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February 2, 2014 at 6:31pm
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Simple Gitolite trigger hook for Jenkins

After literally a minute of scouring StackOverflow for a decent example of a post-receive hook to trigger Jenkins build jobs and failing to find one, I wrote my own. This should work out the box for Gitolite-managed repositories. If you need to trigger something else just update the repository URL logic as appropriate. Jenkins will only build jobs that match both the repository and specific branch. Needs curl to function.

January 9, 2014 at 8:10pm
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Rain clouds over Noordhoek beach and Kommetjie Lighthouse in the distance @sdrphoto  (at Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort)

Rain clouds over Noordhoek beach and Kommetjie Lighthouse in the distance @sdrphoto (at Monkey Valley Beach Nature Resort)

July 19, 2013 at 2:01pm
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En route to Thendele (at Thendele)

En route to Thendele (at Thendele)

July 12, 2013 at 8:26am
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Reblogged from fuckyeahmovieposters

2001: A Space Odyssey by Adam Juresko


2001: A Space Odyssey by Adam Juresko

(via parislemon)

June 8, 2013 at 2:29pm
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The world’s most reliable rocket dates back from 1966 →

Advanced simplicity.

June 7, 2013 at 10:06pm
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Instagrammers Visit Turkmenistan’s “Door to Hell”

To see more photos, browse the Derweze - Door to Hell at Karakum Desert location page and the #darvaza hashtag.

In the heart of the Karakum Desert in Turkmenistan lies “The Door to Hell,” a giant hole filled with eternally-burning fire. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas and it collapsed beneath their drilling rig, leaving a hole 70 meters (230 feet) in diameter and 20 meters (65 feet) deep. In an attempt to prevent the cavern’s poisonous gas from being released into the atmosphere, scientists decided to light it on fire and burn off the fumes. The gas is still burning today—40 years later—and a few brave Instagrammers have made the trek to the deposit to witness and document it in person.

Creepy and awesome in equal measure.

May 24, 2013 at 8:38am
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Boards of Canada: “Reach for the Dead”

Boards of Canada have been teasing with bits and pieces about their upcoming release for weeks, finally there is a full track out for your aural delight. Even more excited for “Tomorrow’s Harvest” now that I have listened to the single.

The video is absolutely gorgeous and makes me want to go shoot some abandoned places real bad.

May 20, 2013 at 12:23pm
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Now, I entirely understand that the LinkedIn business model is to sell my CV to recruiters, not give me useful tools to manage my network. I also understand that all the mediocre me-too news-aggregation is a way to try to get me to spend more time on the site, rather than visiting every month or two. But really, it needs to get the basics right. It needs to give me useful tools. Right now it’s a not-very-good CV database with an interface that would be second-rate a decade ago, that I have no reason to stick with if something remotely, you know, useful came along.

— Benedict Evans summarises all that is wrong with LinkedIn in an incisive post.

May 17, 2013 at 8:56am
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kottke.org: The three types of specialist →


From a passage of Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard, the three types of specialists needed for the success of any revolution.

Slazinger claims to have learned from history that most people cannot open their minds to new ideas unless a mind-opening teams with a peculiar membership goes to work on them….

April 14, 2013 at 3:29pm
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Did some off-roading earlier today

Did some off-roading earlier today