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Stuff I say, conveniently accessible on the internet.

RSS: good and useful
14/05/2022
RSS/Atom are protocols for Internet-based newsletter/feed services. They're surprisingly well-supported and you should consider using them.
Site tech stack
24/02/2022
Learn about how osmarks.net works internally! Spoiler warning if you wanted to reverse-engineer it yourself.
Against the "Online Safety Bill"
19/08/2021
In which I get annoyed at yet more misguided UK government behaviour.
Other things you may like
17/11/2020
A nonexhaustive list of... content/media... which I like and which you may also be interested in as a visitor of my site.
'Problem Solving' Tasks and Computer Science
20/05/2020
Is solving Sudoku and similar puzzles by hand really useful in building computer science ability? We don't think so.
FTL tips
08/03/2020
We are not responsible if these tips cause your ship to implode/explode. Contains spoilers in vast quantities.
Not Everyone Must "Code"
09/02/2020
Why I think that government programs telling everyone to "code" are pointless.
New site design!
25/01/2020
It's slightly different now!
On Phones
24/01/2020
My (probably unpopular in general but... actually likely fairly popular amongst this site's intended audience) opinions on smartphones today.

Experiments

Various random somewhat useless web projects I have put together over many years. Made with at least four different JS frameworks.

Apioform Game
A game about... apioforms... by Heavpoot.
Arbitrary Points
Collect Arbitrary Points and achievements by doing things on this website! See how many you have! Do nothing with them because you can't! This is the final form of gamification.
AutoScorer
Automatic score keeper, designed for handling Monopoly money.
Colours of the Alphabet
Colorizes the Alphabet, using highly advanced colorizational algorithms.
Emu War
Survive as long as possible against emus and other wildlife. Contributed by Aidan.
Flying Thing
Fly an ominous flying square around above some ground! Includes special relativity!
FractalArt
A somewhat unperformant generator for pleasant watercolor-y "fractalart" images. Ported from a Haskell implementation by "TomSmeets".
GUIHacker
My fork of GUIHacker. Possibly the only version actually on the web right now since the original website is down.
Game of Life V2
Obligatory (John Conway's) Game of Life implementation.
Heavpoot's Game
It is pitch black (if you ignore all of the lighting). You are likely to be eaten by Heavpoot's terrible writing skills, and/or lacerated/shot/[REDACTED]. Vaguely inspired by the SCP Foundation.
Idea Generator
Generates ideas. Terribly. Don't do them. These are not good ideas.
IncDec
The exciting multiplayer game of incrementing and decrementing! No cheating.
Infipage
Outdoing all other websites with INFINITE PAGES!
JHLT
Tells you how late Joe's homework is.
Lorem Ipsum
Lorem Ipsum (latin-like placeholder text), eternally. Somehow people have left comments at the bottom anyway.
RPNCalc v2
A Reverse Polish Notation (check wikipedia) calculator, version 2. Buggy and kind of unreliable. This updated version implements advanced features such as subtraction.
RPNCalc v3
Reverse Polish Notation calculator, version 3 - with inbuilt docs, arbitrary-size rational numbers, utterly broken float/rational conversion and quite possibly Turing-completeness.
RPNCalc v4
Reverse Polish Notation calculator, version 4 - increasingly esoteric and incomprehensible. Contributed by Aidan.
Site Theming
Apply custom CSS to most pages on here.
Tic-Tac-Toe (4³)
Your favourite* tic-tac-toe game in 3 dimensions, transplanted onto the main website via a slightly horrifically manual process! Technically this game is solved and always leads to player 1 winning with optimal play, but the AI is not good enough to do that without more compute!
Websocket Terminal
Type websocket URLs in the top bar and hit enter; type messages in the bottom bar, and also hit enter. Probably useful for some weirdly designed websocket services.
Whorl
Dice-rolling webapp. Not very useful pending me writing a good parser.

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A Hare code generator for finding ioctl numbers

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via Drew DeVault's blog 14/05/2022
Your Book Review: Consciousness And The Brain

Finalist #1 of the Book Review Contest

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A Mechanism for SIDS?

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Using an RTL-SDR to Decode Broadcast FM RDS Data on Android

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via rtl-sdr.com 11/05/2022
The Aspirational Zombie.

Long-time readers of the ‘crawl might remember that I’ve never had much patience for the AI’s Just Wanna Live trope. I put my bootprint on it in my very first novel— “Expert defense witnesses, including a smart gel online from Rutgers, testified that neur…

via No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons 28/04/2022
Solving Tetris in C

Code » Exactly one of the following statements is true. In Tetris, you can always get at least one line before losing. In Tetris, a sufficiently evil AI can always force you to lose without getting a single line, by providing bad pieces. Which one? Prove it. T…

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