2022 05May 01
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SimCity 4 soundtrack
SC4 was one of the first real PC games I played as a kid.
fillText on MDN
I keep having to look this up. I thought it was called drawText. Maybe drawText is what LOVE2D calls it?
Orson Welles Frozen Peas Out-takes
Behind the scenes as Orson Welles complains about bad copy for some commercials
Shane McCutcheon - "The L Word" fan wiki
Trying to find a shorter hair style for summer.
Copernicus - Bojack Horseman fan wiki
I kept thinking his name was "Confucius". Different historical figure.
Aztec death whistle
I kinda want one. I thought maybe the new Ghostbuster movie had made these things up, but they're totally real! You can 3D print them, too. Maybe I should commission one from my friend who has a printer.
Half-Life 2 facts for pros
This guy on YouTube does all kinds of stuff to break the scripting in Half-Life 2. He got two instances of Alyx at once, and got the airboat to the hunter-chopper fight without the machine gun. Mildly interesting.
The electric hummer project's "coolest" video yet
This guy Jerry from YouTube is converting an old military Humvee to a street-legal electric truck. Car videos are a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't know much about cars, and I don't like Humvees, but I do like electric cars, and it's fun to watch people build stuff.
What happens if you put a propeller on a bike?
In the same vein as Jerry's electric Humvee, this guy does smaller-scale builds. He made a bicycle where the pedals power a propeller instead of driving the wheels directly.
Turns out it doesn't work.
GetAddrInfoW API reference
I was thinking of porting PTTH to the Win32 API as a joke, but my ReactOS VM froze as I was about to try out this DNS lookup function. So forget that.
Mastodon instance on the Fediverse. There's some cool stuff on there.
List of wasm runtimes
I was trying to pick out a pure C/C++ wasm runtime. I figured if I can't compile PTTH's Rust code directly for Windows XP / ReactOS, I could probably compile it to wasm and then write a C++ host to make it Windows-compatible.
Unfortunately I gave up on this whole idea when my ReactOS VM seized up. It would have been too much work, anyway. I've been trying to find a cool wasm project for like a year and I just haven't thought of anything I really want to do.
Making snow graphics in Godot
This guy shows how to make snow graphics for a 3D game. I've never done this, but it's made of individual pieces that are mostly familiar to me.
Flowmaps, gradient maps
Same guy shows how to make an animated Jupiter-like planet in 3D using flowmaps, which is also used for animated water in 3D games.
This was really cool to see. I had read a Valve whitepaper on their flowmap implementation, but I didn't really understand it until I saw it in motion.
Signed Distance Field fonts
Same guy, showing how to do SDF fonts. This is another really famous Valve 3D graphics whitepaper. It's a simple trick and I read it years ago, but it's kinda fun to see it again. I think they published the paper around 2007, their SDF text rendering was part of TF2 / The Orange Box. SDF fonts have improved since then, and now people (people with GPUs that cost as much as a Humvee) are just raymarching 3D SDFs so they can render 3D fractals and stuff.
I played chess against a friend and it was surprisingly fun. I'm not good at chess. Lichess lets two guests play against each other, which is nice. Some chess sites require an account to play.
winpthread doesn't run on Windows XP
Part of the sad story of realizing none of my stuff will work on XP. Even MinGW gave up on XP.
Zig platform support
Guess what platform Zig doesn't support for cross-compiling? Windows XP.
CopperSpice is a fork of Qt with various improvements. The CopperSpice binaries do run on Windows XP, so I was considering this for the PTTH port. If I got a curl-like library working with the CS event loop, it could have worked, but I didn't want to bother setting up the environment and then coding inside the VM.
Penn & Teller perform "Lift-off of love"
This is a cool magic trick they do, and half-way through they reveal the trick and do it again.
"That's how everyone else does it. But this is how Penn & Teller do it! We had to get these built special!"
Splitting bullets with a butter knife
Penn & Teller doing Mythbusters-type stuff.
White Bird (Part II) - Ace Combat 5
I played AC5 in college. I didn't get to this mission, but in the last few years I looked up playthroughs on YouTube and I've become a fan of the Arkbird series of missions.
In this mission you must shoot down the Arkbird, a hybrid satellite / airplane.
The Arkbird was originally a symbol of cooperation between two superpowers after the end of the last war, but it was hijacked and used as a weapon by the villains.
One of the pilots says, "We're going to destroy the Arkbird. Are you sure about this?"
Nagase responds, "When we're at peace again, the President will build another one for us."
It makes you think.
Front Line - Ace Combat 5
This is an earlier mission in the Arkbird storyline.
This is before the villains capture it. The Arkbird gets a Big Damn Heroes moment as it shoots down the Scinfaxi's ballistic missiles and then rips it apart.
