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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de @prologic@twtxt.net The several megabytes of Go binaries always feel so wrong. Hello world is 1.8 MiB, with -ldflags '-w' still 1.3 MiB. Growing with each Go release.

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In-reply-to » @lyse War helicopters? Oof. 😳 Do you have an airbase nearby?

@movq@www.uninformativ.de No, at least not that I know of. The closest would be probably the one from the Americans in Stuttgart. No idea whose war machines these were, though.

The mountain is 684 meters above sea level, so this makes for a difference of about 350 meters in 5 kilometers (most direct trip). Plus a little bit up and down here and there, or more, depending on the selected route. But it’s not climbing stairs, so it’s much more pleasant I’d say. Kudos to you! The last section is the actually steep part. Each brown contour line marks an increase of 10 meters. Sure enough, I’m glad when I finally reach the summit and can pause for a breath. :-)

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de 50 kB executable sizes, nice! I can’t even recall when I came across one this small. The good old days.

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Just a few minutes into my walk I saw a raven chopping up a slow worm in three parts. :-( I rescued the reptile as best as what you can call rescue in that state. Crazy how the the tail and middle part kept on twisting hard for minutes. I didn’t see where the raven went hiding, so I can only hope it did not reattack after the slow worm went its way and I left the scene.

The small forest pond was covered in pollen, looked like a liming truck went by. And the other one with the duck was really oily. Way more than last time. Didn’t look healthy at all. :-(

Dandelion
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Dandelion

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, going on a hike in that heat sounds a bit like suicide to me. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Being lazy is what I did today. :-)

That’s a bitter, but true résumé. I’m pretty sure that I first heard of the Saharan air layer only a few years ago. I would be very surprised if my knowledge is more than a decade old. This could have been a big enough topic to be covered in geography lessons, but it doesn’t ring a bell. Just like with everything, there is always something “new” to learn.

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, going on a hike in that heat sounds a bit like suicide to me. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de You’re right, that was silly. But what do you gonna do? I could have picked bike, well.

At least it’s been a thing since July 1997. :-D I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes on for thousands of years. The German Wikipedia article on that matter doesn’t explicitly say anything about the time scale, but reading it my assertion corroborates. There is a recorded event in the year 1901.

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In-reply-to » @movq Looks like it. 28°C here, gna.

Oh boy, that was fricking hot. I hiked to the dairy farm to get some fresh milk for waffles and was totally soaked when I returned.

Fortunately, the Saharan air layer reduced the direct sunlight. A slightly older man and I talked a bit how weird the sky looked and he asked me whether that has always been like that. He didn’t recall experiencing anything like that in his youth. I really don’t know, but I reckon that this is not a new phenomenon. I also don’t recall seeing that when I was a child, however, I was also not interested in stuff like that back then. Hence, it could be selection bias. But it also might be more frequent with climate change. 02 shows the yellow, hazy sky quite good if I say so myself. It doesn’t compare to last week or whenever that was, though. Last time was much more intense.

Baking waffles in the later evening on the balcony was nice. Temperatures dropped to just 24°C or so. Much more pleasant. The noise level in the neighborhood was also surprisingly low. And no mozzies around, another surprise. Quite the opposite when I was in the forest. Lots of insect clouds that followed me around and tried to bite me.

I witnessed a Eurasian jay land in a tree. On approach it broke off a rotten branch that fell down. The bird luckily selected a different branch to land on. That was crazy.

High stand at the edge of the forest
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High stand at the edge of the forest

More pics from the tour: https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-08/

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I’ve been out a few hours again. I came across a dozen or so forest mice. I heard tons of squeaking and saw a lighting fast moving seething mass under leaves and groves. It was impossible to capture anything but I could watch it for two, three minutes. They even seemed to come as close as 20 centimeters judging by the rustle and moving plant leaves. Pretty cool.

But heaps of people had to fire up their noise machines today. That clouded my overall joy in nature. Once a commercial airliner was about to fade away in the distance, the next one already adumbrated itself. Lots of prop planes and even a helicopter. Obnoxious loud super cars and motorcycles with broken off mufflers or I don’t know what. My felt hat amplifies the sound I noted.

Luckily, the sun hid behind the clouds most of the time, so I survived the 25°C. Even hotter tomorrow, yikes!

https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-07/

Forest monster
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Forest monster

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In-reply-to » @lyse Hahaaaaaaa, wonderful video! The sound of ice crackling under your feet is great, I love that. I always pay special attention to that when I walk in snow/ice. 😊 And towards the end of the video, I couldn’t help but notice how quiet your area is. Where I live, you can always hear a highway or a bigger road in the distance. Or planes, of course. 😵

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Thanks mate! I’m glad you like it. :-)

Unfortunately, I think it’s just an illusion that it’s super quiet over here. Mostly boils down to carefully selected recordings, as I want to share the nice stuff. ;-) In reality, you can also hear man-made noises nearly everwhere. Depending on the wind direction, even in the middle of the forest in the middle of the night you can hear the railroad in the valley in the distance or cars and motorcycles on surrounding streets. There are only very, very few spots where there is only the sound of nature.

