Back once again with the renegade master.

Weekend Reading CXCVI

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Names that Make Computers Go Crazy

O-space-C, OC, O'C but nearly never O'C. It’s so common, I know the apostrophe escape code by heart.

Meet the Artist using Ritual Magic to trap self-driving cars

Clickbait title, I’m afraid. Adversarial network research is a developing area. It’s already possible to create images that don’t fool humans, but do fool computers.
The idea of (perhaps) being able to print a semi-transparent overlay for street signs to change speed limits or stop signs could be a source of real mayhem.

Clickspring: Antikythera

The creator’s previous work on building a clock was YouTube gold. He has a clear voice, a sharp eye for photography, and a great understanding of balancing detail with perspective. The work is also beautiful. I find the ancient Greek computer a truly fascinating idea, and will watch this with interest.

Space is Hard

Having briefly felt the gut-punch of losing source code, or draft papers. The thought of several years of work exploding in fiery peril would break my heart.

Weekend Reading CXCV

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A Warm Greeting on St Pattddy’s Day to you all.
It’s certainly more of an occasion here than I feel it was back home.
The memorabilia is even more pervasive.

A Pickpocket’s Tale

So much goes on below our perception.

What Defines a Coffee’s Terroir?

Just when I manage to convince myself that the difference in coffee beans is all in my head, I drink something that’s noticeable better or different, and am all aflutter again.

The Complicated Friendship Of H. P. Lovecraft And Robert Barlow, One Of His Biggest Fans

The 80th anniversary of Lovecraft’s death passed this week. I am unsure how to separate his cultural impact from the influence of the RPG as Nerd Culture became mainstream.

Weekend Reading CXCIV

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The Vatican’s Latinist

There’s a singularity of purpose that reminds me of Erdos

Quote Unquote (Quotation Gangs and violence in India)

The Indian perspective on how to use the English language continues to amaze me. There are certainly some Hinglish words that deserve wider distribution. They are truly for global toppers.

802.eleventy what? A deep dive into why Wi-Fi kind of sucks

The great confusion got severe when things like 802.11g got implemented in an extremely vendor-specific way based solely on draft specifications. The difference that they allude to here between wired and wireless is that wired networks are Collision Detection (CSMA-CD) based, while WiFi is Collision Avoidance CSMA-CA.

Ten Deep Learning Terms Explained in Simple English

Deep Learning has performed at an extraordinary level in a phenomenal number of application areas. There are numerous exciting developments in architectures and approaches.

Compile (Wolf3D) like it’s 1992

These days game development happens with complex engines that handle drawing, display, physics, input, networking, and all sorts of other complex layers of functionality. The two most prominent, Unity and the Unreal Engine are commonly used.


One must imagine sSissyphusss happy

Weekend Reading CXCIII

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Tabletop Whale: scientific Infographics

These are quite beautiful, especially the animated ones. The variation in style is stunningly broad, and there’s even information on the process used to make them.

Who Needs GPS? The Forgotten Story of Etak’s Amazing 1985 Car Navigation System

There is renewed (military and civilian) interest in celestial navigation, and in nations building competing satellite navigation systems. There are worries about GPS being undermined, and escaping sub-continents.

Monitoring Dominos Pizza Orders

Writing secure code is hard, applications require a defensive, ground-up vision. You have to have a frankly perverse mindset.

Cathedrals of Power: Philadelphia’s Abandoned Turbine Halls in Pictures

This reminds me of Crossness Pumping Station, though it’s less Gothic

The Weird Economics of IKEA

Having recently bought furniture, I went for the super-premium experience: it was delivered and assembled for me. When I saw the number of moving parts, I was quite glad. Certainly my macho-quotient dipped, but I have all fingers intact.

Inside the Dude’s Stoner Soundtrack

The Big Lebowski contains countless gems.

Weekend Reading CXCII

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I am slowly coming to terms with the idea that I have no idea how Roman numerals work.

Ford Skipping to Level 4 Car autonomy because their Engineers keep falling asleep