Random Geekery


Posts that are personal or site-related with no intentional enlightenment.

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  • Random Geekery Telegram Channel

    Apr 10, 2018

    Marginalia · links · site ·

    I started experimenting with the Telegram messaging platform. Signal too, but Telegram's API looks like more fun.

  • Interviewed About Facebook

    Interviewed About Facebook

    Mar 27, 2018

    Marginalia · links ·

    As mentioned on Twitter:

    An hour and a half for a fifteen minute interview of which they used ten seconds for their two minute bit but OMG I'M ON TV

    (and they finally stopped showing my number in the clear)

    interview link

  • Comments One More Time

    Sep 20, 2017

    Marginalia · site ·

    Trying to add Disqus comments once again. I adjusted permalinks, since the old /:section/:year/:title/ structure seemed to confuse Disqus. Here’s hoping. I assigned aliases to content so that old links should work.

  • Summer Reading

    Aug 17, 2017

    Marginalia · books ·

    What have I been doing with my spare time? I’ve been reading books. Not too much. Mostly tech.

  • Backing The Flask Mega Tutorial Kickstarter

    Jul 9, 2017

    Marginalia · python ·

    Miguel Grenbergs’ Flask Mega-Tutorial and book helped me understand using Python’s Flask microframework. Well, somewhat. My understanding would improve if I used it more. Haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity yet. Anyways - of course I decided to back his Kickstarter for updating the Flask Mega-Tutorial.

  • Disqus Again

    Disqus Again

    Jun 14, 2017

    Marginalia · site ·

    sigh Disqus discussions are hooking up to the wrong URLs again. Assigning discussions for posts to URLs that don’t point anywhere. Working on it, and also looking at alternate discussion tools.
  • Amazon Donates Space For Mary's Place Home

    May 11, 2017

    Marginalia ·

    My main code hobby project is for Mary’s Place, a local homeless shelter network in Seattle. It was immensely satisfying to see their director’s face when I visited Amazon this morning.

  • Disqus Refresh

    May 7, 2017

    Marginalia · site ·

    Tentatively adding fresh Disqus conversations to the site.

  • Geekish Update

    Geekish Update

    Mar 28, 2017

    Marginalia · personal · site ·

    I set up a space for myself in the basement. This is now where I keep my desktop - running Ubuntu at the moment. Easy enough to get at from the laptop upstairs. Maybe keep Irssi running in a Tmux session or something.

  • New Twitter Account Just For The Site

    New Twitter Account Just For The Site

    Mar 18, 2017

    Marginalia · site ·

    Follow @randgeekery if Twitter is your news feed.

  • No Disqus For Now

    Mar 17, 2017

    Marginalia · site ·

    Disabling comments until I figure out why Disqus insists on loading the same discussion for all 2017 posts. Not crafts, just posts. I spent almost a week trying to figure this out, as multiple rounds of one day fixing followed by a couple days wondering if UrlMapper finished yet. Very frustrating. Comments are welcome via email or the social network links along each page.
  • Maybe Ration My Time In Hot Take Land

    Mar 13, 2017 (Updated Mar 15, 2017)

    Marginalia · personal ·

    I dunno, folks. Over the years I have seen so much outrage - sincere or feigned - on social media. Then there’s the echo chamber problem. Yeah. Nice thing about an RSS feed is that I’m guaranteed to see everything I subscribe to, but there’s no personal insult in unsubscribing.

    I think maybe I could spend less time on Twitter and Facebook. Not give them up. They remain a source of great conversation. But this nonsense takes up brain that I just can’t spare. Some of my online friends cut themselves out completely, and they like it. Perhaps I should follow their example. Besides, each of them that moves on means one less bit of signal in the noise.

    There is so much noise.

  • Still Not Dead

    Nov 20, 2016

    Marginalia · site ·

    Another one of those “no I’m not dead” posts. Instead of writing I’ve been drawing quite a bit this year. The writing will resume. For now, enjoy a sample of my favorite sketches from the last several months.

