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Alexander Grupe

I love the story of how the famous Juggler animation came to be, as recollected by Amiga raytracing pioneer Eric Graham:

[…] I was thinking of adding a room onto my house, and rather than start the work I decided to write a modeling and rendering program. But first I re-implemented the ray tracer. It took about a week to get running, and then another week or two to make a few models and put the compression scheme together. That was November and the Juggler was born.

(source: The Juggler by Ernie Wright)

It’s funny how this lasagna of little detours gave us one of the most iconic showcases of the Amiga’s capabilities. “Let’s build a room! Wait, why not plan it properly, and write a modelling tool? But first, of course, I need to write a raytracer real quick!” :)

Given the story’s punchline:

The room never was added to the house.

…I cannot help but smirk when I imagine Eric G. being asked what he’s hacking up at his computers all the time. “Why, I’m planning that extra room of course, what does it look like I’m doing?!”

I stumbled upon this older article on web standards and web design:

A comprehensive, opinionated and entertaining article, and a special pleasure to read if you’ve been through a similar journey (I sure have). <font> and <center>, table layouts, frames, the terror regime of Internet Explorer, DHTML, and the bumpy road to modern CSS: it’s all there.

It ends with a little catalogue of all the nice things we have now – something I still want to fully catch up with, one day…

Case study: 1996’s’s markup. Image by eevee, see the article

A great read with a cherry on top: In the comments, the very people responsible for some of the milestones of web technologies chime in, casually mentioning things like “Oh, this is my fault” or “Actually, I invented that”!

(via /r/programming; old Hacker news discussion, current)

Ein tolles Hobby in den späten 1990ern, wenn man ein CD-ROM-Laufwerk besaß: Font-CDs sammeln! So viele hippe, futuristische, stylishe Fonts, die man in seine Webdesigns und in die Abizeitung einbauen konnte, es war traumhaft.

Nachteil: Die allermeisten Schriftarten hatten natürlich keine Fett- oder Kursivschnitte, und an exotische Sonderzeichen wie Umlaute oder Akzente haben die Amateur-Schriftologen aus Amerika auch keinen Gedanken verschwendet.

Sprich: Äs, Ös, Üs und Eszetts wurden stümperhaft nachgebaut („hier einfach zwei Pünktchen, passt“), verschämt als „ue“ und „ss“ umgeschrieben oder durch Zeichen aus komplett anderen Schriften ersetzt – das gehörte irgendwann zur ganz bestimmten Ästhetik enthusiastischer DTP-Einsteiger. Mehr coole Schriften = mehr Design! :)

Dank TikTok erlebt dieser Retro-Trend gerade eine Renaissance, und es ist kein Ende abzusehen. Irgendwie schoen und mysteriÖs: Wo findet man heute eigentlich noch Fonts ohne Umlaute? Oder sind die Untertitel-Tools schuld?

I made an entry for the animated JIF GIF palette-based pixel image compo at Revision 2024. Special thanks to Revision host Lynn for trolling everyone when introducing this compo and setting the mood – or was it even trolling? After all, /dʒɪf/ is the correct pronounciation. Anyway, I was laughing hard! :)

It even won a trophy, reaching third place in the compo. w00t!

Some background and making of: Shall we play a game?


Although local-variable type inference has been added to Java back in 2018, its opponents still seem to be vary very angry about it…

Then, of course, there are those who hate Java altogether. Can’t blame them, really – as with any programming language. :)

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