Sunday, October 23, 2011'Ooh, biker chick!' was the elderly man's reaction to our appearance in the grocery aisle. We had reached the mid-point of our adventure and were gathering supplies at the nearby Martin's Supermarket. At home we'd go out of our way to walk for groceries, but we had decided that the wind and impending rain were enough of an obstacle to render moot discussion of the fifteen-mile roundtrip.
Saturday, October 1, 2011It has long bugged many of the Webmachine hackers that this relationship with Alan Dean's HTTP flowchart is one-way. Webmachine was made from that graph, but that graph wasn't made from Webmachine. I decided to change that in my evenings last week.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Amanda knew that I had been itching to take a multi-day trip on my motorcycle for some time. What she didn't expect was that I'd bring her along on my first!
Friday, March 4, 2011
If you were interested in my last bit of alternative code-geekery, you may also be interested to hear that I've pushed that NerdKit Gaming code farther. If you browse the github repository now, you'll find that the game also includes a highscore board, saved in EEPROM so it persists across reboot. It also features a power-saving mode that kicks in if you don't touch any buttons for about a minute. Key-repeat now also allows the player to hold a button down, instead of pressing it repeatedly, in order to move the cursor multiple spaces.
Friday, February 18, 2011
If you have been following my posts about using Riak's map/reduce system to compute baseball statistics via the luwak_mr library, or if they're still sitting in your ‘read later’ pile, you may be interested in a presentation I gave yesterday on the same topic.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Contrary to the evidence on this blog, not all of the code I write is in Erlang. It's not even all web-based or dealing with distributed systems. In fact, this week I spent my evenings writing C for an embedded device.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011I think I can be more specific about one component of readability that holds sway over the rest: naming. Partially the quality of each name, but also the ratio of named to unnamed things. But most important of all, the ratio of named to unnamed verbs.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
If you enjoyed my last post on the Basho Blog, about computing baseball stats using Riak's map/reduce, you may also enjoy my followup post about dealing with (or avoiding) records that have been split across block boundaries.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The luwak_mr tool I wrote about last weekend kept my imagination chugging this week. The result? I've learned a bit about baseball, and written code to compute batting average using luwak_mr (and Riak map/reduce, of course).