A mini-bio of the artist Rosa Bonheur
The November issue of Smithsonian Magazine has a good mini-bio of Rosa Bonheur. Great artist and a formidable personality who seems to have managed to live life on her terms. To give you an idea of the world she lived in, she was required to get a "cross-dressing permit" so she could wear pants instead of long dresses while making studies in the field.
... btw, I'm loving this live Peter Gabriel album from 1987, that dropped on Bandcamp last month:
The Conversational Collective is looking for speakers who would like to showcase their conversational technology work in 2021:
• hardware experts
• project managers
• voice actors
• machine learning specialists
• and the many more who are innovating in this space
CFP closes November 30th. More details here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfCTYRZAEgXqSrJ6nEZrRE4XBIUIT4tkKoYl2WFzfn-DyUNcA/viewform
This video is amazing, especially the "cyberfolklore" song in the soundtrack.
Chickadee 0.6.0 released https://dthompson.us/chickadee-060-released.html
got some cool stuff like ttf/otf font loading via freetype and an initial version of a 2D vector graphics system a la svg or html5 canvas.
Orinoco Flow, as the medieval sea shanty you know you wanted it to be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9eSnSBP1Po
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox, they neglected to do something: pay royalties on contracted works as part of the sale.
"Disney’s argument is that they have purchased the rights but not the obligations of the contract. In other words, they believe they have the right to publish work, but are not obligated to pay the writer no matter what the contract says."
The Replay Foundation, my employer, announced their liquidation today. This means no more Pinburgh. It also means I'm Officially out of a job for the forseeable, so if y'all wouldn't mind boosting a link to my other source of income Improbable Island, that'd be just super.
It's a silly online game and it doesn't pay as much as fixing pinball machines but heck it's what I've got right now, and this winter's probably gonna be a hairy one.
MIT is offering a free 9-lecture course, “COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic” from September 1 to December 8, 2020.
The class “features a combination of MIT faculty and guest speakers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, covering the science of the pandemic.”
These people took the floppy controller used in the BBC Micro, an Intel 8271, and set about finding out how it worked. In the course of that, they discovered it's actually a dual core processor, with over 3x the transistor count of a 6502.
Then they dumped the ROM by visual inspection of the micrographs of a decapped 8271, and reverse engineered the instruction set, with a full disassembly available.
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The schedule for Guix Days online is released! https://guix.gnu.org/en/blog/2020/online-guix-day-announce-2/
It's my dad's 80th in a few days. Yeah:
I hope you all are as well as you can be today.
Interests: programming languages, open platforms, art, craft, diy, and justice. #nobot
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