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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 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 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.


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.

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:

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

I wonder if Masto can handle'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!

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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