Rubénerd Show 323: The front fell off episode

Rubénerd Show 323

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21:27 – Clark and Dawe, fronts of tankers falling off, fronts of financial systems falling off, fronts of cars falling off, fronts of moose (mooses? moosii?) falling off, and other related ruminations. This episode would have been longer, but the front fell off.

Recorded in Sydney, Australia. Licence for this track: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Attribution: Ruben Schade.

Released February 2016 on The Overnightscape Underground, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts.

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First of February

Let that sink in. I can’t yet, it doesn’t feel real. Weren’t we just watching the fireworks last weekend?


The Great GitHub Outage of 2016

GitHub's Fail Unicorn

GitHub had an outage last week, sending Earth’s developers into a frantic mess of confusion. Predictably, there were those opining that “Git is decentralised though!!1!eleventy!”, conveniently forgetting the second part of the name.

Such is the value of this site, even government attempts to censor it have failed for economic reasons. Take this piece by Thomas Claburn in Information Week:

Chinese authorities block large websites like Facebook and certain Google services without much blowback. But GitHub is different. With only 3 million users and 5 million code repositories, it punches above its weight as measured in users. GreatFire.org founder Martin Johnson — a pseudonym used for protection — observes in his post that cutting off GitHub affects too many Chinese technology businesses, making the site too important to block.

John Carney asked on Twitter if there were any bigger singer point of failure on the internet. Without getting into networking, I said AWS, though we later agreed that generally only goes offline in certain regions.

Clearly GitHub needs availability zones :)


Rubénerd Show 321: The Ziggy Snape episode

Rubénerd Show 321

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49:25 – Spicy Thai food, student housing mates, finding out we have Danish relatives, IKEA trips (the wonderful new cafés, custom tables, impulse purchasing), the coffee triangle, remembering David Bowie and Alan Rickman (mix tapes, fabulousness, ultimate villains), stupid things said about their passing (keeping their sicknesses a “secret”, that they “looked” healthy), re-recording episodes, jobs, and the ever-elusive letterbox key from strata.

Recorded in Sydney, Australia. Licence for this track: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Attribution: Ruben Schade.

Released January 2016 on The Overnightscape Underground, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts.

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Rubénerd Show 320: The world simulator episode

Rubénerd Show 320

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40:26 – A mini heatwave and monsoon, psychological torture, taking the stairs in lieu of lifts, Sydney’s expensive New Year fireworks, late 1990s DirectX graphics, feeling like the world is a simulation, viewing empty skylines, nihilism and being the only real person, beautiful bird sounds, evening storms, taxis targeting pedestrians, a sufficiently vast universe to harbour other life, evolution, holodecks, philosophical honesty, rendering the world around humans, the observer effect, and that darn Star Trek Prime Directive!

Recorded in Sydney, Australia. Licence for this track: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Attribution: Ruben Schade.

Released January 2016 on The Overnightscape Underground, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts.

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CRN: Optus rescues Dick Smith team

I know, right? I read the above subject line in my inbox, and heaved a sigh of relief for all those Dick Smith employees so uncertain about their future. Being told the company you’re working for has suddenly gone into receivership would have been pretty scary.

Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Stars has scored Optus as a jersey sponsor just one day after incumbent Dick Smith went into receivership.

Oh. Never mind.


Ian Potts

Speaking of spam, this was another I got yesterday:

My name is,  Ian Potts !
Resume attached,I am looking forward to hearing from you
Sincerely Yours
Ian Potts

Ian Potts.zip.exe

Hi,  Ian Potts !
Nice to,Hear from you
You Are Not  A Bot
Ruben Schade

I think I have a new favourite character name.


Elements.pm

Perl legend (monk, you could say) Brian D. Foy recently commited this amazing hash to his Elements.pm:

my %elements = map { state $n = 0; $n++; $_ => $n, $n => $_ } qw(
H                                                                                                He    
Li Be                                                                           B  C   N  O   F  Ne    
Na Mg                                                                          Al Si   P  S  Cl  Ar    
K  Ca                                           Sc Ti  V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni Cu Zn  Ga Ge  As Se  Br  Kr    
Rb Sr                                            Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd Ag Cd  In Sn  Sb Te   I  Xe    
Cs Ba La Ce Pr Nd Pm Sm Eu Gd Tb Dy Ho Er Tm Yb Lu Hf Ta W  Re Os Ir Pt Au Hg  Tl Pb  Bi Po  At  Rn    
Fr Ra Ac Th Pa U  Np Pu Am Cm Bk Cf Es Fm Md No Lr Rf Ha Sg Bh Hs Mt Ds Rg Cn Uut Fl Uup Lv Uus Uuo    
);

I’ll bet he can’t wait till those new elements get new names with 2 character abbreviations!


The Venus is in the Horsehead Nebula

I find spam thoroughly entertaining. This one was a bit more special, because they even got my name right. Someone leaked some account details somewhere, or based it off a social network profile?

Mars in Pisces and Venus in Aquarius Ruben Schade loves with his heart and his mind offering a completeness few can equal. Talking and exchanging ideas are just as important to this guy as the cuddles and kisses he offers. No matter what happens, or how emotionally draining a situation …

… he finds this stuff nonsense?

Sun in Capricorn and Moon in Taurus Solid and fixed, Ruben Schade holds a core of determination and everything he does is affected by his realistic and pragmatic outlook. He believes things will work out for the best for him and usually they do. It’s easy for him to keep focused on …

… calling out bullshit?

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