Music of the Day

“Moonmadness” by Camel.

Wow!  I had heard of Camel before, but this is the first full album I’ve listened to.  It will be in my collection as soon as I can conveniently arrange it 🙂 .  (Edit and I now have the CD!)  Solid prog rock in a fantastic style.  Well worth a listen, and stands up to repeated play.

There’s an Easter egg.  To find it, pretend you’re British while reading the track titles.

More details at Prog Archives.

Minimizing Collateral Damage

This cool article about how software engineer Thanassis Tsiodras rooted his Android tablet reminded me of some things I’ve been thinking about for a while.  We have spent decades learning how to minimize collateral damage in technology.  For example, on Thanassis’s tablet, getting shell access wasn’t enough because the SELinux configuration provided another line of defense.  Why haven’t we applied what we have learned in the tech space to the wider world?

The US elections are tomorrow.  No matter who wins, hundred of millions of people are going to be unhappy.  Let’s revisit how we can apply technological structures and design patterns (not technology itself, for once!) to minimize the collateral damage our leaders do.

I write this now so you’ll know it’s not sour grapes.  No matter who wins tomorrow, I will be working on this series.   Continue reading

@party 2016, or, What the bookmark said

The "Type Theory" bookmarks at @party 2016

The “Type Theory” bookmarks at @party 2016

I watched the stream of the compos at @party 2016 and enjoyed the video of Type Theory by nom de nom and Tymbeusz (YouTube).  Until now, though, I had no idea what the bookmarks looked like!  Thanks to jmph and the @party folks for putting a scan on  In case you don’t want to download the >20MB archive including the video, here’s the scan.  The NFO file is below.  The hand-written serial number on the bookmark is out of 64 they printed.



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Type Theory

 for @PARTY

nom de nom
 & Tymbeusz

Thanx Flourish

We printed @Party bookmarks on a c. 1895 letterpress with a 3" x 5"
 chaise: The Kelsey Excelsior. We used a well-known font, Goudy
 Old School. We did an edition of 1000000 bookmarks (in binary).
 The type was composed and set by hand, printed by hand, and the
 printed cards were cut into bookmark shape by hand.

Why no @ on the card? We didn't have that piece of type.