Continuing to enjoy how straightforward, quick, and flexible it is to build small things with (and ). Seems in a sweet spot providing good developer and user experience.

Updating 20.04->20.10beta seems to have gone smoothly so far. The lack of drama nowadays is probably lulling me into a false sense of security.

I switched to an electricity provider that claims to be providing 100% renewable energy. So far no obvious change in smell or brightness of our (mostly) LED lighting.

nVIDIA has demonstrated very low bandwidth video conferencing by sending a keyframe, and then a stream of facial keypoints that allow a GAN to animate that face.

youtube.com/watch?v=NqmMnjJ6GE

Sometimes people don't understand why I chose to live in Japan, but then I show them innovations like these apple pie flavored instant noodles.

Ratheon Missiles & Defense just 'promoted' a tweet about the "AMRAAM missle." I can't decide whether I am more amused that they think I am in the market... or that they don't know what the final 'M' in AMRAAM stands for.

A couple of guys on Twitter have made @Atari8BitBot that will run BASIC programs you tweet at it in an Atari 800 emulator, and then reply with a movie of the result. Not a great debugging environment, but an amusing way to show off your retro skills.

I am pleased I can "attend" over the Internet for the next 3 days... but the 2300JST start time is challenging. I'll obviously have to forgo some of the live Q&A sessions.
euro.theforth.net/#euroforth-c @forth

_Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs_ (SICP) with Javascript, or as the authors subtitled their talk "Ketchup on Caviar?" source-academy.github.io/sicp/

I am enjoying this year's ICFP. The organizing committee have done a good job of putting it together in this new format and the nacent Clowdr platform has been behaving admirably. It is great that each track is repeated 12 hours later for those of us in Asia (and most authors turn up twice for Q&A.) I do miss the serendipitous social interactions. The video chat "social" breakout rooms aren't nearly as effective at random connections.

A stunning day in the midst of the rainy season prompted a morning bicycle ride along the coast.

Baseball season (well, yakyu season) finally starts tonight! Choice of 4 televised games (although one is in a rain delay, and another playing in pouring rain). But hey! Baseball!

I am saddened to learn of the passing of contributor Keith Lyons. Keith was the author behind the Sport Informatics and Analytics course (which I enjoyed even though it is well out of my areas of expertise). He was a dedicated blogger, OER contributor, and an interesting correspondent. keithlyons.me/blog/2020/05/14/

I enjoyed a pair programming session with a 12 year old girl halfway around the world, where we each learned something... lockdown doesn't stop picking up new skills. A fun alternative to more local frustrations.

Thanks to the Wellington VHF Group for holding their meeting online tonight... First time I have been able to "attend" a meeting in 2 years. vhf.nz/

Thanks to the Vienna (Virginia) Wireless Society amateur radio club for making their bimonthly meetings available on Zoom. viennawireless.net/wp/ @hamradio

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