"Blue Hound, this is Arkbird... Requesting sonobuoy data link."
Internet meme from a few years ago. A fictional cult worships a mad god who only speaks through CAPTCHAs.
One of the best ways to make passwords. If you don't have dice and paper, a computer is a fine source of entropy, too.
Tiny C Compiler
Fabrice Bellard's Tiny C Compiler does work great on ReactOS, but I ended up not using it for my PTTH port idea.
Recommended to me when I was talking about offline-first Fediverse.
This is a social media sort of project that's meant to work even if you don't always have any network access.
no_std embedded Rust
Windows XP is kind of embedded.
libuv supported platforms list
Libuv gave up on Windows XP as well...
Electron.js supported platforms list
Electron.js gave up on Windows XP as well...
Rust platform support
I don't think Rust ever promised anything for Windows XP. Rust hit 1.0 in 2015 and XP was pretty much EoL by then.
SimCopter Hangar Backdrop
More nostalgia music from video games I liked as a kid.
Dave Martone - Dinky Pinky
It's a good instrumental guitar track.
I don't know why he calls it "Dinky Pinky". I don't know why he makes those faces when performing, either.
Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome
Internet meme from an episode I never saw of a cartoon I barely watched. It makes me laugh, though.
I converted my microwave into a LASER oven!
Styropyro is a YouTube guy who does stuff with lasers. In this episode you get to see him eating a burnt onion 'cooked' with lasers.
XKCD 1162 - Log scale
All hydrocarbon fuels are in the same ballpark. Sugar, fat, gasoline, whatever. It's just stuff that burns.
LessWrong - Universal Fire
Rationalist piece about why a universe where humans exist and matches don't work, isn't internally consistent.
It's a little nit-picky (a universe where all chemistry is the same but specific technologies can't work was never going to make sense, anyway) but I learned something from it.
YouTube game reviewer "videogamedunkey" makes some prank calls.
"Taco Bell?" "Hey, I want pizza."
I was on a Yoshi kick that day.
Slate Star Codex - Basic Income, not Basic Jobs - Against Hijacking Utopia
Political blog article about why universal basic jobs programs are a worse idea than Universal Basic Income.
Super Mario 64 4K 60FPS
They recompiled Mario 64.
TOML: Tom's Obvious Minimal Language
It's not obvious! I keep having to look up the syntax!
Business Parks Suck (but they don't have to)
This YouTube guy compares public transit / walkability / car dependence between a business park in Canada and one in Europe.
Slate Star Codex - Samsara
One man's quest to remain un-enlightened.
Heat pumps are not hard
YouTube guy Technology Connections explains how we can heat our homes and apartments with backwards air conditioners in the very very near future.
Yanni - Acroyali / Standing in motion
I don't actually like this track. But I love the first 2 minutes.
A lot of music suffers from that. The intro is amazing and then the song is just okay. Sorry, Yanni.
Everybody works but the vacant lot
I paid $3600 for this lot and will hold it ‘till I get $6000. The profit is unearned increment made possible by the presence of this community and the enterprise of its people. I take the profit without earning it. For the remedy read ”HENRY GEORGE”
This is a program I wrote. It works okay.
XKCD 977 - Map Projections
What your favorite map projection says about you.
How to use the node.js REPL
I've been thinking about getting into Node. Turns out it's easy to use.
All you need is links
This inspired me to write an HTML5 music player. Ironically I needed the songs to be linked from a JSON file so that auto-play would work. But it did inspire me.
Ace Combat 7 OST - Magic Spear I
I've never played Ace Combat 7, but most people agree this is the best song on the soundtrack. Maybe on any soundtrack.
Names can be secure, human-readable, or decentralized, but not all three.
There is a proposed blockchain solution to this, but it hasn't caught on.
ADHD: Essential Ideas for Parents
This is aimed at parents of children with ADHD, but it made me think.
It's a 3-hour video explaining the misnaming and misconceptions surrounding ADHD.
In short, ADHD is not a lack of attention, and it only presents as hyperactive in some children.
ADHD would be better named as an executive function disorder. Executive function is what we call it when your mind exerts control over its own attention and focus.
What we call ADHD is really an inability to control attention. It isn't something you can will yourself out of, and it isn't something you can always grow out of.
Fire Emblem 16 OST - The Spirit Dais
My spouse loves this game Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
I couldn't get into it, but I like this song from the OST. It's spooky.
NATO phonetic alphabet
This is the spelling alphabet that's like "Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo".
I keep meaning to learn it, and I keep forgetting.
The giant archive hidden under the British countryside
Tom Scott shows us an archive in a salt mine.
Comedy YouTube video about web development.
Yeah I guess that's it for now.