Welcome to the future with 50y old technology. There is an obscure emacs extension, swank js, that runs a nodejs daemon that speaks slime to emacs.
It allows you to work with js the same way you'd work with lisp, evaling lines or buffers into a live nodejs instance.
I use it (in combination with org-babel) to talk to live instances of remote services, to inspect data, experiment, but also as kind of an on-the-fly UI
It allows you to inject js into a browser as well, handy for js dev or even on the fly data scraping/web manipulation. Super useful yet not very well known.
you usually make an open fire, but sometimes you need a stove? you don't want to carry something heavy or something that uses weird fuel that you can't get everywhere?
alcohol stoves are great in general, and this one in particular: vargo decagon
It was a bit slow to prime (should get to a certain temperature before it starts shooting flames from the sides) but I deal with this by just covering the whole thing with alcohol setting it on fire, primes it immediately :D
(if you get a vargo triad, you should have an alcohol bottle with about 1mm nozle, it has just a tiny hole to fill it through)
you can also always make a DIY super cat or something on the cheap, and you should use a windscreen, these can be sensitive to wind. yes putting random stuff around is fine-ish, but those aluminum foldable ones are reliable, cheap and light.
Are you having trouble falling asleep during conversations?
Are you in a disco, finding in hard to focus on computer programming?
I have a solution for you, just pop one of these babies in. http://lesh.sysphere.org/dump/weirdforest.mp3
Its a sound that I made that I play when I need to focus and zone out. It has some rain, weird thunder, owls, someone shuffling sticks around and whale noises of course.
I guess it will sound a bit ominous at first but it grows on you
I feel like people aren't freaking out enough about how awesome it is that big universities are publishing their lectures online, some of my favorite ones are
I turned these into podcasts that you can download here
about behavioral biology letures, in order to fall in love with Sapolsky, check his short talk on toxoplasmosis parasite
Also, I think his lecture on biological underpinnings of religiosity that is a part of this course is not in the playlist, I think because its pretty controversial, you can find it as an old recording here
will add more stuff to this folder with time.
10$ power bank / battery charger combo that you can use for day to day stuff but also outdoors.
people often ask me why I own a drone, what is it for, and then half of the time they say that I could use it to record weddings and get some cash flowin'
If mention of recording weddings doesn't kill all my will for conversation, I'll say drones are so simple to make these days that I find it hard to justify not owning one. also, at the time there is no regulation and no one ever counts on you owning a flying robot, so its a sweet spot to own one. a drone is a flying sidekick, it can, in theory, do whatever a flying sidekick can do. it can enter through windows and steal jewlery with its tiny robot hands. Sounds ridicilous but technically it is not hard to do. In the following years we'll have to rethink space and what can be done, and before that happens, I get to be a kind of a superhero.
today, drones are very primitive. I'll fix some parts that I care about. and if I make anything useful, Im guessing drone related kickstarter projects would be welcome.
a few ideas,
few concrete things to work on, sorted by priority
this is a lot of work, but none of it is far fetched and all of this will be done soon, if not by me, then by someone else
if you care about this project, you can follow it at http://lesh.sysphere.org/tagcloud/personal_drone rss @ http://lesh.sysphere.org/tagcloud/personal_drone/rss.xml
I like creating and building things and I own a grappling hook. This site will be an partial dump of projects I work on and things I've written down.
I'm into evolvable programs, designs inspired by nature, philosophy, computer security - malware specifically, robots and such. I've worked as a software engineer and I've worked for artists on tech art pieces as that's more fun. These days I tend to travel so expect stories on hitchiking, stealth camping, urban exploration and nature.
Check out the tagcloud to find if there is something here that you care about.
First prototype in python, work in progress, I should think of more interesting project names.
an algoritmic music generator that interprets cellular automata as notes, its an alsa MIDI device.
Cellular automata rules are described by a simple RAM machine language and are evolved. There are some interesting things about the language itself, I'll post the details later.
Fitness function is a human clicking on "the nice ones".
a bunch of selfish prisoners having sex and mutating. WHOA. a very basic evolutionary algorithm, a last night's play.
Prisoner's dilemma is a scenario in a game theory (check it out if you don't know about it) its interesting to me in part because it explains human moral intuitions through a selfish evolutionary perspective, in other words, why people are generally nice to each other.
In the iterated prisoners dilemma the game is played repeatedly thus each agent has an opportunity to learn about other agents behaviours and potentially punish noncooperation. Cooperation may then arise as an equilibrium outcome.
I didn't get tit for tat which I originaly expected, nor did I manage to get any other cooperative equilibrium. cooperation does evolve, but it doesn't last, strange, I expected that cooperative species will raise and stay dominant as I enlarge the number of interactions before a step in the evolution. (its rational to be nice if you need to stick around) need to investigate and think about this some more.
I'll post more info and code later or never. screenshot and someone with a different approach and a spacial dimension.
After looking at the rorschach test, I wanted more. supirisingly, I couldn't find any rorschach generators online, so, python, tkinter and randomwalk with random size blobs and simmetrical reflection, I thought that some tweaking or more complicated algorithm would be needed but this works great.
click on a canvas for (re)generation.