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.
It’s bizarre links week this week. Well, more than usual, I mean.
I hope you have some time on your hands today. There are hours of reading and watching linked below.
- Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973), Before Adventure, Part 4: Hunt the Wumpus (1973), and Before Adventure, Part 5: Wumpus 2 and 3.
- The ultimate guide to analog control panels in sci-fi movies. (via)
- Buster Keaton: Anarchitect. Linked because the use of animated gifs to illustrate a silent movie career works astonishingly well. (via multiple places)
- How to Read More.
- The Trove, possibly every RPG print volume ever? (via)
- Mattel’s Dungeons and Dragons Computer Labyrinth. (via)
- The Wu Tang Collection, all crazy older kung fu movies. (also via)
- Raster CRT Typography (According to DEC). (thanks, Ben Collver)
- Screen Share Disasters. I tell people, always close other apps when presenting. (via)
- Some followups to the GPS rollover that happened last week. (via)
- Leap-years and leap-seconds. Not only is time not constant, its rate of change is not constant – or predictable! (also via)
- Trek Adventure, 1980.
- Iconic consoles of the IBM System/360 mainframes, 55 years old. I like the pictures.
- The 1973 Bourne shell in Unix version 5 was only 858 lines of C. I like the pictures here too.
Your unrelated Kickstarter of the week: Lancer, an RPG.
Some old-school RPG and miniatures links mixed in this week.
Your unrelated music of the week: Principleasure: I. Eighties sound, but modernized.
This is a compact list, but there’s plenty to see.
Lots of link clustering this week.
- Porting PuTTY to Windows on Arm, related to PuTTY 0.71 released. (via and via)
- Also: Pretty PuTTY – Better PuTTY Settings. (via)
- A Pi-Powered Plan 9 Cluster. I am not sure what this really gets you in practice, but it’s neat to see Plan 9 used like Plan 9 – meaning, across multiple machines. (via)
- A dedicated tablet for running 80s SGI demos! The Alice 4. (via)
- Repacking Social Media Into 1980s Nostalgia. (via)
- Before Adventure, Part 1: Hide and Seek (1972) and Before Adventure, Part 2: Mugwump, Hurkle, Snark (1973). Surely you have heard those words before.
- Also Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973). “Visualize you are living in 1973, where there are almost no computer games at all…” Eeek!
- How I’m able to take notes in mathematics lectures using LaTeX and Vim. A crash course in using the heck out of Vim snippets. (Thanks, Heiko Kuhrt)
- bpkg is a bash package manager. Everything gets its own package manager now. (via)
- The Chinese ThinkPad rebuilding industry – I’ve mentioned it before. (via)
- Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
- Programmer migration patterns. ‘And I would have had to add a fifth category of programmer specialization, “configuring emacs.”‘
- Timeline of events with the Domain Name System. (via)
- The types of attachments we see in malware email (March 2019 edition) and What sorts of good email attachments our users get (March 2019 edition).
- Do do this at home, home automation evolution.
Another good mix of deep dives / unique links this week. Enjoy!
Final link of the week: The story that was made for me: Running a Bakery on Emacs and PostgreSQL.
I’m going to break out the roguelike tag again even if it isn’t a perfect fit.
Yay, got to use the roguelike tag!
- ARPANET: Celebrating 50 Years Since “LO”. There’s a transcript farther down the page if you don’t want to watch the video; I am always grateful for transcripts. (via)
- THROBAC, a computer using Roman numerals. I had no idea this could exist.(via)
- Aspell to check spelling.
- Drist release with persistent ssh.
- Open protocols can evolve fast if they’re willing to break other people.
- Why I like middle mouse button paste in xterm so much.
/dev/null, an old Unix trick. Muscle memory.
- Bad PC cases.
- Cygwin 3.0.0-1. (via)
- Level Design and Shaping a Roguelike Experience. I linked to Cogmind 4 years ago, and it has significantly grown since then. Note to self: play. (via)
- Ask laarc: What apps do you love and/or use habitually?
- Ultima VII. Deep dive into a deep game.
- Dwarf Fortress diaries: 3, a gruesome winter, 4 – Messages from Zon, 5 – culture war, dingo war, and 6 – Through the Interesting Door.
- Landley’s Computer History Page. There’s a lot of history there. Plus BSD history! (via)
- Using gmail with mutt. (via)
- Writing a Rust Roguelike for the Desktop and the Web. (via)
- Restoring My 90’s Era 386 (Work in Progress). Back when heatsinks were much less necessary. (via)
- Split keyboards, a five year experience and review. Source comments led me to Keyboardio, which is nice hardware… and can be reprogrammed by the end user! That’s the way it should be.