solarbird: (widow)

low light and normal light

Friends held a solstice party and traditionally it's held in the dark except for lights people bring, so I made hidden (in my cuffs) LED ultraviolet light emitters ("blacklight") and drank drinks mixed with tonic water so they would fluoresce.

Also I could point at things and they'd glow. (Sometimes.)

It's much more violet than it looks in these pictures, I'm not sure what's up with my camera making it so blue. But it might be because I see ultraviolet as, well, violet, but more.

(I'm always the one playing with UV at these things, because I'm the one who can actually see it. But everyone can see the other bits, and also, these LEDs also put out a bit of just straight up visible violet-range light, probably so people with conventional vision can see they're on.)

solarbird: (tracer)


Okay, just to catch everybody up...

Introducing two cartridges for the intel64 Cartridge Computing System. These are actually real and actually work. I had a problem to solve with a multiboot system and after a lot of other things did not work, I realised just using multiple physical SSD drives and an external eSata docking station that doesn't cost me any drive speed in actual use would solve it, in possibly the dumbest way possible.

And that's when I realised I had basically reinvented cartridges. Just, you know, dramatically better ones.

The rest, well... it kind of just happened. Because it had to.

Branding is a mix of Commodore 8-bit era fonts (because they had cartridges), Atari 8-bit fonts (particularly 2600 and 5200, also cartridges), Sega Genesis graphics layout (they did that L-of-colour thing), and an old lower-case i for iNTEL. It's 64 because this is x64 code, obviously, and the big rainbow logo comes from both Apple and Commodore of the cartridge era, with the middle bar in the old Atari logo changed into an i, for, of course, iNTEL.

(I have no idea why the orange came out red in that one photo. Same lighting, same series of shots, same everything. Phone camera is just off on its own, I guess.)

It is so stupid, and yet, it actually solves an actual work problem, and I am so pleased with myself about it. (⌒▽⌒)

solarbird: (banzai institute)


intel64 cartridge 1012 - series 1, cartridge 01, variation 2 (ubuntu with ardour)

the important thing to remember here is that I am actually solving an actual problem with this. well... okay, not with the labels. but by setting up my system this way. I AM SOLVING AN ACTUAL PROBLEM GODDAMMIT.

solarbird: From moongazeponies on deviantart (pony-pinkie-hax)
UPDATE 2018/12/4: QUESTION 1: Yes, this respects your colours; I just like green.

UPDATE 2019/2/6: QUESTION 2: Yes, this sat fallow for a while, but no longer. We have a second RC.

You Want Mobile Dreamwidth, Artie? You Got It.

Coexistence Alpha: a mobile-friendly CSS patchset for Neutral Good - v0.846 RELEASE CANDIDATE TWO

This is a fully-responsive mobile-ready theme modification layer intended to make Dreamwidth's default style fully functional on both mobile and desktop devices wherever it can be applied. Features include journal and reading pages with near-zero horizon scrolling on mobile, including in long comment reply cascades, and more-comfortable comment creation, including on iOS.

To install: Choose style "Neutral Good" for "Practicality" in the journal style selector. Copypasta all of the linked CSS into the Advanced Seettings Custom CSS box, and save. (This may require a desktop device.) Apply "your style" to everything you can.

This build includes Navbar 2, which is mostly cosmetic but somewhat mobile-aware upgrade of the Navbar.

Revision history and bleeding edge code (there may be an RC3) )
solarbird: (Default)
Coexistence Alpha has had no bugs reported externally for the last three code releases, and all internally-discovered bugs are resolved; the open bug count is zero; we are now officially in Beta 1.

If you are a Coexistence Alpha user, please upgrade to this version and report bugs! If you aren't: do you want mobile-friendly Dreamwidth? This is how to get it. Installation instructions and bug reporting belong at the link above. Thanks.
solarbird: From moongazeponies on deviantart (pony-pinkie-hax)
I just dropped Coexistence Alpha v0.82. If you are on Dreamwith on mobile, like, ever, you want this, because it makes it work.

