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week 31, 2019

Imago: a good read

In the afternoon I finished the third book in the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia E. Butler: Imago. To me the book was quite similar to the previous book in the series, Adulthood Rites, but still a good read.

If you like the Xenogenesis trilogy you might like Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear, and its sequel Darwin's Children. And vice versa.

The Thirst

In the evening I started to read The Thirst by Jo Nesbø. This is the 11th book in the Harry Hole series. I've read all previous books in the series except for the second one, which I plan to read soon.

I like this series a lot. Moreover, it reminds me quite a bit of the Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch series by Michael Connelly. If you like Connelly you might like Nesbø and vice versa.

The friendly cat

On our way to the town center I saw a cat walking. I called it, and immediately it came running towards my mother and I to be petted.

The friendly cat
The friendly cat rolling on the floor.

The blue passionflower

On our way to the town center I saw a blue passionflower so I took a few photos of it with my iPhone 5.

Blue passionflower, Passiflora caerulea
Close-up of a blue passionflower, Passiflora caerulea.

A modern replacement for ls

exa is an improved file lister with more features and better defaults. It uses colours to distinguish file types and metadata. It knows about symlinks, extended attributes, and Git. And it’s small, fast, and just one single binary.

Example output for exa -l --git
Example output for exa -l --git.

In the evening I installed exa on Ubuntu 19.04 running in a virtual machine:

sudo apt install exa

I use this virtual Ubuntu installation for some programming projects. Having read about exa a few weeks ago I decided to give it a try. So far I like it a lot.

A Brief Guide to A Few Algebraic Structures

So, that’s the intent of this post – to be that fast reference to the kinds of algebraic structures I care about.

In the evening I read parts of Julie Moronuki's A Brief Guide to A Few Algebraic Structures.

Adulthood Rites: a nice read

After 1:00 am I finished the second book in the Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia E. Butler: Adulthood Rites. To me it was slower paced than Dawn but still a nice read. I look forward to reading the third book in the series, Imago.

Has esketamine been vastly overhyped?

The first new antidepressant since Prozac is... ketamine. OK, not quite. There is no patent on the infamous party drug, but big pharma is now marketing a derivative with worryingly unclear outcomes

Source: Has esketamine been vastly overhyped?, an article by William Ralston.

Imago: Xenogenesis Book 3

In the evening I started in the conclusion to the Xenogenesis trilogy, Imago, by Octavia E. Butler.

Staedtler pigment liners

In the morning the box with 4 + 2 for free Staedtler pigment liners 308 I ordered Sunday arrived. When programming I like to take notes the old fashioned way and for nearly two decades the Staedtler 0.1mm pigment liner has been my fine liner of choice.

Package of 4 + 2 Staedtler pigment liners
Box with Staedtler 4 + 2 free pigment liners. Photo by Staedtler.

I recently tried a Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth 0.25mm ergo marker, but don't like much how it writes; it's sometimes dry at the beginning of writing.

A Red Admiral on a Butterfly-Bush

In the afternoon, on my way to post a letter I noticed a few butterfly-bush plants, Buddleja davidii, with many butterflies feeding. On my way back I made several photos with my iPhone 5 of a red admiral, Vanessa atalanta, feeding on the flowers.

Red admiral on a butterfly bush blossom
A red admiral, Vanessa atalanta feeding on the flowers of a butterfly-bush, Buddleja davidii.

The Anatomy of Input Field

In this article, I want to talk about one of the most commonly used elements of UI design - input field. Input fields allow users to enter text into a UI. They typically appear in forms and dialogs.

Source: The Anatomy of Input Field.