Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ten Rules for Reproducible Research

Those of you have been around for a while know I'm a big fan of reproducible research. I've written about it here, here, here, here, here, and here. Now Anton Nekrutenko, James Taylor, and Eivind Hovig have a nice article … Continue reading

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Notes on the Sacha-Magnar Interview

Sacha Chua has posted a followup to her interview with Magnar Sveen. It's basically a set of topic headings that index into the video of the interview. That's very nice because if you want to revisit a particular part of … Continue reading

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A YASnippet Tutorial

Matthew Keeler has posted a nice introduction to writing YASnippets. Keeler starts with a minimal snippet that simply includes the GPL 3 boiler plate in the file and then moves on to a for loop snippet for C/C++ that uses … Continue reading

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Coping With the NSA Dragnet

Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Martin Heinrich have an interesting Op-ed in The New York Times entitled End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now. In it they say that they believe the NSA's collection of telephone call metadata is a clear … Continue reading

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More Site Tuning

Since I tuned up the caching software for Irreal.org I've seen a significant improvement in download speeds. Unfortunately, I've also seen some problems with client-side caching. After I add a new post and reload the site, I see the previous … Continue reading

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Counting Check Marks

Here's my solution to the last EmacsGolf challenge. I used the apparently little-known how-many command. I normally use how-many in Elisp to count the occurrences of some regex. Here's an example from my old blog that leverages some code from … Continue reading

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Experience With flx-ido

After watching Sacha Chua's interview with Magnar Sveen, I wrote that Sveen had demonstrated some Emacs features that I wanted to try out. One of those was flx-ido. The flx package was written by Le Wang to bring Sublime Text's … Continue reading

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The NSA and Terrorism Fear Mongering

Whenever ordinary folks push back against—or even question—the NSA's extralegal surveillance of innocent citizens they are always told that it's to protect them from terrorists. “Don't let there be another 9/11,” they say. “Really,” they assure us, “it's for your … Continue reading

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What Does It Take? (European Edition)

Just in case those of you in Europe think that you don't have reason to be as mad as Americans should be, you might want to reconsider.

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An Easy EmacsGolf Challenge

Here's an easy EmacsGolf challenge that came up today. I have an org file in which some of the headings have a check mark (✓) at the beginning of the heading (but after the stars). The file is quite long … Continue reading

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