Sigh. This COVID thing. There's only one number that matters. The retransmission rate. If it's below 1.0, we're good. If it's 1.0 or above, we're TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY FUCKED. Simple math. If it's 1.0 or above, then it is 100% certain that we need to shut everything the fuck down. You can check here: rt.live

God damn I am tired of idiots.

Shit's on fire...

Cloudflare, digitalocean, discord, various DNS, etc. down.

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

For those interested in all things geeky in that 1990s internet web ring kind of way: geekring.net/

Philx doing a super cool old school Eddie Van Halen impression... doing tapping licks without tapping, no whammy bar action. Still... sounds very EVH.

youtube.com/watch?v=JJ2mRc15Yb

This is a cool "boids" implementation with some predator-prey dynamics in there as well:

boids--markprobst.repl.co/

Predator/prey populations are graphed (red = predator, blue = prey).

Code is here: boids--markprobst.repl.co/

Found this on reddit, here: reddit.com/r/proceduralgenerat

The emergent population dynamics seem to match real world population dynamics reasonably (predator and prey populations oscillate, with prey populations leading predator populations in time). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotka%E2

You might have heard the phrase "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" to refer to microsoft's (historic?) approach to open standards and so on. A youtube comment I just saw suggested this phrase should instead be "Control, Alt, Delete".

Dragged out my 12-string Taylor 355 acoustic guitar tonight, which I rarely play. Mostly I'm an electric guitar player. Hmm, one of the strings was broken. Here's the weird part: I bought this guitar in 1999. 21 years ago. This guitar is old enough to fight in a war, and old enough to *drink*. I've never changed the strings. The strings that are on it are the strings that came with it when I bought it in 1999. *hangs head in shame*. Even with a broken string, it still sounds wonderful.

I've heard of "paper circuits" but the examples I'd seen up to now were very simple, with copper tape used to lay out wires. This guy has a different take, and takes it much further. ciat-lonbarde.net/paper/index. and here's one of his simpler circuits with some instructions that describe the process: ciat-lonbarde.net/paper/man/li Looks like an interesting prototyping technique. I imagine if you painted the paper with epoxy afterward, it might be fairly robust.

This neural net thing generates music and vocals as raw audio: openai.com/blog/jukebox/

Dovydas has done these live concerts each night for the past 45 nights. Pretty interesting if you're into guitar playing. Here's tonight's livestream: youtube.com/watch?v=CUN4trIvHA

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