Currently listening to XTC 'Coat of many Cupboards' outtakes, demos and rarities album. One of the bands that I am genuinely disappointed I never got to see live back in the day.

Feeling like a technology ninja by using a key combo to disable and re-enable displays when I need to detach my laptop.

Tip for recruiters - starting an email with "I know you're busy so I'll keep this short..." means it's already 9 words too long.

Mapping the rofi run dialogue to alt-tab has hacked my 'switch window' muscle memory. Literally no idea why I thought my initial idea of mapping to Super-Space was a good plan.

Inspired by AndyC I'm giving another go. Manjaro i3 using polybar for a status bar, background from feh, fontawesome for the workspace icons (workspaces 2, 3 and 7 are on other monitor). App launcher is rofi - experimenting with that on Super-Space to give me an app launcher and window switcher.

TZAG fedizens! I am due to write a report for a new project today and I am procrastinating beyond belief.

I have remembered one of the key things I had an issue with before though. Any folks have experience of working with VMWare horizon on it? When I used it before it worked fine, but when I exited the keymap was so borked that I had to reboot to get everything working again...

Has been a crazy day of meetings, but have managed to remain in i3 all day without having to run to the safety of Gnome (I've installed i3 into my current Manjaro setup alongside Gnome rather than go for broke and install it as my only WM).

Spent a bit of time yesterday evening and this morning getting i3 up and running on my machine. Thankful to the yak-shaving gods that I saved my config from last time I was tinkering with it. Reckon if I keep picking up from where I left off a couple of times then I'll get all the blockers ironed out.

Slack issue on Manjaro was resolved by installing the Slack app as a snap rather than from AUR.

Trying to cut down on coffee a bit this week and man am I flagging now it's getting near to 4PM

In particular, I have to keep stopping and restarting Slack all the time after a display unplug/replug. Wouldn't bother me at all at home but it's our work tool of choice for comms.

There's an old cliche about activists calming down as they get older.

I find the opposite to be true. The older I get, the more sensible the idea of just tearing all the bullshit down and holding every oppressor accountable seems.

Have realised that, even if a bit of software I write does exactly what I need, I always think it's "not proper" because I wrote it.

Will try and improve on that.

Have now got a nice (context-aware) pytest runner helper written in elisp. In other news, I've kinda forgotten what the Python project was that I was working on when I started writing the helper.

@basil When all is said and done, growing you r own is not about saving money, it is about quality and flavour.
a potato just pulled from the soil, or a lettuce cut just before you eat it tastes amazing

@fsf The extensibility of #Emacs becomes really apparent when something often referred to as a "text editor" has users organize monthly meetings about cool things to do in it. 😀

Hello mastodon friends.

I've read a couple of posts on social media recently about blog discovery being broken. I see these every now and again, but this time I thought I would try to do something to help.

If you have time, please take a look at

The site is in development & I'm still working on it, but you can test it out. Would it be useful, or am I wasting my time?

Comments, criticism etc appreciated.

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