Upgrade SBCL and SLIME

This is a little bit of documentation/technical writing around an issue that I had for a while. SBCL is a Common Lisp implementation that I use, and would recommend as a good starting point for people interested in tinkering with Common Lisp. SLIME is an emacs-based development tool kit that lets you interact with a lisp session in real time. SLIME works as you're writing code and makes it possible to connect to (potentially any) running lisp process and execute code and access documentation, among other functions.…

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Some New Years

Typically, I'm writing my new years post on January 3rd, knowing full well that I won't get a chance to publish it until the 4th. This probably explains how my 2010 closed and how my 2011 is shaping out. I've been writing emails today and over the weekend to family and friends, making plans for various events and weekends over the next six months. There are only so many weekends, and there is so much to do.…

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On Wireless Data

It's easy to look around at all of the "smart phones," iPads, wireless modems, and think that the future is here, or even that we're living on the cusp of a new technological moment. While wireless data is amazing particularly with respect to where it was a few years ago--enhanced by a better understanding of how to make use of wireless data--it is also true that we're not there yet.…

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Obsessive Knitting

So I think I'm back to being a knitter. I started a sweater last May: something fine gage, very very plain, using my "default, this sweater is awesome" pattern in my head. It has had its ups and downs, but its a good project: and like all good projects, I've learned something. First, the sweater is much larger than I wanted it to be: thankfully, it's going to fit my roommate perfectly and I've been meaning in to knit him something for a while.…

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Other People's Holidays

The following tweet/identica post made this morning, pretty much sums up my reaction to the incumbent holiday: so last night I was like "why am I not getting email" and then "I better check on the server" and then "oh right #otherpeoplesholidays" I'm getting on a plane later this morning to fly to my home town for the first time since last October. It'll be good to see family and friends out there, and I'm always appreciative of a break from some aspects of my routine.…

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Caffeine Dependence

Sometimes, particularly when it feels like I'm not getting very much done, I'd probably tell you that I'm not very good at keeping myself a routine and that I'm not terribly focused most of the time. I'd probably be lying. While I wish that I had additional routines and habits more firmly established (blogging, writing, excercise, the truth is (I think, in retrospect) that a lot of how I exist in the world has to do with routines, and winning the mind-over-matter game.…

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New Technology

I was originally going to write this post as a "reasons I don't need a new computer," piece explaining my current setup (one laptop, a virtual server, and a lot of bailing wire) and explaining that despite some problems (a lack of local redundancy and small screen size) a new computer wasn't exactly warranted. Though I wanted one, particularly after seeing the new MacBook Air, and I've long thought about getting a 15 inch laptop as I still lament my last 15 inch machine.…

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