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• ## Generating YouTube user RSS feeds

On 4 March 2014, YouTube deprecated the v2.0 API for YouTube (source). One of the unfortunate side effects was that RSS feeds for user uploads were included in what was deprecated.

Previously, you could get an RSS feed with a link of the form: https://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/{user}/uploads For the longest time, even after the deprecation, those links still worked, but a couple weeks ago, more and more of the video feeds I was subscribed to started redirecting to YouTube Help account. As thrilling as that channel is, it's not what I'm looking for.

Let's fix it.

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• ## The Unnaturalists

Right on the heels of Year Zero, I have another book that got itself on my list based on the potential in its world building: The Unnaturalists. I mean, how can you not be intrigued by a world where London seems to have been yanked into another world, where Science[1] has grown into a religion.

You have things like people cursing with "by Saint Darwin and all his apes". A world where you hear someone say (with a straight face) "I turn my attention to another window, the one in which Saint Pasteur smites the Demon Byron for his licentious poetry."

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• ## Tupper's self-referential formula

Quick post today. Let's implement Tupper's self-referential formula in Racket!

$$\frac{1}{2} < \left \lfloor mod \left ( \left \lfloor \frac{y}{17} 2^{-17 \lfloor x \rfloor - mod(\lfloor y \rfloor, 2)} \right \rfloor, 2 \right ) \right \rfloor$$
 (tupper 960939379918958884971672962127852754715004339660129306651505519271702802395266424689642842174350718121267153782770623355993237280874144307891325963941337723487857735749823926629715517173716995165232890538221612403238855866184013235585136048828693337902491454229288667081096184496091705183454067827731551705405381627380967602565625016981482083418783163849115590225610003652351370343874461848378737238198224849863465033159410054974700593138339226497249461751545728366702369745461014655997933798537483143786841806593422227898388722980000748404719) 

That's the result of graphing the above function at a point rather far away from the origin. Specifically, where y is around that crazy big number. Look familiar?

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• ## Year Zero

Confession time: I didn't particularly like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It seems a bit of blasphemy for a self professed 'geek', but I just don't particularly care for this style of humorous science fiction. A novel with a large helping of humor? Good. Example: The Iron Druid Chronicles. But when that humor is pushed to the level of world building, that's a bit of a problem.

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• ## The Ender Quintet

As mentioned in my post on The First Formic War, I decided to take a quick detour from my 2015 Reading List and read the rest of the Ender Quintet. Since I've already read Ender's Game and Ender in Exile, this just consisted of re-reading three novels: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.

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