Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 79)


PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua programs straight away and provides simple built-in tools for creating sprites, maps and sound.

The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel.

From Planets to the Cosmos - Free Course by The Ohio State University

From Planets to the Cosmos (Astronomy 1101) is an overview of astronomy from our solar system to the universe as a whole. Designed for non-science majors, this course is organized around three overarching and interconnected themes:

The Long Copernican Revolution: the historical discovery of the nature of our solar system, and our on-going discovery of planetary systems around other stars.

The Lives of the Stars: the nature and evolution of stars and black holes, and the origin of the chemical elements we find in nature.

The Cosmos: the history of galaxies and the universe, evidence for the Big Bang, and the structure of the universe on its largest scales.

This course will review the facts that astronomers have learned about these topics, describe the outstanding scientific problems at the frontiers of current research, illustrate ways in which physical principles are used to understand the universe, and show how scientific theories are developed and tested against observations.

Life in the Universe - Free Course by The Ohio State University

Twenty years ago we knew of exactly one planetary system: our own. Today we know of more than 1000 confirmed planets around other stars, with a few thousand more candidate systems awaiting confirmation.

Life in the Universe is an introduction to Astrobiology for non-science majors. The topics covered in this course lie at the interfaces between Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, and the Earth and Planetary sciences. We will learn about scientists' ongoing quest for answers to some of the most fundamental human questions: How did life originate on Earth? Is there life on other worlds? Are we alone in the universe? What is the long-term future of life in the universe?

What’s new in Bash/WSL & Windows Console

During the Windows 10 Creators Update (CU) development cycle, the WSL engineering team implemented hundreds of fixes and improvements, most of which were catalogued in the WSL release notes. While we highlighted some of the more visible features of Console & WSL in our Command-Line Blog, we thought a consolidated list of the most important features and improvements would be useful.

So, read on to find out, what’s new in Bash/WSL & Console in Windows 10 Creators Update

NASA Image and Video Library

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location.