"Contempt isn't cool"

I really like Benno Rice's talk "The Tragedy of systemd" about accepting change. I had resisted systemd only because I didn't need anything different than inet.d for what I was doing. This was a mistake and one I wish I had rectified sooner. I was missing out on taking advantage of all the other great services systemd offered. Had I switched earlier I would have enjoyed the slow, methodical accrual of a deeper knowledge and practical experience.

The link above is to a point near the end of the talk to the "Contempt isn't cool" slide. Accepting change requires to accept ones own limitations, biases, and blindspots. Do this respectfully as others have done it with you. Contempt is a destructiveness that you never want to bring into your team.

Waste Wars

I was reading the New York Times last year and came across an article about the hazardous working conditions of private waste management companies. The work is hard, the pay too little, and the time pressures too great. I don't mean to make little of this horrible situation, but, later, my mind wandered, as it often does, to Terry Gilliam’s movie Brazil and the gorilla plumber. I have always been intrigued by the plumber’s statement that plumbing was the last radical trade in the near distant future. What if garbage collection was too? Could its work be made into a game?
"The year 2017 saw the rise of the litteral cut-throat waste management companies. Their goal was to grow their business by any means possible. By 2027 waste management had become paramilitarised." Waste Wars
I never completed the game development. What I have developed is more, I think, a source of ideas for an actual game developer or for repurposing an existing game.

Gluing Warhammer 40k Space Marines

Started to glue together my Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine models. I am not fond of the aesthetic of their uniforms, but the modelmakers have made good use of it whereby each successive layer can be used used to hide the mistakes made underneath.

I don't know if other hobbyists do this, but after assembly I give all the surfaces where I scraped off the mold lines a light wash of plastic glue, aka acetone. For these models this seems to further help hide the mold lines. Will know more once they are primed.

Update: Is it just mine or are all 40k space marines right handed and turning towards the right?

Update: I should not have put them on bases and attached the guns before painting them!

Update: Awaiting the enemy ...

Fiskars Easy Change Fabric Knife

The Cool Tools blog posted a review of several alternatives to the ubiquitous, badly design, barrel handle X-Acto knives. The Fiskars Easy Change Knife is the favorite and so I bought two via the posting's associates link. They both have NO grip on the blade and are dangerous. Do not buy that version. There seem to be 2 versions of the knife in the world.

I contacted Fiskars and they sent me two replacements that are awesome! The replacements are Fiskars Easy Change Fabric Knife (3 blades) 164010-1001. The only visible difference between the two is that the Fabric Knife's has a gray tinted, translucent cap (rather than untinted). I hesitate to provide a product link as none that I found show the packaging. If you do find a package image it should look like the image in this posting.

Thank you Fiskars for great customer service.