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Terry Jones: This won't hurt much | US news | The Guardian
Tweet from @willmenaker: I’ll never forget this op-ed Terry Jones wrote about the Bush torture regime. He was a consistent and scathing anti war voice throughout the entire Bush/Blair War on Terror
history  2004  article 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
We are all publishers now - The Boston Diaries - Captain Napalm
some thoughts on "You put content on the Internet. You are now a publisher with a world wide audience."

note the gopher history!
web  publishing  archiving  gopher  2019  history 
4 days ago by mechazoidal
The AlphaSmart dana in 2019 – OSnews
lobsters: "If you think of it as a PalmOS 'laptop' you’re close to the user experience, but really most of the appeal is in the surprisingly good keyboard and the few apps that supported the wide screen. The built-in word processor naturally leverages both of those things and it does it pretty well. Battery life is also quite good, though the backlight can be expensive."

an interesting mobile/social point from the article: "In a 2014 study, psychologist Bill Thornton found that the mere physical presence of a phone, even when lying silent and face down, reduced attention span and impaired people’s ability to perform complex tasks. Thornton described mobile devices as external stimuli that could trigger 'thoughts of the wider social network' in the same way that holiday decorations and rituals trigger holiday thoughts. Thus, a mobile device can provoke distracting thoughts if it’s frequently used as a distraction. With the dana it’s possible to use a handful of apps to set alarms, check the time, and other tiny but important tasks that might otherwise have a user reaching for their smart phone. While the dana can run a few pieces of software that give it an advantage over the other AlphaSmarts, it still can’t access social media, and therefore can’t become associated with those distractions. "
pmz  palm  history  hardware  review  2020 
11 days ago by mechazoidal
Hacker News Highlights, the Alan Kay Edition | Hacker News
nickpsecurity and alankay talk about Bob Barton, the Burroughs B5000, and lots of hardware/security topics
hn  discussion  alankay  pmz  history  computers  2016 
12 days ago by mechazoidal
drugs - Was any stimulant used in wars before WW2 that gave a significant advantage to soldiers? - History Stack Exchange
"FC: What exactly is a 'stimulant'? We might follow some modern definition and arrive at a certain restricted subset of chemicals that includes meth and modafinil. But that excludes quite a bit of drugs used and disregards a lot of effects that derive from synergistic combinations, timing, dosage set and setting of using drugs. The question also leaves open whether direct pharmacological effects are the only qualification needed or allowed; or whether indirect effects also count."
drugs  history  stackoverflow  reference  chemistry 
12 days ago by mechazoidal
What drugs were used in England during the High Middle Ages? - History Stack Exchange
"English meadows and forests are and were full of psychoactive substances.

They were used.

Quite creatively.

