I usually feel like I’ve got something better to do which doesn’t require patience so it’s a hobby that never gets a look in but I’m feeling pretty laid back for some reason.

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Still very much in flux and currently totally undocumented, but TarotFS now supports writing your own deck structures simply by creating a directory with 3 text files: one with the major arcana names, one with the minor arcana names, and one with the minor arcana suits.

As an added bonus, if you leave the two minor arcana files empty, you can just have an arbitrary list of generic *things* for divination usage - as demonstrated in the default install, you can now use TarotFS to do runecasting with the Elder Futhark runic alphabet!

I'll get round to actually documenting the feature and making so that you can do per-spread decks some time soon, along with fixing it up so you don't end up with numerals in front of everything...


Oh wow the Delaurence catalogue is still a thing (or at least it still was when they updated their website in 2013) and it is straight up fuckin wild nebula.wsimg.com/8d16325af1179

Today @mgdm linked me a blog post that had been on HN about making deals with devils and it was all I could do to not print it out and go over it with a red pen correcting it.

As shared with me by the wonderful @mgdm, using crystals for Dark Deeds just got even darker as it turns out one of the side-effects of doing nuclear explosive tests is you can end up creating Icosahedrite which is a quasi-crystal with fivefold symmetry such that x-ray crystallography imaging produces a pentagram.



You know what I really need in order to help me finish all the books I’m reading? To start reading a new one which will tell me about more books.

I’m sorry but the symbol for Uranus looks like NASA did a competition on the internet and then let people vote for their favourite and then 4chan heard about it.

The sass is in the alt text.

I don’t know what’s happening with all the “undefined” in the translation but the random text generator is spitting out some terrifying shit to be auto-translating to Akkadian and therefore cuneiform script.

Big mood.

tfw your bugs aren't pointer arithmetic bugs like you thought, you just keep typing the same incorrect struct path.

on is really starting to take shape (after my talk on it obvs)

I mentioned on a video chat on Friday that I can draw a more-or-less anatomically correct human skull from memory, so I was challenged to do so.

I subsequently played the first couple of bars of “Oh Susanna” on a comedically small harmonica and got called a “renaissance man” so that’s the high point of my life passed.

Yesterday I surprised myself by managing to dump half the ZX81 ROM by wiring it up to the Tl866ii as a 2732 instead of a 2364 (which the TL claims ignorance of and I can’t hack it in because the firmware is encrypted).

I say half because I should have been targeting the 2764 but got confused because the 32 is pin compatible (a DIP24 instead of DIP28) but I honestly wasn’t expecting my method to work so it’s a huge success and I know what I need to do to get the rest.

I was surprised when I didn’t get a dump of 0xffffs and even more surprised when the data wasn’t garbage and actually disassembled to Z80 assembler!

Starting to look like the ROM isn’t the reason it won’t boot which is kinda exciting!

This is the current status quo for the - got some cheapo keycaps on it and it works like a charm! Got the kit ready to crimp some more sturdy dupont cables with a bit more length on them and replace the angled headers with straight ones and a ROM chip flashing setup on the way so I can start screwing around with the "OS".

I've additionally been using it with the 16K RAM pack with no problem so the 32K RAM upgrade can go on the backburner for a bit seeing as I've got some headroom to play with!

Also had a go at loading from a line-out cable but I think I need to do some experimentation with levels to get that working.

Today I asked the ZX81 to tell me about itself.

Strictly speaking what I said was:

10 PRINT CHR$ (RND*255);
20 GOTO 10

This is how it felt about the subject.

Being able to talk to it after all these years is strangely cathartic.

Oh shit son!

Looks like the keyboard design was a success (apart from not completing the trace from the bottom row and having to hand-patch it)!

Guess I gotta figure out how to attach it then :P

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