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TIL There were Pavlovian "Cybernetic Dogs" from the 1960s

These were from the pre-IC era so there were lots of relays and gnarly old-school hardware

"Three-deck stepping-relays comprised the main elements of the dog's memory. A few transistors were used for "eye" and "ear" sensors, plus a "tail-wagging power amplifier.""

cyberneticzoo.com/cybernetican
#RetroHardware #HardwareHacking #Robotics

Trying to summarize what I love about this blog would take me far too long, so: this is one of my favorite blogs. You might like it.
riowang.blogspot.com/

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I still can't get over how amazing a name Dr. Oxiris Barbot is

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Just was at a rowdy screening of Tammy and the Teenage T-Rex and friends, if you only see one film starring Denise Richards, Paul Walker, and a dodgy borrowed animatronic T-Rex this year, make it this one.

Also, if you can watch it in a theater full of people with slide whistles, do that, too

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Sunday morning crayon doodling with my kids got spooooooky

I mean the year MDCCCLXXXVIII problem was so bad we just stopped using computers for a century

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I'm sure the old Roman database designers were all like "no one will still be using this system in C"

it's just a dry run for 12 12 2121, people

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ha this is definitely one of those moments where fixing a bug will make it worse

(willing to try anything, but tui apps appreciated)

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recommendations: i've been using theoldreader as my RSS reader for years, but i feel like i'd like to just use something local and more tweakable. any recommendations?

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From a distance, the SR-71 flight manual actually looks like a dandy layout for a webpage

Also, it would probably load fast

Reading about C2x is so calming. Every other language is like "we're ripping up our templating system again and also lambda expressions are now deprecated in nightly builds", and meanwhile C is over here like "we're considering a stern suggestion that programmers document their apis"

pop culture is breaking my heart 

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pop culture is breaking my heart 

If your keyboard is so Soviet, why doesn't it have a

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