Over the weekend I submitted the Emacs 2bit package that I wrote recently to Melpa; it got merged yesterday: melpa.org/#/2bit

So, on the very rare chance that you need to be pulling genome data from 2bit files into an Emacs buffer...

I don't think I've quite as much fun at being unskilled and bad at a game as I currently am with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Every little bit of progress feels like a real achievement. Also really makes me wish I'd played the original.

So much fun! So much game in the game!

Last night I had many beers and two very generous glasses of Talisker. First time I've had multiple drinks since March, first "too many" since January. Today's hangover hasn't been a lot of fun. 😬

Was worth it though. After 8 months of dieting hard, and 5 months not drinking, it was fun to let go and have a blowout for a night, along with great company.

Back to being sensible now...

Ventured further from home than I have the rest of this year so far. Was nice to visit these again.

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater remaster turned up yesterday. Never played the originals. Never played any skating game. I have so missed out! Had a couple or so hours of pure fun last night. Especially after utterly failing at MGSV the previous 3 nights, this was an injection of pure and unfiltered joy. So frustrating in a really great and addictive way. Very "one more go, I'll get it this time for sure!"

Spent too much time in the character designer too. 😁

I think I've finally met a game I like but am going to have to abandon. After playing and loving Death Stranding (100+ hours and counting, well past story mode), Ithought I should play other Kojima games. Ordered MGSV. Three nights of trying and still stuck on the first mission! I can see it's a great concept, different form of gameplay, but I just don't have the knack or skill for it.

As much as I hate to I think I'm going to have to give in for now. 😬

This morning, for the first time ever, I ran 10k. I started in April with pretty much zero running experience and have built up since then (making a start with a "Couch to 5K" podcast). Really quite chuffed to have managed to do this. Also not in a hurry to go that far any time soon. Happy with my usual 5k. 😉

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? 🤦‍♂️


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

Free Software doing what Free Software does best:

Me: *knocks up quick hack to solve a thing*
People: *discover quick hack*
Someone: Looks cool, perhaps it's better done this way...
Me: *learns stuff*


The call for proposals for this year's EmacsConf is now open! Gather your thoughts on the joy of #Emacs and hit M-x submit by September 30th. u.fsf.org/353

New t-shirts have arrived! Well, the Nostromo one is a design I already own, but it got too big for me and there it was on sale... 😁

This morning's work backing music is the playlist found here: danieltuttle.com/anguish-a-dar

Holy hell that's quite a list so far. Saved.

I show up twice in this week's Emacs news. I'm constantly impressed at how they find stuff to include. The two packages of mine have only been mentioned on my own Twitter account, and one on here. Other than appearing on GitHub I've not promoted them in any way.

Yet they're on the list. It's such a useful resource, I've found some great stuff through it over time.


It actually feels chilly this morning. Like, actually considering putting the heating on chilly. I mean, of course, I won’t, because it’s against the law and stuff — it’s only August still after all — but damn it’s tempting.

Guess it’s cardie time at least.

A blog post in which I set myself up for describing a thing nobody needs describing, but to help me practice writing for my blog. AKA, “I wrote two 2bit readers in a month so here’s some details about 2bit files, sorry!”:


Having written the Emacs Lisp version of a 2bit reader this weekend github.com/davep/2bit.el I now want to go back and redo the Common Lisp version I wrote a couple of weeks back github.com/davep/org-davep-2bi as I feel I made a couple of design stumbles then and did better with the Emacs Lisp version, despite Common Lisp being a richer language (or perhaps because of).

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