Barnaby Walters Barnaby Walters 2022-06-29T20:51:14+00:00 2022-06-29T20:51:14+00:00

For anyone who wants to play current patch Hollow Knight enemy randomiser but is confused about where to find it and doesn’t want to wade through/sign up for discord: here is the google docs list of HK mods linked from discord. Enemy Randomizer [1.5 port] is the one you’re looking for 2022-06-28T13:31:57+00:00 2022-06-28T13:31:57+00:00

Heads-up for anyone in need of some OPA1642 op-amps, Mouser has a few in stock, get ‘em while they’re hot 2022-06-22T12:48:22+00:00 2022-06-22T12:48:22+00:00

The “every single tweet has a pop culture gif” era of science communication is a curse and my fervent desire for it to end is balanced only by horrified anticipation of what might replace it 2022-06-20T14:27:48+00:00 2022-06-20T14:27:48+00:00

Never realised scorpion flies have such long noses CityNatureChallenge 2022 Wien Notable Observations 2022-05-04T20:11:42+00:00 2022-05-04T20:11:42+00:00
Vienna’s 2022 City Nature Challenge had more observers, observations and species than last year, and many observations still need final IDs. Here’s some of the more notable ones. 2022-05-03T16:08:29+00:00 2022-05-03T16:08:29+00:00

Not the most notable, but possibly my favourite #CityNatureChallenge 2022 sighting: a dancing caterpillar!

Sadly, this isn’t an extremely rare musical species which will revolutionise animal rhythmic entrainment research! It’s a defensive behaviour triggered in this case by the fly which I was actually trying to photograph. 2022-05-03T16:04:14+00:00 2022-05-03T16:04:14+00:00

#CNC 2022 Day 4 Highlights — was pretty tired at this point so just went for a short walk through the Laaer Wald. Not much of note, but I did finally get to see a bristly millipede

Also found a buzzing spider and a weevil with an amusingly long nose

That’s a total of 260 observations over the four days, of which 106 have already been IDed to species. I’ll wait a few days before posting my usual unique and notable species analysis, and will update it a few times as more observations get IDs. 2022-05-02T14:21:16+00:00 2022-05-02T14:21:16+00:00

#CNC 2022 (belated) Day 3 Highlights! Rain during the day, so I went out at night.

Several Flat-backed millipedes and Blue Ground Beetles

A little Flower Longhorn Beetle and a Laena viennensis

A pseudoscorpion

A Bronze Ground Beetle and a Four-spotted Carrion Beetle 2022-04-30T22:27:31+00:00 2022-04-30T22:27:31+00:00

#CNC 2022 Day 2 Highlights! Only 90 observations today, despite much more time outside — yesterday cleared out the low-hanging fruit.

I think there’s a European pond turtle hiding in this picture somewhere

This Aesculapian Snake was much less camera-shy!

And I finally saw an Ant Woodlouse 2022-04-29T21:55:34+00:00 2022-04-29T21:55:34+00:00

#CNC 2022 Day 1 Highlights! Spent a few hours wandering around Wienerberg and ended up with 97 observations (so close to a clean 100!)

A Barred Umber

Many Greater Bee Flies

Some tiny jumping spiders

And an obligatory hamster 2022-04-29T21:43:51+00:00 2022-04-29T21:43:51+00:00

Astonishing UI design at the OBI self-checkout today. For non-german-speakers, the text reads “Please think about the heyOBI App!” and the “answer options” require no translation

(the two answer options read “1. ok” and “2. ok”. You can also choose to cancel, which is apparenly something different? 2022-04-27T19:39:38+00:00 2022-04-27T19:39:38+00:00

Small PSA for anyone else late to the game: don’t bother buying Elden Ring on the bandai namco store, it’s just a slow, inconvenient way of getting a steam code via email. 2022-04-12T18:05:25+00:00 2022-04-12T18:05:25+00:00

Only two weeks until the 238th Halibut Day! Put it in your calendars now. It’ll be the first Untouchable halibut day for 22 years, very exciting. 2022-03-29T19:36:25+00:00 2022-03-29T19:36:25+00:00

Showing Aaron the local wild hamsters:

This one was particularly friendly! 2022-03-25T00:33:41+00:00 2022-03-25T00:33:41+00:00

Easily one of the worst front-end web failure modes I’ve ever seen, apparently caused by Ghostery blocking access to gapi, which is completely unnecessary for reading the article

[video] @seaotta the best way is to start writing them! But IMO a … 2022-03-03T22:47:44+00:00 2022-03-03T22:47:44+00:00

@seaotta the best way is to start writing them!

But IMO a big part is normalising the idea that anything which people would currently write as a tweet thread would be better off as a blog post. Normalising the idea the blog posts don’t need to be polished, or to have stock photos, or even a title.

And then build on that: tweet what would have been the first tweet of the thread, with a link to the full post. Use something like to gather responses from twitter as a comment thread.

Might be worth replying to threads we enjoy with “hey, I love your writing, do you have a blog?” to remind people that they exist and would be read Apparently FB learned nothing from the classic “I bought a … 2022-02-21T23:37:03+00:00 2022-02-21T23:37:03+00:00

Apparently FB learned nothing from the classic “I bought a toilet seat on amazon and now amazon’s trying as hard as it can to fuel the toilet-seat-collecting hobby I’m apparently hooked on” problem 2022-02-17T21:01:36+00:00 2022-02-17T21:01:36+00:00

A little-appreciated benefit of (British) English speakers learning a european language: you can look up recipes in that language and be guaranteed that they’ll use metric units 2022-02-16T23:27:31+00:00 2022-02-16T23:27:31+00:00

This amazing comic from @Gingerhazing proves yet again that the best thing to come out of Star Wars is the lovingly crafted fan works which go places and tell stories the originals never would have dared.

Parts 1-2
Parts 3-8

(Really hoping that they compile these into a nice readable format somewhere, it is just too good to be lost in the depths of twitter)

Edit: there’s a full version up on substack! How to Consume Microformats 2 Data 2022-02-16T22:24:30+00:00 2022-02-16T22:24:30+00:00
A (very) belated follow up to Getting Started with Microformats 2, covering the basics of consuming and using microformats 2 data.