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a variety of heads, as beads

it’s a project for may the 4th…

#maythefourth

whenever i start researching a new, but relatively popular, topic—i’m looking for open source 3d cad/modeling software for 3d printing—i’m always surprised by how much less useful the web has become.

companies are increasingly using tools like otter.ai to record candidate interviews—for later review and to use for training. i recommend candidates do the same, and use the recording, themselves, to improve their interviewing skills.

mackenzie scott

how in the world does she only have 23k followers...?

toddsundsted shared a video by TSMar 31, 2022
[Sunday, July 20, 2014: 10:00 am] The LambdaMOO server, the application server that still powers the LambdaMOO online community and that was the engine for hundreds of other text-based virtual worlds (MUDs), was first released over 20 years ago, in 1991. MUDs (Multi-User Dungeons) were the first networked virtual worlds; and they were popular long before Second Life, Word of Warcraft, and MMORPGs in general made their appearance. Even though much of the code in the current LambdaMOO server is unchanged from the early 90s, people today still download the code, compile it, and build little worlds with it. Motivated by a desire to build simple little immersive experiments that users could interact with and extend via programming, but frustrated by LambdaMOO's lack of features as well as source code that was several decades away from modern best practices, Todd Sundsted spent the last four years modernizing the server, and building applications and a library of application building blocks. The result is a fork of the codebase called Stunt that speaks HTTP (instead of telnet), includes up-to-date cryptographic primitives, and sports language enhancements like multiple inheritance and garbage-collected, anonymous objects. On top of this platform, he built a simple, modern MVC web framework. In the process, he learned quite a bit about maintaining, evolving, and extending old code, and about interacting with a small but passionate community of longtime users! Sharing these learnings, rather than talking about the specific technical details, is the purpose of the presentation.

the lever for the blade guard on a circular saw i picked up was broken, and the replacement part was discontinued/unavailable, so i printed a replacement from the piece that remained and some online photos.

broken
replacement

the part wasn't available anywhere. well, that's not strictly true. i did find the part listed for $99 somewhere. i had the piece that connected to the saw for reference and a sears parts site had photos, so making my own seemed more reasonable.

online
tinkercad

it looks better in black imo.

final

i had to master printing supports to deal with the slight overhang, so it was a learning opportunity, as well.

#repair

there's a tendency to want nocode tools to be visual tools, but that overlooks some outstanding exceptions like inform, a language for creating interactive fiction.

The wood-slatted crate is in the Gazebo. The crate is a container. 

i guess if you equate text with code, then this is code, but if you think of nocode as a movement away from implementing user experience and business logic in general purpose programming language syntax and toward alternatives more suited for experts in those domains, then i think this fits.

#nocode #inform

i'm reading through the entire org-mode manual. i've used it for years—it's time to master it.

org-mode has excellent support for handling links to other documents, both local and remote. in addition to a rich vocabulary of link types, if you're in a document—for example, a source code file—and you want to insert a link to a definition in that document into an org document you are working on, you use org-store-link to create a link to that definition—the type of link created depends on the type of document in the current buffer. you insert the stored link into the org document with  org-insert-link. this works for most common emacs buffers (org, email/news, etc.).

#emacs #orgmode

i have code in .emacs going back decades...

#emacs