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[19:40] This rarely happens, but I have to recommend a game: VirtuaVerse, a wonderful adventure that I played this weekend. A cyberpunk story, obviously made by nerds for other nerds (and with a great soundtrack). I can't remember when I last had that much fun with a game. I played (and finished) this on a friend's account, but I'll definitely buy it myself, too, if only to throw a little amount of money at the devs.
[14:27] It impresses me when people find creative ways to make music with things that are clearly not designed as musical instruments. A while ago I mentioned the Phantom of the Floppera and later the music-making tesla coils, but there are noumerous others, some of which I came across only recently.
Many of these acts use computer parts (floppy drives are a thing), devices connected to those (like, for instance, this dot matrix printer) or both (the Floppotron appears to be well known).
The Device Orchestra on the other hand is not limited to computers and periphery but takes whatever is available, while others show that even a car is suited for this task (there is some weird yelling at the end, so be sure to stop the video once the music is done).
Really creative folks out there, awesome work!
[05:05] Richard Vijgen built a device that picks up wifi signals and plots images from these signals. (see also)
[20:53] "Blameuser" sounds like a trigger in a helpdesk system ran by a BOFH-esque person. As I recently learned, though, it is a (not too common) german surname. A name predestined to confuse devs and admins whenever it appears in a database.
[21:09] I recently came across the first two blogs I set up, back in 2012. The first one was a microblog in which I managed to drop links for a stunning nine days. I don't recall why I stopped. Also, I have no idea what the password might be. That was way before I used a password manager. I'm not even sure which email address I used. I do remember for the second one though. Slightly more activity there, but I seem to have lost interest in the topic I was writing about.
Funny to have this glance in the past.
[06:06] I recently played Tiberian Sun and wanted to edit one specific setting in the rules.ini file, which I knew was possible but have never done before. A quick web search later I had found these tools (the XCC Mixer, specifically) and this guide to editing the game. After changing the setting I had in mind, I started toying with other stuff, started mixing units to create my own. A neat little rabbit hole to fall into.
[13:22] Met a former neighbor yesterday who just like me is not really good at staying in touch with people. However, they had a neat, if somewhat nerdy idea: whenever they feel it is time to get in contact but lack a topic, they'll just send "keepalive" to the other person. (Might not work with less geeky people, though.)