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