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Brian Swetland
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So here's a thought...

Game system emulators are pretty good, but they often don't have full fidelity to the original hardware, and while they're getting better at emulating it, the actual persistence, color, etc effects of SD NTSC displays are not entirely reproduced.

I think somebody should dig up some 1980s SD CRT TVs, VHS decks, and game consoles, and set things up to record high quality, 60+fps, 4K+ resolution HD video of what "content" really looked like back in the day.

For the benefit of current and future generations who have not (and someday may never be able to) experienced it as it was.

Dear Lazy Plus,

I'm looking for a halfway decent webcam (ideally w/ mic) that works with Ubuntu and Google Chrome for Hangouts video conferencing. 720p or 1080p. Doesn't need to be dirt cheap but ideally not absurdly expensive.

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So, Dishonored 2 became available on 9pm on the 9th.

It is good, good to be back in Dunwall. Taking my time, enjoying the sights, executing a not-quite-entirely-stealthy run through the game.


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Zachtronics launched their latest engineering puzzle game this week and it is pretty entertaining. SHENZHEN-I/O is sort of a fusion of mechanics from SpaceChem and TIS-100. It represents yet another step forward in Zachtronics producing a game that tries to emulate my job.

One of the later game puzzles (spoilers!):

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Entirely too much fun.
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The Species Editor in Stellaris is pretty nifty...
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So, in the department of good news, +Graydon Saunders's The Commonweal #3, Safely You Deliver, is going to land on April 4th.

For those that haven't read the first two books in this series, this is an excellent time to do so (should they sound interesting).  I love these books.  They're so not-traditional-fantasy it hurts in a number of ways.  Reviews I felt were representative of my feelings about these linked below.

Book one feels a bit like a The Black Company book, if it were set in a very different world and society (but still plagued by terrifying powerful sorcerer-empires and the like).  Book two is a "going to sorcery school" book that avoids the common tropes and involves vast works of magical civil engineering.

#1 The March North
"Egalitarian heroic fantasy. Presumptive female agency, battle-sheep, and bad, bad odds."

#2 A Succession of Bad Days
"Egalitarian heroic fantasy.  Experimental magical pedagogy, non-Euclidean ancestry, and some sort of horror from beyond the world."

#3 Safely You Deliver
"Egalitarian heroic fantasy.  Family, social awkwardness, and a unicorn."

The books are available on various other services, but the Google Play Store version is downloadable as DRM-free EPUB (suitable for various readers or conversion to MOBI via Calibre for Kindles, etc) using the vertical "..." menu on the cover image once purchased.

Somewhat spoiler-y even without making spoilers visible, there's a TV Tropes page about the series:

I'd like to thank +Christopher Tate for first bringing The March North to my attention.

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Finally recovered my MacroFab boards from the local USPS office (apparently USPS does not redeliver any more, no matter how many forms you fill out offline or on...)  They look nice!
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An experiment in fire-and-forget PCB fabrication and assembly.

I put together a tiny little board, using all "house parts" (no additional placement fees), except for the little STM32F042 MCU (U1), to try out

Oops.  Looks like I failed at the BOM editor and managed to use the same p/n regulator as their "house" part but didn't match, so that's costing me more too.  Fixed the BOM and future boards will be $0.70 cheaper!

It's a tiny STM32F042 (cute part, super cheap Cortex M0 with no-crystal-needed USB client support) test board and/or USB<->Serial adapter (modulo firmware), but I threw some LEDs and a pushbutton on too, because why not...
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Here's something I'd like to be able to do in my editor...

Say I have three, call them "panes", side-by-side (let's label them A, B, C, left to right) showing three source files.  I'd like to open a new source file (be it for the first time or be it recalling an already open buffer) such that that file shows up in pane A, pane B displays what was previously in pane A, and pane C displays what was previously in pane B.

Sorta operating like a stack where the most recent file I pull up is always in the primary pane and everything pushes down.  Shortcuts to swap B or C (or D...) with A would be nice, as would a way to lock one of the secondaries so it doesn't move (say I want foo.c in B even if I pull it up in A, etc).

I'd love to be able to do this with gvim but the vim scripting stuff is pretty horrific.  Does any existing editor (for Linux) do this sort of thing or are there some plugins/extensions for vim or whatnot?
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