I tried to record birds singing numerous times, but even if they’re quite loud themselves, there has always been the traffic noise in the background on all tracks, so I scrapped them (I would need a directional microphone). And if there is actually no traffic on the ground, a plane comes by. :-) We’re in the air corridor of Stuttgart Airport, planes are still relatively high, so it could be way worse. But recreational smaller planes also like to cruise around in our area. And those propellors stir up the air quite a lot.

However, the snow really does cut down a lot of the (annoying) audio waves, that’s for sure, no doubt about that. :-)

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In-reply-to » @lyse Oh dear, that guy sure trusts his little tractor. 😳 Looks a bit scary, not gonna lie. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Yeah, we thought a couple of times that this loader is about to tip over.

Same here, I’ve seen the needle climb to 27°C. To help cool off, here’s some bonus winter footage I edited today: https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-01-20/waldspaziergang-2024-01-20.mp4 (724.1 MiB)

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In-reply-to » @lyse Ha! So there are paths you haven’t explored yet! 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de If I go far enough there are indeed a few paths I haven’t been on. ;-)

Yeah, that tractor moved up and down a giant manure heap. Although the tires spun a few times, it’s quite amazing how relatively effortless it looked to drive on that pile of shit. That machine leaned quite a bit at a few spots. https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-05/traktor-auf-misthaufen.mp4 (114.5 MiB) You might have figured, 11 and 17 show also the same subject from different angles.

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We went on a three hours hike on today’s 22°C warm spring day. Luckily, it was cloudy, so the temperature was bearable. Tomorrow and the day after are supposed to be very sunny 25°C days, puh. We explored even a new path I’ve never been on. It was a very enjoyable tour, up and down, up and down, up and down. I feel m feet. https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-05/

Bee hive in front of a farm
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Bee hive in front of a farm

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In-reply-to » @lyse Yep, the scrolling is part of the GUI (responding to scrollbar events, translating coordinates, nasty stuff like that). It’s pretty brute force right now because it does a full redraw for each scroll event – a faster version would be to use WinScrollWindow() which scrolls/moves existing window content and then you only draw the new parts. Maybe I’ll do that in a later version. 😅

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Nice! Oh, I hear you. Remindes me of my multi-line table implementation for tt2. Surprisingly complicated stuff is needed for such a trivial thing as scrolling. I implemented a simple cache to speed up rendering when the same entry didn’t change. But there is probably a lot more room for further improvements.

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In-reply-to » QOTD: How do you listen to your music?

@mckinley@twtxt.net It’s very simple. Quot Libet is my player at the moment, it’s okay, but not great. I really did like Amarok back in the days (unfortunately, not available in Debian anymore), then tried Clementine and switched to xmms2 for a bunch of years. I had a few scripts around it. I don’t remember why I moved away from it, though. A few years back I gave mpd a try, but could never get it to work properly.

Quod Libet usually just plays the whole collection from top to bottom and I manually skip every now and then. Sometimes even entire bands.

I’ve got all sorts of file types in ~/music. Usually each artist gets their own directory, depending on how many stuff I’ve got, there’s usually a directory for the album and then come the tracks. Filenames are all over the place, for new stuff I use lowercase only and no spaces but dashes. I make use of common meta data such as artist, title, genre, often also year, album and track number. These days I get a lot of new music from YouTube and cut the start and end off with Audacity. The last three fields are only filled when I can be bothered to look them up.

Currently playing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS0hYhD-U0A

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In-reply-to » @lyse You hit those often? 🤔

It’s the second time, @movq@www.uninformativ.de. Not the XFS filesystem driver anymore this time, though. Luckily, with my experience from last time it was rather easy today – once we finally managed to reproduce it. cat /proc/<PID>/{syscall,stack} were absolute key again, thank you very, very much dear Linux kernel hackers for these absolutely wonderful tools! The only tricky part left is figuring out why that actually happens.

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In-reply-to » @lyse Do you really need to rely on RSS? You could just run a daily cron like I do?

@prologic@twtxt.net Does your cronjob parse the HTML, queries an API or how does it work? I parsed the video list HTML in the past. But it constantly broke, because somebody at Google thought they have to mess with the HTML every now and then. When I noticed that there are actually RSS feeds, I immediately switched. It’s way better. Here’s my setup: https://lyse.isobeef.org/online-video-setup/ I reckon I have to update this article with the latest achievements of #shorts exclusion.

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We had 11°C and a lot of wind today. I left the house at beautiful sunshine to go into the woods. I had to shelter from the rain under a coniferous tree right away for 10-15 minutes or so.

Many puddles had plenty of spawn in them. Some of the super tiny tadpoles already hatched. Unfortunately, none of them will probably make it, because all those puddles will all dry up in the next one or two months I reckon. Let’s hope for the best, though.

Spawn
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Spawn

A bird landed in the trees about 30 meters away from me and it appeared to be a larger one, like a buzzard. Only at home at the screen I then saw that it was just a pidgeon. :-)

A bit later, there was a chaffinch happily singing and picking on the forest road. I could close in to about five meters before it flew half a meter further and continued. So I made a few steps, too. That game continued for over five minutes, before it then decided to relocate four meters higher onto a branch to let me pass by beneath. Pretty cool!

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