Links for August 30, 2019

Escher at the Alhambra

But it was Escher’s second visit to Spain, where he revisited the Alhambra as well as experiencing La Mezquita in Cordoba, that appears to have really disciplined his art. From that point on, tessellation is insisted upon more rigorously – but at the same time, it is also treated playfully. In Reptiles (1943), we see a tessellation coming to life. In this marvellous lithograph, there is an open book displaying one of Escher’s reptile tessellations. In the picture, the tessellations are precise but the majority of the reptiles are two-dimensional. But then we see in the bottom left hand corner that the reptiles – like the black and white men in Encounter – are climbing out of the surface. They are no longer mere shapes, but actual lizards.

Codecademy vs. The BBC Micro

Alas, it’s possible that the real problem is that nobody wants to learn about the Jacquard loom. Judging by how Codecademy emphasizes the professional applications of what it teaches, many people probably start using Codecademy because they believe it will help them “level up” their careers.”… Codecademy, which after all is a business, gives these people what they are looking for—not some roundabout explanation involving a machine invented in the 18th century.

Origami Simulator

This app allows you to simulate how any origami crease pattern will fold. It may look a little different from what you typically think of as “origami” - rather than folding paper in a set of sequential steps, this simulation attempts to fold every crease simultaneously.... All simulation methods were written from scratch and are executed in parallel in several GPU fragment shaders for fast performance.

Links for August 28, 2019

How Inmates Play Tabletop RPGs in Prisons Where Dice Are Contraband

In correctional facilities across America, inmates cluster around tables in the common room to play games like Dungeons & Dragons. And they do it without dice.

MLB leans on longtime mud supplier, not Rawlings, to coat balls

Bintliff harvests the mud himself, using only a shovel and a few buckets, as he has for his entire adult life. The 62-year-old has recently begun bringing a trusted assistant to help him carry the load, but other than that, the process is the same as it has always been. After he collects the mud, he hauls it back to his yard in southern New Jersey, where it sits until he’s ready to pack it up in his garage and ship it out to teams. His wife, Joanne, takes orders and does invoicing. That’s it. There’s no one and nothing else to the operation. It’s increasingly out of place in a hyper-controlled, ultra-competitive, high-tech league, where every detail is calibrated for peak efficiency.

Why the Internet Loves This Pennsylvania Rest Stop

A photo of a strip of fast-food outlets and gas stations is used to critique the sameness of the American landscape. But it could only be one place on Earth.

Links for August 26, 2019

How to run a small social network site for your friends

The main reason to run a small social network site is that you can create an online environment tailored to the needs of your community in a way that a big corporation like Facebook or Twitter never could. Yes, you can always start a Facebook Group for your community and moderate that how you like, but only within certain bounds set by Facebook. If you (or your community) run the whole site, then you are ultimately the boss of what goes on.

Thread by robin on Rosegarden, archived six hours ago

There’s another kind of feedback, called negative feedback. A thermostat uses negative feedback; so does a human body. When your temperature rises, you begin to sweat, which cools you down. When your temperature dips, you begin to shiver, which warms you up. Negative feedback is the feedback of stability and health. These platforms could add negative feedback a hundred different ways.

Private Games

Many of my favorite games to write have been written for specific people. As indie designers, we talk about writing for the market (which involves a lot of guessing, because who can read the minds of the…

doodle place

doodle-place is an online world inhabited by animate doodles. You can wander around and view doodles created by users around the globe, or contribute your own.

Links for August 1, 2019

‘Now pour the tea’: An Aesthetic Evaluation of Picard’s Tea Sets

Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s famous drink order “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot,” is among the Star Trek universe’s most well-known sayings. It’s become synonymous with Patrick Stewart’s Picard. Along with the…

The Trade Journal Cooperative

The Trade Journal Cooperative (TJC) is a subscription service which delivers a lovingly curated niche trade journal to your door every quarter. Our editors painstakingly comb through the back alleys of capitalism to bring you fascinating publications like Pasta Professional, American Funeral Director, and Plumber Magazine.

Tortoise | TNT Full Set

Stereolab live at Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 (Full HD)

Links for July 28, 2019

The Machine Intelligence of Autechre’s Confield

Instead, what we hear transforms the repetitive, rotational gear-grinding of Tri Repetae and Chiastic Slide into a study of complex systems, the sounds of neural networks and telecommunication hubs. Booth and Brown seem especially careful about how they open each of their albums; though it’s unclear what their intentions are here, if they had had any hopes of disruption, then their efforts were a success. The effect — both as an isolated listening experience and with greater respect to their evolution as producers — is jarring.

Where Does Generative Design Belong? Designers Must Decide

“With generative design it’s possible to create structures that we, as human designers and engineers, could never have created otherwise,” said Andrew Morandi, senior product designer, Volkswagen Group. “One of the biggest surprises for me was seeing just how much material you could remove from a conventional wheel structure.”

Word2vec: fish + music = bass

We know word2vec is rather good at certain kinds of analogies… Now let’s venture beyond these solid, stolid examples. We can use it on things that don’t have as clear-cut answers as do country capitals or past tenses. We can use it on cloudier concepts, and the results we get are occasionally surprising and appealing!

30 Weird Chess Algorithms: Elo World

Links for July 22, 2019

How to Draw a Stick Figure: a Complex Guide

With that remarkable skill, your dreams would come true! Imagine people approaching you on the street and asking you to draw a stick figure for them! You could become rich and famous! All you need to do to make it come true is to follow this life-changing tutorial. Let’s get started!

Krazy Kat Comics

This page goes into detail on how I used Machine Learning to find hundreds of Krazy Kat comics that are now in the public domain. As a result of this project, several hundred high resolution scans of Krazy Kat comics are now easily available online, including a comic that I couldn’t find in any published book!

The Don Martin Dictionary – Alphabetical list of sound effects from the pages of MAD Magazine.

Links for July 17, 2019

Doctor Who theme - Peter Howell’s Masterclass (1981)

Doctor Who | Jodie Whittaker - ’80s Title Sequence

Laverne & Nyssa & Shirley & Tegan

Links for July 14, 2019

This Woman Is Photographing Every Federally Recognized Native American Tribe

Matika Wilbur of Project 562 is documenting every federally recognized Native American tribe in the U.S.

Legend of the Skate Patrol, guardians of Golden Gate Park

Forty years ago, San Francisco almost banned roller skating in the park — until a band of skating enthusiasts who cared about the sport and the scene united to save it.

NASA Live: Earth Views from the Space Station

Links for June 16, 2019

An injury left Olafur Arnalds unable to play, so he turned to machines

Following nerve damage, Icelandic composer/producer/musician was unable to play the piano. With his ‘Ghost Pianos’, he gets that ability back, through intelligent custom software and mechanical pianos.

Ólafur Arnalds: Tiny Desk Concert

The Icelandic composer is joined by two “ghost” pianists, making mysterious and memorable music at the Tiny Desk.


Links for June 9, 2019

Why Does English Have More Words for Sports Officials Than Any Other Language?

So the terms have slightly different base meanings and are not interchangeable, but their use in English does not follow any established pattern between sports. The lead official in a National Basketball Association game is a referee. In Major League Baseball, it’s an umpire. Tennis, American football, and lacrosse all have both referees and a variety of judges.

As a matter of fact, American football has a whopping seven officials: a referee (who’s in charge), an umpire, a down judge, a line judge, a side judge, a back judge, and a field judge. “There are so many cops on the field in a football game,” says Rosenthal. “The NFL [National Football League] is basically just enforcing rules and people happen to be playing a game in the meantime.”

Spelling Bee ends in an unprecedented 8-way tie

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