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).
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).
Yesterday I received from my dad the following copies of transcripts:
- archiveswiki:Letter from W.S. Hall to his sister Sarah Bracher, c.1863
- The Murray District of Western Australia by Ronald Richards 1978, pp.260–262 re James Anderton Hall getting lost in the bush
- Conversation with Alan Wilson, Joan Salom, and Margaret Wilson, 1993-05-02 (17 pages)
- Conversation with Judith Hall, Constance Berryman, Margaret Wilson, and Joan Salom, 1977-01-20 (20 pages)
- archiveswiki:C.B. Berryman 1983 (10 pages)
- archiveswiki:C.B. Berryman family history (6 pages)
- Interview with Joan Salom, 1978-10-13, with notes by Judith Hall (18 pages)
- wikisource:Account of the schooner Ethel being caught in a cyclone (4 pages)
- Part of H.M. Wilson's talk on opening of Cossack Museum (pages 7–11 only)
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Does this do what it should?
The last day or two I've been upgrading my VPS to Debian Stretch, which hopefully I can carry on using until June 2022. Mainly because, when I upgrade these things, I like to reconfigure how I do things and check into the latest ideas of how it should all be done. Of course, usually that means some sort of orchestration, but I'm doing things rather manually — still, there is plenty that I can do that is better than how I did it when I last set up this server (about three years ago).
I'm going to post a general how-to of what I do for this, but right now there's a few more bits and pieces that need to be taken care of. At least this website is functioning correctly now. I hope.(Oh yes, and it's Star Wars day, so perhaps it's a good day for pretending to be a sysadmin?)
I went to visit my brother at work at Girrawheen library, in the northern suburbs of Perth. It feels like quite a way from Fremantle, but it was easy enough to get there on public transport. On the way I grabbed a few missing photos for Wikidata items such as the Hamilton Street bridge (currently non-existant as a new one is being built) and Leederville railway station.
Suburban libraries are great. I wish I had more time to spend two hours commuting each way to get to all in the metro area, because there's something quiet and focused about these spaces.
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I'm having a look at the new cat café in Fremantle. The coffee's okay and there are cats for sure, behind a big glass wall at the end. There are even power points at every booth (with USB sockets). It all feels a bit new and unsure of itself, but that's okay. This stretch of shops is pretty wonky and Hampton Road outside is not very inviting, but in here feels pretty spacious and calm (although maybe too spacious in a way, or the walls are too white or something). Anyway, it's a nice place to sit. If I'd realised before I sat down, I would've sat at the table near the cat-wall.I'm attempting to continue some work on the GraphViz extension: making it not upload generated graphs as wiki files. It's nearly there. I'm hoping some people will critique my patch though.
People say that you should post things on the internet in places (like Medium) in which more people are likely to read them, but I just want to put these notes out there into the aether and don't really care if no one reads them. It's nice to post, and doing so publicly helps with thinking, I find.I'd much rather have my words on my own site.