In what psychiatrists call polytoxicomania. In what aficionados call synergistic combinations."
drugs  stackoverflow  reference  history  chemistry 
12 days ago by mechazoidal
Mike Toole on Twitter: "RIP to Neal Peart, who did all the complicated drumming and lyrics-writing for Rush. Here's Rush's one big anime appearance, as a background song in Toei's 1982 FUTURE WAR 198X, from an Australia VHS release.
Tweet from @MichaelToole: On several occasions, I've inquired through official channels about FUTURE WAR 198X, and have been told that it is not available for licensing. I flat out refuse to believe this, and will keep asking for it. It's really not a good film, but it's an incredibly INTERESTING one.
anime  history  tweets 
15 days ago by mechazoidal
Reaching for the stars: One firefighter's role on the secretive Apollo Astronaut Rescue team
"Former IAFC president Bill Killen reflects on his time as one of the original members of an exclusive firefighting team tasked with high-risk missions"
space  history  us 
16 days ago by mechazoidal
Sound & Vision: 35 Years Ago, the Emerald Street Boys Paved the Way for Seattle Hip Hop
@kexp: In the late 70s, Emerald Street Boys became Seattle's very first rap group, inspiring Digable Planets, @therealmix, and more. We spoke to @doctordabe, author of 'Emerald Street: A History of Hip Hop in Seattle,' about the trio.
music  seattle  history  culture  2019 
19 days ago by mechazoidal
Protest and survive: Reclaiming William Morris from Britain’s nuclear fleet - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"For three decades starting in the 1960s, Britain’s Ministry of Defence commissioned Sanderson, the firm that owns the Morris & Co. brand, to supply Rose for its nuclear submarines. The fabrics have even been used in Vanguard-class subs, which carry nuclear-armed Trident missiles. The bearers of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power, these vessels embody all the fears of atomic apocalypse, catastrophic accidents, and radioactive contamination associated with the nuclear age. They are not where one expects to find fabrics created by a famous socialist."
2016  uk  nuclear  art  history 
21 days ago by mechazoidal
A History of Transaction Histories | Ristret
"I've been trying to understand database transactions for a long time, and recently spent some time researching this with Justin Jaffray. Here’s an attempt to summarize what we’ve learned."
(history of SQL transactions, the difference between Snapshot Isolation and Serializable Isolation, and Peter Bailis re-emphasizing that yes, serializability is Very Important)
piperesearch  database  2018  history 
21 days ago by mechazoidal
Pizza Box Computer
"With all this, then, the dream is to have workstations that look like new, run like they did when new, and use period-appropriate software, connected up to converter boxes that let me use USB keyboards & mice and HDMI monitors."
retrocomputing  history  hardware  computers  dec  sun  sparc  blog 
4 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Debugging a live saturn V | Brennan Moore
@cstross: "We were now within 25 feet of this 363ft tall bomb that sounded like its giant fuse had been lit, and we were soon going to get much closer." — what it's like to visit a live, fueled-up Saturn V on the launch pad, at the last minute:
space  history 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Team 6502
"Through personal accounts or those of family related to the original 6502 design team members including Terry Holdt, Wil Mathys, Rod Orgill, Harry Bawcom, Sydney Anne Holt, Walt Eisenhower, and John Paivinen, as well as historical documents including MOS Technology brochures, inter-office memos, notes from brainstorming sessions, patent awards, 6502 Rubyliths, testing procedures, and test results, tells the stories of the other MOS Technology engineers and employees behind the chip that put the transformative power of the microprocessor into everybody's hands."
6502  history  computers  electronics 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Yes We Can Put Americans Back to Work. We Probably Won't, Though. - The Infamous Brad — LiveJournal
"No, we know as a matter of objective fact: somewhere in the near vicinity of 20% prolonged unemployment[the Great Depression], the USA starts running a serious risk of anarchy followed by totalitarianism."

On the New Deal, the history of the PWA/CWA/WPA, Harry Hopkins, and more.
2009  employment  history  us  government 
5 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The Game Archaeologist: Sega’s 10six MMO | Massively Overpowered
@necrosofty: "Have you heard about this competitive multiplayer game where you build fortifications and then engage in third person shooting action in a pervasive world? Of course I'm talking about 10six, sega's MMO from 1999."
It was part of (which eventually became SegaNet). Even crazier: the codebase was taken private, and can still be played today from !
games  mmo  history  sega 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Il y a 30 | National Observer
Tweet from @NoLore: Here is my reflection on the thirtieth anniversary of the Montreal Massacre -- the far right is being fueled by pundits and politicians and no one seemingly has the courage or capacity to stop it:
(école polytechnic)
history  canada 
7 weeks ago by mechazoidal
An Open Taisho Secret: Demon Slayer and Fashion History in Taisho Era Japan | therefore it is
"The result at the end is the image mentioned in the beginning, “the traditional aesthetic of Edo Japan intersecting with the imported aesthetic of the West unleashed during Meiji”, consummated into its iconic fame by Taisho.

From the gakuran to modernized Asakusa, Demon Slayer captures that third image well: not so well known to outsiders, perhaps, but iconic to many Japanese — like an open Taisho secret."
fashion  japan  history  design 
9 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Atomic Audit, Stephen I. Schwartz June 1, 1998
"Based on four years of extensive research, Atomic Audit is the first book to document the comprehensive costs of U.S. nuclear weapons, assembling for the first time anywhere the actual and estimated expenditures for the program since its creation in 1940. "
(also has some neat stuff to say on atomic waste warning messages for the ages?)
nuclear  book  science  history 
10 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Death Crimson
Tweet from @BadGameHOF: New article! "

In 1996, a perfect storm occurred on the Sega Saturn; given an amateur developer, an incomprehensible creative vision, and cripplingly limited means. All hail the "Emperor of Kusogē."

