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I've not really done one of these but here I am! I am a PHP coder with Python envy. I code for a day job and outside of walk I love gardening, very fast and very slow metal, playing guitar and watching birds. I love to talk about free software, and spend too much of my time at a computer.

At last the storm that has been threatening for the last few hours hits.

Rolling thunder, pouring rain, it's coming on like a hurricane.

Well, the grid traversal problem is now cracked after another few hours working through it this morning. Turns out it's much more important to optimise for the most efficient path to the point you are at, rather than trying to be tricksy and model how far it is to the end.

Seems obvious at the end of the process 😂

Day 15 of Advent of Code complete, and it's only June...

If you're in the UK, one tiny thing you can do about #RoevWade today is to sign this open letter to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss:

bpas-campaigns.org/campaigns/r

First full day with /e/ on my Fairphone and it's all looking good. Network access was really iffy until I disabled the Trust/VPN feature, but all seems good after that. Job for the weekend to look into that a bit and see if I can get to the bottom of what was slowing it all down.

Loving the anonymous access to the Play store as well, all the apps I care about installed without any need to infect my phone with a Google account. Bliss!

Just installed /e/ on my fairphone 3. So far seems pretty snappy and nice to have the Nextcloud integration all set up and working from the off.

Just had an email from my new employer that they are getting my laptop ordered today, and it's coming pre-loaded and fully supported with Linux! It's normally a Windows laptop and a stand-off with IT on whether I can install Linux or not, so this is refreshing.

However long I spend working with the language, I always have to look up explode() and implode() in PHP to remember which one to use on an array and which on a string. They both essentially perform a split operation so the naming feels really unintuitive to me.

From birdsite 

RT @ArmarnaForbes
Reminder to keep including your depressed pals, even if you think they may bail/decline.

The invitation still means a lot.

Mitch hedberg voice 

The first thing I look for in a glue is, how easy is it to open the bottle.

If there is a glue marketed for children? You know that’s not a very good glue! Even a child can open that bottle!

My ideal glue would be completely unusable. “I can’t get the lid off of this glue. It must be great! I wish I could use this to fix things around my house.”

Interesting that I typically full screen YouTube only when I've got my tablet propped up and I'm settling in to watch something. And that's the only mode where I cannot easily skip ads. And (in a very unscientific study) it also tends to show longer ads mid-video. Just had 5+ minutes of ads in an 18 minute video.

Can anyone recommend some good proggy metal on that I can discover and buy?

Just a reminder, UK folks: I run a wiki about places to pass on things that you no longer need. It's called Pass It On.

passiton.miraheze.org/wiki/Mai

I'm always looking for SPECIFIC, GENUINE and RECENT examples of charities/other orgs that will take things that might otherwise go to landfill.

Please, no hearsay or vague recommendations. But if YOU PERSONALLY have got a charity to take something IN THE RECENT PAST, I am desperate to hear about it.

After getting a new job - one that I think I can really invest in - I have thankfully now been able to close my LinkedIn account. Without raising any eyebrows from work contacts.

Mastodon is my only social account now and I feel kinda free with that.

Thanks to some pointers on here I have got a pretty decent path-finding algorithm done for the problem I was working on. Second half extends the grid from 10,000 to 250,000 squares so I think I need some further optimisations 😱

Very full week of interviewing thankfully out of the way. Time for wine and pizza I think.

Someone had a granite headstone made for Internet Explorer and placed it beside a tiny church on the rooftop of a cafe in Gyeongju, South Korea: m.clien.net/service/board/park

I've not really done one of these but here I am! I am a PHP coder with Python envy. I code for a day job and outside of walk I love gardening, very fast and very slow metal, playing guitar and watching birds. I love to talk about free software, and spend too much of my time at a computer.

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