Yesterday I received from my dad the following copies of transcripts:
- 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)
- C.B. Berryman 1983 (10 pages)
- C.B. Berryman family history (6 pages)
- Interview with Joan Salom, 1978-10-13, with notes by Judith Hall (18 pages)
- 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)
It’s Christmas morning, which means it must be time to hack on some code! Huzza!
(I still haven’t figured out how to get WordPress to show posts in their local timezones. As an interim fix, I’ve set this site to show in UTC, but perhaps that’s just more confusing.)
Today I was just finally getting around to (maybe) updating my WordPress theme, and couldn’t for the life of me remember what the deal was with the new Node-based build system. So I went looking, only to find this posted on the Core blog today:
Since then, it was no longer possible to run WordPress from the src folder. This gave some issues, especially with developing WordPress core PHP. Today, @atimmer committed a patch which allows developers to build into src again.
So I do still have to build the assets, but it seems that PHP development can once again happen from the normal directory.
Maybe it’s a good thing that I’ve neglected WP development this last year or so?
I’ve been working a bit on PhpFlickr CLI lately, which is my little tool for interacting with Flickr. So far, it only adds checksums to photos (as machine tags), as a precursor to making a duplicate-finder for Flickr. I also want to use the checksums for adding links to and from Wikimedia Commons (so that photos I’ve uploaded there are linked to their versions on Flickr, and on Flickr they’re linked to Commons).
Hacking has nothing to do with it. One of the definitions of hacking is to “gain unauthorized access to data in a system or computer”. What actually happened is someone, somewhere, edited the article, which everyone is able and authorized to do. Editing is a feature, and its the main action that happens on Wikipedia.
— Hacking vs Editing, Wikipedia & Declan Donnelly by addshore, 2018-11-22
I totally love getting to the end of the day and closing Thunderbird, Slack, and Whatsapp, pouring a whisky, and setting to work on some small understandable and surmountable bit of code on a side project. No need to explain or defend, just calm figuring out of how things should work.
I’m pleased to see Flickr is going do away with their massive free storage:
Beginning January 8, 2019, Free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and videos. If you need unlimited storage, you’ll need to upgrade to Flickr Pro.
This is annoying for people who rely on it, but if a service is good then it’s worth paying for.
That said, and even though I do have a paid Flickr account, I think I’m going to stick to using my own Piwigo installation from now on.
One of the things people like most about social media I think is the feedback that one gets when people like a post. That doesn’t happen on one’s own blog (or at least, very much less often), and actually I find it massively relaxing. I’m probably talking into a silent void here, and no one’s listening, but at least I’m not worried that people don’t like what I’m writing.
I didn’t know there’s a public ical feed for every meetup.com group. The URL is like
http://api.meetup.com/WordPress-Perth/upcoming.ical (with the group name inserted there). That’s cool.
Interesting presentation by Belinda Battley about the Auckland University Tramping Club’s archives and how sometimes professional intervention isn’t the best way to go.