Old-school UNIX and games this week.
Technical details week for Lazy Reading.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Haha, one of the world’s best tea houses is in my town. It’s Leaf Tea Bar, and Niraj is one of the nicest guys. His prices are reasonable for the quality of the tea, too.
Your related bug link of the week: Teeth of the DragonFly. (via)
It’s all twofer links this week.
Your unrelated entertainment activities of the day: Places to Telnet. (indirectly via)
You weren’t planning to do anything else today, right? Find some headphones.
Your unrelated link of the week: Bandcamp Daily. Curated daily presentations about a band or type of music, where the enthusiasm for any given esoteric sonic whatsit oozes through the writing and samples are there to back it up. Of course I would like it. Recent highlights from just the past few days: a history of doom metal; Kid Koala’s new album, and whatever this is.
“Old consumer computers” is this week’s accidental theme.
Your unrelated video of the week: Turbo Encabulator. There’s more like that out there, like the Rockwell Retro Encabulator.
It took me three edits of this post to spell “Salvador” correctly.
Your unrelated food link of the week: Salvador Dali wrote a cookbook. (It’s getting reprinted.)
Every third link is about old technology, and I swear it’s not on purpose.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: DHARBIN. I briefly met the artist at TCAF a few years ago; he looks exactly like how he draws himself. Here’s an affecting strip about pets and loss.
Partially assembled while I was in some multi-hour conference calls at work.
Roguelike Celebration, happening tomorrow (the 17th) in San Francisco. Normally this would be in Lazy Reading, but that’s too late. (via)
Assembled hastily on Saturday, which is later than I’ve been in a long time.
Unrelated link of the week: Heavy metal riff generator. (via) Related to unrelated: Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing – Part 1. (via)
I have some links I meant to post weeks ago, so lots of variety this week.
Your unrelated link of the week: The GLOG. The Goblin Laws of Gaming, a homebrew RPG. I love just reading the rules on these sorts of things.
This week filled up fast, despite me having an exam to take in the middle of it.
Your unrelated link of the week: HOW TO OPERATE YOUR FROG. (via)
This I all built up over the past two weeks, so plenty to read here.
I’m sort of proud of how wide a range of topics are covered this week.
I had too many links for this as early as Tuesday.
Your unrelated video link of the week: Rotoscoped Horse. Taken from the old Muybridge photos. (via)
I earn the roguelike tag this week.
- “I built Space invaders into Dwarf Fortress.” Featuring the Almighty Dwarven Calculator. (via)
- Free Lovecraft stories. (via)
- Imagining your future projects is holding you back. Talking about fiction, but this applies to open source work too. (via)
- Happy 25th, Webcam!
- @Play 83: HyperRogue
- Mac System 1.0 (via)
- ASCII cows. (via)
- The website of Bob Bemer, the Father of ASCII. COBOL, too? (via)
- Bell Labs in the 1960s. Note how many women were there. Rementioning. (Thanks, BSD32x)
- The scarcity of college graduates with FOSS experience. The license isn’t the important part where students learn; it’s the workflow: coordinating with others, source control, discussion channels, etc. That’s what isn’t taught enough. (via)
- “Here’s a quant fact: the online space is measurably dumber than it was two years ago.“
- Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang. (via)
- The Lonely Dungeon, the random RPG rulebook generator linked last week, now has random illustrations to go with it. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: The Voynich Manuscript and Codex Serahinianus, in PDF form. Ignore the “never-cracked ancient mystery” bit about the Voynich Manuscript, but it’s still interesting to look at.
Rapid topic shifts this week.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Cuppa Thugs.
A bit nostalgic this week.
Your unrelated video link of the week: Aircraft Crash Tests Composite Data Film. (via)
A good chunk of this is brought over from last week, cause there was so much.
Your unrelated game link of the week: Freecol. Runs on all the BSDs (thanks Thomas Klausner), as far as I can tell. (via)
I am all over the map this week.
- How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. I learned D’Nealian; my mother wrote Spencerian. Technical lettering in college and signing labs as a grad student destroyed my style. Anyone know a good source of fountain pens that are cheap/usable? I don’t want to go down the crazy route. (via)
- Triple redundancy in a Boeing 777. An Ada program compiled with 3 different compilers and run on 3 different processors. (PDF, via)
- If you’re curious about gold (the software, not the metal) and how linkers work, given DragonFly’s recent switch, the author of gold, Ian Lance Taylor, wrote a 20-part series about the topic. (Linked here before some years ago, but it’s worth reading now.)
- “We got around three“. A lesson in the persistence of Fortran.
- Former Atari Employee Posts Work Email Log from 1982-1992. The source of the link has many choice comments pulled out.
- Four examples of excellent interface design. In games, of course. The only one I’ve tried is Brogue, previously linked here, and its terminal controls don’t feel like terminal controls.
- The Storage Engine: Timeline. History of data storage, an online exhibit at the Computer History Museum. There are some delightful pictures and stories. (via)
- Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer. Pretty soon it’s going to be possible to sneeze and accidentally lose several computers because you blew them off the table. (via, also here)
- Also, a comparison of price between similarly-powered computers: everything circa 1980 and the Pi Zero now.
- C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better? Topical! “Which runs BSD better?” is the question you should ask, cause price is almost immaterial. (via)
- A browser-based optics sandbox. Funny how this used to require a standalone program. (via)
- The Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for your support. They provide infrastructure to software you use.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.
Your unrelated open source game of the week: 0 A.D. Works on FreeBSD and OpenBSD and can run on DragonFly if you can fix gloox. (via)