goldsmith’s art . . . which has nothing but delicate, cautious work to do and achieves nothing if it does not achieve it Lento . . . for precisely this reason it is more necessary than ever today, . . . in the midst of an age of ‘work’, that is to say, of hurry, of indecent and perspiring haste, which wants to ‘get everything done’ at once [we must seek it] — Nietzsche, DaybreakAs I try to slow down to write my textbook and find a way to bring the
to busy teaching and administrative responsibilities, I wanted to write a quick post to share some of the useful programming tools I have been using in the past year. These are not posted in any particular order and the list is incomplete.
- As I usually craft slides in Gimp, I have found Imagemagick is the easiest way to create a slide deck from the .pngs or .jpgs. Also, it is absolutely fantastic for instant image manipulation through a line of code.
- Switching from udp to tcp
- I was experiencing really bad network connections; making this simple change eliminated frustrating, frequent interruptions.
- Using Emacs for grep
- I cannot believe that I ever used the command line for grep. Mostly I use but there are other functionalities I use listed here and here.
- While Emacs org-mode has lots of support for LaTeX, it has still been helpful to learn some LaTeX commands for more tailored execution.
- Invaluable when you have two computers and want to share files. Syncthing is so easy to set up that some family members are now using it.
- Guix and Debian
- One weekend, I got Debian bullseye with Guix configured just right. But then a reboot messed things up – from what I understood because of firmware blob instability. I am listing this combo because that day I was using the perfect setup was such a fun and happy day this year.
- CSS, HTML, static websites
- Really enjoying how fun it is to build on CSS, HTML knowledge. I currently know more than I have the time to apply to my sites. Accessibility is something I want to improve. Also enjoying ways to make the most of static websites and need to find time to write about class website innovations this year.
- I continue to love how Emacs never blocks my growth but always shows multiple ways of pursuing new areas of curiosity. As noted above: Grep? Emacs does it. Still want to extend LaTeX and not leave Emacs? Just add the code. Etc. Also: has anyone heard of an update on OmegaT/Emacs integration?
- The wiki way
- Still iterating (Stieglerian, Nietzschean) ways to integrate the wiki way into my teaching. Really enjoyed this Ward Cunningham video. There is something very important about speed vs. wiki: wiki may mean ‘quick’ but because I am using it for classes within a faculty of philology, I also try to make use of it in slower ways. Incidentally, the quote at the incipit is about philology.
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