Accidental open source ideas or maybe history this week. That might be too easy a category to fit into.
Random this week, but that’s not so different than usual.
Again, dumping out all the links I can in case you are stuck at home.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Hannibal Rex – The One Hundred & Forty Faces Of?.?.?. Has the same drive as early Mix Master Mike, to my ear. (via)
I had so many tabs open they weren’t all showing, so you get a straight dump.
Your unrelated music link of the week: KUTMAH – New Appliance. (via)
Still backlogged, which means one of these weekends I’ll catch up and you’ll have about a zillion links to click.
Partial overflow this week, which means probably even more next week. We all benefit!
Apple ][ minitheme, this week.
Your unrelated music link of the day: A Beginner’s Guide to Venetian Snares’ Breakcore Madness. Oh Bandcamp RSS feed, how did I live without you?
Today’s date is fun to type.
- Elizabeth Goodspeed’s list of open access archives, historical ephemera and found materials. (via)
- Tinker Tech, a review of the Pinebook Pro that’s an exact description of the target audience.
- Pinebookpro gaming part 2, related. (via)
- NexDock 2, a Kickstarter I regret missing. (via previous link)
- Meet micro:bit. I think I linked these before. (via)
- SourceGen Disassembly Projects. Mostly Apple][. (via)
- PastWindow, a window with a 6-month delay. (via)
- Plotting Perlin Landscapes. Pen plotters are hypnotizing to watch in motion.
- Sea and Spar Between, an online generator of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson’s poetry, mashed together. Read the instructions. (via)
- The text adventure game of exiting a telnet session. (via)
- Coffee++ keyboardlayout (ENTI-key++). For when you don’t want to put down your drink. (via)
- Mysterious packets in the night. Linked cause live monitoring is underrated.
- AI Dungeon and Creativity.
- Tangent: The Automated Dungeon Master.
- Bucklespring, Model M audio emulation. (via)
- Terminal Phase, a terminal-based space shooter. (via)
- The happinesses and stresses of full-time FOSS work.
- KnightOS was an interesting operating system.
- The 4X seen as an RPG. (via)
- Master of Orion, in-depth.
- anideafora.website. Exactly that. (via)
- 2020 Web Milestones. Flash and Python 2 finally stop this year. (via)
Your unrelated music link of the day: The Death Metal Double Life of “Atypical” Star Keir Gilchrist. (thanks, Drew Diver) Getting that link made me notice the Bandcamp RSS feed quietly stopped working; an inquiry to their support got me this independent link for now.
I literally just smooshed all my open tabs that weren’t baking–related into this post.
- Electric Rogue. (via)
- Tiny Helpers. Single-purpose web development tools. (via)
- Manytools, similar. (via)
- Bringing the London Bus Network home. Home-made info screen. (via)
- Fun With Software. An AR joke.
- fast_template, your own blog, without having to buy into anyone’s platform. (via)
- ReMarkdown.css, render HTML as Markdown. Full-circle! (sorta via)
- Dark Ages of the Web. (via)
- The clearest statement of how leap years work is a several-centuries-old papal statement. (via)
- The Cidco MailStation.
- Vintage Byte Magazine Library. (thanks, tuxillo)
- Work Is Work. (via)
- Ping, the game.
- Meanwhile, the game, which originally was a comic I’ve mentioned before.
- Tangent: The Automated Dungeon Master. Fun/nostalgic images for me. (via)
- A philosophy of project governance.
- Inside the digital clock from a Soyuz spacecraft.
- Dick Gabriel Uses This. Computer scientist, poet, exclusive Lisp programmer.
- Adding CGI support to my gopher server.
- real world crypto talks.
- TT2020, a typewriter font that doesn’t obviously look like a font. (via)
- Which Machines Do Computer Architects Admire? (also via)
- Formlabs Form 3 Teardown.
- Unix bc command and its -l flag.
Your unrelated video of the week: Igorrr – Very Noise. Reminds me of early Garry’s Mod videos. (via)
No theme, just lots of links.
- 1978 “Heathkit” D&D Digital Dice Tower. Homebrew, Nixie tubes, D&D dice; this was made for me to link.
- VisiData, command line tabular data manipulation. (thanks, Paul Ivanov)
- The History of Games conference Call for Papers is out. (via)
- No leap second this year.
- Related: Did you know there is a global institution covering the rotation of the earth? The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service. They graph Earth’s spin. (via)
- The Beasts of Europe. More graphs! (Thanks, brother)
- Why are modern computers so slow? Scroll to the Technology section; there’s a collection of writeups about modern latency, some of which I’ve linked before but all are worthwhile.
- 2020 IGF nominees: puzzles, Shakespeare, topical games, interactive storybooks, and adventure plus.
- The Roots of Doom Mapping. Goes with the ReDoomEd link yesterday. (via)
- The Art of the Post-Internet.
