Telegraph published an article about the alcoholic bingeing of its students—or rather, an inaccurate report of an alcohol ban (as pointed out by Oxford Student). This was picked up by Today (and BBCi, which claims SEH has cloisters and a front gate resembling Queen’s?) and the Guardian:
We first met David Goodman and his minicomics when he and his brother Arthur and some friends attended CAPTION 2001. Now he’s got his own web site, where he has published most of his strips, sketchbooks and reviews of things like CAPTION 2001. He’s also editor of an anthology zine Zip Gun Presents and is soliciting submissions.
A while back I installed a second Ethernet card in my Linux box and could not get it to work before the iBook returned to where it belonged. Having had another notebook computer visiting us last night, I finally got the thing up and running.
All in all it was a simple matter of:
- Wasting time examining the floppy supplied with the card for evidence of a program for setting the card’s IRQ.
rtl8139-diag.cand running it. It informs me in no uncertain terms that I need to visit the BIOS settings. The error message has the important hint that there is no way to do this other than the BIOS set-up panel itslef.
- Shutting down the operating system so I could do this little thing. Fiddling with the BIOS always makes me nervous, but after a couple of attempts I managed to get it working. I knew this when I rebooted Linux and it detected and activated the second network interface automatically.
- Changed the network settings for the borrowed laptop. Poked it some more until it believed that the network was there and it was possible to ping back and forth along the wire.
Changed Internet Explorer’s own special control panel
for the automatic dial-up. One of the options makes it so
that it does not dial up if there already is a working
network. Duh. Now MSIE can visit
http://10.0.0.1/but cannot resolve domain names.
dnscachesettings to permit my newly created
192.168.100.0/24network to use it. (A simple matter of
touch /services/dnscache/root/ip/192.168.100, as it turns out.)
At this point it was possible to browse the WWW from the laptop. Yay.
I have been scraping the syndicated version of my RSS feed on LiveJournal in order to add comments links to my articles (not that anyone does). They recently changed the format, so that (a) readers must click through to a second LJ page to find the link to click read the post itself, and (b) my scraper broke. But that’s their perogative, and offering a comment service to strangers who aren’t even LiveJournal members is hardly part of their core mission, so I cannot fault them for it!
They have also switched to using ‘cool’
URLs (in the
sense described by Tim Berners-Lee
in his Style
Guide to Online Hypertext) of the form
~pdc/1234.html rather than
talkread.bml?this=that&thother=1234. Apart from
making the URLs shorter, this change means that the mechanism
used to serve the files is now invisible, and can be altered
without having to change the URLs in future. It could even be
(gasp!) static files generated once a night when they scan
my RSS feed.