It was shortly after 9/11, in 2001, that I was listening incessantly to Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator) recording. I had been listening to Blind Willie Johnson quite a bit prior to that, and so I immediately made the titular connection.
The songs about Ruination Day were especially haunting, and I associated them immediately with the attacks on the towers and 9/11. America’s second (or third, or forth) Ruination Day.
Today is April the 14th, the Ruination Day of those songs, and while it seems inappropriate to wish anyone a “Happy Ruination Day” it does seem appropriate to wish you a Blessed Ruination Day, in the hopes that tomorrow is less ruinous.
Discovered today I needed an RPM for the madplay cli binary for CentOS and one did not yet exist.
So I built my first RPM today, thanks to an existing (if dated) .spec file I found.
Here’s the RPM.
And here’s the spec file I based it on.
“Throughout the long period of religious doubt, I had been rendered very unhappy by the gradual loss of belief, but when the process was completed, I found to my surprise that I was quite glad to be done with the whole subject.”
Via his autobiography.
Two times makes it a tradition.
Found this link perfectly helpful.
Hadn’t heard that quote before. Want to remember it. It’s credited to anonymous, who as Virginia Woolf tells us, must have been a woman.
I get asked from time to time, always by non-software-developers, why it is that I start my email replies at the bottom of the thread.
for their mental dexterity and I admire them read from bottom to top, but a select few from top to bottom, most people read
As Professor Dijkstra put it: “Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good mastery of one’s native tongue is the most vital asset of a competent programmer.”
via Audrey Tang TED talk