1. Field encapsulation pattern in Python, part 1: Getters and Setters

    The first installment in the "Field enscapsulation pattern" series, I describe a project I'm working on and how I'm going about writing metadata about attributes/fields that will grant a great deal of control over the values of those attributes using a very small amount of code


  2. Neuromancer

    TL;DR: Awesome. Read it.

    For my next installment in the reviews series, I listened to William Gibson's debut novel Neuromancer from 1984, narrated by Robertson Dean. Now, I've been listening to audio books and podcasts for some time, trying to alleviate the boredom of commuting from San Jose to San Francisco (and, previously, from Fairfield to Sacramento) while making up for lost reading time, and it's not frequently that I come across a presentation as good as this one!

    Neuromancer book cover

    I'm sure that people have done some comparisons, at least in the feel of the setting ...


  3. Trip of the Tongue

    To kick off a new feature on i-josh.com - reviews of various pieces of pop culture I consume - I'm reviewing the book Trip of the Tongue by Elizabeth Little. Come, see what you should think about it! Trip of the Tongue cover


  4. Monitor Stand

    I made a new monitor stand for my desk at work because the need arose, I had the materials, and I had the yen to make one! monitor stand full view


  5. Cora's New Scarf

    Because there's only so many things I can make for myself, and because I am enjoying knitting on the train (except for the nasty knot I get between my left shoulder blade and my spine), I decided to make Cora a scarf.

    Moss stitch scarf

    We went to Michael's and I let her pick out the yarn; this one is... red. And very soft. And... bulky weight? I forgot to write the details of the yarn down. Any rate, red is Cora's favorite color (and she picked it out), so it works.

    When it came to the design, I decided ...


  6. Fun With Trello

    Get productive!

    Over the last few weeks, I've decided to become more productive by doing things rather than not do things. One of the biggest time sucks I pinpointed was browsing Reddit, so I decided to just completely stop. Suddenly, I found HOURS per day to do things that I've been beating myself up for not finishing.

    Now, the next big question: what should I do?

    Task Management

    The big problem here is that I have a bunch of different things going on (as you might glean from this blog): software projects, woodworking projects, home repairs and improvements ...


  7. A Ring for Cora

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

    Recently, in order to give myself things to do, I decided I'd start making bent wood rings. There are a few reasons for this new hobby, including (but not limited to) I want something to do and this seems pretty easy. Well, where better to start than by making rings for those closest to me? And here's the next installment in that series:

    ring, view 1

    I started by making a ring for myself, especially since it seems my wedding ring finger has lost a size or so, meaning my wedding ring has just flown off a ...


  8. Children's Discovery Museum!

    What's the best thing to do on a rainy day? Okay, what's the next best thing on a rainy day, besides "stay at home and drink hot cocoa, curled up on the couch, binge watching whatever thing is hot on Netflix right now"?

    It is definitely hot right now

    That's right, indoor outing! Cora and I took off to go have some fun at the Children's Discovery Museum while Shanin was out of town. But boy, was it busy! Everyone else had the same idea. That didn't stop us from having a good time though!

    To add to the adventure of ...


  9. Daisy Stitch Knit Hat

    I enjoyed making this hat, only to become too self-conscious to wear it, and so I'm giving it away. Free to a nice home! hat flat


  10. Yosemite Panoramas

    We went to Yosemite with Shanin's folks at the end of January and man, is it gorgeous there! We also had some stellar weather, with ridiculously blue skies and not a cloud to be seen.

    Of course, with such picturesque scenery, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't take tons of pictures and at least one panoramic one; I paid for the software (Kolor's AutoPano Pro which, incidentally, works perfectly on Ubuntu and is pretty freaking stellar and easy to use), so I might as well put it to use, yes?

    Below, you can find ...


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