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Dell XPS 13, one year later

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:29:16 +0000

I don’t want this to be a rant, but I feel like I need to document this experience. I’ll try to stick to the facts. TLDR; hardware issues, poor support. The Good It was just about a year ago that I got a Dell XPS 13 9360 Developer Edition. This laptop is designed to run […]

BIT-101 Lab, One Month In

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:21:54 +0000

So… that went pretty well. One full month of posts done. I wasn’t sure how long I’d last before we started seeing gaps in the lineup. But this is easier than I was expecting. Turns out, I have a lot of ideas. To be honest, and to possibly spoil some illusion, I’m actually a bit […]

BIT-101 Lab Comments

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:22:29 +0000

So I think I found a pretty good system for allowing people to comment on stuff in the lab. Commenter Erik pointed me to this post: TL;DR – Create a github issue for each sketch. Link to that from the sketch. People can comment on the issue. Brilliantly simple. I made the system a […]

BIT-101 Lab Source Link and … comments?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:00:47 +0000

One of the key aspects of the lab has always been that it’s open source. The code is not particularly written in a manner conducive to education. It’s often the result of me hacking around until I find something that looks good. At that point, it’s done. No heavy duty refactoring, cleaning up, commenting. You […]

BIT-101 Lab Visual Index

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:35:36 +0000

I just ticked off another feature on the BIT-101 Lab list. A visual index. Back in the old Flash Lab the only way to find a specific experiment you wanted to look at again was to click through, one by one, trying to remember the approximate date and targeting items around that. I wanted to […]

Beautiful Geometry

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:26:13 +0000

This weekend I was in a book store (remember those) and ran across this book – Beautiful Geometry. A few minutes of looking at it, and I was on my way to the register to buy it. Each chapter takes on a specific, interesting mathematical / geometric principle and takes a couple of pages to […]


Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:42:17 +0000

I’m a math nerd. I’ve actually never had any real professional math training. I just like studying mathematical concepts and figuring out formulas. In particular, I like any math that can be graphically visualized. If it can be animated, all the better. Computers and math and graphics and animation – that’s the stuff right there. […]

Back to Basics

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 13:51:07 +0000

TL;DR: Go here: Long time readers of this blog may recall what existed here before “blogging” was a thing – the BIT-101 Lab. Back in the late 90’s / early 2000’s there were a bunch of people running Flash “experiment” sites. Basically, each day they would post some kind of visual, animated and/or interactive […]

QuickSettings Version 3.0 released

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:07:34 +0000

I just pushed QuickSettings Version 3: I’m really happy with the changes in this version. I use QuickSettings myself all the time, so most of the changes stem very much from personal experience – seeing my own pain points and addressing them. The key motivation for changes in this release was making the library […]

Backtrack Time – Coding Math

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:41:57 +0000

So, a few days ago, I announced that all future Coding Math episodes would be released on The first one was released there, and it turns out that this arrangement is not going to work out the way I hoped it would. Let me say at the outset that there is no problem between […]