I've decided to experiment with a weekly blog post that consolidates my reading, programming, and general learning. Here's week 1!
Some portion of Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman
Quite a bit of Infected, a hard sci-fi novel by Scott Sigler
The Humanism arc of HPMOR (Ch. 43 to 46). It's just...
Bits of Blindsight, which is our pick for the eSpark book club. This was my second reading. Surprised by how impactful it was on the second go around.
Personal project: how to visualize Chernoff faces using D3 and React.js. Here's more about this.
Personal project: how to save all Reddit account data in one JSON file. Here's my Github project.
- This was particularly fun and actually quite easy to do. Albeit, I cut away much of the hard stuff to get it done in less than two hours, but the core functionality is there already: take a SQL file and make a Ruby function out of it that executes that SQL with a provided db connection.
Tools I heard about
MirageOS -- A programming framework for building type-safe, modular systems
Cryogen -- A static site generator in Clojure
Words API -- API for words! Pretty legit
Sqitch -- database change management
Postgrest -- REST API for any postgres database
DTrace Toolkit -- just amazing index of tools/scripts that use
dtraceto conjure arcane artifacts
Zapier has new email parsing capabilities!
Resources I bookmarked
I also started using Evernote for reminders too. They sync with Sunrise Calendar! Both ways! It's nice to reduce the complexity of this reminders-and-done-list tracking process.
In addition, I managed to figure out a way to back up everything for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, etc. It's interesting to see how these different services package up data. One thing I still need is an easy way to export and auto backup all of Evernote.
Overall, a successful week. I don't think I covered everything here (by a long shot), but this is a good enough summary.