Podcast 301: What can you program in just one tweet?
This week we chat about coding like it’s 1985 with BBC BASIC and a delightful Twitter bot that will run your BASIC code and publish the results. After that we take a deep dive into the quantified life, with a year-in-review from a blogger who logged every single thing they did in 2020…in 15-minute increments. Also, Svelte, lifeboats, and some predictions for the new year.
If you’re interested in learning a bit of BBC Basic, there is a fun introduction here. You can tweet at this bot, and it will run the contents as code and reply with a video of the results.
If you are interested in life-logging and want to see it done with a lot of very pretty graphs, check out this post, My Year in Data.
Last but not least we chat about Svelte, which lets you create “cybernetically enhanced web apps.” Shout to Murali, a listener who suggested this topic.
Our lifeboat of the week goes to koekenbakker for answering the question: R plots: Is there a way to draw a border, shadow or buffer around text labels?the stack overflow podcast
It’s hard to be more literal than this: https://www.dwitter.net/
If I could downvote this podcast solely on the basis of the title, I would.
Twitter is a scourge. Not only is it a primary source for much of the angst we have in this country today, it’s largely responsible for some of the social justice debacles your own platform has had to endure.
Any post that doesn’t include Twitter, even in name, is a better post.
In this episode, it was theorized idly that there may good reasons to learn COBOL. That’s only true if your idea of a good reason is to understand programs filled with spaghetti code held together by tens of thousands of global variables. Anybody looking at COBOL code should be near a chemical burn eye wash station.