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Michael Still: Oakey trig

Mon, 2015-02-23 16:28
I've got to say, this trig was disappointing. It was a lunch time walk, so a bit rushed, but the trig was just boring. Not particularly far, or particularly steep, or in a particularly interesting area. That said, it wasn't terrible. It just felt generic compared with other trigs I've walked to.



         



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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150223-oakey_trig photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point

Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Forster trig; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Urambi Trig



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Sridhar Dhanapalan: Twitter posts: 2015-02-16 to 2015-02-22

Mon, 2015-02-23 01:27

Michael Still: Geocaching

Sun, 2015-02-22 20:28
I've been trapped at home with either a sick child or a sick me for the last four or five days. I was starting to go a bit stir crazy, so I ducked out for some local geocaching. An enjoyable shortish walk around the nearby nature park.



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Tags for this post: blog canberra tuggeranong bushwalk geocaching

Related posts: Another lunch time walk; Lunchtime geocaching; Big Monks; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; Geocaching in the evening, the second; Geocaching in the evening



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Francois Marier: Error while running "git gc"

Sun, 2015-02-22 19:31

If you see errors like these while trying to do garbage collection on a git repository:

$ git gc warning: reflog of 'refs/heads/synced/master' references pruned commits warning: reflog of 'refs/heads/annex/direct/master' references pruned commits warning: reflog of 'refs/heads/git-annex' references pruned commits warning: reflog of 'refs/heads/master' references pruned commits warning: reflog of 'HEAD' references pruned commits error: Could not read a4909371f8d5a38316e140c11a2d127d554373c7 fatal: Failed to traverse parents of commit 334b7d05087ed036c1a3979bc09bcbe9e3897226 error: failed to run repack

then the reflog may be pointing to corrupt entries.

They can be purged by running this:

$ git reflog expire --all --stale-fix

Thanks to Joey Hess for pointing me in the right direction while debugging a git-annex problem.

Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 16:28

Waking up at two for no discernible reason.

Breakfast with C was a better start to the morning.

Afternoon at The Edge doing conference stuff.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 16:28

Coder Dojo down at Sunnybank Hill library. Quite exhausting after a bad night’s sleep!



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 15:28

Walked to work.

Caught up with a C after work, as a surprise thing rather than a planned thing.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 15:28

A bit of a nothing apart from work day.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 15:28

Walked to and from work, in an attempt to have a good night sleep tonight..

Tropical Cyclone Marcia has degenerated to a tropical low and is hovering around Brisbane today, making for a lot of rain. I quite like walking in the wet, as long as I’ve got my wet weather gear. Most of the work colleagues are cats and stayed home.

Conference planning later at The Edge.



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-22 15:28

Walked to and from work today.

Doing some conference planning later on.



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Michael Still: Command and Control

Sat, 2015-02-21 15:29






ISBN: 9780141037912

LibraryThing

I finished this book a while ago and it appears that I forgot to write it up. This book is by the author of Fast Food Nation and it is just as good as his other book. The history of America's nuclear weapons and their security (or lack thereof) is as compelling as it is terrifying. I found this book hard to put down while reading it, and would recommend it to others.



Tags for this post: book eric_schlosser nuclear weapons safety

Related posts: Random linkage; Fast Food Nation; Starfish Prime; Why you should stand away from the car when the cop tells you to; Random fact for the day; More nuclear bunkers Comment Recommend a book

Chris Samuel: Systemd joke

Sat, 2015-02-21 15:26

Since a few people seemed to like it on Twitter..

.@kartar "How many systemd's does it take to change a lightbulb?" "WHAT? SYSTEMD CHANGES LIGHTBULBS NOW? IS THERE NO END TO THIS INSANITY?"

— Chris Samuel (@chris_bloke) February 19, 2015

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Michael Still: Forster trig

Sat, 2015-02-21 12:28
Its been too long since I've attempted a trig walk -- 15 days to be exact. That's mostly because I've been really busy at work these last couple of weeks. That said, it was time for another trig, and this one was a bit of an adventure.



Forster Trig is in the Bullen Nature Reserve and is one of the least urban trigs I've attempted so far, which is why this post is a bit more detailed than normal. Big Monks is probably the other trig walk most similar to this one. One of the challenges with this trig is that there is no track to the trig point. Reading John Evan's walk notes from his single assent of this trig, it seems that many people follow the 132kV power lines to the trig, but I consider this "cheating" as the power line is on private land and I didn't want to spend effort on getting permission to walk on someone's farm.



Instead, I followed the Kambah Pool to Cassurina Sands track, and then turned right to bush bash to the trig when I got reasonably close. There wasn't any formed track this way, so I don't think this is a common approach. On the map you'll notice a fence marked -- that's where I had to jump a barbed wire fence, which wasn't the best plan ever. On the way back down from the summit I found a vehicle track, and I'd recommend that others follow that route (the one on the map with two gates marked and some stairs). The stairs are interesting -- a previous walker has mounded stones on both sides of the fence to make it easier to cross.



Either way, its a bush bash up the hill itself, which is covered in reasonably dense spiky vegetation. You're going to want gaiters or long pants.



             



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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150220-forster_trig photo canberra tuggeranong bushwalk trig_point

Related posts: Big Monks; A walk around Mount Stranger; Two trigs and a first attempt at finding Westlake; Taylor Trig; Oakey trig; Urambi Trig



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Michael Still: Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker

Wed, 2015-02-18 22:28
I was an orienteering marker for the kid's scout troop tonight -- I guess it could have been a trick, but I think they were genuine. The basic idea was I went and stood at where the mark on the map was, and then noted which kids found me. Nice little hill in MacArthur, with pleasant views. I think I've found a good place for a geocache as well.



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Tags for this post: blog canberra bushwalk tuggeranong

Related posts: Big Monks; Geocaching; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger; Another lunch time walk; Forster trig



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Michael Still: Little Black Mountain

Wed, 2015-02-18 09:28
I went on a walk on Monday with the Canberra Bushwalking Club up Little Black Mountain. Its a nice area and I mostly enjoyed the walk. I say mostly because the walk leader was quite un-welcoming. There was the lecture about emergency beacons, and then the lecture about how he's never been bitten by a snake. It was quite an odd experience. I think I might avoid that leader in the future.



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Tags for this post: blog canberra bushwalk

Related posts: Big Monks; Geocaching; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; Cooleman and Arawang Trigs; Point Hut Cross to Pine Island; A walk around Mount Stranger



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Tue, 2015-02-17 18:28

Bus to work, after discovering that I had no spare clothes at work, somehow. That won’t be a problem for a couple of weeks now.

Horrible nights sleep meant I had to skip the new software engineering meetup.



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Mon, 2015-02-16 23:27

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Mon, 2015-02-16 01:27

Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-15 15:28

Felt rather ill after Humbug, I’m assuming it was the sushi place at Sunnybank yesterday.

Catching up on these here diary notes..



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Clinton Roy: clintonroy

Sun, 2015-02-15 15:28

My first CoderDojo down at Sunnybank Hills.

I find the connection between shopping centres and libraries rather confusing, for former are loud, commercial and horrible places, very different to the latter.

I think the CoderDojo group went well, with some obvious room for improvement. Don’t try to lecture kids, give them a small, simple instruction and get them doing stuff immediately. One slide, one thing to try. If a kid has interest in a subject, don’t try to teach them something else, and that goes for both parents and teachers.

Have been asked to help with a Python course in the next few weeks..

Humbug later that night, some discussion with Russell around the sponsor prospectus.



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