TIL that there is no formula for the exact perimeter of an ellipse, but that you could make an arbitrarily close approximation of a formula for the perimeter of a *given* ellipse, and that such a formula would depend on the sum of an infinite series.
TIL that this is technically how we have a formula for the perimeter of a circle, but don't notice the messiness because the circle's "axes" are of equal length and thus a single sum of an infinite series works. We call it "pi" to keep it unmessy.
What I'm missing most about #dragoncon this year: it's a place where you can stand around with a puppet on your arm and people will walk up to the puppet and start talking to it.
New blog post, covering my latest #retrocomputing stuff in a more long-form format.
So it looks like the next unexpected challenge to everyday #retrocomputing, after the matter of SSL, is the matter of Unicode.
From the everyday #retrocomputing project, behold my personal website rendered on the Spectrum Internet Suite browser on MAME's AppleIIGS emulation, featuring my port of Uthernet emulation.
I honestly have never had such a warm welcome as a rando outside developer as the MAME team gave me working on this feature. Would do again.
After this, all further mashups will necessarily be inferior.
I've been listening to every Bad Religion album in order. I've finally reached "Stranger Than Fiction", the album that flipped the switch in teenage punk head. BR albums are sad because they're a reminder of how little society has changed, but the those soaring harmonies on "Incomplete" always reset my emotional clock back an age when I was just raw and angry and believed we'd all do better.
@solderpunk @neauoire "IC fabrication requires large amounts of energy, highly refined machinery and poisonous substances. Because of this sacrifice, the resulting microchips should be treasured like gems or rare exotic spices. Their active lifespans would be maximized, and they would never be reduced to their raw materials until they are thoroughly unusable."
Yes! Yes! One thousand times, yes! This person gets it.
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