AI dungeon is now playable in the browser, so very easy to get started. It's very impressive, but still a very far cry from being fun.

Reading wrap-up

I finished 116 books in 2019, breaking the two-per-week barrier but below my 2017 and 2018 counts (163 & 134 respectively). Highlights were Annalee Newitz’s excellent Future of Another Timeline and Tamsyn Muir’s amazing Gideon the Ninth.

I’ve never really understood JTAG before, but I think I finally get it after reading this tutorial. I just need to get the USB interface now.

Gävle goat

The story of the Gävle goat is just too good, including the 2015 status:

A 26-year-old man fleeing the scene with a singed face, smelling of gasoline, and holding a lighter in his hand was arrested. Under questioning, he admitted to committing the offence, adding that he was drunk at the time and that in retrospect, it was an "extremely bad idea"

Creating a Slack client for Windows 3.11 is an amazing accomplishment - even building a 16bit app for Windows requires an older version (Windows 10 does have a 32bit version, but finding a copy is tough). The walkthrough is detailed enough to use a tutorial, and the christmas break starts today...

I managed to miss this the first time around - Gretchen McCulloch explains the grammar behind Doge

I love the sheer bloody mindedness of these fake oyster card stickers to place of your real oyster card

I haven't completed all of the Regex Crossword puzzles (the hex ones get pretty tricky) but they're really nicely done

Advanced Toasting

I was pretty intrigued by the Balmuda, a highly-sought Japanese toaster that claimed to produce the perfect slice of toast. Three years on and Japan's specialization in extreme attention to detail and perfection has produced the Mitsubishi TO-ST1-T bread oven, an even more ludicrous single-slice toaster. If you're outside of Japan, you'll also need a transformer to supply 100V at 930W to make it work. I'll let you know how it goes.

If you use AWS Lightsail and want to collect metrics for memory usage (or anything else) using CloudWatch, it's a bit tricky. So I wrote a little tutorial on getting it set up.

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