Opportunistic diversions for 2019-04-17

I watched a couple interesting videos that I enjoyed, and thought I’d share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5PvHlk3yig This Engadget video about the differences between DSLR and mirrorless cameras is terrific. Chris Schodt did a great job explaining both camera categories, and the advantages each type has. Well worth watching. https://twitter.com/ChrisSchodt/status/1117883051973865473 Leonardo Da Vinci was clearly a remarkable person,…

How hard could it be to setup a Minecraft server?

My son and his friends are getting back into Minecraft, and they’ve been playing on some random server that they have some issues with. I gave it some thought, and decided that I could set up a Minecraft server for them on a Digital Ocean. I mean, how hard could this be, right? It turns…

Tips for being productive on GitHub

I spend much of my day interacting with GitHub in one form or another as part of my day job, even though I’m not working at Automattic as a software developer. Between coding little scripts to make me more efficient, and managing or contributing to work-related projects, I use GitHub daily. This is why I…

Unfashionably still an Atom editor fan

I’ve loved the idea of the Atom editor since I saw the initial announcement video three years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7aEiVwBAdk I used it on and off as a text editor since it was released. Sure, it was sluggish, but I didn’t think too much of it. I used Atom for a text-based productivity system a couple…

Creating good through open source

I really like videos like this: https://youtu.be/HzZxcfVn_08 Open source as a way of doing things has such amazing potential to make our world so much better. Watching videos like this tend to prompt me to revisit my calendar and try find regular blocks of time I can dedicate to my dusty coding projects.

Scientific papers shouldn’t be published as PDFs

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="469"] Examples of Jupyter notebooks[/caption] I enjoyed James Somers’ article in the Atlantic titled “The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete” about how the standard format for scientific papers, namely PDF, is no longer the appropriate format for such data-intensive work. This is, of course, the whole problem of scientific communication in a nutshell:…

Learning Flask with Corey Schafer

My Summer project is to finish an initial version of my Practice Math site for our kids. I’ve hit a bit of a snag with fractions, but the functionality for whole numbers is almost ready. The next step is to create a web site for the project so our kids can use the app through…

Practice Math – the Python Edition

One of my projects this Summer is to redevelop my Practice Math project. The goal is to create a site that my kids can use to practice their math.

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