New blog post: A status update on the HPSS-Disassembly project. terinstock.com/post/2022/05/HPSS-Disassembly-Progress-Report-May-2022/
In case anyone needs a quick and dirty way to dither images, try `mogrify -path dithered/ -resize 12% -colors 16 -dither FloydSteinberg -modulate 100,200 *` (takes all images in current directory and puts dithered images into a `dithered/` directory)
Also worth noting that I typed up a couple of them on my Commodore and they are confirmed for nifty! Never amazes me what amazing little programs can fit onto an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper
In the age of the Commodore, 3-2-1 Contact, ostensibly a magazine aimed at children, published a series of pretty rad BASIC programs to be typed into #commodore #atari or other #retrocomputing machines. I've put together a somewhat searchable PDF of the old scans my dad had in his archives here: https://nullbrook.org/archive/books/321ContactBasicTraining/321ContactBasicTraining/321ContactBasicTraining.pdf but you can seek out the sections yourself in full color here: https://archive.org/details/321contact
Bonus close-up of the flowers. Bees love them! But they look sorta silly next to the white roses from the garden
Finally, on a somewhat tangential note: they recommended mowing only part of the cover crop at a time, allowing beneficial, predatory insects to move their homes nearby so that they can take care of aphids attacking the crop to be planted in the mowed section. Similarly, they had a row of flowers at the edge of each field to benefit pollinators and predatory insects (4/4)
While this process doesn't kill all weeds-- some seeds need sunlight to germinate or are very patient, it takes care of 90% of the weeds in the field. Dealing with weeds is easiest before planting and saves having to work the fields during the hottest months of the growing season (3/?)
Their cover cropping process looks like this:
1. Mow down the cover crop in the field
2. Irrigate the field
3. Cover the field in an opaque tarp, thus creating a moist, nutrient rich environment for desirable micro-organisms and encouraging germination of most weed seeds
4. Wait a couple of months in the winter, or a couple weeks in the summer, then remove the tarp
5. Lightly till with a rake or harrow
6. Amend with compost as needed
A local tuber farm that shared this method of soil preparation and weed control: occultation. As opposed to solarization, an opaque tarp rather than a translucent tarp is used to kill any potential weeds. The intention is to prevent any germinating weeds from receiving sunlight-- weakening them rather than burning them up in solarization. This means it can be applied in cool weather as well as prevents beneficial organisms from being killed in the heat of solarization. #permaculture (1/?)
The white flowers of this mock orange actually look pretty decent on this trellis. The smell is incredible and the pollen even more so. #florespondence
Delighted by Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, an early collection of nursery rhymes. The British Museum has made part of it available online. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/tommy-thumbs-pretty-song-book In addition to the humorous prose there's this little advertisement on the last page. "Tired of beating your children? Try teaching them some naughty rhymes!" #books #history
The process still is a bit more involved than I'd like, as I need to create an SVG file myself in which I mark the regions that are different, but that's something I can probably automate further down the line.
I'll first probably want to add a counter that indicates how many differences are still to be found, and to show an animation and/or sound when all have been found. :)
(As well as a loader for different source images, which I also need to find and/or create. ;))
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