Just as I've harvested eight ripe habaneros, I notice a new set of flowers starting to bloom.

When I was a kid, I wanted to create a small platformer on my C64, but I didn't have any knowledge of programming, and neither did anyone I knew, so nothing came of it.

I now have said knowledge, albeit not assembly, and a Commodore 64. Should I try to dig up my sketches from 30 years ago, and give it a go?

Heads-up: Fall Guys is very fun, but it will not work on Linux; it relies on an anti-cheat software that hasn't been ported to Linux and that Wine and Proton won't emulate properly, so you can launch the game but won't be able to actually play.


❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

I finally got a converter from standard IDE, so that I could get my IDE to CF adapter working on my old IBM laptop.

Time to muck about with various old OS'!

Just bought myself a (used) HTC Vive. Any good VR titles I should look for?

Suggestions are welcome.

intel CPU history 

intel has made a fuck ton of CPUs. do you know how many? lots of them. every new process requires new factories and all kinds of waste. but did you know there's a DARK secret? ok maybe not DARK or a secret, but something really worth digging in to. so let's look at the history here

My habanero plant is starting 2021 on a strong note. Four fresh flowers has started blooming this week.


This is my new favourite Jinjer track! Heavy hitting, emotional, and thought provoking. A masterful blend of genres, showing off the unrivalled talents that's on display.

And a kick arse video as well!

What's not to like?

Starting 2021 in pretty much the same fashion as I started 1992; playing Sid Meier's Civilization

Happy New Year, people!

Here's an image of the moon I just took with my phone, through the telescope we got for the kids for Christmas.

The struggles of bare metal DOS gaming:

I've created a config.sys and autoexec.bat that lets me choose on boot what devices and drivers to load.

With my default, I load soundblaster, himem.sys, and mouse, and that leaves me with 580k conventional memory. Enough to run all my games properly.

Loading the CD-ROM drivers, drops that to a meager 543k...

Yesterday's lunch was served outdoors. This photo was taken at 12:30, so this was as bright as the day got. And tomorrow is winter solstice, so it's even darker...

Saturday evening "hygge" by myself.

Reinstalling MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 on my IBM ThinkPad 390X. From my original disks from my first PC. It brings me endless joy that they still work, even after very nearly 30 years!

Now, where did I put those driver diskettes?

Any console that's at least two generations old, is retro (arbitrary rule which I made up).

That makes the PS3 retro, and I have now pulled mine out from storage, and hooked it to the same screen I use for all my retro systems (due to a wide variety of supported video standards).

I kept telling myself I didn't need one, and that my three 3B+'s, two 2B+'s, one ZeroW, and one B was plenty.

But I caved...

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