"In this article, we’ll be dissecting this disreputable rail shooter in order to examine all its mechanical details and historical merits. Of course, telling the story of the so-called ‘Death-sama’ also requires recapping the story of Ecole themselves, which we’ll also be doing our best to relay. Along the way, I hope to find the answers to several questions: Is Death Crimson truly the worst game the Saturn has to offer? How exactly did it come to cement its legacy? And perhaps most pertinently for our purposes: Is it still worthy of its title as the King of Kusogē? The only way to find out is to set our Crimson’s sights on the monster ahead, and to bravely combat roll forward."
kusoge  history  games 
11 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Interview: Shoji Kawamori – All the Anime
@DarylSurat: LRT: I didn’t know that Shoji Kawamori—I’m sorry, that’s Visionary Creator Shoji Kawamori—had limited involvement with Cowboy Bebop and contributed to the “Speak Like a Child” episode, but it makes sense. Following Macross Plus he would’ve been the nearest maniac with a Beta deck
2019  interview  anime  history 
11 weeks ago by mechazoidal
C Portability Lessons from Weird Machines
Everything from the Unisys 2200 to the 6502 to the HP Saturn(4-bit)
c  programming  history  computers 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
Matt Stoller on Twitter: "1. I see that #BlackWallStreet is trending. There's a reason that the massacre of black independent business people in 1921 in Tulsa, Oklahoma isn't widely known. It's because history matters, and so does covering it up. The late
@matthewstoller: This history is hidden from us. It isn't just the racism, it's also the *deal* of Jim Crow underpinning all of it, an economic deal about who has power and who can harm who. Who governs? We the people? Or a small group? Who controls history matters.
racism  us  history 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
Video Games Densetsu: Alisia Dragoon / アリシア ドラグーン (Mega Drive - Game...
Alisia Dragoon / アリシア ドラグーン
(Mega Drive - Game Arts, Gainax - 1992)
Monster illustrations: Hajime Satō / 佐藤 肇
art  games  history  tumblr 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
Alisia Dragoon – 1992 Developer Interview |
"This small Alisia Dragoon interview originally appeared in BEEP Megadrive magazine and features staff members from both Gainax and Game Arts. It presents a very different picture from the Game Arts which would later be known for the Grandia series; in many ways, it was the last hurrah for the development of Game Arts’ first action series, Thexder (note the involvement of Thexder/Fire Hawk co-creator Satoshi Uesaka)."

"This interview also focused heavily on Game Arts’ new software tools for map/sprite editing, “KETCHUP” and “DARI”. I’ve included several images which offer an extra window into both Alisia Dragoon’s development specifically and the Game Arts working environment generally in 1992."
shmuplations  history  interview  games 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
The Fascinating Influence of Cyclone
The history of Cyclone, what it influenced, and who was involved. Covers Ada, Midori, M#, Pony, Rust, and others

PR: "For all their benefits, unique (linear) references have a significant limitation. Using only unique references, only hierarchical (tree) data structures can be built. Nearly all data structures with cycles need to allow multiple references to the same object, which unique references cannot do. This limitation, as well as the disruptive constraints of move semantics, should stay top-of-mind when touting the virtues of single-owner memory management and unique references."
programming  safety  history  c  c++  piperesearch  memory 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
Haunted By Data
"The terminology around Big Data is surprisingly bucolic. Data flows through streams into the data lake, or else it's captured in logs. A data silo stands down by the old data warehouse, where granddaddy used to sling bits. "

"And high above it all floats the Cloud. Then this stuff presumably flows into the digital ocean."

"I would like to challenge this picture, and ask you to imagine data not as a pristine resource, but as a waste product, a bunch of radioactive, toxic sludge that we don’t know how to handle. "

"In particular, I'd like to draw a parallel between what we're doing and nuclear energy, another technology whose beneficial uses we could never quite untangle from the harmful ones. "
big_data  history  culture  privacy  security  2019 
october 2019 by mechazoidal
MacGyver Tough Boys - YouTube
Tell me with a straight face this wasn't a response to the 1990 show "Nasty Boys"
video:youtube  tv  history 
september 2019 by mechazoidal
This One's About Car Racing Anime - The Mike Toole Show - Anime News Network
"One thing I've noticed in this survey of auto racing anime is that, 'supercar boom' or not, Formula 1-style racing, in which a single driver pilots a hideously fast open-wheel vehicle, has the most representation. Speed Racer may have originated the form, but the famous Mach V is still closer to a regular street-legal car than a lot of anime's other famous hoopties. This does make sense to me, simply because when you put aside the drag races and funny cars and monster trucks, Formula 1 is probably the weirdest auto racing sport. After all, the races often take place at over 150 miles per hour (200+ easily, on the long straightaways), breeding a lineup of alarmingly intense, weirdly focused drivers—almost like real-life super robot pilots! [...] Should I have counted that 80s Pole Position show?"

