Working on my research today, feeling pretty amazed at the range of free software and services available to me that enable me to do so.  GNU, Linux, bash, emacs, spacemacs, vim, PHP, codeception, git, github, travis, TeX, LyX.  Eclipse, FeatureIDE.  Whatever all of these themselves are built on.  DuckDuckGo, StackOverflow and blogs helping with questions.  Plenty more I’m sure I’ve missed out.  Flipping awesome, this ecosystem.

Seems like this might be implemented eventually: "Allow specifying allow_failure: true per job on jobs.include. (Probably yes, but not before [1].)".

"A stage is a group of jobs that are allowed to run in parallel. However, each one of the stages runs one after another, and will only proceed if all jobs in the previous stage have passed successfully." That’s a shame – I want to have a stage that deploys my test artifacts after all test jobs in the previous stage have run. Even if one of them has failed.



by Bat for Lashes

Beautiful song by Bat for Lashes.  What happens when two lovers collide.

I saw Bat for Lashes play at the Brighton Dome in 2009, during a particularly difficult year for me.  I can remember even now getting knocked for six by some pretty deep emotions during the show.

At HWC London yesterday, my intention was to spend a bit of time improving the display of my RSVP posts.  An example of one here:

My RSVP posts work great, functionality wise, thanks to the Post Kinds plugin (creating the post successfully sends a webmention to the event page).  However the display looks a little funky with my theme.

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I was really pleased when Mozilla acquired Pocket, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be heading fully free or libre anytime soon, if the latest feature rollout is anything to go by:

“Highlighting in Pocket has two tiers: Free and Premium. All Pocket users will be able to create 3 highlights per article, and those who subscribe to Pocket Premium will be able to create an unlimited number of highlights.”

I’m guessing (hoping) though that given the Mozilla association at the very least they’ll take personal data security and privacy seriously.

Don’t know if it’s really the remit of any social media platform, but Mastodon USP could be if it also worked as a catalyst of some of the stronger social bonds beyond online. “Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.”

In fact a few times now I’ve heard people say the feature they miss (or would miss) the most from Facebook is the very well targeted suggestions of local events.

"Prosperity itself transcends material concerns. It isn’t just about earning more and having more. It has vital social and psychological dimensions. To do well is in part about our ability to give and receive love, to enjoy the respect of our peers, to contribute useful work, to feel secure, to have a sense of belonging and trust in our community. Prosperity consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. All the things, in short, that had gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades."
-- An economy that works by Tim Jackson (CUSP)

"Open source is an excellent example of how something that does not directly increase GNP can fuel real prosperity[...] It is a stunning example of how both the market and the state can be bypassed by cooperative creativity. The barrier between user and provider is eroded; a direct agreement between society members is maintained… Marx would have been a Firefox user."
-- by Derek Wall (Babylon and Beyond)

I used snap for the first time today, while setting up a demo nextcloud server. All dependencies in one bundle, it was incredibly simple. Has anyone else used it, is there a catch? (aside from the wasted disk space from not sharing dependencies) Pros/cons?