Welcome

My coffee mug

Hello world, and welcome to my corner of the web. This is where I write words about what I'm working on, and post photographs of things I've seen.

I'm a Software Engineer at the Wikimedia Foundation, and so of course my personal website is a wiki (running on MediaWiki). In my spare time I volunteer with WikiClubWest to work on Wikimedia projects, mostly around my family's genealogy and local Western Australian history (especially to do with Fremantle). I try to keep up with issues on all the things I maintain (but usually fail).

I also try to find time to work in my workshop on various woodworking projects. Recently, that's been focused on restoring a chest of drawers and building a metalworking bench.

Travel features in my life, not because I really hugely want to go elsewhere but because I just do — and also because then I can do some more interesting mapping on OpenStreetMap.

I'm currently reading the following: Fathers of Men (E. W. Hornung, 1912), and Perth (David Whish-Wilson, 2013), and The Nether World (George Gissing, 1889), and The Railway Adventures (Geoff Marshall; Vicki Pipe, 2018).

To contact me, you can email me or find me on the Freenode IRC network (as 'samwilson'). If you want to leave a comment on this site (by creating an account), you need to know the secret code Tuart (it's not very secret, but seems to be confusing enough for most spammers).

Recently, I've been doing this stuff:

Oh M.G. I fixed a problem with my scanner and suddenly I can scan and describe and upload and drink whisky, all at once! #
Yaron Koren interviewed me last week on his Between The Brackets podcast: http://betweenthebrackets.libsyn.com/episode-29-sam-wilson #
I'm attempting, for what seems like the 32nd time, to print an A5 PDF to bindable A3 signatures. Might be on to something this time though. #
When the code makes sense, the world makes sense. But bloody hell, when it doesn't — things really do feel shit. #
The internet is crazy and full of sad stuff at the moment. I'm just going to hide for a bit I think, and watch the ants climbing a piece of bark as the sun goes down. Time to breathe. #
A photo was taken: File:UWA eucalypts.jpg #
A blog post was written: Chair on the lawn #
I suspect posting on one's own site would be fine if we all did it and remembered what RSS was. #
A blog post was written: Under construction blogs #
A photo was taken: File:Upstairs loung at the Bentley Reserve.jpg #
Hobgoblin Amber #
We're heading to Mission Burrito. #
A photo was taken: File:20190130 071910.jpg #
A photo was taken: File:All hands 2019.jpg #
A photo was taken: File:Bar in San Francisco.jpg #
A photo was taken: File:20190127 165946.jpg #
Why do so many photo storage systems not have a facility to store the timezone in which a photo was taken?! Makes for annoying workarounds when trying to list photos in date order. #
A photo was taken: File:St Joseph the Worker Church, Berkeley.jpg #
I'm doing a little bit of geo-locating of FSPS photos. #
I've been watching the sun set against the bay bridge. Nice to breath a bit and slow down. #
I think SVG Translate is nearly actually functional. All the bits are working, I just need to tidy up. #
The PD-heirs template on Commons is useful when you're uploading deceased relatives' photos and things. #
I don't think I like working on software that isn't used by other people. #
Lunch time at the Musical Offering and Café on Bancroft Way in Berkeley. geo:37.8684,-122.26071 #
A photo was taken: File:Freeway in Oakland in the morning.jpg #
Cargo gets a nice shout-out at around 1:08:00 in http://betweenthebrackets.libsyn.com/episode-25-denny-vrandei #
I just added the Wikiapiary logo to the footer of ArchivesWiki. #
Finally figured out the weird bug in the tests for MissedPages. https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/c/mediawiki/extensions/MissedPages/+/481633 #
Right, for about the 4th time in the last few years, I've nuked my WordPress site and replaced it with a peculiar MediaWiki install. We'll see how long it lasts this time (till I get bored). #
A photo was taken: File:Rear of Berkeley post office.jpg #
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