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Archive for April 2013

One More Language

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I’ve been learning Lua for a side project.  I had alternatives in C++ or Ruby, but the one involved setting up a finicky environment and the other I found vaguely distasteful last time I tried it.  So far, given Lua’s basic premise, I’ve not been displeased with the language.

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Written by eswald

30 Apr 2013 at 10:05 pm

Posted in Technology

Dealing with Death

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This has been an unusual weekend for me.  First, I learn that a public figure has passed away.  One whose work I had appreciated, but whose time in the limelight had already been spent.  The next day, the death of a local community member was announced via mailing list, noting a long struggle with cancer.  The day after, I learn that a friend had failed to awaken from surgery.

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Written by eswald

23 Apr 2013 at 9:59 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Spouse

Uncrunching Git

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I abuse version control.  I use it for program development, of course, even when I have no reason to expect anyone else to care.  I use two separate types for my home directory; one private, another public.  I’ve used git as a package manager.  But the best way I’ve found to utterly break it is a saved game directory.

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Written by eswald

16 Apr 2013 at 9:35 pm

Posted in Technology

Making Guns Boring

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After mentioning the possibility of a gun training course as a normal part of growing up, I have begun to consider some of the extra potential in that approach.  Could we make such a course so excruciatingly boring that participants don’t want to see a gun again for the rest of their lives?  Alternatively, could we use it as a platform to teach other subjects?

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Written by eswald

9 Apr 2013 at 9:13 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics

Fortress Stories

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I seem to have discovered Spearbreakers just in time for it to start wrapping up. I greatly admire its authors, who have produced an amazing storyline very nearly out of thin air. I might have liked to participate, but it feels awkward to jump in at this point. I’m also unsure of my own skills in the storycrafting department.

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Written by eswald

2 Apr 2013 at 11:08 pm