I’ve finished reading The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks and while I liked most of the short stories, I’m not sure what to think about the longest one. The Culture observing contemporary Earth feels oddly out of place, and its criticism lacks nuance and subtlety.
On the other hand, it’s an interesting satire, with meaningful points, but it was too much, or not enough. Too serious despite the silly characters. I’m not sure what I didn’t like, but it kind of bored me.
Today I am releasing the first version of my livecoding system, alive!
This is a release-candidate, since it has only run on two different PCs so far, and I need more data to trust that it works at all. There is now a Windows build that should make running it there a breeze.
Let me know if you tried it and whether it did or didn't run! ;)
Info, installation instructions, and tutorial in the docs:
@s_ol Okay great :) It works, I'm hearing PIlot. I'll take a closer look later when I'll have a bit more time, thanks for the binaries!
2236.03.07 - Zot Cluster, Mazov Central
We've received strange reports of ancient deep-space drones roaming a few of our systems. They were apparently built eons ago for mining operations, but we have no idea who created them.
Their actual purpose is unknown. We've decided to establish a listening post on Mazov Central to keep them under close watch. We can’t entirely dismiss the possibility of a machine empire older than our civilization suddenly invading the Cluster.
COVID-19, Visualisation, Death toll
@raelzero It's running in the background since a couple of hours and there are more graves already. I can't say if it's awful or beautiful, probably both. A thematic memento mori and a tragic homage. Art, definitely.
Ironically, it's from the same guy who made that flash game ten years ago about one scientist having only six days and one chance to save mankind from a deadly pandemic.
@s_ol Nice! I had a look into installing it on Windows earlier but it looked pretty complicated, so this is great news!
@dualhammers Disco Elysium.
Look what I’ve found in my inbox: Age of Civilization, a tiny board game I’ve kickstarted ages ago. It can be played solo, up to four players, for about half an hour. I didn’t try it yet but it looks cute, simple and fun, with a lot of replayability.
Finger drumming in a nutshell:
1. Struggle for months trying to make your brain understand that not only your hands but also your fingers can move independently.
2. Avoid retrying old exercises you failed miserably for weeks, struggle with new exercises instead.
3. Feel utter joy and astonishment when you try old exercises again and watch your fingers moving on their own exactly where they should.
4. Return to step 1, add more fingers to the equation.
@s_ol Sure, I'll try to find a bit of time in the next few days!
@glyph I have a WhiteFox and a Levinson. The WhiteFox is sturdy and a joy to use, but I miss the ortholinear layout of the Levinson. My excuse to get a Plaid is that I’d like to replace my broken Levinson’s Pro Micro with a Proton C, except it doesn’t support split keyboards yet.
Seems like you’re more experienced than me regarding soldering, not to mention your dad, so it should be a great project for you! Feel free to ask, I’m no expert but I know a few things about switches and keycaps :)
@s_ol Nice, I’ll take a look! I have zero experience with Lisp though, I probably won’t understand everything, but it sure looks interesting.
@ndpi Just talking about it makes me want to make my own generator :)
@raelzero Glad you find it useful :)
Here's a recipe I've been using for a while to work on a computer in a noisy environment.
1. Put some headphones on.
2. Launch this white noise generator and set the sliders to cancel whatever distracts you: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
3. Go to http://somafm.com and add an ambient station like Deep Space One or Drone Zone to the mix.
4. Close all your other tabs, relax and focus.
Computers ate my soul.
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