Linked List: March 2024

When Exactly Will the Eclipse Happen

Solar eclipses are good reminders of our tinyness in the universe.


Open source multi-machine audio system software to jam with your friends over the Internet.

A Conversation with J.J. Cale

PM: It seems that in your well-deservedly lucky career, you got all the best stuff, the success without the grind and the glitz that you really wanted no part of.

JJC: Yeah. I started doing that early on. I had played guitar for famous people in the early part of my life. And being famous, it’s great for your ego–I mean, hey, “Everybody loves me!” But I noticed if you got real big, man, you don’t have a real life. It affects the way you look at life. So when I started making records that went outside my hometown, and went, “Whoa, they know who I am in Paris, France,” that kind of thing, I kind of laid back on the publicity. And they’ve called me a recluse because of that. I’m not a recluse, or whatever.

PM: Yeah.

JJC: But I kind of laid back on the machinery that elevates you into the super big time, for the simple reason that I went, “Well, if I live long enough, I’d like to play music and have enough people to listen to it when I want to do that, or I’d love to make records and have enough people to buy the records to where it pays for making the record and putting it out without having all the”–so early on I had that kind of thing. I’ve backed it off a couple times when I thought it was getting out of hand. “Well, do you want to be on The Jay Leno Show?” And I’d say, “Not really.”

PM: [laughs] “Not really.”

JJC: You know what I’m saying? That way I can have my music, it doesn’t get real big, but I still make a profit, and I don’t have to jump through hoops, man, and be something I’m really not.

PM: That’s beautiful.


Pencil drawing of notes behind a clef flowing into an ear.

A somewhat weird pencil drawing of notes behind staves flowing into an ear. An attempt to represent the difficult art of listening.


An image file icon made a long computer time ago.

An image file icon made with black and white little squares, made a long computer-time ago, when one could still see individual picture elements on the screen. Potentially perfect on a cap, hoodie, or t-shirt.

I Love Earth

I love Earth.

Blue pixel in the letter ‘I’ is Earth as a pale blue dot photographed from around 6 billion kilometers.

Colorful jewels inside the heart is the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF), showing around 5,000 galaxies in a patch of sky about the size of the hole in a needle (our own galaxy is estimated to contain billions of stars).

Blue and green Earth is a satellite view of the Americas on Earth Day 2014.

Download a 3.8mb PNG suitable for printing in A4 size, or get it printed on a variety of merchandise.

Earth day is every day.

Hat and Teeshirt

The words “hat” and “teeshirt” in funky typography.

Also just in the merch shop: The word “hat” set on a hat, and the word “teeshirt” set on a t-shirt.

Color Theory Triangle

An equilateral triangle made of nine smaller triangles of primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors. After the color theory work of Joseph Albers.

An equilateral triangle made of nine smaller triangles of primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors, available in the merch shop. After the color theory work of Joseph Albers.

Time Pencil Drawing

A pencil drawing I made to represent “time” and remind myself that there is only now. No past, no future, just the present moment. It shows a clock with two funnels above and below it, with sand inside.

A pencil drawing of a malfunctioning analogue clock I made to represent “time” and remind myself that there is only now. No past, no future, just the present moment. Available on various merchandise such as t-shirts, stickers, and art prints at the shop.

♫ Blue Fish(青い魚)

Song by Sachiko Kanenobu(金延幸子).

Vision Pro is the Northstar of VR

Hugo Barra gives a good overview of how Apple over-engineered their headset to set a VR gold standard with two main advantages:

  1. Feeling present and connected to your physical world.
  2. UI superpower with gaze & pinch.

Vision Pro is the first VR headset that offers good enough resolution and visual acuity with little semblance of a screen door effect or pixelation artifacts. This level of presence and fidelity could only be made possible with an ultra high-res display, and it’s 100% clear that achieving an first-of-its-kind level of display quality was the internal launch bar for Vision Pro at Apple.

♫ Heart on Fire

Soulful driving song by Little Simz.

Arma Reforger Update 1.1

Resistance Ops coop PvE scenario for up to 5 players on the large Everon Island, basically AntiStasi in Reforger!

I’m particularly interested in the lighting…

Lighting both indoors and out has been significantly improved. Overall, the lighting is more vibrant, which is especially noticeable during the picturesque sunrises and sunsets of Arland and Everon. New clouds with more authentic and variable shapes cast more explicit shadows in cloudy weather. In addition, the lighting coming into buildings from the outside is more explicit, and foliage obstructs sunlight much more naturally, even from a distance.

…and AI improvements:

This update has introduced two crucial improvements to AI behavior making non-human players more formidable adversaries on the battlefield. They now demonstrate improved tactics like seeking cover from fire and employing smoke grenades when aiding downed comrades. These new behaviors are very noticeable in-game, and we think you will find your AI opponents (and teammates) to be much more effective combatants.

West with the Night

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.

Beryl Markham

Iron Arachne

Tools for procedural generation of content for tabletop role-playing games by Ben Overmyer.

Goodbye, Akira Toriyama

Creator of many heroes, a shy hero himself.

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Those days…

I was so excited at the opening.

I really believed that I could hit the ball.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - Commercial: “We are all Son Goku!”, auto-translated from the Japanese subtitles.

Via HN.


Keep in mind how fast things pass by and are gone — those that are now, and those to come. Existence flows past us like a river: the “what” is in constant flux, the “why” has a thousand variations. Nothing is stable, not even what’s right here. The infinity of past and future gapes before us — a chasm whose depths we cannot see. So it would take an idiot to feel self-importance or distress. Or any indignation, either. As if the things that irritate us lasted.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Gregory Hays translation, page 61.

  1. Regular streams should begin again in the next week or two once the storm of work and life has quieted a little.
  2. You can now have me read a random passage from Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations using channel points to redeem “Meditation” when live on-stream. Perfect for when I’m dodging blades or bullets.
  3. Redeemable video Aeronca Thunder Kiss, also available as 65 bit cheer reward.
♫ Xenarthran

Beautiful song by musician and author Jonathan Meiburg.

♫ Il Mio Nome è Mai Più

A 25 year old song by Jovanotti, Luciano Ligabue, and Piero Pelù.

♫ Everything Matters

From Aurora’s third studio album, The Gods We Can Touch.

♫ Concerto grosso after Domenico Scarlatti No. 5 in D minor

Concerto V en Re Menor para Cuerdas y B.C. ‘in Seven Parts Done from the Lessons of Domenico Scarlatti’ (Londres, 1742–43) : Largo · Carlos Mena · Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla · Charles Avison · Nicolau de Figueiredo.

Ace of Aces WW1 Dogfighting Boardgame Breakdown

Airplane, boardgame, math, and computer aficionados, this one is for you.

♫ Sajni

Arooj Aftab’s ethereal vocals, with Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily, from the album Love in Exile.

♫ So What

From Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, with John Coltrane and Julian Adderley on saxophone, Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

Via HN.