Category: Lazy Reading

Lazy Reading for 2015/07/26


Short list this week – no particular reason.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/19


No theme, though I’ve been thinking about IPv6 lately.  Mostly in a “oh man all that PLC equipment at work can barely do IPv4 this won’t be easy” sort of way.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Dr. Fun comic archives.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/12


This is Thoughtful Consideration week.

Your unrelated game link of the week: Compare Javascript frameworks by playing the same game (well, game mechanism) in each: Breakouts.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/05


I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/28


I came up with a whole bunch of links at the last minute despite traveling and being sick.  I’m dedicated to your idle reading!

Your off-topic link of the week: you have about a week to pay $35 to not die when the Earth is destroyed on July 5th.  It’s the 18th time the world has almost ended, so it has to work out one of these times.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/21


I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week.  Sorry!

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/14


‘Historic information week’ is this week’s accidental theme.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Fully Computerized.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/06/07


This week is more eclectic than usual.

Your unrelated video link of the week: Stairway to Stardom.  1980s public access TV performances.  Highlights one, two, and three.  (via private list.)

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/31


Emulation is this week’s accidental topic.

Your comics link of the week: Behold!  The Dinosaurs!

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/24


I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.

Your unrelated link of the week: svblm.  Found via a link to Infinideer and Forest Ambassador.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/17


Get clicking!

Your unrelated comic link of the week: Finished page at the Toronto Comic Jam.  I missed TCAF this year, dangit.  It is awesome.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/10


Accidentally very roguelike this week.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/05/03


I started sparse because this was a busy week, but I’ve still got a pretty good amount of reading for you.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/04/26


We’re already 2/3 of the way to Christmas!

Your unrelated tea links of the week: Do you even steep?  The actual title is different, but I like that part of the link more.  (Thanks, Jeff Ramnani)  Also: Tea With Strangers.  It’s exactly what it sounds like.  Unfortunately, it’s not in my city.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/04/19


Spillover from last week, even.

Your unrelated video links of the week: 80s nostalgia is happening now that there’s a generation young enough to not have experienced it.  You can have the 1980s as a parody, or as the real, unmitigated awfulness.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/04/12


Without meaning to, I’ve broken into full-on computer nostalgia this week.  Don’t know how it happened, but at least the links are interesting.

Your unrelated tea link of the week: The man who drank too much iced tea.  He wasn’t drinking that much, which makes me a bit worried about my own hot tea consumption.  (via)

Your unrelated psychedelic rock video of the week: Lightning Bolt’s The Metal East.  If you find the art interesting, start looking for Fort Thunder comics.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/29


Pre-assembled over the week, since I have an odd weekend schedule this week.  On the plus side, there’s lots to click here.

Unrelated link of the week: Tea.  Contains strong language.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/22


As you read this, I am probably watching a storage processor reboot.

I’d love to see fewer developers demanding superficial perks, and more of them asking to have more time to contribute to the open source products we use, mentor young developers, and learning more about the space they occupy. All of those result in us growing as developers in more than just our coding skills.

Your unrelated link of the week: National Corndog Day.  Has audio.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/15


Happy (almost) St. Patrick’s Day!  An excuse in the U.S. to wear green things and drink beer.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/08


This is the Lazy Reading mix I like – some history, some commentary.

Your unrelated link of the week: Perfect cup of tea renders all other tea pointless.  A sloppy joke, so let me share these recipes for masala chai and hobnobs instead.  I’m hungry.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/03/01


The temperatures climbed up to almost not freezing this week!  It feels so warm.

Your unrelated video link of the week: The Chemistry of Cookies.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/02/22


Lots of in-depth reading this week.  Put on something warm/drink something warm (especially if you are in the northeast US) and start reading.

Your unrelated quote of the week:

“If we had Smart Dogs right now, they’d have screens instead of ears, and they wouldn’t be able to bark in a somewhat indecipherable but yet still full of meaning way, they’d just have a whole bunch of notification icons that would come out of their butt and would all be red circles with numbers in them.”

Your unrelated link of the week: Drone over Niagara Falls.  That’s about 70 miles from here; I’ve been there many times.  That may give you an idea of the snow buildup/cold level here recently.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/02/15


Being home sick in the middle of the week gave me a head start on all these links.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/02/08


I’m… not sure what happened this week.  I read the same amount of material, went through my RSS feeds, and this is the only stuff that looked linkable.  Sorry!

