Musings of a Fondue

Above Sea Level

All the posts henceforth are in real-time. Hoorah!

You will notice an Original Date: section in all the posts prior to this one. This is because they were written long before I was able to get this blog up and running correctly. Once I did, I started moving them here.

I Did the Math

Original Date: September 25, 2015

I was watching a clip of Niel deGrasse Tyson and heard him talk about this tweet he had sent in the past.


Coincidentally, I had just done the chapter on projectiles from a very awesome textbook I had recently come across.

So, I did the math.

Flashing a BIOS With Arduino

Original Date: May 8, 2015

This was a double team with my brother.

We had a laptop that did not boot and was outside its warranty. After exhaustively checking possible fail points, we narrowed down the likely culprit to a BIOS failure.

Inspired by this Hackaday post, we decided to use an Arduino to flash the chip. The laptop was going to be scrapped otherwise, so we figured we might as well go all out.

image of BIOS chip

SVG X Khan Academy - Part 2

Original Date: February 7, 2015

A tweak to my previous approach.

This time the relative to absolute conversion is done within the JavaScript code itself. This results in less manual work and a more scalable approach.

It’s not quite a raw SVG to JavaScript conversion, but I’m pretty happy with it.

Here it is in action,

Skype and Privacy

Original Date: January 18, 2015

I had always relied on auto-login to use Skype. Then the day came.
The day I was asked for my password. After years of auto-login, I had no clue.

Not only did I not know my password, I had no idea which email address I used to create my account. My collection of email addresses was not being particularly helpful.

Desperate to find my password, I went digging through the ‘dark zone’ of program files. What resulted was one of those simultaneously awesome and unnerving discoveries.

Josh Nimoy’s C++ Tutorial

Original Date: January 12, 2015

I came across this great two part tutorial on C++ by Josh Nimoy.

It’s brief, but covers a lot in that short amount of time.

Bonus, you get to learn C++ from a member of the team that worked on the amazing VFX of Tron Legacy.

Checkout his article on the software he wrote to render some of the VFX seen in the movie.

On Forking Meatspace

Original Date: December 28, 2014

I decided to fork Meatspace (see previous post) because I wanted to host a private chatroom that I could use with friends.

As usual, it was not as straightforward as just download and use.

I ran into a few hurdles. What follows are the steps I took to get it working on Heroku. Heroku allows you to host your apps for free, so feel free to use this as a guide for setting up your own chatroom.

Meatspace

Original Date: December 24, 2014

I came across this webapp called Meatspace. It’s a chat system with a twist. In lieu of a profile picture, each message you send is accompanied by a two second gif captured by your webcam.

Though not unique to Meatspace, two more things add to its charm. First, the messages are “ephemeral”. If you weren’t there when they were posted you don’t see them (the server doesn’t store conversations).* Second, anyone can drop in to the conversation. There is no need to create an account or login.**

I think it’s an awesome idea!

I find myself way more confident than I would be in real life talking with people I am meeting for the first time.