TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things


Epoch Zero

Mark Frimston found out something very interesting about the local time in the UK at UNIX epoch 0. Took me by surprise.


Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

If you walk too fast, you might miss them. Two gardens flank the Art Institute of Chicago, on Michigan Avenue. Now, we all know Michigan Avenue as a busy, bustling street, but these gardens are great places to stop. And think. Or just clear your head before merging back into the fast pace of the sidewalk. This is the South Garden, looking back out towards Michigan Ave.

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Letterpress Symmetry

Letterpress Symmetry

This is the first in a series of posts where I share the final screen of Letterpress games. When I was showing my daughter this game, she mentioned that she liked it when games ended in pleasing patterns. So then I started to try to win (or lose) games with a symmetric pattern, if possible.

Most of the patterns are symmetric about an axis (reflection). Some display rotational symmetry. Where possible, I will also include a link to the replay URL of the game. Here’s my first one.

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Moving to Pelican

Several times in the past few months I have tried to add a post to this blog. But I couldn’t because of some obscure Ruby error whenever I tried to generate the blog using Octopress. There was so much friction in the simple act of adding a new post, that I finally decided enough was enough and moved the blog to Pelican.

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Shapeshifting DIY Robots

Last night, right before going to bed, I decided to play The Room 3. It’s a beautiful game with elaborate puzzles. I was completely lost in the world of intricate models and mind-bending transformations. Later that night I had the most awesome dream:

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30 Days Later

Well, that was fun. For the first time ever I wrote a blog post every day for a month. Here’s what I learned:

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Don’t Give Up

Mastering something can take time. In my case, it took me about 18 months to get to the point where I could do a set of 10 Lever Pull-ups.

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Learn These Things Before You Need To Know Them

A few weeks ago, when my older two boys were getting ready to go off to college I was reminded of something I read online: Buy a toilet plunger before you need a toilet plunger. In today’s post I would like to list four things that you should know how to do, before you have to do them.

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