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/02/01


Happy Groundhog Day!

Your unrelated video link of the week: The showreel of Nick Denboer, AKA Smearballs.  (also via)

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/25


All over the spectrum this week.

Your unrelated link of the week: Skymall, 2007.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/18


Not sure how I ended up with so many interesting conference links.  There’s some substantial reading here too, so clear your schedule.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/11


Historical links are the accidental theme this week.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/04


My end of year vacation is over tomorrow, darnit.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/12/28


Last of the year!

Your unrelated link of the week: UpDog, a revolutionary communications platform.  (via)

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/12/21


I am slightly confused about which day it is.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/12/14


Minimal link text this week.  It just happened that way.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/12/07


Today is my birthday, so I have a gift for you: a lot of reading!

Your unrelated link of the week: Cyriak’s Adult Swim 2014 compilation.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/30


I’m going with links to some old-school crazy-hard projects this week.  No simple hacks, these.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/23


Lots to read this week.

Your unrelated link of the week: Snowpocalypse 2014.  I grew up there and now live not too far away.  That’s really not that much snow for the area; it’s just that it fell so quickly.

Lazy Reading for 2014/11/16


Snow snow snow!

Unrelated link of the week: Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away (lyrics)  Watch to the end.  “just like a dragonfly”  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/09


For some reason, more historical links this week than usual.

Unrelated link of the week: Cartozia Tales.  It’s a print comic in a limited series.  Many stories, many artists.  I’ve been getting the issues and it’s a lot of fun.  Here’s an interview with the person coordinating the whole thing.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/11/02


Short this week because of the amount of time I was at work, but what I have is good.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/10/26


Lots of light topic links this week.

Your unrelated animation of the week: Karateka.  I remember discovering this, and laughing and laughing…

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Lazy Reading for 2014/10/19


Writing this now, and hoping I’ll get the server apart and back together fast enough nobody notices.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/10/12


Whee!

A talking car dashboard from the 1980s.

Argos Catalogs.  Count how many of the pictured items have been absorbed by cell phones.  (via)

Features are Faults.

King of click.  More Model M stories.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/10/05


I spent a good chunk of this weekend at work for various reasons, so it’s a slightly less long list.  On the plus side, I know a bit more about setting up fiber links now.

Your unrelated image of the week:

I’m getting a new pet tomorrow.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/28


I have an excellent mix of links this week, I think.  I like to have multiple links on multiple topics.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/21


Lots of links this week.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/14


I didn’t even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I’ve hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago.

Your unrelated video of the week: Tea Making Tips, from England in 1941.  This 60-year-old WW2-era film is actually one of the better how-to-deal-with-tea guides I’ve ever seen. (via)

Lazy Reading for 2014/09/07


I finished almost this entire thing just on September 1st.  I blame school season restarting.  Speaking of which, O’Reilly’s running a 50% off ebooks sale.

Your unrelated link of the week: the final answer on how to say GIF .  (video source – watch the outtakes, too.)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/31


A relatively trim list for the holiday weekend.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: “Horse.”  One of my favorite single panels of all time.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/24


I hope you like your links eclectic!

Your unrelated comics link of the week: John Pound, one of the original Garbage Pail Kids artists, nowadays creates his art by coding it – mostly by writing out Postscript.  He doesn’t draw sketchbooks – he generates them.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/17


For once, a shorter week.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wrenchies.  I like Farel Dalrymple’s style.

Bonus unrelated: New Cyriak video!

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/10


This week’s Lazy Reading started as overflow from last week.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Quantum & Pixel.  Another Boulet comic, this time exploring 2D physics.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/03


There’s a lot to read this week… I’m not sure how that happened.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Mmmm…  diagrams.  That describes me.  The subject and artist, Scott McCloud, has a book called Understanding Comics that is an excellent discussion of perception and communication.  His exploration of visual “closure” is good for anyone who has to think about interfaces.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/27


I was low on time but I still brought the links!

Your unrelated link of the week: Summer cakes.  The second recipe is from Nicola Humble.  I just read her surprisingly interesting history of the cookbook in the UK, hence the link.  Plus, I’m hungry.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/20


I spent this week watching an older Cisco ASA slowly lose its ability to see parts of the Internet.  How did I fix it?  pfSense.

