Archive for May, 2008

Hackfest 1111001

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Two New Members!
Ashok (with a silent “H”)
– co-worker of Humza and Cary Hull
– making a website for studying/memorizing
– – will use spaced repetition to pick flashcards to show
– co-worker of Ashok
– learning AppEngine
– – looking at using Exhibition with AppEngine

Scott Driscoll (previously)
– writing Matlab code for a freelance project
– has been selling robotics kits to Make magazine
– work: daily insane perl refactoring sprees
– running: daily
– – on track to hit 100 miles for the month
– should perhaps consider occasionally doing things other than work and running
– stretch goal: put a python REPL into a browser using jython and an applet
– – talked with Lex Spoon about this
– talking with Zach about compilers and byte-code interpreters
– running daily
– wrote an outline of making the wiibow
– – with glovepie + puredata
– organizing his workflow paradigm desktop
– hacking on apparent
– – improving query performance by indexing apartments geohash (not the xkcd geohash)
– trying to make Processing allow Java 1.5 syntax
– – getting segfaults
– should have stuck to playing with geomerative
– biked to Stone Mountain yesterday
– made tiny animations in Flash and Photoshop

Hackfest 1111000

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

– used jQuery for ALOE, impressed
– needed client-side autocompleter
– “the jQuery plugin idea is very nearly perfect”
 – helped throw a surprise birthday party
 – went to the Obama rally in Portland with 75,000 people (video)
 – voted
 – did a little more SICP, has been on a plateau for a while, though
 – last day at job will be June 27 (but certainly not counting, or anything)
– sudoku solver
– flashes of love for statically typed languages
– app for keeping track of lines-written-per-day
– got the apartment finder running on appengine
– bulk uploader for pushing craigslist data into datastore
– trouble with db.TextProperty
– stumbling towards objective-c
– – going to make 1337 iPhone apps that do musical things
– air violin, wiibow
– at panopticon-esque job, did web surfing in lynx
– getting familiar with geomerative
– nowhere near “materializing” fonts yet
– needs to make some additional geometric datastructures

Hackfest 1110111

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

– went rockclimbing for the first and second times
– it’s zen, sections of rock are “problems” that you “solve”
– secretly: went on a secret journey, that nobody knows about,
because it’s secret
– calculated the hundred millionth Fibonacci number!:
– can’t stop thinking about integer sequences
– started posting the “apparent” housing finder to appengine,
– made it all ajaxy
– started designing an icon (to rule the world)
– catching up on work
– reading “do androids dream of electric sheep”
– got a bicycle and a haircut
– sudoku solver
– gearsing, going to use svn revision number instead of md5
– hung out in portland with lindsey
– did math together, from sicp
– got rid of appcelerator from skribit
– widget went from 300Kb to 6Kb
– using geomerative to render fonts,
– found and fixed a geomerative/mac issue,
– is going to “materialize” fonts: make them melt like wax, inflate like ballons, etc

Hackfest 1110110

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

– sketching in processing
– writing javascript for apparent
– impemention knuth’s dancing links algorithm (for sudoku)