End of summer

It feels like even the weather is sad that summer vacation is over. It has been raining "slowly" all day...


BioCoder: Making biotech actually garage-ready #biotech

An interesting article about the movement towards making biotech possible in your basement, and access to reagents in particular: Open Source Biotech Consumables.

Lots of things I hadn't heard about - OpenPCR, ... I wonder when I can sequence parts of my own genome in my kitchen. Now that would be interesting.

"Open source plasmids" has a nice ring to it!


Perl indeed was the universal glue of the early web - Microsofts first website was maintained using Perl: boingboing.net/2014/08/0 ...

Night Glow 2014

The Night Glow - 15 hot air balloons glowing to music - in Fælledparken tonight was very nice!

I took a bunch of pictures, and made a panorama:



All my ears hear is...

"It turns out..."


Emoji vs. Smileys

How come the word "emoji" seems to have replaced "smileys" while I was looking away?

Sounds better than "emoticons", I guess.

Gratituous link to "Oh No, My Kitty is Emo".


It sounds like the Raspberry Pi B+ has solved the main problems I have with my rev. B: The weak USB and the flakey SD-reader - nice! www.raspi.today/the-maki ...

Debian will be freezing for the release of jessie in november; cool! /bits.debian.org/2014/07 ...

More crowdfunding

When I wrote about crowdfunding, I forgot the campaign for GnuPG.

While they seem to be the most open about how the money gets spent, they also used Gotoe, which has been the worst of the three technical solutions I have tried as a contributor (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Gotoe). They sent me duplicate mails, sometimes in a language I did not request, nor read.


Drowning doesn't look like drowning: gcaptain.com/drowning/

Transferring podcasts #jukebox

I wanted to have an easy way to have a podcast on my phone played on the jukebox (connected to the stereo, and the nice speakers).

The default music application in Android does not have any sharing options, so that's easy. To dismiss. Boo, Google!

I then tried the two file managers I have installed, and one of them offered to "Send" the file via a number of methods, email being one of them.

Great, I set up an email-address that unpacked attachments and transferred them to the jukebox - cool!

Except that the file wasn't attached. The filename was helpfully put in the subject line, but that was it. No cookie for you, OI File Manager!

Ok, maybe I can just write an email and attach the file - that should work, right? Wrong, the email-application says "File size too big", even for a very short podcast (less than 5 minutes). Bad Android!

Ok, time to be more creative. git-annex runs on Android. So I installed that, installed it on my desktop as well, and created a directory which is now shared between the phone and my desktop-machine. Finally I configured incron to transfer any new files in that directory to the jukebox (running a script I head previously created for that purpose).

And it works! Nicely even.

I do have to start git-annex on my phone, and then move files to the correct directory, which is a little more cumbersome than just choosing the non-existing "Share" option in the music-player, but it does beat walking to the desktop, connecting the phone to the usb wire, etc. etc.

The only thing I would like to have improved is transfer of multiple files - with the current setup I can transfer multiple files, but I'll only hear the last one, as each file will replace the previous one on the jukebox.

I knew my tiny contribution to the funding of git-annex assistant would pay off! Well, no, I didn't, but it did!


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