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I'm into and , am a #6502 fan, but I like green spaces and days which not overcast, I like science and - mostly and stories - , aka or , I like for his music and his thoughtful writings and funny videos, I write just a little code in and and and generally spend a lot of time on the internet.
Isn't the world a lovely place but in a fine old state though?

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Z80 vs floating point (185 words) 

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Entering week 3 of isolation, my 3yo spontaneously builds an enclosed structure with no doors or windows

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RT @MikaelThalen@twitter.activitypub.actor
This shows the location data of phones that were on a Florida beach during Spring Break. It then shows where those phones traveled.

First thing you should note is the importance of social distancing. The second is how much data your phone gives off.

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A catalogue of mathematical formulas involving π, with analysis
Article by David H. Bailey
In collections: Basically computer science, History, Lists and catalogues
This paper presents a catalogue of mathematical formulas and iterative algorithms for evaluating the mathematical constant π, ranging from Archimedes’ 2200-year-old iteration to some formulas that were discovered only in the past few decades. Computer...
URL: davidhbailey.com/dhbpapers/pi-
Entry: read.somethingorotherwhatever.

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RIGHT 3 eps of 'nairn across britain' are available on iPlayer now! if anyone knows anything about me, this is *the* voice I've aped for years. www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01rn270 via @bbciplayer

"Times New Roman, size 12 font, 1.5 spacing, like a human being"
"Stone cold auto Calibri 11. I don’t know why I live this way"
- font wars, as reported at
theguardian.com/books/2020/jan

via link love: language at
stancarey.wordpress.com/2020/0

See also the nearby Typographic illusions:
typography.com/blog/typographi

"as 1929 turned, and unemployment rose to 25% and cardboard shantytowns sprang up, mainstream opinion was that capitalism had irrevocably failed, and representative government would fail too — that the '32 election held off revolution, but when the economy continued to collapse, the revolution would follow.  The only question was what kind of revolution.  Many believed that "we may be fortunate if we get the American Mussolini"; those out of work held that "all roads lead to Moscow".

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Ursula K Le Guin, on tech workers:
"Real power goes to waste. Every wizard uses his art against the others, serving the men of greed. What good can any art be used that way? It's wasted. It goes wrong, or it's thrown away. Like slaves' lives. Nobody can be free alone. Not even a mage. All of them working their magic in prison cells, to gain nothing. There's no way to use power for good."
- "The Finder", from "Tales from Earthsea"

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This crisis will play out *identically* whether you check the news every 2-3 days or every 10 minutes. Whether you know every reckless thing every faraway powerful person did, or not.

What can you do to make YOUR life, and the life of those within your reach, a little better?

Like to read informative talks with funny slides? Try Idle Words by Maciej Cegłowski

idlewords.com/talks/

samples:
Legends of the Ancient Web
Notes From An Emergency
Build A Better Monster
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Superintelligence, the Idea that Eats Smart People
Deep-Fried Data
Remarks on the Moral Economy of Tech
What Happens Next Will Amaze You
Web Design: The First 100 Years


Like podcasts? Like longreads? Two-in-one!
Damn Interesting is "a collection of fascinating true stories from history, science, and psychology. In text and podcast form."

damninteresting.com/


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For a break from the events swirling around us. I've really enjoyed Fabien Sanglard's series writing about ports of "Another World" to various platforms. I find it somehow relaxing. The latest is on the Jaguar:

fabiensanglard.net/another_wor

The others can be found on the home page:

fabiensanglard.net/

I never played the game (I saw people playing it in college), but Sanglard's writing about it definitely made me appreciate the work behind it. I want to boot an emulator and play it sometime.

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a map of polish cities with 'owo' at the end of their name

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Housebound advice from a long-term housebound person, boosts ok 

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"Okay, here's the scenario. You are a crew member on a starship."
"Cool."
"Space travel is slow, you'll be stuck with your crewmates a long time."
"So we must get along."
"Yes. Communicate, listen, share limited resources."
"I can do that. What's the starship called?"
"Earth."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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In the 1980s, a group of young dissidents in San Francisco's financial district got together to create a #Zine

"Processed World" is now available at the Internet Archive. Brace yourself for a world of subversive commentary and #Cyberpunk

archive.org/details/processedw

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Got an old Pascal S compiler to compile and run under RISC OS. Then I read about Pascal S on the web (the compiler helpfully includes no documentation) and discover that Pascal S is a toy subset of Pascal. No pointers, no file IO, or function parameters...

No wonder nobody bothered recompiling it for 32bit RISC OS....

But that's OK because I learned a little about the history of Pascal. And about the .... unique architecture of the CDC6600.

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My math-teaching brother's wish is that 2020 is the year everyone learns that "exponential" doesn't mean "very fast" it means "imperceptibly gradual and then suddenly overwhelming".

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Mastodon @ SDF

"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko