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I have a bad habit of creating side projects for my side projects.

Train All the Things - Planning

Earlier this year Hackaday announced the Train all the Things contest. I immediately knew I wanted to submit something, but figuring out what to build took me a little bit. For my side projects I like to make something that is useful to me, or somebody I know; while also learning something new. A few days after the contest was announced my daughter was in the basement playing outside my office/homelab when I remembered my wife had asked me if there was a way for her to know when I was working with somebody so that they could avoid coming down in the basement. I thought a voice driven display could be a fun solution.

Create and Apply a Git Patch

I’ve been using Source Hut as my primary host for source control and builds for a few months. I really enjoy it, but one of the main things I had to learn up front was how to apply a patch in git. Unlike Github and many other git host Source Hut makes use of the git patch work flow instead of PRs. At first I found this to be a bit frustrating, but I’ve actually come to see the value in the email and patch workflow that is different from the IM and PR work flow that many of us are used to. Hopefully this helps somebody else that is learning to use patches in the future.

(define zero(….))

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the SICP course taught by David Beazley. I’ve written a short summary of my experience here (tldr; take the course if you get the chance). While the course as a whole was challenging and an interesting a couple of the exercises stood out to me, and I wanted to take a moment to share them here.

The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs in 2020

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a course by David Beazley on SICP (The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs). SICP is a book that was first published in 1985 and has grown to have a bit of a reputation in various circles of software engineering. The book itself explores many areas of computer science with a language called Scheme (a lisp). For the course we made use of Racket and Python to explore those same concepts working through the book with an eye to it’s impact on modern language and design.