Bringing Vulkan Raytracing to older AMD hardware (Vega and below) by Joshua AshtonJoshua Ashton (Frog Blog)
As soon as Bas Nieuwenhuizen [https://www.basnieuwenhuizen.nl/] mentioned that he was working on support for Vulkan Raytracing in RADV, my curiosity as to whether this feature could be brought to older generations of AMD hardware was peaked. Yesteryesterday and yesterday I decided to implement some of the missing pieces for exposing Vulkan Raytracing on older generations of AMD hardware, such as Vega, Polaris and the original Navi. The work is currently available here if you wish to try it at

Wow. Most of this went right over my head but I get excited just from reading about this sort of stuff

I mean I did play with ray tracing to some extend with Wings3D and the POV-Ray and YafaRay ray tracing programs back than and I still use it for some speed modelling. In fact the last time I touched this was this very year and I was so happy that at least YafaRay did Just Work™ on my Fedora Linux PC.

Shows how the APC unit was modelled starting out as just a bunch of blocks getting shaped up over time until the final render as game asset for the MAXR game.
APC unit made for the MAXR game in Wings3D

I re-used a scene that I created over a decade ago and while the result had slightly different lightning it isn’t really noticeable after converting and compression of the rendered files.

So yeah people, please do keep this stuff alive, k thanks 😀

Book Review: Professional Practice in Engineering and Computing: Preparing for Future Careers by Riadh Habash by @edent@edent (shkspr.mobi)
Book cover showing the ascent of man. Unreadable. Full of grammatical errors and run on sentences. Just incredibly difficult to read. There may be some useful information in here, but I'll be damned if I can find it. Seriously needs to be edited down by someone with a strong grasp of the English lan...

Haha, damn it @edent, I almost snorted my coffee all over the place at “I hacked my blog’s theme just so I could rate it with zero stars” 🤣🤣

Shadowrun Returns by Thomas HochsteinThomas Hochstein (Netz - Rettung - Recht)
Ein CRPG im Shadowrun-Universum. Nichts besonderes, aber ein netter Zeitvertreib.

Zur Story möchte ich noch anmerken dass die im Vergleich zu den anderen Teilen eher mager ist. Man merkt bei den Nachfolgern doch eine deutliche Steigerung bei der Qualität der Erzählung 🙂

Mir haben die jedenfalls viel Spaß gemacht und ich werde bei Gelegenheit bestimmt noch einmal zu der Reihe zurück kehren.

Review: A Cheap Microphone Arm by @edent@edent (shkspr.mobi)
I am so easily influenced. After 18 months of watching streamers using nifty microphone arms, I cracked and purchased one. Oh, I could claim that I needed to free up space on my new desk. Or that I need the mic closer to my mouth to pick up the delicate sounds of my voice. Or perhaps that a spring-l...

Heh, say hello to mine, @edent microphone holder made of a former Ikea desk lamp (https://beko.famkos.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/1624646462034.jpg). Yes, that’s a former desk lamp (on a tent pole) and it offers various degrees of movement. Quite happy with it. It replaced a similar model that broke down after several years of usage. Hard to tell what it did cost because it’s old parts from the stash 😀

https://twitter.com/VennStone/status/1452294065538703360 by LinuxGameCast (Twitter)

The Linux community is exceptionally well trained in reporting bugs.https://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/comments/qeqn3b/despite_having_just_58_sales_over_38_of_bug/

They also don’t accept bugs as given. Seriously. The average user nowadays seems to be used to a lot of pain (thanks to Android apps mebbe?) before they start jumping the hoops to report a bug at all.

Erster positiver Eindruck by Jan-Lukas ElseJan-Lukas Else (jlelse.blog)
Letzte Woche wurde mein Beitrittsantrag bei den Grünen endlich akzeptiert. Jetzt bin ich also Mitglied in einer Partei. 😁 Mal schauen ob und wie ich mich irgendwann und irgendwie einbringen kann, erstmal bisschen umschauen… Was ich beim Umschauen aber schon festgestellt habe, ist dass es viele...

Die waren schon immer etwas weiter @jlelse. Schau mal hier https://beko.famkos.net/2020/01/27/copy-for-freedom/ – und die CD ist echt schon steinalt 😁