Oh Mistune

I am about ready to give up on you.

I gained control of your renderers and they work great! Yay!

Lexers, grammars, all the parsing is a maze of twisty passages where I bark my shins constantly and make no progress.

I tried to enable math support which is a standard contributions and…it’s still not working. I’m going to try this other thing now. As far as I can tell, no one uses the “mistune-contribs” version.

I think this signals the end for me. I’ll have to migrate to something else more managable.

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Gitlab Has Kanban/Trello Style Boards

And they are linked to the issue tracker! Nice!

They aren’t as nice as Trello’s. The cards are very limited and don’t “flip over”. They don’t provide full access to the issue tracker, so adding comments, even adding full fledged issues, is hard to impossible from the board. However, I think for managing a workflow, it’s fine. A little clunky, but fine.

So now I can teach them in my software engineering class…which means I need to add them to my material…yay?

It’s panic time around here! Classes are….sooooo close!

Power Outage

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve had the odd power outage during night, including last night. Then this morning it went out and has yet to come back. First they said “18:00” then “22:00” then “maybe between 20:00 and 21:00”.

Any which way, I suspect the freezer’s going to be depressing.

Update: Seems like the power is back just before 21:00. Yay.

This Week In Zoe News

We saw Joan Baez in Manchester at the Bridgewater last night. Zoe got an acknowledgement from the stage and a spotlight. We met again with Joan and her crew. I think she thinks my name is “Bob” which I find amusing.

The show was excellent though weighted heavily toward classics. She did, IIRC, four songs from Whistle Down The Wind. Her voice was in good form which given all her touring is pretty impressive. The backup band remains awesome with Gabe’s percussion solo being a big crowd pleaser. The auditorium wasn’t quite filled but I infer that the Bridgewater messed that up by just not selling some sections behind the stage. (I know people who wanted tickets and were told “sold out”!)

Amusingly, our comped seats seem to have been double booked. But as we got there first, I don’t know how it was resolved.

I think I’m not such a fan of Bridgewater Hall for this sort of show. Compared to Ulster Hall in Edinburgh (which is similarly sized) it was more awkward visually and sonicly. The non proscenium stage undercut the dramatic visuals (esp early on) and I had more trouble hearing words than I did in Edinburgh. The crowd was a bit more passive too.

Still an excellent show. We had lots of friends who went so that was fun.

The performers and crew are a bunch of really sweet people who seem to be holding up well considering their schedule.

They’ll be back in Feb. I recommend getting tickets!

Thinking a bit about the set list, I think it’s unfortunate that she’s so constrained to do lots of classics. (And, as an audience member, I’m often wanting to hear classic songs from a performer. So I get it!)

Whistle Down the Wind is an evolution of her sound built around profound shifts in her voice. Of course, that vocal shift colours her whole performance, but I don’t think the classic songs were strongly reinterpreted. A show that was built around the new voice as much as Whistle is built around would be very interesting.

Addendum: I observed the famous British respect for signage.

Banana Diplomacy

Surprise surprise, Trump cancelled the North Korea summit. While not as foreordained as the summit not working or being cancelled in general, it was still a high probability event.

And make no mistake, the US is more aiming for a war than not. Bolton alone makes this true. Of course, war with Iran is in the cards too, and they’re a softer target.

But the people in charge right now are various kinds of irrational and bloodthirsty. The risk of bad bad things happening is ridiculously high.

We have to hope that Trump’s cowardice or erratically, plus Pentagon resistance keeps these bad things from happening.

Which isn’t comforting.

Coding Contests

Today was the annual staff-student programming contest. The top two groups were staff! My group was not one of the top two…or ten, but we weren’t last amongst the staff. So yay!

I, for one, would really need to practice. It’s all horrid word puzzles where being able to whip out a bit of dynamic programming would be very useful.

Working through Project Euler would probably help!

Though, I must say, I wouldn’t mind a collection of relatively easy problems. I’m just not up for the frustration of the harder ones for casual use. Maybe something like the Times crossword where each day it gets harder through Sunday.

There also is a weird tradition of freezing the score board for the last hour or half hour to raise excitement. It just sorta annoyed me! It’s a weird cultural oddity.

One thing really became clear: it’s super frustrating and difficult to try to debug something on hidden test cases. We were passing the given ones for one problem and had no idea why we were getting the wrong answer on the server. It’s an interesting illustration of the challenges of testing.