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playdate on a 3d printed stand

I finally got the Playdate. This little yellow machine is nice to look at and quite fun to play with, but it doesn't yet have the kind of games I like to play. No problem, I'm writing them myself.

Meanwhile, I have 3d printed a stand for it, and it sits on my desk acting as a unique clock.

Now that I have a stand and a really cool memory LCD display which barely needs power to display static images, I can display anything on it while it sits on my desk.

sleep tight good night is when the world stops and the universe is a box of cyan walls inside which you will find me with fever intense and endless and with my body hollow and transparent and just a little candlelight for heart which is hard to see, actually, for all these incandescent bulbs unnatural and nauseating but necessary, indispensable actually, these lights that burn my soul with their uncaring intensity they bind me they destroy me.

In keeping with the spirit of the times, I've started playing in the Nepali Stock Exchange playground. It is a strange, distorted world for someone like me who's used to the determinism of the computer realm. And so far, it has just proved to be a more fashionable way of losing money. But it's addictive!

If you've ever had to use Nepal Stock Exchange's Trade Management System (often called just TMS), you probably hate it. It is at best an incompetently made software with many glaring issues, hosted over a woefully underpowered infrastructure that cannot even handle the most predictable of traffic spikes. On more than one occasion I've oversold or undersold shares because it's UI was out of sync with it's database.

I started making this thing as a one-day experiment: a fun little browser-game I could craft before committing to the everlooming neverending self-judo one-man-deathwrestle called exams. But it instead ended up spreading out sparse as intense hour-long coding sessions throughout the Quarantine months.

I keep on waiting
for a relief; she'll come barefoot

Like the wind she'll
blow out the candles I've lit
and like the wind she'll
whisper in my ear

I'm waiting for that
whisper in my ear ...

Meet Flappy Millennial. He's an average guy in his mid 20's and the future looks bleak for him. With the threats of climate change, mass-extinctions, rising authoritarianism, economic depression, unprecedented wildfires and so much more ever-looming, nihilism has become his background music.

But worry not. For he has an antidote—well, not so much an antidote as a sedative. He has his phone! Come help this Flappy Millennial ignore reality while he scrolls through Instagram or something. You should play this game not because it's good or anything, but simply so you too can pretend that things are okay for a while.

I've been working on and off on a Nepali programming language with my friends for the last few months. It's called मनसा (IAST: mansā) and I think it's ready for an alpha release. If you'd like to try the language out, visit - the official website. You can play around with the language right in the browser without having to download anything, not even a Devanagari keyboard layout.

This post is a collection of random things I want to say about the language, including how the idea came about, the interesting things I learnt making the project, and the problems faced.

As I wrote in my (excruciatingly long and boring) article on the Nepali language and Unicode, typing in Nepali doesn't have to be a pain. You are absolutely free to make your own keyboard layout to type in Nepali Unicode (which, by the way, has much better fonts than Preeti and Sagarmatha). In fact, a few months ago, I made my own keyboard layout because there's no way I'm going to be able to cram the random key mappings of the traditional Nepali typing layout. Sorry dad, your son has renounced ancestral typing for good.

I was asked to animate a dot-matrix display for the robotics club recently. They wanted something that said "Robotics Club" to hang over their door. We had some old P10(1r) DMDs which I had worked on in the past to make a little scoreboard for a robot football match. And, even though I am not very good at it, I really love animating things. So I decided to give it a shot. I ended up writing an animation software for the DMD in JavaScript which is unfortunately only as functional as a flipbook. But I had fun animating little person carrying a balloon, ugly gear trains and a little pixel Wall-E blinking.

I animated this a while back. I remember it took me days. First I had to learn how to actually draw the human skeleton (The Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Peck is an amazing resource). Then I had to distill the ideas into the bare minimum required to get the picture across. Finally I drew and animated the whole thing in piskel. The animation process was quite tedious, at least in part because this was my first try.