atomicules

Push propelled program tinkerer and picture maker.

Note: Spotted first swallow of the year. Nice to have them back home.

Note: After four weeks of rest managed a gentle 5k on my knee. Yay!

Such A Revelation

"And it was to each such a revelation that a woman could be as tolerant and free-spoken as a man, and a man as strange and subtle as a woman..."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

On it's own that could probably be taken out of context. Here's a better understanding of that bit and the whole novel.

Dark Spaces Between

"For some time the dark spaces between the lamps had been becoming brighter and the lamps themselves less bright."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

I can't really explain why, but I like this sentence.

Clothes That Wear Us

"Thus, there is much to support the view that it is clothes that wear us and not we them; we may make them take the mould of arm or breast, but they mould our hearts, our brains, our tongues to their liking."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

That Silence Is More Profound

"That silence is more profound after noise still wants the confirmation of science."

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Steadily making my way through Virginia Woolf's books. This is the most normally written I've read of her novels so far*, but by far the hardest I've found to read; I think perhaps because I couldn't gauge what it was meant to be† - as per usual I left reading the notes and accompanying introduction‡ until afterwards to experience the book as is. I think that was a mistake. If read at the time of publication you'd more likely have had some knowledge of Virgina Woolf's life and social circles and therefore understood and enjoyed the novel a lot more - It made a lot more sense to me after reading the introduction and learning about her friendship with Vita Sackville-West.

I'm now on an interlude of a couple of more modern, none Virginia Woolf, novels, but then I want to read To The Lighthouse. A lot.

* - A Room of One's Own doesn't count since not a novel. This is similar ly written since a faux biography.

† - I couldn't gauge whether comedy, fantasy or serious; Actually a bit of all of them.

‡ - The swanky edition I have is almost half notes and companion text and it's better for it.

Note: Two weeks without running due to a knackered knee. Still can't walk properly so reckon there's another two to go before I can run :-(

Making use of Haskerdeux

I honestly thought that after I got Haskerdeux working again I'd not be doing much else to improve it, but lo and behold the whole "fix your own frustrations" thing kicked in and I ended up improving it so I could use it to work on todos of any date. Why? Because I wanted to be able to easily script adding a whole bunch of todos on various dates in the future.

I actually ended up doing some Ruby to (technically) Haskell scripting as follows:

require 'helpscout'
helpscout = HelpScout::Client.new("<api key>")

# Read in an array of "conversations" I had from a previous action
# I.e. a text file with one of something like this per line: https://api.helpscout.net/v1/conversations/326542115.json
conversations = File.readlines("conversations.txt").map(&:strip)

conversations.each do |conv|
    ticket  = helpscout.conversation(conv[43..-6])
    # DateTime.parse is clever enough to pick out date from a string like "something something needs to happen on 2017-03-05 so here's some text"
    todo_date = (DateTime.parse(ticket.preview)-1).to_date.iso8601
    `./haskerdeux #{todo_date} new "Need to do this before tomorrow [#{ticket.number}](#{ticket.url})"`
end

(This Helpscout Ruby gem is really good, by the way).

I.e. I had a list of HelpScout conversations that had been generated previously and I had actions based on these I needed to do on a certain date. So I iterated through each conversation, parsed the date from the ticket preview text and then added them to my Teuxdeux list via a Ruby shell/system call to Haskerdeux. Simple, hacky, nifty.

Bay

Bay

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aberdeenshire, Aug 2016.

Pier Rocks

Pier Rocks

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aberdeenshire, Aug 2016.

Pier View

Pier View

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aberdeenshire, Aug 2016.

Trail Of Sunlight

Trail Of Sunlight

Just as pretty as Gozo, only colder.

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aberdeenshire, Aug 2016.

Collieston Beach

Collieston Beach

And the last few photos for the time being are back home in Scotland.

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aberdeenshire, Aug 2016.

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