Finally fixed my phone ?>

Finally fixed my phone

Entered [2016-05-15 Sun 10:32] I like to tinker with things, I own. An important part of deciding to buy any given device is that I can tinker with it, take it apart, install whatever hobby OS on it I like, &c. I’v generally been delighted by my Nexus 4 phone, which I’ve had for perhaps two and a half years and is my favorite smartphone so far! Recently, though, Google stopped providing android updates for it (well, I think they’ll…

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Clack Static Asset Middleware ?>

Clack Static Asset Middleware

As part of my glacial march to get Knttl running the way I’d like, I wrote a middleware for the clack web framework to help me out! When you’re serving javascript and css files for a website, you want to inform the browser to keep a local copy as long as possible, because then it won’t bother your webserver to download it again and the page will render faster for your users, too. There’s a popular quote about programming There…

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We Can Has Doggle ?>

We Can Has Doggle

I have been a bad blogger lately, as always, but there’s something worth throwing a few words onto the internet about. We’ve adopted a dog! A little over a week ago, we took a trip out to the North Shore Animal League America and adopted a very mixed breed dog who we’ve named Wedge after the legendary starfighter pilot from the Battle of Yavin (and the X-Wing series of books that I loved in my teens). It only took us…

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Literate .emacs with org mode! ?>

Literate .emacs with org mode!

Entered on [2016-01-03 Sun 12:56] For a while now, I’d been meaning to convert my .emacs to the exciting, new style using org mode’s literate programming capabilities. I’d been impressed by the clarity of Sacha Chua’s and, while I haven’t quite hit that level of cleanliness, yet, I feel much better about how mine looks, now. I also started using John Wiegley’s use-package, which I don’t completely understand, yet, but it seems to be a real boon for cleaning up…

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First wikipedia edit! ?>

First wikipedia edit!

Entered on [2016-01-03 Sun 12:45] I was working on my typing practice, today, learning the Colemak layout, and came across a small typo in the Wikipedia article on Morris Engines! It was a simple typo (form -> from), but I decided that was a level I was comfortable contributing at. I didn’t notice there was a checkbox for minor edits like typos on the submission page, so I fully expect someone to crawl out of the internet and point it…

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Blog Walk Roundup 2015-12-10 ?>

Blog Walk Roundup 2015-12-10

I spent a bunch of time collecting things around the web today. I think some of these are worth a read, so I’ll link a bunch here. Additionally, I participated in my first Massdrop and got my Code WASD Clears keyboard, yesterday. It’s really nice to type on! If you’re interested in playing that game, consider using my referral thing (, because I like what they’ve done and I’d like a goodie box! Neat blog comment policies From Tim Chevalier’s…

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Using Emacs to Study Japanese ?>

Using Emacs to Study Japanese

Entered on [2015-12-05 Sat 22:02] Tonight, I took my first steps into the world of emacs lisp! Last January, when I had more time and energy to devote to studying Japanese, I started wondering about using org mode to help me. I was reading articles from the NHK News Easy website and spending a lot of time going back and forth between that,, and emacs (where I was keeping my notes). If you haven’t used it, already, jisho is…

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Emacs for Writers and Notmuch ?>

Emacs for Writers and Notmuch

Entered on [2015-11-29 Sun 12:03] Bored on a Sunday morning and ended up watching Emacs For Writers – a presentation by Jay Dixit, who I’m going to have to look into more, since he seemed like a cool person. It was about how he learned to use org mode to do the work that several word processing programs didn’t quite do. He had a lot of fun customizations in his emacs and I might have to watch it again when…

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Making a knitting tool ?>

Making a knitting tool

Hey there, friends!  Over the years, I’ve been aspiring to making interseting web apps in Common Lisp.  At the same time, Sarah’s been kniting more and more and I’ve gotten to see some of that world.  Lots of people use Ravelry for posting their work and it’s got a strong community.  I thought it might be interesting to try to make something that formatted knitting patterns in an easy to follow way.  Maybe eventually work up to some sort of…

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