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fdisk Fred's digital garden and personal site. He's an interesting guy and his site reflects that. Topics include: tabletop RPGs, forgotten board games, video game development, print-making and sculpture personal, art, tech Added by reed

Inigo Quilez This is the website of a brilliant graphcs and demoscene programmer, and one of the creators of shadertoy. There are a lot of clever algorithms and tricks in here, especially for fullscreen-quad/shadertoy style demos. blog, tech, graphics, math Added by benjamin

Mechanical Sympathy A blog about performant software engineering on modern hardware. The absolutely miraculous performance improvements in computer hardware over the past few decades have been almost completely almost entirely cancelled out by inefficient software. This blog explains many of the the performance properties and quirks of modern hardware in order to build software that actually takes advantage of it. blog, tech, programming, performance Added by benjamin

~jart Jart's homepage. Lots of cool projects here but especially of note are cosmopolitan libc and αcτµαlly pδrταblε εxεcµταblε which both are projects that let you compile C once and run it anywhere. C is finally truly portable. tech, programming, c Added by uelen

Matt Phar's blog The blog of Matt Phar, one of the authors behind the computer graphics textbook 'Physically Based Rendering, From Theory to Implementation', which goes into detail on the implementation of an educational renderer, pbrt. His blog contains some articles about solving specific graphics problems, as well as longer series. The series about the development of th e ispc compiler, and rendering the Moana Island dataset with pbrt are particularly interesting. blog, tech, graphics, math Added by benjamin

XXIIVV - the wiki of Devine Lu Linvega Half of the dynamic duo that runs Hundred Rabbits (also on Terra), Devine Lu Linvega runs this wiki. Lots of really cool projects documented here, as well as information about Devine, their research and music, and the 33 foot sailboat they travel the world on. personal, exocortex, wiki, tech, design, art Added by reed

The Codeless Code An independently created collection of koans, related to but distinct from The Rootless Root. These are illustrated, and occasionally violent, in a "Kill Bill" kind of way. Mostly covering "The Art and Philosophy of Software Development" tech, pedagogy Added by reed

The Rootless Root The Unix Koans of Master Foo. These are written in the style of Zen Koans, but relate to Unix precepts. From the webpage of Eric S. Raymond, co-founder of the Open Source Initiative. unix, tech, hackers, pedagogy Added by reed

Ian MacLarty An Australian game developer, Ian MacLarty develops awesome, small, and experimental games. Check out his Itch.io page to browse and play a few. He also produces the open source Lua framework Amulet. personal, tech Added by reed

The Webb Blog The blog of Anthony Paul Webb, a software architect, the articles here are really fascinating. Of particular interest are the articles on operating system UI - so much of the commentary on operating systems is focused on the underlying technical debates (microkernel vs. monolithic kernel, permissions systems, sandboxing, etc). This is a refreshing change, and it doesn't hurt that the writing is good. personal, blog, tech, user interface Added by reed

evilsocket The blog of Simone (different than simone.computer I believe) a self-taught programmer with an interest in security. Some awesome articles and projects, including the amazing Pwnagotchi, an automated wifi deauther with a cute face and a personality. Unfortunately it appears that Simone is taking a break to focus their efforts elsewhere but hopefully soon they return to publishing their awesome content. blog, personal, open source, tech Added by reed

Hundred Rabbits The creators of some totally FASCINATING software, Hundred Rabbits is a studio run by a duo consisting of a cartoonist/writer and a programmer/musician. Together, they travel the world in a small sailboat, building fascinating experimental software focused on self-reliance. personal, computers, boats, open source, design, sustainability, web, hacking, art, tech Added by reed

href.cool A web directory, run by Kicks Condor (see below for their website.) A beautifully simple site tracking things that appeal to Kicks Condor's peculiar and wonderful style. web, culture, art, hackers, tech, personal, media, design, retroweb, directory Added by reed

~gwern The Website of Gwern Branwen - this is a fascinatingly complex personal site/wiki, with extensive writing on a variety of topics. Worth it just for looking at the beautiful web/graphic design. Also a great example of a minimalist and fast site that still has all kinds of interface niceties like link previews and drop capitals. personal, blog, design, tech, hackers, journal, web, culture Added by reed

Habitat Chronicles A blog site ran by the creators of Habitat. Covers random technical work, MMOs, and other varied topics blog, mmo, tech Added by uelen

the textfile directory A collection of plain-text files, primarily from the mid-1980s, when person-to-person-via-computer communication happened almost exclusively in plain text. Think of these as the original memes, before computers were good at sending and displaying graphics. See the Top 100 to get a sense of what kind of material is here. retrocomputers, culture, literature, tech, computers, hackers Added by reed

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