16 April 2014

The Ruby Reflector

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Giles Bowkett

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 2 days ago.
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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 5 days ago.
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I made this in Cinema 4D.

The soundtrack's Night Is On My Mind .

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By Mike Gunderloy of A Fresh Cup 1 year ago.
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mrd - Gem to run MySQL off a RAM disk on OS/X for faster tests without wear on your SSD.

CSS Trashman - Online version of CSS-Ratiocinator to generate optimized CSS stylesheets.

TrackerTracker - Multi-project scrum UI for Pivotal Tracker.

A Dramatic Reading of " Rails Is Omakase" - Giles Bowkett contributes to the discussion of Rails lack of flexibility.

RDF.rb 1.0 Release - RubyGem implementing the core RDF concepts, with a lot of add-on notation gems available.

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 8 days ago.
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Because it's written in C.

To quote yaakov34 on Hacker News :

There was a discussion here a few years ago about memory vulnerabilities in C. Some people tried to argue back then that various protections offered by modern OSs and runtimes, such as address space randomization, and the availability of tools like Valgrind for finding memory access bugs, mitigates this...

My opinion, then and now, is that C and other languages without memory checks are unsuitable for writing secure code ...

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 16 days ago.
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It's that time again, ladies and gentlemen: my products are on sale, all this week, at discounted prices!

I have a bunch of products, so I just made a little table of all the discounts. Links take you through to pages with more detail on each product, including "buy now!" gifs and/or links somewhere on the page.

Fair warning: many of these products include very foul language and extravagantly colorful metaphors.

product normal price sale price! Hacking Music and MIDI

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 26 days ago.
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I've done paid and semi-paid programmer mentoring for a while, and I'm going to tell you what it's like.

In 2010 I ran a coaching service, basically mentoring other programmers for an hourly rate. It made good money, but I shut it down for two fairly capricious reasons. First, I had several people who never showed up for their sessions, but continued paying me, and I didn't have any policy in place to manage things if these folks suddenly said, " OK, I've paid you …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 28 days ago.
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I've got a design I like, and I want to explain its motivations.

I'm from Chicago, and in the 90s I went to a lot of raves in San Francisco. I was more of a nerdy hermit in Chicago (and am more of a nerdy hermit today), but I remember being surprised in San Francisco by the way everybody danced facing the DJ. In clubs in Chicago, everybody danced facing each other, which is to say, pointed in a thousand different random directions.

The dance music history an …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 28 days ago.
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A tweet got me started on the idea.

(I started with BASIC when I was 11, and began doing all kinds of random web stuff long before I ever learned Lisp, but better late than never.)

To be fair, I basically already learned Clojure last year, in the sense that I took a workshop on algorithmic music in Common Lisp and translated what I was learning into Clojure so I could use Overtone and Quil to make MIDI-controlled generative art and Markov chain basslines …

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 1 month ago.
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I've made a few things in the process.

Here's a TIE fighter:

Here's a bunch of them, plus an Imperial Star Destroyer:

Here's a couple Tachikomas with a cheeseball 1990s cyberpunk backdrop:

Here's some ravey visuals, plus soundtrack :

And here's some quick spirals:

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By Giles Bowkett of Giles Bowkett 1 month ago.
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I met Jim at several conferences, indeed in 2008 I think we did three of the same conferences in a row. It was like we were travel neighbors. I think I first met him at a Pragmatic workshop where he taught me and a room full of other programmers how to do TDD. He was warm, generous, and positive, and a great example of the old-school Ruby attitude. He will definitely be missed.

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