Matt Roll

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2021-02-28: What I Really Want [This post is inspired directly by some notes Michael Nielsen posted about fundamental limits of …

2021-02-27: Some Thoughts On Tool Building Emacs vs. Vim might be the most famous flame war in programmer culture, but there are plenty of …

2021-01-23: The Missing Piece to helm-projectile Obviously you should be able to start a search by choosing a directory in the current project and …

2021-01-21: Aaaaaaaand we’re back astralcodexten.substack.com 📖

2021-01-18: How to Override evil-collection Keybindings Having spent at least an hour over the past couple days figuring out how to do this, I thought it …

2021-01-17: How to compile Emacs feature/native-comp on macos I was finally successful in compiling and running the feature/native-comp build of Emacs! This was …

2021-01-16: I started a Links page where I’m collecting things I found online that have shaped who I am.

2021-01-16: htop while compiling emacs feature/native-comp

2021-01-12: Everything else will fade but I’ll remember that 2020 was the year the New York Times killed Slate …

2021-01-11: Emacs Status Update tl;dr: I decided to exit pre-built Emacs configuration packages and build my own config from …

2021-01-05: A Healthy News Diet II In the previous post I described what I thought a healthy news diet might look like. I wanted to lay …

2021-01-05: Omg. Money Stuff is back! 😃💵

2020-12-31: A Healthy News Diet [Note: This post is a reaction to my drastic increase in Twitter consumption this year. All uses of …

2020-12-27: “Now, we live in a new world, a world in which currency is a choice, and not just a choice in terms …

2020-12-19: Heist movie you might not have heard of: Den of Thieves. On Netflix atm. Gerard Butler plays a …

2020-12-17: Getting into a good book makes me wonder what anyone ever watches tv for. (disclaimer: I watch a …

2020-12-12: Why I'm Not Super Interested in Money Management There’s obviously a lot of money in finance. In making decisions about where to put people’s …

2020-12-12: I have a feeling that Anathem is really good, it just takes a couple hundred pages to get there. …

2020-12-04: Listening on repeat: www.youtube.com/watch

2020-12-04: Honestly the most interesting thing about the second half of the Ender Quartet is the plot arc …

2020-10-16: Reading Hobbes’ Leviathan and this line just came out of the book and smacked me in the face. “And …

2020-10-05: Learned from the FT 10.05.2020 Things global reserve currency is used for Foreign Exchange (FX) reserves Cross-border exposures …

2020-09-28: Learned from the FT 9.28.2020 Why are silver and gold a hedge against inflation? This question came up reading a story on recent …

2020-09-21: Best euphemism for the French Revolution goes to Thomas Piketty, who in chapter 10 of Capital in the …

2020-09-21: Learned from the FT 9.21.2020 Just a couple tidbits this week. Supply side control as monopoly defense By controlling supply, and …

2020-09-18: I feel like someday I’ll meet someone who also associates an important part of their younger years …

2020-09-15: The way one tries to measure inequality is never neutral. — Thomas Piketty, Capital in the …

2020-09-14: Learned from the FT 9.14.2020 I have a Financial Times subscription for the next year, and I want to make the most of it. So …

2020-09-13: Still smoky over Palo Alto. Haven’t seen the sky in four days.

2020-09-03: Panoramas from a week of hikes during staycation :)

2020-08-29: On the Craft of Typing Code Into the Computer For how much time people spend typing code into an editor, there’s not a lot written about how to do …

2020-08-26: Building emacs native-comp is really difficult right now. Running into problems even w/ the help of …

2020-08-22: Vachristcationmas #staycation vachriscationmas (noun) - A vacation where you also receive presents. (It counts if you …

2020-08-15: Life is short; I didn’t write back. – Rebecca Solnit

2020-08-15: New blog post up at blog.staqjs.com about how to set up subscription billing with Stripe’s new …

2020-08-09: Today I launched blog.staqjs.com. Not that anyone reads this blog and will see this post and go …

2020-08-08: Coding became like tweeting in more ways than one. — Nadia Eghbal, Working in Public: The Making and …

2020-08-04: Writing Javascript in Emacs Circa 2020 After quite some time, I finally have a configuration that does what I need for writing Javascript …

2020-08-02: Just started reading Children of the Mind, almost 10 years after finishing Xenocide. Felt necessary …

2020-07-31: Access GCP Secrets from Firebase Function The documentation for Google Cloud’s Secret Manager leaves out a key piece of information, …

2020-07-30: Found out an amazing thing today. Sometimes your projectile cache will get polluted with files that …

2020-07-27: I often have the urge to hack on something when I’m away from my laptop. And so I’ve been trying to …

2020-07-11: Turkish Coffee Found a pretty great new coffee recipe online today. I sure do like the standard, black drip coffee …

2020-07-04: Doom Emacs I’m sorry to say I doubted Emacs. I thought that by design it was too slow, and I would have …

2020-06-26: Long Live Dotfiles I think the existence of dotfiles is the most unexpected part of the *nix tooling ecosystem. The way …

2020-06-26: After Emacs Emacs is clearly the best text and code editing tool on the market, but it’s not perfect. …

2020-06-18: Today I discovered an amazingly simple piece of code for setting up a writing mode in Emacs. This …

2020-06-18: The Language of Editing Computer Programs On the primitive actions used when writing and editing software. The name of the tool for editing …

2020-06-18: There Is Not A Good Enough Rapid Prototyping Tool for Web Apps It should not take more than a couple hours to put together a prototype for a new app idea. Even if …

2020-05-12: The paintball episodes of Community are underrated treasures of 21st century pop culture.

2020-05-09: It is not difficult to wield a sword in one hand; the Way to learn this is to train with two long …

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2020-04-28: How my hair look Mike? You look good girl

2020-04-23: The Wire Finished watching The Wire today. I watched the first season in my senior year of high school, and …

2020-04-19: I haven’t been able to find a converter that fits into this Faber Castell, so I’ve been dipping it …

2020-04-19: Didn’t go for a walk yesterday. Feeling a little stuffy in the apartment this morning, so I’m trying …

2020-04-18: Tea-making operation. Strong chai fills the apartment with a warm, heavy, soothing smell

2020-04-10: Turns out, Fantastic Haze actually is fantastic

2020-03-20: Bindwandle Bindwandle shouldered his pack and with one last look behind him started walking away from town and …

2020-03-17: Work from home setup

2020-03-14: John Comstock Lays Down the Law an excerpt from Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson “Excuse me! Gentlemen! REVEREND WILKINS!” After …

2020-03-14: Chai My current chai recipe, straight from India (thanks Raunaq!). Makes 1 Cup 2 green cardamom ½ …

2020-02-29: A potentially little-known Emacs command: helm-show-kill-ring Conveniently bound to SPC r y in …

2020-02-22: Check out a file from another branch in spacemacs magit: O f I rarely have to use that key chord, …

2020-02-21: Went to a vegetable market in a small town in India today. Unlike most outdoor markets in the US, …

2020-02-20: Was gifted Delhi by a new friend. Looking forward to reading it and being able to picture the place, …

2020-02-19: Information Consumption Philosophy If there is a monetary incentive for someone to get me to look at …

2020-02-19: There really needs to be a great way to program on mobile