I'm particularly interested in numbers stations, and this 2006 segment on BBC R4 is fascinating to listen to. The part about the gongs is particularly fun.
I recently read Gretchen McCulloch's Because Internet and even though it wasn't anything particularly eye-opening, it was a good read and gave me a couple of things to think about with regards to how the internet has changed over the years before I came to be a user of it.
In a similar vibe, Kate Wagner's essay 404 Page Not Found ponders upon the web of the days bygone, the web that I missed and the one that seems like it would be better.
Many things ring true within 404, and the non-apparent message it contains actually aligns quite well with my own beliefs.
Here's an indirect Brexit joke:
Today is Aaron Swartz day.
I am a Postgres advocate (as opposed to MySQL/MariaDB for contemporary use), but this article about using Postgres as a job queue (with near-realtime job claiming, no less!) really highlights why I hold this philosophy. MySQL and its derivatives might work well as a raw data store if you're willing to put in the effort to guard against accidental data corruption or tweak the compatibility settings just right, but Postgres, even though sometimes a bit feature-creeped at times,1 provides for any data storage use case, and most are accounted for out of the box.
1: Indeed I don't think that pub/sub would be an integral part of an RDBMS and it's a bit inexplicable that Postgres has it, but it nonetheless can be convenient in use cases such as presented within that article.
Today is just that kind of Splatoon meme kind of day.
Andy Baio on how machine learning now enables quite good separation of vocals and music.
On the lost key of QWERTY.
Russ Cox's three-parter on Implementing Regular Expressions is worth a read if you've got a thing for deep theory and implementation details on finite-state automata.
On learning piano and instead learning about life.
Grace Hopper's segment on 60 Minutes is fascinating in multiple regards. Her seminal lecture is interesting as well, even though the remaining recordings are a bit low quality.
"Programming Languages," mostly about Zig.
Zig is yet another of the languages I'm keeping an eye out for. C is good and all, but Zig is one of the few languages that seem like the fairest compromise and which could take on being a C replacement, and this article alludes to that idea as well.
Unrelated tangent: LLVM seems to be the best thing to happen to compiled language creators since transpilation to C.
Tedium recently posted an interesting reflection upon historic digital places.
Presented without comment: Try Coding Dear Boy.
Inspect This Snake.
In a similar vein: untitledgame.xyz.
Drew DeVault has hacked together a line printer to a Linux TTY interface. The link is worth for the video alone, but the technical discussion is quite interesting as well.
Now this site implements a dark mode, if that's what your system preferences prefer and if your browser supports it.
As an occasional user of both languages, and one who likes them at that, Go is the new Ruby reflects my own opinions as well.
Related to the last post, JONESFORTH is a literate assembly implementation of Forth.
Fennel is a Lisp that compiles down to Lua with nearly zero overhead. It's pretty neat and something that I want to play around with someday.
80x25: a story about a default that many terminal users must have wondered about.
Writing a sort-of ray tracer for a class assignment. Right now it's extremely unoptimized (and also written in Java) and actually doesn't work, but it's a lot of fun trying to figure out all the maths behind it.
While checking my server logs, noticed that seemingly someone sat down on their F5 key.
My server gets scanner traffic often, but usually not with the rate of exactly 100 requests within one second, and then never again.
Saw Parasite. While I'm no expert in film, my immediate thought after leaving the theatre was that it's “bloody good.” So it's probably worth a watch.
I've made a new post on my longer-form blog. It was partially inspired by the creation of this particular system and the thoughts it put me through afterwards.
I hope it is an enjoyable read at least in the slightest.
I suppose it might be better for me to move my link sharing to a medium such as this so I can at least hopefully provide some commentary on the content, à la Plurrrr or Trivium, but somewhat more.
This platform itself has room for growth, such as implementing fancy quotes and proper archiving, neither of which is present now. But it's a start, and perhaps the start is all that's needed.
The design is basically borrowed piecemeal from Standard Definition Notes. It's a tasteful minimalism I find quite appealing.
Apparently I can't stop building places where I can potentially express myself, then keep abandoning those places because I apparently don't have anything to express.
Well never mind that, this is a new place for my, shall we say, short-form expression.