Die Zigarren des Pharaos by Hergé My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Hurra, ich spreche elefantisch!” Der vorliegende Band, “Die Zigarren des Pharaos”, entstand im Jahr 1932 und wurde 1955 überarbeitet und koloriert. Dabei wurden auch geringfügige inhaltliche Änderungen vorgenommen, die aber der Geschichte keinen Abbruch tun. Tatsächlich ist dieser Band der erste, der eine konsistente und unterhaltsame Geschichte erzählt und nicht meh...

Burning Alexandria by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Basically, the blurb says it all – a (book) hoarder in a post-apocalyptic world lives among his tons of books and realises he’ll have to burn some of them. Unfortunately, he’s not the brightest bulb (not even in a world without power!) and, thus, disaster happens. This is a nice-ish short story without any connection to Michael’s other works. It pretty much lives from the s...

A Better Man by Louise Penny My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two years ago, I somehow came across “Still Life”, the first in a series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, Canada. It was a good book, no doubt, and I was quick to catch up with the series which I greatly enjoyed. What I expected to be a standard police procedural turned out to be so much more. Gamache isn’t the young, enthusiastic investigator but a man in h...

Tim und Struppi, Band 2: Tim in Amerika by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars Entstanden in 1931 wurde dieser Band 1946 und 1973 jeweils überarbeitet. Mir liegt die 3. Auflage aus dem Jahr 1974 vor. Tim räumt mit der Chicagoer Unterwelt der 1930er-Jahre auf. Ein netter Band mit netten Ideen, aber sicherlich kein Höhepunkt der Reihe. View all my reviews...

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden My rating: 2 of 5 stars “That evening, the old lady sat in the best place for talking: in the kitchen, on the wooden bench beside the oven.” In the street of the small village I grew up in, there lived (and lives to this day even though she is very, very old now!) a lady of sheer infinite kindness. During the 1980’ties she still used an old oven that burned wood in her wonderfully old-fashione...

Tim im Kongo by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Tim im Kongo” wird üblicherweise als der erste “wirkliche” Tim-und-Struppi-Band angesehen, da der eigentliche Vorgänger, “Tim im Lande der Sowjets” von Hergé lange Zeit als “Jugendsünde” abgetan wurde. Auch hat er diesen später meist als “Band 0” bezeichneten Comic nie mehr überarbeitet (im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen Bänden). Insofern darf der vorliegende Band ...

Tim im Lande der Sowjets by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars Nach vielen Jahren habe ich auf Empfehlung von Akash diesen “Tim und Struppi”-Comic mal wieder gelesen. Es ist das allererste Werk in dieser Comic-Reihe und sein Alter (Entstehungszeit 1929 bis 1930) ist unverkennbar. Die damalige Sowjet-Union, die als Heimat der gefährlichen kommunistischen Horden gesehen wurde, hat so natürlich nie existiert und der gesamte Comic leidet etwas unte...

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve first read “The Last Wish” in 2011. It was recommended to me by my friend Ingmar (who still has to read it, I suppose!) who – as it turned out later – used me as a guinea pig for books he intended to read but didn’t know if he would enjoy them and, thus, enticed me into reading them first. Little did that scoundrel know that he had involuntarily introduced me to what is t...

The Game by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is another short story by Michael which he published separately as part of one of his Kickstarter campaigns. It’s about Troth, a previously minor Non-Player Character (NPC), who “lives” in a Massively Multi-player Role Playing Game (MMORPG) and suddenly develops sentience. The premise is interesting and the story well-told (how could it not be, it’s a Sullivan!). It’s just tha...

Bretonisches Vermächtnis by Jean-Luc Bannalec My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Vive la France! – auch wenn sich das etwas merkwürdig anfühlt, wenn man weiß, daß sich hinter dem Pseudonym Jean-Luc Bannalec der deutsche Literat Jörg Bong (schon eine Weile nicht mehr) versteckt. Merkwürdig fühlt es sich auch an, nach längerer Zeit der “Abstinenz” einmal mehr in meiner Muttersprache gelesen und, jetzt und hier, auch geschrieben zu haben. ...

