@BadAtNames There is @wildflowersbot --- I just want to see how it works by recreating similar thing (possibly without the whole bot part).

So I'm somewhat moderately motivated. And since povray seems to be well designed, and documented doing it is more fun than chore.

Still 50% chance I'll drop it ;)

So povray is seriously fun, well documented thing.

If you want introduction to 3d programming, povray is probably the way to go.

It's the same image as previously, but now I understand the coordinate system, and to prove it I put spheres in the corners of the height field.

I'm starting to think that all 3d API's are garbage (or ta least their documentation is garbage).

Or rather --- trying to do hobby project that something interesting with 3d is super-hard with exisitng 3d API.

However there is povray, a raytracer that is not younger than me, which is super easy, has super clean documenation, it's own DSL for describing the scene.

Doing the below took me 3 minutes (using the tutorial). And I'm a way further than in any other API's after couple of hours each.

So on hacker news there is a discussion on Mastodon.

And its like: "ignore instances on joinmastodon.org cause CENSORSHIP".

What is wrong with these people?

Also some of them want to have non-alt-right free-speech zone.

@e8johan I don't have any research articles, but there are media publications.

@e8johan afair bitcoin was order of magnitude of percent of world power usage. Or smaller developed countries

SFFBookClub sept. suggestions // Walkaway // The Dispossessed 

@naga @rabbithearth I wanted to reread it after Walkaway. They tell the same story essentially (anarchistic utopia broken from capitalistic regime), however Walkaway is based on technological breakthrough, and The Dispossessed on philosophical one. (although if you read into Walkaway there is underlying philosophical breakthrough too, but only hinted on a side conversation).

@wildflowersbot there is this bot. I wanted to recreate randomized landscapes similarly to it in Python and blender.

And boy blender has awful API. After a half day of work I managed to have a mesh where I can update the Z coordinate of each point.

If I don't forget next weekend I might have a hilly landscape.

More probable however I'll get a recommendation of program with better api and start from scratch.

COVID (-, not personal) 

@jake I'll be having garden party today. Meeting limited number of people in a garden should be reasonably safe (assuming that people I meet with are also reasonable).

Taking into account all other precautions I still should be safer than average person in Poland (i.e. not commuting to work).

A memory called empire won Hugo award this year. We read it on the !

SFFBookClub sept. suggestions 

@rabbithearth @naga

I nominate "The Dispossessed" by Ursula K. Le Guin. Its a story of anarchistic ambiguous utopia built by people that run away from oppressive capitalistic regime.

Inheritance by N.K. Jemisin (minor settign spoilers) 

There is also huge redemption arc there.

So it's a romance, but there is more to it.

Highly recommend.

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Inheritance by N.K. Jemisin (minor settign spoilers) 

I read the Inheritance cycle by N.K. Jemisin recently. (We read another book by this author)

You can read this as a romance book.

However I read it as another take on Octavia Butlers major theme --- humanity dealing with non-human (I mean mostly Xenogenesis cycle).

Also you can read this as story of fanatical facist regime, where everybody is unhappy (including actual fanatical facist establishment).

uspol, drumpf, putin, crimea mention 

@wolf480pl @rysiek afaik they do have no identification... (official reason is due to doxxing).

@BadAtNames when I taught students pipes, I shown them tar | gzip instead of cryptic tar invocation that does both things.

@deshipu The problem with the alternative (initd I suppose) is that then defaults are not easy, and when you need something else, you are probably not in a much better place (you might argue that systemd does not enable you do do thing A, however you'd need to show that in your case initd is actually better).

Very similarity I enjoyed Kubernetes (on Google Cloud). Some config, a docker container and my service was rock solid. All updates to the underlying systems were 100% automated, and I could literally forget about the service and it would just do it's thing.

Sadly k8s on every other provider infra was, well garbage, if I wanted to manage my own fronted nginx server I could just set stuff up directly (and yes when I checked only GKE had managed well documented, easily configurable load balancing)

I actually enjoyed systemd. I get the criticisms, but the critics don't really propose an alternative.

Having a service definition in plain configuration file, over a bash script is great.

Timers are also strictly better than cron (you can define what to do if you "every minute" timer takes more than one minute).

Polish Politics 

So the regressive candidate won to non-regressive one.

The party of the non-regressive candidate (and friendly mainstream media) obviously blame everybody but the before mentioned party for the defeat.

Not the total lack of campain in smaller towns (like I'm living in), only leaflet I got was sent by their opponents.

And we are left with couple of more years of sliding into catholic-facist regime.

@KrzysiekJ razem krytykowało zapisy w kodeksie pracy o tym że pracodawca może określić miejsce wypoczynku dobowego i jego czas. Tej sprawy z pielęgniarkami nie kojarzę, ale po prostu jestem nie w obiegu politycznym teraz.

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