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call for testers (2019-12-04 08:18:00)

Usual flurry o’ links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

And a request: I need beta-testers for a small game I am releasing this month. Check the ASCIIcast below to see how it looks like.

Do you run Linux/Win/Mac and are interested in testing? Contact me.

Gatekeeping (2019-11-18 07:35:00)

<brewton> San Diego is the world centre of taco gatekeeping.

writing-strategies (2019-10-27 08:38:00)

Recently I was looking for scientific articles on the differences between composing with a pen rather than a pencil (the latter becoming my writing instrument of choice after the former leaked on my suit).

The search returned empty handed, but one paper on “writing strategies and writers’ tool” was nontheless initriguing; let me share the findings with you.

First table displays the percentage of “frequent use” of writing tool X in different research areas. Keep in mind the article was published in 1993!


Then the author introduces a “writing strategies” variable; I find the descriptions of the different approaches to composing striking and amusing:


Finally, crosstabs of strategies/area and tools/strategies:


Writing strategies and writers' tools, Daniel Chandler - English Today April 1993 (I feel guilt in saying I got it via Sci-Hub)

more: catchpenny prints.

typewriters (2019-10-17 07:14:00)

today (2019-10-08 20:21:00)

The Queen of Spades (2019-10-04 08:18:00)

ant empire (2019-09-25 20:31:00)

diaries (2019-09-18 20:51:00)

Pepper & Carrot (2019-09-11 08:21:00)

signs of autumn (2019-09-03 08:36:00)

Welcome, deciduous carnival!

back in the 2000s (2019-08-24 07:44:00)

<@BrutalSlakt> we looked in a magazine I have from 2000, and the things in it
               are suppose to be "omg how crazy", but looking in it today it was
               more "yeah, that's things people do these days.." xD
          <me> haha like?
<@BrutalSlakt> some guy killed by his friend, a hippo. a girl that can dive 35m.
               some fat people. some dudes that put patterns of diseases (what
               you see in the microscope) on clothes. some psychologist that
               uses a therapy which one person pretends to be dead and the others
               tell them stuff they couldn't "when they were alive".
<@BrutalSlakt> some hindu festival called Holi.
          <me> haha
<@BrutalSlakt> a hotel under the water

Not in the 2000s:

hugo (2019-08-16 07:35:00)

can your todo-list app do that? (2019-08-08 08:31:00)

Most likely no.


typecast (2019-07-15 06:22:00)

My friend Carina has finally found some time to try her typewriter. Ribbon might need to be replaced, results are encouraging:


Bigger version.

venzone (2019-05-24 08:07:00)

Slowly shaping up:

Maruka highland / Keith Lofstrom's Vanity Web Page.

Moonlight Smugglers (2019-05-15 08:00:01)

scratches (2019-03-31 08:42:00)

Bonus: <BrutalSlakt> 300SEK (didn't buy, don't have the space) (pic)

Kerfuffle (2019-02-02 07:10:00)

Play Kerfuffle by KKairos!


To play it you need DosBox and the ZZT engine. Move the .zzt into the engine folder, select a world with W and pick KRFFFL-C). The game is worth the setup pain, I promise!

Other: Dokmelody, (eo) Mazi en Gondolando.

read-list (2019-01-01 08:42:00)

Last year I decided to get back into reading more (I even compiled a handy list to help me in the selection process).

I read 60+ books in 2018: 53 from the public library, a handful of ebooks (I sold my ebook reader after realising paper is more comfortable to my eyes – and gets me in the mood to read more) and a few paperbacks bought in shopping sprees.

So here is a selection of the ones I liked most, if you want to start your 2019 with a similar goal:

Goodbye Mnemosyne (2018-12-07 07:44:00)

After almost ten years, the time has finally come to say “goodbye” to Mnemosyne. Mnemosyne is an amazing spaced-repetition software (with simply the best user experience of them all), but I simply find myself more and more weary of screen-time the older I get.

I will replace it with a pen and paper method: one of A Simple Vocabulary Memorization Method and the Gold Book method.

Transferring ~9500 cards will be quite a task, but I am sure it will be worth it.