Disassembling Mike

A blog about free software and thoughts.

Birthday Resolutions - Review

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Last year on my birthday I decided to try setting some goals for self-improvement with a deadline of the following birthday. People typically set New Year’s resolutions for themselves, but I wanted to try something different. Partly because I’m a natural contrarian, but also because my birthday last year was unique and offered more than a few reasons for self-reflection. So with another birthday looming, it’s time now to review how this experiment worked out.

Octave + Python: A New Hope

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As a fan of both Python and Octave for numerical computing, and an active Octave developer, I’m always excited to hear about projects in either environment that create new capabilities or open up new ways of looking for solutions to problems. So I am especially excited about a new project that has the potential to bring Octave and Python much closer together and to give users of either tool full use of the other.

The broad goal of this project is to provide a two-way interface layer between Octave and Python. What does this mean specifically?

PyCon 2015

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I went to PyCon 2015 in Montréal last week and it was, in a word, awesome.

This was my first PyCon and the biggest free software conference I’ve been to yet. So glad I went, although I only had enough time to go to the main conference. There were a few tutorials before the conference that sounded interesting, and a lot I could have worked on during the sprints. But as it is I had three days full of excellent talks and got some ideas and inspiration for future projects.

Clarendon Day 5K 2014

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This past weekend, I ran the Clarendon Day 5K and finished with a PR of 28:01. This was a really nice, straight, mostly downhill, course through the heart of the Clarendon and Rosslyn neighborhoods of Arlington, VA. This was my first time running this course, and the opportunity to run down Wilson past so many places I used to frequent when I lived in Arlington was one I couldn’t pass up. I don’t get to be back in Arlington as much as I used to these days, so it was a treat to be able to spend some quality time running down this stretch of road. I also enjoy city running in general, going past office buildings and hotels, restaurants and city parks. The 5K was followed by a 10K, which I am not ready to take on, but many others were. Definitely worthwhile, I will run it again next year if I can.

DebConf 2014 - First Days

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The first three days of DebConf 2014 are over. This is my first DebConf ever, being a long-time Debian user but only recently come into the community as an active contributor, and now seems like a good opportunity to take a few minutes and write about my experience here so far.

First off, I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting DebConf to be or what I was expecting to get out of it. I think for all conferences I’ve been to, the most valuable thing has been seeing people talk about the projects that matter to them and rediscovering why I use and work on free software. So, certainly that, plus just being around and absorbing as much Debian as possible, which is seriously lacking in my normal circles.

Hello, World!

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Look, someone’s starting a new blog on the internet. How original. Why should you read this one? You probably shouldn’t. But here’s why I’m writing it anyway.