The World’s Writing Systems
Neatly laid out, if information-light, site on all world writing systems, when they are/were used, whether they're represented in Unicode or similar (and if so, since when) etc.
typography  history  art  writing 
3 days ago
A Complete and Geographically Accurate NYC Subway Track Map – vanshnookenraggen
What it says on the tin! Emphasis on TRACK map, this is the literal tracks and platforms, not just lines/stations. Very cool.
nyc  transit  trains  subway  maps  cartography 
7 days ago
Librarianchick wiki
Big reference of learning material including online learning, opencourseware, books, resources etc.
books  education  reference  learning 
7 days ago
A functional nomenclature of cryptographic ledgers – tezos – Medium
Reasonably well written breakdown of terminology and concepts surrounding cryptographic ledgers and (naturally) the blockchain
cryptocurrency  blockchain 
9 days ago
Snapper, The ultimate Snapshot Tool for Linux
Btrfs / LVM / ext4 snapshot tool. Out of SUSE but available on all major distros.
12 days ago
:: Darch
Kinda-sorta dockerfiles/docker layers/images but for building bootable bare-metal images (i.e. the artifact of running `darch` is a new GRUB bootloader entry for the computer that ran it).

Intent is to treat a workstation (or server?) as any other config managed or containerized setup: all useful state is in code and source control.
containers  linux  sysadmin 
12 days ago
Digital Blasphemy 3D Wallpapers: 2018
Insanely old, and yet still going (and looking ok, for raw CGI) digital wallpaper site. Has resolutions beyond 3440x1440 and has a subscription option to boot. Via @ncoghlan.
wallpapers  art 
15 days ago
Algorithms by Jeff Erickson
Excellent-sounding CC-licensed algorithms textbook, via this small but amusing twitter thread:
reference  algorithms  compsci  reading 
15 days ago
RoliSoft/WSL-Distribution-Switcher: Scripts to replace the distribution behind Windows Subsystem for Linux with any other Linux distribution published on Docker Hub.
Python 3 (to be run within native Windows) tooling for switching up different WSL distros and creating them from any Docker-published container. Implies maybe it really is running in a container??
wsl  windows  linux  python 
19 days ago
Tools and resources for reproducible Windows system setups.
windows  configmanagement 
19 days ago
Running i3 Window Manager on Bash For Windows
Earlier post about trying out WSL as a macOS/Linux fan and getting i3 running on it.
windows  wsl  linux 
19 days ago
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: Windows for Linux Nerds
Good post by JessFrazz with some higher level stuff and some lower level tech details that mostly go over my head as they're Windows systems related stuff.

Also includes some of the common pain points in eg. the builtin Windows terminal emulator (which do sound...less great).
linux  windows  wsl 
19 days ago
michaeltreat/Windows-Subsystem-For-Linux-Setup-Guide: An in-depth Guide for getting started with the Windows Subsystem for Linux!
Okay-ish WSL guide (another git repo) though it lacks info about GUI/X and thus works on assumption you MUST use Windows GUI apps mated to Ubuntu CLI apps. Also gets just way too specific re: "use VSCode and node.js" towards later half.
ubuntu  windows  wsl 
19 days ago
sirredbeard/Awesome-WSL: Awesome list dedicated to Windows Subsystem for Linux
Great overview of, and compilation of resources for, WSL, in a git/markdown repo.
linux  windows  wsl 
19 days ago
The Windows Subsystem for Linux Guide! — Windows Subsystem for Linux Guide documentation
KR's relatively lightweight, but with some possibly useful specific examples, WSL guide. Written in ReST!
windows  wsl  linux 
19 days ago
Barely Maps by BarelyMaps on Etsy
Super neat minimal-esque maps and map-like things, for sale.
maps  art 
4 weeks ago
12 Fractured Apps – Kelsey Hightower – Medium
tl;dr have the app intelligently retry things instead of dying; have sane defaults baked in instead of requiring config files (duh); better to have the application do stuff than a crappy container startup wrapper script, if you control the app itself.
docker  golang  programming 
7 weeks ago
Cloud Computing without Containers
CloudFlare's new V8/Isolate based pseudo-serverless setup, claiming it is a paradigm change. tl;dr many V8-based runtimes within one process to avoid memory and context switch overhead as well as limit request spinup time.
javascript  webdev  distsys 
10 weeks ago
Stewardship Made Practical · stuarthalloway/presentations Wiki
Good to great (if clearly missing speaker notes) slides about OSS stewardship, specifically aimed at a high ranking Clojurian but applicable to anything.
maintainership  slides 
11 weeks ago
dstufft mentioned warehouse is using this for its repos, sounds cool
12 weeks ago
Cat Exercise Wheel by One Fast Cat
Neat looking cat exercise wheel for $200, goon-approved. "Took my cat a couple weeks to get used to it / trained to use it".
12 weeks ago
Lost Souls MUD - a free text-based medieval fantasy online RPG
Pretty sure this is the one I played with my old friend Alec, way back in the day.
12 weeks ago
The Wheel of Time: Hugo Refresher |
Looks like pretty thorough recaps of the entire series for when you want to skip a book or remember where you left off (if, for example, you decided to take a break partway because otherwise hoo boy).
wot  fantasy 
october 2018
So you've decided to pick up the Wheel of Time... : WoT
Semi useful refresher of the series' structure re: how the books relate to each other, where the slump usually happens, etc.
wot  fantasy 
october 2018
How Lisp Became God's Own Programming Language
Decent essay on Lisp, recap of its history, and why it's got the rep it does, with 3-4 "theories".
essays  lisp  programming 
october 2018
untappd and attacking (@jokulhops) • Instagram photos and videos
Real neat Instagram acct matching beer labels to Magic cards.
art  mtg  beer  alcohol  photos 
september 2018
Computer Equipment – Kids On Computers
Donate used laptops & peripherals here? Not desktops tho sadly.
hardware  donations  education 
september 2018
Magic the Gathering Deck Builder Application
Machine vision driven import of MTG cards! Sadly, it's usually lagging behind latest sets by a number of months or even years. But great for older stuff? iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.
mtg  games 
september 2018
duo-labs/cloudmapper: CloudMapper helps you analyze your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments.
Neat CLI->web tool (runs locally, generates web-viewable HTML/JS) for visualizing AWS account assets, how they interconnect, what's publicly accessible, etc etc. Uses a dynamic display lib (intended for molecular networks!) which seems cool.

