Categories
#Setup

Hello, Tarsnap

I was put off by Tarsnap Backup when I ran into it many years ago. I liked that it’s trusted and secure enough to be used by companies like Stripe, but I just didn’t want to put in the work to modify configuration files, write shell scripts, and set up cron jobs to backup my files. […]

Categories
#Art #Coding #Design #Web

Creative Coding: Making Noise

I love the wave-like patterns in these images. I recently made these using <canvas> (which I’m learning about in the Creative Coding workshop that I’m taking), and each shape that you see is a Unicode character. Their positions are evenly distributed on a grid while their sizes and rotations are generated using the noise2D function. […]

Categories
#Art #Coding #Setup #Web

Creative Coding: Setting Up on Windows

The Canvas and WebGL workshop that I’m taking right now is taught using macOS, so the course assumes that I can access some Unix tools and commands in the dev environment. Since Windows isn’t built on top of BSD or Linux, I have to do a bit more work to get up and running. Install […]

Categories
#Art #Coding #Design #Web

Hello, Creative Coding

Now that I’m a full-time designer, most of my days are either spent planning projects in Asana or working on them on Figma. I hardly ever do any programming nowadays, and I miss the feeling of writing code and bringing websites to life. I’ve been thinking about small programming projects that I could do in […]

Categories
#Travel #Personal

Salt Springs State Park

We went out to go camping near Salt Springs State Park a few weeks back. Being stuck at home since February have made us hungry for the outdoors. We tried to compensate by going to different parks in the city, but that didn’t really satisfy our need to be in nature. We felt a sense […]

Categories
#Gaming #Personal

Cloud Gaming

I’ve been fascinated with cloud gaming in the last few months. The idea of playing high-end games on any hardware (old computers, Chromebooks, ARM processors, phones, etc.) and on any operating system really drew me in. The eye candy also won me over. My laptop isn’t built to handle graphically demanding games, so a lot […]

Categories
#Gaming #Personal

Staying connected through games

I’ve been playing more games than ever since I moved to Windows, and I’ve been half-joking that gaming is my social life right now. I used to think of gaming is a massive waste of time and an expensive one at that, but the pandemic has completely changed my opinion. Co-op games have kept my […]

Categories
#Food #Personal

Kombucha

I love the taste of kombucha. Since I already do some fermentation at home, I figured that I could try fermenting my own ‘booch at home, too. So last month, a friend gave me a jar of kombucha with a gelatinous, leathery-like film floating at the top. It was pretty gross-looking, but this was the SCOBY or the […]

Categories
#Productivity #Setup

Moving to Windows

Repairability has become a big part of my decision making when I buy new devices these days. I don’t know much about electronics, but learning to make minor repairs on my iPhone, Android, and Roomba made me realize that I could easily give new life to old and hobbling tech. It felt good to keep something going, […]

Categories
#Design #Web

Working on a new Figma Plugin

During Hack Days last month, Robert and I thought it would be fun to make a Figma plugin that we could use while designing. We had many ideas, but we ended up settling on the idea of a plugin that fetches website metadata. We wanted a plugin that could fetch Open Graph information about a podcast, a song, or […]