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food, cooking 

Ahhh, it is once again Sunday morning in Sundogistan and that means #jazz

This week, I'll be soothing my soul by saluting a recently lost legend, João Gilberto, whose bossa nova stylings still run through the core of much of modern popular music.

If you're of a mind to meet me on those sun-baked sandy beaches to dance in the tropical breezes, feel free to follow along over on @nowplaying

:blobpats: :cofepats: :blobpats:

I'm in Powells books on a Saturday, wish me luck

I am reading James Ryan's dissertation (_Curating Simulated Storyworlds_) and it is really well written and witty and deeply researched and rewarding to read—e.g., there's a footnote on p. 29 on generative "indexical storytelling" and "archaeogaming" (!) that has enough ideas and references to pretty much set you on a full and rich career path in innovative game design, even though the dissertation isn't "about" any of those things

Yesterday I learned that virtual machines go all the way back to the 1960s (in this it's case multiple computers emulated on a bigger computer where a certain user gets access to the emulated computer but not the main one, and it was even called a virtual machine at the time)

As I say in the blog post, it's important to remember that most of what we have today in computing we also had in the 60s and 70s. It is just all much cheaper and faster now.

If you think your sex robot paper is so important that you feel the need to publish it at a conference that was cancelled last year for inviting Steve fucking Bannon to speak, maybe back up and think about basic decency first before trying to publish on a topic like intimacy?

@danbruno I just finished Trails the 3rd! Am now starting on the purportedly terrible Zero No Kiseki translation/patch...

Deleted the original post because people are being nice and asking other people for help with it, but I already got the answer! For reference here it is--

Reading through an old RFC from 1971 and encountered a number denoted like so:


Is this octal 128? Hex 512? Decimal 200? Something else?

It's really hard to search the web for syntax stuff like this. It's referencing a socket number on an OS/360 machine on the ARPANET, if that helps. The RFC itself is this one

Errr I got that wrong, it's x'200' all the way through! As you can see plainly in the document I linked.

Oh I figured it out! FORTRAN was the most popular language at the time, at least on ARPANET, and so I googled "FORTRAN hexadecimal notation" and got this document which confirms that you'd write 512 in hex in FORTRAN as x"200", which, close enough (and in fact the double quotes may be a transcription error in the IETF transcriptions)

GOSH I love reading full articles from @write_as in the new single-column view.

The attached screenshot is after clicking through a "read article" link, one of the features of my new Mastodon fork, Hometown. I hope to have documentation and release notes ready to go by the end of the week!

fascists / bomb threats / violence 

My @365-rfcs blog where I read one RFC for each day of 2019 is back after a several month hiatus! You can subscribe directly on fedi at the above account

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!