May 2018 brain dump

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Yet another brain dump post (Jan 2018, May 2017, April 2017, March 2017 ). (brain dump: snapshot of the internal state of a knowledge database for transfer or archiving purposes)

  • An intro to pen plotters - Pen plotters are friendly robots from a not so distant past. They’re the missing link between pencils and laser printers… HackerNews
  • MountainMath Software - Lots of vancouver based data visualizations.
  • List of different types of word play
  • Cipher on the William and Elizebeth Friedman tombstone - At the very bottom of the tombstone, a simple epitaph, “Knowledge Is Power”. But actually not as simple as it appears
  • Becareful what you copy - Using Zero-width characters are invisible, ‘non-printing’ characters… Hackernews
  • LifeFaker - is a fictitious website where you can purchase social media packages to create a veneered filter of your life to present to others. Packages include: “Look At My Holiday And Cry”, “My Unachievable Body”, “I Just Happen To Live Here” and many more. Launch blob post
  • 9,096 Stars in the Sky - If you ever looked up into the night sky and asked yourself how many stars you could see, Maybe you said there must be millions of stars out there. A romantic idea but no. There is exactly 9,096 stars in the sky that are visible without magnification…
  • False Knees - A comic about birds. Quite good.
  • Dont Hit Save - A comic about programers trying to get out of work.


  • Bubble Blast - Kid friendly, bloon fighting, robot death match. Source
  • Donkey Car - An opensource DIY self driving platform for small scale cars. RC CAR + Raspberry Pi + Python (tornado, keras, tensorflow, opencv, …)

ESP8266 and ESP32

  • ESPEasy - The ESP Easy firmware can be used to turn the ESP module into an easy multifunction sensor device for Home Automation solutions like Domoticz. Configuration of the ESP Easy is entirely web based, so once you’ve got the firmware loaded, you don’t need any other tool besides a common web browser.
  • Favorite open source esp project - A list of user submitted ESP projects.


Vancouver, Canada

  • Heritage Horns - Heritage Horns sound the first four notes of our national anthem everyday at noon


  • Matthew Shlian - A paper artist that creates geomertry that extends out of the page. “The Process Series, a collection rooted in basic geometry and inspired by electronic music. His second series with Ghostly, The Tessellation Series, evokes the joy of improvisation, and hints at a wellspring of inspiring works to come.”

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