Embellish later

So, @wholemilk said something I liked: Note to self re complicated programming: EMBELLISH LATER. — the no woman (@wholemilk) January 29, 2016 Yeah. But sometimes that’s hard. Why? I am a big believer in the value of considering the emotional landscape of any labor, but in my day to day, that means mostly programming. When …

The Historiography of Git, or How I learned to stop caring and love writing history

This post was occasioned by hearing about the experience of pairing with Nvie, and then talking with Owen about how he does similar things. Git is notorious for allowing you to rewrite history, which rubs some people the wrong way, but which I and some others think is actually pretty neat and useful, if you don’t …

Oh-my-zsh, virtualenvwrapper plugin, errors when you cd

(Because a few people have been having this problem.) Have you recently updated oh-my-zsh on your OS X install? Do you use the virtualenvwrapper plugin? Are you seeing “workon_cwd:6: command not found: realpath” whenever you try to cd? There’s a simple fix: brew install coreutils. That will provide the realpath command.

Lessons for a freelancer from time in an office

A year and a season ago, I took a new job, working at a small start-up in Boulder that aims to help people reduce home energy use. Last week was my last day there (I’m moving on to work with a team doing face recognition), and so I thought I’d write up some of what I learned.

This all comes from the point of view of someone who has mostly lived in a freelance mode, beginning with controlling my own schedule while I was high school age. So I’m unaccustomed to showing up at the same place regularly on someone else’s schedule. I’m unaccustomed to a lot of components of office life. And that’s exactly why I took the job in the first place. Continue readingLessons for a freelancer from time in an office

Git Shortcuts

I talked about how I use git. Let me talk about how I actually use it. I have an extensive [alias] section in my .gitconfig. Any sufficiently frequently used command gets abbreviated to two (or occasionally three) characters. st = status ci = commit co = checkout cob = checkout -b di = diff amend = …