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

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Newsstand: A Google News RSS reader for Mac OS 9

getnewsstand.com

Someone created a great new app for reading Google News RSS feeds, called Newsstand. It even has a gorgeous 3D icon. Oh, and it only runs on Mac OS 9.

FreshRSS/FreshRSS

github.com

A free, self-hostable aggregator…

The Golden Age of Basic

spectrum.ieee.org

But in the 1980s, most kids didn’t have access to the Internet, integrated development environments, rich graphics, or even a choice of languages. What we had were 8-bit home computers, a blinking cursor, and Basic.

And it was wonderful. God, it really was.

sstadick/hck

github.com

A sharp cut(1) clone.

Meet Tatsuya Takahashi - KORG's Star Synth Designer

youtube.com

In this exclusive interview we learn more about how Tatsuya developed his career as an instrument designer and what continues to spark his curiosity and motivation today.

One of Portland’s oldest and best breakfast restaurants has closed for good

oregonlive.com

“When we first opened (1978), we were like, we’re going to make the best breakfast, because nobody else cares about it,” Hagberg said. “You can go to Elmer’s and all those places, but they don’t really care about it. We wanted to make it good. And so we did.”

Really gonna miss that place. It’s pretty much the only place I reliably went for sit-down breakfast downtown.

My "Investment Mindset"

blog.pragmaticengineer.com

I started to think about my activities as investments instead of a means to an end, and my approach changed. I started to ask myself, “what can I learn from this activity, even if the outcome is not what I expect?”.

How Does A Carburetor Work?

youtube.com

Fun demo of how a carburetor actually works, complete with a transparent 3D printed venturi.

inkcut/inkcut

github.com

An application for controlling 2D plotters, cutters, engravers, and CNC machines.

How Donald Rumsfeld Deserves to Be Remembered

theatlantic.com

Rumsfeld had intelligence, wit, dash, and endless faith in himself. Unlike McNamara, he never expressed a quiver of regret. He must have died in the secure knowledge that he had been right all along.

I’ve never forgot those days as long as I live, and how hard many of us vehemently opposed what was going on, both verbally and in the streets.

Treasure

poorlydrawnlines.com

Amazing Atelic Activities

allenpike.com

Honestly, even just being thoughtful about when I’m doing something for the sake of doing it has been nice. I walk a little slower when I’m just going for a walk, I’m a bit less focused on finishing games, and I’ve been getting better at enjoying the parts of my job that I really enjoy – in the afternoons, once I’ve checked off the thing that really needs doing.

It’s amazing.

For me, I’ve found that after losing a spouse or, at a smaller but still very impactful scale, experiencing the past year of COVID, wildfires, record-breaking deadly heat, and a medical scare, I’m so much more appreciative of little atelic activities and just being present.

Open-sourcing the Micro.blog apps

manton.micro.blog

As a next step, all the native apps for iOS and macOS are now open source, available on GitHub.

Walking the walk.

How Pitfall Builds its World

evoniuk.github.io

Crane used a single byte to represent the layout of the current room. That may seem incredible given all that’s going on in any given room, but it’s actually quite simple.

Past and Future Turtles: The Evolution of the Logo Programming Language

turtlespaces.org

But obviously, while desirable it’s not practical for each child to have an adult giving them feedback on everything they do until they understand it. The world just doesn’t (and probably will never have) a 1:1 student to teacher ratio. This was a problem Piaget and Papert simply couldn’t surmount.

But in the early 1960s, a new technology was emerging, one that Papert realized could remove his roadblock – the computer.

Computers did not tire, they did not lose patience.

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]