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So todays fun evening code project was writing up a rudamentary broken link scanner for Org-Roam so I can just drop [[roam:foo]] in my text and keep on rolling and pick it up later. I'll probably post code tomorrow with a little more tidy.

I think the last thing on my todo list is trying to get org-roam-insert to insert [[roam:foo]] links to run stuff by title not file (I know there's arguments for using an unchanging timestamp ID as well).

Is there anyone living in Suffolk/Cambridgeshire UK who owns an HDMI to USB capture device and would be willing to lend it out for a funeral tomorrow? #UrgentRequest

The fourth annual #CakeForTransFriendsDay (aka #TransCakeDay) is in one week, on 14th October! Cis people, be ready to make/buy cakes for your #trans friends. :D

(It made it onto the Holidays page of the Nonbinary Wiki - fame!

stop the deportation of Osime Brown 

the UK home office is planning to deport a young autistic Black man under the racist "joint enterprise" law tomorrow.

here's a twitter link:

here's a guardian article:

here's a linktree with info:

"We are now collecting PDFs of significant and difficult-to-find publications from the last fifty years, focusing on urgency, radicality, and liberation."

As mentioned the other day I had a fun evening/lunchtime twiddling session and produced org-roam-gev-text-graph-mode which uses Perl's Graph::Easy module to parse the dot output from org-roam into ascii-art.

This means you can make it spit out your org-roam graph into an emacs buffer and by default it will try and rewrite the output to insert org [[file:/path/to/file][title]] style links and make everything clickable.

Untested on big/real data sets...

Couldn't get company-org-roam working, but I figure that'll be a simple mistake somewhere in my config.

Also pondering how/where I want to locate my data, I mean copies on main work boxes yes but I may make it accessible from my main locked down VM and see if that proves useful.

(may also play with org-web for mobile access -

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Today has featured some fucking around with org-roam for which looks like it could be a useful tool for taking notes on things in a linked useful way.

It reminds me of stuff I'd sort of written for bodging tagged notes together years back, but its just much better put together and functional.

I may have a twiddle with it soon to see if I can get it to output its graph into formatted text that can be viewed in a buffer with embedded [[roam:<foo>]] links for clicking on.


Had an adventure to Chester Zoo today, kept a bunch of distance, wore masks, app checked in, so much alcohol gel. Hopefully helped make a sorta nephew happy, also saw many animals and enjoyed the quiet.

Last adventure until spring I suspect, or at least a while.

#Leeds council is asking citizens to collect seeds for growing new areas of woodland. They'll be adding collection boxes to local parks for people to deposit acorns, beech nuts, chestnuts and conkers.

I think this is a very cool project.

it’s only bitcoin if it comes from the bitcoigne region of france. otherwise it’s sparkling ponzi

Yesterday I finally got around to trying new games (instead of just playing lots of Dead Cells...) quick verdicts:

Gris - a work of art with some gaming puzzles, absolutely beautiful music and dream like visuals so far intriguing and magical, unsure it'll be long but its beautiful.

Hyper Light Drifter - Flavour of old console games but with glorious visual storytelling and rapid good combat. Would like a little dialogue or UI explanation, feels huge to explore. Strong Anubis vibes.

advanced mastodon etiquette 

(not a subtoot; this is a thing I try to re-announce every so often as a mod)

if you're writing a long public thread to a slow local timeline, you can avoid filling it up with your own toots by making that first toot public, & the rest of them "unlisted."

if you indicate in the first toot that there's more (whether by context, or saying something like "long thread" or "1/?"), people who are interested can still click through to read the whole thing!

The real story is that ‘developing’ nations have done remarkably better at fighting COVID-19 than the rich and white. The real story starts precisely where the western map ends. Here be dragons. We be dragons.

The real story is that places like Vietnam and Mongolia have completely kicked COVID-19’s ass. The real story is that places like Rwanda and Ghana have innovated and survived. There are countless stories like this — from Sri Lanka to Trinidad & Tobago, but you wouldn’t know because we’re not rich or white. But you should know. Because we’re right. This information could save your life.

(But please keep posting about a vaccine, eating like normal, and relying on your institutions to save you. It'll all work out for you I'm sure.)

#MASTODON POST PRIVACY - who can see your post?

Anyone can see and boost your post everywhere.

✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
✅ On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
✅ Boostable
✅ Visible to admins

✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
❌ On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable
✅ Visible to admins

✅ Tagged people
❌ Followers
❌ On your profile
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable
✅ Visible to admins


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Genius Loci of Hanging Town

Mastodon is a federated microblogging network, so with an account on any instance you can communicate with people on other instances. This one is for friendly people part of, or associated with, the geeky/roleplayer social group of Hanging Town (Lancaster) in the UK.