I took this #photo many years ago, in my pre-digital phase. It is of the fire festival in Burghead called The Burning of the Clavie, which is celebrated every year on the old Hogmanay (January 11).
The burning Clavie (a wooden barrel containing staves covered in tar, mounted on a stand) is carried through the town, and eventually to the Doorie Hill. On the hill, more tar is added so the whole construction, and parts of the hill, are ablaze.
There are many festive events marking the old Hogmanay in Scotland. When Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar (previously using Julian) 12 days of the year were "lost". People went to bed on the evening of the 2nd of September, and next morning when they got up it was September 14th.
Some communities took a dim view of this change. So, they continued to celebrate the old Hogmanay which happens on January 11th (Gregorian), rather than December 31st.
This photo is from earlier in the evening when the men of Burghead take turns to carry the burning Clavie through the streets. Not only is it an arduous task, due to the size & weight, it is also very dangerous. Regardless, they are all very keen to have their turn.
@fitheach Have a look at the output of
> cal 9 1752
I'd never thought to look it up using cal, that is quite something. 😃
@fitheach I should have included a screenshot for those not running *nix.
I have heard rumours that there are still people using microsoft? Is it true? Nah...
Termux is a Unix shell environment that runs directly on Android from within the sandbox. So for most Unix needs, I don't need to ssh anywhere, I can just do things directly on my phone. Grep through SMS's, run cal, whatever.
I agree about the need for a free *nix phone OS. I actually think that AOSP wouldn't be a bad start, the basic architecture isn't bad at all, and the way apps are isolated is very unixy and porous when that's what you want. A nice free app ecosystem in F-Droid too.
I agree it isn't likely, and it would need at least a couple points of support from the outside. For example, the Chinese handset makers might start trying to support a truly open AOSP. The EU might wake up (ha ha), realize that depending so totally on two US firms is a bad idea, and mandate a more open system of app stores.
I'm not optimistic about any of the above, but it's certainly possible.
What's goin on with Termux is that Google is pushing to slowly lock down Android and push it closer to the iOS model. They've hinted at plenty of nastiness, but in particular they're going to ban exec from the data folder: https://github.com/termux/termux-app/issues/1072
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