Miscellaneous Updates to Gerrit, Jenkins & friends
Exherbo / April 16, 2014

Over the last few weeks, I’ve made a few changes to Exherbo’s Gerrit and Jenkins installation: Build artifacts are stored in Jenkins: If a build is unsuccessful, the Paludis build log, config.log (if it exists) and the cave-resolve command used are stored. Since build artifacts are associated with a project (i. e. the repository) and not individual builds, the files have the build number prepended in their file name: 77_buil...

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth

The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth My rating: 4 of 5 stars I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I thought the topic of the Normans was interesting but didn’t get my hopes up high since I had never heard of the author before, popular history books are usually not my taste and the cover was somewhat attention-seeking. I very quickly got drawn into the book deeply, though. Brownworth definitely...

Re-testing patches in Gerrit with Jenkins
Exherbo / March 5, 2014

A recent request concerned the possibility to re-test patches patches in Gerrit with Jenkins. I’ve now added a very simple switch for that: In any given given change (but your own!), you can add a comment with “+1 Retest” set as a “verdict”. On the old change screen (really, change to the new one, it’s much nicer), it looks like this:   On the new change screen, it looks like this: It’s re...

Automated stage building with Jenkins
Exherbo / February 27, 2014

For quite some time now, I’ve been working on the automatic creation of Exherbo stages for AMD64 (x86_64) and X86 using Jenkins. Till now, Exherbo’s stages were created manually by one of us Exherbo core developers and usually basically “on-demand” or when they were major changes. This finally changed yesterday. Using the jobs stage_amd64 and stage_x86 respectively, the stages… are built using a modifie...

A Life Without Fear by Leo King
Book Review / January 10, 2014

A Life Without Fear by Leo King My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book is the sequel to The Bourbon Street Ripper by the same author, Leo King. If you’re interested in this book, you basically have to read the first book because this one starts right after it. You can read my review of the first book here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… That said, this review must be split into two parts. Basically, “A Life Without Fear...

Jenkins: Build-testing for every single commit
Exherbo / January 3, 2014

As of yesterday, I’ve drastically increased the number of testing machines in Jenkins (from two to 21!). This enables me to poll for changes in git every five minutes and automatically start a testing run for every single commit – regardless of it entering via Gerrit or not. (Note: This is in addition to the Gerrit trigger I’ve been using from day one on, not replacing it.) Here’s an example from today: https://...

News about Gerrit, Jenkins & friends
Exherbo / December 29, 2013

Here are a few things I’ve updated on Gerrit, Jenkins and associated tools: Gerrit The Gerrit bot, gerritwk23, has now support for !pl (and pl in a query). It’s just like zebrapig’s !pl. I’ve updated Gerrit in mid-Decembre. Since then, you can switch to a newly designed “Change View” which you’ll find under your account’s settings in the “Change View” option. There’s also...

Chasing the Storm by Martin Molsted
Book Review / December 19, 2013

Chasing the Storm by Martin Molsted My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is undoubtedly an ambitious book; something debut novels often are. Just as often, they don’t live up to those ambitions as is the case with this one. The protagonist, Togrim Rygg at first seems to be just some kind of business man – and suddenly, out of nowhere, he acts like James Bond. He refuses to take a map because he has “everything memorized. Safer...

Another good reason to use Gerrit: Jenkins is at your service
Exherbo / December 1, 2013

If it’s not yet good enough for you that using Gerrit is even easier and faster than using zebrapig (you just push your change and you’re done! And if you use git review it’s getting even easier.), the review turn-around times are often better when using Gerrit than zebrapig, discussing patches can be done both when you’re on IRC and on Gerrit, then here’s another good reason to use it: I’ve set up...

Exherbo’s Gerrit for 3rd party repositories
Exherbo / November 28, 2013

Exherbo’s Gerrit has left its infancy and, thus, I can now add 3rd party repositories to our Gerrit installation. Please just let me know if you’d like that. Requirements: Your repository must use git. You must have an account in Gerrit. You must be willing to add a Gerrit user (github: Gerrit-Exherbo; BitBucket: gerrit-exherbo) to your repository as a contributor.  Here’s the public key. (You don’t need th...