Here's a (former?) insignia of PEO STRI, the US Army's main R&D arm for virtual simulation of war. Hell of an ideology

Here is a paper in the November 1922 issue of the Bell System Technical Journal about mechanical switching systems for telephones where the author says "probability math sucks so I'm also restating all my math as equivalent dice rolling problems"

My main Audacity tip is to learn to use the multi-tool. It is a mode of interaction where you can hold down keyboard buttons to toggle what the mouse/trackpad does. Learning it took a few minutes, getting comfortable with it took a few hours, and it increased my working speed roughly 2X.

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my itch racial justice bundle curation 

Started on Hellenica, a Final Fantasy Tactics style game that takes place in steampunk ancient Greece. I was... not expecting to meet cute anime boy Plato but here we are.

The game itself so far is a really nice SRPG with a pretty slick, fast-moving UI (games in this genre can often feel like you are stuck in sluggish menu hell and this one does not).

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I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again: if you want some wholesome / nostalgic internet times, check out Wiby, the "Search Engine for the Classic Web". It's based on (moderated) user submissions of old school websites. Use to post the good stuff you come across!!!

I just found Zack's Snake Page, which is actually just a giant image with hot zones you can click to go to other images???

This article about the current decades-long work to recalibrate the notion of "height" in US geological surveys and so forth is fascinating and reminds me so much of like... in a video game engine when you get too far away from the origin and start losing precision in your floating point numbers and suddenly your physics starts to glitch

food, raw meat, strange wordplay 

While you were chickening the thighs, I was thickening the chais

programming, regex, + 

I always feel like a wizard when I use the "word boundary" feature of regex

This was my Windows 95 desktop wallpaper for a very long time. It was one of the most beautiful calming things to me age 13 or so.


T.G.I.M.S. (thank goodness it's mango season)

ProPublica just posted this "cartogram wind map". A tweet from the author suggests it's a novel visualization technique they are using. It's weird that the actual name that these data journalists came up with for their visualization technique points to a big problem with the technique: wind maps are vector fields, but these arrows aren't vector fields. You might look at this and think that, for example, coronavirus is spreading in a generally southeasterly direction.

Would you like to know what it's like inside my head? This was stuck in my head yesterday so I spent the morning replicating it. I give you the 1997 smash hit "Torn" from Natalie Imbruglia with uhhhh a whole lot of Evanescence's 2003 not-quite-a-smash hit "Bring Me To Life" sprinkled in

animal crossing, irl food pic 

My two big accomplishments today:

- making a fancy English-ish breakfast
- making Caroline from Stardew Valley in Animal Crossing

Lockdown-friendly vegan stew recipe 

This is an all time favorite and is made primarily with black beans and sweet potatoes, which both keep for a long time if stored well. You can replace the cherry tomatoes with canned diced tomatoes, or just leave them out. If you don't have jerk seasoning, you can double the rest of the spices.

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