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)
It might snow around here today, and I am looking forward to it.
When I say the links are wide-ranging this week, I mean it.
Somehow I managed to find mostly articles with long headlines this week.
This is the week for entertainment, not deep thought.
There’s some meaty reading this week, so get settled in and start clicking.
- Haunted Machines An Origin Story. I love this sort of intersection of ideas. (via)
- Our Friends, the Bots. (via previous)
- Futures of Text. Why wasn’t this ever done at the command line, too? (via previous)
- Cybernetic Serendipity.
- The Verge’s Web Sucks. A followup to “The Mobile Web Sucks” that I linked to previously.
- How Does Level Generation Work In Brogue? The animated gifs work very well here.
- Surfing the Internet from My TRS-80 Model 100. (via)
- The Itanium processor, parts 2, 3, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Here’s part 1 if you missed it last week. Windows-centric, but probably still interesting for the hardware.
- Ever wonder why they used “that key”? (via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Pronunciation guide for UNIX. (via)
- Forgotten Quests from the golden age of adventure games.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales. It’s a comics series where different comics artists start a story, then hands the story off to a different writer and artist for each issue after that. I’ve been getting individual issues as they make them, and I want more people to subscribe, so they can get enough cash to print the last few issues. (Independent comics is a hard business.) Order the complete series, for yourself or as a unique present for a smaller person.
Be ready for the latent craziness in some of the links for this Lazy Reading episode.
Your off-topic movie link of the week: The Fabulous World of Jules Verne. (via an internet cult.) Originally titled Invention For Destruction and released by a Czech director, then subtitled to English. Looks like a strange mix of steampunk content and Monty Python-style animation. That may seem only mildly interesting until you notice it was filmed in 1958.
Short list this week – no particular reason.
I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.
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.
I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week. Sorry!
Emulation is this week’s accidental topic.
Your comics link of the week: Behold! The Dinosaurs!
I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.
- The truth about Unix: The user interface is horrid. From 1981, which says something. (via)
- Terminal: Beyond Ctrl + A and Ctrl + E. Linked because I needed to know what the nondestructive version of Ctrl-U was. (Ctrl-A)
- Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem. I’ve been considering a static generator for this site, for similar reasons. (via)
- How to name things: the hardest problem in programming. A dry topic talked about in a very human way. (via)
- Floppy Drive Organ.
- Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar. I don’t need one, but I’ve always thought samovars are interesting.
- Unix Shells: Bash, Fish, Ksh, Tcsh, Zsh. (via)
- When Poll is Better than Interrupt. (PDF, via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- A Repository with 44 Years of Unix Evolution (via)
- Backblaze hard drive stats for 2015Q1. (via)
- Crystals and computer viruses. (via)
- Inadvertent collection.
- Bash history format.
- Vim Tips For Intermediate Users. (via)
- Why isn’t our fax working? (Hint: a power issue.) (via)
- The Problem with the Roguelike Metagame. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: svblm. Found via a link to Infinideer and Forest Ambassador.