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Idle Cycles


A collection of thoughts and experiments that at one point occupied my time, some still do. These are the things happening in my idle cycles.

Advent of Code, Day Two

2018-12-10

Yikes! I am getting severely behind on my Advent of Code "puzzle-a-day" challenges. I've just wrapped up puzzle number two on day 10! This one will be brief.

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Advent of Code, Day One

2018-12-01

Another year, another attempt at tackling the annual Advent of Code. I decided last year that solving the puzzles wasn't necessarily the fun part for me and instead I like it as a way to practice programming, so this year I think I'll try doing things in Common Lisp.

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Colemak Attack

2018-10-27

I'm messing around with alternative keyboard layouts and it occurred to me that I should try and qualify their potential impact on my day-to-day work.

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Monty Hall in Common Lisp

2018-10-13

I've been doing a bit of reading this weekend including a chapter on the Monte Carlo method out of Data Analysis with Open Source Tools and making it about half-way into Practical Common Lisp. It occurred to me it might be fun to write a little program combining the two.

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Twisted's Klein

2018-10-06

In doing some greenfield development at work recently I've been digging into Twisted and the Klein "micro-framework". I'm really coming to appreciate some aspects of the projects as a result.

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SQL Prototypes

2018-09-18

I had an interesting problem to work on this afternoon that lead a few features of Postgres I haven't previously used. It was an interesting exercise in some quick prototyping in pure SQL.

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A Different Kind of Optimization

2018-07-04

Attempting to analyze and profile one of my projects I've come to appreciate an orthogonal solution to the need for speed.

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Your Test Framework is Making Things Worse

2018-06-30

I have been using pytest for a few different projects recently and while I've found it very usable, I have also found it to be very complicated.

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ORM Annoyances

2018-06-29

Struggling needlessly with Django's Object Relational Mapper, I find myself agreeing more and more with Ted Neward who claimed ORMs to be the vietnam of computer science.

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Configuring fail2ban

2018-05-04

I was browing this webserver's load average history and trying to correlate "spikes" with activity in logs. This eventually lead to browsing the logs for fail2ban, with some notable results.

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