Amine Anane introduces Visual Metafont, a GUI front end to Metafont at #Tug2019PaloAlto (as part of a wider project to better typeset Arabic).
I was a big ebook reader for a long time, but recently my Kindle has been gathering dust. I've started buying all my books in dead tree format instead, and I'm finding that the ergonomic and tactile experience of using a real printed book is just plain nicer than navigating an ebook. I missed it. I sure do wish you could grep them, though.
My first impressions are that it seems like an album of tight demos that was released as is. Not necessarily a bad thing, but different from what you'd expect from a major artist for his first release after changing labels.
You know how the source code to Infocom's games was posted to Github?
Here's Stever Meretzky's manual on how to learn ZIL (Zork Implementation Language). I don't know if it's enough formal grammar to write an interpreter or compiler, but I think it might be enough to get started...
republic.circumlunar.space is young, but is already holding its own in the awesome phlog content department: gopher://republic.circumlunar.space:70/0/~spring/phlog/2019-01-16__The_Small_Internet.txt
«These jackasses who see “deep state” conspiracies in every part of government are a minority of a minority, yet they are now the weakest link in the chain of more than three centuries of our American republic. Ben Franklin was right. The Founders gave us a precious but fragile gift. If we do not protect it with constant vigilance, we will most certainly lose it.»
Emacs as a platform: https://two-wrongs.com/why-you-should-buy-into-the-emacs-platform
Great overview of some of the Emacs killer apps!
An interview with #DavidFuchs about the early development phase of #TeX (later #LaTeX):
Some good news from Patrick Volkerding, BDFL of Slackware Linux: the community response was important enough that he is no longer in a difficult financial situation (which does not mean he is doing well).
To keep on supporting Patrick V and Slackware, donate directly at: https://www.paypal.me/volkerdi
I know I'll try to support him and donate on a regular basis, because he is just an amazing programmer and just a very, very nice human being.
"The Land of the free"? Whoever told you that is your enemy
I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was this bad:
I can't reconcile the fact that I'm forced to underwrite this.
This is easily the most important post on the #Slackware forum for ages. Pat Volkerding is in trouble. https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/donating-to-slackware-4175634729/#post5882751
Copyeditor, writer, Quaker, TeX enthusiast, Slackware aficionado. [he/him/his]
"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