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Ursala K Twitter Bot

I don’t exactly remember the conversation or how the idea came up, I think we were talking about google translate in an infinite loops until the change between rounds is minimal, but a conversation happened at work, and that let me to creating Ursala K Bot. It’s a twitter bot that listens for a keyword, currently that keyword is Seattle, and then takes the text of the tweet and sends it through a series of translations using the Microsoft Azure Text Translation service....

Words have failed

this post is a result of a fragile and destroyed emotional state after the Pulse shooting in Orlando, I’m not going to apologize for the rawness of it. As I woke this morning, and read the reports of the tragedy that happened at Pulse, one of Orlando’s most famous gay clubs, I was stricken dumb. Unable to articulate how destroyed I was that this happened. People have said “well, it’s Florida, after all....

Podcasting to Write

Late last year, I had an idea. I need to write more. I have two in-progress novels, one will probably never see the light of day, and the other is only in the initial plotting phase, but writing and publishing what you write are two different beasts. I write, but I rarely let other people see my writing, and I wanted to change that, so I made a deal with myself....

Writing Group Procedure

Quick Summary We are going to work through the book Steering the Craft. Each month we will tackle a different exercise, and this will require you to do some reading, some prewriting, and some prereading of other people’s writing so we can effectively use our time for critique and an additional writing exercise in the hour allotted. This type of session, with reading and prework, will only be one of the weekly meetings a month....

Shut up and Write

Nanowrimo is over, and like thousands of other people, you didn’t hit the 50,000 word count this year, you didn’t hit it last year, or any other year that you attempted it. This may be your first time, or your last time because you are fed up. I am exactly the same way, but I managed to succeed this year. This year, when I started to contemplate Nanowrimo, I sat down and analyzed what went wrong every time before....

CascadiaFest 2015

tl;dr CascadiaFest 2015 was rad. please note, I’ll have links to all of the videos for the talks as soon as they are available. Day One: CSS Day Day one was all about CSS with a Hardware workshop in the afternoon. All in all it was a good day. The first talk was about the future of CSS and how some things coming down the pipe will either obsolete css preprocessors, or make they jobs easier....

20 year reunion update

Rather than have to repeat the answer to “what have you been up to for the last 20 years”, I decided to do a small life update post that outlines everything that happened to me since I graduated from high school. Enroll at LA Tech studying EE Do not handle my alcohol well, end up in the hospital during LSMSA class of ‘96 graduation night Experimental Math class where I met most of my LA Tech friends, but really only stay in touch with one of them Come out Decide Computer Engineering is more my speed, transfer to LSU off campus housing, first relationship (Hi Paul) Work at Intersurf as sys admin Live with Mary (LSMSA class of ‘96), met Rush Bored in college, drop out, follow Rush to Seattle Start dead [ protocol ] society Job at V-Servers, porting servers, networking, hacking, kernel hacking Win some social engineering contests V-Servers merged with Lightrealm, bought by Micron, merged with Hostpro Live in a house full of hackers Go to England, fall in love with photography Meet my husband, Cord Hacker House falls apart, everyone scatters to the wind Hostpro decides to move all operations to Atlanta, I say fuck that....

Seattle Recommendations

Recommendations for things to do in Seattle Things to see Underground Tour Pike Place Market Fremont (Troll, statue of Lenin, Rocket Ship) Theo’s Chocolate Factory Tour Space Needle / EMP Snoqualmie Falls Alki Beach Golden Gardens Teatro Zinzanni (dinner and a show) Places to Eat Humbow in Pike Place Market La Ilsa (Ballard) Hot Cakes (Ballard) Lady Yum for Perisian Macarones (Kirkland) Dim Sum at Noble Court (Bellevue) Top Pot Doughnuts (Belltown) Salumi’s Skillet Seattle Coffee Milstead Vivace Cafe Ladro Victrola Bauhaus Coffee ...

omnifocus + tableau

I’ll freely admit that I’m a productivity geek. I love tools, optimizing my process, and being able to show progress across a number of different axies in my life. To that end, I’m always search for the ultimate tool which I know doesn’t exist, but nonetheless, the search continues. Enter Omnifocus (note: you need the pro version for this to work). It’s a pretty good tool for building a task/project tracking system....

Code Retreat 2014

What is Code Retreat? Code Retreat is an event where you get together, pair program, and try to solve the same problem over and over with different constraints applied to it, deleting all of your code between attempts. Traditionally, you use Conway’s Game of Life and once a year, there is the global code retreat day with lots of events happening all across the world. I attended one of the global ones....