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Pink Floyd - "Pigs on the Wing" Rare Guitar Solo from 8-Track - YouTube


Apparently because the 8 track looped around.

nonbeard 2022-01-22 01:10:15.081787

OpenGOAL Project Update – September 2020


Reverse engineering Naughty Dog's proprietary Lisp, with the goal of decompiling all the GOAL code in Jack and Daxter in order to provide a reimplementation.

The generated assembly for their factorial function is very nice, in that it looks like the output of an unoptimised C compiler rather than a Lisp compiler.

nonbeard 2022-01-18 23:54:00.295199

Why are there 3 Minor Scales? | School of Composition


Because we started with one which is just the aolian mode (natural minor), then sharpened the 7th to get more satisfying harmonic progressions, particularly when leading from chords involving the 7th to the tonic (harmonic minor), then sharpened the 6th as well on the way up to make it sound less weird when singing, but reverted to aolian when desending (melodic minor).

Basically, because they sound good in different contexts.

Wish I'd learnt more music theory.

nonbeard 2022-01-15 02:48:22.336840

Writing a Game Boy Emulator in OCaml - The Linoscope Machine

nonbeard 2022-01-12 00:01:35.462887



doll design via k

nonbeard 2022-01-04 19:32:47.466720

Canon Cat - YouTube


The Canon Cat, designed by Jef Raskin and released in 1987, stores what it was displaying when you switch it off, so what when you switch it on again it can show you that screen quickly while it boots in the background. Very funny that Apple ripped *this* feature off, too, when designing how iPhone apps would work in the face of app suspend (send to background) and resume.

nonbeard 2022-01-04 01:25:28.668962

Yuna Chun



nonbeard 2022-01-03 20:54:12.545811

Rosenkrantz (noble family) - Wikipedia


Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen, and the Hamlet character.

nonbeard 2021-12-24 16:14:38.155021

Observations on a strange vegetable - the snake gourd | Kew


Even snake gourds become Buddhas — Shiki

nonbeard 2021-12-22 02:19:40.768973

Designing a new PRNG. Rust needs a better non-cryptographic… | by Tom Kaitchuck | Medium


Every so often I revisit the pcg-random vs xoshiro-family rng feud.

nonbeard 2021-12-21 00:31:46.136446

Project Zero: A deep dive into an NSO zero-click iMessage exploit: Remote Code Execution


This is so cool. The exploited code is in the JBIG2 image compression algorithm, which lets you apply arbitrary logical operators to arbitrary portions of the image. So the exploit builds a small computer out of logic gates which it can then "run" by applying logical functions to various parts of the image at decompression time.

nonbeard 2021-12-15 19:09:39.839451

Gochujang Sauce aka Bibimbap Sauce | The Subversive Table


magic bibimbap sauce.

nonbeard 2021-12-14 18:40:11.310495

Easy bibimbap recipe | BBC Good Food


food for my rice cooker

nonbeard 2021-12-14 18:39:41.324625

Donut Dilemma 2019


One of the first games I ever played was re-released in 2019 with upgrades to make it work better on the original machine I played it on

nonbeard 2021-12-10 15:59:03.756296

Nextstrain / ncov / gisaid / global


covid-19 variant prevalence over time.

nonbeard 2021-12-02 20:46:10.204729

SABO tea


This looks nice, includes mugicha, and their stockists also all look like fun places to visit.

nonbeard 2021-12-02 20:43:43.935064

A Day in Autumn, by R. S. Thomas


It will not always be like this,
The air windless, a few last
Leaves adding their decoration
To the trees’ shoulders, braiding the cuffs
Of the boughs with gold; a bird preening

In the lawn’s mirror. Having looked up
From the day’s chores, pause a minute,
Let the mind take its photograph
Of the bright scene, something to wear
Against the heart in the long cold.

nonbeard 2021-11-15 01:04:19.512868

Sexy weasels in Renaissance art

nonbeard 2021-11-04 13:19:36.481310

Famicom Party


Making NES Games in Assembly (hn)

nonbeard 2021-11-01 17:16:41.336181

A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine


The joke being that it's easy to find meth but hard to find pseudoephedrine. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-10-28 21:55:08.976189

How to Make Writing a Lot Easier | Forge


The manic relentlessness of this is endearing. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-09-30 12:50:19.938364

How to disable SMB client-side caching » #bogner.sh


Disable samba caching for Windows talking to Linux

nonbeard 2021-09-28 13:33:09.849743

Moiré No More | Hacker News


Really interesting discussion of using inverse Fourier transform to denoise images.

nonbeard 2021-09-27 00:53:53.815631

Implicature - Wikipedia


Take for example the following exchange:

A (to passer by): I am out of gas.
B: There is a gas station 'round the corner.

