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  • 2020-07-22 July Status Update

    This month is less heavy on the development side and goes more into what I’ve done to my servers. I didn’t get the chance to do as much software as I would’ve liked, though the coding I did do was fun and a learning experience.

  • 2020-07-09 Spotify on Linux

    I’ve been trying to use command-line tools more often recently, and that includes my music software. For a long time, I was using the official Spotify client for linux, with an AUR package here. This was fine for a while, but I really wanted to be able to use it on the commandline. This post is documentation on where I went with this.

  • 2020-06-22 Status Update: June 2020

    In the second month of status updates I’m going to announce my project for the summertime, and give an update on how I’ve been dealing with COVID.

  • 2020-06-08 My COVID Experience

    Since March, my state has been locked down almost completely, and we’re just now starting to reopen. My experience of the Coronavirus is probably different from most people, and given that the lockdown is getting slightly less strict, it’s a good idea in my eyes to reflect on what’s happened and how I’ve coped with the quarantine.

  • 2020-05-25 De-Googling Part One

    Taking a look at my use of Google and their… not-great history of privacy, I’ve been spending my spare time over the past few years working on, if it’s not possible to completely get off their platform, then at least minimize my use of it.

  • 2020-05-18 My Eagle Trail

    Over the past 12 years, I’ve been involved in the Boy Scouts of America. I’ve gone from a Tiger in elementary school to an Eagle Scout in High School. I’ve poured thousands of hours in both volunteering and camping, both as part of the main BSA program and the OA, and I’ve gone to the largest Scouting event in the world, the World Scout Jamboree. As I’ve now reached the pinnacle of the Scouts BSA program, I figured it would be a good idea to reflect on what brought me here, and where to go.

  • 2020-05-18 Status Update: May 2020

    I figured I’d take a leaf out of other people’s books and start doing monthly status updates (if I remember to do them). For the first month, I’ll be talking about Campmaster Constantine, Discord Scout Council, and this site.

  • 2020-05-02 Online Scouting

    During this pandemic and state of quarantine, many activities are moving online. This includes everything from schools, to work, to Scouting. I am not new to the world of online Scouting, having volunteered at the 2019 Jamboree on the Internet with ScoutLink, and being a member of the largest Discord Scouting community, Discord Scout Troop since April of last year. Through each of these, I’ve made friends from around the world, and learned more about other cultures than I ever would’ve otherwise.
  • 2020-04-29 Announcing Campmaster Constantine

    Overview I’ve been on Discord for five years now, and I’ve been developing bots for it since at least 2016. In that time I’ve really had two major bot projects, namely the OtmasBot and Kronos. Both of those were implemented in Node.JS, and they both had their respective problems. The OtmasBot was a mess, and sometimes the token even got leaked into git as well. Kronos was different. Kronos had a decent command framework (run through discord.
  • 2020-01-08 Scouts and D&D

    Mechanics It’s hard to play a game like Dungeons and Dragons at camp. Camp gets wet, and so do character sheets. Camp gets muddy and dirty, so do miniatures and game mats. Most importantly, younger Scouts aren’t always as keen on writing everything down and moving miniatures around as older, more experienced players. What my troop has done for these problems is remove a lot of the complexity surrounding the game.

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Articles from blogs I follow

pkg.go.dev is more concerned with Google's interests than good engineering

pkg.go.dev sucks. It’s certainly prettier than godoc.org, but under the covers, it’s a failure of engineering characteristic of the Google approach. Go is a pretty good programming language. I have long held that this is not attributable to Google’s stewards…

via Drew DeVault's Blog August 1, 2020
Announcing Rust 1.45.1

The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.45.1. Rust is a programming language that is empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software. If you have a previous version of Rust installed via rustup, getting Rust 1.45.1 is as easy …

via Rust Blog July 30, 2020
Status update, July 2020

Hi all! It’s time for another monthly status update. Yesterday I’ve released wlroots 0.11.0 and Sway 1.5! This is a pretty big release, with lots of new features and bug fixes. New features include headless outputs that can be created on-the-fly (one use-cas…

via emersion July 21, 2020

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