Switching to Emacs from Vim

by barce on April 23, 2015

I’ve been looking more and more at Clojure and decided to start coding using emacs.

Clojure is the language behind many highly performant and concurrent systems. It was used in BankSimple’s early days.

It’s also used at Akamai, a CDN, which has to serve hundreds of thousands of requests per second, when content rich media is getting “slash-dotted.”

I think my interest in using emacs has to do with how tightly knit Lisp is to it. It also seems highly customizable in a way that’s different from Vim. It’s highly customizable in a more programmatic way.

There’s a great “Getting Started” guide for Clojure, and emacs is recommended as the editor to use if you’re new.

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Day 34: I didn’t do my laundry for a month

by barce on February 26, 2015

And I’m still not doing it. Instead, I’ve gotten into the habit of just hand washing in the morning. I put my cloths into the sink, take a shower, and then dry the clothes and me. :) I don’t have to worry about sucking a huge chunk of my weekend to get clean clothes.

I didn’t think I’d last this long, because part of the process of quickly drying clothes involves using bath towels that started to get really funky by day 14. The solution is to sometimes rinse your clothes just enough that there’s still a bit of detergent. While you get the excess liquid out by wrapping your clothes with a towel and stomping on it, the soap gets onto the towel. Funk issues cured.

I just want to highlight that nylon and polyester blends are key to quickly drying clothes. By quick, I mean 4 to 8 hours air drying.

Also, the polyester blends that have coffee grounds as part of the fabric are very odor resistant. I’ve had my odor resistant hoody for a month and it still smells great.

What if it gets hot? Well, I learned about Ice Fil which is tech fabric that uses xylitol to cause a cooling, chemical reaction to your body when you sweat. You can be cooled by as much as 5 degrees F. This too also has a strong odor resistant property so after two bicycle rides, I haven’t had to wash my hoody made out of Ice Fil yet.

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Day 13: Minimalist Winter Gear

February 5, 2015

It’s day 13 of my challenge not to do laundry in washing machines and dryers and just hand wash for a month. So far it’s going great. $20 saved which I’ll use for tacos once I finish this post. Let’s talk winter gear. What’s the least you can wear and still stay comfortably warm? I […]

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Handwashing Clothes for a month: Day 3

January 26, 2015

When I was traveling through Iceland in November, I tried to travel as light as possible. I did this by handwashing my clothes: long johns, shirts, socks and underwear. If I could go 14 days without having to do laundry while traveling, could I go a whole month without doing laundry. This Saturday, I started […]

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The Post Friendship Era or Friendship is Dead

October 7, 2014

People use words for things that don’t exist. It’s how many authors do fiction. I’d like to add one more word to the set of things that don’t exist: Friendship. Philosophically, the idea is old. The 18th century philosopher Kant even contemplated the idea of a friendless world: “Even if there has never been a […]

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Instagram Flexes Its Marketing Muscle with CommunityFirst

June 24, 2014

Instagram hit 200 million users a few months ago. Of those 200 million users how many can Instagram engage? The marketing team at Instagram sent out boxes to select users. Users with follower counts as low as 188, and as high as 679,450 got these boxes. These users posted photos to the #communityfirst hashtag. I […]

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How to Get More Instagram Followers Free Honestly

June 16, 2014

We now know that you can get fake followers and brands won’t know the difference. These brands give tons of money to fakers. We also know that Googling “autolikers” will show us a bunch of apps that can be used to game around 200 followers per day. What does honest engagement look like? A network […]

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High Quality Engagement from Instagram Photo Walks

May 14, 2014

Last year I hosted over 25 photo walks organized through Instagram and about half of these were branded “experiences.” I did this to learn more about photography, marketing and working with brands. It was a fun experience but not so fun realizing I helped generate millions in revenue and just got an Instagram mug from […]

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RIBS for Bitcoin

March 11, 2014

I just found a piece on Hacker News called PR Advice from Facebook’s Head of Tech Communications To develop a compelling message, Marooney advises running it through the RIBS test (will your story “stick to your ribs”?) The RIBS test consists of crafting a message that is Relevant Inevitable Believable Simple If I were to […]

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Litecoin Mining: Building a Rig

December 16, 2013

Last week I built a Litecoin mining rig which cost $1673.96 to build. To break even, assuming I can produce 10 Litecoins, I need Litecoin to trade at around $167.40 USD. It is currently trading as of 12/16/2013 at around $25 USD. The 2 important things to know about Litecoin mining or mining any cryptocurrency […]

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