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  1. Post 13

    By Sam Wilson.

    According to BBC's Science Cafe episode 200th Anniversary of HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin never got over his seasickness.

  2. First Social Media Working Group Meeting

    By Linux Users of Victoria.

    On Saturday the 31st October at 12PM we are having the first meeting of the Social Media working group. This is to choose and implement FOSS social media technologies for the use of LUV members and other FOSS people in Australia. This meeting is for programmers and sysadmins to work on setting up services and testing them. At some later time we will have a meeting to teach other people how to use them.

  3. URLs of Posts

    By Sam Wilson.

    I'm adding a new url field to Twyne's posts. The idea is that even though a post already has its own URL, oftentimes it's useful to include posts from other websites, and the canonical URL should be used where appropriate. I'm experimenting with making the URL the actual link: so that, for example, a posts' link in on the homepage post-list will go directly to the other site, even though there's a sort-of equivalent local URL for it. Also, in the RSS feed, the link will point to the external URL. Whether this is a good idea I'm not sure, but it does feel like it'll deflect attention from the local site for posts that are really just "retweets" or placeholders for reposts.

  4. Post 9

    By Sam Wilson.

    The Wissensorganisation und Bibliographische Daten session of WikiCite is starting soon.

  5. Harvey Beach jetty reopens in time for summer

    By City of Fremantle.

    Surplus timber from the jetty was donated to the Fremantle Men’s Community Shed to be used in future woodwork projects.

    Men’s Shed Treasurer Garvin Crozier said they were delighted to get the chance to re-use the timber.

    “We’re always on the lookout for materials we can salvage, and the Harvey Beach jetty is an important part of Fremantle’s heritage,” Mr Crozier said.

  6. Post 8

    By Sam Wilson.

    I've fixed up the firmer chisel I bought at the Men's Shed open day a couple of weeks ago. It turns out it's a Titan (Australian firm from Tassie), and probably made between 1945 and 1960. Someone's written a book on the company, but I can't find a copy anywhere.

  7. Glued-up cracks in the handle of a chisel

    By Sam Wilson.

    The file that is attached to this post.

  8. Ubuntu 20.04

    By Sam Wilson.

    I've upgraded my main laptop to the latest Ubuntu, as a complete fresh install. I try to always do this with every LTS release, because the two-year cadence of those are a good interval for doing a full test of my recovery regime. Everything went according to plan this time (as it normally has in the past), and I was back working within a couple of hours. There's a heap of messy things that I have to clean up, and reinstall, and generally tweak, but I feel like this is just forcing me to attend to housekeeping that I've put off, and not really a downside of a non-full-system restore like this.

  9. Post 5

    By Sam Wilson.

    It seems that toothpaste does work! But I've ordered a new case for my phone anyway.

  10. Post 4

    By Sam Wilson.

    Does toothpaste really remove scratches in the plastic coating on phones' camera lenses?