  • Open Sourcing Mental Illness

    Jun 21, 2016

    Marginalia · mental health ·

    Watching YAPCNA videos, and the most important to me today is Ed Finkler’s talk about mental health among developers. His OSMI project - Open Sourcing Mental Illness - aims to improve workplace and community awareness and resources for mental health. Good stuff. Many domains and communities need this effort, and his chosen community is tech. Worth checking out. And here are the slides for that talk. My name appears in a long list near the end, since I contributed towards the OSMI 2016 Fundraiser.
  • Half a Life

    Oct 2, 2015

    Marginalia · space ·

    Scientists discovered Pluto had a moon when I was six years old. This is what they had to work with.

  • Blogspot Content Imported

    Mar 28, 2015

    Marginalia · site ·

    I enjoyed importing the coolnamehere content so much last weekend that I decided to import the posts from a neglected Blogspot blog this weekend. jekyll-import simplified the actual import process, though I still had a lot of manual cleanup to perform.

  • coolnamehere Content Update

    Mar 23, 2015

    Marginalia · site ·

    I got bored of the old coolnamehere pages effectively sitting outside of the site because of the way Jekyll - and pretty much every other static blogging system - treats pages as secondary to posts. It makes sense, anyways. Once you stop bikeshedding about where to put content in your elaborate directory structure, it gets easier to add stuff.

  • Starting The Coursera Programming Languages Course

    Oct 3, 2014

    Marginalia · personal ·

    I signed up for the Programming Languages course by Coursera. I may even complete it. See, I signed up for a Scala course earlier this year, but did not get past the first video. That made me sad. Scala is one of those things that I would like to learn.

  • And now, Pelican!

    Jun 23, 2014

    Marginalia · pelican · site ·

    I know. I’m fickle. Maybe this one will stick for a while. Edit: Nope.

  • Hey look over there!

    May 21, 2014

    Marginalia · site ·

    I’m not using Wordpress at the moment. Unless and until I change my mind, you should probably look here for the newest content.
  • My New New (New) Site

    May 15, 2014

    Marginalia · site · emacs · org ·

    I have been exploring GNU Emacs recently. As part of that exploration, I decided to use o-blog. Why? Well. I want to blog more. I want to use Emacs more. I got tired of my WordPress blog. o-blog sits on top of Org mode, which is the Killer App of Emacs for me. Org mode is amazing. o-blog is nifty, and relatively easy to get started with. I have fiddled with the o-blog templates to suit my tastes. I replaced browser-side Less CSS with a bit of Sass at build time. Eventually I’ll port the Wordpress posts to o-blog and maybe the old static pages to something involving org-mode.

  • Fantastic Foods' Sloppy Joe French Bread Pizza Recipe

    Apr 12, 2014

    Marginalia · food ·

    Sloppy joe french bread pizza
    Sloppy joe french bread pizza

    About ten years ago, my wife got me to start experimenting with vegetarian food. I started with what I knew best: boxed things. Fantastic Foods has a few tasty boxes such as mixes for sloppy joes and tacos.

  • Blogroll because what the heck

    Mar 20, 2014

    Marginalia · site ·

    John Davidson asked me to link to his Rails Tutorial pages. Seems reasonable enough. Exit links are just in a sidebar menu for now. I may give them their own page when I have a half-dozen or so.
  • An Emacs Newbie

    Dec 26, 2013

    Marginalia · emacs ·

    Right. I am going to attempt to follow Ryan Macklin’s suggestion to write at least 250 words per day. They don’t have to be good words. Fortunately, I have this blog sitting here.

  • AlphaCard Sent Us A Printer

    Aug 9, 2013

    Marginalia ·

    AlphaCard generously donated a badge printer & supplies for Mary’s Place day shelter in Seattle.

  • Fickle

    Jul 23, 2013

    Marginalia ·

    I’ve got a pretty nice flow here. It’s easy to make quick posts and have a mini blog along with the lengthy stuff - whenever I get around to those.

  • Testing remote post

    Jul 20, 2013

    Marginalia ·

    Yeah nothing to see here at the moment. I’m trying out BlogPress, since I want to start making more short posts. Most of them won’t be this short.
  • Coolnamehere content added

    Jun 8, 2013

    Marginalia · site ·

    I just wanted to mention that the old coolnamehere content has been uploaded. There is an explanatory note here on the blog, too.

  • coolnamehere -> Random Geekery

    Jun 5, 2013

    Marginalia · site ·

    So I used to have another site. I also used to have a Yahoo email account. The domain name was registered under a Network Solutions account using the Yahoo account. All was well for years.