Barnaby Walters

Arranging atoms and pressurising air in a variety of manners.

✨🌟 shiny inevitable mortality distractions! 🛠 building a cultural heritage centre at Wassermühle Brömsenberg 💃🏻 playing old music for new dancing with Duo Gerhardt & Walters 🎼 building hurdy gurdies, playing gurdy blockflute dulcimer accordion Pd voice 🚀 building the indieweb ❤️ philosophising inexpertly about how humans communicate, relate and connect ⚖ helping assess the Icelandic school system at Skólapúlsinn 🍕 baking pizza, granola, bread 🌟✨

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  1. Opinions about as a place to learn Icelandic online? Been working through the lessons on-and-off over the past few weeks and, despite atrocious UI design and hilariously bad videography have found it adequate for a free resource. The fact that it’s completely in Icelandic is also nice.

  2. “[Whilst] rational actor models are, in themselves, morally blameless… …the use of such models to change the world is not morally neutral. Rational-actor models are metaphorical human constructions humanly imposed. They are not a feature of the world in itself. They can be used insightfully or not, fruitfully or not. How we choose to use them is not a “rational choice” as defined in the models. Not to understand this is truly irrational” — Lakoff & Johnson, Philosophy in the Flesh

  3. Today in “things I have typed instead of import”: imprto, improt, implore

    I actually quite like how implore pandas looks in my code.

  4. Hong Kong state media protest coverage branding student protestors “extremists” demonstrates again that “extremism” is a “terrorism”-eqsue catch-all for whatever the state happens to disagree with. Be wary of “anti-extremist” measures, you might be one peaceful protest away from being one.

  5. Has anyone published research into the of URLs? Specifically interested in how people understand, relate to and interact with URLs. Hav found some talks and blog posts but not much actual data.

  6. @acegiak that’s hilarious — OTTOMH, h-review p-rating is assumed to be between 0 and 5 as a fallback if no best/worst are given (and even if just best is given, 0 could be assumed to be “worst”). So you could totally publish something like:

    <span class="p-rating">1</span>/<span class="p-best">10</span>
  7. θourg̊nir: @adrianshort My concern is mainly holding ownership over the material being syndicated to social media. Does #indieweb solva that for me?

    @thorgnyr content syndicated to silos is subject to their terms as usual, but you choose what you syndicate — e.g. for a photo you could just syndicate the name/caption and a link back to the original (same with articles or longer notes and replies, like this one)

  8. Broken your mac by removing the execute permissions on /bin/bash, or otherwise need to get shell access to fix something? (Say, for example, you were foolishly trying to patch shellshock). Don’t worry! It’s concerningly easy.

    1. Reboot your mac holding down Cmd+R
    2. Go Utilites → Terminal
    3. You’re currently in a recovery partition. cd /Volumes/Macintosh HD/bin
    4. Do whatever you need to do to fix your machine, e.g. chmod a+x bash
    5. Restart, and everything should be fine.
  9. Practice Notes 2014-09-25

    By chance, I have access to a piano in my apartment for the first time… ever, actually. Trying to work through sight-reading some of J.S. Bach’s two-part inventions (score, warning: PDF). Inventio 4 in D minor is a favourite, and I can get through either part on its own without too much trouble, or both together VERY slowly.

    Also put simple chords to De Montford and played along with a rather excellent video by Starymonetti, who I met half of in Vienna this summer:

    Also: explained the inner workings of the hurdy gurdies’ mysterious buzzing sound to my roommate. It’s not actually effectively explained anywhere on the web as far as I can tell, so if you’re curious:

    One (or more) of the strings rest on bridges which are not adhered to the instrument but rather sit in a slot and can pivot. A string (the “tirant” en Français) applies force to the non-vibrating part of the string, pulling the pivoting bridge down firmly against the soundboard. The amount of tension on the tirant sets the threshold of energy with which the string must be vibrating in order to pivot the bridge, at which point a slip-stick cycle starts to happen, repeatedly pivoting the bridge before it slips back, hammering against the soundboard.