Barnaby Walters

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

Pronouns: they/he

  1. Does anyone have any experience getting serial data out of the multimeter quarter of a PeakTech 4110? Tried flicking through all modes and functions both via a cheap RS232 to USB adapter, and monitoring pins with a logic analyser, but I don’t see anything happening.

  2. Finally got koreader and plato set up on my Kobo, and calibre set up for managing and converting ebooks. The default {author}/{title} file structure for moving ebooks to the reader doesn’t work at all for me, but fortunately(?) calibre supports no less than three different template languages allowing for very flexible ebook organisation schemes. These can be configured by opening the “Configure this Device” menu and editing the “Save Template” field.

    I ended up using this little script to organise books in a way which makes navigation easy for my collection:

    # If the book is in a series, make a folder for that series, and ensure books are in order
    # by prepending their series index to their file name.
    if (field('series')) then
      strcat(field('series'), '/', field('series_index'),  ' - ', field('title'))
    # Otherwise, if a book has tags, make a folder for the first tag and put it there.
    elif (list_count(field('tags'), ',') > 0) then
      strcat(sublist(field('tags'), 0, 1, ','), '/', field('title'))
    # Otherwise, simply place the book at the top level for easy access and future sorting.

    A couple of books ended up in the wrong folders, presumably due to some error with tag ordering or metadata syncing, but it was quick to clear up manually in the filesystem.

  3. For anyone who wants to play current patch Hollow Knight enemy randomiser but is confused about where to find it and doesn’t want to wade through/sign up for discord: here is the google docs list of HK mods linked from discord. Enemy Randomizer [1.5 port] is the one you’re looking for

    If playing with item rando, I’d recommend NOT randomising boss geo or the coloseums, as both seem buggy and unreliable.

  4. The “every single tweet has a pop culture gif” era of science communication is a curse and my fervent desire for it to end is balanced only by horrified anticipation of what might replace it

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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