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[17:26] I consider any third party scripts on websites tracking, which is one of the reasons I'll not use anything like Disqus or any similar tool here on gmb. But I never checked just how bad it really is. Well, someone else did. And it is actually worse than I thought.
[20:32] I like it when people build things just for the fun of it. Here is a Mac in a shed, telling visitors how cold it is around. (Yes, the domain is of a commercial service so this is kind of in the PR realm, but I'd like to ignore this for a moment.)
I also like that old hardware is kept alive here instead of being trashed, even if "only" for a little side project. While ten years are a very long time when it comes to hardware, this Mac is about the same age as my old Thinkpad that died on me not too long ago. Some of these computers last quite some time, and if the demand is low, there is no need to dump them.
[23:00] A few years ago I spent quite som time and had lots of fun customizing my desktop. Playing with different window managers, panels, porting nice themes over to whatever I was using or making my own. I somehow lost interest in that and just ran with Gnome Shell and later Cinnamon, but a few days ago I read this article and, to make matters worse, re-watched this movie, where the modded laptops and the individual boot splashes caught my eye. So I guess I'll have to spend a bit more time playing around again.
I have a computer set up for WFH, so my personal laptop is available to toy with. And since there's not much to do outside anyways ... I think it is a good opportunity.
[04:36] If you are interested in Sudoku, there is a YouTube channel you might like, called Cracking The Cryptic. Here is an example of what their videos are like, with a link to the Sudoku in the description below. I find it fascinating to watch a brain at work, so to speak (and the pure joy and excitement when something becomes clear). Also I like to try the puzzles myself, but most are just above my level.
[23:18] And while we're talking music, I recently rediscovered Compressorhead, a bunch of animatronic robot musicians. Here's them playing Ace of Spades. Their website returns 451 for me, so I'll link to the Wikipedia page instead.
[22:53] I mentioned ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS! before, but I failed to link to their website, where they give brief descriptions of how their instruments work.
[22:54] The Diomede Islands are located in the Bering Strait and are separated by the international date line, with the big island 21 hours ahead of the small one. There is a webcam facing the big island, looking at a place in the future, "Tomorrow Island".
For some reason it always amazes me to see places so far off from pretty much anything have access to the internet. And remarkable peculiarities like in this case are pretty much the icing on the cake. (see also)
[22:23] I played "Stone Story RPG" today, a game with absolutely beautiful ASCII art. I'm not much of a fan of this gameplay, but the artwork was brilliant and well worth a look. YouTube has some game footage.
[21:59] Neuromancer had one supporting character that died before the actual story took place and only existed as a digital copy of his personality and knowledge people could interact with. Here's a person who, as far as I understood, trained GPT-3 (Project December, specifically) on texts written by their late fiancée for a chance to have a chat. Touching. And fascinating.
Update: I forgot to mention the character I was referring to: Dixie Flatline
[22:32] If you have multi million dollar equipment on one planet and a few serious nerds on another, one possible outcome is Curiosity singing Happy Birthday to itself on Mars. I love this.
[22:36] I really want to keep using Firefox, but it is way too common for this thing to freeze and hold my entire computer hostage, forcing me to reboot. Most of the time I can't even switch over to another tty to find and kill the process. Calling this "annoying" is a massive understatement.
[17:32] Two more tildes I missed. Neverending story, I guess. (Not complaining!)
trash.town is running on an Asus Eee PC 1015P. This thing is ten years old, which is appropriate given that this server is focussing on reusing technology instead of dumping it when it gets old. I like this mindset.
[22:25] I like it when people take interest in very specific things most people don't think twice about. Here is an analysis of the the user interfaces of Lego computers. (see also)