Asteroid L

I'm a writer, software designer, and programmer, hailing originally from Brazil, now living in the most awesome place — Berlin, Germany. Here, you can have my resume.

See, the thing is... I have too many websites, or “web-thingies” in general. So I decided to kill one of them, and turn it into a “Planet” site, aggregating feeds from all others. This way you can read everything in one place. Enjoy!

Oh. To see (or write!) comments, you need to go to each post on its original site. To do that, click on the orange title (**not** the black site title on an orange bar, the orange title below that).

2013-12-26

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Doctor Who special synopsis (SPOILER ALERT)

The Time Lords are trying to come back, using a leftover plot point from the metaplot of a previous season, but if they do come back the whole universe might be destroyed. A former enemy (who just had a big origin explanation/retcon) joins forces with the Doctor to prevent disaster, and a former companion hated by many fans and loved by others makes a cameo. In the end the Doctor regenerates, although the regeneration takes much longer than has been previously established, and sends the TARDIS crashing, as a cliffhanger for the next Doctor’s first episode. Oh, and the Time Lords do *not* come back.

That was not the best episode, but a nice enough, worthy sendoff for Tennant. Looking forward to the Matt Smith era!

Oh wait… damn wibbly wobbly timey-wimey writing.

2013-12-26 12:36 AM

2013-11-14

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2013-10-28

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I don’t usually share chain posts, but this is really...



I don’t usually share chain posts, but this is really great… I always wondered how this is done.

(via Luciano Ramalho)

2013-10-28 07:12 AM

2013-05-29

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2013-05-26

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2013-05-16

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Gender-swapped 4th Doctor

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Gender-swapped 4th Doctor

after the photo she offered me jelly babies from a paper bag. <3

by Lalo Martins at 2013-05-16 12:14 AM

Steampunk Na'vi's Tesla backpack

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Steampunk Na'vi's Tesla backpack

there's a video of it in action somewhere in this set too.

by Lalo Martins at 2013-05-16 12:14 AM

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FedCon XXII 2013 Düsseldorf

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FedCon XXII 2013 Düsseldorf

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2013-04-23

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My Song Of Ice And Fire ending

(and therefore of course also Game of Thrones ending)

This is all speculation, but I’m like 96% sure, so I’m putting it below the fold :-)

  1. Dany conquers not only Westeros south of the Neck, but also Essos.
  2. Jon with his army conquers everything north of the Neck (Wall be damned), and perhaps a few pockets south.
  3. Turns out Jon is the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen (I mean come on, it’s obvious).
  4. Jon and Dany’s armies clash a bit, until they finally meet, then they decide to just marry and rule the whole world. Yes yes she’s his aunt, but that never stopped the Targaryens before.
  5. There’s no item 5, since I don’t give much of a shit about the other characters. Except maybe Arya. But I have no idea what happens to her. Oh, I guess I also care about seeing some of the characters die in pain. I’m sure Dany and Arya will take care of that. (Jon is too much of a pussy. As in a fuzzy lazy cat, not a vagina. Vaginas are great and powerful.)

2013-04-23 07:04 AM

2013-04-15

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My time travel checklist

  • Go to 1963, UK. Set up a computer with a large HD, TV card, and UPS, to record all Doctor Who episodes as they air. Collect in 13 of April, 1969.
  • While in ‘63, go see The Beatles live.
  • Take a look at the future, see what it’s like. Acquire internal nano-machines. Never get sick or old again, or need an external computer. Also, sleep for pleasure, not need.
  • Chat with all my favourite thinkers; Turing, Asimov, Lennon, Sagan, daVinci, Wells, Verne, Roddenberry, Bradley, I’m sure there’s more.
  • Have a dinosaur steak. Note: maybe get an expert to help decide which animal.
  • If I see a butterfly on the ground, step on it.
  • Watch Queen live. Note: every single performance.
  • Go to the future. Pick up the descendant of Google’s quick book scanner. Back to about 50BC. Weasel into the Library of Alexandria. Scan all the things. Return to present. Upload torrent.
  • Buy wardrobe in Victorian London.
  • Work out the historical basis for King Arthur.
  • Go see what the earliest civilizations looked like. Note: investigate supposed lost civilizations.
  • Find point in the future where interstellar travel is a thing. Go see a few planets. Note: one with large population, one with many moons, one in the frontier.
  • Make new checklist.

2013-04-15 04:56 AM

2013-03-15

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Cola with stevia? YES PLEASE!!!

