a working for loop

So I was sorting through my org-mode files and I found a little snippet of code that I had lying around. I've had a problem with shell scripting for a while. I use bash a lot, and I've written a few functions, and procedural scripts that I've found useful in my travels, but anything that requires "logic," often escapes me in tragic and epic ways. Here's the problem. I had a directory of notes that I had compiled for presentation in an ikiwiki blog for notes.…

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Writers that Changed My World

I saw a meme, I from lesboprof, that listed 25 authors that were influential to her. It was fun for me to read, because there was some overlap with what my list would be and because she's (presumably) a feminist-studies type as well. I thought I'd give it a stab, though in typical tychoish fashion, this is going to be really eclectic. Also, because it's a meme, please feel free to comment and join in.…

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lisp-ing forward

"blah blah tycho says he's not a programmer, blah blah." I say stuff like this (more or less) quite a bit, right? But I know a lot about how computers work, a lot about how programs are constructed (at least in the abstract,) and while I've not (really) written code of any note I do read a bunch of code, and can almost always figure out how things work. So I suppose I should confess that I'm.…

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exercise

No secret, I've been stressed. Readers of the blog who are friends with my parents (Hi Angie!) have even told them "wow, [tycho] looks stressed." One of the things I've been doing for a few weeks now, in part to manage this is to begin some sort of exercise regimen. There's a park not far from where I live, and I've taken to going out for an hour in the late afternoon, when my brain is tired and I can't really write anyway.…

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Fact File and Orbital Mechanics

I mentioned the other day that I was looking to build a fact file, but that I wanted to follow up on this in a bit more length. As you know and/or have probably guessed, I'm a writer, and I consume a lot of information in the pursuit of this practice. That's par for the course. The problem is figuring out a way to store collected information so that it's useful later.…

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keyboard review

A few months ago I got a Happy Hacking Keyboard because, hey, I'm a writer and a GNU/Linux guy, and I use almost entirely keyboard driven software/desktop environment a good keyboard seems like a reasonable investment.. So after a few months, what do I think? The keyboard is great. I don't miss the keys, I like having everything in reach, I like being able to have my tea close and not have to move as far for the mouse when I need it.…

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emacs blogging? me too? forward directions...

One of the things that I find a lot when I'm seraching the internet for emacs things (or, in the case of my google alert, when emacs stuff on the web finds me.) Are people writing blog posts that are along the lines of, "so I was playing around with emacs weblogger mode..." Which is pretty much what this is. I've been toying with the idea of switching to a git-based blogging platform/site generator, that would be much more slim than my current tool, which (though I love it, and recomend it to other people regularly) doesn't seem to fit my workflow particularly well.…

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