Here, B does not say, but conversationally implicates, that the gas station is open, because otherwise his utterance would not be relevant in the context. Conversational implicatures are classically seen as contrasting with entailments: They are not necessary or logical consequences of what is said, but are defeasible (cancellable). So, B could continue without contradiction:

B: But unfortunately it's closed today.

This is not the first time that B has acted like a jerk on Wikipedia. I think they should start consulting someone else for their examples.

nonbeard 2021-09-26 10:03:37.419908

Gallery | executable.graphics


4K graphics gallery, via flopine's shader coding talk

nonbeard 2021-09-12 17:55:32.142037

So you want to study philosophy


Interesting to see Meditations listed at the top of the 'most accessible' books.

nonbeard 2021-09-02 11:02:44.407205

What's available for you | IDNet


Fibre broadband recommended by an HN person. a) fibre now available to me. b) one-month contract

nonbeard 2021-09-02 10:59:42.362957

GitHub - GoogleContainerTools/distroless: 🥑 Language focused docker images, minus the operating system.

nonbeard 2021-08-26 09:10:47.075449

GitHub - nvim-telescope/telescope.nvim: Find, Filter, Preview, Pick. All lua, all the time.


Apparently this plugin will change my life... but only when Debian includes NeoVim 0.5. Life so far unchanged.

nonbeard 2021-08-21 17:25:11.157156

Reason · Reason lets you write simple, fast and quality type safe code while leveraging both the JavaScript & OCaml ecosystems.


Interesting ocaml variant which can be compiled to JS, and thus use JS modules. Includes JSX support.

nonbeard 2021-08-20 20:14:43.001533

Otta | The only job search that does you justice


Apparently a London-specific (for now) LinkedIn that doesn't suck? I'm sceptical, but not sceptical enough not to bookmark it.

nonbeard 2021-08-20 12:30:29.579380

Riga Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral | Latvia Travel


Was a cathedral + observatory, now just a cathedral. Via N

nonbeard 2021-08-16 20:45:06.903021

Byzantine Revival architecture - Wikipedia


Cultural unification via N

nonbeard 2021-08-16 20:41:07.754682

Home - ftfy: fixes text for you


"ftfy fixes Unicode that’s broken in various ways." (HN)

nonbeard 2021-08-16 08:55:35.175354

Why Pakistani Mangoes Are Near-Impossible to Find in the U.S. - Eater


Only last week I was being taunted for not knowing about the perfection that is Pakistani mangoes.

nonbeard 2021-08-13 13:13:23.495636

Olivier Messiaen - Wikipedia


"French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century." (via N)

nonbeard 2021-08-11 12:41:42.978100

Shodan Search Engine


This is the public web vulnerability search engine whose name I always forget.

nonbeard 2021-08-11 10:55:42.535317

Forever misquoted, Donald Horne dies


"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."'

nonbeard 2021-08-11 10:36:04.643814

History of CRPGs


Ongoing project. Via Bryn.

nonbeard 2021-08-10 23:06:09.302942

The Signal State on Steam


Nerdy video game recommended by Bryn

nonbeard 2021-08-10 23:05:06.844004

Hyenas Hoarded Thousands of Human, Animal Bones in Saudi Arabian Lava Tube | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine


“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.”

nonbeard 2021-08-07 01:13:15.651159

Urban Dictionary: Lucky Pierre


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.

nonbeard 2021-08-01 23:45:19.824124

Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch


Massive (30x and beyond) sound stretching, written by my colleague at Owlstone.

nonbeard 2021-07-28 15:34:02.440812

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
📜 Boyfriend of Zelda