see also:
sports  anime  history  cars  2019 
september 2019 by mechazoidal
Matt Stoller on Twitter: "1. Ah, the old chestnut of applying anti-monopoly language to democratic institutions... There is something very important in what ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is saying, however.…"
@matthewstoller: 2. Institutions like Goldman Sachs are not businesses. They are *private governments.* There is a fight, and there has always been a fight, between the sovereign power of Wall Street and the sovereign power of democratic institutions. It goes back to Hamilton vs Jefferson.
us  history  business  government  tweets  2019 
september 2019 by mechazoidal
Skies, Planes, and Macross Plus: A Shoji Kawamori Interview – ZIMMERIT – Anime | Manga | Garage Kits | Doujinshi
Translated interview from right when Macross Plus was finished. Note his comments on "wanting to go where there's change", along with his comparison of how certain scenes in Robocop would have been handled between a Western and Japan director
aerospace  anime  history  interview  aircraft  mecha  zimmerit 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism | Books | The Guardian
Note that this essay got him banned from Marvel in 2019/08, for the "Orange Skull" moniker
comics  history  us  2019  fascism  essay  from:guardian 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
Programming in 1969
"I conducted this interview with my mother, Marianne Ernerfeldt, in December 2018. This is a slightly abridged English translation. The full interview can be read in Swedish here."
programming  history  mainframe  ibm 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
TubeTime » Blog Archive » Sound Blaster 1.0 Principles of Operation
"The Sound Blaster 1.0 met a market need for a low-cost sound card with lots of features and backwards compatibility. It supported digital sampling using some clever hacks to keep the costs down, worked with all existing software that supported the Ad Lib sound card, and even integrated joystick support and MIDI functionality. No wonder the Sound Blaster series became the most popular sound card of all time!"
electronics  history  audio  hardware 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
Interview - 40 Years of Shoji Kawamori - Full Frontal
I didn't know he worked on Ulysses 31!

"I don’t want to talk about [Robotech]. Please support the official Macross releases."
interview  anime  production  animation  history  2019 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
The Internet's Old Guard
The Homebrew Computer Club and others.
Lots of great stories, but the real inspiration:
"Explaining it to someone else, asking if I should take some job as an intermediate step, he said, I understand your vision but shoot straight for your goal. Shoot for a big goal. Pick up a big subject you're never going to solve in your lifetime. Everyone can work along on it with you without working for you. Have a north star, one that isn't something you're going to achieve in your lifetime. I'd say the Dweb is in that category. It's going to be hard, it's going to take a lot of people, and you can't just hire up and get VCs to fund the thing." "
internet  history  computers  inspiration  community 
august 2019 by mechazoidal
What is RISC?
"This is an archive of a series of comp.arch USENET posts by John Mashey in the early to mid 90s, on the defnition of reduced instruction set computer (RISC). Contrary to popular belief, RISC isn't about the number of instructions! This is archived here since, at least once a year, I see someone argue that RISC is obsolete or outdated because their understanding of RISC comes from the name, not from what RISC actually is. This is arguably a sign that RISC is very poorly named, but that's a separate topic"
danluu  microprocessors  history  reference  isa  computers 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
{'EXIT', joe, goodbye}
jlouis: In my mind, three rules embodied the ideas of Joe:
- They were always practical and wanted to solve a grand problem with computers. Most often, the limitations of physics played a role.
- They always felt a little bit crazy, mainly due to the novelty of the idea.
- They were going to restructure your brain, and how you thought about stuff.


This was the Joe I knew. I think we owe him a lot with regard to pushing software and computer science ahead. The best we can do is to make sure his grand ideas are not lost upon us, and that they are implemented in the future to come.

