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?
❝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)
OH WAIT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE
• 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.
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
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
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...
Ordered myself a new phone.
I had an HTC Desire Z back in the day, and I miss having a proper keyboard.
Norwegian gamerdad, husband, Linux geek, space nerd, metalhead, and musician. Accidental game dev at Indie Imprint (still not quite sure how that happened).
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