Monthly Archives: February 2014

Prompting for Repository in Magit Status

I found another great tip from Leonardo Etcheverry. Sometimes I want to call magit-status but the current buffer isn't associated with the proper repository. That happens, for example, when I'm in the agenda buffer and want to commit one of … Continue reading

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Resolving Git Merge Conflicts with Ediff

Leonardo Etcheverry has an excellent short post on how to resolve merge conflicts with Magit and ediff. For various reasons, I don't often encounter merge conflicts so I always struggle with getting them resolved. Etcheverry's post shows how easy this … Continue reading

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Running Emacs in the OS X Terminal

Most of us, these days, prefer to run everything from a GUI. Of course, there are plenty of times when we need to use a terminal. That can be a problem for Emacs users on OS X because there is … Continue reading

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Scientific Illiteracy

A little while ago I wrote about mathematical literacy and disturbing indications of a lack of it in American life. Now there's evidence of American's scientific illiteracy as well. The National Science Foundation recently polled 2,200 people on some basic … Continue reading

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Git Bisect Tutorial

Back in December, I wrote about Randy Fay's screencast on Git bisect. Now Matt Honeycutt has posted his own tutorial. It's in the form of a blog post so if Fay's video moved too quickly for you to follow, you … Continue reading

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Nanopass Compilers

For the 2013 Clojure Conj, Andy Keep gave a great talk on nanopass compilers. The idea is that rather than having the normal 2, 3, or 4 passes in a compiler, you have several passes each of which does one … Continue reading

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Lisp Debugging with Slime

Rainer Joswig has a nice video up demonstrating how to debug Lisp with Slime. In a sense there's nothing new here: most Slime users are pretty much aware of the facilities that he uses. Nevertheless, it's very useful to see … Continue reading

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The Hypocrisy of Governments

Governments all over the world are sparing no effort to discover and prosecute members of Anonymous. It only makes sense. After all they do patently illegal things like launching DOS attacks against sites they don't like or have a grievance … Continue reading

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State of the Irreal Site

I think I have finally ironed out all the problems with Irreal. Ironically, the latest snafu held the key to resolving all the other problems. WordPress now automatically updates minor versions and although they notify me with an email, it … Continue reading

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Final Ruling on the TSA's Infamous No-Fly Case

I've written before, here and here, about the U.S. Government's scandalous behavior in the case of a woman, Rahinah Ibrahim, placed on the no-fly list. The government did everything they could to make the case disappear, including refusing to grant … Continue reading

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