Bookmarks for July 20th through July 21st

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 20th from 09:15 to 22:58:

  • Dell Precision 690 upgraded to Precision T7400 Motherboard | NAND-Hate
  • Pitch Dark : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive – Pitch Dark is a frontend for exploring and playing Infocom text adventures on an 8-bit Apple II.
  • Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump – Rolling Stone – You may have heard there’s a lot of television being made right now. (Something something Peak TV.) Those shows need people to create and run them, and the demand for folks who’ve done those jobs outstrips the supply. On top of that, one way TV execs are trying to break though the cluttered programming environment is with flashy, high-concept work that can more easily get attention rather than “here’s a really well-executed variation on a thing you’ve seen three dozen times already.” Together, this means that a lot of shows are in the hands of screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, etc. with little to no prior time on a TV writing staff. They may have a great initial idea; they may even be able to stretch that out over 10-13 hours (even if you can acutely feel that stretch by the fifth or sixth episode). But they don’t necessarily know the art of seeding your first season with ideas that can bloom in your second, or just not burning through too many story and character points too quickly. TV isn’t “movies, but longer” – and a lot of shows are in the hands of people who never learned that.
  • Tierra y libertad – “Wait, don’t tell me. The blockchain they developed to track the uranium suddenly developed sentience, and your agency is the only thing keeping us meatsacks from being turned to glass.” – cracking SF from Madeline Ashby again.
  • UK intelligence and police using child spies in covert operations | UK news | The Guardian – “Home Office correspondence with the committee, published in the report, suggests children are not only used to furnish the police with information, but are also assigned to collect information on behalf of agencies.”