lovecraft, racism 

Good conversation about Lovecraft's writing and his vile world view:

wnycstudios.org/podcasts/tnyra

Related, check out Arthur Machen's work if you're in the mood for something old and eldritch that wasn't written by an outright bigot.

I keep running into performance issues with VR in Ubuntu, might have to give up for now. Valve support is in the awkward position of explaining that while the Index headset is marketed as having Linux support and Half-Life Alyx is available as a native Linux application, the Linux version of SteamVR is still in an experimental, developer-only state.

Hmm, it seems SteamVR is currently rough in Linux. I remember having a pretty good experience awhile back but now native and non-native VR applications are performing poorly on a PC that's much more capable than what I had then.

'Switched-On Bach' sounds like a long lost Castlevania soundtrack, it's so good.

'Paper Beast' is coming to PC this year. There's already a demo too: store.steampowered.com/app/123

It always feels somewhat surreal to read about Eric Chahi still making games. I forget he was a teenager when he created Another World.

I'm very pleased that someone in my life has recently gone from 'Well, there must be good cops out there' to 'Okay, yeah, they're all awful. Abolish the police'.

I thought I was just having a serious case of user error but, no, Ubuntu can actually get stuck in a login loop if you're using an Nvidia driver with auto-login turned on. At first I couldn't figure out why I was being asked for my password and then when the login failed I wondered how I managed to mis-type it twice the same way during installation/user creation. It's a known issue though.

The PC is very cable-y in the photo because it's connected to a mouse, keyboard, and monitor. I can actually use it without a tether though. I'm going to try a display emulator for remote access to the desktop so I don't have to unplug and replug often.

Having a power supply that actually fits in the case will also help the cable clutter and there are a couple of SSDs just hanging out while I get things moved over to the M.2 drive.

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Okay, I was looking for something like 'The Dealers of Lightning' for computer graphics and I think I found it: 'The Algorithmic Image' by Robert Rivlin. I gave it a quick flip and it seems to cover a lot of the early history and innovations.

I also recommend reading the University of Utah chapter from the Ohio State graphics ebook. Links to key papers on shading, hidden line removal, and texture mapping are there:

ohiostate.pressbooks.pub/graph

:boost_ok: "13TH", an award-winning documentary about racial injustice in the U.S. prison system, is now available to view free on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u

Yo, if you wanna be allies and supportive of the actions being taken in various cities around the US, consider a few things:

1) It's not just "police violence." Shut up about how you hate the police. It's about state sanctioned genocide against B L A C K people right now. Talk about your feelings and center yourself some other time. You are an ally, therefore your thoughts and your takes are irrelevant.

Stop colonizing our lives, our deaths, and our work.

It looks like good hardware overall, more appealing to enthusiasts than the Rift S but with a lower price and less setup hassle than the Index. A 'Pro' model with eye tracking might be nice to make better use of the high-res panels and allow for real-time ray tracing.

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HP's Reverb G2 headset seems to be on a tier just below the Index. Tracking fidelity will be worse but no base stations are needed. FoV is lower but resolution is higher. Refresh rate is 90Hz vs. 144Hz. The HMD is slightly lighter and the Index-derived off-ear speakers should provide a very high-end audio experience. The controllers are somewhat 'last gen' with no finger tracking however the grips will allow analog grabbing.

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