Your unrelated link of the week: Avery Monsen’s Vines.  Vines are an excellent way to make a very short comedy sketch.  Infinite Waffles and Break the Silence are my favorites so far.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/13


It’s a manageable list this week.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Formicapunk.  Boulet’s version of analog technology.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/06


I was out sick for a few days this week (Norwalk virus ain’t fun), and so there’s a whole lot of links to follow.

Your unrelated link of the week: The 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship.  Imagine there was no Internet access other than what you can telnet to, and nothing on TV other than this.  That’s 1987.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/29


I bring the audio and the visual today.

You unrelated comics link of the week: The Imitation Game, the story of Alan Turing, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis.  I have other work by both authors – they are excellent – and Alan Turning should be a name already familiar to you.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/22


Again, a backlog from last week means this week is fat.

Your unrelated links of the week: My side hobby I never mention here is baking.  I looked up a word I didn’t know, found out about an ice cream type I’ve never seen, started reading about odd things to do with eggs and pressure cookers, and now I’m confused by the possibilities.  No narrative point here; I just need to get in the kitchen.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/15


I’ve been short on this week (worked 19 hour day Tues/Wed, ug), so the list is short.

Your unrelated link of the week: Another Cyriak music video, this time for Bonobo.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/06/08


Less links than last week, but still lots.  Alliteration!

Your unrelated link of the week: Carpets for Airports.  Requires Flash, unfortunately.

Lazy Reading for 2014/06/01


I have possibly two weeks worth of Lazy Reading built up here, so sit down and get with the clicking:

Your unrelated comics link of the week: The End of Garfield. I don’t know if this is the original source for the image.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/25


Lots to read this week – enjoy!

Your unrelated link of the week: Well, not really unrelated, but this thought occurred to me.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/18


Another week, another linkpile.  I’d probably have more links if it wasn’t for Lost Alpha coming out.

Your unrelated link of the week: Dragonfly (the bug) closeups.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/11


I’ve linked to Wizzywig (free complete book PDF at that link before, as a sort of early semi-fictional history of personal computing.  I met the author at TCAF this weekend; his Brain Rot comics about the start of hip-hop are enjoyable too.  There’s about a zillion more books I wanted to buy at TCAF, too…

Your unrelated link of the week: Memorex.  As a friend from years ago said, “Eiiiiiiiiighteeeeeees”.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/05/04


Busy week, but lots to read.

Your unrelated link of the week: Doc Brown on My Proper Tea.  Language warning.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/27


Settle back, there’s a lot to read.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City.  It’s a kickstarter for the 13th volume of a long-running story – which is also free to read online.  As I have mentioned before, the artist Phil Foglio drew the original BSD daemons.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/20


This is another week where I find neat stuff at the start of the week, start the post, and by the time the post date rolls around, those links have been seen everywhere.  Yes, I’m complaining I don’t get “First Post!” the way I want.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Heads or Tails.  Chris Ware’s comics are all about using the comic as a way of expressing the movement of time, in so many ways.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/13


I am all over the map this week.

Your unrelated animated image of the week: a seal with hiccups.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/04/06


This is the first Lazy Reading in a while that I hadn’t already started before the previous week’s Lazy Reading was displayed.

Your unrelated comics link of the day: The Very Hungry Rust Monster.

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/03/30


I suddenly can’t remember if I pad my dates with zeros.

Your unrelated link of the week: The creepiest animatronic work I’ve seen yet.  (via Orbital Operations)

 

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Lazy Reading for 2014/03/23


Aaaaaaaaa link overflow!

Your unrelated link of the week: Space Replay.  A very good use of an Arduino board.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/03/16


A lot of this was done early; last week had a lot of interesting stuff turn up.  Maybe because we’re coming out of a extreme winter in the northern hemisphere, and people are feeling a bit more energetic?

Your unrelated link of the week: The Conet Project, recordings of numbers stations, at the Internet Archive. (via the Orbital Operations newsletter)

Bonus timewaster: 2048.  (via multiple places)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/03/09


This week blew up with links fast.

Your unrelated video of the week: This trailer for Crawl.  This is a roguelike multiplayer cross-platform game, though I don’t know if it would work on BSD.  The important thing: the voiceover narration is fantastic.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/03/02


A public service announcement: Check your backup power systems when the weather is bad.  It has been so cold that the always-running heater blocks cooked away the coolant in my workplace’s backup generator in between the weekly inspections, and when the power died a few days ago, the generator failed to start.  This led to the paradoxical sensor warning: “High coolant temperature” when the outside temperature was below freezing.

