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Mon 13 Sep 2021 23:00 PDT

I'm getting the LaTeX bug again. That dreaded condition in which someone desperately needs to typeset things in overly complicated, programmatic ways.

God help me.

Thu 9 Sep 2021 20:00 PDT

Do you ever have days you just can't seem to make your brain *work*? Like you're sitting there and you're coding but it's going slower than molasses.

I don't really understand what causes days like that. Like I always feel like I should be able to *make* my brain just work.

At least I managed to do a first read through of the old paper "Believing The Axioms", which is really neat in terms of explaining the extrinsic motivations for the axioms of set theory and how, in a sense, arbitrary they really were.

Wed 8 Sep 2021 22:00 PDT

Doing sound design in supercollider is really fascinating. It's just straight up all the math of period functions added together and convoluted against each other and you're just making sounds that way.

From Tidal you can play any SynthDef pretty easily, there's just a basic formula for how to make synths that work with superdirt, and then you can just *play*.

I'm really immersing myself in a lot of sound synthesis stuff right now, trying to get a feeling for what the space of possibilities really is.

Tue 7 Sep 2021 21:20 PDT

The past few days have involved a lot of work in different programming environments. I've been working in Tidal and Supercollider, my normal live-coding setup, P5 because I'm currently writing a class that's an introduction to making art with it, and then Godot because there was a game jam about learning Godot made by the guy who did VVVVVV and Dicey Dungeons.

I really find that I *don't* like IDEs. The simpler the interface the better. It was practically a sigh of relief for me today when I was writing a bunch of P5 examples and I realized that, in fact, there is no code complete in the P5 editor. I get mindflooded easily by these things. It's like noise distracting me while I'm trying to think.

Thu 2 Sep 2021 20:45 PDT

I spent basically all day today working on synthdefs in Supercollider, administrative emails, and helping one of my partners with some hard things.

The supercollider stuff was, unsurprisingly, the most satisfying.

I'm working on a project to procedurally generate synth defs in Supercollider and then play them from Tidal, my favorite live coding system. I need to have this finished in about a month and a half for a performance I've already agreed to give at roguelike celebration.

Now you might be like "uhh excuse me but you didn't finish the project before agreeing to give the talk" and the answer would be "no, of course not, I can't finish all my code unless I have a deadline that's scaring the shit out of me. That's called 'the artistic process'".

Wed 1 Sep 2021 14:00 PDT

It's been awhile since I've posted here. I had been writing on my own geminispace server but I feel like for a little microblog like this it'd be nice to have the social aspect of participating in rawtext.

I've been, well, having a rough one for awhile. But I'm building out my makerspace, planning programming for it, and just generally hoping to make something that can actually do some good in the world.

Tue 28 Jul 2020 02:21:50 PM PDT

I'm writing this now with a silly little script I put together that takes text I write in nano and then inserts it with a date using sed

Sat 25 Jul 2020 05:48:21 PM PDT

Oh and I'm trying to start posting with a command line tool.

It's basically a wrapper around a sed command at the moment but maybe it'll get bigger

Sat 25 Jul 2020 05:45:21 PM PDT

Well dear reader it's been an odd saturday

Not even for any particular reason

7/22/2020 10:25

Exhaustion and depression are getting to me pretty badly.

I have a lot I want to do but I need help doing it.

I'm also really bad at asking for help.

I'm basically this tweet

7/21/2020 14:21

I've finished all my articles for October's issue.

Now I want to expand my piece on theorem provers into a small educational zine

7/20/2020 14:01

I have so many articles to finish.

7/20/2020 12:44

Had a work meeting that actually went well.

I'm starting to think I'm going to make a difference at this job? Frightening!

7/20/2020 11:21

Using this space as a microblog that I write with Sloum's Chalk line editor.

This counts as my first entry.

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