Tim Habersack

Where I put my things..
< Part of A nice place to store git repos; allthe.codes
Feb 28th 2019

I am running Debian 9, and it wasn't immediately obvious how to get cgit running.

I found this good piece of reference material that got me to the finish line! Of at least getting it installed. I took what was shared to make my own vhost config for nginx, and eventually that worked. (I am testing it on a different domain before using allthe.codes for it.)

Reading further though.. do I really need to manually edit /etc/cgitrc to add a repo? I wanted this to be a place where people could fairly easily create a new repo. Hm.

A nice place to store git repos; allthe.codes

Feb 28th 2019

I have been handed the reigns of the domain allthe.codes, and am in the process of turning a part of a server into a nice little remote #git web interface thing.

I will be attempting to utilize cgit first!

Feb 27th 2019

It is comforting to me that raindrops on a window look exactly the same as they did when I was a kid. It's a constant decoration throughout my life.

Feb 27th 2019

Serious perk of working remotely is the occasional break with our kids. Today our littlest one fell asleep next to me on the couch.

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Using your .gitignore as your rsync filter

Feb 21st 2019

This is always pesky. You have a project and you're using #git as your version control. You have a well manicured .gitignore file to handle certain things out of your repo.

But! then you need to push everything via #rsync somewhere. Maybe that's your deploy strategy, I don't know. I'm not a doctor. I do know that using the rsync --exclude to call out each single directory and file you don't want pushed over is a super pain. And you already have this .gitignore just sitting there, that holds that kind of list already!

Enter --filter.

If you do something like:

rsync -avz --filter=':- .gitignore' dir/ user@server:/path/to/destination

It will only push over the items that your .gitignore would allow to be pushed up to your repo. Excellent, yes?

Feb 21st 2019

Our littlest one keeps waking up at 4:30am, and that's getting a little rough. At least I'm definitely getting up on time?

Feb 20th 2019

Just a quick update, I ported my blog over to a new web content engine I wrote, and so far so good. It'll also support my old Wordpress permalink structure, so I didn't break the web, yay!

More to come.

Getting psf/psf2/spc audio files to play in OSX

Mar 23rd 2018

So, I'm an old man. I love soundtracks from games from older consoles. While yes, you can get mp3s or stream the soundtrack from YouTube, in my opinion the best way is to listen to the original files.

I don't pretend to know how it all works, but talented people can take the game music out of console games into a native-ish format. When you listen to it, the codec basically perfectly recreates the synth/music. For Super Nintendo, it's the spc file. For Playstation 1 and 2, it's a combination of minipsf/psf/psf2 files.

Anyway, I have lots of these original soundtracks. In my Windows OS days long, long ago I would load up WinAmp with all kinds of output plugins to play these kind of media files. Good times.

Then, for various reasons I started using Apple products. There is no WinAmp for OSX, and I could find no way to play my soundtracks of choice. I sighed, grumbled, and moved on.

Then! Then! Like 10 years later I've figured it out, and it's super simple. Audacious is an open-source audio player, and it supports all these older codecs no problem. When you go to their site, it isn't obvious that there's a way to get it to run in OSX, but there is.

You'll need to have Homebrew installed, but you probably should anyway because it's super helpful. Then it's just a matter of:

brew install audacious

And it works!!

Wii Fit is nice.

Jan 10th 2018

I've been starting to do the #Wii Fit Plus almost day.2 yogas, 1 strength and 1 cardio (normally a run). I love it.

Also, living in PNW, seeing that sunny blue sky on the island run really helps with my mood. Yay virtual environments!

Don't always be materially productive

Oct 7th 2017

This is something I ran into for a long period of my life. I recently started a friendship with someone and they expressed that they suffer the similar condition, so I wanted to share my experiences and how I got past it.

It comes down to work and not being able to spend time creating something, or writing something from scratch.

Whenever you have extra time, you're always thinking about the other things you could be doing. Learning something new to further your career, working on some extra work to try to make more money, and so on.

I used to be really stuck in this loop. I had ideas for stories I wanted to write, or games I wanted to develop, but I couldn't do it. Whenever I would maybe have the time to work on it, my brain would always be whispering, "You should be doing this other thing, or you should be learning this other thing. Writing stories is a waste of time. Developing games is just a waste of time."

This is related, although it doesn't seem like it. One time, my wife bought a canvas for me to paint. I've never painted on a canvas in my life up until this point. I decided to paint a science-y kind of picture, just a star field. I did this and it took about two hours, and I was happy with the results. I realized several months after that that during the creation of it, I had none of those whispers of self doubt in my head.

There is fundamentally no difference between painting a picture, or writing a story, or developing a game. I am a software developer, and the way I create is writing software. So, creating a game and working on that game is a form of art. Art doesn't necessarily have to have a financial end, that's not the point of art.

Once I realized this, I found out that I was able to work on small side projects that would in all likelihood not make any money. Whenever the whispers would start to happen in my mind, "You should be working on something that makes money", etc, I could just remind myself that I am a human. It is important for me to make art.

If you have similar whispers, I encourage you to remember.. You are a human! Art is important, and your medium can be whatever you want it to be.

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