Erik Naggum (1965-2009) RIP, also see the obituaries by Tobias C. Rittweiler and by Kent Pitman.
The Death of MJ Mach II, I’m not the only one that thought of these Dan Bern lines: “The day that Elvis died was like a mercy killing / America breathed a sigh of relief…” when I heard the news.
curucamp, “The Central European Ruby Camp is a meeting of the Ruby communities of Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The goal is to connect the communities, to share ideas and to intensify the exchange between the communities.” I’ll be there.
The Generation of Gothic Text, by Susan Laflin. “Despite many years of work on handwriting recognition, human readers remain more successful than any existing computer system when it comes to deciphering poor quality handwriting. It therefore seems reasonable to attempt a method of recognition which is closer to that used by the human reader.”
Secrets of Simplicity: rules for being simple and usable, slides by Giles Colborne. (I really like that post-it style he uses to annotate slides.)
Niklas Luhmann erklärt den Zettelkasten, auf YouTube.
Geometries in Polaroid, by Grant Hamilton.
The Restoration of Early UNIX Artifacts (PDF), Warren Toomey at Usenix09.
Guile 1.9.0, I didn’t think it still lives. Now it has got a compiler, a VM, supports ECMAScript, soon Elisp(!) and does native threads.
Video For Everybody is very simply a chunk of HTML code that embeds
a video into a website using the HTML5
<video> element which offers
native playback, and provides fallback for older browsers.
Gray code at the pediatrician’s office, a nice application.
A new alternative to git submodules: git subtree, really useful.
The secret life of numbers, “How do you spark off an interest in maths when the curriculum seems dreary?”
Lists by death toll on Wikipedia. Features, among others, accidents, battles, wars, and natural disasters.
Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue: Death is not the end, great Dylan cover.
Risks of eating pine nuts, for the list of things I don’t want to know about.
Because everything’s funnier. In The Butt.
Timeline of non-sexual social nudity