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The best things and stuff of 2020

Dec 31, 2020 some comments

Great things and people that I discovered, learned, read, met, etc. in 2020. No particular ordering is implied. Not everything is new. also: see the lists from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Great blog-posts / articles read The Octopus: An Alien Among Us – for biology-curious goofs1 such as […]

ToriLisp – an ersatz LISP for tiny birds

Dec 22, 2020

When deciding to work on a side-project three factors are needed to transition from fancy to application: goal, motivation, and time. Time is usually the biggest sticking point for me personally but with COVID most of what I may have spent my time on this year was cancelled. However, motivation was still a huge sticking […]

8-bit Spirituals

May 20, 2020 some comments

An 8-bit Spiritual (8BS) is a modern program that hearkens back to a time when applications provided a robust experience but fit onto a single floppy disk. Modern apps are bloated by comparison, but there are applications that fit the spirit of the 8-bit days. That said, a modern 8BS should provide a minimal set […]

Walking the Clojure Source History (a talk not given)

May 1, 2020 one comment

Years ago I planned to give a talk centered around exploring the Clojure source history to find interesting buried artifacts. In service to that goal I walked every commit in the repository to see what I could find. There were indeed interesting discoveries, but eventually my passion for giving the talk1 dissipated. However, I recent […]

The Devil’s Programming Glossary: Thought-bleater

Apr 3, 2020

thought-bleater noun A person who shares their thoughts because they had them. see also: thought-leader