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Can I read, Daddy? (2018-01-07 08:42:00)

The resolution for 2018 is to read more good books. But why start with War and Peace, when you can have a gentler foray into becoming a bibliophile?

Short good books.

Minor mode (2017-12-06 07:10:00)

From linux-audio-users, a reinterpretation (and orchestration) of the German Christmax carol “Oh Tannenbaum” in minor, by Jeanette C.

+: Stonetelling, Why I hate LaTeX, New old thing.

Recollection (2017-11-29 20:44:00)

Two interesting repositories:

Animascii (2017-11-28 20:39:00)

tl;dr I thought it would be fun to make a small, text-file based, ASCII animator. Showed it to pixel-artist and he came up with this:


Check the source too! I hope to use it in a terminal based game soonish.

From a friend: This video will make you angry (transcription).

(ita): Una lunga e logorroica poesia.

Numbers (2017-10-17 08:18:00)

The Case for Numerical Music Notation, a modern day “basso continuo” (three parts: 1, 2, 3) by Phil Nice.

Addendum: Drawing mental illness, No means no, At Sea off Kazusa, Intermezzo.

Blip (2017-08-15 08:07:00)

Inconsistent net is no fun, have a link dump:

Busy Bumblebee reloaded (2017-07-26 20:21:00)

FVP, with a very inky ink and on quite slick pages.


Bigger version of the mess.

A Young Man Goes to a Dance / Are these giant preistoric trees? / A Braille & ASCII map renderer.

Robot 1 in the Ship of Doom (2017-07-10 08:42:00)

Robot 1 in the Ship of Doom, a short and sweet ZX Spectrum game by Mat Recardo (with by Sergey Tosov).


Play it with your favourite Speccy emulator. Controls: ZXP. You have 5 minutes to save Robot 1!

Earthenware that looks like Jar-Jar Binks.

Party like it's 1890 (2017-07-01 08:21:00)

Still a thing, apparently.

Easter egg puzzle (so simple, so deceptive, I failed).

Moving by Night, by Misja van Laatum.

10$ revolution.

Sound (2017-05-25 20:31:00)

Why do all records sound the same / Studio tour (with braille display) / The traveler.

Aeolus (2017-05-19 07:35:00)

Last weak I discovered a terrific Linux/OSX organ emulator, Aeolus. In the words of the author, Fons Adriaensen, the aim is “to arrive at a synthesised (i.e. not sampled) pipe organ sound that should be good enough to make an organist enjoy playing it.”

I can vouch for both the “good enough” and “enjoy playing it” parts. I tested the synthesis playing a small choralprelude by Walther on a single midi keyboard (errors mine):

Vivaldi (2017-05-04 20:51:00)

The Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter (Max Richter has disassembled them and fashioned a new composition from the deconstructed pieces. Using post-minimalist procedures to extract fertile fragments and reshape the materials into new music.).

Super Kaiju Dunk City, if you love guitar-hero-likes.

The history of esculent fish.

Game Making (2017-04-15 08:38:00)

When you are braingstorming and your teammate sends you this mockup.

Putting <3 back into RogueLikes!

Nosedo (2017-03-04 10:18:00)

Two bits from Chiesetta di Nosedo.


Bigger version.

Pity I didn’t note down the words from the ephigraph on the right, but it is a funerary inscription of someone named Car…: apparently very famous in his time, apparently dead in 536 A.D..

Always nice to visit something fascinating nearby you were not aware of.

Haskell Day Again (2017-02-25 20:00:01)

Haskell day, exhausted & happy as only an Haskell day could get me. Thanks to Mikamai and LinkMe for hosting this!

Bonus, I snatched some dark green ink.

More more watercolours (2017-02-16 07:14:00)

by enviable friend / by William Blake.

More birches, too.

More watercolours (2017-02-08 08:31:00)

Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881–1954) was a Russian artist who in
1904 traveled by prisoner transport from western Russia across
Siberia. Along the way he created a series of drawings and watercolors
of the people and places he encountered.

Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional History and Folklife.

Also: Most of the web really sucks if you have a slow internet connection and Six works of Computer Science-Fiction.

edit: nostalgia vibes with Using the (Commodore 64|DOS|Amiga|Atri|etc.) as main PC in $CURRENT_YEAR.

Birds of a Feather (2017-01-09 07:44:00)

Wintry sundries, by North Star Nature.

Paradise, by Jan Brueghel the Elder.

New year’s resolutions by David Cain (as my connection is extremely shaky, I guess mine could be “no net for 4 months”).

edit: I've 300,000+ messages and it times out after downloading 150,000 (+/- a few 1000) due to Googles max session limit of 24h.. Yes, it is true.

Make it so (2017-01-06 07:31:00)

Spent the best part of this morning fsck-ing the drive of my laptop, which refused to boot with an ominous unrecoverable error. Quite distressing, considering the most recent file on my external backup HD is 2016-11-03.tar.gz.gpg.

2017 can be year where we get into the habit of backing up data early and often, let’s do this together!

On a related topic, the cliff, by Joey Hesse. Every outage has a silver lining, and for sure my 2017 resolution is to minimise time spent online.

A blast from the past (2016-12-20 08:36:00)

Today a book I ordered some weeks ago finally arrived. Apparently it was part of a public library:


And the last date someone checked it was -2 APR 1960.

You’ll be fine here, buddy.