A Sacred Mockery of a Profane World

Minor thoughts on a major thing

Last week, I started my three-month “batch” at the Recurse Center, which is described as a “tuition-free self-directed educational retreat for programmers.” The point of it is to get better at programming computers, by spending your days hanging out with 50 or so other people who are there for the same reason. Attending RC is something I’ve wanted to do for several years, but until very recently, I never thought I’d be able to (due to time and money, mostly, but I suddenly found myself with a ton of the former and a mild surplus of the latter). Read more →

Playing with color

Setting the stage Some time ago, I found something on the internet that I thought was pretty nifty: http://whatcolourisit.scn9a.org/. If you’d like to take a moment to check it out, go for it; it won’t take long. In case you were lazy (in which case, my hat’s off to you), or possibly confused at what it was, the idea is cute: treat the time components as hexidecimal HTML color specifiers, and make the background whatever color is currently indicated by the time. Read more →