A Slight Setback

Last night I received an email from the Picton Castle, which represents a slight setback in plans for going on a voyage. Due to COVID-19, they have opted to push the trip back until Summer of next year. Given that I registered for Leg 3 of the journey, this means that I may not be…

A First Attempt at Cuneiform

Learning how to write using cuneiform has been on my TODO list for a long time now. Ever since I watched Tom Scott’s interview with Irving Finkel outside the British Museum it has struck me as a rather fun and interesting subject to learn about. After watching this video I immediately bought Finkel’s book and…

It’s a Long Way to Nuka Hiva

Because of COVID-19, the planned route of the Picton Castle has changed a couple of times over the previous few months. Legs 1 and 2 merged into a combined Leg 1/2, and some destinations were removed from the itinerary after the departure date moved to September. Even now the route remains subject to change. Still,…

Tíortha an Domhain

When learning a new language, expanding your vocabulary can be a tedious, albeit necessary, task. Although I am not a beginner in Irish, I still find that I have to spend a lot of effort trying to piece together various every-day words that I might like to use. It is hard to identify your blind-spots….

A Long Anticipated Adventure

On April 1st, 2019, I finally submitted my PhD thesis. My research topic focused on entity linking in text-based cultural heritage collections, a phrase which I have repeated so often that it has lost all meaning. My PhD was not a short one. By the end, I had spent more than five years chipping away…

A Curious Permissions Issue with Tomcat 9 on Debian 10

Today I set out to deploy a triplestore on the server for Peculiar Parity. This should not have been a big deal. My initial choice was Fuseki, simply because I have not used it before and was curious to experiment with it. I installed Tomcat 9 using apt and copied the Fuseki war file into…