The Mellotron was an early 60s synthesizer with an eerie sound that was used in Strawberry Fields, among others. Watch this super interesting video where an awesome mechanical genius shows the inner workings of a Mellotron she repaired.
GNOME is refusing to settle with a patent troll, on principle. If you can, give them money before cokeheads use loopholes in legal systems to end the golden age of technological progress we are currently living it.
I think Inuktitut is the most beautiful language I've ever heard. I used to watch the nightly news in Inuktitut, not because I understood a single word, but because the host's especially-beautiful voice was hypnotic. Here's a career highlight reel from when she retired.
The 6502 is a legendary processor that was used in the NES, Commodore 64, Apple II, and countless others (not to mention close-derivatives). It's also still the best way to learn Assembly, because it is relatively straightforward. Visual 6502 Circuit Webapp.
The Greatest Vapourware Story Of All Time. Probably the second-most expensive video game ever made, still in alpha, years behind schedule, and the developers posted a picture on Instagram of their new $20,000 coffee machine.
I had always heard that Americans don't have Smarties, which seems weird. It turns out they also don't have ketchup chips, cream soda crush, or Coffee Crisp, which makes me understand why they elected Trump: if my life was that horrible, I would also want to destroy my own country.
C gets a lot of shit on the Internet, yet still persists and thrives. Your operating system is running C code right now, for example. For all its cruft and quirks, there are just certain niches that C fills which languages like Rust unequivocally do not, no matter how many think pieces are written. It also requires discipline and planning. Here's a lighthearted Ten Commandments Of C.
Valve is a company that went from rich to ridonculously rich due to a side project that was the product of their bizarrely relaxed organizational model. Their employee handbook is both interesting to read and very well-designed.
I didn't write about the Jeremy Renner app because how can you improve on perfection? After the dust settled, though, one of the good folks at Uproxx wrote a very good fancy think piece about it.
There are a lot of lists of top programming languages, most of which are written by cheesy copywriters. IEEE's annual report seems more or less accurate, although their Embedded seems a bit weird (Python? For embedded? Really? What a waste of hardware). They just released their 2019 report.
For some reason, I type 'moo' a lot, unconciously. It's my default metasyntactic variable (along with 'apple' and 'banana'). I think it goes back to one of those 'intro to OO' things that uses farm animals as an example, that I read many years ago. Googling 'moo' lead me to this low-budget, NSFW slice of joy. This is all the good things that people used to say about punk rock but weren't actually true.
I've read before that before the internet, people would copy entire games from magazines in machine code, assembly, basic or a mix thereof. It turns out that most of these - having no commercial value nowadays - have been made free on archive.org. Take a look at this insane insert.
Speaking of low-level programming and retrocomputing, this short tutorial is not just a great introduction to 6502, but a good intro to assembly in general. I wish I had something like that instead of the spiderweby books I learned from.
Byrne's Euclid is a strange Victorian edition of Euclid using colours instead of letters. I'm not sure whether it's really easier for children, but it is interesting to look at. Some excellent person made a classy online edition.