Free subdomains with FreeDNS

Because remembering an IP address is hard.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a private Voxelands server running so that the boys can build and explore in the same world. This works pretty well but it does mean that, as can happen, one of them connects to the wrong server I have to go and look up the IP address so that I can reconnect them.

And then I discovered FreeDNS which, as the name suggests, allows you to set up a subdomain for free. You sign up, select a public domain from the extensive list available, add a subdomain, and point it at your IP address.

It really is as simple and as quick as that.

I’m impressed at how simple and painless they have managed to make the whole process. So much so that, if I do find myself needing a premium service, I will be very happy to go back to them.

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Quote of the day: Priorities

Last night hundreds of children went to sleep alone and hungry in the Jungle at Calais- a humanitarian mess that the UK is responsible for. Last night the food banks were doing good business. Last night the NHS faced just another day of strain and pain. Last night millions of workers in the UK were facing renewed threats to their livelihood because of the Brexit fiasco.

This morning the British right wing press: 80% supporting the Conservatives and funded by five off-shore billionaires, decided that the marriage split of two actors was the chief story their readers needed to know about.

Cicero

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Duffercast 13 – A Pork Pie Sent Him Over The Edge

640px-pork_pie_on_plate Episode 13 of The Duffercast is out. Now is your chance to learn about podcrawls and the dangers of pork pies.

I very nearly didn’t make it to this recording as this was the evening that our barbecue collapsed, just as the charcoal had reached the optimal temperature for cooking meat and igniting the wooden platform underneath.

Click here to find the full shownotes and to download the episode to your audio device of choice.

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Happy Blogiversary, Inscius

The Weblog of Inscius turned five years old yesterday. This means that it is now old enough to help with the weeding, but not old enough to know the difference between weeds and vegetables.

My blogging has gone down markedly, especially this year, but I am not giving up. I never had a goal, I did not have a glorious five-year plan. I write for my own enjoyment, and others’ enjoyment. Or pity :p

I find my own blogging can be all over the place. There are times when I am posting updates daily and other times when I don’t even look at the blog for a month or more. Ideally, I would like to manage a post per week, but time and motivation often get in the way. That said, though, it is nice to have a small space on the web that is unambiguously mine.

Happy blogiversary, Mikael, and here’s to another five years of text-based dufferdom.

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The Gordian Knot Delusion

Seen on The Null Device:

Observing political debate, I have noticed a trope that keeps recurring, particularly (these days) on the Right. I’ll call it the Gordian Knot Delusion. It says, in essence, “the so-called experts/eggheads/‘intellectuals’ keep going on about how complex things are, but they’re liars. When you get down to it, things really are simple.” (There is an implicit “Watch this!” after that, as the speaker purports to bulldoze their way through some issue that namby-pamby liberals and ivory-tower boffins have been wringing their hands ineffectually over, like the two-fisted, lantern-jawed hero of one of those old sci-fi paperbacks the Sad Puppies lament aren’t being written any more.)

It’s an interesting observation, and one that is widely applicable. Go read it.

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Sparks will fly

While the UK government continues to run around in tautological circles (Brexit means Brexit means…) the various parts of the EU have picked their representatives for the upcoming negotiations. What is clear is that the fantasists that Theresa May has put in charge of deciding what Brexit means are not in for an easy ride.

Michel Barnier, a French former EU commissioner, will represent the European Commission. Didier Seeuws will represent the EU Council – the heads of government – and Guy Verhofstadt will represent the European Parliament.

The decision, announced by EP political chiefs on Wednesday (8 Thursday), prompted a slight dip in the value of the British pound amid speculation that he will take a hard line.

Now there’s an understatement.

Verhofstadt is an uncompromising federalist and has been very outspoken in his reaction to the Brexit vote. It’s not entirely clear what his role will be in the Article 50 negotiations themselves, but any agreement will need to be signed off by the European Parliament and this appointment suggests that there is no mood to do the UK any favours.

I think the best way forward for Theresa May is to realise that the Brexit referendum was only advisory, that a four percent majority isn’t that decisive when faced with a constitutional change of this magnitude, and to quietly forget the whole thing.

Or maybe she’s just waiting for this to dawn on Johnson, Davis and Fox so that the Brexiteers can finally take some heat for their bullshit promises.

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Prettify XML with Vim

File under quick and dirty, but works for me.

The issue is that I have an utterly unreadable XML file in front of me. Not only is there no indentation, I don’t even have any line breaks.

To format it for readability, first insert line breaks

:%s/></>\r</g

Then load and apply the XML indent file

:set filetype=xml
:filetype indent on

And apply it

gg=G

There are probably better ways of achieving the same end, but as a quick fix, this works for me.

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