Apparently because the 8 track looped around.
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.
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 2022-01-12 00:01:35.462887
doll design via k
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.
Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen, and the Hamlet character.
Even snake gourds become Buddhas — Shiki
Every so often I revisit the pcg-random vs xoshiro-family rng feud.
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.
magic bibimbap sauce.
food for my rice cooker
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
covid-19 variant prevalence over time.
This looks nice, includes mugicha, and their stockists also all look like fun places to visit.
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 2021-11-04 13:19:36.481310
Making NES Games in Assembly (hn)
The joke being that it's easy to find meth but hard to find pseudoephedrine. (HN)
The manic relentlessness of this is endearing. (HN)
Disable samba caching for Windows talking to Linux
Really interesting discussion of using inverse Fourier transform to denoise images.
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.
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.