Engineering

A Birthday Card for Pandemic Times

Let's say you are trying to put together a special birthday for someone, but it's hard because the world is in the middle of a pandemic so you can't gather all of your friends to celebrate a birthday. You can't even pass around a birthday card and have everyone sign it without mailing it to a bunch of places! Here's a wacky solution I came up with back in May and I thought I'd write about it since I do like wacky things.

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Engineering

Software Engineering Daily podcast

I was invited to be on the Software Engineering Daily podcast recently, and the episode went live today! I talk about the infrastructure we set up with our talk radio ingest (similar to the talk I gave at Data Council a year ago) and also the pipeline we set up to ingest local conversation data through Cortico's Local Voices Network. Take a listen!

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Writing

Writing like a Coder

My new years resolution this year was to be less shy about my writing. So here's something— I've spent the last three years writing a book that turned out to be three books! Anyway, the first draft of that is done, and one of my lessons learned was actually software related, namely, what software I liked to use to write. So I wrote up a post with some helper scripts I've used to create the writing process that works the best for me, and the best part is, it's all free and open source! Hope this helps someone out!

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Engineering

Writing a Git Hook in Python

I gave a talk at the Boston Python Meetup back in October on using Python to write git hooks. My example was using a git hook to automatically add the titles of the books you are currently reading to your git commits. Why on earth would you want to do this? Well I wanted to do it because I use git to version control my writing, and often times I read my writing and wonder what I was reading at the time that made me write in that way. So it was a git hook that probably only I would use, but it was fun to learn, and even more fun to give a talk about. I'm a big fan of the Boston Python Meetup!

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Writing

Eden

Update 12/26— This was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Flash Fiction Magazine! Thanks Flash Fiction Magazine!!

Today my short story was published! I think this is actually the first short story I've really published. It's nice and short (<1000 words) and was largely influenced by Jesmyn Ward's beautiful writing about a relationship between a dog and a kid in Salvage the Bones. Hope you enjoy!

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