- Using Computer Modern on the web. For the TeX-lovers. (via)
- Ganymede Series 01 Watch Arrived. A deliberately confusing interface.
- Retro Review: Zeven OS. (via)
- Opening up the Baseboard Management Controller. (via)
- My review of the Pinebook Pro – a $200 ARM powered laptop. I want to see some in-depth BSD experiences on that hardware. (via)
Accidental themes this week: keyboards and game remakes.
I very nearly scheduled this to January 01, 2019. And then fixed it for the right year but not the day, so you may have seen an early draft of this. Oops; it’s here now.
- The link that will eat the most of your time: href.cool links of the decade: there is a lot to look at in here. Some highlights: Smash TV (video collage), esp8266.net (ultracheap hardware hacking), Magic Mirror (achievable tech), SPACEPLAN (clicker game), and Line Wobbler (physical roguelike). If I hadn’t linked to some of these things before, I should have.
- ASCII graffiti. Not really ASCII but that’s OK, still fun to see. (via)
- The modern web is becoming an unusable, user-hostile wasteland. My current peeve: following a link in a newsletter and getting a popup over the content … to subscribe to the newsletter. This is not hard to fix. (via)
- Public Domain Day 2020.
- multicians.org. Pre-UNIX. (via)
- Time will end in 2038… for Unix. (via)
- Managing my dotfiles as a git repository. Not a new idea, but has a nice host-specific setup.
- Chesterton’s Shell Script. (via)
- Black Hack 2nd Edition and Apocalypse World, 2 RPGs recommended.
- Can We Build Trustable Hardware? Like any headline posted as a question, the answer is “no”, but this is Bunnie Huang, so there’s a much more complex but real solution.
- The Joys of UNIX Keyboards.
- Good times create weak men. (via)
- fingers.today, like wandering through someone’s $HOME. (via)
- A brief history of liquid computers. “Billiard-ball computing”. (via)
- Rhasspy: a completely offline voice assistant. That’s what I want. (via)
- X11 screen locking: a secure and modular approach. Requires no new technology.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Cankor. (click on preview button) I saw Cankor pages years ago; it’s disturbing in a good way.
There’s several accidental themes fighting it out this week.
- Please for the love of Blarg, Start a Blog. Seriously.
- Blogging Less in the 2020s. Social media demands your complete attention to “succeed”.
- Why NUKEMAP isn’t on Google Maps anymore. The problem of depending on external services that can be turned off or changed.
- This Page is Designed to Last. I have this worry about the Digest. (via)
- Working on our Thoughts, a publish-in-multiple-formats (website, book, etc) method. (via)
- Back In Time For Xmas. Linked for the picture of fiber wrapped around a large auger; the stuff of nightmares for anyone responsible for network infrastructure.
- Public Sans, a typeface from the U.S. Government. (via)
- PinePhone review.
- Plasma Mobile as Daily Driver on PinePhone. (via)
- Anyone Can Build This Open Source, DRM-Free Kindle Alternative. That is kinda linkbaity but what the heck. (via)
- Inkplate 6, crowdfunded, via comments on the previous source.
- reMarkable: the perfect tablet for academics. (via)
- 2019 Retrospective. Interactive Fiction. (via)
- Miller, a command line tool for tabular data. (via)
- The tyranny of ideas. (via I lost it, sorry)
- The Blue Tape List. When I do this at a new job, I call it the Crazy List. You have only the first 6 months at a new job before everything that struck you as crazy becomes accepted, and you won’t be able to see the problem any more. (via)
- In Memoriam of Chuck Peddle. He created the 6502, which powered it seems like almost every home computer. (via)
- Tiny Tiny RSS + Readability == The best way to read RSS feed. I use Tiny Tiny RSS and had no idea how nice the Readability plugin is. (via)
- Filenames and paths should be a unique type and not a form of strings. Ugh but convincing argument.
- Separate or merge audio and video using ffmpeg and Crop a video using ffmpeg. Linked cause you’ll need it sooner or later.
- The man who made Wolfenstein. One of the few commercially purchased Apple ][ games I ever had – and still have. (via)
Your unrelated music link of the week: Cosey Fanni Tutti ?– Tutti. Found via Ted Gioia’s Best 100 Albums of 2019, which was discovered via Conversations with Tyler. There, now you definitely have enough to listen to until 2020.
Accidental theme this week: roguelikes! Maybe with me that’s not so accidental.
Some deep dives here; take your time today.
Accidental theme this week: terminals.
Your odd pile of GIFs for the week: more Jan Svankmajer animations than I’ve ever seen in one place. (via)
I’m going with high-concept material this week. If you have time for some thinking today, you’ll enjoy the links.
Small computers is the accidental theme this week.
Happy birthday to my father, today.
Your unrelated music link of the week: The Wyrding Module: Typhonic Neural Tantra. (via multiple places)