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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.16.20

While I didn’t get to cut out of work early yesterday, I did get to drink a beer by the pool. And it was everything that I thought that it could be.

Maybe I can do it again today, before I start whipping up dinner. 🤞🏻

P.S. I decided to try something new with the layout for this post. It looked wack in the RSS feed though, so back to the drawing board I guess…


Avatarify

Wild AI generated avatars for video calls. Zoom as Mona Lisa… Skype as Albert Einstein… Go live on Twitch as Steve Jobs…

Currently requires a system with a beefy GPU. MacBooks need not apply. 😞

Didn’t I Write This Story Already?

Naomi Kritzer on her 2015 story “So Much Cooking” about a food blogger living through a global pandemic.

I haven’t read this before, but it just made it to the top of my pile. (via)

Tsundoku

Speaking of my to-read pile, earlier this year I learned that the Japanese have a word for book hoarding, which I identify with very deeply. Maybe you will too.

Chasing a Ghost

Robin Sloan — one of the authors to consistently make it out of my to-read pile — explains the ghostly fade-out effect seen during title sequences of older movies.

Neven’s Pizza Dough

When you want to graduate from cooking bread with that sourdough starter you’ve been working on, consider Neven Mrgan’s pizza dough recipe.


And since we’re mixing it up today, let’s finish things off with with a quote…

Civilized life, you know, is based on a huge number of illusions in which we all collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while that they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us.

JG Ballard

See y’all again real soon! ❤️

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.15.20

It’s 82° F and clear in Bakersfield today. The sort of day that, TBH, we don’t see all that much. Late spring through early fall is, usually, oppressively hot, and late fall through early spring tends to be right above freezing. So days like today are a treat.

I probably ought to cut out of work ~30 minutes early — before the sun gets too low — go sit on a lounge chair by the pool, and tell myself “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.


Other Music

An amazing looking documentary on iconic NYC record store Other Music. They’re doing a virtual screening April 17–20th in partnership with a bunch of indie record stores, including my local fave. (thx)

We’re on the Brink of Cyberpunk

While Blade Runner’s once-distant future of November 2019 feels resonant in so many ways—vast corporate power, persistent surveillance, life in a time of constant crisis—it misses the actual 2019’s most salient feature: an inescapable, painful awareness of politics and of the presence or deliberate absence of government in daily life.

Our dystopia is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. 🦾

Flipper Zero

Speaking of cyberpunk, this portable “tamagotchi for hackers” meets hacker multitool looks like a blast. RFID, Infrared, GPIO out, rubber ducky emulation, iButton support… 🤯 (via)

PowerWash Simulator

One of my favorite things to do after a stressful day is throw on a pressure washing video and just sort of zone out.

Okay, so now that you know that, you’d better believe that I was thrilled af to discover this game — which just dropped as an early beta. I was less thrilled to see that it’s (currently) Windows only, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be easy to port elsewhere because Unity.


I don’t know about you, but I’m good with calling it a day at four links. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Guess I should go grab a tallboy out of the fridge and pull up a lounge chair before the sun up and calls it a day.

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.14.20

It’s been one of those “lowkey overdo it on CBD, listen to white noise for five hours, and try to get work done” sort of days. Y’all have those too, right? 😬


Zooooom.us

A macOS screensaver that simulates an increasingly absurd Zoom call.

I’ll stick with Brooklyn — lest I give myself an anxiety attack over thinking that I forgot about a meeting — but I’ll keep this in my back pocket for future pranking purposes. (via)

Airbreak

What we have done is to “jailbreak” the the AirSense 10 CPAP machine, a common, low-cost sleep therapy device intended to treat sleep apnea, so that it is possible to run additional tasks on the device. These new tasks add the features and adjust the range of parameters that make it possible to use the device as a temporary ventilator.

This is incredibly clever. My only hope is that it doesn’t drive up the cost of the AirSense 10 and its supplies on the CPAP grey market as people start to panic buy them up.

ArduBee

I’m not really a drone guy, but I do like the concept of this small, hackable, open source powered, mini drone kit (allegedly) coming soon to Kickstarter.

Arcade Game Typography

Vintage video games and deep dives into typography: two great tastes that taste great together. (via)


Okay, that’ll do for today. How about a nap? 💤