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    Oh! It’s blasted VS Code. It goes “bibble” on some random syntax weirdnesses or something. Maybe it’s “wouble”.

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    I’ve upgraded something on my computer, and now there’s a new alert noise. But it’s very soft, and peculiar, and I can’t figure it out. Maybe this is like the time there was a cockroach in a aluminium can but it sounded more like a rat in the roof. Is there a bug in my headphones?

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    I had a dream last night about adding a search box to the top right corner of a website. Is the universe trying to tell me something?

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    The WS Contest tool was breaking on Index pages that don’t yet have any (existing) pages. The problem was in the usage of the dflydev/dot-access-data, which is a thing for pulling values out of deep arrays. It’s sort of useful, but not widely used so does feel a bit weird. Maybe we should remove it from wikisource/api.

    Actually, scratch that: I just went to look, and it’s got eighty-three million installs on Packagist. So I guess it’s more widely used than I’d thought. I’ll leave it in for now.

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    I wonder if the wool wagon (at the left background) in this photo of a cricket match at Wooramel in about 1930:

    is the same one seen here in 2020:

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    I’ve been working on linking Commons items to Trove. It’s not complicated, on the surface, but of course once you get into it things get more annoying. I’m trying to just figure out the basics, and not get too deep into the weeds.

    Basically what we want is for every file on Commons, that has been sourced from an institution that’s aggregated in Trove, to have a P10044 statement (‘Trove Work ID’), and for that to be displayed in the |source= parameter of the Information template. But we also want to say which library (etc.) it came from, and to link to that library’s catalogue (because that’s where the actual image file is stored). This means, I think, that we’ll want to stick to the SLQ, SLWA, SLSA, AWM-image, etc. templates that have institution-specific information and links, and just add a simple line to those that explains that the file’s metadata is also on trove and what its ID there is.

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    The Community Wishlist Survey starts today. This is an annual survey that my team at the Wikimedia Foundation runs, to figure out what we should work on for the following year. It’s always so interesting to see what features and bugs are felt to be the most important. Quite often I agree, and get excited about working on them; sometimes I’ve never even heard of the software components in question! The Wikimedia universe is wide and varied.

    So if anyone Wikimedians out there have ideas, please come and propose them!

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    The (fairly terrific) locator-tool now has aerial imagery available as a map layer, making geolocating photos even more fun.