1-click IPSEC VPN in the Cloud. A script to set up a VPN server on a cloud provider, can even create the instance on AWS, Digital Ocean, GCE, and Azure.
security  opensource  unix 
december 2016
The Ivy Lee Method
A very simple method for greater productivity.
howto  article 
november 2016
CSS Reference - A free visual guide to the most popular CSS properties.
A visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.
css  design  reference  web 
november 2016
Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager
These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho.
photography  history 
november 2016
The Quick and Bloody Guide to Bluffing Night’s Black Agents at Conventions
You can get away with a few holes in your system knowledge if you know the adventure really well, or hand-wave the adventure a little if you’ve mastered the system.
rpg  gumshoe  howto 
october 2016
Charred - The Burning Wheel Gold Character Burner
An online too for making Burning Wheel characters. Cuts down on the paperwork!
rpg  burningwheel  tool  web 
august 2016
Generating fantasy maps
Details how the @unchartedatlas Twitter bot generates realistic fantasy maps, complete with terrain, cities and political boundaries
javascript  rpg  inspiration  software  opensource 
august 2016
A static site generator based on org-mode. Also uses rclone to automatically upload to your host, supporting many cloud hosts
emacs  org  web  opensource  software 
august 2016
Trail of Carcharodon — No Clues Without Consequence
This won’t make a lot of sense to you if you’re not a GUMSHOE player. This is a bonus article for the collection, “No Clues Without Consequence,” showing one
rpg  gumshoe  article  howto  from instapaper
june 2016
Razed, For Example: “Aurora”
This is part of an ongoing collection of posts about how I prep for actual play of various RPGs and story adventures. This is not an actual-play report, per se, but is a way for me to interrogate my prep process and how it interacts with actual play. Welcome!
rpg  howto  article  gumshoe  from instapaper
june 2016
No Clues Without Consequence, part 5
Let’s look at how to make actual play in any GUMSHOE game matter more to the players and their characters.
This article concludes an essay series that began
rpg  gumshoe  article  howto  from instapaper
june 2016
Organizing Your GUMSHOE Whiteboard
A guide to organising your (player) notes for an investigative game.
rpg  howto  gumshoe 
may 2016
Museum of artifacts
A Tumblr of photos of interesting historical artifacts
history  inspiration 
may 2016
Historical UK inflation rates and calculator
Historical prices can be converted into equivalent present-day prices by using historical inflation rates. Use the calculator below to convert prices between any year in the range 1751 to 2016.
history  rpg  tool 
may 2016
Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself
An profile of Margaret Hamilton, the software development manager for the Apollo Project.
development  article  history  from instapaper
may 2016
tq is command line utility that performs an HTML element selection on HTML content passed to the stdin. Using css selectors that everybody knows.

