a story about tumblr’s collective ability to fact check
(I just realized how Canadian that title might sound).
My facebook friends list has a lot of people on it, a lot of people with very diverse thoughts on things like health, life, politics, etc. I tend to ignore a lot of them.
This rant will contain lots of science and basic chemistry. If you got a C or higher in your highschool chemistry class (which I hope you did) you should be fine.
What do you mean “Maslow Darts isn’t a real game”
I’m imagining rules for Maslow Darts now…
Tumblr devs, can we get an option when we use Markdown to convert HTML blobs (like blockquote ‘n such) into Markdown? It’d be totally fly,yo.
ahhh i should really stop spamming your dashes with pointless sketches :I …But I’m really enjoying my manga studio pencils. You can go from lines to shading just by sizing up. Anyway, I uploaded them here in case you’re using Manga Studio and want to give them a go. Think I’ll try making some materials/shapes myself next time, though.
Or, you could just keep spamming my dash with pointless sketches because they’re awesome and you’re a good artist.
Also, you should check out Cryoclaire. She’s a stupid amazing artist and deserves way more than she ever asks for. Because humility ‘n shit.
my town has been experiencing a huge drought and the first time it really rains in years this fucking happens
"BUT NIBBLES. I DEMAND NIBBLES." No, you can’t have nibbles "YOUR HUMAN FOOD SHALL SUFFICE FOR SACRIFICE."
If it’s accessible to the internet, you should be able to reasonably copy it for your own usage, right? Fair use says yes, but Micheal A. Gottlieb (one academic from Caltech who has volunteer maintained the Feynman Legacy Project) seems to think no.
There’s no good version for mobile however — especially in the epub/mobi realm. So, an aspiring developer takes and writes a scraper for it that generates an epub/mobi for you from the sources. Cue DMCA takedown on his code. GitHub on the otherhand went “NOPE! that’s not violating. GTFO”.
Frankly, the resulting epub is pretty readable. I just tried it and hey, it reads like it should under fbreader with the exception of the occasional math blob.
If you read the introduction, you’ll notice that they mention that the lectures were translated into LaTeX and then churned into PDF and HTML versions. In comments made to a Techdirt article on this, they claim they’ve been working on a mobile version for a long time. Pandoc is a beautiful thing and if you can’t figure it out, then you haven’t done a quick google search of “LaTeX to epub”. If Pandoc can’t figure it out then you did something mean to LaTeX and need to stop.
He also seems to think that someone who’s in the software development position can afford $40 for a PDF. You read that right, $40 (or $120 for the whole 3-book set) for PDFs. I can get trade secrets for cheaper than that - and they’re beautiful-er (given the ones I found in a cursory scrape of several torrent trackers) than the work Gottlieb et al is hocking. I don’t spend $40/book on books. You’ll see me at the beginning of the semester hunting down books that are similar in the appropriate sections of my local used book store.
The comments made my Gottlieb are inane at best. He claims it’s hard to make good mobile books (its not, my first personal jaunt into conversions involved converting a PDF into an epub, and i did a better job than the publisher did) and that they “don’t want inaccurate, incompatible copies of FLP to proliferate for pedagogical reasons”. I’m going to point to Stitz-Zeager who actively encourage people to offer fixes.
Micheal A. Gottlieb, Get a life. learn tools. learn how publishing works.
STMicros punted out into the wide world of embedded development the thing known as the “STM32 Nucleo” developer kit. It’s an STM32 ARM processor with arduino headers smushed onto the board.
And, again, I find myself looking for a toolchain. Why, for the love of god, do I need to hunt down another goddamn toolchain? Because STMicros, in all their glory and wonder, still haven’t learned why the Arduino was popular.
It wasn’t the initial flash; The original arduino was $12 in parts you soldered together yourself onto a single-sided board you could etch at home with a laser printer and some cheap echant.
It was the software. In 20 minutes or less, you too could have a blinking LED. That blinking LED was the godsend for 90% of arduino fanatics.
The STM32 Nucleo kit lets you use Mbed as a platform. Mbed is cool and all, but it lacks some of the neater debugging features of a larger environment.
STMicros really needs to take a look at things like the Maple Mini and other ARM-based boards, and also look at Atmel. Atmel rules the 8bit market (and the 32bit market!) for the reason that Atmel provides, out the gate, examples in C, an instant just-add-water toolchain.
Now, There’s the apples-and-oranges argument to be had here: Atmel made AVR, and own AVR, and AVR is this big magical thing that just works. Except Atmel’s studio tool supports ARM. With some work, I’ve made Atmel’s tool compile for the STMicro’s ARM platform.
STMicros could get into the market they’re trying to get at fairly easily, if only they took the same route that others have found:
STMicros would be well off taking and porting, say, the LeafLabs Libmaple and just getting people into this. There’s awesome things like ChibiOS for the STM32F0Discovery but realistically, STMicros hasn’t found the combination of sauce and spice to make the hobby market (that a $20 price tag is really targeting) get into it.
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