Three small tips for shrinking SVG images

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Rows of icons - each one has the size printed next to it.

I work on the SuperTinyIcons project. Our aim is to make pixel perfect SVG icons in under 1KB. Because SVG can be quite verbose, every single redundant byte we can eliminate is a byte we can use in drawing. Here are three quick tips for shaving a few bytes off an SVG. Decimal Magic SVG…

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How do you raise a software bug with a book publisher?

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Recently, I bought an eBook which has a bug. I’d like to explain what the bug is, why it is a problem, and how I’m trying to get it corrected. Amazon sells eBooks in KF8 format. That is an ePub with some proprietary extras. ePub is a standard based off HTML5. You can read the…

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Living the Stochastic Life

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Many coloured dice in a row.

When I become Emperor Of The World, I will implement my favourite method of electing officials. The Single Stochastic Vote. It’s a cheap, simple, and quick way of electing people. It retains the best features of First Past The Post and Proportional Representation. Here’s how it works: Everyone in the constituency votes for their most…

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Book Review: Shouting Zeros and Ones – Digital Technology, Ethics and Policy in New Zealand – Andrew Chen

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A plain book cover.

‘Understanding how the zeros and ones increasingly influence and control our lives is critical to understanding how we can reciprocate influence and control back onto those zeros and ones.’ This vital book is a call to action: to reduce online harm, to protect the integrity of our digital lives and to uphold democratic participation and…

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A year of only reading books by women

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A montage of books.

Last year, I set myself a challenge to read a new book per week. I managed to read 50 books, which I was pretty happy with. This year*, I decided to only read books written by women. Here’s what I learned. Obviously, COVID had a fairly negative effect on my reading rate. I went months…

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New Year’s Resolution – start an MSc

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A young, beardless Terry - wearing graduation robes.

New Year! New Me! I’m crap at sticking to my multiple resolutions. I think I did okay on last year’s resolutions. So this year, I’m just making a single one. At the start of the Gregorian calendar 2021, I’ll begin an MSc Digital and Technology Specialist. My resolution is to get my coursework in on…

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A Year In Review

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A digital watch.

It’s my birthday! As is customary, here’s my year in review. See 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. WHAT. A. FUCKING. YEAR! The year started with me getting a colonoscopy – and went downhill from there. Well gang, I'm drinking a litre of industrial strength laxative in preparation for a colonoscopy…

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Book Review: The Thief on the Winged Horse – Kate Mascarenhas

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A winged horse carved into a tree.

The Kendrick family have been making world-famous dolls for over 200 years. But their dolls aren’t coveted for the craftsmanship alone. Each one has a specific emotion laid on it by its creator. A magic that can make you feel bucolic bliss or consuming paranoia at a single touch. Though founded by sisters, now only…

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Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

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The golden mask of a Greek Goddess.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of…

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Introducing DOI2HT.ML – the simple semantic citation server

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Academic citations are hard. One of the joys of the Digital Object Identifier System (DOI) is that every academic paper gets a unique reference – like: 10.34053/artivate.8.2.2. As well as always leading you to a URl of the paper, a DOI also provides lots of metadata. Things like author, publisher, ORCID, year of publication etc.…

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