Since input comes from stdin and output is sent to stdout. It can easily be used inside traditional UNIX pipelines to extract content from webpages and html files.
software  opensource  cli  python  utility 
may 2016
The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data's unifying abstraction
An excellent, in-depth blog post on using machine readable logs (not-human readable text logs) as means of stream processing data and distributing events etc. to interested listeners.
development  article 
april 2016
How to install libv8 gem on recent Mac OS X
The version of v8 included in the Gem now has a compile error with XCode 7.3, so you need to install an old version of v8 via Homebrew, and tell libv8 to use that.
macosx  development  ruby  javascript 
april 2016
Getting Started with Ledger
A free book on getting started with the Ledger accounting software
book  free  opensource  software  cli 
april 2016
Ethan Bond
Example of a nice, very minimalist website design.
design  web 
april 2016
Stories of Another Time and Place: The Importance of Getting it Right
We live in a world awash in information. This simple fact has wrought a profound change in how we know things. It used to be that doing research involved a careful search of a limited number of volumes, stored in a library for precisely that purpose. Now, the information available through your phone far exceeds what a scholar of the 1970’s would have access to. But this presents everyone in industrial and post-industrial societies with an entirely different set of problems related to knowing anything – anything at all.
rpg  writing 
april 2016
A Simple Web Developer's Guide To Color
I’m going to show you a simple color workflow that you can use in your next web project.
design  web 
april 2016
Running the Game 08: The Sociology of D&D
How and why you should include people and cultures of non-Western European ethnicities in your fantasy game.
rpg  howto  video 
april 2016
The Language Construction Kit
This set of webpages (what’s a set of webpages? a webchapter?) is intended for anyone who wants to create artificial languages— for a fantasy or an alien world, as a hobby, as an interlanguage. It presents linguistically sound methods for creating naturalistic languages— which can be reversed to create non-naturalistic languages. It suggests further reading for those who want to know more, and shortcuts for those who want to know less.
reference  writing  howto  rpg 
march 2016
Org HTML Themes
Org-HTML themes is an open source framework for providing you with a list of very nice (cross-browser) themes for all your Org documents. Use them to style your docs, and your colleagues will come up to tell you that you are a genius!
org  emacs  opensource  web 
march 2016
UnRTF is a command-line program written in C which converts documents in Rich Text Format (.rtf) to HTML, LaTeX, troff macros, and RTF itself.
cli  opensource  utility  software 
march 2016
Seventh Sanctum
A website full of random generators. Name generator, equipment generator etc.
rpg  writing  tool 
february 2016
Random Reminiscence
Random reminiscences for different cities around the world, good for high-power operative/agent characters in RPGs like Night's Black Agents
rpg  inspiration  nba 
january 2016
ZFS Remote Mirrors for Home Use
A guide to installing FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi to serve as a remote ZFS mirror.
freebsd  zfs  rpi  sysadmin  howto 
january 2016
top-like admin tool for PostgreSQL.
database  unix 
december 2015
Contemporary-Era Trail of Cthulhu Ability List
Here’s a quick and dirty ability list with which GUMSHOE investigators can learn too much about the Mythos in 2015 and beyond.
rpg  gumshoe 
december 2015
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
The historical map collection has over 64,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World.
history  reference  map 
november 2015
Datavisualising the Dracula Dossier
Using mind-mapping tools to help manage interactions and investigations in the Dracula Dossier (or any other investigation game)
rpg  howto  gumshoe 
november 2015
This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine. What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user.
october 2015
Souvenir d'un Futur
In Laurent Kronental’s series, “Souvenir d’un Futur” (Memory of a Future), the product of four years of visits to nearly a dozen of these places, the modernist concrete landscapes are made to seem impossibly huge and virtually abandoned, like something out of a dystopian fantasy. The only people remaining in his vision appear to be a few solitary senior citizens, many of whom, Kronental says, are some of the projects’ first inhabitants. Photographed in carefully composed scenes with a 4-by-5 analog camera, the elderly men and women come across as resilient but vaguely forlorn, as though haunted by memories of the hopeful heydays of their homes.
photography  architecture 
october 2015
The Weird and Wonderful Characters of Clojure
A reference collection of characters used in Clojure that are difficult to "google". Descriptions sourced from various blogs, StackOverflow, Learning Clojure and the official Clojure docs - sources attributed where necessary.
clojure  reference  development 
september 2015
A Geographic London Tube Map
A geographic map of the London Underground, including surface features an landmarks.
map  reference  resource 
september 2015
History of Cartography: Volumes One, Two, and Three
On this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first three volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format.
book  history  free 
september 2015
Blur detection with OpenCV
A guide on how to detect the blurriness of photos using the OpenCV library.
development  photography  opensource 
september 2015
Twenty rules for writing detective stories (1928) by S.S. Van Dine
THE DETECTIVE story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event. And for the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws — unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding; and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them. Herewith, then, is a sort Credo, based partly on the practice of all the great writers of detective stories, and partly on the promptings of the honest author's inner conscience.
fiction  writing  resource 
august 2015
Chance of Reign
Calculations of the probabilities of each possible set (and sets) in the One Roll Engine.
statistics  rpg  ore 
july 2015
is an HTTP proxy / HTTP monitor / Reverse Proxy that enables a developer to view all of the HTTP and SSL / HTTPS traffic between their machine and the Internet. This includes requests, responses and the HTTP headers (which contain the cookies and caching information).
web  development  software  macosx  windows 
july 2015
Postgres CLI with autocompletion and syntax highlighting
database  opensource  software  cli 
july 2015
Mozilla's OpenSSH client and server configuration guides for better security.
security  ssh  unix  howto  sysadmin 
july 2015
USGS Historical Topographic Maps
Explore, interact, and download historical topographic maps from the USGS free of charge.
history  map  reference 
july 2015
The Antiquarian Bookshops of Old London
Photographs of London’s secondhand and antiquarian bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown.
book  photography  inspiration  history 
july 2015
Charles Stross' first short story collection, now available as a free ebook.
book  sf  free 
july 2015
NYC From Above
Photos of New York, taken from high up various skyscrapers.
july 2015
xhyve – Lightweight Virtualization on OS X Based on bhyve
An introduction to installing and running xhyve, with tutorials on installing and running your own VMs.
macosx  freebsd  howto 
june 2015
xhyve, a lightweight OS X virtualization solution
A port of FreeBSD's bhyve virtualisation tool to Mac OS X's Hypervisor.framework for lightweight and efficient virtual machines. By default runs Tiny Core Linux, but can easily run other OSs
macosx  freebsd  utility  opensource  software 
june 2015
Clojure by Example
Many simple examples of how to do things in Clojure.
clojure  development 
june 2015
Omertá, an Alternate Setting for Night’s Black Agents
Presented here is an alternate mode of play for NBA. You’re still a bad ass, you’re still at the top of your game, you’re still highly competent and both feared and respected.

