Sam Wilson's Website


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    My websites are now all moved to Digital Ocean in Sydney. They were hosted in a few places overseas (mainly DO in California), and since DO opened their Sydney region I’ve been meaning to switch. It’s quite amazing how much quicker it is! So nice to type in a terminal with 50ms latency instead of 300.

    Whenever I do this sort of thing I wonder if it’s worth carrying on with self-hosting. It takes a little bit of time, sometimes, although not really all that much. The main downside is just the feeling that I don’t really know enough. That said, I’ve been doing it since about 2006 and everything’s sort of gone according to plan in that time.

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    The file that is attached to this post.

    This used to be a lovely second hand bookshop.

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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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