Huh, did get an upgrade? Things look different!


On a scale from froze to coze, rate your toes

It's time for Hammerplaits: co-op edition: round 2!! Come be a dwarf in the plucky Axe of Wines fortress in the south. Our Great Magma Project is ... more of a hot jelly project at the moment. But we're working on it.

6pm PST,

modding is super confusing. Here's a mini-FAQ on all the different modding tools, mostly for my own reference:

Bukkit (aka CraftBukkit): One of the first Minecraft modding tools. Server-side only. Some weird DMCA junk means it's complicated to download.
Spigot: a souped-up Bukkit.
Sponge: Similar in goals to Bukkit, but different and newer. No DMCA junk.
Forge: A different approach to modding than Bukkit. Much more invasive. Optionally includes client-side modding capabilities.

Streaming some "co-op mode" Dwarf Fortress! Come be a dwarf in Hammerplaits:

This is tonight! In 4 hours!

Come watch the grand opening of the Hammerplaits Magma Moat, and take your rightful place in the history of the Axe of Wines. Possess a Hammerplaits dwarf and bear witness to the first moment of our glorious future!

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I'm working on a mod for that adds some limited "co-op mode" support: folks watching my Twitch stream will be able to "possess" a dwarf and take some control of them, see their innermost thoughts and feelings, and decide their role in the fortress.

If that sounds like fun to you, I'm going to be trying it out for the first time on Wednesday, 6.30pm PST! Follow me on Twitch to get a notification:

I'm looking for interesting drawing blogs to follow, specifically interested in folks who talk about their process or theories about drawing. Suggestions?

TIL about unionfs-fuse. You can overlay a bunch of directories together and get copy-on-write behavior super easily:

$ unionfs top-dir=RW:bottom-dir=RO unified-dir

unified-dir will have all the contents of bottom-dir + top-dir merged together, and if you write or modify a file in unified-dir, it will appear in top-dir, but not in bottom-dir.

"Uprisings and revolutions are often considered to be spontaneous, but less visible long-term organizing and groundwork - or underground work - often laid the foundation.”

quote from Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit


Leave it to Japan to gamify social good:

Co-op Kobe has created a system through which those without a smart phone can “order” tasks that they would like help with (in the illustration, taking out the garbage). The co-op then will mail them some QR codes to stick on the “task”and will send push notifications to those who have registered to help in the area. Whoever does the task, scans the QR code and gets credit at the coop.

I’m looking to learn how to write better C.

Any pointers?

The computers on the Voyager probes have over 40 years of uptime, and have been patched at distances measured in light-hours. How?

Reliability, redundancy, reconfigurability.

Radiation-hardened parts, cross-connectible backups, all memory is RAM.

They've patched 'em to have better data compression and more efficient forward error correction as distance resulted in reduced bandwidth.

Can cache data when there's no signal. Have turned off instruments to save power.


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