weekly reel July 14, 2024

Hi friends, and music with Thom Yorke.

Thom Yorke - Confidenza original soundtrack (youtube-nocookie.com)

News

[fr] Clément Viktorovitch : Pour une nouvelle constitution.

Asianometry: China’s sinking land problem.

Not Just Bikes: The secret to Japan’s great cities: good zoning, street design, traffic & parking restrictions, kei cars.

Pixel Mirror, “a faceted crystal that turns everything viewed through it into pixel art”. Via waxy.

SMBC: Like that.

Software

Jacob Kaplan-Moss: All I need to know about engineering leadership I learned from “Leave No Trace”. Also, Just use PostgreSQL for everything.

Booting Linux off of Google Drive, via Brodie.

xkcd #2958 - Remote cod execution.

AI

Simon Willison: Jevons paradox applied to AI + software engineering.

Simon Willison: Quoting Jim Covello, Goldman Sachs.

Maggie Appleton @ Local-First Conf: Home-cooked software and “barefoot programmers” (YouTube video).

Shitty tech ℹ️

Time: Inside the health crisis of a Texas bitcoin town, via jwz.

weekly reel July 7, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir, geeks, and music with new Islands.

What Occurs, by Islands (bandcamp.com)

News

[fr] Clément Viktorovitch : Marine Le Pen achève la destruction du langage entamée par Macron.

Asianometry: How America saved its failing freight trains.

SMBC: Latte, Pro wrestling, Camouflage, Cortex.

xkcd #2955: Pole vault.

Software

Serving a billion web requests with boring code, via lobsters.

Marco Rogers: The frontend treadmill.

Programmers are also human: Next-door 10x software engineer 😄.

AI

Ludic Mataroa: I will fucking piledrive you if you mention AI again, and extremely entertaining Primeagen Reacts.

Shitty tech ℹ️

jwz: Wherein the techbros want to sell your security cameras back to you, again.

weekly reel June 23, 2024

Hi nerds, and music with Oiseaux-Tempête.

AL​-​'AN ! ا​ل​آ​ن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy​-​tale piece of land to make our dreams), by Oiseaux-Tempête (bandcamp.com)

News

[fr] Clément Viktorovitch - Reconnaître le fascisme quand il frappe à votre porte.

Not just bikes: I rode the craziest trains in Japan.

SMBC: Beauty Standards.

Software

jwz: “Great news, everybody! Google has approved the crowdsourced updated XScreenSaver Privacy Policy. I assume that this means they find it 100% factual and endorse it entirely”. 😄, peak jwz.

AI

Charity Majors: Generative AI is not going to build your engineering team for you, 👏👏👏.

Games

FromSoft Word, “the Dark Souls of word processors: one typo, and it’s game over”. 😄, via waxy.

Quake Speedruns Explained - Co-op Quake: The movie.

Shitty tech ℹ️

Jim Stephanie Sterling - Embracer’s legacy: 44 axed studios, 80 axed games, 4532 axed jobs.

weekly reel June 16, 2024

Bonjour bonsoir, avec OrelSan.

OrelSan - L’odeur de l’essence (youtube-nocookie.com)

News

[fr] Alain Damasio : Le cyberpunk a été trahi.

Software

Programmers are also human: Interview with Esolang Academic 2024.

AI

Spreadsheet is all you need.

Glyph: A Grand Unified Theory of the AI Hype Cycle:

Each of these cycles has been larger and lasted longer than the last, and I want to be clear: each cycle has produced genuinely useful technology. It’s just that each follows the progress of a sigmoid curve that everyone mistakes for an exponential one.

There is an initial burst of rapid improvement, followed by gradual improvement, followed by a plateau. Initial promises imply or even state outright “if we pour more {compute, RAM, training data, money} into this, we’ll get improvements forever!” The reality is always that these strategies inevitably have a limit, usually one that does not take too long to find.

Games

Noclip documentary - Wipeout 2097: The making of an iconic PlayStation soundtrack.

Shitty tech ℹ️

jwz: Death from the Skies, Musk Edition.

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.