The Vim-Inspired Editor With a Linguistic Twist →

Whereas vi’s keystroke language follows verb-object order, Kakoune inverts that by following object-verb order. In real terms, that means you make a selection (object) before deciding what to do (verb) with it. The object might be a character, word, sentence, paragraph, parenthetical, regular expression, you name it; the verb might be delete, yank (copy), change, indent, or even transformative operations like lint, format, uppercase, etc. In Kakoune, it is with this reversed grammar, this postfix notation, that you interactively sweep up a group or groups of characters before acting on them. That way if your object isn’t quite right, you can immediately correct it without having to undo and redo your verb.

See also: Kakoune, the Text Editor I Didn’t Know I Needed, for instructions on using Kakoune on MacOS, and Why Kakonue, by developer Maxime Coste. → is not a social network it is one tiny totally standard unix computer that people respectfully use together in their shared quest to build awesome web pages.

I’ve been poking around today. It’s good fun, the users are friendly and helpful, and there’s a very active mailing list.

I couldn’t quite work out what it’s actually for when I first logged in – turns out it’s just a shared server, with a tilde domain for your personal home page, plus a big community of people (well, men, mostly) who miss the old web.

Oh, and it’s a gopher server too. Here is my gopher hole: gopher:// (also available on the web).

If you like the sound of it, public sign-ups re-open on September 20th.

Perfume Gun

A tiny bejeweled pistol viewed from the side. It has a red handle, blue barrel and intricate gold details.

A tiny bejeweled pistol viewed from the barrel end, with a red handle, blue barrel and intricate gold details.

A tiny bejeweled perfume gun! Seriously. Circa 1804-1808, it’s a miniature flintlock pistol automaton made of gold and enamel with split pearls, and lovely little cased panels on each side depicting a hare and a hound.

The automaton mechanism sprays out perfume from a central gold rose when the hammer and trigger are struck. There’s also a watch concealed in the barrel of the gun, because of course there is.

From Monica McLaughlin’s antique jewelry newsletter, Dearest.

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Inside the ILFORD Factory →

Take a look inside the HARMAN technology factory in Mobberley, England where we manufacture the ILFORD and Kentmere ranges of black and white film, photographic paper and chemicals.

From emulsion making, R&D and coating to finishing, quality control, warehousing and distribution, for the first time ever we are officially taking you behind the scenes at ILFORD Photo to show how your favourite black and white analogue products end up in the hands of photographers and darkroom printers all over the world.

Astronaut →

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