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Pulling a Page's Modified Date from Git

Tuesday, March 28th 2017


This blog is a static site that’s generated from a series of markdown files. The ‘publish date’ for each of the blog posts is taken from a YAML frontmatter section in the post’s markdown source. Most blogging systems track when a post was last modified, and display that in the page, as well as in the page’s metadata. If I wanted to track the last modified date, it would be somewhat annoying to do manually, as I would have to edit the date in the frontmatter every time I wanted to change something in the post.


A Script for Resumable Lecture Videos

Saturday, May 21st 2016


During Autumn quarter this year, all of my class lectures were recorded and available online. I initially tried to attend every lecture, but the ability to skip class and watch it later was too tempting. I soon found myself waking up at 2PM everyday and watching all my lectures through the SCPD video system.

This lifestyle presented couple of problems. First, the SCPD player was annoying to use since bad internet connections would force me to reload and lose my place in the video. Second, I found myself rebooting frequently to switch operating systems – this would also cause me to lose my place. I could use the download feature on the SCPD site to solve the first problem, but the second still remained.

Instead of fixing my life, I decided to fix my technology.


Blue Screen - Ludum Dare 30 Entry

Friday, August 29th 2014


Last weekend, I participated in Ludum Dare, a game jam where you make a game from scratch in under 48 hours. The theme this time was “Connected Worlds.”


ASCII Bell Character

Sunday, August 17th 2014


The other day, I accidentally printed a ton of binary data to my terminal. Upon doing so, my computer started to beep incessantly - which startled me a bit. I looked through the list of processes, closing all the terminals, but the beeps persisted.


Simple Reloading Server in Bash

Tuesday, August 5th 2014


It’s often extremely useful to have a server that automatically reloads when any of the source files change. Grunt is commonly used for this, but in some cases that is overkill - a simple bash script will suffice.