The Man Who Knew Infinity

Via Wikipedia:

The Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 British biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel. The film stars Dev Patel as the real-life Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G. H. Hardy (played by Jeremy Irons).

(use-package smartparens-config :ensure smartparens)

If you utilize use-package to install smartparens and require smartparens-config then do it like this:

(use-package smartparens-config :ensure smartparens)

This week I migrated to use-package and configured it incorrectly with something like this:

(use-package smartparens :ensure t :config (require 'smartparens-config))

Big giveaway: single-quote and backtick don’t work correctly in strict mode! There are a lot of explanations of how to “fix this issue”. It isn’t an issue with smartparens. This is how I got it wrong; very easy mistake to make.

A FORTH on a TV Dream Machine

The desire to build my own personal computer has been growing. My requirements are non-existent. That has never stopped anyone before, right? Not going down to the silicon, it seemed the making it inexpensive and FORTH driven would be the best approach. Using nothing more than a television and a keyboard also seemed like a great idea. Everything else would be a distraction. Anything costing much would be a barrier. Tonight I came upon the FIGnition FUZE. This is my and surely your FORTH on a TV dream machine!

FIGnition FUZE is the definitive £20 educational DIY computer! It works like an 8-bit home Micro: outputting to composite video and ready to be interactively programmed from the moment you switch it on. FUZE now has bitmapped graphics; sprites, sound and audio saving/loading as well as 8Kb of RAM; 384Kb of storage; an 8-key keypad and runs a variant of FIG-Forth. It uses USB for power; firmware upgrades and program downloads.

Just read “What Can It Do?” and you will be drooling. Faster than every 80s box ever? Yes. External flash appears as re-usable disk? Yes. Graphics? Yes. Audio system for loading/saving data? Yes. The list goes on.

This is the vintage FORTH box that you have wanted to build all these years even though you didn’t know it!

For Sale: Symbolics MacIvory

Are you the only kid who learned about artificial intelligence in the 80s from the film WarGames? Probably not. Would you like to play a game, though? You still can. Pick up a piece of history here. Very very cool. Consciousness expanding when you realize that this dev tech was around in the 80s, long before it would appear in the mainstream.