Working on some sticker designs. I'd like to get the artwork -> svg -> sticker process down ahead of Inktober 2020.

Sometimes you're not feeling so great so you go out for a bike ride and come across a pair of chameleons and end up feeling much better.

Cape dwarf chameleons (Bradypodion pumilum).

Implemented the ingredient flag (-i) to filter recipes in myka.

Building CLI tools is fun (and super addictive once you get rolling).

Added basic TOML decoding of substrate / media recipes to myka.

Later I'll add a flag to be able to filter by ingredient when listing all recipes in the collection.

I came across this beauty on my afternoon walk today. Didn't quite get the focus right but oh well. A local botanist friend helped me with the identification:

Asparagus capensis, one of approximately 300 species in the Asparagus genus. Also known as 'katdoring' (Afrikaans for 'cat thorn'), this species tends to grow in sandy soils and is most common on the west coast of South Africa and Namibia.

Checking out YAML as a means of storing cultivation-related recipes for use with myka (cultivation tracking CLI tool). I think this could work quite nicely for my use-case.

If you know of any major downsides to YAML which might trip me up on this project, I welcome your input.

Lazy Saturday afternoon - doing a bit of work on spore: a manual for the mycelial arts.

This is part of a collaboration between Harmonic Mycology in Cape Town and the Kiez Pilz Kollektiv (KPK) in Berlin. More news to come in the weeks and months ahead.

cc: @notplants :)

My redesigned personal website is now online. Very minimal content at this point - I mainly wanted to get at least one item in each section before launching.

Lots more tweaks to be made but I'm stoked about how it has come together. Now I feel like I have a solid foundation for further sharing.

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Viscum capense: a hemiparasite in the order Santalales (commonly known as mistletoes).

Notice the apparent lack of leaves? This species is adapted to semi-arid environments, with the leaves having evolved to form vestigial scales. Photosynthesis & transpiration take place in the stems. It produces haustoria - root-like structures which pierce the tissues of the host plant in order to obtain nutrients.

I know of one paper demonstrating antimicrobial & anticonvulsant activity in this species.

Started copying some of my Scuttlebutt posts to my new site today.

Feels good to work on this after a few weeks focusing on other projects.

Plasmodial slime mold I found on my foray along the stream this morning.

Might be Brefeldia maxima but that's mostly a guess on my part - gotta dive into the slime mold literature one of these days.

Aloe in full bloom. Bees in drunken delight.

I love this time of year.

I've been working on docs for the networking microservice of PeachCloud this week. The doc comments feel a bit excessive but I want to make it as easy as possible for other developers to work on the project in the future.

I also refactored the RPC naming scheme to offer a more consistent API.

Spent a few hours repotting some of my cacti today. All of these were started from seed circa 2012.

Y uno más. First flush. The cluster in picture weighed 212 g at harvest. Dinner just got an upgrade 🍲 🖤

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Form, texture and colour palette of Aloe arborescens - so nice 🖤

Added bonus: rad architecture.

This is an outside view of the greenhouse in the previous photo.

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.