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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.23.20

We’ve got a war on our hands, people.

The springtime gophers that have taken up residence in our back yard have been going off this year. When I woke up this morning, I found at least four new mounds of varying sizes scattered about.

Last year, a heavy blanket of Uncle Ian’s all over our yard took care of them. But I checked the garage a few days ago, and found that I maybe have enough to funnel into each one of their mounds before flattening them back out.

That’ll keep them away for a minute, but I’m definitely going to need to order more repellent. Maybe a sonic spike or two. 🤔

Heaven forbid I have to go full Caddyshack on their lil asses…


Porcupine Racetrack 2020

Members of 90s comedy troupe The State reunite (virtually) to do a cover of their classic Porcupine Racetrack sketch.

I’ve already watched the cover and the original at least five times each. It is very much my happy place. I hope that maybe it’s yours too.

FAQ: Composting

McSweeney’s comes through with a composting FAQ that goes off the rails very quickly.

6 Feet Back or 6 Feet Under

My buddy Derek made a new tee that’s perfect for anyone who’s courageous enough to wander outside rn.

TiddlyRoam

An open source fork of TiddlyWiki with features similar to the (eventually premium) SaaS offering Roam.

I’ve been keeping my outboard brain in nvALT for ages, but before that I used Instiki. I kind of miss having a personal wiki, so maybe I’ll import some content over and try living with it… (via)


Alright… I need to get a little exercise in before I start working on dinner. Only ~13 minutes worth, according to my watch.

Cheeseburgers tonight! Pretty nice

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Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.22.20

We’ve got a big one today. The next post might suffer for it, but why should I sit on all of these tasty morsels and end up get scooped by the likes of Kottke and Waxy? 😄


Epidemic Lofi

Let’s kick the day off on a chill note. This Soundcloud playlist from Epidemic Sound has damn near 200 songs worth of lofi hip hop vibes to get you through your day.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll use whatever I can to get through my day at this point.

Blind Users Struggle with State Coronavirus Websites

Forty-one of the 50 state pages we surveyed contained low-contrast text, which can be challenging for users with low vision, including seniors, who are at higher risk in the outbreak.

Navigation was another challenge for users with visual disabilities. Thirty-one of the 50 state pages contained empty links or buttons, which means a screen reader will not be able to tell the user what the button does or where the link is supposed to go.

😞

Of course most of these sites are lousy on accessibility. People with disabilities tend to be an afterthought all over the web.

Big Honking Button

Why press Y to honk when you can press a big honking button instead?

This is more than “just a button” though — it’s a hackable, one-button sampler that runs CircuitPython.

Psilocybin Produced in Yeast

Too bad there’s a yeast shortage, because I could really stand to get trip balls on some dough rn. 🍞

Gophers

Keep a gopher network alive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland – your community will thank you for it.

I’m pretty fucked out on post-apocalypse shit at the moment, but I really adore the concept and style of this (free!) game produced as part of Ludum Dare 46. (via)

98.css

Nothing means anything anymore — and, as we covered the other day, the internet feels pretty 90s lately — so why not make something that looks like Win98? (via)

People of the Pandemic

An effective visualization of how a pandemic can spread through a community, masquerading as a game. 🦠🕹

I find it interesting that the game uses the decisions of 19 previous players to inject a little entropy into your decisions. Because, in situations like these, you’ve always gotta worry about what the other assholes in your town are doing… 🙄

MonoLisa

I know what some of y’all are saying… “$350 for a typeface for my terminal?! Are you high?”

I mean, a little. 😬 Don’t worry though — there’s also a more modest $70 version for the junior ballers in the crowd.

Still, take some time to look at the specimen and fuck with the playground on the site. I’m sure you’ll agree that MonoLisa is a beaut.


Hoo boy. 🥱 Let’s call it a day, shall we?

Hope to see all you nice people back around here soon!

P.S. I’m still crossposting these regular link dumps 💩 to my newsletter. If you’re still not reading RSS feeds because you haven’t quite gotten over losing Google Reader, you should subscribe.

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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.