weekly reel April 14, 2024

Holaaa. This week’s music is Adrianne Lenker, thx Berthe.

Bright Future by Adrianne Lenker (bandcamp.com)


[fr] Alain Damasio : Un monde repensé par la Silicon Valley.

The case for a maintenance mindset, thx James.

Oh the urbanity: Solving Vancouver’s housing crisis.

Kelly and Zach Weinersmith (authors of A City on Mars and SMBC): The lie of colonizing Mars.

Adam Neely: The bizzare ban on musical tempo of Chechnya (and also former UK and USA).

Kottke: The best photos and videos of the 2024 solar eclipse, High-diving penguin chicks.

[fr] La statistique expliquée à mon chat : Monsieur le président, avez-vous vraiment gagné cette élection, merci Adrien.

SMBC: Art school.


MattKC: I backported .NET to Windows 95.


[fr] Kombo : Les incroyables speedruns SA/SO de Hitman et Super Mario Kaizo +++ : Trials of Fire, merci Sylvain.

Modern Vintage Gamer: Why the limitations of the N64 and PS1 mattered.

Jim Stephanie Sterling: Why proposing tip jars for mainstream “AAA” videogames is either stupid or malicious.

weekly reel April 7, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir, geeks, and music with Buvette.

Tales of the countryside by Buvette (bandcamp.com)


Farm animal family photos.

SMBC: Perhaps.


500 mile email, “a curated list of absurd software bug stories”.


LLMs are like a trained circus bear that can make you porridge in your kitchen. It’s a miracle that it’s able to do it at all, but watch out because no matter how well they can act like a human on some tasks, they’re still a wild animal. They might ransack your kitchen, and they could kill you, accidentally or intentionally! — Alex Komoroske, via Simon Willison.


Stop Killing Games, via Ross Scott: The largest campaign ever to stop publishers destroying games.

LambHoot: The game where you argue with AI… as a vampire.

Dialogue Trees.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Amazon ditches “Just Walk Out” checkouts at its grocery stores, which was powered by 1000 people working in India reviewing transactions.

Microsoft opens a “high priority” bug in ffmpeg impacting MS Teams, attempting to leech the free labour of the maintainers. HN.

weekly reel March 31, 2024

👋, and music with the WipEout soundtrack.

wipE'out'' - The Zero Gravity Soundtrack by CoLD SToRAGE (bandcamp.com)


[fr] Clément Viktorovitch en entreveue chez Blast : Le journalisme neutre n’existe pas.

Kottke: Gou Miyagi skates very mellow, Tyshawn Jones skates fast, Fabio Wibmer bikes fast, Ryan Williams’ mindbreaking BMX Free Willy.


That was quite the eventful security week:

Dom Marti: Internet users preferences about advertising, personalization, and privacy, varies wildly.

Real Engineering: The engineering of the Gameboy.

Prime Reacts: DHH - Be less precious.


NYC’s AI chatbot tells businesses to break the law. Tasty skewer of factual errors presented as facts by a chatbot supposed to be authoritative. Via waxy.

Oh hey, Google Search is experimenting with pushing AI results first.


[fr] Thief 2 - Une brève analyse.

weekly reel March 24, 2024

Woop woop, have some new Squarepusher.

Dostrotime by Squarepusher (bandcamp.com)


[fr] Science4All - Pourquoi encore se battre pour la démocratie ?

Why weather forecasts have gotten so good.

Jacob Kaplan-Moss (Django maintainer) on consensus, snipped from Django Chat - Talking about Django’s history and future.

Lengthy memoranda and gobbledygook language: Be short and use plain English, via DF.

Ghanaian fantasy coffin maker Paa Joe.

25 years of Windowlicker! Merci Berthe.

SMBC: Together, Consciousness, Caveman.


Redis adopts dual source-available licensing. The race to replace Redis (HN). “SSPL is bad” (HN). Prime Time: The downfall of Redis.


Making a game last forever.


Releasing Common Corpus: the largest public domain dataset for training LLMs, via swillison.

Ars: ASCII art elicits harmful responses from 5 major AI chatbots.

Shitty tech ℹ️

There is no EU cookie banner law.

Reddit’s “Advertise like a Redditor” ad product a.k.a. misleading ads disguised as actual “organic content”. Via nelson.

weekly reel March 17, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir, and music with new TOO MANY ZOOZ and Linus Åkesson covering clown core.

Retail Therapy by TOO MANY ZOOZ (bandcamp.com)

Linus Åkesson - ClownC0re cover: “Computers” on Computers (youtube-nocookie.com)

clown core - computers (youtube-nocookie.com)


[fr] Science4all : Les limitations du réductionnisme énergétique.

[fr] Arte - Les dangers du sucre.

Kottke: The neo-luddite movement.

Oh the urbanity: Edmonton is the Canadian city to beat on housing reform, The disturbing death disparity on North American roads.

SMBC: Philosophy, Underwear, Play doctor.

xkcd #2907: Schwa (Wikipedia).


[fr] Science Étonnante - L’algorithme de Diffie-Hellman.

Johan Halse: Care. HN.

Gunpei Yokoi’s Lateral thinking with withered technology, via swillison.


Quake Speedruns Explained: The history of Quake world records.

Gen Z gamers are doomed.

BreakTime: Running Breakout inside Google Calendar, via HN.


swillison: The GPT-4 barrier has finally been broken.

The Claude 3 system prompt, explained, via swillison.

You can now train a 70b language model at home, via swillison + HN.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Roku locks devices until users agree to new terms of service.