Schwebebahn Show more
The track is over 13km, and the full journey (one way) takes about 30 minutes, which makes it quite speedy for 1901. Due to the wagons being suspended, they swing naturally on the curves due to centrifugal force, and they come back to their vertical solely by gravity—this makes the Schwenebahn probably the first “pendular” (or “tilting”) train designs, way before Pacific Railways tried the first “pendulum cars” in the 1940s.
Schwebebahn, food Show more
I'm on location having flammkuchen and a beer. While in Germany...
Back to the Schwebebahn: it's a suspended monorail, which means the wagons hang below the rail, and the propulsion mechanism and traction wheels are overhead. It has always been electric since its inception. The track runs mostly along the river, and it often passes above roads, ground level train tracks and even a motorway.
Having some “me time” on a chillaxing Saturday. Lately I'm trying to read mostly books written by women to counter the existing gender bias in literature. There are more successful men writers than women, and among male readers is overwhelmingly uncommon to read the works of female authors. I know it's not much, but being careful choosing the books I buy is my itsy bitsy contribution towards equality in literature.
Also, I revisited some bits of the front-facing animation and figured out a way of making the back of the cape/coat visible thanks to my SO (who is into clothing and fashion), so I'll be updating that animation at some point, too.
It still feels like baby steps, but is nice to be able to show results 💪
So, I took my wizard mugshot, made a 16x32 front-faced sprite, and then went head and made my first ever #pixelart #animation — Still a long way to go and learn how to make the best use possible to #aseprite but it already feels like I am already learning new things. Probably next I'll try making a side-facing walking loop for the same character.
Blockchain or bullshit?
C++ template progamming Show more
Today I learned what probably is the most bizarre usage of the C++ “template” keyword: when you need to put it in front of a template method invoked in an object which itself is a template, because apparently the compiler cannot figure out that by itself.
On a completely different note, I am starting to learn to make #pixelart with #aseprite focusing on very low-resolution images. The idea is to have technical limitations like the developers and graphics artists had in the times of 8-bit games.
This is a small text-in-a-plate which could have been a company logo for a #gameboy game. Well, technically it has more than 4 colours, but you get the idea 😜
Please bear with me while I #practice 🙏
Well.. There is HiDPI support indeed in #mate 1.20, but it's a bit hit and miss: many of the applets in the panel come with their host of glitches, and the window-manager decorations remain conspicuously unscaled. The systray in particular jitters in-place by itself and has good chances of producing seizures.
IT'S HAPPENING.Me and my partner found a venue with seats available for #BurnsSupper
Even if not liking bagpipes or folk music, one has to admit that piping a haggis into the table and reciting a poem to it before being dramatically stabbed with a knife is pretty badass.