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I’ve been experimenting. I’ve been concocting a recipe for vegan kugel, and rediscovering little features and edges of my website I’d forgotten I baked in. Like chocolate chips hidden in an oatmeal raisin cookie.

One chip most recently re-discovered: support for per-page custom styles?! All I gotta do is include an optional bit of meta data, bespoke-css, that points to a style sheet. I may play with this feature more. I do love myself some css. I can tell exactly when in my life I added this feature because these days I’d never call such a thing bespoke-css” — it would get a much more boring, terse label, like css” or styles.”

The kids have been home on school break this week. We’ve been having a lot of fun reading The Wind in the Willows aloud, and playing a bit of No Man’s Sky on creative mode. You wouldn’t think it, but each carry a really similar vibe. Cosmic-pastoral-localism?

In the last week notes I made mention of potty training; at first that was harrowing and seemed like it would never happen. Then, all at once, it did!

I continue to expand the newly formed wiki. My plan isn’t to catalogue everything and anything — outboard brain style — but to really only document stuff I find useful and that I want to keep track of for myself…that maybe will be useful for other folks, too? The acme page is probably most inline with what I’m going for.

For good times, check out ratfactors rad presentation on forth!

I’ve also been playing with babashka, reading it’s excellent companion book, babooka. Babashka is a wicked fast way to use clojure when you’d normally reach for bash.

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It got a wee bit cold here in Maine this weekend. It was thankfully uneventful for us. We hung around inside and watched it get real cold outside. Our home faired pretty well, too. Honestly pleasantly surprised about that!

We picked this weekend to go all in on potty training — pantsless days, treats, rousing bouts of encouragement sung, and a lot of spot cleaning. Fueled by hubris, I thought we had this potty training thing down pat. In reality, it was that our first go round with it was supremely uneventful. We will perceiver.

I’ve been thinking many thoughts about how to fix this website. While I love its design and general vibe, I know it’s not all that accessible, and has some usability issues (so many tags!?). I don’t have a real idea what to do, yet, but maybe take this as warning? Changes are afoot…albeit a pair of slow, uncertain feet. Things I hope to figure out include

  • an equally quirky, but significantly more accessible design
  • a better way of revisiting past posts
  • and if I even wanna stick with this blog-ish format, or if I wanna move to something more like a wiki, or something altogether weirder!?

I recently asked a question on fedi:

Once upon a time I was an art history person. I thought for a long while I was gonna be a professor of it or something adjacent to it.

There’s a certain sort of art history writing that spends a lot of time establishing an ontology around what’s beautiful, and what moves make something beautiful.

These days, a lot of the nonfiction I read is about programming or computer science. It’s not unusual for a programming book to talk about beauty in code, or data, but the rules” for what makes something beautiful seem a lot more ephemeral, but usually related to elegance.”

For the code inclined among ye, when do you see code as beautiful? Do you?

This had a number of really interesting responses that I’ve been noodling on. If I was so bold as to condense them down, I’d say a connecting line between all the responses is utility.” In hindsight this makes total and complete sense — code ought to work. When I asked the question, though, I was in a really aesthetic frame of mind, so, was sorta surprised with how focused folks were on the code actually functioning over some aesthetic quality of the rendering of the code itself.

…but this may also be sign that my code is mostly garbage?

In my mind, regardless of what or how it works, C is less beautiful” than a lisp. There is an aesthetic to lisps that I find beautiful.

One respondent said,

I find code beautiful when it has an internal grain, a style of its own, whatever that style may be.

That struck me. I’ve read about the idea of code having grain” before, and find that an interesting way to describe the tactile nature of programming systems when compared to one another…C to lisp, forth to pascal.

Since the new year I’ve finished a few books. I’m trying to read more fiction than nonfiction this year. I re-read The Hobbit with the family, and an unremarkable, but enjoyable book, the second in a series, Eyes of the Void, by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I liked the first in the series better than this second one, but it was fun, and I’ll most likely end up reading the third installment soon enough.

715 Creeks by Cristin Milioti is a song that has been in heavy rotation while I work lately. It is a cover from Bon Iver’s 22, A Million.

week notes

Am I allowed to call them week notes” if I don’t do them weekly?

I went in for what was supposed to be my final brain scan, a diagnostic angiogram (don’t look that up). The good news is that the repair has officially cured my brain bleed! The bad news is that they saw another vessel that looks primed to bleed; I’m due for another repair procedure sometime in October. I’m pretty bummed to not be done with this ordeal, but trying to remain optimistic that this new one was caught before it bled and because the surgeon says this one seems easier to repair than the first.

I’m still struggling to focus long enough to pick up major programming tasks at hobby time (I desperately wanna make this game that I’ve been noodling over and over for months now). Sorry if I’ve promised you something, or a fix, or anything, and haven’t made that happen yet.

That said, I’ve enjoyed re-building my VPS. This time an OpenBSD box. I’ve got a few personal utilities running on it, but am also using it as a programming language playground.

Looking back over my link logging from the last few weeks, there isn’t much of note that isn’t boring computer-stuff. The stand-out item is a recent find: Mycorrhizae, A songbook of fungal myths, a gorgeous zine.

Miscellaneous this and that

Since my brain injury (which I’ve since learned can be called an ABI or acquired brain injury”) I’ve noticed that I have trouble focusing on programming tasks; I’m able to do what I need to do for work and family but, when it comes time for hobby projects I’m just gloop. Totally oozy.

Because of that I’ve been drawn to do more reading and game playing, but also still wanna code…I’ve found that it is easier to use more batteries included” kinda languages, namely scheme, over what I’d normally gravitate towards, like Forth.

This has lead me to some interesting thoughts of the accessibility” of programming languages.

I’ve been reading a lot. As of today, I’m 34 books deep into this year. I’m really pleased with my choice to revive my reading habit. I’ve read a smattering of fiction, new-to-me, and re-reads, as well as a number of nonfiction books — mostly programming books.

Maybe I’ll do a round up post at the end of the year? In the meantime some standouts include:

  • The entire Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, especially Record of a Spaceborn Few
  • This is how you Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (the audiobook for this is phenomenal! One of the best I’ve ever listened to)

My VPS suffered a wonderfully catastrophic failure during an upgrade, you may notice some of my web presence is currently down while I re-configure some things over the next few…weeks?

…probably months.

Blog will keep trucking, though!

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