Started working with interesting Perl people, so started finding fun Perl (and Emacs) things to write about. Also went through maybe a half-dozen site generation tools.
Dec 13, 2014
I had a clever idea a couple months ago: to write a blog post detailing how to find recursively find duplicate files in a folder. My technique was good enough: track file sizes, find files that had the same file size and MD5 hash, and display the resulting list. It wasn’t foolproof, but it showed some thought. After spending a little too much time on the post, I realized I had never checked CPAN. Of course there is already a module to handle that exact task.
Oct 21, 2014An experiment with using Org mode to write Jekyll blog posts. Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 Organize Directories 3 Front Matter 4 Configure HTML Export 5 Publishing A Post 6 Followup Introduction Much of what I've read about Org mode has focused on its utility as a task management tool. That's great. I wouldn't mind spending some time on that aspect. Mostly I've been focused on its usefulness for note-taking and writing.
Oct 4, 2014
I don’t know about you, but I had a pleasant Saturday. It started with an hour or so of the Coursera Programming Languages videos. I learned a little bit about SML, and have been trying to remember the instructor’s caution about comparing what’s learned in class to other languages. It’s supposed to be a fresh perspective on programming.
Oct 3, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
I want to write at least 250 words per day. This is not a 30 day challenge. It is just something I want to do. I write more than 250 words daily when you count social network posts and chat text. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of those words were organized around a single idea?
Aug 6, 2014
Yesterday I finished a little project to set up a reusable Vagrant box for MongoDB and Perl Mojolicious experiments. That project is okay as it is right now, but I would like to get at MongoDB from the host system.
Jul 4, 2014
I have been spending much of my coding time in Python recently. This site is built in Pelican. Many lines of Python have been written for work. I have even been poking at Google App Engine in what spare time is available. The only disappointment is that all of these have been in Python 2. I would prefer to be using Python 3. There is a little free time today, so I will set up a nice Python 3 workspace.
Jun 2, 2014 (Updated Jul 6, 2017)
I have been curious about the Emacs Client for a long time. Because Emacs can have a long startup time, it can be made to run in a persistent mode. All buffers are handled by a central process. Your editor interface connects to that central process rather than managing its own buffers. Thinking about the Emacs client is what started me down the path of studying Emacs as a client/server Lisp environment. Anyways, I looked up some blog posts to tell me what to do.
May 30, 2014
Today I got to take part in a User Experience Research interview with some fine folks from GitHub. It was straightforward. We chatted for about half an hour, mostly discussing GitHub. Makes sense. They learned how I used it. Since there is so little of GitHub that I use, they got to show me some nifty things.
May 27, 2014
The other day I talked some sort of nonsense about organizing my notes into some sort of coherent blog post. Heck with that. Life is too short. Instead I will just dump them here and hope somebody finds them useful. Maybe later I can do something with it. For now it’s just supplemental material for the official Emacs tutorial
May 24, 2014
I am trying to really learn how to use GNU Emacs. One thing that strikes me is how the Emacs user interface can be thought of as a client application to an Emacs Lisp API. This is not a revolutionary thought, but it really stuck in my head. I reread the official tutorial, focusing on the functions rather than the keybindings that invoke them.
May 15, 2014
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.
Apr 12, 2014
Mar 26, 2014