Room 208

Elaborate Burn

Posts from August 2013

Dichotomy Moves to GitHub

Because that’s where all the cool kids are, you know.

Kowloon Walled City Rebuilt in Japan

David Gilbert takes us around a recreation of the (in)famous city-within-a-city, the brainchild of Japanese artist Taishiro Hoshino.

Did you know you can put (almost) arbitrary data into a WAV file’s PCM stream? It’s true, and the results sound as mechanical and unlistenable as you might expect. In the spirit of the old Everything2 node “catting weird things to /dev/audio”, here’s how I created this:

$ curl -s | \
  ffmpeg -codec:a pcm_s16le -f s16le -ac 2 -i - -f wav output.wav

A breakdown of the above FFmpeg invocation:

As is my usual admonition, don’t do this.

Tumblr's Markdown Link is a Lie!

TL;DR: If you want endless footnote salad and breadsticks, Tumblr’s Markdown parser supports that. As well as a lot of other things.

Dichotomy 2.4

The latest version of Elaborate Burn’s custom theme contains fixes for display on mobile devices, which were made necessary by Tumblr’s continuing insistence on making its branding more intrusive. Lovely.