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Links to things that I've found interesting. This is currently a combination of:

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Revisiting Simon Collison's Farewell to Twitter

cdevroe.com

I believe the dopamine hit from posting to Twitter’s large audience is addictive and very difficult to put down. And for some people, like Simon, they consider their Twitter audience vital to their work.

Fortunately, I do not care about my audience size. I never have. My blog here has always been my primary way to promote what I’m working on. And it has served me extremely well. I have a relatively small audience but I’m very thankful that small audience has a rather large reach.

I stepped away from Twitter some years back for a few reasons, and in the intervening time have had the chance to reflect on the impulses that would drive me to post previously.

On the flip side, I feel like I’ve really lost touch with a lot of folks and, owing a lot to the pandemic as well enforcing this physically, have really become a shut-in. But I’m working on a ton of interesting things and am considering how to start writing about them more. First for me (which is always good) and then, maybe, for others.

vygr/ChrysaLisp

github.com

Parallel OS, with GUI, Terminal, OO Assembler, Class libraries, C-Script compiler, Lisp interpreter and more…

sickcodes/Docker-OSX

github.com

Run macOS VM in a Docker! Run near native OSX-KVM in Docker! X11 Forwarding! CI/CD for OS X Security Research! Docker mac Containers.

davidtorosyan/ti-js

github.com

TI-Basic interpreter written in JavaScript.

On non-blatant racisim

twitter.com

I thought @Trevornoah @TheDailyShow was brilliant here. To paraphrase “the most daunting opposition is the one you have to prove actually exists”. That’s it, isn’t it?

pi1541/Pi1541

github.com

Commodore 1541 emulator for the Raspberry Pi

emoon/minifb

github.com

MiniFB is a small cross platform library to create a frame buffer that you can draw pixels in

red-data-tools/YouPlot

github.com

A command line tool that draw plots on the terminal.

The myth of inevitable technological progress

vox.com

To claim that these devices are the result of some kind of ever-improving natural process not only misunderstands how evolution works, but it also suggests that everything from biological weapons to fraudulent startups like Theranos to Juicero (the $400 machine that squeezed juice out of packets) are necessary and natural.

ArchiveBox/ArchiveBox

github.com

🗃 Open source self-hosted web archiving. Takes URLs/browser history/bookmarks/Pocket/Pinboard/etc., saves HTML, JS, PDFs, media, and more…

John Muir - The patron saint of backyard VW mechanics everywhere...

bigbluevw.com

When we bought our bus, the original copy Monty bought in 1970 was still in the back, though now moldy and grease-stained. And I use it almost every time I work on the bus. If for nothing else than to gain a little perspective on why I am working on the bus.

Kids who grew up with search engines could change STEM education forever

theverge.com

“I grew up when you had to have a file; you had to save it; you had to know where it was saved. There was no search function,” says Saavik Ford, a professor of astronomy at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. But among her students, “There’s not a conception that there’s a place where files live. They just search for it and bring it up.”

4x Quonset home-studio: 40 years of artistic simple living

youtube.com

In the desert of Joshua Tree, Bobby Furst’s home/studio/compound is an artistic wonderland built from 4 Quonset huts, 3 Airstream trailers, and a shipping container. When Furst left LA for the desert he erected one two-story 50’ by 30’ Quonset hut with a lofted bedroom and industrial kitchen and bathroom.

As his first build became more of a theater/concert space, First bought another kit and erected a second, third and fourth unit. Using just a friend or two and the help of a Genie Lift, he erected the building’s arch by arch with just the simple bolt technology.

jedimatt42/tipi

github.com

TI-99/4A to Raspberry PI messaging through console sideport

mathiasbynens/dotfiles

github.com

🔧 .files, including ~/.macos — sensible hacker defaults for macOS

Subaru plays Toto's "Africa" if you forget your keys

imgur.com

For my wife’s birthday, I modified her car (2015 Subaru Impreza) to play “Africa” by Toto if she forgets her keys in the ignition. It can also play a selection of her other favorite songs.

This project was inspired the legendary Volvo 240 video by Chris NG and 8 Bit Universe with a similar “Africa” door chime feature.

Rediscovering the Small Web

neustadt.fr

This essay is my attempt to show you what the small and independent web can look like, why it’s different from the the sites that dominate web traffic today, why it’s worth exploring and how easy it is for anyone to be a part of it.

Micro Mages (NES / PC) by Morphcat Games

morphcatgames.itch.io

Micro Mages is a platform game developed for the original 8-bit NES console.

Entire game in 40KB. Includes a detail video showing some of the tiling and sprite tricks used to save space.

Memento complexitatis: remember complexity

johndcook.com

A lot of work went into the production of the posters themselves, but the amount of hard-won knowledge the posters represent is mind-boggling. One little arrow on one poster might represent a career’s work.

Everything I Know by Buckminster Fuller

bfi.org

During the last two weeks of January 1975 Buckminster Fuller gave an extraordinary series of lectures concerning his entire life’s work.

My product is my garden

herman.bearblog.dev

That’s what I want from my products. I want to putter about, feel connected to the process, and have fun doing so. I want to make things that don’t scale. To see people tuck into them and enjoy them as people, not as stats.