Seriously, nested comment chains are trivially readable and replyable on mobile with this applied. Horizontal scrolling? I mock your horizontal scrolling. It honours user customisation through the settings panels now (including left and right user icon positioning, which the first alpha didn't) and I just dropped a bunch of Navbar 2 fixes for Android browers so hopefully that's better now too. And comment depth markers on mobile now work on comments without subject lines.

If I could just stick Navbar 3 on this, goddamn. But I can't, that requires more changes than I can do just in CSS.
solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)
You want mobile Dreamwidth, Artie? You got it.

The base style REQUIRED is Neutral Good. That's the default "new user" style and is why I went at that one first. This is an extension (and something of a rewrite) of that style, entirely in CSS. It fixes many bugs on desktop, and gives you a functional mobile view of your reading list and your journal. It makes NO attempt to address system style issues on mobile.

The CSS overlay which you need to copy and paste into the "custom css" pane of the advanced style customisation interface is here:

This will ALSO get you Navbar 2, the upgrade of Navbar I've been running for a while. (Yes, you can still disable it.) It will NOT get you Navbar 3, so you won't have the mobile version you see in the screenshots in my previous post. But the navbar will be better looking on desktop, and no worse on mobile.

THIS IS AN ALPHA RELEASE, only tested so far against Safari and Firefox. Please report bugs.

(Except for the one where replying to an extant comment in single-entry view causes iOS to autozoom still. I know about that one and I'll fix it. But other than that. Comments are particularly rough at the moment tbh.)

eta: Version 0.7 alpha replaced with version 0.8 alpha, same link. Abovementioned bug fixed, several other bugs fixed, more cleanup, vitally improved handling of cascading comment threads on mobile, a few other things.
solarbird: (Default)

And will get broken as I continue to fuck with it. But still. Everything but Navbar 3 is real and live; these are otherwise-unedited iPhone screencaps.

User Logged In, User Panel, Mobile

User Logged In, Location Panel, Mobile

User Logged In, Find Panel, Mobile


Apr. 26th, 2017 12:18 am
solarbird: justice rains on your face (pharah)
Looks like Navbar version 3 might get fast-tracked. Mobile and desktop both. Might even be in next Monday's news post. Excellent.
solarbird: (vision)
Navbar 3.1 for Desktop.

Both of these include first drafts of design/guideline docs.
solarbird: (ART-gonzo)
I've given mobile navbar some more thought. Welcome to Navbar 3.1 for mobile: now with swipe chevrons and better previous/next spacing, but without up arrows anymore because they couldn't be made to fit. Also a completely different login bar which will pop up dialogues because the more desktop-like one simply did. not. work. and never would. BUT: it's zero additional clicks as specced.
solarbird: (ART-gonzo)
I've made the navbar less hideous via a lot of CSS hackery on my personal style. This has also been thrown at Denise because they agree Navbar Needs Work.

A/B comparison (another journal, current navbar vs. my style applied navbar)

Navbar, journal view

Navbar, reading page

Here's the DW custom stylesheet I wrote to do it. This has only been tested on Firefox and Mobile Safari, but I'm not doing anything super-surprising so I don't anticipate a lot of problems? But the navbar is mostly made with tables (kill me) so my CSS has to work with that which can produce some creaky results.
solarbird: (korra-wha)
We Don't Know How To Do Modernism Yet, circa 1920:

This is a gloriously ugly building; I hope it burned down.
solarbird: (korra-excited)
During the 1990s, between episodes of Doctor Who, KBTC would air various shorts, plus Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler (or Star Gazer, depending upon the year).

My favourite of these interstitial shorts was something called Computer-Home - or as we called it, Spider Chip 68000 - a bit of French computer animation that came out of nowhere, as far as we were concerned. And it wasn't ever online that I could find, until my housemate found it on one of his old VHS tapes!

So of course I ripped it and put it on YouTube:

But! I did that a year ago. The NEW surprise is that somebody else has posted the original French version!

