So it turns out that you can order praying mantises online. The world is a wonderful place.
Unfortunately I learned this just AFTER I'd already hosed the wasp nest down with chemical warfare, but...
Attention #debian and #python people: If you're using Debian Testing (Buster) and updated recently, Python's `venv` module is broken. See the bug report here for a filthy hacky workaround: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=901803
Add all this up and you might be able to get a Pentium II.
Turns out I have one or two PICs too. And a couple 6800's.
I haven't even started in on the Motorola bitz, ADCs, timers, old-school transistors, MOSFETs, and random shit I have no *idea* how to identify.
What the heck am I going to do with all these 7400-series DOOHICKEYS
Well, the local #hackerspace was throwing away tons of random electronic bitz, so of course I scooped them up. There's passive components, PICs, 7400 series IC's, and piles of stuff I have no idea about.
Anyone interested in some? I'll give stuff to a good home for the cost of shipping once I categorize it. I'll never get around to building anything with it.
TIL There are music typewriters and they came in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and mechanisms
I probably shouldn't buy computer hardware while depressed.
...but it's so shiny!
"In theory, this is the ultimate product."
He showed a small animal with soft scales and wings. It purred.
"A dragon cat hybrid, which is also a book."
"A book? How do you read it?"
"You tell it. 'Boknir, open'."
The dragoncatbook hissed at him. "Shan't."
"In theory," he sighed.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Waiting a few extra months for a shiny new game is absolutely worth workers having the time to make a good product and be treated with decency. Please be mindful of how the constant demand for NEW, NOW is inherently harmful to often non-union devs.
As fans of the medium, we can promote indie studios trying not to grind themselves to dust in addition to chilling the F out in terms of demand for fresh media. Excitement is great! Just remember that the people who make the stuff we love are people!
Math is less convenient than advertised.
I don't know if it's a coincidence that the math behind models of computation and the programs we create to parse human (and machine) languages are so closely related, but it's a compelling coincidence even so.
Also, https://matklad.github.io/2018/06/06/modern-parser-generator.html is worth a read even if you're only kind of interested in parsers. There's epiphanies in it. Like:
Regular languages (regex's) are state machines with a fixed memory space.
Full Turing machine languages are state machines with two stacks of memory space (moving the Tape is popping an item from one stack and pushing it to the other).
Context-free languages are exactly in the middle: they're state machines with one stack.
I don't know what it means but it's deep.
Whew, frontend web crap is *hard work*.