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Weeklog for Week 5: January 31 to February 06


This week, the new assignment starts. This also means the old assignment stops, which is sad.


I really, really wanted to do something this week. Meh. Next week!


We started work on The New Algorithm, but all of us were too tired to make it work completely. It's a great start, however, so we'll continue down that avenue.


Libraries, programming, etc

  • Luxon, successor to the not-any-more recommended moment.js
  • Minion (perl library) source code: This is an example of a real and well-written SQL integration.
  • Unicode arrows: all of them
  • WebVM: server-less x86 virtual machines in the browser: TL;DR — We made a server-less virtual Linux environment that runs unmodified Debian binaries in the browser. This is powered by CheerpX, a WebAssembly virtualization platform.
  • canonical/dqlite: Embeddable, replicated and fault tolerant SQL engine.: dqlite is a C library that implements an embeddable and replicated SQL database engine with high-availability and automatic failover. The acronym "dqlite" stands for "distributed SQLite", meaning that dqlite extends SQLite with a network protocol that can connect together various instances of your application and have them act as a highly-available cluster, with no dependency on external databases.
  • Contrast with: rqlite/rqlite: The lightweight, distributed relational database built on SQLite: rqlite is an easy-to-use, lightweight, distributed relational database, which uses SQLite as its storage engine. rqlite is simple to deploy, operating it is very straightforward, and its clustering capabilities provide you with fault-tolerance and high-availability. rqlite is available for Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows.


  • The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde: After reading the nursery crime series last week, I simply devoured this one. It's pure Fforde: whimsical, fantastical, outrageous, smart.
  • Free Radical by Shamus Young: Since a few years ago, there are books that are structured like video games. There was Ready Player One, obviously. I don't really know exactly what makes these books so, but they are like video games. This one is System Shock, obviously.


  • Loop Hero, a roguelike where you don't do anything yourself, you just plan and equip. It's nice, but it has that same "you'll see the start 100 times" problem as all the roguelikes have. 6/10
  • Golf Club Wasteland: Our chosen medium must be one of the weirdest. This is a game that tells a story about the Apocalypse and how a large corporation dealt with it through golf. It's weird, and the story is weird, and the soundtrack is weird, and the golf game isn't actually that good, so I like it. 7.5/10.
  • Mages of Mystralia, a cute little action/adventure game in the of the Zelda-like sort. Not sure I want to play this for longer, but I'll have to try some more before I can decide. 6/10
  • Planetary Annihilation: Titans, I've played some more of this. I like the building aspects more than the fighting aspects, so in the end, it's not that interesting. 7/10
  • The Forgotten City: A fantastic time-looping mystery game. It's beautiful, and it's tangled and it's fantastic. And the best part: for follow-quests, you simply press E and it auto-follows. 10/10
  • Snowrunner: Played with Simon. It's like its two predecessors, only more so. Not something I'd play alone, but with another player or two, it's relaxing and fun -- and beautiful, naturally. 8/10

Other media

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