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Iron Arachne Updates for January

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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It’s been a dry spell for Iron Arachne for the past couple months. The holidays and work on Silver Gryphon Games meant that I had no time for coding outside of work. Coming up in February I have a two-week trip to Thailand. I won’t be coding during that, either! Yet, I have been spooling up some projects for Iron Arachne. Here are some of the things I’ll be doing this half of the year:

My Spin on the Unix Philosophy

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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The Unix philosophy guides the development of both Unix and its derivatives. It’s a good philosophical core to judge new projects by. I’m increasingly using the Unix philosophy in my own works. This is particularly true of new versions of Iron Arachne command line tools. There are multiple versions of the Unix philosophy bouncing around on the web. Some are longer or more stringent than others. What follows is my own interpretation of it.

Year in Review 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018

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As 2018 comes to a close, I’m looking back on the year and reflecting. It was a big year for me. On January 1, I proposed to my fiancee, and she accepted. We got married in October. In February, for the first time since 2005, I left the country. My fiancee, a couple friends of hers, and I all went to Punta Cana for a 7-day vacation. In May, I quit my job working for Spok and took a consultant position with Solution Design Group.

My Breakfast: A Recipe and a Ritual

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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I like cooking. I’m not necessarily good at it, but it’s fun to experiment and try new variations. This is a breakfast I prepare almost every morning. Each time I make it, I change something about it or try and focus on a specific technique. It’s like a cooking kata. The repetition of most of it means that I’m not devoting brain time to anything other than the particular focus of the morning.

Playing Characters You Hate

Friday, October 26, 2018

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When you play a role-playing game, you adopt the persona of someone other than you. In American RPGs, this often just means that you’re running a fictional version of yourself with a different race and a lot of swords, spells, or guns. But what if the character you play is intentionally your anathema? For example, what if you personally believe wholeheartedly in giving others second chances, but your character believes that if someone fails, they are irredeemably flawed?

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