Category Archives: Wild Card

Something interesting, but not necessarily typical on this blog.

The Computer Science Wizard Book…

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Date: November 29, 2022

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“This is the legendary “Wizard Book”. It is dedicated to the spirit which lives inside the computer. This book covers the fundamentals of computer programming using Scheme which is a dialect of Lisp. One of the coolest things about this book is that there are lectures online you can watch that follow the book. The lectures are given by the authors themselves and they are from the 1980’s.
The book is called Structure and Intepretation of Computer Programs and it was written by Harold Abelson, Gerald Sussman, with Julie Sussman

The Wizard Book: https://www.amazon.com/Structure-Interpretation-Computer-Programs-Engineering/dp/0262510871
The Lectures: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE18841CABEA24090
Installing LISP on Windows: http://www.iqool.de/lispstick.html

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What LEGO Didn’t Tell You…

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Date: November 28, 2022

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“In this video, we explore 10 fun facts about LEGO – from the orgins of the LEGO brick design to secret fun facts about LEGO minifigures! LEGO currently produces over 20 billion LEGO bricks every year, and a total of 400 billion LEGO bricks have been produced since 1958. Do you know what LEGO bought to celebrate the company’s 65th anniversary? Watch the entire video to find out and leave a LIKE if you enjoy!”

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All H.R Pufnstuf Songs…

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Date: November 26, 2022

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“0:00 Intro
1:48 Wish We Were Back Home
2:50 How Lucky I am
3:47 The Boyds
4:11 Pronouns
5:25 Oranges
6:27 Mechanical Boy
7:17 Campfire Grannies Little League
7:48 At The End of the Road
8:21 Day we gave wishes Away
9:17 Ice Cold lemonade
9:38 Beautiful
10:50 Moon Walk
12:03 Loneliest Witch in town
13:16 Your Face
14:07 Bundle of Sunshine
14:30 Pufnstuf For Mayor
15:21 Witchiepoo For Mayor
16:07 Horse That Always Gets The Girl
16:28 Outro/Credits”

Jack Wild was so cute!

It’s claimed he was seventeen when he did this show.

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A MEME Triggered an International Incident…

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Date: October 05, 2022

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“Bert is Evil. Bert is Evil. Bert is Evil. Fortunately, saying it three times doesn’t conjure Bert into your living room, but it does instil a sense of dread for anyone who witness Bert on the news, back in 2001, being paraded around in anti-American protests. But the story of Bert is Evil is much deeper than that, and begins way back in 1996 with FractalCow. So, let’s get stuck in.

Many thanks to Dino Ignacio for helping with this video.”

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Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 2022 – VCFMW17…

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Date: September 28, 2022

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“When I said goodbye to my friends after the 2019 Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, I had no idea that I wouldn’t be seeing them again for THREE YEARS. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 show was cancelled outright, and ongoing travel restrictions made my attendance in 2021 unfeasible. So it was with great excitement I returned for the 2022 show, which in one form or another has been an annual highlight for me since 1998. Join me as I take a tour around the show, meet some old and new friends, including some faces that will be familiar to many of you.”

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STAR TREK Recap: The Whole Story EXPLAINED…

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Date: July 30, 2022

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“Star Trek has a long, rich history spanning movies and television shows. After all, it’s the original cinematic universe. But it can be very overwhelming, trying to start watching this 55 year franchise. So we’ve compiled a recap of all things Star Trek, leading up to the beginning of Picard Season 2.

0:00 Star Trek, Explained
1:00 Ancient AI, Eugenics Wars, and World War 3
2:54 Zephram Cochrane, Vulcans, and Utopia
4:30 Star Trek: Enterprise and the Birth of the Federation
5:35 Discovery and the Klingon War
7:18 The Original Series, Kirk, Spock, and Khan
8:52 The Next Generation: Data, Q, and the Borg
11:36 Deep Space Nine
14:25 Voyager and Seven of Nine
15:30 Mars Attack and Romulan Supernova
17:31 Picard Recap

Star Trek Picard is about to debut it’s second season, after a couple years’ worth of COVID delays. So, maybe you forgot a lot of what happened in season 1.

Or maybe you’re a Star Trek novice, and you’re not sure where to begin in this nearly 60 year old cinematic universe. Or maybe you’re just like me, you love Star Trek, and you think it’ll be fun to relive the history and then nitpick in the comments with quotes from memory alpha.

Star Trek takes place in a Utopia 3 to 4 hundred years in the future, when humanity has finally sorted itself out and we’re exploring space. It’s a series about exploration, discovery, and believing in the best of humanity. This recap will try to cover the basics of all the main shows, while focusing on what you’ll need to know for Picard season 2.

So, eons ago, before humanity existed, a very powerful race of artificial intelligent beings moved 8 suns near one another, and left a message at the center. The message is intended for other artificial life forms, and basically said:

Hello, we are other super intelligent life forms from the distant past. If you ever want to, like, kill organic life forms or stuff, you should summon us. That would be cool.”

Let’s fast forward to the 1990s, when the timeline splits off from our own timeline. Genetic manipulation created a race of super-beings called the Augments, who rose up to conquer huge chunks of earth, kicking off the eugenics wars. Millions of people died, and humanity entered a new Dark age as one of these Augments, Khan Noonian Singh, conquered over a fourth of the planet. But humans fought back, overthrew Khan, and he fled earth with a bunch of his fellow supermen.

After this, wealth inequality choked the government, and the US forced people into slums called Sanctuary districts. In 2024 a riot broke out in San Francisco, dozens of people were killed, and this made people start focusing on actually improving the world instead of sweeping their poor people under the rug.

But, a couple years later that didn’t matter much, because world war 3 kicked off and lasted nearly 30 years, reducing huge chunks of the planet to radioactive waste.

Afterwards America was fractured into smaller firms, led by tyrants like colonel green. And then in the post atomic horror that followed, many societies were reduced to barbaric tribes that held witch trials

But then, from a small refugee camp came a rock n roll loving scientist named Zephram Cochran who invented warp travel, which allows you to travel faster than light.

IN the year 2063 his first flight caught the attention of some aliens who were passing by. They were called Vulcans, and they are a race that has expelled all emotion and operates slowly on logic. Except for like, once every seven years during the pon farr and then they fuck like people.

Thousands of years before the Vulcans had a civil war, where they split off from another group who became the secretive, emotional Romulan empire.

But back on earth, things are great. First contact with an alien race unites humanity, and people finally put aside weath, money, racism, and influencers to build a perfect society. Cochrane becomes a hero, and he gives a speech that’s a mission statement for space expiration.

Over the next 90 years, the Vulcans are very slow to share their technology with earth, until we get our shit together. Finally–in the year 2151–we created our first deep space ship, the Enterprise–with a Vulcan advisor on board. And there is a weird sexually tense massage gel scene in the first episode.”

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