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do you ever wake up, check Twitter and the news and decide to just go back to sleep and try again tomorrow instead

Feel like if you released C today it would be the hot new lang and everybody would be writing medium articles about how they rewrote their microservices in C or how great the headers.io package management is

Back from when the idea of specific-function hardware accelleration was exciting.

(Yes, it's festivmus, and thus the Jazz Jackrabbit Holiday Hare soundtrack is back.)

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"the stabiilty of the sensitive and complicated Windows operating system"

Yeah that's one way to refer to Win 3.1 I guess. (This is why trusty old MOD4WIN *has* these options; to quote elsewhere in the manual "Windows is not a pre-emptive multitasking operating system".)

(Also yer gonna get transitional '80s-90s Lorenzo Music Garfield, and yer gonna like it.)

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This is someone nicuveo's fault for observing twitter.com/asutoriel/status/1 could be the bridge back to Goth Girlfriend Garfield.

No, I'm out of time to do that edit tonight. You'll just have to imagine it.

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Fun fact: I had a "how to draw" book from Jim Davis as a smol lion. To this day I still use advice I think I got from it to draw the nose in first, when not doing fancy construction sketching at least, to anchor in the rest of the face and expression.

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Ideally I'd find some way to software-control the USB bus power, so I can kill the hub the "old" lights are connected to (it's still crazy futuretech to me they have an IR remote, which I'm holding off-camera). The hard part is probably that I'm not sure those lights have good default behaviour on power restore.

(Yes I know about RGB-addressible LEDs; programming a controller for some of those is my next lighting project. :blobcatrainbow: But I've got these fixed-function ones for here.)

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It has also been time to turn on the Pixmas tree lights, which are now running off a Zero.

youtu.be/Y29C9dw1BdA

Yes, I can SSH to my christmas tree.

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Finally got that snow clock that's in a toot from a year ago somewhere more-or-less finished off and up on GitHub: github.com/LionsPhil/pixmasclo

Marvel at my (very dusty) woodgrain tape deck hiding in the background of the enthralling demo video.

I wonder if Masto can handle this...it's a DOSBox-captured video, so it's native-res, using the Zip Motion Block Video codec. ffplay can play it right; VLC screws up the palette entirely.

Hah, no, "failed validation", I can't attach it at all. But, surprise, YouTube actually can!

youtu.be/V51PDNmj0w4

I mean it's probably transcoded it into fuzzy VP9 or something, but. :P

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In theory this is 100% within the capabilities of GIF, but I have the horrible feeling trying to actually capture the result would take another hour, and then modern websites would fastidiously transcode it to WebM or something anyway.

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Created an integer palette fade in/out in Allegro 4 and am feeling *unreasonably* happy about it.

This oughta be very easy with modern shader stuff even in truecolor or even HDR, honestly. But even with 8-bit, doing saturating decrements down to zero means the darkness swoops into the image in pools, leaving the brightest spots until last: it gives an HDR-like effect on early '90s hardware. And is era-appropriate, unlike floating-point equal interpolation/big black semitransparent GL quad.

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