year / 2017

So many posts! 36 is by far the most I ever added to my site in a single year. Drawing, knitting, crochet, wrestling with Disqus, exploring Emacs, then going back to Vim and the command line, with tools like Taskwarrior.


December 25, 2017 / tools
December 19, 2017 / craft
December 16, 2017 / Tools
December 15, 2017 / craft
This started with practicing a knotwork pattern from Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction, and ended up as an exercise in how long I could add stuff before I got bored. Thirteen hours. Not bad. Not in a row, of course. Oh and I threw in a couple tangle elements from The Tangles of Kells. I might be ready to try drawing things on purpose again. Usually it’s just that my hands get itchy when I see blank space.
November 24, 2017 / Programming
November 19, 2017 / craft

Took me less than a week. I like that. On the other hand, I established for certain that when I knit fast my gauge loosens up. The hat fits looser than it should. I like that less. On the other other hand, I already wear it most of the time. It feels nice.

November 7, 2017 / craft
The other night I went out, and brought my iPad. Sketching calms me when sitting in a public space. This is the final version of a doodle started that night. I get nervous about color, but decided this time to relax a bit and enjoy myself. The result pleases me.
October 31, 2017 / tools
October 1, 2017 / tools

My macOS iTunes music library includes over 21,000 songs. Some of those tracks contain the wrong information. Wrong title, wrong album, wrong artist, wrong year.

beets and AppleScript helped me fix my incorrect track information.

September 20, 2017 / marginalia

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.

September 15, 2017 / tools
September 3, 2017 / craft
Thought I’d make a picture with the right aspect ratio for my desktop. Used Infinite Painter’s radial symmetry tool for most of the linework, then over to finish up with color and shade in Procreate.
August 17, 2017 / marginalia
August 6, 2017 / tools
July 31, 2017 / tools

I am setting up Emacs org mode to track how I use my money. This is a healthy habit, which I applied in the past with a little paper notebook. This needs to be as easy as that little notebook, or I will never use it.

I only want to see how I use my money. This can eventually become part of a budget, but all I want today is the ability to make quick money notes.

  • My friend paid me back some money they borrowed
  • One of the housemates chipped in for groceries
  • I treated myself to coffee.

Stuff like that. Let’s see what I come up with.

July 9, 2017 / marginalia
July 6, 2017 / craft
July 1, 2017 / Tools

I try out archetype templates from the Hugo static site generator, smoothing the whole thing into my workflow with a bash script.

June 28, 2017 / craft

Ended up knitting this one twice. Tried the large size first, and it ended up way too large for my taste. Frogged and restarted the smaller size, making a new set of mistakes. But the hat fits now and I’m not starting again!

June 14, 2017 / marginalia
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.
June 3, 2017 / craft
Started with the perspective tools in Procreate, then wandered over to Infinite Painter which has a spattery ink brush that I enjoy. To be honest, I don’t really see the spatter effect much in this picture. Lesson learned, I guess.
May 26, 2017 / tools
May 11, 2017 / marginalia
May 7, 2017 / marginalia
April 22, 2017 / craft
April 11, 2017 / programming
March 28, 2017 / marginalia

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.

March 17, 2017 / marginalia
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.
March 13, 2017 / marginalia

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.

February 25, 2017 / programming

I have ignored my MacBook Pro for a few months. Now my iTunes and Rhythmbox music libraries are out of sync. The Rhythmbox library includes a handful of Ogg Vorbis files. Because iTunes does not support Ogg by default, I will use FFmpeg to convert those files to MP3. For the sake of novelty, Perl 6 is the glue language for the task.

January 22, 2017 / craft
January 17, 2017 / craft
January 11, 2017 / tools
January 8, 2017 / craft
Mostly an exerise in light, shadow, and patience. I noticed recently that I run out of attention for a sketch after 45 minutes or so unless I’m particularly focused. For this I specifically worked in 45 minute blocks over the course of a week.
January 1, 2017 / tools