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gnuplot ~ a non-trivial introduction

gnuplot ~ a non-trivial introduction

We are awash in data. Often the best – or only – way to understand the meaning of data is graphic; humans have been extracting meaning from images far longer than from tabular text. Today I’ll present an introduction to graphing (plotting) data with gnuplot, a command-line program that generates two- and three-dimensional graphical plots of functions and data. The advantages to using a command-line-driven program are that it can be easily scripted into computational workflows and repeated as needed….

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UNIX commands for GeekTool

UNIX commands for GeekTool

GeekTool is a fabulously easy way of displaying images from the web and the output of UNIX commands on your Mac’s desktop. UNIX commands Within GeekTool drag a “shell” object onto the desktop and paste the UNIX command line into the “command” field. Specify an appropriate refresh interval, in seconds. Note please there’s a significant difference between a straight quote ‘ and a back-quote (or back-tick) `. Time elsewhere Coworkers in India – how to keep track of their day…

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Get WordPress permalink for posts & pages

Get WordPress permalink for posts & pages

Today I present PHP code to remedy a long-vexing (to me) deficiency in WordPress. Zero-day use cases The first-day needs of those starting with new software are what I call “zero-day use cases”. For example, users of a word processor require the ability to change typefaces and apply bolding to text usually pretty early in their experience. Footnoting is rarely needed immediately, if ever. WordPress is pretty awesome, from its five-minute install to a user interface that allows those non-technical…

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Migrating an HTML website to WordPress, pt. 1

Migrating an HTML website to WordPress, pt. 1

Backstory: I started this site just after the World Wide Web was unleashed upon the public. At first, all was painstakingly hand-coded HTML. When WYSIWYG tools became popular – like Dreamweaver – there was a choice for the technically-minded: Userland Frontier. Frontier was an unbelievably powerful content management system (CMS), with features a decade ahead of the curve. Frontier is dead. Userland is dead. TWENTY-FIVE years later there’s still no equal alternatives. My site has lain fallow because of the…

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Migrating to WordPress

Migrating to WordPress

Long story, to be put here someday. I’ll be migrating content starting in early 1990s from UserLand Frontier to WordPress. Let’s see how it goes…

Fri 13 February 1998 – Sat 16 May 1998

Fri 13 February 1998 – Sat 16 May 1998

Sat 16 May 1998 Apparently Frank Sinatra couldn’t cope with life sans Seinfeld. enjoying a production of “The Guardsman”. Powerful sets; minimalist. The acting was good, but not up to what we’ve been led to expect. After a wonderful meal of sushi hand-rolls, mostly hamachi-negi and unagi, we strolled by the Mission Street Police Department, where we found a live .22 caliber bullet. I gingerly picked it up and delivered it to the officer on duty, safely ensconced behind a…

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About this site (archived)

About this site (archived)

Sometime in the late 1990s… This web site has been around since sometime in late 1993 or early 1994. It’s always been created on Apple trailing in a sad third place. I’ve used a variety of tools to maintain this site. In the early days it was enough to use Apple’s basic text editor TeachText, later SimpleText. For the longest time I used Bare Bones Software’s BBedit powerful text editor. These days I render a site – pour the content…

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