4K graphics gallery, via flopine's shader coding talk
Interesting to see Meditations listed at the top of the 'most accessible' books.
Fibre broadband recommended by an HN person. a) fibre now available to me. b) one-month contract
GitHub - GoogleContainerTools/distroless: 🥑 Language focused docker images, minus the operating system.https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless
nonbeard 2021-08-26 09:10:47.075449
Apparently this plugin will change my life... but only when Debian includes NeoVim 0.5. Life so far unchanged.
Interesting ocaml variant which can be compiled to JS, and thus use JS modules. Includes JSX support.
Apparently a London-specific (for now) LinkedIn that doesn't suck? I'm sceptical, but not sceptical enough not to bookmark it.
Was a cathedral + observatory, now just a cathedral. Via N
Cultural unification via N
"ftfy fixes Unicode that’s broken in various ways." (HN)
Only last week I was being taunted for not knowing about the perfection that is Pakistani mangoes.
"French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century." (via N)
This is the public web vulnerability search engine whose name I always forget.
"The Lucky Country" is to Australia what "Born in the USA" is the America.
"I was about to write the last chapter of a book on Australia," recalled Horne, who died yesterday, aged 83. "The opening sentence was, 'Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck."'
Ongoing project. Via Bryn.
Nerdy video game recommended by Bryn
Hyenas Hoarded Thousands of Human, Animal Bones in Saudi Arabian Lava Tube | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-extensive-pile-animal-and-human-bones-saudi-arabia-cave-180978375/
“It’s always just the skullcap that survives,” Stewart tells Gizmodo. “[Hyenas] seem to not really be interested in skull caps. We found maybe five or six skullcaps with gnaw marks on them at the site, but only the skullcaps. Nothing else.”
Just learned a 1960s era Tom Lehrer song (I got it from Agnes) contains a reference to slang for 3-way homosexual sex. It’s actually in the context of 3 way homosexual sex, so not too surprising, I guess, but I thought he’d made it up.
Massive (30x and beyond) sound stretching, written by my colleague at Owlstone.
Terrible hacks to get nginx not to panic if its upstream isn't resolvable.
Fun rant about the NHS Track and Trace QR code.
Keyboards and more via bryn / programming pittance
Surprisingly level-headed WW2 pamphlet for American soldiers. Via HN.
Really like these abstract and geometric woodblock prints.
In the early 1970s Franz West began making small-scale assemblages incorporating found materials such as cardboard, bandages, and wire, which he then covered with a coat of plaster and white paint. He called these sculptures Paßstück. West maintained that the viewer must engage with, handle, the sculptures in order to fully experience their "ergonomic" nature. Subsequently Paßstück has been translated as "adaptive" but this does not fully capture its original source as a technical term meaning "parts that fit into each other."
Rummikub is a tile-based game for 2 to 4 players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong.
Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. While there are many things to be solved, she is most interested in whether or not there are ‘laws of life’ - related to how information structures the physical world - that could universally describe life here on Earth and on other planets.
Extra-long piano means that the bass strings can be thinner and looser, meaning they are less "inharmonic" (I think this means the harmonics are not unpleasant) and sound less muddy (especially in chords) than a regular piano. (HN)
Sexual sublimation is the transformation of sexual impulses into creative energy.
I wonder if this is what Orwell had in mind in Nineteen Eighty-Four when he talked about about transformation of sexual impulses into love for the Party. (K)
Solid state drive - SSD MacBookPro 15-inch Retina Mid 2015 | SSD for MacBookPro11,4 Mid 2015 Retina |https://www.flexxmemory.co.uk/categories/apple-mac-hard-drives-ssds/macbookpro11-4-15-inch-retina-mid-2015.html
god fucking dammit
‘There is something wrong with our present society, and I can’t stand SF written by people who don’t understand that,’ she once wrote
The key is that most recipes actually just want you to brown or soften the onions, which takes far less time and has a different flavour profile.
It's like a long and very nerdy podcast series about the telephone system in the (60s and?) 70s in the USA.
Usually the vegetable mixture is onions, carrots, and celery
Way more than you could ever want to know about 行くぞ
Heidegger uses the expression Dasein to refer to the experience of being that is peculiar to human beings. Thus it is a form of being that is aware of and must confront such issues as personhood, mortality and the dilemma or paradox of living in relationship with other humans while being ultimately alone with oneself.
A functional configuration language
GitHub - rdicosmo/parmap: Parmap is a minimalistic library allowing to exploit multicore architecture for OCaml programs with minimal modifications.https://github.com/rdicosmo/parmap
OCaml map/reduce/map-reduce library looking basically the same as Python's multiprocessing.
ocaml backtrace hints
“Differentiable morphogenesis” (via g)
nonbeard 2021-06-05 16:30:14.869701
Very good super quick intro to three.js lights. I like the fact that it introduces all the helpers -- the hardest part for me is working out where to put things in 3d space.
Cool, knew most of this! Most. I have so far skipped over all the OO aspects, but aside from those OCaml seems like a satisfyingly simple language.
A lot of Python's complexity seems to come from its not supporting anonymous closures. List comprehensions ([expr for expr in expr if expr]), generators ('yield') and context managers ('with') (off the top of my head) could all be replaced using anonymous functions without needing any extra syntax. The syntax makes Python more readable (assuming you're comfortable with it), but it does somewhat increase the cognitive load of writing code: rather than the lambda hammer, one has to decide which piece of specialised syntax to make use of for a particular requirement.
On the third hand, having your functional choices straight-jacketed and presented nicely is a good way of constraining code creativity, which is not altogether bad. For example, list comprehensions are very simple to understand for almost anyone in ways that passing a random block of code to Array.init is not. Being introduced to context managers through Python got me thinking about the whole concept of lifetime management in ways which might not have occurred to me if I hadn't had them presented to me so straightforwardly. In other words, Python's extra syntax is the result of several experts working out the best way to take a particular concept and make it broadly accessible while keeping the majority of its features.
Written in MAD-SLIP! (hn)
Choosing the most-efficiently-expressed codon from a set of synonyms can improve protein expression rate, but sometimes the stability of the protein depends on a less-efficient expression (for example, one that takes longer, which can sometimes affect the way in which the protein folds).
OCAML LSP. This worked easily with coc-nvim!
Destructor for stack-allocated objects.