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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

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
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