Barnaby Walters

Arranging atoms and pressurising air in a variety of manners, such as:

Pronouns: they/he

  1. Not the most notable, but possibly my favourite 2022 sighting: a dancing caterpillar!

    Sadly, this isn’t an extremely rare musical species which will revolutionise animal rhythmic entrainment research! It’s a defensive behaviour triggered in this case by the fly which I was actually trying to photograph.

  2. 2022 Day 4 Highlights — was pretty tired at this point so just went for a short walk through the Laaer Wald. Not much of note, but I did finally get to see a bristly millipede

    Also found a buzzing spider and a weevil with an amusingly long nose

    That’s a total of 260 observations over the four days, of which 106 have already been IDed to species. I’ll wait a few days before posting my usual unique and notable species analysis, and will update it a few times as more observations get IDs.

  3. Astonishing UI design at the OBI self-checkout today. For non-german-speakers, the text reads “Please think about the heyOBI App!” and the “answer options” require no translation

    (the two answer options read “1. ok” and “2. ok”. You can also choose to cancel, which is apparenly something different?

  4. Small PSA for anyone else late to the game: don’t bother buying Elden Ring on the bandai namco store, it’s just a slow, inconvenient way of getting a steam code via email.

  5. In reply to a post on

    @seaotta the best way is to start writing them!

    But IMO a big part is normalising the idea that anything which people would currently write as a tweet thread would be better off as a blog post. Normalising the idea the blog posts don’t need to be polished, or to have stock photos, or even a title.

    And then build on that: tweet what would have been the first tweet of the thread, with a link to the full post. Use something like to gather responses from twitter as a comment thread.

    Might be worth replying to threads we enjoy with “hey, I love your writing, do you have a blog?” to remind people that they exist and would be read

  6. Aaron Parecki: I sold a washer/dryer on Facebook Marketplace, and now it's showing me new listings for washer/dryers. Glad to see the algorithm hard at work here.

    Apparently FB learned nothing from the classic “I bought a toilet seat on amazon and now amazon’s trying as hard as it can to fuel the toilet-seat-collecting hobby I’m apparently hooked on” problem

  7. A little-appreciated benefit of (British) English speakers learning a european language: you can look up recipes in that language and be guaranteed that they’ll use metric units

  8. This amazing comic from @Gingerhazing proves yet again that the best thing to come out of Star Wars is the lovingly crafted fan works which go places and tell stories the originals never would have dared.

    Parts 1-2
    Parts 3-8

    (Really hoping that they compile these into a nice readable format somewhere, it is just too good to be lost in the depths of twitter)

    Edit: there’s a full version up on substack!

  9. Annoyed by websites hijacking your favourite browser keyboard shortcuts? Here’s how to disable it in firefox (tested in ff 95, probably works in other versions).

    On a site-by-site basis: Go Tools → Page Info (cmd/ctrl + I also works, if it’s not hijacked), and block keyboard shortcuts:

    Or you can disable it browser-wide so that it never bothers you again, in about:config, by setting permissions.default.shortcuts to 2.

    In theory, 3 should prompt you on a site-by-site basis, but it doesn’t seem to work, sadly.