Another entry in my series of “fragrant dried leaves in a pot” (English version), or “rotten stuff in a pot” (French literal translation): in other words, stuff I found interesting in the past month and tweeted or Facebooked.
A fiendish puzzle that will practice your knowledge of regular expressions and their application: “A Regular Crossword”.
Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, printers used to use a long S (ſ), the one that looks like a lower-case F, instead of the short S that we’re so familiar with. Mainly they were used in the middle of words – but not it seems at the end. What exactly were the rules about using it? Andrew West did a whole bunch of research and has published his findings in the post The Rules for Long S. One of the fascinating things to realize for me is that the slash used to demarcate shillings from pence pre-decimalization, such as 2/6 for half-a-crown, is actually a stylized long S.
A series on the JPEG format and from that discussion writing a decoder for JPEG files: “Let’s Build a JPEG Decoder”.