Poor mans UML / Emacs Artist Mode

     

When building or designing software, I love to draw diagrams. I find the old adage “a picture is worth one thousand words” to be spot on. I also find that the diagrams are the most useful when they are right next to the source code. Having to drudge though a wiki or search though a separate documents folder to find the diagram that refers to the code I am looking at seems like a waste of time.


What are closures in javascript

     

In my pursuit of gainful employment, I was asked an interview question about closures in javascript. The question kind of threw me for a loop because when writing javascript I have never consciously thought “ok, now I need to use a closure here.” I answered the question poorly - mostly just passing on it - and decided to research it later. Now, I have used closures in Groovy which look something like this:


How to fix "Soft 404s" in Wordpress

     

We’ve been moving a somewhat large site from a proprietary platform onto Wordpress. As you probably know, when you move a site from one platform to another, a lot of the URLs will change. In our case, amongst other things, many URLs went from having an .aspx extension to having none. On top of that, some features or pages just don’t exist anymore. To combat the URL confusion, we proactively monitor and attempt to fix 404s before, during, and for a few months after a move.


Vegan eateries by location and budgets

     

The end of the year is one of my favorite times of year. It’s when I see how I did with the goals I set for the current year and start to plan out my next adventures for the new year. I also like to either delete old ideas, or finish up random, playing-around code I have sitting in the old Projects folder. This year I made a conscious effort to refrain from putting out bits of code, but there are two proof of concept apps that I found useful and kind of fun.


One-time pad in Javascript

     

Recently, I was doing some research on encryption for a project. I’ve used encryption libraries in past projects, but I’ve never written any actual encryption algorithms myself. And as the Internet does from time to time, I got sucked into looking around at the various algorithms. I came across an interesting encryption algorithm that I had never heard of. Apparently, it can not be cracked: the one-time pad. This is the one that most movies reference when you see the spy guy with his little flip book of paper.


Watching YouTube videos without Flash

     

I’ve been trying to eliminate flash from my system, and one pain point I’ve run into is watching YouTube videos on the YouTube website. The videos play fine on an iPad or iPhone, but for some reason when I browse them on my desktop, YouTube really wants me to use the Flash player. There used to be an HTML5 video option (set for the whole account), but I can’t seem to find it anymore.


Ordering iPhoto in Reverse Chronological Order

     

This is a very small thing that has been bothering me lately, and a benevolent voice from the void showed me how to resolve most of my woes. I’ve noticed that everywhere photos are displayed on all my devices, the order is oldest to newest. It’s a very small thing, but I have photos from around the year 2000, and scrolling through 13 years of photos to get to a recent one started to bother me a bit.


Living Below the Line - Day 5

     

This year, I decided to take part in the Living Below the Line fundraising campaign. Living Below the Line aims to raise awareness about poverty by challenging people to live off of $1.50(USD) a day (the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line). If you’d like, you can donate to my campaign or donate to the cause in general. As you might have read in Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3 my strategy is to live exclusively off beans and rice for the next 5 days as that was all my $7.


Living Below the Line - Day 3

     

This year, I decided to take part in the Living Below the Line fundraising campaign. Living Below the Line aims to raise awareness about poverty by challenging people to live off of $1.50(USD) a day (the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line). If you’d like, you can donate to my campaign or donate to the cause in general. As you might have read in Day 1 or Day 2, my strategy is to live exclusively off beans and rice for the next 5 days as that was all my $7.


Living Below the Line - Day 2

     

This year, I decided to take part in the Living Below the Line fundraising campaign. Living Below the Line aims to raise awareness about poverty by challenging people to live off of $1.50(USD) a day (the U.S. equivalent of the extreme poverty line). If you’d like, you can donate to my campaign or donate to the cause in general. As you might have read in Day 1, my strategy is to live exclusively off beans and rice for the next 5 days as that was all my $7.