Micro Events

I've been enjoying blogging over on the micro tychoish site and thought I'd catalog these posts here. A Day in the Life Software Packaging Personal Software Change Small Data More to come!…

Weekend Accomplishments

(Note: Because I'm terrible at remembering to post entries during the week, this post is actually from last week. But it's still interesting!) The past few weeks have been somewhat disjointed for me. I'd been working a lot to wrap up a long expected release, followed by a vacation without a project plan, and a few more busy weeks. On top of this, I spent a bunch of time working on wrapping up, or at least releasing a few personal project to assuage some guilt.…

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New Knitting Project: Cardigan

I've mentioned that I was working on a new sweater a few months ago, but I've neglected to post or write about the project at all. Let's change that now: In most respects it's just like a number of existing sweaters that I've made: two color patterns, using a combination of mid-sized extrapolation of Scandinavian mitten patterns, with some influence of Turkish stocking patterns arranged in panels to convey strong vertical lines.…

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While I've Been Gone...

... from blogging. See /posts/on-my-return-to-blogging for the background. I sometimes look at other people's blogs, and think "wow, that's sharp," and while I really like the current tychoish theme, there's a distinct lack of gradients, really polished typography, strong crisp lines, and elegant side bars. Not that I have a clue what I'd put in a side bar: Hell, I can't even find good things to put in the Cyborg Institute](http://cyborginstitute.…

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Doing versus Talking

In On my Return to Blogging post I attributed the fact that I'd taken a break from blogging because I wanted to get out and do things rather than just spend my free time writing and thinking about things. A Critique The problem with this kind of statement is that it evokes a certain kind of anti-intellectualism: thinking isn't as good as doing things, which is counter productive. Actions, creation, feed and grow out of thinking (and vice versa.…

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On My Return to Blogging

I've been a blogging slacker in the last few months. I've been working a lot (software releases! content migrations!) and spending my free-time singing and working on a few odds-and-ends projects. And not blogging. But I did this /posts/delegated-builds project and it seemed like blogging about it would be good. And it was... I've had this blog, in one form or another for 10 years, and my relationship to this blog has grown and changed a lot in that time and I don't think it's useful to really think about all the turns too much, but the recent developments are novel:…

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Buildcloth Release, No. 1

Today I released the first version of Buildcloth which is a tool that I've been using at work to programatically (and in some cases) dynamically generate build systems (i.e. Makefiles.) Background It's obviously been "production ready" in some sense for a while, but I recently finished the API documentation, and a lot of the infrastructure for packaging and distribution, so it seemed like this was a good starting point. The initial idea was basically that while Make syntax can be really powerful, in a number of situations:…

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