a tumblelog
Wed 24 Jun 2020

Tolkien’s mythic plan for England

Tolkien saw a gap in England’s pre-history. There is English folklore. However, this tends to be local and on a rather small scale. There are Hengist and Horsa, the legendary first Anglo-Saxons to lead an expedition to our shores, but nothing with the grandeur and drama of the sagas mentioned above. Tolkien planned to fill in the gaps before Hengist and Horsa with a highly-developed imaginary world that harked back to a time of elves and fairies.

Source: Tolkien's mythic plan for England, an article by Niall Gooch.

The problem with Git flow

Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. That’s certainly true with Git flow, a well-known software development workflow that offers several options but can bog down users.

We developed GitLab Flow as the solution to eliminate messy complexity and streamline the development process. GitLab Flow brings issue tracking to the Git workflow, simplifying the process and removing confusion. The problem with Git flow

Source: The problem with Git flow, an article by Suri Patel.

PEP 622 -- Structural Pattern Matching

This PEP proposes adding pattern matching statements to Python in order to create more expressive ways of handling structured heterogeneous data. The authors take a holistic approach, providing both static and runtime specifications.

Source: PEP 622 -- Structural Pattern Matching.

Brachypelma smithi molting

In the evening, around 9:30 PM, I noticed that the Brachypelma smithi I keep since the 7th of March 2020 had turned itself upside down. This means that it's going in ecdysis; the shedding of its old exoskeleton.

Brachypelma smithi molting
Brachypelma smithi molting.

The previous time this specimen molted was the 16th of March 2020.

It's important to not disturb the spider during this process, which is often mistaken for dying by people new to keeping tarantulas. Moverover, after the process one has to wait at least 7 days before feeding the spider; its exoskeleton including the fangs have to harden out.