Taking Things for Granted

When people ask me how I am, the answer usually is wonderful, which doesn’t necessarily reflect the absolute truth, but it does reflect the general picture quite well.

I was lucky to build a life that went beyond of what I would have expected few years ago and certainly goes far beyond my lack of imagination while I was enduring school and studies.

Few days ago I came across a post titled I’m a “highly functional” Autistic. It takes a lot of work., which yet again showed me how many things we take for granted. To us, everything is a sliding scale and it’s only supposed to move one way. The way we desire.

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More Awesome Than Me

Things on this Blog a lot of times show things or mention things. Maybe the most telling series is the Music Mondays, because without all these wonderful people making music, I would get nothing done at all.

Some of the blog posts resulted in very long conversations with some of my peers and we had a lot of exchange how political and how ethical music is or how much it is supposed to be.

The tutorials I write are about things that are much bigger than me. Blogging about Firefox and net neutrality, cryptocurrencies it’s as big as an idea.

Tutorials about frameworks or specific software projects in general are about all the wonderful people that put their very specialised knowledge into that one thing for a while.

The only thing I’m reasonably OK at is to explain the what and the how to other people. Probably a permanent occupational hazard from having been a workshop host, teacher and having interns.

In this spirit, I will probably write more posts in the future that just point at a thing or at a person saying:

I think this is interesting, you should spend time trying to see this, on their channels.

because there are many great things I see every day of my life and a simple tweet doesn’t seem to do my appreciation much justice.

Upgrading XMR-Stak Miners for the Monero7 Protocol Update

If you’re mining Monero, you might have heard of the currency getting some bad press because several botnets pushed miners out to their clients. This is one of the reasons why the core team decided to upgrade the protocol. You can find their official statement on getmonero.org.

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Gatsby.js, a new and versatile static site generator

Gatsby is a static site generator with generic data sources. That’s also what makes it special. You can plug in a wide variety of data sources into Gatsby and it will generate static pages out of that. You can use anything from CSV or markdown files to a WordPress installation as a backend.

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Music Monday: Editors

The Editors are one of my all time favourite bands and for this music monday I want to present a couple of my favourite songs.

I don’t actually remember when I listened to them for the first time, but it must have been before 2010, because I remember listening to them before seeing them live at M’era Luna. I remember somebody from my festival crew pointing out that they were rather mainstream for the crowd that attends a gothic and alternative festival, but I had come to be a fan of their music already.

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Why I Love: Radar Charts

Visualising data so it’s easy to grasp is one of the big challenges we’re facing at a global scale. There’s lots of data, but often the presentation is wanting. Newspapers and other publications have employed teams to present infographic like widgets to back up their stories in both digital and print.

Loving is a strong word, but it’s fitting. We deal with data all the time and the mainstream media coverage of how data is presented, frequently doesn’t go beyond displaying a circle chart of who would have voted for a specific party on the upcoming election.

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The Fortnite 101 Beginner Guide

This guide is for Fortnite beginners, the recent free to play, Battle Royale, 100 people land on an island and get to… well, slaughter each other. Sounds familiar? Like… Player Unknowns Battlegrounds? It's literally the same game, except you have no cars, everything looks like a comic and you can build your own buildings. Minecraft Unknown basically.

If you, like me, prefer to play with your friends, this guide is for you. Or for them. If you want to prevent them from playing badly and dying all the time.

There are a couple of very easy things you can do in Fortnite to at least survive longer than all the impatient lunatics jumping off at the Titlted Towers every round.

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Golang Goroutines and Channels with Custom Types

In the previous post, we had a look at how to wait for goroutines to be finished before moving on. In this post, we’ll have a look at using custom types with them. If you want to have a look at the Go Goroutine and channel basics, have a look at Goroutines, Channels and awaiting Asynchronously Operations in Go.

When using Goroutines and channels, chances are you want something to happen that is very specific to your program and not necesserily just a collection of numbers or strings.

I often use web crawling as an example, mostly because it’s part of a project I’m working on. I crawl websites and either extract information or build some kind of error check or to ensure some output is as expected.
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Goroutines, Channels and awaiting Asynchronously Operations in Go

Golang has fantastic support for actions that are supposed to happen concurrently (at the same time) without blocking the thread, they are called goroutines and are used by simply putting go in front of a function.

The functions prefixed with go will run “on their own” and the rest of your code will continue to run.

In order to gather results or returns from the functions, you commonly make use of a channel. Channels are the collecting “buckets” that will receive what your goroutines write to them.

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