13 Posts

How to Draw a Circle

02 October, 2021

Lately I've been studying some Linear Algebra and felt like dipping my toes back into some generative art. It seems, whenever I start doing something like this my first step is to draw a circle by radiating spokes from the origin. I always have to sort of rediscover the math from first principles, so I felt like writing a quick post about it. I'm going to walk through how I was thinking about this…

Understanding Politics

24 July, 2021

I spend a lot of time thinking about politics from a holistic perspective, trying to understand the nature of political systems and progress and persuasion. For instance, I've recently been experimenting with writing some code to simulate government structures and how they warp the political persuasion of the populace into a more liberal or conservative country than their people are by nature. It…

on_violence.md

24 April, 2021

At the outset I want to inform the reader that this is not light reading. I'm writing this to wrestle with my own fears and questions about the nature of violence. I have witnessed and experienced a certain amount of it, in real life, and it has stuck with me and forced me to grapple with these questions all my life. As such this essay discusses topics of an extremely distressing nature, and if…

The Negroni: A Meditation On Cocktails, Politics, and Taste

29 March, 2021

There's a stereotypical image most of us have of the American businessman circa 1960. He's the sole breadwinner of his family, his wife prepares him dinner every night before he gets home from work, he never has to deal with his children, and after dinner he has an Old Fashioned to unwind. Essentially, this man is Don Draper. He's a relic, but his cocktail is still popular, particularly among the…

Letter to a friend on Black Lives Matter

31 July, 2020

Hey bro, So I've got to say I was a little shocked the other week when you said you'd never voted before and it got me to thinking about a few other things you've said over the years (like questioning climate change or whatever) and I realized that you don't have near the obsession with politics I have so I figured I'd share some thoughts about BLM to get out why I don't think it's a racist…

life.swp

03 July, 2020

Life's been tough. To say the least. I've gotten a decent amount done in the past week or so but I just haven't felt like writing about it. So instead of a bunch of blogs I'm just writing the one. Another life.swp. First, I've been using vimwiki for notetaking and generally anything I just write down, tasks, etc., and was interested in trying to generate a site from the Markdown files. Managed to…

lambda_function.lambda_handler

27 June, 2020

I made a bot. @john_and_abbie. It tweets lines from the letters of John and Abigail Adams. All of them. In order. It should take a bit over 109 days to loop. If I did my math right, there will be 15,799 tweets, every 10 minutes, which is about 2,633 hours, or 109ish days. It was rough. A lot rougher than it probably is for most bots, mostly because I was developing for AWS. In fact, abut 70% of…

languageMap.js

22 June, 2020

Some time ago, while I was learning French and perusing language resources like r/languagelearning, there was a meme whereby Redditors would post pictures of world maps with the countries colored in whose languages they could speak. It was a kind of way of seeing how much of the world was open to you. At the time I was just starting to learn a little bit of React and Gatsby and I thought it would…

life.swp

16 June, 2020

Kind of a quick update just to keep the flow of writing. Last weekend I registered for keybase; got my new email address, m at stdwtr.io, working with everything; got my old email domain (still active), standingwater.io, ported over to fastmail; and updated all my passwords in passwordstore to a new gpg key, mas88 <m@stdwtr.io>. Porting the new gpg key to my two yubikeys was a bit of a nightmare…

résumé.tex

12 June, 2020

Today I decided to remake my résumé. Or, last night, rather. I'm a self-taught developer. I have yet to hold a software developer position. Nearly everything on my résumé with any relevance to the positions I'm applying to now is a personal project. So most résumés fit me badly. They almost always require work experience and give it way more emphasis than I want. I need to leverage my projects…

vote.py

11 June, 2020

Github Repository for vote.py I have a friend, let's call her Blaine, who is a reliable liberal, but has never voted. She's 28 and has never registered. I pushed and I pushed and I pushed in 2018 but she never did. Well, this time is going to be different. And I'm seeing to it. I wrote a script to bug her by sending a text repeatedly, on a tightening schedule, until the deadline for registration…

open_source_as_high_culture.md

08 June, 2020

Note: This piece is adapted from a post written in the beginning of 2019 On Standardization One of the fundamental things in this world that I believe in, something that I believe stimulates growth above and beyond nearly anything else government or society can do, is standardization. We might also call it platformization. The basic idea I'm driving at is that what stimulates growth in any realm…

new_beginnings.md

06 June, 2020

Kind of a corny title for a first blog post, but it felt apt. I honestly don't know which is cornier, the title of this post, or the style of my titling. I had trouble writing the title template the way I wanted it so I just gave up and went with something idempotent. I think I'm using that word right. I've been diving deep into tech again, finally starting to apply to companies to get a job in it…