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Neon Moon, a retro-futuristic cyberpunk tarot deck by @PixelOccult featuring original illustrations for all 78 cards, is now crowdfunding:

Passed a booth at PyCon for the AstroHaus Freewrite, a Kickstarter-backed "distraction-free writing tool" combining a small e-ink screen with a mechanical keyboard in a fixed plastic shell for a whopping $550.

I inquired about the firmware.

"Actually it runs Debian!" said the dude.

"Oh! So I could install ssh and..."

"No," he said incredulously, "we're not going to give people root!"

TFW name-dropping one of the most freedom-focused OSes to sell a device that restricts those same freedoms.


1. the ErgoDox EZ is hardware-compatible with the o.g. ErgoDox because it replicates the Teensy2.0 circuit on its own PCB(!)

2. …except for this circuit of capacitors and… is that an inductor? and there's more than one. what the heck is that for

3. the power from a USB port is quite noisy

4. LC (inductor-capacitor) circuits are used as bandpass filters

5. If you have a lot of capacitors for filtering, you risk an initial "inrush of current"

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In 2016 I learned the Overwatch backstory has machines, in relationships with humans, struggling for personhood. I got too old for FPS but that right there is my jam.

I still haven't played it though. Have they fleshed out that part of the story at all?

Also pls recommend to me any stories you like that include this thematic element kthx.

I don't use mice but this is fascinating from a design perspective. The "Statial Mouse," an adjustable mouse chassis, printed fully assembled, designed to replace the stock top chassis of the $9 Logitech M100:

Got this copy of "Computers and Thought" (1963) free from a rack of books about to be pulped while dropping off a stack of cardboard at the recycling center today.

summoning up a new friend from the nether

or sweet DIY mesh network

(ty )

brain: hey i got a great idea
me: busy
brain: it'll change the world
me: later
brain: it'll fix all the things you hate about the internet
me: okay fine what is it
brain: so it's just like this except
me: gtfo

me: what is it, brain, can't you see I have a lot to do?

brain: i maked these

[trips, giant xanadu-esque all-thought-consuming abstract unrealistic blue-sky project ideas spill all over the table]

while adjusting my motorized sit/stand desk, the cord caught on something and ripped itself off of its control box!

and there's no documentation of which pads each wire connected to

so i took it apart, traced the schematic, made a logic diagram, experimented a bit, soldered it back together. worked on the first try!

granted this is trivial; the problem involved no signals to decode or voltages to measure. still feels good for this novice to repair and be able to apply logic to something real

even though I got the "wide" version my aeropress does not fit my new coffee mug

I'm not into the anthro art scene but

BeOS (and now Haiku) implements e-mail like this: the list of e-mails is just your file browser; Haiku's "attributes" provides e-mail specific columns. Opening one of those files launches a viewer app. (Usually 'Mail' but the user can change it)

Your address book? Also just a directory, with address-book-appropriate "attributes."

Your music library? Same

I think it's tragic that we've abandoned this kind of convergence to work within a powerful hierarchical data-table browser widget.

remember back when the gnome file manager (nautilus) had a plugin architecture that let you ''view as music" so it would become a media player upon opening a directory full of media files

How to make pixel-crisp lines in Inkscape

They say it is inevitable but tonight was the first time I experienced sparks and smoke from a circuit board!

I plugged this new battery into a lipo charger, plugged that into the wall USB port, and it immediately crackled and started smoking! Wow!

Turns out that even though I measured that the voltage was similar, I tested using the wire colors and didn't notice they were in reversed positions in the connector. Yikes! ⚡️🔥

even though i know that it's literally the exact same thing as the lithium polymer batteries i'm using now somehow it just feels cooler to say

my use fuel packs made for frickin racing drones 😎

Comparison of old TrackPoint module scavenged off a broken ThinkPad and two new TrackPoint modules. The markings on the ICs on both of the new stock seem intentionally obscured, that's a bit sketchy

Old: $8 incl. dead keyboard
New: $40 each