Best of LotD

11/30/14 Gil's LotD: The colors of chemistry

http://jiahao.github.io/julia-blog/2014/06/09/the-colors-of-chemistry.html A step-by-step tour on how to derive the visible spectra from absorption and emission spectra.

11/28/14 Gil's LotD: Porting GHC to amd64 and ppc64el

http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/ucgi/~cjwatson/blosxom/2014-04-15-porting-ghc-a-tale-of-two-architectures.html The compelling story of how the Glasgow Haskell Compiler was ported to two new architectures.

9/7/14 Gil's LotD: Signal-safe strcpy

http://www.tedunangst.com/flak/post/signal-safe-strcpy POSIX forbids using strcpy in signal handlers. Here's how to get around that.

12/29/13 Gil's LotD: The Long View

http://basalgangster.macgui.com/RetroMacComputing/The_Long_View/The_Long_View.html The Long View writes about long-forgotten technical details from the original Macintosh system.

12/26/13 Gil's LotD: CMS Trap

http://hakunin.com/cms-trap Wise advice on how to structure a web app to avoid falling into a complexity pit.

12/17/13 Gil's LotD: Candlestick salad

http://articlesofmeritnotlisted.com/quiltstuff/Bananas.html/Bananas.pdf A comprehensive history of the candlestick salad.

12/15/13 Gil's LotD: Raspberry Pi NTP server

http://ntpi.openchaos.org/pps_pi/ Creating a GPS-backed NTP server on a Raspberry Pi.

3/10/13 Gil's LotD: Floating islands

2/20/13 Gil's LotD: Babysitting co-op

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill_Babysitting_Co-op This babysitting co-op makes for an excellent example of how monetary and fiscal policy work.

7/28/12 Gil's LotD: Source Filmmaker

Valve has released the tool used to make its animated skits. It's already been put to good use to make the impressive Falcon punch video and a parody of Kayne West's music video for his song Power. I expect some great, high-quality videos to be made by hobbyists with this tool over the next year.

5/10/12 Gil's LotD: Katawa Crash

http://gilslotd.com/files/katawa_crash_beta_8-36.swf Katawa Crash is the spiritual successor to Nanaca Crash. There's a wiki explaining all the combos. My high score is unbeatable.

2/5/12 Gil's LotD: Alcohol

http://www.gladwell.com/2010/2010_02_15_a_drinking.html Intoxicated behavior is largely influenced by culture.

11/15/11 Gil's LotD: Homemade GPS

11/13/11 Gil's LotD crap: Puppy

11/10/11 Gil's LotD: Seductive details

http://visuallearningresearch.wiki.educ.msu.edu/file/view/Harp+%26+Mayer+(1998).pdf Seductive details (unrelated, interesting facts) don't help students remember.

11/8/11 Gil's LotD crap: The Dandy Warhols

10/30/11 Gil's LotD: Twentieth Century Fox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUm8wtDQgTU The famous Twentieth Century Fox theme on a flute.

10/26/11 Gil's LotD: Nestorian Stele

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestorian_Stele The Nestorian Stele records the ancient history of Christianity in China. It was buried in 845.

10/14/11 Gil's LotD: Software complexity

http://mjg59.livejournal.com/136274.html A rant on the desire to create "lightweight" open source software replacements. I'm linking this in particular because "To a first approximation, when someone says "Lightweight" what they mean is 'I don't understand the problems that the alternative solves'." is an excellent quote and summary of the issue.

9/30/11 Gil's LotD: ResExcellence

http://www.resexcellence.com/ The long-defunct Mac website ResExcellence has returned with its old content. Back in the day this site had all kinds of information about the workings of Macintosh systems and I personally learned quite a bit from it in grade school and junior high. It certainly set me on the path that led me to learning everything I know about software. Although the current information is very outdated and they have no plans to resurrect posting I am very glad to see the site return to the web with all of its old information intact.

9/19/11 Gil's LotD: Inventables

http://www.inventables.com/ An online store to buy all kinds of cool little materials.

9/17/11 Gil's LotD: Imaginary numbers

http://betterexplained.com/articles/a-visual-intuitive-guide-to-imaginary-numbers/ An explanation of how imaginary numbers work as a rotation.

8/26/11 Gil's LotD: Software creation

http://www.panic.com/extras/audionstory/ The story of a has-been mp3 player for the Mac.

8/17/11 Gil's LotD crap: It's ok to not like things

8/15/11 Secret Bonus Gil's LotD: Vileplume's Place

http://dgilman.xen.prgmr.com/vp/ While digging around on an old hard drive I found my very first website. I've put it back up on the web unedited.

8/9/11 Gil's LotD: Cleveland

8/8/11 Gil's LotD: Uniqlock

http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/ The Uniqlock. Stop in at the top of the hour for a special clip.

7/30/11 Gil's LotD: Star Wars economics

http://www.overthinkingit.com/2011/04/25/star-wars-death-star-economics/ A look at the motivations and economics of the Death Star.

7/28/11 Gil's LotD crap: Balkan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIN8Cm5rYXY#t=5m35s I really, really don't know the context for this.

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