Hello!

  • Finished everything I promised to do for work for the rest of the year, so will be spending Q4 sleeping
  • Went to a gig on Wednesday night with two of my favourite people (pixie and ducky)
    • it was good
  • I went to the pub that is a 180 second walk from my desk in my flat.
    • it describes itself as a local pub for everyone
    • i asked for a london pride and they said “i wouldn’t if i were you”
    • it’s a nice place
bought some socks with hedgehogs on em, and some socks with rabbits and eating carrots
  • not much has happened, really. the real excitement in my life at the moment is unpacking and organizing
    • what about this: roll your cables up and put them in labeled sandwich bags
      • it’s great! i have all my wires and cables in one big bucket, but they are organized and don’t entangle one another
    • i got a dyno junior label maker and have labeled all my cupboards. i have places for everything. it’s great
  • in 2019 alice bartlett made some charming little booklings as trophies for documentation day.
  • unwisely i packed one at the bottom of a box when i was moving
  • it is looking worse for wear
a beat-up green runbook figurine stands on top of an audio interface, looking out over some teenage engineering synths. it is making a groovy sideways thumb gesture with its remaining arm
BRAVEST RUNBOOK
  • i have relabeled it “BRAVEST RUNBOOK” since its little label fell off.
  • here it stands watching over the electronic music area of the house, where it has been very helpful to me
  • i think i was in the middle of making a latte, and then got distracted by sweeping up, and then got distracted by putting stuff away, and then got distracted by setting up this little electronic music making area (i took apart a wallplug with a screwdriver so i could pass the wire up the thin gap at the back of the alcove), and then got distracted writing this and so now i should probably unroll those events until i hit latte
  • thanks!!
  • OH! i forgot to tell you about when i went to give the keys to the estate agent, and the End-of-Tenancy cleaner “declined the job” 30 minutes after arriving at the apartment 1 hour late because it was dirty. anyway. Fantastic Services are not, in my experience, Fantastic.
    • it’s also nearly impossible to get a hold of anyone to talk to, it’s really bad

  • i slept in this morning, it was great. i’m so powerful now. very comfortable getting eaten by saber tooth tigers, or being mistaken for a lettuce by a fawn
  • yesterday i was in lewisham shopping centre, where simon legg was born
    • in the Sainsbury’s I picked up a box of 12 punk IPAs they were selling for 12 pounds
    • the end of the box was open
    • i was already carrying too much stuff (mostly frankfurters)
    • a beer fell out of the box and i tried to catch it
    • i dropped everything, babybels and all
    • i went to the floor and started up cans and sausages, but they were rolling around all over the place
    • a very nice person asked if i needed help, and i said “no” and they came over anyway
    • they gave me their basket, and went to get themselves a new basket
    • and when they came back they reached under the shelves for me to grab a stray ipa that had tried to get awayTt
    • anyway: they were very kind, too kind, and i thanked them a lot but not enough. thank-you stranger
  • this week i’ve been packing and unpacking and making ikea furniture and working. work is fun at the moment. i’m looking forward to
  • when people say “it looks like it was taken with a potato” they mean it looks like a photatograph
  • there’s a pub that is literally a 3 minute walk from my bed
  • i did other things, but the only thing’s i’ve written down this week have been in my todo list

in reply to https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/cupsys/+bug/255161

There was once a bug that only surfaced if you were trying to print a document from OpenOffice to a Brother MFC420CN on a Tuesday.

OpenOffice would add a CreationDate header that would contain the string “Tue” when the document was printed on a Tuesday. The cups driver for the printer would rewrite the file before sending on to a postscript check. The postscript check would use libmagic (the unix file command that looks at bytes and patterns in a file to determine their type) to check the file looked like a postscript file. However if the bytes “Tue” appear at byte 4 in a file, libmagic would report the file type as ERLANG JAM, and the computer would refuse to print jam.

You could print any other day, and in any other app. But OpenOffice wouldn’t print to a Brother MFC420CN on a Tuesday.

