A version of Lode Runner, done in HTML5, and better yet — here’s a strategy guide: “You can use enemies’ heads as stepping stones, even when they are falling.” The Cassini probe approaches its death on Saturn, and is taking gorgeous “ring grazing” shots. This woman discovered the greenhouse-gas effect 1856, but her contribution (the original here) was forgotten. “Literai” is a website that publishes AI-authored fiction, and has docs on how to generate your own. Behold a credit-card-sized synthesizer you can fit in your pocket. Bold.io is like Medium, except with anonymity, and background sounds (“a cafe in Paris”; “a relaxing storm”) for while you write. This device turns butter into mist; migod, what it must be like to clean the inside after a few months …

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  1. Ken Knudson

    What a hoot — a two-week programming course to fry eggs! And they had this relic monitoring temperatures in a nuclear reactor until 2000?!?! I don’t know if I should be glad they replaced it or worried about the people in charge of replacing it…

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    1. Clive Post author

      I will check those out! I am generally a fan of crazy kitchen tech. The kitchen — and food preparation in general — are one of those domains of everyday life that attract totally nutso gadgetry. There’s something about the organizational dictates of cooking (a task that requires careful measurement, precise timing, and recall of complex instruction-sets) that makes it tailor-made for moonshot-class computational horsepower.

      Indeed, in the early days of computers, you’d often see a dialogue like this:

      COMPUTER HYPESTER: One of these days, every home will have a computer in it!
      SKEPTIC: Eh, I doubt it. What the heck would anyone need a personal computer for? What data does someone have that needs processing, sorting, storing?
      COMPUTER HYPESTER: Uh … recipes! Housewives will use them to store recipes!

      I’m thinking in particular of the Honeywell 316, an experimental computer made in 1969 that was designed for this purpose — but was hilariously unusable, since it required cooks of the era to read the recipes out in binary, via a series of blinking lights.

      The Wikipedia entry on the Honewell 316 is pretty delightful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeywell_316

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