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Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum

theverge.com

Fun stroll through past gadgets. I recently picked up a TRS-80 Model 100 like Walt’s for cheap and it’s an incredible machine. I hope to write more about it soon.

Tank Man

jeffwidener.com

When I arrived at the AP office the next day, Liu came up to me and joked “Oh you have some very bad messages from New York”. I answered “what in the hell did I do wrong now”? Liu then added “You are probably going to win the f … ing Pulitzer”. On the clipboard were messages of congratulations from bureaus all over the world. London said I was fronting all major UK newspapers half pages. The picture which would become known as “Tank Man” was on the front page of the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, USA Today and would later end up on the cover of Time Magazine and appear two pages in Life Magazine.

Sinead O’Connor Remembers Things Differently

nytimes.com

If you remember two things about her, it’s that she vaulted to fame with that enduring close-up in the video for her version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” — and then, that she stared down a “Saturday Night Live” camera, tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II and killed her career.

But O’Connor doesn’t see it that way. In fact, the opposite feels true. Now she has written a memoir, “Rememberings,” that recasts the story from her perspective. “I feel that having a No. 1 record derailed my career,” she writes, “and my tearing the photo put me back on the right track.”

bitfieldaudio/OTTO

github.com

Sampler, Sequencer, Multi-engine synth and effects - in a box! [WIP]

The Lemon Car Story

peacevans.com

The vision of the car was fairly simple - a giant lemon that would be a multi-generational advice stand that served you cold lemonade while you got to ask a question of a child, an elder or a middle aged person and while you sipped the lemonade you could ponder those three perspectives on your question.

jbruchon/elks

github.com

Embeddable Linux Kernel Subset

undera/pylgbst

github.com

Python library for LEGO® PoweredUp devices

Imogen Heap's Mi.Mu gloves will "change the way we make music"

youtube.com

Musician Imogen Heap invited Dezeen to her home-studio to film this exclusive demonstration of her Mi.Mu gesture-control gloves, which allow her to control instruments and computers on stage by using hand gestures.

notahat/midi_patchbay

github.com

Hook up MIDI software and hardware and pass MIDI data between them, applying assorted filters on the way.

gbevin/SendMIDI

github.com

Multi-platform command-line tool to send out MIDI messages

Remaking Oregon Trail video game with an eye toward more accurate Native American depictions

opb.org

So he brought in three indigenous historians. They listened to early test music for the game and said, back off the drums and flutes. And don’t use broken, stilted English. Trudgen got it.

“It’s like a trope to make Native American people seem primitive somehow,” Trudgen says. “When actually there were a lot of bilingual or polylingual Native Americans at that time.”

The team of historians came up with more appropriate names for game characters and advocated for new roles for Native Americans, not just as guides or trappers.

albedozero/fluidpatcher

github.com

A performance-oriented patch interface for FluidSynth

Should you build a mobile app?

shouldyoubuildamobile.app

The web is really great for:

  • Getting customers into your product quickly
  • Collecting early feedback
  • Iterating rapidly

But.

If that works, your business will mature. More requests for a mobile app will come in.

The girl in the Kent State photo and the lifelong burden of being a national symbol

washingtonpost.com

She built a new life on her own terms. Far from the public glare that defined her as someone she never was, she’s now who she wants to be: someone whose life is both private and purposeful. And on weekends, as she roams the Walmart parking lot near her home, leaving gifts for strangers, it’s possible to see that 14-year-old girl before the shutter is snapped, that kid who thinks she’s magic.

llegoff/VGA_Zero

github.com

VGA interface for Raspberry Pi Zéro & 2,3,4

llegoff/Pi400VGA

github.com

VGA interface for Raspberry pi 400