Way eclectic this week. Enjoy! I will be working, as I haven’t had a day off in 3 weeks – but don’t be too sorry for me, I chose this. The magic of pre-scheduling posts fixes it.
Your unrelated music post: The Best Electronic Music on Bandcamp: August 2019.
This week is a nice mix between useful and entertaining.
I am starting to think I need an Apple ][ tag.
- COLOR vs COLOUR in the Acorn.
- World’s oldest orrery. Source has pictures in the attachments.
- Vintage Tech, a series of Believer columns about older technology like ballpoint pens, and fortune cookies; enjoyable reads.
- John Cleese, advertising for Compaq. (via)
- Purposeful noise in 3D rendering.
- Black Box Record Club, Vinyl Me, and Vinyl Moon, all record delivery services. (via)
- Secretly Public Domain: Update. Further details on a significant change in knowledge.
- Mining Bitcoin on an Apple II, a highly impractical guide. (via)
- Juiced.GS, a quarterly Apple II journal.
- Chaos Communication Camp 2019 video. (via)
- No CLI Ads. (via)
- Ola Bini’s Letters from Detention. The reason I link to the commentary is the pull quote; the idea that “[C]ode and architecture are more important than laws.” Laws are public; code often isn’t. Which is an argument for open source, certainly.
- Many ways to pop balloons. Not sure if that’s the actual intent.
- ASCII-Mapper. (via)
- Bookhunter, the comic. (via)
- The Sound of D&D.
- Transporting a portable system: Unix to an IBM minicomputer (1983) [pdf]. (via)
- Turing Tumble – Build Marble-Powered Computers. Like Rocky’s Boots, but physical. (via)
- Obscure plugin game consoles. (via)
- The Hathi Trust, another source for out-of-copyright books comparable to Gutenberg. (via)
- GNOME Terminal Cursor Blinking Saga. (via)
I’m covering all my areas of interest this week, or nearly so.
- Famous computer history quotes, some probably new to you.
- The Bit Player, a movie about Claude Shannon, and a review of it.
- A new Cyriak video, Breakfast. Another attempt to describe fractal infinity, I think. (via)
- D&D plus Shakespeare. (via)
- The Design of Dungeons and Dragons. Talking about the books themselves, not the game. (via)
- Noise Machines, including the nonrepeating sound of a data center. (via)
- Oddball analog smartphones.
- Voyager 1 and 2 are still talking, still active, and possibly the highest-latency communication problem possible. (via)
- Old video game advertisements. (via)
- Absolute scale corrupts absolutely. Lots of great pull quotes in this.
- Tumblr, the Day After. As a counterpoint to the last link, WordPress and Tumblr are two social networks that do not financially depend on either damaging privacy or encouraging outrage.
- Waldenponding, a term new to me.
- Paul Ford Uses This. I’ve linked to his excellent writing before.
- Chesses, variations on chess. Immediately understandable, and playable if you have a second player right there. (via)
Again, way behind cause of being online only irregularly over the last week. There’s still plenty to look at – August is made for Lazy Reading.
I have some neat history items mixed in this week.
Your unrelated music of the week: Blarf: Cease and Desist. (via)
This week’s material filled up fast. It’s vacation season in the northern hemisphere, so let’s see what next week brings…
I get indirectly cranky, this week.
Accidental theme: heavy metal.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Grando by OHMYGOD.
No unplanned theme evolved this week, but that’s OK.
Your listening link of the week: Kerrang’s 50 best metal bands of the last decade. You (may have) heard it here first on #1. (via)
I’m going to be very busy over the next week, so I am not sure how consistent my posting schedule will be, or how much I will be able to build up for next weekend. We’ll find out together.
Lots of topic range this week; no theme grew out – but that’s better in some ways!
Inadvertent theme this week: games. Yet somehow I didn’t include a roguelike? Dang.
This week’s inadvertent theme: decoration.
I’ve got some unique links this week.
- “We’ve run the simulation a million million times… and every time, the Dark Lord wins.” Mageframe, a story told by AI (apparently not just another Markov Chain) with your seeded information. Explanation here; I suggest this is art you should participate in.
- Return to Nib’s Knoll. Another early-Internet sense of place, buried away.
- href.cool. Old-style web directory. (via)
- What I’m Thinking About 1995. Makes sense if you listen to the author’s podcast.
- As A Service. “Half a century ago it was called timesharing.”
- Twisty Little Passages, a sorta-RPG, sorta-roguelike … book?
- Fast FVP, the task sorting method.
- 110 days of Early Multics Emacs History. (via)
- Cthulhu Dark, “A Rules-light system For lovecraftian Horror”. I like how compact it is; a 3-page PDF. (via)
- Related: the original Call of Cthulhu rules. I’ve never had to type out Cthulhu before.
- 30-plus years of HyperCard, the missing link to the Web. (via)
- The Software Arts, an “alternative history of software that places the arts at the very center of software’s evolution.” (via)
- The 25¢ Apple II Real Time Clock. The author shows up in the comments of the source link, 38 years later.
- Espruino ISS Notifier. Yep, it’s a Space Station Detector.
Accidental theme of the week: old-school non-UNIX operating systems.
Cobbled together early cause I have an unexpectedly busy weekend, so you are getting a straight dump of everything pending I had in RSS, Thursday night.
I am opinionated this week!
I’m really loading up with links this weekend; make some time to read today.
A little short this week to balance last week’s mega-Lazy.