Category: Links

  • Sweating Buckets, and Loving It: Minnesotans and Their Saunas

    link: www.nytimes.com/2024/02/17/us/minnesota-sauna-boom.html This article was printed on the front page of the New York Times. I found it to be really exciting, because it features my friend Darin Mays and his Urban Wing NorthUp saunas that I just got. I love this: Darin Mays had never thought much of saunas until he moved into a…

  • The fediverse, explained

    link: www.theverge.com/24063290/fediverse-explained-activitypub-social-media-open-protocol If you have heard about the fediverse but don’t really know what that means, this article is for you. At some point over the last year, you’ve probably come across the term “fediverse” a few times. Maybe you’ve read about it here at The Verge or seen some internet oldhead talking on their blog about how…

  • An American Education:Notes from UATX

    link: thenewinquiry.com/an-american-education-notes-from-uatx/ I hadn’t heard of UATX before reading this essay by Noah Rawlings. Inside the “Forbidden Courses” at the billionaire-backed University of Austin, the campus of the “anti woke” commentariat. Student names have been anonymized. This was a fascinating portal into a bizarro “academia”. And if you need to leave to use the bathroom,…

  • A Love Not Meant For Me

    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdBoaJ5GN_4 This story is worth watching in its entirety. The Houston Chronicle has an article that gives a little more context to Aryana Rose’s incredible story. “What really spoke to me is that a lot of people told me they cried,” Rose said. “If you cry, that means it’s triggering something from your own…

  • The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger

    link: https://www.thecut.com/article/amazon-scam-call-ftc-arrest-warrants.html A cautionary tale that walks you through the details of some of the scams that people are currently being targeted with, and how anyone might fall victim. I recommend reading the whole thing so you can be better prepared if you find this sort of thing happening to you. The man on the…

  • Play at work

    link: https://daverupert.com/2024/01/play-at-work/ This resonates with me: More than making money… more than that feeling of launching a new product, feature, website, or app… the idea I am coming to value most in my professional life is the feeling of “play”. Sometimes play is being on my own with high autonomy and low consequences, sometimes it’s…

  • How we made an animated movie in 8kB

    link: https://www.ctrl-alt-test.fr/2024/how-we-made-an-animated-movie-in-8kb/ The demoscene continues to produce mind-blowing stuff. Here’s an article that breaks down how they made an animated movie in 8 KiB of code. The movie they made tells a story, there’s a soundtrack, and it fits in just 8 KiB of data–that’s 8192 characters, assuming each character is 1 byte. This is…

  • Inside .git

    link: https://jvns.ca/blog/2024/01/26/inside-git/ Julia Evans has published a really nice look at what’s going on inside the .git directory.

  • Finding The Air Cannon

    link: https://www.twobraids.com/2024/01/air-cannon.html An agricultural air cannon began firing every two minutes all night long disrupting the sleep of many in my community. I used Google Maps, three listening posts, and a programmed simulation to pinpoint the field hosting the air cannon. The county tax assessor office identified the land owner. I had a phone conversation…

  • Voting begins for MnDOT’s fourth annual Name a Snowplow contest

    This contest has become a fun tradition in our house. Votes close at the end of Sunday, January 28, so get clicking now. — Read on www.dot.state.mn.us/news/2024/01/23-statewide-nameasnowplow.html