weekly reel June 9, 2024

Hola, et musique avec Seb Martel, Matthieu Chedid, Mathieu Boogaerts.

Face Cachée, by Seb Martel, Matthieu Chedid, Mathieu Boogaerts (bandcamp.com)

News

[fr] Science4All - Quelques modes de scrutin aux propriétés intéressantes, dont le vote unique transférable.

Oh the urbanity: The COVID transit apocalypse, Not just bikes: Visiting Shinjuku, the world’s busiest train station.

SMBC: Execute, Dear Jesus.

Software

Tom7: BoveX. HN.

How to copy a file from a 30-year-old laptop, via waxy.

Brodie Robertson: “OpenOffice doesn’t print on Tuesdays”.

Douglas Adams on reactions to technology, by age of opinion giver.

weekly reel May 26, 2024

Nerds! Have a pretty take on Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th.

Aphex Twin – Avril 14th (piano cover by Josh Cohen) (youtube-nocookie.com)

News

SMBC: Mathematics.

The batsh*t software Aphex Twin used.

Software

DHH: Open source is neither a community nor a democracy.

Shitty tech ℹ️

“I thought AI Overviews would be disastrous but I never imagined they would be this funny”.

Statement from Scarlett Johansson on OpenAI using her “Her” voice without consent. HN.

The Onion: Jerky, 7-fingered Scarlett Johansson appears in video to express full-fledged approval of OpenAI.

Jim Stephanie Sterling: The one where Microsoft admits game studios are fucked.

weekly reel May 19, 2024

Hey geeks, and music with Atrium Carceri, merci Sam.

Forgotten Gods, by Atrium Carceri (bandcamp.com)

News

Bobby Fingers: Fabio and the Goose 👏👏👏.

SMBC: Let us together recognize the impermanence inherent in all things.

Software

Asianometry: The birth, boom and bust of the Hard Disk Drive.

Programming mantras are proverbs, not “laws”, via lobste.rs.

Prime: HaskLUL, Strong opinions.

AI

Microsoft’s carbon emissions spike 29% as AI gobbles up resources. HN.

A plea for sober AI, via Simon Willison.

Paul Ford: Generative AI is totally shameless. I want to be it.

GPT-4o, HN and Prime Reacts. About that demo, BBC (2022) Why your voice assistant might be sexist.

Games

GMTK: The 100 games that taught me game design. Dope list, scarily close to my own list of the best video games 😄.

Non-euclidean Doom: what happens to a game when Pi is not 3.14159. HN.

weekly reel May 12, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir, and music with Tony Njoku.

Last Bloom, by Tony Njoku (bandcamp.com)

News

Gareth Fearn: Liberalism without accountability, via Kottke.

[fr] Clément Viktorovitch décortique la lecture pétée que Rachida Dati fait de l’affaire Meurice.

jwz: Political journey.

SMBC: Frank.

Software

Coding Horror: Your favorite programming quote, via Simon Willison.

AI

“Slop” is the new name for unwanted AI-generated content.

Games

Nerrrel: Recompilation, an incredible new way to keep N64 games alive.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Skill up: The Activision-ing of Xbox, Writing on games: The games industry is broken, MVG: Xbox has lost its way.

Jack Dorsey, Bluesky, decentralised social networks and the very common crowd, via jwz: Blockchain Rasputin over here is mad that moderation exists.

weekly reel May 5, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir frendz, and music with new St. Vincent + dl Salo.

All born screaming, by St. Vincent (bandcamp.com)

Extreme Evolution: Drive to Divinity OST, by dl Salo (bandcamp.com)

News

Not just bikes: What is the “correct” speed limit? and Vox: The reckless policies that helped fill North American streets with ridiculously large cars.

AlphaPhoenix: Entropy.

[fr/qc] Le Devoir - Imposer les gains en capital ?

[fr] Clément Viktorovitch - Sciences Po, Palestine : les sophismes du gouvernement français.

[fr] Linguisticae - Lecture chez les jeunes.

Software

Tomorrow Corporation tech demo 👏👏👏, thx James. A striking reminder of what’s possible for a dev team in control of its “tech stack”, and of how much control we sacrifice when we layer frameworks upon dependencies upon toolkits that look like free lunch, but come at a hefty { weight / performance, flexibility, maintenance } cost.

On that topic, Interview with Senior JS Dev 2024 and Prime Reacts.

AI

Jeremy Howard: SB-1047 will stifle open-source AI and decrease safety. HN.

Prime: Copilot Workspace, Adam Neely: AI is doomed to fail the musical Turing Test. At this point I have officially no idea whether negative stances on AI are realistic or “doomer” takes. AI: global disruption by next year|decade, or confined to limited marginal improvement? Flip a coin for me.

Washed Out: The Hardest Part, “the first official commissioned music video collaboration between a music artist and filmmaker made with OpenAI’s Sora video model”.