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Archives for 2019

Lego Submarine

When I was child I had a bit of a thing about building Lego submarines. I think it started after we went on a day out to the soviet submarine in Folkstone, sadly no longer open to the public. Anyway it seems I’ve still got the skillz. At the front we have the sleeping area […]

Around Willingdon

I went for a short walk on the South Downs near Willingdon with my parents last week. This isn’t far from where I grew up but I only got into walking long after I moved away from Hastings so I haven’t explored here at all. Hope I can come back one day and do a […]

Hastings Beach

Back in Hastings at the moment. The weather this week has been rather uninspiring but it did clear up a bit yesterday afternoon and I took some photos on the beach.

Lunar Lander 0.7

I spent a little time recently updating my lunar lander game. Nothing much changed gameplay-wise but I cleaned up the code and build system, and rewrote all the graphics code away from the “legacy” OpenGL fixed-function pipeline. I also fixed a number of small issues and removed the artificial fixed 30fps frame rate. I’ve made […]

Unlocking Encrypted Home Partition on Login

I recently did a new Debian install on my laptop after upgrading the NVMe and this time round I set up LUKS disk encryption for my /home partition. I want this to be as hassle-free as possible, which means having the partition automatically unlocked and mounted when I log in, rather than having to type […]

Nanpu Bridge

Time was this blog had a bit of an obsession with bridges. I think it might have started with Naburn railway bridge. Anyway that source of content seems to have dried up of late so here’s a very large bridge a short subway trip from home. This is the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai. The 57th […]

Long Time No Suzhou

I went back to Suzhou for a weekend recently and visited a few new places, mostly around Mudu (木渎) to the west of the city. I’ve been to Suzhou so many times but this was the first time I made it to Taihu, one of China’s largest inland lakes. And finally I visited Mudu old […]

Linus Torvalds

I finally saw Linus Torvalds live! I think, however, reading his online rants is considerably more interesting than watching a staged conversation. 🙃

Making Emacs GUD Usable

Emacs provides a wrapper for various debuggers including GDB called the Grand Unified Debugger (GUD). I’ve tried it in the past but always run into lots of minor annoyances with the UI so I just use command line GDB instead. But recently I’ve being trying to adopt a more “Emacs native” workflow, including using EShell […]

Zhouzhuang

I went to Zhouzhuang ancient town a few weeks for a day trip. It takes just an hour or so by bus from Shanghai, and because of that it’s extremely crowded on the weekend and also very commercialised. There’s also not many indoor attractions and museums to visit, just a lot of shops. The town […]