distinctly pink

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the world is full of amazing people saying amazing things. here are some of my favourites.

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max bernstein's site has some really good articles. he seems to have a particular interest in compilers and lisp, and has done two great series on writing a lisp which combine those two things.

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jake bauer has a well designed website and has written a lot of interesting articles about software minimalism and related topics.

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jehanne is a simple operating system somewhat inspired by plan9.

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various articles, usually pretty long, on unix and software simplicity. i particularly liked the article "history and effective use of vim".

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articles on the importance of simplicity in software.

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thoughtful articles on all sorts of topics.

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the design of this site is very interesting, and the content doesn't disappoint either. discussions on the problems that come with society's insistence that throwing technology at a problem will fix it.

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generally longer-form pieces on emacs and alternative systems.

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amusing semi-nihilistic programming posts.

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jesse, aka m455, is a technical writer from canada! they have a lot of similar interests to me and are one of the most enthusiastic and friendly people i've discovered online. they're frequently on tilde.town so i totally recommend joining just to say hi :)

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an in-depth but easily followable piece on how to use common lisp to build an actual packaged shell application.

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a very interesting article about embracing default settings rather than spending forever modifying and creating more esoteric systems tailored to oneself. i don't necessarily agree with what's being said, in particular the fact that default settings (such as qwerty) are often less-than-ideal, but the general concept resonates.

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a reading list of papers documenting alternative computer architectures which aren't von neumann descended. thank you cornell.

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documenting the complex relationship between humans and psychoactives. this site is really interesting to get lost in, reading people's experiences with different substances.

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the rainbow family is a "non-organization of non-members". the site has some good information on alternative living.

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a really nice resource which just documents ways to do things in common lisp. it's an easier place to check than the hyperspec if what i'm looking for is a bit more abstract.

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looks like it has some cool features that i want to play with.

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russ williams' website has a lot of content, on language and boardgames. it doesn't seem to have been updated for a while, but that's okay because there is still loads to explore.

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sitelen sitelen is a non-linear hieroglyphic writing system for toki pona, inspired by mayan hieroglyphs. visually it is stunning. this page holds the tutorial for learning the system, as well as links to where it has been used.

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what would happen if toki pona was expanded to work as an international auxiliary language? maybe something like toki ma.

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this website seems to be primarily the work of a single person, who has documented the evolution and context behind chinese characters. it's really interesting even if you're not learning chinese, and helpful if you are.

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an amusing piece on how german grammar concepts map to programming concepts. i like the bit that says not to try and tranlaste german prepositions into english because they just don't work.

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this is a fun channel where some people go around the streets in germany and ask random people questions.

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advice and links to resources for learning german.

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this seems really exciting to me. it's couchsurfing but for esperanto speakers. i'm never going to use airbnb, but the smaller target audience of pasporta servo makes me feel like using it i'd be safe.

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lojban is a constructed language. really it's at the complete opposite end of constructed languages i'm interested in, but i really like this overview anyway. it's well written enough that i could get a shallow understanding of how lojban works.

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this is cool. it's a nested list of languages by genealogical classification.

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you know when you read a word a load of times in an instruction book or something, and it loses all meaning? or when you say something so much that the word sounds wrong? turns out there's a word for that.

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an interesting article on the gopher protocol and how it got beaten out by the world wide web.

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a search engine where links are manually submitted. there's a fair amount of spam, but it's still pretty fun.

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a website directory. good for finding quality (or just interesting) sources on particular topics.

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ever wondered what it'd be like if instead of having one virtual tape in brainfuck, there were infinite? if this project is anything to go by, it looks like it'd make it possible to write a text adventure game in the language!

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an operarating system based on the my little pony franchise. it is not a linux distribution, rather being based on toaru os which is an os written from scratch.

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it's inactive now, but still written in a great style, and has lots of interesting software that i'm not going to check out because i'm trying to stop procrastinating in that way now.

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