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Weeklog for Week 44: November 01 to November 07


I'm doing stuff with RFID and MQTT again. Very nice, and could lead to some exciting follow-ups in new industries. Also, it's so nice to work in a prototype environment where one can simply do, instead of do right.

Other work continues steadily, which is also nice.

I'm still unsure about the tone of my weeklogs. Do I talk to myself, or to someone else, or to no one, or what?

I had to re-order my business cards because I'm an idiot and didn't proofread them before ordering.

I found out that one can lay carbon fiber by hand. It's literally just carbon fiber cloth and epoxy resin, and it's not even that expensive. The same is true for aramide fibers, which is what Kevlar® is made out of. It's super-hard to cut (who would've guessed) and it frays very quickly, since the fibers are so smoothProtip: Put some tape on the place where you want to cut, then cut along the tape. Reduces fraying and shifting fibers.. And once you wet it with the epoxy, it becomes a sticky mess that's impossible to work with. And finally, all the tools you use with epoxy are single-use, because, well, it'll cure and glue itself to everything.
Then you'll have, essentially, bullet-proof stuff.
I also found out that, no matter how well you patch childrens' shoes, they'll still manage to destroy them.

I'm trying to store time-series data in PostgreSQL, while not having to hit the disk too often. There are several ways to do thissimple tables, arrays, RRDs, and general durability options, but I'm leaning towards UNLOGGED tables. Unlogged tables work in such a way that they are not stored in the WAL, so they'll be empty after a crash. Since I'll do roll-up of the raw data points anyway, that shouldn't be a problem, so I guess this is perfect.

I have no idea where to get kite line at this time of year.

I have some ideas on continuing The Book. Maybe I should do that sometimes.


No progress on NTS this week. I was thinking about the memory subsystem and it feels more daunting every time I do anything about it.


  • Gitlab has issue boards, and those are very useful -- I've used them before, they're great. But indeed, Gitlab has two kinds of issue boards, one for repositories and one for groups. Both have swimlanes for your issues, but they are different. In a repo, the swimlanes are for tags on the issues in the repository. In the group, the swimlanes are for tags on the issues in the group. Naturally, these groups of tags are completely separate and not combineable, which means that the issue boards look absolutely identical, except for where your issues are.
  • When you self-publish a book, you must send two specimens to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Ebooks, too.


Inspired by, I'm thinking again about a programmable email server, an MTA/MUA that one could work with. All the current solutions are, well, old and rather inflexibleFrom Wikipedia: Surveys probing Internet-exposed systems typically attempt to identify systems via their banner, or other identifying features; and report Postfix and exim as overwhelming leaders in March 2021, with greater than 92% share between them. [1] . I think a programmable mail server would allow some very nice possibilities, like: - one-time-use email addresses, like restmail - infix names and automatic aliases - better mail filtering - unified email accounts - interactive email applications - integration into other products - better spam filtering

Now, who's going to give me an IMAP server library?!


Shopify is now worth more than SAP. Someone should do something with that.


Libraries, programming, etc



  • A Fisherman's Tale, VR: You're a puppet and you see yourself outside of your puppet house. Then it plays with this wonderfully absurd size contrast. Nice little game, not too interactive, but very nice. 7/10
  • The Curious Case of the Stolen Pets, VR: Very cute, with music by Wintergatan. I'd just wish I could see my hands, instead of those impractical (but cute) dandelions. 8/10
  • Insult Simulator, with bison: a silly little game, nice to play after having played other, more serious games. 6/10
  • MHRD: the classics. While I've almost finished building a CPU, there's lots of room to optimize all of my designs. I still dislike the interface, and I still think one could make an even more brilliant game out of this concept. 8/10

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