weekly reel January 22, 2023

Yo, and music with new Atsuko Chiba.

Water, it feels like it's growing by Atsuko Chiba (bandcamp.com)


That bit at timestamp 32m24s of hbomber - Climate denial: A measured response, where a journalist interviews Patrick Moore about Roundup, is fabulous. Other good episodes of his “A measured response” series: Vaccines and autism, and The war on Christmas. Also, Woke brands and Speedrunning is awesome summed up in Hbomberguy @ XOXO Fest 2019.

xkcd: Runtime, SMBC: Drugs.


Verge: Getty Images is suing the creators of AI art tool Stable Diffusion for scraping its content.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Verge: “Extremely hardcore” Twitter.

weekly reel January 15, 2023

Woop woop, frendz, and music with Joni Void + Maya Kuroki.

AGE EP by Joni Void + Maya Kuroki (bandcamp.com)


[fr] Monsieur Phi : De quoi ChatGPT est-il vraiment capable ?

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio.

Lawsuit challenging Stable Diffusion, and HN blah.

AI-created stills for movies that don’t exist: David Cronenberg’s Galaxy of Flesh (1985), Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Tron (1976).


Bruce Schneier: Decarbonizing PoW cryptocurrencies through taxation.

Asianometry: How semiconductors ruined East Germany.

MIT: We now understand why Roman concrete is so durable, long-lasting, and self-repairing. Via Kottke.

[pdf] Field Guide to NOTAMs, a tastily-presented snark about the irrelevant crap that goes into official pilot notifications. Said differently, “notification overload”, but for airplane pilots instead of your phone. Via Nelson.

Streamer Mikkaa simultaneously beats 2 Elden Rings with a controller and a dance mat.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Good reminder by Nick: “Smart” home devices are security & privacy trash. IT’S ALSO RIDICULOUSLY FRAGILE AND MOSTLY-USELESS OBSCENE FIRST-WORLD TECHNO-GADGETO-BABBLE BULLSHIT, GODDAMNIT. MORE TECH ≠ BETTER, ever dared thinking about it?

weekly reel January 8, 2023

Bonjour bonsoir, and music with Genghis Tron, merci Sam.

Dream Weapon by Genghis Tron (bandcamp.com)


Maciej Cegłowski: Why not [humans on] Mars, 👏👏👏.

[fr] INA - « Qui aurait pu prédire la crise climatique ? », merci Berthe.

Winners of the 2022 BigPicture natural world photo competition, and 2022 Close-up photographer of the year. Both via Kottke.

SMBC: Art, Yer mom, Imagination.


The strangest computer manual ever written.

LambHoot: The Big Fat Greek reason I haven’t played Hades, Violence in VR video games, Caught in a Dongo Adventure.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene pt. 4” in 19kb of JS code, via waxy.

Limmy’s show: Top secret came up while discussing the LastPass breach, thx James.

Shitty tech ℹ️

The expanding “Dark Forest” and generative AI, via waxy.

Apple fined 8.5 million $ for illegally collecting iPhone data for ads.

weekly reel January 1, 2023

Feliz año nuevo, nerdz, and music with Janel Leppin, merci Juju.

Ensemble Volcanic Ash by Janel Leppin (bandcamp.com)


Tom7 - PAC-TOM: Running every street in Pittsburgh.

SMBC: Oops, JPEG, Real life.


[fr] Jérôme Denis & David Pontille : La maintenance ou l’art invisible de faire durer les choses.

Ferd: A bridge over a river never crossed, and the idea of Falsework, “a temporary structure used to support a permanent structure while it is not self-supporting” 👍.

Wladimir Palant: South Korea’s online security dead end.

Kottke: Super Mario Bros was designed on graph paper.

The Needling: Portland startup to mine artisanal Bitcoin using only slide rules and graph paper 😄, via jwz.

jwz: Floppy disc assembly line.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Josh Strife Hayes: Abusive game monetization strategies.

ho-ho-ho reel December 25, 2022

🎄, geeks, and music with Black Ox Orkestar.

Black Ox Orkestar 3-album bundle (bandcamp.com)


[fr] Homo Fabulus - Climat : comment faire pour que les gens se bougent (une fois qu’ils ont été bien informés).

[fr] Stupid Economics : L’impossible transformation de l’Éducation Nationale.

[fr] Osons causer - Nucléaire : un atout pour l’indépendance de la France ?

Oh the urbanity: Airbnb decimates housing affordability (but it doesn’t have to)

Photos of GY!BE playing at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester UK, November 1998, via r/gybe.

Paul Fairie: The 2022 headline of the year nominees.

SMBC: Artificial Incompetence, Ceremony.


Bryan Cantrill: The container revolution: Reflections after the first decade (2016), Zebras all the way down (2017), Hardware/software co-design: The coming golden age (2021)

Asianometry: The dawn and dusk of Sun Microsystems.

Technology Connections: The optical audio of sound-on-film.

Danny Spencer: Can Doom run it? An adding machine in Doom. HN, which links to a similar thing in Quake.

NYT: The “Luddite” club, a group of NYC teens opting out of smartphones and social media, via waxy.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Hyperloop as a “Gadgetbahn”: Futuristic transportation that looks cool but is unnecessarily complicated and is definitely not built for real people.