The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Conveniently Developing an R Package
Half a decade ago I neglected to jot this down, so I had to figure it out again. Just in case someone landed here searching for the most basic R problem, you start the program using uppercase R, not lowercase r. Anyway, to work with a package in a git repository or some such the […] Read more.
Eenoog
Eenoog sloop voorzichtig door het huis. Read more.
Snowy Chairs
They do look better this way, don't they? Read more.
I Broke Another Nutcracker
Unlike the last one, this one didn't come for free with some nuts. Read more.
2017 in movies
Letterboxd manages to send e-mails that aren't complete spam. Take note. Read more.
Aggressive Doubling
Mini Metro might be worth a try if the idea of a simpler Railroad Tycoon sounds appealing. Read more.
Disable Firefox Fullscreen Animation
Go to about:config, as ever. Then disable browser.fullscreen.animate. Read more.
Remove dns-prefetch from WordPress 4.9
remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_resource_hints', 2 ); Read more.
Why Windows Is Better Than PulseAudio
On Windows you can set per-sound card sample rates. Read more.
Fix Minuscule Zoom Limit in Evince
gsettings set org.gnome.Evince page-cache-size 500 Read more.
Adding “Search in Folder” to Thunar Custom Actions
Thunar is one of the best graphical file managers I’ve used, and I say that even while I own a Directory Opus license for Windows. I have some minor quibbles like very sparsely populated default actions on files and folders, but the biggest flaw is doubtless that the breadcrumb navigation doesn’t feature all of the […] Read more.
Lossless Cut with ffmpeg
How to cut a piece of audio or video as losslessly as possible with just ffmpeg on the commandline. Read more.
The Ghost of Student Counseling
Dye based printer ink makes for a surprisingly good fountain pen ink. Here's a little doodle drawn in printer ink. Read more.
Skype on Android x86
A new Skype update was installed! Now “rebuilt from the ground up […] the best Skype we’ve ever built” (release announcement). Okay, cool. Let’s give it a go. What’s that, a crash? And it won’t be fixed because I have the wrong kind of CPU? You can tell Google Play not to update the app […] Read more.
Changing the Android Default Alarm on Zenfone 2
I don’t like the default alarm sound on my phone much and apparently changing it to something a little bit gentler can only be done on a per-alarm basis. Luckily I found this: Today I was looking for a way to change the sound that is applied by default to new alarms you create in […] Read more.
Meditations While Dishwashing
There are two main competing principles at work while washing the dishes: most annoying first and dirtiest last. Luckily these two principles are less contradictory than they might seem at first glance. Utensils, with all of their finicky little nooks and crannies, tend to be fairly clean. The same applies to those annoying glasses, that […] Read more.
You Can Just Concatenate MPEG-2
MPEG-2 files can be concatenated without any concerns or side effects for easier viewing and editing. Read more.
Not a Trashcan
A dialog for two actors. A bucket is set on the middle of the stage. Science and Poetry stand next to it. Read more.
Steam Error: “invalid depot configuration”
I just had to share this mysterious error message. Simply retrying made it go away. Read more.
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Featured posts

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018
Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Skype on Android x86
By Frans  /  August 18, 2017
<cite>Qalculate!</cite>, My New Favorite Calculator
By Frans  /  April 22, 2017

Drawings

The Ghost of Student Counseling
By Frans  /  August 30, 2017
Cloud, Kluit, Clod?
By Frans  /  May 8, 2016
Trois champignons
By Frans  /  April 27, 2016
By Frans  /  June 8, 2010
Chill and Angry Vector Smileys
By Frans  /  May 21, 2007

Writing

By Frans  /  November 7, 2013
Tunnel Anxiety
By Frans  /  April 7, 2013
By Frans  /  March 17, 2013
By Frans  /  July 22, 2012

Internet

Is My Firefox Out of Date?
By Frans  /  November 3, 2017
By Frans  /  August 19, 2015
By Frans  /  February 2, 2014

Linux and more

KOReader 2019.04
By Frans  /  April 6, 2019
GUN Tar
By Frans  /  March 26, 2019
KOReader 2019.03 “Marsdiep”
By Frans  /  March 10, 2019
KOReader 2018.11 “An die Freude”
By Frans  /  November 1, 2018
Six Years of KOReader
By Frans  /  February 22, 2018

Thoughts on books

A Well-Deserved Classic: <cite>Van den vos Reynaerde</cite>
By Frans  /  January 22, 2017
Of Horology and Letters
By Frans  /  January 21, 2017
Congolese Negroes: Beautiful But Stupid?
By Frans  /  August 20, 2016

Photography

On My Header Image
By Frans  /  December 23, 2012
Fireworks on the Scheldt
By Frans  /  January 1, 2010
By Frans  /  April 7, 2006
By Frans  /  March 25, 2006