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  • Six Months of Tidal

    November 10, 2018

    (This article was cross-posted on the TidalCycles blog.)

    I first attempted to install TidalCycles about six months ago, in May 2018. I’ve learned a lot in the past six months, and I’d like to share some of the knowledge I’ve acquired. If you are new to Tidal or you’ve tried it out in the past and got stuck, then this unnumbered list of observations is for you.

  • Sound, Images, and Live Coding at Studio Z

    June 11, 2018

    On Friday (June 8) I attended my first live coding event, announced as “Nada presents Spednar, Rew, and Local Artists.” This concert felt unlike any music concert I had ever attended. I greatly enjoyed the event and I’ve been investigating why. What follows recounts my experiences at one live coding event, and does not attempt to characterize all live coding events.

  • OpenVPN on Ubuntu 18.04

    May 30, 2018

    I needed to install Ubuntu 18.04 recently and I ran into some problems with OpenVPN 2.4.4 not working (it had worked fine with OpenVPN 2.4.0 from Debian stretch/stable). The errors pointed to ns-cert-type being the problem, which is indeed a deprecated option. But that led me to find suggestions to instead use remote-cert-tls server that did not help me get things working.

  • Install Tidal on Debian Stretch

    May 14, 2018

    TidalCycles (or just “Tidal”) is a programming language used for live coding. I’ll leave further details about Tidal for another post, but essentially Tidal facilitates creating music with code. While the Tidal community hopes to make installing Tidal on GNU/Linux easier, I struggled to get Tidal working on Debian stable.

  • Drupal as a Political Act

    December 9, 2016

    (This article was cross-posted on lullabot.com.)

    Like so many of you, both here in the United States and elsewhere, I am deeply troubled by the incidents of hateful harassment and the threats to democracy that have spiked since November 8. My thoughts have been routinely consumed with the task of analyzing my work and motivations, trying to detect any positive impact that my contributions have on the world. Because of my involvement in the Drupal community, my thoughts are as much about Drupal as they are about me. I am a proud member of our community and I cannot help but reflect on how the organization of our community brings people together, discourages hate, and promotes democracy.

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