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Nginx: Everything about proxy_pass - DEV Community


Terrible hacks to get nginx not to panic if its upstream isn't resolvable.

nonbeard 2021-07-26 16:43:23.240637

RevK®'s ramblings: How not to QR (NHS COVID-19 App)


Fun rant about the NHS Track and Trace QR code.

nonbeard 2021-07-20 16:17:44.959314

Home | g Heavy Industries


Keyboards and more via bryn / programming pittance

nonbeard 2021-07-19 13:42:59.462403

112 Gripes about the French


Surprisingly level-headed WW2 pamphlet for American soldiers. Via HN.

nonbeard 2021-07-17 13:02:32.738230

Kim Lim | Tate


Really like these abstract and geometric woodblock prints.

nonbeard 2021-07-17 12:51:45.377085

Franz West: Paßstück, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, March 18–April 26, 2008 | Gagosian


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."

nonbeard 2021-07-16 20:28:57.724044

Rummikub - Wikipedia


Rummikub is a tile-based game for 2 to 4 players, combining elements of the card game rummy and mahjong.

nonbeard 2021-07-16 20:28:28.316262

PI - Emergence@ASU


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.

nonbeard 2021-07-16 20:05:44.820933

Alexander piano- the longest piano in the world


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)

nonbeard 2021-07-16 17:28:25.789603

Sublimation (psychology) - Wikipedia


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)

nonbeard 2021-07-16 11:30:40.460984

Solid state drive - SSD MacBookPro 15-inch Retina Mid 2015 | SSD for MacBookPro11,4 Mid 2015 Retina |


god fucking dammit

nonbeard 2021-07-12 22:38:55.051502

How Izumi Suzuki Broke Science Fiction’s Boys’ Club - ArtReview


‘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

nonbeard 2021-06-29 00:17:16.185329

How to Caramelize Onions


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.

nonbeard 2021-06-27 14:52:13.149734

Evan Doorbell's Telephone Tapes by Telephone World


It's like a long and very nerdy podcast series about the telephone system in the (60s and?) 70s in the USA.

nonbeard 2021-06-23 17:26:19.844612

How T. S. Eliot Became T. S. Eliot | The New Yorker



nonbeard toread 2021-06-23 11:51:16.094136

Mirepoix - Wikipedia


Usually the vegetable mixture is onions, carrots, and celery

nonbeard 2021-06-19 20:29:44.700232

"Ikuzo": A Bit More Than Just ‘Let's Go’


Way more than you could ever want to know about 行くぞ

nonbeard 2021-06-19 01:34:35.199338

Dasein - Wikipedia


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.

nonbeard 2021-06-18 18:30:11.074872

The Dhall configuration language


A functional configuration language

nonbeard 2021-06-16 07:51:21.074478

GitHub - rdicosmo/parmap: Parmap is a minimalistic library allowing to exploit multicore architecture for OCaml programs with minimal modifications.


OCaml map/reduce/map-reduce library looking basically the same as Python's multiprocessing.

nonbeard 2021-06-13 22:12:19.782045

UNBEATABLE [white label] on Steam


Rhythm game.

nonbeard 2021-06-13 19:16:04.918443

How to get useful backtraces? - Learning - OCaml


ocaml backtrace hints

nonbeard 2021-06-11 23:39:21.026308

Growing Neural Cellular Automata


“Differentiable morphogenesis” (via g)

nonbeard 2021-06-08 16:53:29.835811

Some Thoughts on the Common Toad | The Orwell Foundation

nonbeard 2021-06-05 16:30:14.869701

Three.js Lights


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.

nonbeard 2021-06-04 20:03:09.395977

What I wish I knew when learning OCaml — Daniil Baturin


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.

nonbeard 2021-06-02 21:21:07.016778



Written in MAD-SLIP! (hn)

nonbeard 2021-05-30 02:55:47.550580

To Codon Optimize or Not: That is the Question


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).

nonbeard 2021-05-27 21:19:16.318093

MQTT Explorer | An all-round MQTT client that provides a structured topic overview


Quentin's recommendation

nonbeard 2021-05-27 12:30:35.319501

GitHub - ocaml/ocaml-lsp: OCaml Language Server Protocol implementation


OCAML LSP. This worked easily with coc-nvim!

