Blog Posts for 2019

Blog Posts

Learning to use emacs

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019

Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes

I’ve been a vim user for somewhere around 10 years. While I’m comfortable enough in it, my knowledge and practice of it are still relatively amateurish. For a long time now I have heard others sing the praises of emacs, and since I’m trying to expand my horizons, it sounded like a good idea to try and pick it up. I’m writing this blog post in emacs. Where possible, emacs is the first editor that I reach for, even though I know I could accomplish my goals faster and with less pain if I stuck to what I know.

News sites in a post-advertisement world

Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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This post is a response to “News Websites are Dumpster Fires”, which rails against the current business model of most news websites. The problem that faces news websites is not as simple as just a business model change. The purpose of a news website is to provide accurate, current information on topics relevant to the health and progress of society. This is an expensive endeavor. Journalism isn’t easy - indeed, sometimes it can be dangerous, depending on the topic covered.

Updates to Iron Arachne: The World API and more

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

It’s been awhile since I blogged about Iron Arachne. Much has changed since then. The various disparate APIs have been collapsed into a single “World API.” This makes it much easier to change, which means I can iterate faster and release more frequently. Also, the front-facing website is no longer a static JavaScript-powered site, but rather a full Laravel application. This lets me do a few clever things which I’ll get into later.

Regarding My Blogs

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019

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I’ve been frustrated lately with the writing side of Hugo. It’s a great tool for publishing and content transformation. It plays well with CI/CD tools. My static site host, Netlify, makes hosting sites built with Hugo a breeze. However, when it comes to being able to write whenever the mood strikes, Hugo is horrible. Yes, technically, I can just use GitHub’s web IDE to write a new post. I don’t have to use the git+vim workflow that I often do when writing Markdown.

Getting back into MMORPGs

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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As a result of my one-year boycott of Activision-Blizzard, I found myself without any of my usual games to play. I decided to take the opportunity to return to a genre I haven’t played much of in the past few years - MMORPGs. Aside from a month where I played World of Warcraft following the new expansion, and about three weeks playing Final Fantasy XIV after that, I haven’t played MMOs much in the last three years.