You’re a Man of Honour. A Made Man. A trusted member of a Mafia crime syndicate.

You’re not a good guy, and you work for very bad people.
rpg  gumshoe  nba 
may 2015
TextFlow is a set of Automator workflows for text manipulation in any OS X text control where built-in OS X text tools might be unavailable or insufficient.
opensource  utility  macosx  software 
may 2015
Old Ordnance Survey Maps
This page shows scans of several out of copyright Ordnance Survey maps, the maps range in date from around 1925 to 1945.
history  map 
may 2015
A tool that monitors logs for potential abuses of services, automatically adding abusive clients to your firewall.
security  ssh  sysadmin  software  unix  opensource 
april 2015
John Thomas Smith’s Ancient Topography
Two centuries ago, John Thomas Smith set out to record the last vestiges of ancient London that survived from before the Great Fire of 1666 but which were vanishing in his lifetime.
history  inspiration 
april 2015
pHash is an open source software library released under the GPLv3 license that implements several perceptual hashing algorithms, and provides a C-like API to use those functions in your own programs.

A perceptual hash is a fingerprint of a multimedia file derived from various features from its content, used to detect similarity in files.
audio  video  opensource  development 
april 2015
Fuzzy Hashing and ssdeep
ssdeep is a program for computing context triggered piecewise hashes (CTPH). Also called fuzzy hashes, CTPH can match inputs that have homologies. Such inputs have sequences of identical bytes in the same order, although bytes in between these sequences may be different in both content and length.
opensource  cli  utility 
april 2015
How do I convert a video to GIF using ffmpeg, with reasonable quality?
And how to achieve similar using ffmpeg and ImageMagick (with pipes).
video  howto 
march 2015
High quality GIF with FFmpeg
How to generate small, high-quality animated gifs from videos, using ffmpeg
video  howto 
march 2015
A tool for loading data into PostgreSQL, either from other databases (MySQL, sqlite3, or MSSQL) or from files (CSV, pg COPY, etc.).
database  software  opensource  development 
february 2015
An open-source command-line utility for restoring from backups created by Arq
macosx  opensource  software  utility  cli 
february 2015
xsv is a command line program for indexing, slicing, analyzing, splitting and joining CSV files. Commands should be simple, fast and composable:

- Simple tasks should be easy.
- Performance trade offs should be exposed in the CLI interface.
- Composition should not come at the expense of performance.
opensource  cli  software 
february 2015
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