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Cola with stevia? YES PLEASE!!!

For those wondering: it tastes great. I'd prefer it a bit less sweet, but it's quite good.

by Lalo Martins at 2013-03-15 12:23 PM

2013-03-02

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2013-02-26

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2013-02-20

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On Tegel...

IMO, closing down an airport because people who leave nearby complain of the noise is civically backwards and a shit excuse. I mean, the airport was there first, and you moved in knowing that full well, no? One of the few things that irk me in Germany is this knee-jerk anti-DDR tendency to put the whining of the few over the needs of the many. What about the people who live near Tegel and want the airport there? What about the stupid farce of Google Street View where business lose customers because one idiot in the building above didn’t want their Balkondekor viewable by all? It’s silly and we all lose.

2013-02-20 12:07 PM

2013-02-18

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Quick access shelf

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This is the shelf built into my desk, or in other words, these are the books I like to keep in easy reach

by Lalo Martins at 2013-02-18 06:43 AM

2013-02-15

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Reposting this here so people can see it without logging in to...



Reposting this here so people can see it without logging in to Facebook; photo by Justine Lera. This absolutely disgusting excuse for advertisement for a bar was seen in Schönhauser Allee 10, Berlin, this morning. If you’re in Berlin or planning to come here soon, mark the name and place and make sure they never see your money. If you have the time, file a complaint.

2013-02-15 12:40 PM

2013-02-13

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Marketing fail

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“Gee, I have no idea why I have no students, I put posters all over Mitte! Nobody seems to even pick up the paper strips from the posters... what can I possibly have done wrong?”

by Lalo Martins at 2013-02-13 12:15 PM

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I haz a happy

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Chinese dinner with the IT teams

by Lalo Martins at 2013-01-23 09:34 PM

2013-01-20

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The Problem With The Big Bang Theory...

so yes, I can change my opinion. After reading this, I can’t not drop it.

butmyopinionisright:

I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.

Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.

And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…

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2013-01-20 11:13 AM

2013-01-13

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Looking for music recommendations: neoclassical

dear lazyweb:

apparently, I’m now into “neoclassical”, but of the more pop/electronic persuasion rather than darkwave (which I find boring). My current fave is probably Red Moon. The automated recommendation engines I know of have failed me completely (they give me other popular anime music, regardless of style). So here I resort to you; if you know anything that sounds a bit like that (or Summer Apples or Magia or Lacrimosa or Eden — yeah they’re all anime openings or endings, sue me at will), your recommendation is welcome.

2013-01-13 08:37 AM

2013-01-10

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Chili burger

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Chili burger

K I get it it's a chili burger

by Lalo Martins at 2013-01-10 01:18 PM

2013-01-03

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Wurst town ever in Carcassone

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Wurst town ever in Carcassone

Eva's pet project during this game. We named it “Wurststadt”.

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2012-12-13

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2012-12-04

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New t-shirt: Six

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“I'm not a Cylon! I'm a Fremen!”

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2012-12-03

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2012-11-21

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The hipster is proof we live in the age of the geek.

Hipsters:

  • Divide the world into things they are obsessive about and things they don’t care about. There’s almost no middle ground.
  • Have some degree of OCD from slightly above normal to full disability, with rare exceptions.
  • Are extremely networked, although most of the time you can’t tell unless you know them well enough.
  • Are eager to belong to some group/tribe… as long as the group accepts them as they are at least to some extent.
  • Put huge value in discovering something cool before their peers, and being the one who spreads the word.

Does that sound familiar? I put it to you that a hipster is basically a “Dark Side” geek. Same behaviour (mostly), but channelled into slightly different interests — eg obscure music instead of obscure sci-fi.

2012-11-21 09:19 AM

2012-11-05

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EV charger

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EV charger

First time I spot one of those in the wild. Welcome to the future, beatches!

by Lalo Martins at 2012-11-05 09:53 AM

2012-10-21

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Why you don't want co-located branches (bzr)

Having been recently stuck with git at work, I had a momentary lapse this morning, and convinced myself I needed co-located branches (git-style) to work on my game, which is of course under bzr as any project maintained by sane people should be.

It turns out I didn't, and nobody, ever, does. Here's what to do instead.

Why you think you need it

The most common argument for colo is a source tree for a large compiled project, where you have hundreds of .o files you don't want to be recompiling all the time.

In our case, we keep the generated player avatars (.png) inside the source tree, which, to be honest, is not a very brilliant design, but it's also not quite a high priority to fix right now.

