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Calum Andrew Morrell

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PDED: Series introduction
Setting up a Python development environment with Debian: Step 0

If you’re interested in beginning Python development but don’t know how to create a usable environment to begin learning in, this may, possibly, be the place to start. Beginning with the installation of an operating system and working through the installation, configuration and basic use of each tool I use in my own setup, you will be left with a system ready to follow whatever Python tutorials interest you without further complications. Hopefully.

Constructing a lie
All photographs are lies. No, really.

It was Bucks Fizz that sang “My camera never lies anymore”, though I suspect most people would accept that it’s possible to present a photograph as an honest representation of the world where there’s at least some element of fabrication in it. I just want to go a little further and suggest that every photograph you’ve ever seen was, in some way, dishonest.

Humane mouse traps
Is catch and release actually extending their suffering?

We’re told by product marketing that catching alive and then releasing a mouse to the wild is the humane thing to do. As much as I want this to be true I’m currently not convinced. With the stress of being held captive and then released into an unknown area, is this really the best option for the mouse or is to to alleviate our own conscience?

Nature • 15th of March, 2023 commentary, humane, mouse, wildlife, winter