And then perhaps, we will reach a point where Joe’s prediction from this Month will ring true: "One day computers might become useful"
2019  erlang  computers  history 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
Hundreds of black deaths in 1919 are being remembered
"For all that, there are no national observances marking Red Summer. History textbooks ignore it, and most museums don’t acknowledge it. The reason: Red Summer contradicts the post-World War I-era notion that America was making the world safe for democracy, historians say."
us  history  racism  from:ap 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
The Origins of Anti-Litter Campaigns – Mother Jones
Keep America Beautiful was basically a judo throw by the manufacturing companies
history  from:motherjones  pollution  us  plastic  2006 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
What were CGI scripts? | Lobsters
The discussion is more interesting than article. Note some of the corrections, and how CGI is still useful in this age of "serverless" computing
CGI  lobsters  discussion  webdev  history  web 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
The More Things Change - bitquabit
On how React+Flux are basically Windows 1.0 programming from 1985.

"Much as Windows wasn’t locked into WndProc-oriented code forever, I’m sure we’re not going to stop here on web development. We’ll rediscover Interface Builder and Morphic. I’ll get my web-based take on VisualAge, Delphi, and VisualBasic. Even if Flux lives on under the hood, I won’t have to think in its terms day-to-day. I know that will happen, because it has happened before, many times, on many platforms. There’s a ton of historical precedent; I just need to wait.

But maybe, with the benefit of hindsight this time, and recognizing that we have just brought the mid-eighties to web development, we can get through this phase a little faster than the last time."
2015  ui  gui  history  programming  javascript  reactjs 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
The bizarre, true story of Metal Gear Solid’s English translation - Polygon
"Although it’s hard to believe now, Hideo Kojima was unknown in the West at that point in the early to mid-’90s. I first met him when I worked at Konami’s HQ in Toranomon, Tokyo, from about September 1993 to March 1995. That one-and-a-half-year span felt like at least five years due to the high-pressure environment of being the only foreigner in the office, and the horrible Tokyo rush-hour train commute. I would later translate Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation, a job that might have been much too big for one person.

This is how it all happened."
history  games  translation  writing 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
The other day I described a modern mainframe as something that resembles a clust... | Hacker News
"An x86 server is a computer built around its CPU. A mainframe is a computer built around its buses. "
computers  pmz  mainframe  history  comment  hn 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
Kircher & Schott’s Computer Music of the Baroque | Larkfall
@bruces: *I should have known that Athanasius Kircher would invent a computational machine to generate baroque techno music, and that there would be a surviving one just sitting around in a museum somewhere
music  history  computers  composing  music_theory 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
With Undefined Behavior, Anything is Possible | Raph Levien’s blog
"The best way to understand the actual C standard is that programs run on an exotic, complex virtual machine in which pointers are numbers, yes, but annotated with types and valid ranges. Any usage of a pointer that doesn’t strictly follow the rules is immediately undefined behavior.

This is the true computational model of standard C. What makes the situation so deceptive is that this complex virtual machine can be easily run on standard hardware, just by stripping out the extra stuff. What’s easy to forget sometimes is that the compiler is allowed to do much more complicated things, and often does so in service of optimization."
c  history  compilers  programming  standards 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
Néojaponisme on Twitter: "If you care about music *as an art form*, Johnny Kitagawa of Johnny's Jimusho was incredibly detrimental to quality of music in the Japanese music industry over the last four decades."
@katbeee: This is a really good thread exploring the *other* dark side of Johnny Kitagawa, detailing how Johnny & Associates managed to upend, control and homogenize both the mainstream music industry and mainstream media in Japan.
(Ie, boy-bands and idols)
music  japan  tweets  history 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
“Terminator, Why So Silius?” – Gaming Alexandria
Journey to Silius(raf world) really was a Terminator game originally
games  history 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System | by Andrea Pitzer | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
"We have yet to discover what those will be for these American border camps. But they will happen. Every country thinks it can do detention better when it starts these projects. But no good way to conduct mass indefinite detention has yet been devised; the system always degrades. "
history  2019  grim_meathook_future  us  ice 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
Shirky: A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy
"The patterns here, I am suggesting, both the things to accept and the things to design for, are givens. Assume these as a kind of social platform, and then you can start going out and building on top of that the interesting stuff that I think is going to be the real result of this period of experimentation with social software. "
internet  culture  presentation  groups  history  web  collaboration  socialmedia 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
How Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno grappled with depression in anime - Polygon
"For all I’ve written and investigated, the answer as to why is obvious and simple. Neon Genesis Evangelion, like the best art, no matter the form or the version or the telling, tells us a difficult, universal truth. And what that truth is, Hideaki Anno keeps trying to say, is up to you."
anime  history  psychology  from:polygon  2019 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
Serial Mice |
A restating of the old original link at:

Note that this covers IBM PC mice protocol: the original MS mouse, then Logitech and finally PS/2.
hardware  electronics  history  serial  pc 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
Reassembler - Emulation & Decompilation: The Insanity of Sega Super Circuit (セガスーパーサーキット)
"SC was conceived and developed by Sega’s Mechatronics R&D department, and it went through a series of iterations between 1987 and 1990. It was a bold attempt to combine multiplayer arcade racing with real world remote controlled cars. Visitors to venues including Sega World, Tokyo could watch up to 6 RC cars whizzing around a track, set in a futuristic city, that when unravelled was 103 metres long. "
"What impresses me the most about SSC, is its scale and ambition. It's a manifestation of Sega at the height of their arcade powers. The footage shows that the camera feed from the RC cars is imperfect and prone to breaking up; Sega were clearly pushing the limits of late 80s technology. It must have been a complex operation to run logistically and it’s hard to imagine arcade operators beyond Sega having the space or resources to maintain such a complex attraction. It must have cost a fortune to design, construct and operate."
also note that an early version of this, "Mach Vision" debuted at a Nissan pavilion in 1986
sega  games  history  japan  arcade 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
20 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1999 - Anime News Network
By Surat, or course: HunterXHunter, Big O, Legend of Black Heaven, the Wonderful! shorts.
from:ann  anime  history  article  2019 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
How Nutcrackers Became New York’s Best Hustle
Basically the rum punch from hell: cheap, sweet, mega-strong, and sold on NYC streets in the summer.
alcohol  nyc  ny  us  history 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
The world in which IPv6 was a good design - apenwarr
On the long tangled history of packets networking, how ip and Ethernet are intertwined (by accident), and(surprisingly enough) how QUIC is actually a sane replacement for tcp/udp
2017  networking  internet  history  ethernet  ipv6  ipv4 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
The Hmm » Before you were here
"Could it be that the hot topics of today are as old as the internet itself? Diving into archives such as and WWWTXT gives us an answer. "
internet  history  privacy  identity  essay  2019 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
1970s Tokyo revisited – British Journal of Photography
"In 1976, aged 18, photographer Greg Girard moved half-way around the world to a city he knew little about. A new photobook, Tokyo-Yokosuka: 1976–1983, traces his experience"
photos  japan  history  book  photography 
june 2019 by mechazoidal
Superstar Cartoonist Kate Beaton on Superheroes, Strong Female Characters, and ‘Brontëmania’
"We caught up with Beaton to talk about giant robots, Tumblr arguments, and historical topics that are just too damn sad for comics."
2015  comics  history  canada  writing 
may 2019 by mechazoidal
Mariya Takeuchi: The pop genius behind 2018's surprise online smash hit from Japan | The Japan Times
@mbmelodies: "Plastic Love" gets a music video AND the original YouTube upload is back? You better believe it is time to re-share my interview with Mariya Takeuchi

"Takeuchi now finds herself juggling two musical realities. In Japan, she’s one of the most famous musicians around. Outside of the country, however, she’s the creator of an obscure J-pop song that has garnered attention thanks to computer programming and the creation of memes. That said, her story is far more interesting than just being the latest viral surprise."
interview  japan  music  2018  history 
may 2019 by mechazoidal
Why do game developers prefer Windows? - Software Engineering Stack Exchange
This answer is more of a OpenGL vs. Direct3D history: covers MiniGL, how horrible D3D 3.0 was, the clusterf- when shaders came and the ARB gave it up to extensions, Longs Peak, etc.

"A tale of missed opportunities, gross stupidity, willful blindness, and simple foolishness."
opengl  directx  windows  stackoverflow  history 
may 2019 by mechazoidal
.NET on Non-Windows Platforms: A Brief History
"Note that this article will not contain any practical advice on how to get going. The situation is confusing enough that this long article is needed just to clear out the types of terminology used. Hopefully, armed with the knowledge you gain from this, you can be more successful in setting things up on your own. "

PR: "The hardest thing about interoperation between two languages is generally not the compilation to the common platform, but mapping data structures between the two languages without dropping performance through the floor. With the clear goal of being a .net language, F# was frequently constrained to doing things however they were done in the .net Framework clr. "
c#  dotnet  f#  history  piperesearch  2019 
may 2019 by mechazoidal
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