See also
security  aws  visualization 
september 2018
Hit the road @jack send toot | MetaFilter
Recent MeFi thread on Mastodon; some comments have useful up to date info about what's different with the protocol/software now vs the last big migration.
mastodon  twitter  social 
august 2018
Why can't a CNAME record be used at the apex (aka root) of a domain? - Server Fault
Actually useful StackOverflow (ServerFault) thread about DNS apex domains and CNAME records
dns  reference  networking  webdev  sysadmin  http 
august 2018
Every Noise at Once
Algorithmically generated music map along "mechanical/electronic <-> organic" and "denser/atmospheric <-> spikier/bouncier" axes. Kinda neat! But obviously not super curated or visually interesting (aside from the implied scatterplot itself).
august 2018
Zero Fucks Given Coins – Zero Fucks Coin
Amusingly rude coins allowing you to literally give somebody 0 fucks, a flying fuck, a shit, a rat's ass, etc.
money  coins  humor 
august 2018 - Anxiety Prevention for Movies, TV, Book and Video Games
Amazing site that answers questions about movies, tv, books etc.

E.g. it knows that the dog dies in School-Live!
film  reference  triggerwarnings  psychology  health 
august 2018
Faust: Stream Processing for Python. – Robinhood Engineering
Is what it says on the tin. Works with An Ask Solem production. Serves as an alternative to Kafka, if I'm reading it right.
python  distsys  kafka 
august 2018
jwilm/alacritty: A cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator
Blazingly fast terminal emulation app.

Sadly it doesn't work super well on my system; bit of a pain to get running and configure, many key mappings don't work well (presumably fixable via config), and most importantly for me, it wasn't really any faster than

Seems like main benefit is for truly crazy-speedy log files, which isn't usually a thing for me, there's usually enough network and/or processing delays that the terminal draw is not the bottleneck.
cli  terminals  unix 
july 2018
Backup to Synology NAS using Minio and Arq - Arq Backup Blog : Arq Backup Blog
In other words, a potential way to use Arq for both my backup targets (NAS as well as AWS) instead of using Time Machine. Pluses: fewer Time Machine "lol sorry gotta start over". Minuses: I doubt this approach uses hardlinks like TM does, so backups would take much longer, as would restores.
backups  mac  synology 
july 2018
Git commit message styleguide
Emoji focused. Kinda neat idea actually.
git  github  maintainership 
july 2018
Nice looking free-licensed photo archive site. The photo quality is overall really good too and seems well organized at a glance.
may 2018
Announcing glom: Restructured Data for Python — Sedimental
Neat little library for handling nested data which both solves the "but what if some keys are missing, etc" issue as well as providing (relatively...) intuitive ways of injecting operators/rollups/etc (similar to jq; and it also has a CLI like jq).
python  data  programming 
may 2018
How 2 M.T.A. Decisions Pushed the Subway Into Crisis - The New York Times
Neat NYT-interactive article about the MTA's ongoing service problems.
trains  subway  nyc  urbanism  transit  visualization 
may 2018
erikbern/git-of-theseus: Analyze how a Git repo grows over time
Super neat Git repo analysis tool to get info about code stability over time (e.g. are you constantly throwing out old code to make way for new or not?)

Happens to be implemented in Python data science tools.
git  github 
may 2018
Notes on structured concurrency, or: Go statement considered harmful — njs blog
Well written essay/article on the new Trio concurrency library and its 'nursery' primitive (tl;dr it uses 'with' blocks to explicitly encapsulate background tasks).
python  concurrency  threading  async  programming 
april 2018
Let's talk about packages
Thorough and clearly stated overview of modern Python packaging considerations, including or pyproject.toml, requirements files, pipenv, mirrors, etc.
python  packaging  maintainership 
april 2018
Danger: Getting Set Up
Danger is a (Ruby-based but DSL-heavy) CI bot along the lines of many others re: pointing out too-large diffs, incorrect style, lack of doc updates, etc. Point of it is to be a small core + many configurable plugins. Unsure how compares to other non-Ruby similar bots.
maintainership  tools  ruby  github 
april 2018
Not a bootcamp - Recurse Center
Some friends have gone through this recently and it sounds like a potentially very cool way to take a semi-break between jobs or as a way to learn + reset before returning to the same job. NYC based.
programming  education  learning 
april 2018
Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
space  science  astronomy 
april 2018 - Solar and heliospheric image visualization tool
Real cool viewer of solar imaging data. Can zoom in and everything!
astronomy  space  science 
april 2018
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