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Today we accidentally ran into lion dances in two different places, which I think means we were doing something right.

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I wrote about the 2010 rise and fall of Google Wave, and lessons we can learn from their attempt to roll up email and chat and wikis into a single federated tool:

The good today is that I had an excellent pineapple custard bun from a local Chinese bakery this morning. The bad is that I had to drive home because I accidentally broke my laptop's initramfs and didn't have a suitable rescue disk at work to fix it. So… middling, overall?

Small project: algorithmically-generated skies in the rough style of Steven Universe's backgrounds. I'm still working on them, but I already like how they're looking. (Using Rust+Cairo.)

(…I really should make my bots cross-post to a Mastodon instance, but haven't gotten around to doing so yet.)

new birdsite bot: for all your programming trend news

…anyway, the original thought was, "I should write a car-races-and-action-scenes tabletop game where your only two stats are Fast and Furious."

Last year I started writing a small, silly tabletop RPG as a way of taking a joke too far, but I've dusted it off recently with some rules overhauls, and got some good feedback from a tabletop-nerd friend last night, and now I have a sketch of a game that I think is… genuinely interesting?

…there should be a ruby-centric mastodon instance called

Today I learned:
1. Plymouth—the software for displaying graphical loading animations for Linux systems—has its own custom scripting language, and
2. This dynamic type union thing is a feature of that scripting language:

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I decided to ring in the new year at home with a couple of cocktails (including my personal favorite, the Alexander Wept), some Friends at the Table, and some art. Gotta get the year started right.

Because I am That Kind Of Nerd, my absolute favorite bit of Splatoon 2 is the usually-nonsense typography that appears on clothing and posters and signage that is nonetheless pitch-perfect modern logotype/signage typography.

Blog post: some words about my personal Haskell style, with particular emphasis on higher-level principles I find valuable in writing Haskell: blog.infinitenegativeutility.c

I have two related problems with Blender:
1. I don't use it quite enough to keep its UI my brain, so every time I use it I look up learning resources, and
2. lots of Blender resources are video tutorials, and I have great trouble learning from videos.

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...I should convince him that his paper book is just yesterday's fiat knowledge.