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One Heart Apart

Can we help people out half the world away? If that is too far, then can we help our people on our own continent? If that is too far, then what about our state, our city, or even our next-door neighbors? Humans are only as far away from us as we are from our own […]

Easily check src block correctness in org-mode

Thank you Nicolas Goaziou, for the beginnings of an org-lint. The goal here was to: Report an error if there is a source block without a language specified Report an error if there is a source block with a language specified that is not present in `org-babel-load-languages’ And, it does. (defun gcr/src-block-check () (interactive) (org-element-map […]

Notes on ALEC

Last week I blogged about pushing ALEC out to GitHub. My focus there was 100% philosophical, and I barely said a thing about the details. This post is to share some of the details. ALEC is my 5th attempt and configuring Emacs for myself. After spending nearly a year practicing Org-Mode, this version feels much […]

You just keep pushing

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing. — Rene Descartes

ALEC’s a Language for Expressing Creativity

ALEC is the new configuration of my Emacs/Organization-Mode system. Just wanted to share some thoughts on the experience. The code says a lot, and the text, too, but I’m more interested in the experience. For context, this is the next step of TC3F. If nothing else, just know that the tangle time went down from […]

Do what you can

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe Via Ben.

An example cause of burnout

There are many recipes for burnout. One of them by analogy is to operate a 28 ton earth moving machine powered by a 2 horsepower (hp) engine attached to an unlimited fuel supply (use your imagination). It doesn’t matter how capable the machine is or the value of the fuel you are using, the engine […]

Happiness vs Enjoyment

Happiness and enjoyment are easily confused because they mostly feel the same. Their major difference though seems to be the duration of the feeling and the ease by which the state may be entered. Happiness seems to be more long-lived while enjoyment seems to me short-lived. Happiness seems to be mostly independent of the circumstances […]

When is a number an integer?

This post poses a seemingly very simple question: “When is a number an integer?” and very quickly evolves to provide a delightful exposition of what it means when someone answers with “it depends”. My vote is that the most intuitive and least-surprising approach is x%%1==0.

A Question’s Worth

We all know that answers have worth. Questions do too, though. A big part of being a successful human, and scientist, is being able to assess the value of both.