What a fascinating bug!! My wife has complained that open office will never print on Tuesdays!?! Then she demonstrated it. Sure enough, won’t print on Tuesday. Other applications print. I think this is the same bug. Here is my guess:

Print to a postscript file. Observe the line:

%%CreationDate: (Tue Mar 3 19:47:42 2009)

Change “Tue” to anything else:

%%CreationDate: (XTue Mar 3 19:47:42 2009)

Save the file and it prints. Tools like evince work because they simply omit the “CreationDate” tag to begin with.

Now something odd happens when my cups script (I am using the Brother MFC420CN) copies the file to a temp file. Some of the code is rearranged, not sure how or why, but it uses a command called “file” to identify the file as “PostScript”. This check would work on the original file you printed, but by the time it runs the check on the temp file, it misidentifies. Normally it would return:

PostScript document text conforming at level 3.0

But there is another check that happens before the PostScript check. If it finds “Tue” at the fourth byte of the file, it identifies it as:

Jan 22 14:32:44 MET 1991\011Erlang JAM file – version 4.2

So it’s not a problem w/ openoffice.org, cups, or the brother printer drivers. It is a bug in the file utility, and documented at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/file/+bug/248619.

Now, I cannot recommend a fix, but here is my workaround hack:

make a change in file /usr/local/Brother/lpd/filterMFC420CN

change:

cat > $INPUT_TEMP

to:

cat | sed -e ‘s/^%%CreationDate: (Tue/%%CreationDate: (tue/’ > $INPUT_TEMP

This will identify a pattern that matches “%%CreationDate: (Tue” at the start of a line, and change “Tue” to “tue”.

  • i never intended to write weeknotes
    • i wanted to write a blog post every Sunday
      • so that at least once a week, i wrote something
    • it was meant to be ideas like the founding of nintendo or posts about projects like today.snoot.club
    • but then things got busy and weeknotes was easy to post every Sunday
    • but it’s meant that i don’t post as often during the week, and i only ever capture things in my notebook during the week rather than on my website
      • that’s been good a veces, too, because in my notebook i can write whatever i think about something without checking if it’s what i really believe
        • i can make mistakes and try things out without thinking about my coworkers, my ex, my ex’s mother, and the complete strangers who came here from The website of Alice Bartlett
      • but i regret how it means i don’t post as often, saving things up for the weeknotes, and how it means i don’t working on longer posts containing actual prose
    • another thing is i don’t post videos or images very often because i can’t figure out how to add alt text from the android app
      • i’m going to try to post and fix up later on computer
  • the first twelve days of September have been longer than the whole rest of the year
    • and this hasn’t been a particularly easy year
    • i’m working on something at work that is taking a lot of my energy
    • then at nights i’ve been packing
  • i just got the keys yesterday to my new place, it’s great here.
    • a pale slim ghost kindly rented a van and helped me move my millions of boxes today
      • i am so tired, my little feet, my little feet
  • first home cooked meal in my new home
curry & rice on a camping table
it’s an improvised curry i’m calling “chicken balti masala” because i didn’t have any yoggy to do the tikkaing and i replaced most of the spices with my homemade balti mix lol. there’s a tin of heinz cream of tomato in there
  • my todo list has manifested physically
a room filled with cardboard boxes and the natural light coming through the single large window
gotta unpack all this before ikea gets here. also my favourite sock pair of monkeys on one foot, bananas on the other has started to disintegrate.
  • i am so tired. i am having a nap, having a nap, having a nap.
  • i’ve been playing the guitar and keyboard and remembered that’s so much fun.
    • excited to make new, less rigid, music
  • when i finally had the door closed and was alone in my new place, my whole body started cracking and crackling like a bowl of rice krispies. i can move, there is space to move
  • ¿You ever admit something unexpected to yourself like “I love these monkey and banana socks”?
  • I forgot how hard it is to sleep in a new place for a big scaredy-rabbit like me
  • because nobody will ever see me naked again I will no longer shaving my legs above the knees
  • i hope you are having a nice weekend