After constantly grinding the game on two platforms since launch on September 15, and figuring out all the secrets by myself in collaboration with my friend Miguel (no faqs no wikis) I got past 7-4 for the first time in Spelunky 2! This means literally nothing unless you've played much too much Spelunky but if you have I assure you it's very impressive and I feel happy and smug.

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I was briefly possessed by the need to create a diagram charting the family tree of inspiration from Roadside Picnic (1972) and could not rest until I created this image

Warning: Contains minor spoilers for a current TV show

Associations get progressively more tenuous as you go down the chart

I think these provisions are vile, I think it's vile to shove them through in the lame-duck session of a criminal President, but what's especially vile to me is these are being snuck into law when most Congressional offices—due to COVID—are not able to answer their phones. I've tried contacting all my Congresspeople every way I can (maybe you should too?) but I suspect the bill will be law by the time anyone gets the chance to read my messages. They are passing law constituents can't comment on.

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The COVID-19 bill is released and hidden in it are two *enormous* copyright provisions; the Tillis bill that creates a jail felony for streaming infringements, and the "CASE act" that creates a totally new low-friction DMCA-takedown-like court that can levy five-digit fines for…well, pretty much anything, without the checks on abuse a normal court has or (to my read) adequate notice to targets they were even sued.

These have real potential to harm average Internet users.
hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/

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I like the jarringly intense whitespace in these. Often an entire half of the image is just one color (though posting them in groups like this breaks that up a little). There's an (unintended) bias toward rectangles being taller than wide, which also looks interestingly jarring.

I feel like a lot of the time with generative art your initial test images are the most interesting, because that's when accidents of early shortcuts have the most chance to surprise you.

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I'm working on something involving Hilbert curves, but before I start on it I decided to make some just-for-fun images consisting of randomly coloring subdivisions.

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Posted the PR! It is a little awkward to use right now (since it's a PR you have to use npm link to use it in an app) but it works for all the basic operations: github.com/immutable-js/immuta

Immutable-js is currently having some problems with a maintainer out on medical leave so I don't think they're taking new feature PRs anytime soon, but I might be able to get this into the immutable-js-oss fork on Github.

Here's what my test app looks like right now:

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This is step one of my incredibly circuitous plan to replace Uber and Amazon with self-governing semi-federated P2P networks.

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So this week, as a personal project, I've been creating an immutable auto-sorting list (basically, a priority queue) for JS. I'm implementing it as a fork of Immutable.js and I'm using their definition of "immutable".

It is going well. I have "add", "shift" and "pop" all working, and I made a cool debug tool that can input bulk random data and visualize the priority queue's internals, because if I'm doing this for fun, I might as well have fun with it.

I will probably PR once iteration works.

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Today I woke up and saw someone posting an article entitled "If You Are Not Happy with the State of Magic, Stop Giving Wizards Your Money"

It's about Magic the Gathering, but man. It really took me a minute.

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From Ars:

"Facebook is both incredibly firm and incredibly arbitrary about leveraging the "real name" policy in its ToS… Should [this] happen, Facebook is clear: You can kiss your purchased software goodbye. The same goes for anyone who enters a Facebook-branded VR social zone… and breaks a Facebook ToS in those spaces"

"New rules coming to the Facebook VR developer portal will soon force anyone who wants to sideload apps to either supply a working phone number or a credit card"

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I've been really excited about the potential of the Oculus Quest, but it sounds like Facebook is finally asserting its ownership in a way that could possibly snuff that potential out. At this rate Apple will monopolize the VR market almost immediately when they choose to launch a product :/

arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/09

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