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.
year → 2017
Dec 15, 2017This 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.
Nov 19, 2017
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.
Nov 7, 2017The 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.
Oct 1, 2017 (Updated Oct 2, 2017)
Jul 31, 2017 (Updated Aug 5, 2017)
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.
Jul 9, 2017
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.
Jun 3, 2017Started 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.
Mar 17, 2017Disabling 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.
Mar 13, 2017 (Updated Mar 15, 2017)
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.
Feb 25, 2017
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.
Jan 8, 2017Mostly 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.