New song

Mar. 15th, 2015 04:53 pm
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[personal profile] catsittingstill
Reddit is doing something cool: inspired by Terry Pratchett's depiction of how the names of the dead were sent home by clacks along the Grand Trunk Line on Discworld, they are working out ways to do the same for Sir Terry here in the real world.

And that inspired this song: Send Him Home

The mp3 is linked at the top left, just under the title.

Date: 2015-03-16 02:34 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
You're welcome!


Date: 2015-03-16 01:42 am (UTC)
thnidu: several bottles and glasses of various good alcohols (drinks)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Thank you both. It works. See your mailboxes (email, not DW).

(For those with, perhaps, not as much of the appropriate foo, tedious details follow, typed over dinner with beer.)

η: Here is what I followed. (But you don't have to follow the breadcrumbs. Just skip down to "To do that:".)
• On the bottom of GNU Terry Pratchett ( in very very tiny print is a link to "Original reddit thread".
• That goes to
• There the (currently and probably permanently) top comment, the one beginning "For anyone that either controls their own apache webserver...", has a long list of hyperlinks, the (currently) last two of which are
- Postfix!?!?!
- Invisible gmail signature (same comment as postfix)
both of which take you to the appropriate reddit thread
• And there, at last, is the text
To add this to a gmail account, go into your gmail settings into your signature block. Add a link into your sig that points to the "URL"
  X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett.
  Make the "displayed" text be a space.

To do that:

• Open your gmail account (duh).
• Signature management is under Settings, on the General tab, maybe ¾ of the way down. Click in the large text pane.
• Press the space bar; then, holding down the SHIFT key, press the left arrow. This will select the space you just typed.
• Press Control-K. You'll see a dialogue window for making a hyperlink.
  Your cursor will be in the lower field, the one labeled To what URL should this link go?
• There, type X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett.
• Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Viola!* That line will now appear invisibly in your signature.

Hm? You have a problem with "appear invisibly"? OK, it's like this: It won't show up on your recipient's normal view of your email, but it will be there in the, what, I guess the MIME code** of the message, which you can view in gmail by clicking on the down-arrowhead at the upper right of the message (after the REPLY bent-arrow), and then on Show original in the dropdown menu. Which is pretty much how it works in the clacks ("N means do not log or learn it").

*[sic. Cello too, if you like.]

** Not advisable if Lord Vetinari is anywhere near.

Edited Date: 2015-03-16 02:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-03-16 02:38 am (UTC)
batyatoon: (bookhenge)
From: [personal profile] batyatoon
This is really lovely. May I post it to tumblr?

Date: 2015-03-18 12:27 am (UTC)
batyatoon: (music: I meant to do that)
From: [personal profile] batyatoon
Yay! Thank you. :D

(Edited to add: and done!)
Edited Date: 2015-03-18 12:50 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-03-16 02:41 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Here's one that can be added to any web page -- handy if you don't have enough control over your website to edit the .htaccess file:

tl;dr: <meta http-equiv="X-Clacks-Overhead" content="GNU Terry Pratchett" />

Date: 2015-03-24 03:52 pm (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
I don't think LJ/DW give you access to the head part of your page, but you could use this HTML comment:

<!-- X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett -->

... which will simply sit there in the page. You could add it to a sticky post, or the editable part of your page style.

Date: 2015-03-18 12:16 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Just in case anyone reading Cat's blog doesn't recognize the allusion: Here in Roundworld, GNU* is the name of an open-code computer operating system, a legal freeware version of Unix. The name is a recursive acronym for "GNU's not Unix".

* The G is *not+ silent: "g-nu", as in the Flanders and Swann song.


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