@isoraqathedh The key is that the alphabet is not just binary, because civilisations rarely use binary.

Thing I need for my conworlding: string arithmetic. You have:

- An alphabet of characters
- Strings of those characters
- Lists of those strings
- A grammar to transform strings to numbers
- concat, subseq, subst, rev
- Finite lookup tables

You want:
Algorithms to implement + – × ÷ &c.

Today's episode of "Weird-Ass Chinese Playing Cards" is going to start dealing with the great grand-daddies of every major form of western playing card including French-suited decks (a.k.a. "standard" playing cards), German-suited decks (a.k.a. the weird ones with the acorns), the myriad of Italian-suited decks, and Spanish-suited decks, not to mention Tarot decks.

(Keep in mind that all claims to the antiquity of Tarot are bullshit. Tarot appeared in the 15th century—as playing cards.)


You know it's always kind of funny to think of Pokémon as knockoff animals, in the sense of "Mum I want θ" "We have θ at home" "θ at home:". Not the usual "oh but animal abuse" shtick, but as if animals are trademarked and they have to use similar but legally distinct copies.

"Sorry lads we can't afford the license from God for this 'axolotl'. We'll have to make our own expy."

I want to do so many programming projects, and learn more languages (Rust and Haskell principally). But time and wherewithal are not on my side.

Also on languages to learn: JP and HKSL.

GMF word of the whenever: Twarë /ˈtwɑʁə/
Used after some noun, it means "some ~", "a certain ~", "any given ~". If by itself, it means "generic item", "blob".
Derived from Japanese.

I'm writing a shell script wrapped in an org-mode file that creates an automatic directory listing of all gemtext files in my capsule, as I don't have access to server-side scripting. Later on, it will also create an Atom feed based on the last-modified date on all "eligible files" (which would most likely come in the form of a hashtag on the file itself, or embedded in the org-mode document if that is too ugly).

Monitor fell off the stand while I was at work. Fortunately, it is not damaged, but I don't like how the support's X is too large to fit into the recess, causing all of this to happen.

They altered the wording. Since there are no coin-operated meters anymore, the "(card-operated)" label is now redundant.

The reflexive translation of English "menu" into Chinese "菜單", even in metaphorical contexts like a list of functions in a computer program – especially jarring when food (i.e. 菜) is absent – gives me that really off feeling. If I had my way I would have chosen something more literal, like "function list" 功能列 or replace the troublesome "dish" 菜 with "choice" 選.

I've just slammed my toe on the leg of a table.

Updated my backup script so it captures command output and saves it to a log file.

I'm getting that special kind of vertigo where you look into the future, what's going to happen soon, and subtly lose your balance.

Spent most of the day playing Dorfromantik. It is a beautiful game but it reminds me of how little time I have.

Show more

This is the Mastodon instance for TyNET users. If you have a TyNET account, you will automatically receive a Mastodon account with it. You can use this for general purpose chatting.