Another week, another post. That’s what I would say if I’ve been consistently posting these like I implied I would in the last post. Regardless, in starting this post I was almost foiled by the annoying editor changes of WordPress. The new editor no longer has the strike-through option front and centre. How am I supposed to use my favourite syntactic sugar now? Where is it even. Ah, there we go.
It has been 793 days since my last blog post and quite a bit has happened since then. You may consider this a bit of a summary of past blog posts I was too lazy to write too busy to get around to (spoilers: I don’t) and likely hopelessly optimistic plan for the year ahead in terms of posts. No more shall I feel the dejected anxiety of “Why write this when literally everyone else has written about this?
Wow, it has been almost a year since I last posted here. So much for commitments to writing more. I think though I can attribute this to one big thing. My thesis. Urgh, it feels painful to even write about it. I’m sick of thinking of it, but a thesis I did complete. I don’t feel particularly happy about it, but I think that kind of neurosis is probably why it took so long to complete.
Gather round everyone, this is a story about why I am procrastinating in writing this blog post. Meta, huh? I’m not sure which emotion I feel strongest right now: dismay, anger (at myself, and others), shame, resignation. They’re all there in a delightfully dark melange of mindfeels which I will call my maximum fun chamber (aka, my skull). There is a conference at my faculty this coming week, the 27th Annual Symposium of the Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa, let’s just call it PRASA.
Hello friends, I’ve been posting a lot I’ve come out of hiding to chronicle some work I’m doing on setting up a ZFS based NAS, because dat error correction. My ZFS distro of choice for this adventure is FreeNAS, since it is well supported and has a plethora of plugins to support all the things I want to do. I’ll go into hardware another time, but suffice to say, the less between ZFS and your drives the better.
Saturnalia, Yule, Christmas, all equally valid events at some point in history. The short is, I hope today has been slightly better than average for the vast majority of you out there. Much has happened since my last post, I finally got round to finishing the AfrikaBurn posts I finally finished my degree! YAY Seriously though I am quite happy with the achievement, using some dubious sources and rough estimation I am now 1 of 100 000 qualified in my field of study, neat.
Heyo! So I guess I’ve been pretty busy, in fact I am still busy. This is just me procrastinating so I don’t go insane oh god there is still so much work left before the deadline wtf. Anyway… Here is the first part of my AfrikaBurn series. These are basically vignettes from my ‘Burner diary I wrote during the experience. Day 0 It’s Sunday and Liesbeth and I have finally finished packing.
Okay, so I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t posted all the cool stuff I said I was going to post, so here is a brief summary of what has happened and what I still need to get up here again. Most recently I have survived the multifaceted experience which was AfrikaBurn 2015, most people keep asking me what it was like. The best I can come up with is “an interesting experience”.
Since this is my site the usually annoying celebration of “first!” is both irrelevant and my prize forever. I’m hoping to keep this site mostly professional with a minimum of ranting. So you can expect mostly my projects in Engineering and related hobbies. Which is pretty much everything. On the more fun side (what do you mean engineering isn’t fun) I plan to have my astrophotography documented here along with some information for those hoping to get into the hobby.