Your unrelated link of the week: Muppets, NYC, and tea.  I know it’s an ad, but it fits my interests perfectly.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/02/23


Pardon me as I wander through a lot of topics.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: Top Shelf is now selling their excellent comics without DRM, so they can be stored/read however you like.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/02/16


Trivia fact that I told someone about at NYCBSDCon: the habit of using (via) to correctly attribute links comes from a still-online-but-not-functioning site called The Nonist.  The fellow putting it together had the most wonderful ability to find esoteric, interesting items to read about.  I can’t match his talent for images.  The Wayback Machine has a copy of the Nonist site so you can see it in its original glory.

To the (text-only) links!

Your unrelated link of the week: If I met you at NYCBSDCon last week, did I seem like a mature adult?  I’m not.  Here’s Deer Fart.wmv.  

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Lazy Reading for 2014/02/09


A low week this week, but I have been on the road… I will hopefully have a large NYCBSDCon report up later today, to make up for a skimpy Lazy Reading.

Bit rot, circa 1998.  Enjoy looking at the old technology options and prices.  (via)

The Industrial Internet of Things.  Most of what’s out there that should be wired isn’t, and it’s because the companies making the equipment like to pretend the Internet never happened.  Also, modbus is horrifying.

Bluetooth Low Energy: what do we do with you?  I’m surprised more people aren’t excited about BLE; it has a lot of potential.

Your unrelated link of the week: a new Cyriak film!  Starts cute, ends horrifying, but that’s no surprise.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/02/02


Lots of randomness this week.  That’s great!

Your unrelated link of the week: it’s two links, for the two very rare German episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/01/26


Finally, a relatively quiet week.

Writing more efficient shell scripts.

.  Piped shell commands seen as a set of relations.  This is the most analysis I’ve ever seen of a command line.  (via)  Also related.

Perl Secret Operators.  (via)

As a followup on last week’s Curse of the Leading Zero link, Thomas Klausner points out Python 3.0 explicitly stopped reading leading zeros as the prefix for octals.

The current Humble Weekly Sale (through the 31st) is all roguelikes.  Dunno how many of them run on non-Windows. though.

Mastering Vim in Vim.  Lots more ‘learning Vim’ suggestions where I found this link.

Not possible to have happen; I don’t believe it.  (via)

Your unrelated link of the week: 50 years of tape.  Cassette audio tapes, that is.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/01/19


The Internet overfloweth with good links, lately.  Nothing this week that requires a lot of reading, but plenty of things to click.  Enjoy!

Your unrelated link of the week:  Fail Forward, a collection of writing about pen and paper RPGs.  (via)

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Lazy Reading for 2014/01/12


There’s a lot this week, so let’s get started:

Git Reference.  Not that there isn’t a lot of other documentation out there, but much of what you find is people asking specific questions rather than explanations of procedure.  (via)

Movie Code.  At least most of these are using legit code, even if it’s often the wrong application.  It’s been worse.  (See ‘state of the art video’ item)  (via)

Unix: 14 things to do or stop doing in 2014.  These tips are actually useful and contain no buzzwords.

TrewGrip, another item in my quest for interesting keyboards I don’t use.

4043 bytes to recreate a mid-80s IBM PC.  There are less bytes of data in the program than there were transistors in the CPU that it emulates.  It can run MS Flight Simulator.  It was for the International Obfuscated C Code Contest, which should surprise you not at all.  (via)

The World’s Most Pimped-Out ZX81.  I don’t think it can run Doom, though.

The Unix Shell’s Humble If.  For once, an article that doesn’t just pretend bash is the only shell that exists.  (via)

Unix Shell RPG Tutorial.  It’s exactly what that combination of words means.  (via)

Scientists tell their favorite jokes.

Best programmer jokes, found here where there’s more.

I find these animations slightly hypnotizing.  (via)

Technology used to suck even when it was cutting-edge, and we’ll still feel that way in the future.  (via)

How did we end up with a centralized Internet?

Software in 2014.  The summary is: server side is great, client is not.  (via)

Able to be turn on, and that is it.  Sci-fi movies ignore where technology comes from.

True Nuke Puke Story.  My mine coworkers once did something similar to a copier repairman; got him so worried about going underground that he had a panic attack when he had to step on the hoist.  We had to get a new repairman.

Your unrelated link of the week: BIG ENDING FACES!  (via)