Now, based on these arguments, some very clever minds have been hard at work to add colo support to bzr for the last few years; it's been a core feature since 2.5.0 (2012-02-24).

... but you don't!

Looking at these arguments as someone who understands the bzr model well, a catch soon becomes apparent: these aren't, in any way, arguments for co-located branches. They are, rather, arguments for co-located trees, and those bzr already does quite well. (Or rather, it doesn't need to.)

You see, trees only coexist with branches by default. The second greatest argument about bzr is that it allows you to work your way; and the power that unleashes is often underestimated.

(In case you're curious and haven't yet heard this rant from me, the #1 greatest argument is that the model is sane and based on a good understanding of version control and real-life workflows, as opposed to the snapshotty-hashy-hacky of certain other VCSes. But let's not digress too much.)

The how-to

First, put your branches somewhere; a shared repository is preferred to save you lots of space and (if it's going to be remote) network traffic.

$ cd /somewhere/bzr-repos
$ mkdir my-project
$ bzr init-repo --no-trees my-project
$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr push /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/trunk
$ bzr branch /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/trunk /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/my-branch
$ bzr branch /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/trunk /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/other-branch

2a: Use lightweight checkouts. This is best if the branches are local, and will make your switches a little faster. Back up your data first; while this won't destroy anything in the history, it may hose files in the working tree or make your checkout unusable.

$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr bind /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/trunk
$ bzr reconfigure --lightweight-checkout

2b: Use heavyweight (regular) checkouts. This is better if you're working directly with remote branches, as you can then work offline; if you're always online, it essentially trades some disk space for bandwidth, so take your pick.

$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr bind /somewhere/bzr-repos/my-project/trunk
$ bzr reconfigure --checkout # probably unnecessary, unless it was lightweight before

3: Happy branch-switching:

$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr switch my-branch
$ (do stuff)
$ bzr switch other-branch
$ (do stuff)
$ bzr switch trunk
$ bzr merge my-branch

etc. The relative branch specs work because they're relative to the current branch location, rather than the working tree.

4: Create new branch:

$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr switch -b a-new-branch

5: Delete old branches:

$ cd /where-your-sources-are/my-project
$ bzr switch trunk
$ bzr merge my-branch
$ bzr rmbranch my-branch

Afterword

In fact, since the Bazaar developers are, in fact, a clever bunch, the 2.5.0+ co-located branches do pretty much exactly this, except the branch storage is hidden inside the .bzr dir of your tree. So if you still want to do it "the git way", sure, go ahead and do it. In a non-bound branch, bzr switch -b new-branch will set up your branch and tree for co-located work, and create "new-branch" co-located to where you are.

The benefit of doing it explicitly, as I describe here (apart from the fact that it worked before 2.5.0, but I'm 8 months too late for that argument), is that you still keep the best of both words: you can have co-located checkouts, but you can also easily have more than one checkout; for example (and this would be awesome at work), a "wip" checkout normally bound to the feature branch you're currently working on, and a bugfix checkout bound to trunk or to your "maintenance" branch. Or, if you're a gatekeeper, those same two plus a third "master" checkout for merging submissions (including those from your own feature branches, if you're so inclined).

by lalo at 2012-10-21 01:00 PM

2012-10-10

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Goodbye, Multiply; Hello, tumblr

Aaand yet another early social network bites the dust. Goodbye, Multiply; we had fun.

I imported the poetry I had there into tumblr. Since I stopped using Multiply long before I started using LiveJournal, they transition nicely into the old blog posts that I had already imported over earlier. So now it looks like I’m a super-hipster and have been using tumblr since 2004, which is not only before it was cool, but over 2 years before it even existed. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Er.

2012-10-10 02:14 PM

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2012-09-17

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The phenomenon where a subculture is running *out* of fashion and generally derided as passe, and...

The phenomenon where a subculture is running *out* of fashion and generally derided as passe, and then the “true believers” cling to it with even more pride, taking everybody else’s derision as a badge of true membership as opposed to all the fad people. “Truester”? “Postster”? “Wanester”?

2012-09-17 11:30 AM

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2012-07-30

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Seriously, was it just me?



Seriously, was it just me?

2012-07-30 08:10 PM

2012-07-20

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Guarana-Cola

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Guarana-Cola

Odd but really good. How come nobody thought of this before?

by Lalo Martins at 2012-07-20 07:44 AM