I've written a new ebook. It's a guided tour through four hacks. Two of the hacks are animation hacks which use music gear and a music protocol ( MIDI). The other two are 100% music hacks, i.e., one of them is an algorithmic dance music generator in Clojure with Overtone -- which generates original bass lines and plays a standard drum rhythm -- while the other is a drum machine in Node.js and CoffeeScript, with some brief notes on how to modify it to make it algorithmic, and/or …
The name comes from the fact that I made one of the synthesizer parts in this track sort of meow like a cat.
mrd - to run off a RAM disk on for faster tests without wear on your .
CSS Trashman - version of CSS-Ratiocinator to generate stylesheets.
TrackerTracker - Multi-project scrum UI for .
A Dramatic - Giles Bowkett contributes to the discussion of Rails lack of flexibility. of " Is Omakase"
RDF.rb 1.0 Release - implementing the core concepts, with a lot of add-on notation gems available.
I should have blogged about this earlier, because as it is, I don't really have time to get into detail. The major reason is my health; I have a serious illness, and a challenging treatment plan. Moving to New Mexico will make it a lot easier for me.
I might go into more detail later, because I don't want to freak anyone out too much. I'm probably going to be perfectly fine, it's just a lot easier to guarantee that if I make this move.
This is a track I made years ago, when I lived in Korg ER-1 as a kind of challenge, to see how many different sounds and textures I could get from it.. The style is a kind of Warp Records ambient techno vibe, like J, Autechre in a gentle mood, or Black Dog / B12. With the exception of a sample at the end, I made the entire thing on a
The sample begins at about 4:15. It's fun.
Wearable head-mounted camera reads your brainwaves and records whatever you're seeing if it estimates your interest level meets arbitrary 60% threshold.
I wrote a new (e)book, calledAs A Disservice: Fixing A Broken Rails App . It's a caffeine-fueled foray into fixing legacy code. I wrote it partly because I have some students who I'm training, and I wanted to show them the difference between bad Rails code and good Rails code. I also wrote it because I was a little bit outraged by somebody else's ebook.
I started with this open source Rails app, an allegedly good example of a subscription site using …
True story: I used to be pretty good about inbox zero. Then I started using iPhones and iPads. The email apps sucked compared to Gmail, so I got in the habit of leaving stuff in my iOS inboxes until I could go into Gmail on the web and clean them up. Then I got bad at inbox zero. Today I absolutely suck at inbox zero.
I also used to be great at browser tabs. I never left them open all day, never had more than three or four at any given time. I suck at that too now, and again I blame not only myself, but also iOS.
Picture a circle of chairs in a church basement, a small group of people, faces holding anxiety and shame, but also a quiet courage and determination. In the background, a cheap table, a big metal cylinder full of hot coffee, and a stack of paper cups. Everybody's quiet. I stand up.
Me: "My name's, and I read ."
Everybody: "Hi Giles."
Due to my shameful addiction, which I struggle daily to overcome, yesterday I heard about a…