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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.

Messing with SVG

2021-06-19

I recently picked up a copy of SVG Essentials and have been reading it to get a better grasp on the fundamentals of the format and learn where I might use it. To really ease into things slowly I started with some very simple graphics of my own.

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Strategic Communication to C

2021-04-09

I saw an esoteric programming language posted online, strategic-communication, and thought it would be a lark to create a second implementation. In the interest of diversifying runtimes and architectures I set to creating a parser and compiling to C.

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Common Lisp Refactoring

2021-04-01

While I may have hinted that I wasn't going to; I went ahead and tried cleaning up my recent port of a Go module to Common Lisp.

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Full-Text Search

2021-03-29

Yesterday I implemented an English language stemming algorithm after reading about full-text search. Might as well round-out the project and implement the search as well.

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Language Stemming

2021-03-28

I read Let's build a Full-Text Search engine with interest and ended up on a tangent to implement an English language stemmer.

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CSS Tip of the Day

2021-03-22

A quick note about a single piece of HTML and CSS that I've used only enough that I have to recheck my notes each time to remind myself.

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Understanding Asteroids

2021-03-21

I read A guide to Windows application development using w64devkit and was amazed at how much was accomplished with so little. Key to the author's suggestions was simply using C and leveraging native libraries and APIs; the trouble is I don't even know what I don't know! Looking for a place to start I thought it would be instructive to pick apart the example program provided — Asteroids.

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Debugging Emacs

2021-03-05

I've got the day off today, what better way to spend it than debugging Emacs?

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Bike Share Data

2021-02-20

Being veritably snowed in today I thought I might circle back through the publicly available bike-share data for the city of Pittsburgh and see if there was anything of interest to be gleaned.

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Back to Org?

2021-02-15

As I continue to experiment and refine my own writing setup I have recently been trying out a quirky system not so different from the original setup for this weblog.

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