And it's a much better transfer, even if you don't speak French. :D

So now you can relive your 1990s Doctor Who on KBTC fandom. Enjoy!
solarbird: (molly-happy)
There is a 10th Anniversary site up for the animated series, Molly Star-Racer/Oban Star-Racers; it's mostly in French (and a little Japanese) but there is lots of art posted, including the highest-resolution copy of the pilot/teaser that I've seen in years:

I loved that show. <3 You know how there's this one song that I keep using when posting test pictures of speakers? Play the French/Japanese end credits that are up on this site. Now you know.
solarbird: (Lecturing)

I’m making a backdrop! Not for the big show Friday evening, but for Conflikt opening ceremonies a few hours beforehand. What it’s specifically for will have to wait until then, of course – but I can say it’s Vaudeville-style, for foreground-style action. Which is part of why it’s so painterly. Those backdrops tended towards that sort of treatement.

Oh, and here’s a short follow-up to that pickup build report from last week: I’m going to have to redo the piezo disc. I wasn’t able to make a clamping solution work, and I’m hoping that a clean disc will pickup the low-end frequencies without so much fiddling. Fingers crossed!

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solarbird: (Lecturing)

Anna has been rebuilding the website of a science-fiction club we were in when we met, back when I was out east for school. The club is still around, meeting monthly, doing things, but their website – which we’ve been hosting – was still pretty firmly stuck in 2001 – at best – so Anna has been throwing everything into a more modern WordPress environment.

They’ve had this old logo – their club name (LexFA) in a state-of-Kentucky graphic – but countries and territories, being irregularly-shaped blobs, are not exactly a design element, and there wasn’t really a place for it in the new site. So I decided to play with it to see what could be done, grabbed some NASA starfield and nebula imagery, and came up with something kind of interesting. (The star with the points is both in the original NASA photo and locates the club.) But it’s still pretty useless as a standalone element, even with added text.

So I started poking around with it as a background element, and, with translucency, realised I could take advantage of LCD screen technology to do something kind of cool.

I can’t screencap the result, since the effect relies on the way LCDs physically work. But I can photograph it, even if the photography introduces moiré patterns which aren’t visible to the eye.

Here’s what a typical page looks like, looked at straight on, or from higher than the screen – the usual screen arrangement:

Normal view

And here’s what it looks like if you tilt the screen (or laptop) back, or just look at the screen from below. Again, that’s minus the moiré pattern seen here, which is purely a camera artefact and not visible to the eye.

The Kentucky has you, Neo

Once you know the graphic is there, you can see it at the normal angle too, but it doesn’t get in the way. And it fades to black as you go down from the header – the version I actually have online has more stars below the state outline, and fades to black, so I don’t have to tile anything.

I’m pretty sure the only time anyone will notice – if then – is if they put their laptop down on a table in front of them and then lean back in their chair or on a couch.

Anyway, it’s kind of a silly trick, and will be less and less effective as LCD technology continues to improve. But it’s fun for now. ^_^

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solarbird: (molly-oooooh)



This is The House that Calculus Built and it is wonderful. And though they aren’t using the word, it is brutalist as all fuck. Look at all that raw exposed concrete! Look at all that exposed bare metal and glass and stone. Look at all those repeating patterns and curved, plastic forms. Look at the exterior massed forms, particularly in the front. Look at WATER AS A GODDAMN DESIGN ELEMENT AND NOT DECORATION. (Again, watch the video at the link for that, and also look at the stairs inside the water I AM DYING here.)


Seriously, this is what happens when you do brutalism the right way instead of as an excuse to throw up a bunker building on the cheap. I am crying a little it is so beautiful.

h/t Yvonne Pawtowski on Google+

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solarbird: (ART-gonzo)

I haven’t posted many leaf pictures lately, but I took a couple recently that I liked. Here’s one that really needs to be seen bigger – click on it to go to the large version on Flickr.

Have fun with Halloween!

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