nonbeard 2021-05-24 23:36:07.427520

Using the __cleanup__ variable attribute in GCC — Amit Saha: Technical Writings


Destructor for stack-allocated objects.

nonbeard 2021-05-19 07:34:31.061617

Simulant Shop - Hardware, Computers, Software and Retro computing


Retrocomputer shop in the UK

nonbeard 2021-05-14 20:38:19.539058

Aeromechanics and Evolutionary Morphology | Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Brown University


nunununununununuBAT LAB

nonbeard 2021-05-13 21:34:04.870256

Speculation Control — The Linux Kernel documentation


>Quite some CPUs have speculation-related misfeatures which are in fact vulnerabilities causing data leaks in various forms even across privilege domains.

>The kernel provides mitigation for such vulnerabilities in various forms. Some of these mitigations are compile-time configurable and some can be supplied on the kernel command line.

>There is also a class of mitigations which are very expensive, but they can be restricted to a certain set of processes or tasks in controlled environments. The mechanism to control these mitigations is via prctl(2).


nonbeard 2021-05-03 12:14:05.825541

What is it like to be boring and myopic?


Kathleen Akins' response to Nagel.

nonbeard 2021-05-02 00:10:24.148300

NNRG Publications


Ristu Miikkulainen's research group at U Texas

nonbeard 2021-05-01 17:57:55.985429

Evolution of neural networks | Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion


More generally, search re using statistical methods instead of random selection for evolution of GAs.

nonbeard 2021-05-01 15:17:51.454914

Autopoiesis - Wikipedia


The term autopoiesis refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself by creating its own parts and eventually further components.

nonbeard 2021-04-30 14:27:47.138025

[1803.03453] The Surprising Creativity of Digital Evolution: A Collection of Anecdotes from the Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life Research Communities


Experience paper with various examples of unexpected solutions achieved through evolutionary algorithms.

nonbeard 2021-04-29 15:34:40.270572

Chūnibyō - Wikipedia


Chūnibyō (中二病) is a Japanese colloquial term typically used to describe early teens who had grandiose delusions, who desperately wants to stand out they convinced themselves with hidden knowledge or secret powers. It translates to "second year disease (in Japanese lower secondary school)"

nonbeard 2021-04-29 11:09:03.602603

AirGradient DIY


CO2 and PM2.5 DIY air quality monitor. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-04-28 12:14:49.629427

Laurence Tratt: Fast Enough VMs in Fast Enough Time


An extended talk about RPython. Via HN. To read.

nonbeard 2021-04-26 23:12:00.573998

About Us — Wildtype


":By growing seafood directly from cells, we now have the ability to cultivate genuine salmon and other seafood without relying on wild or farmed fish. "

But $200 for 6 pc of sashimi according to HN.

nonbeard 2021-04-22 19:33:10.115758

Aesthetic Measure — George David Birkhoff | Harvard University Press


This guy answered “What is Beauty?” back in the 1930s.

nonbeard 2021-04-22 00:33:56.546331



立秋, りっしゅう, the first day of Autumn. "The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. [りっしゅう] is the 13th solar term. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around August 7 and ends around August 23." (Wikipedia, abridged)

nonbeard 2021-04-21 12:35:44.261532

The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations | Quanta Magazine

nonbeard 2021-04-17 22:16:07.300259

Book review: "A Thousand Brains" by Jeff Hawkins - LessWrong


Seems like Hawkins has been saying the same thing for 15 years and without much to show.

nonbeard 2021-04-13 21:07:19.515981

Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes


The main trick here is thresholding in HSV space.

Author points at at the end that he still needed to tweak parameters depending on the set of notes he's dealing with. I guess coming up with suitable defaults based on how the notes look might be something that would add value to commercial implementations of this such as Office Lens.

nonbeard 2021-04-12 11:18:08.188132

Shirataki noodles - Wikipedia


translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam.

nonbeard 2021-04-09 22:37:00.274556

Python Releases for Windows | Python.org


I should be using the Python "embeddable package" for Windows, which is smaller than the normal one apparently.

nonbeard 2021-04-09 14:45:33.738949
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