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I finished a new large . It's probably the most detailed drawing I ever made.

The main figure in the drawing is based on a picture I took at the Gion Matsuri in some years ago. It is a dancer performing the old Japanese court dance "Ran-Ryo-O".

I used Derwent Inktense and Conté Aquaralle pencils as well as watercolour paint (various brands). The paper is Arches 56cmx76cm 300g/m2 rough watercolour paper.

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I finished my , on the last day of my holidays! It's the first time I've done such a large (50cmx70cm). It's based on a picture I took of a lotus in a pond in a temple (萬福寺) near . of the lotus pond watercolour

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I'm Wim, in Glasgow (Scotland).
I like , , , cooking and ().

I do research on , and runtimes (e.g. ) for , and .

I program in , , , ++,.

@wim_v12e is my main account, I use it mostly for the non-technical stuff. The computer stuff usually goes on @wim_v12e.

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I finished my . It's based on a picture of a scene from the Gion Matsuri that I took in Kyoto last summer. I used pencils, acrylic watercolour paint and bistre.

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Me: I am not going to do my own translation of the Ballad of Mulan
Also me: Installing Chinese fonts because some of the characters from the Ballad of Mulan don't show up in my browser & text editor. Strictly for reading purposes, of course.

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To be fair, on other doors I have seen simply
"Entry Forbidden"

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Notice on a door:

Japanese: 関係者以外の立入はご遠慮下さい
"Except for authorised persons, please refrain from entering."

(And that does not even capture the honorific on the word "restraint")

To simulate the spread of COVID-19, the scientist has to make a value judgement: for each segment and stratum of society they have to estimate the likelihood of transmission, which correlates strongly with how well the people observe the rules that prevent the spread.

Therefore arguably the simulation becomes politicised, because it is based on an expectation of behaviour which is extremely hard to assess objectively.

And thus the notion of predictability becomes effectively a political one.

Baked another huge wholemeal sourdough loaf.

I'm with the Gyalwang Drukpa here:

"A Random Act of Happiness

Bake bread:a loaf of bread brings us back to the simple essence of life, plus the pure pleasure of seeing, smelling and tasting the fruit of our efforts. When we remind ourselves where our food comes from bread shows us something about sustenance and also potential: who would think such a wonderful thing could come from flour and water and yeast?"

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Mosses and other bryophytes aren’t like vascular plants because they don’t have to be. That doesn’t mean they’re more primitive. The idea that they are “less evolved” is a gross misunderstanding of evolution. Most extant moss species are actually more recent than many vascular plants. Also, bryophyte-dominated landscapes, namely sphagnum bogs, sequester more carbon than all forests combined. Learn more about bryophytes and pervasive misconceptions:

Made a delicous risotto with aubergines and dried mushrooms (morel and porcini).

My closest recipe is

This is the kind of picture that could have been taken almost anywhere at any time (provided it was a bit sunny and the soil was wet enough).

Some of the heather was still blooming on that wonderful afternoon ten days ago.

I fear it might be a while before I get to see these hills again. But the memories are worth a lot.

This was 10 days ago. Now the dwarf cherry has nearly lost all its leaves and the maple is slowly starting to turn red.

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At the far end of the loch (west end) there is a beautiful sandy beach. As the photo shows this is a popular place for people tenting.

I have no idea what purpose the wee building serves. I didn't try to go inside.

It has a real turf roof with grasses and flowers growing on it. My guess is it is a summerhouse, for sitting comfortably, while gazing along the loch.

#Highlands #Scotland #photo #photography

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The photographs are all from a walk I did, on Saturday, around Loch Afraig.

The walk takes about three to four hours, depending on how often one stops to take photographs.

Compared to other walks I've done recently this one was quite busy. I saw around 40 people over the 4 hours.

Everyone looked fit and healthy, with tanned complexions, and a spring in their step. They all displayed broad grins. I suppose, like me, they were happy to be in a special place.

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For 95% of the distance the path is excellent. There was a short distance on the north side which was very boggy. I had to step carefully to avoid getting up to my calfs in mud.

The path on the south side was navigable by motor vehicles. On the north side, the path was mostly a broad footpath, as shown in the photograph below.

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Functional Progamming blog post series 

In the past months I have written a series of blog posts on functional programming with a particular (but by no means exclusive) focus on the Raku programming language. If you're curious about functional programming, I think this series might be a good if maybe somewhat challenging and idiosyncratic introduction. It starts with the very basics but covers some more advanced concepts further on.

The suggested reading order would be:

1. "Cleaner code with functional programming"
2. "Roles as Algebraic Data Types in Raku"
3. "List-based parser combinators in Haskell and Raku"
4. "Function Types"
5. "Encoding types as functions in Raku"
6. "A universal interpreter"

Not essential but fun: "Everything is a function"

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