SOFTWARE Two great free applications: Blender and Sonic Pi A few weeks ago I downloaded a couple of free applications, Blender and Sonic Pi, and I am b…
CRYPTOCURRENCY Brain wallet cracked! The Folio Society edition of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces In The Magnet 30, I wrote that no one ha…
CRYPTOCURRENCY Can you crack my brain wallet? — Another hint There’s $50 in bitcoin cash waiting for the first person to guess my password. Last issue …
EPHEMERA The Pulp Magazine Archive The Internet Archive’s The Pulp Magazine Archive has downloadable scans of 13,559 pulp magazines from the 20th centu…
WHAT I’M UP TO Chia, Raspberry Pi, and Babbitt It’s a Sunday afternoon, and I’ve spent most of the day cooking for the family and installing the Chia N…
BRAIN WALLET Can you outsmart my brain wallet? To send bitcoin to someone you need three things: some bitcoin, a private key, and the sender’s bitcoin …
CRYPTOCURRENCY It’s more fun to be a chia farmer than a bitcoin miner This weekend I became a space farmer! All I had to do was donate 400 GB of unused…
ART Bernie Kaminski’s Paper Mâché Bernie Kaminski’s Paper mâché junk drawer filled with paper mâché pens, pencils, batteries, receipts, and other junk.…
Detail from Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki Welcome to another issue of The Magnet! This one is a bit later than usual, but I had a writing assignmen…
UNTRANSLATED Aesop’s Fables: The Satyr and the SwordDetail from Wenceslaus Hollar’s illustration for “The Satyr and the Sword,” from John Ogilby’s Aeso…
P.J. Soles (left) and Dey Young (right) in Rock and Roll High School (1979) The two most memorable 1979 movies about teenagers are Over the Edge and Ro…
ARTIFICIAL LIFE The Norn TorturerA screengrab from the defunct Tortured Norns website (via Archive.org) Last week I wrote about Vilmonic, an artificial…