Hardware / software necromancer, collector of Weird Stuff, maker of Death Generators. (they/them 🏳️⚧️)
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Oct 1 • 14 tweets • 2 min read
I started to write up something about how the "cheating at chess using anal beads" could work but I got as far as having to mention a "covert back channel" and well, that's the end of being able to take that seriously.
the way I sees it, having a computer tell you the Right Moves is the easy part. There are remote controlled vibrating toys, it's not particularly hard to program one of them to send you movement instructions in morse code or similar.
Oct 1 • 39 tweets • 6 min read
Alternative names for humanity along the lines of "Homo sapiens" (Wise man) and "Pan narrans" (Storytelling Chimpanzee) that I'm too lazy to look up/make up Latin for:
* chef ape
* throwing ape
* walking ape
The idea being that we're apparently unique in the animal kingdom in that we cook our food, so we're the Chef Apes.
We're also one of the best animals at throwing things: humans have more accuracy and strength when throwing stuff than other apes, by a long shot
Oct 1 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
My favorite kind of hack is ones where it's just realizing what tools you already have and applying them in ways you wouldn't normally think of.
An example: Windows has had a seemingly useless font called Marlett since windows 95 but it is actually being used at all times.
Like, here's a picture of Notepad from windows 95, from GUIdebook: guidebookgallery.org/screenshots/wi…
Oct 1 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
There should be a laser hair removal place that makes you get inside a hohlraum before they can turn on the lasers
Just stand in the middle, and make sure your goggles are on tight
Sep 30 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
ugh. my favorite thing about github is when you see a library that's clearly used a lot, but hasn't been updated in years and has over 500 forks.
which one of these forks should I use? any of them? it is a mystery
helpfully github sorts the forks by username, not by, like, stars or most recent update
Sep 30 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
I bought a 30 sets of locks and I don't want to doubt the commitment to security of the manufacturer, but it turns out every single key is cut the same
It's the kind of lock you could pick by sneezing at it so I guess they just figured "why bother?"
Sep 30 • 16 tweets • 2 min read
I think I got possessed by a 10 year old boy from the early 90s this morning.
My thoughts have been... Weird. Well, weirder than usual.
First: I wonder if any blacksmith has bought broken junk guns and melted them down and made a sword? A sword made of guns!
Sep 29 • 23 tweets • 4 min read
It's a good thing that the death generator isn't 8-bit because it turns out it currently has 255 generators.
maybe the next game should be 16-bit, to ring in the passing of the 8-bit range?
Sep 29 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
back in 2019 I got a job offer to work on site reliability engineering at google, on the stadia backend. I turned it down, because who would want to work on such an obviously short-lived doomed project?
I instead took a different SRE job at google and only lasted 6 months
Sep 29 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
why isn't svc chaos in the death generator?
I suspect the answer to this is "PAIN" and "YOU TRIED"
maybe I meant "YOU TIRED"
help this pride flag is being gatekept
at least it's not a paywalled pride flag
Sep 27 • 24 tweets • 6 min read
check out my new phone
fuck on screen keyboards
Sep 27 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
The Legend of Zelda: The Space-Filling Curve
Sep 26 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Check out this drawer I saw at a junk store.
It's a case. as in "upper" and "lower"
specifically, this is a California job case, it's a tray for different movable type casts.
They're different sizes because you need different amounts of each letter when writing english text.
Sep 26 • 21 tweets • 6 min read
So I got a 10$ used keyboard today and it turns out it's a kind I vaguely heard existed but had never actually seen in person.
So it uses cherry-mx keycaps, but what keyswitch is this?
Answer: NONE! There's no keyswitches. This is a rubber-dome-over-membrane keyboard.
Sep 26 • 49 tweets • 7 min read
Fun fact: by the original design of "Safeway", modern Safeway is Unsafe.
The point of the original "Safe"way was that it didn't let you buy on credit.
The idea was that grocery stores were selling food and supplies to farmers on credit, and if the harvest didn't come in like they hoped, they were fucked and in a ton of debt.
Sep 25 • 27 tweets • 4 min read
WHY AM I ON THE TOP OF HACKER NEWS
I'm gonna have to email them again and finally get them to just ban me from HN. this has happened too many times
Sep 25 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Ugh. You ever buy something and already you don't like it, having not even turned it on yet, just looked at the power supply connector?
The is the kind of power adapter that says "hey, as soon as you misplace me, you might as well buy a whole new device, because you are FUCKED"
Sep 25 • 31 tweets • 4 min read
I kinda want to know exactly how the Bajoran media reported the end of Deep Space Nine.
Like, yeah, "the war ends!" is going to be the main headline, of course, but what is the secondary headline?
"yeah it turns out the pope and Hitler were sleeping together and they killed each other. This is according to Jesus, who is also dead, but came back a bit to let us know.
Also, hell is real, but good news: it's locked away now"
Sep 24 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
annoying everyone by calling VGA mode 13h "200p"
doom is a classic ibm game that ran in 75hz 200p
Sep 24 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
I think I slept backwards
like I got negative 8 hours of sleep
I think I'm tireder than when I went to bed
who inverted my polarity