you’ve been visited by the happy morning turtle. Boost to snip some lettuce

Someone in Machias, ME is super fucking into Blink 182

Just passed a food truck called Swamp Yankee BBQ and I don’t know how to parse the Maine/Louisiana politics of that exactly

and I thought these things smelled bad on the outside

We stopped for some “Maine tourmaline” and it was predictably enough a tourist hole rock shop that technically also contained some Maine tourmaline, and my geologist wife is
S A L T Y

HEY @LuBellWoo I WAS ON A SAILING BOAT TODAY

A “BOAT-O-SAILS” AS THEY CALL IT

A REAL WINDY BOY

Q: WHAT’S A PIRATE’S FAVORITE THING TO DRINK PORT WITH

FOLLOWUP Q: WHAT’S A PIRATE’S FAVORITE KIND OF PORT

Hotel I spent the night in has what I have to assume is placeholder art in most of the frames: generic aesthetically consistent swirls (compare with the bed spread) that they could almost get away with if they didn’t have pairs of nearly identical images hanging together.

I’d alllmost entertain the idea that it was something intentional and abstract except they’ve also got a pair of lighthouse seascapes in the room.

Flight crew is kibitzing five feet from me at my gate and pilot is mentioning that he “tore up the thigh support on the seat last night”.

All in all this is simultaneously kinda fascinating eavesdropping and literally just being stuck listening to coworkers make dull, uncomfortable shop talk to kill time.

Looking out the cab window as it sends its way through the early morning fog; in the dim light I catch a glimpse in the parallax of something rounded and large and standing on four straight legs. Is it a horse, standing incongruously among the light-industrial brickabrack of NE Columbia Blvd?

No, it is a propane tank.

One thing I'll say I miss in EXAPUNKS from my time with Opus Magnum: those wonderful output gifs. OM was a beautiful game to play around in, and the fact that the solutions were themselves fun to look at was the cherry on top: even folks who didn't know or care about the game could appreciate them.

With EXAPUNKS and other "ASM = fun!" games, there's not much to *see*; it's mostly just code executing. So I just have to declare that I was very clever about this or that and leave it at that.

And of course by default this is all working blind: I see my solution took e.g. 160 cycles to halt, and my friend's took 90 cycles, but I don't see their code. I just know they came up with *something*.

And so I sit and think and try to come up with what I haven't optimized for. Do I need to parallelize a task? Trim or unroll a loop? Assign a bot to kill the other bots?

You don't know what your friend's code says, but when you get to where they got, you *know* you both had the same idea.

Brief EXAPUNKS update: I am getting up to some silly shit and I love it.

There is something pretty satisfying about seeing a friend's much lower cycle-count solution and working out a new approach that gets a score as low as their.

There is something absolutely horribly wonderful about then finding a way to trim a couple extra cycles off so that they have to start sweating instead.

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