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.

The 2020 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) is live now on Zoom and YouTube. youtu.be/n9p0FpZkxE4
Schedule: tapr.org/2020-dcc-schedule/
@hamradio

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

Social Distance game, including Prime Minister Abe giving you 2 cloth masks: gamingchahan.com/mitsudesuengl @japan

Finally got serious about reorganizing my dotfiles mess using GNU Stow @linux

That time when you wonder if you should admit knowing Cobol, but are far enough from New Jersey that you don't have to worry about it. josephsteinberg.com/covid-19-r

Updated XLX936 (NZ) and XLX626 (JP). I've been using YSF->DMR, but now have the option using YSF directly.

Contributed to the (very ambitious) rooftop shack revitalization fund at the MIT UHF Repeater Assoc. w1mx.mit.edu/giving/

From a simpler time when carrying around surplus HT200s with rebuilt Ni-Cad packs made us nerds.

_Finally_ got around to uploading a couple of keys to keys.openpgp.org/ to simplify life for Enigmail-using correspondents.

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