i wanna see your old hard drives
Friday, 26 November 2021

Johannes Hevelius’s Moon Atlas

quote [ German astronomer Johannes Hevelius is often regarded as one of the last great astronomers to carry out major observational work without a telescope. With the aid of only a quadrant and an alidade, Hevelius compiled a catalog of more than fifteen hundred stars with unprecedented accuracy. ]

Headed to the moon like I'm atlas
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 25 November 2021

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy Part 2: The Ultra Efficient Bulbs You're Not Allowed To Have

quote [ You can’t buy them unless you live in Dubai. Apparently inspired by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who wanted more efficient and longer-lasting bulbs. ]

Yes, longer lasting, far more efficient LED lightbulbs exist, but you're not allowed to have them, at least not yet.

[SFW] [business]
[by the circus@8:17pmGMT] [0 comments]

Museum of ZZT

quote [ ZZT found success from its inclusion of a built-in editor available even to those who only had the shareware version of ZZT. This editor allows players to create their own ZZT worlds utilizing numerous built in elements for items, creatures, terrain, and a scripting language that allows "object" elements to be programmed. The scripting language known as ZZT-OOP is notable for being incredibly simple to use, allowing people without programming backgrounds to create games. ]

Get your ZZT on with this never-ending level disk. It was the Roblox of its time.
[SFW] [games] [+2 Good]
[by Paracetamol@7:27pmGMT] [1 comment]

What Does It Take to Be the Rolley Hole Champion?

quote [ Marbles is a serious game in Overton County, Tennessee. ]

Happy colored marbles that are rolling in my head
[SFW] [sports] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

I ran across an entire CONTINENT in VR with an Omni-Direction Treadmill

quote [ Hello! Today I challenge myself to run across the entire Skyrim map from bottom to top.. entirely in VR with an Omnidirectional Treadmill. Total distance is very approximately calculated to 13 miles, give or take a few, all in one go. This was one of the harder VR challenges I have done, especially because of the nature of a Katwalk C. The real question is, what breaks first? Me or the Omnidirectional treadmill? ]

I would very much like to try one of these.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+2]
[by steele@10:53pmGMT] [0 comments]

Reconsidering Rotoscoped Animation for its Second Century

quote [ I was reading a book at a coffee shop once, years ago – maybe an old edition of John Krasner’s Motion Graphic Design and Fine Art Animation? – that compared attempting hand-rotoscoping a feature film to serving a prison sentence. Having now served seven years at just that (ten if you count the short films), doing hard time shackled to a Wacom tablet, I think that is a pretty fair assessment of the kind of man-hours involved ]

Good article discussing the second wave of rotoscoping for the late 70s fantasy wave (pictured above) to current instances.
[SFW] [art] [+4 Good]
[by Paracetamol@6:08amGMT] [6 comments]

When Benjamin Franklin Shocked Himself While Attempting to Electrocute a Turkey

quote [ The statesman was embarrassed by the mishap—no doubt a murder most fowl ]

Crispy crispy Benjamin Franklin came over
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

The Notorious Mrs. Mossler

quote [ A Houston socialite was accused of plotting her husband's murder—and of having an affair with her nephew. But Candace Mossler was only getting started. ]

Catchy story from the 60s/70s.
[SFW] [people]
[by Paracetamol@7:12pmGMT] [0 comments]

Evil Corp: 'My hunt for the world's most wanted hackers'

quote [ The BBC’s Joe Tidy goes to Russia in search of men on the FBI’s cyber most wanted list. ]

Wanna be hackers? Code crackers? Slackers
[SFW] [crime & punishment]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 22 November 2021

Locked out of “God mode,” runners are hacking their treadmills

quote [ NordicTrack customers were watching Netflix—until the company blocked their access. ]

Then fuckin' slide around like on a NordicTrack
[SFW] [business] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [8 comments]

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