Words, code, and information security in Portland, Oregon

This is the website of Erik L. Arneson. I am a freelance writer and software developer in Portland, Oregon.

Blog Posts

  • Posts of Interest for November 2023

    I was planning to make posts like this more regularly, but I entered into a period where I was thinking, huh, I am not collecting very many links. But I was wrong, I was collecting links. I collected too many. And now look at everything you have to read! I am sure these links will keep you occupied for a while.

  • Posts of Interest for 13 October 2023

    This is the second of my “posts of interest” posts. This week, I have also included some interesting Mastodon posts, because the Emacs community on Mastodon is thriving like crazy. It is really a blast to see so much interest in Emacs and so much activity.

  • Posts of Interest for 6 October 2023

    This is my first attempt at using elfeed-curate to collect interesting blog posts and share them. I have also attempted to subscribe to the RSS feed for the #Emacs hashtag on Mastodon, but that doesn’t seem to be working correctly yet. I’ve seen other blogs do similar things, but is this useful for my blog? I don’t know! Let me know what you think.

  • Configuring Emacs 29.1 for Go Development

    Now that I have installed Emacs 29.1, I needed to get it set up for Go development for a project. I was interested in taking advantage of both the new Tree-Sitter integration, and the new Eglot language server client. However, they were mildly tricky to set up! Here is what I did.

  • Installing Emacs 29.1 on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

    You have probably heard by now, but Emacs 29.1 has been released! Here are some reasons to upgrade and how to do so right away if you are running Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

  • FOSSY 2023 was Excellent

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural FOSSY conference in my home town of Portland, Oregon. FOSSY focuses on free and open source software, and included tracks on community, containers, compliance, diversity, gaming, and education. I got a chance to connect with friends and make new friends. It was an excellent event, and in this post I’ll just focus on some highlights.

  • Update: Org to DOCX with Citations

    Last year, I wrote about converting Org to DOCX with pandoc. Well, that particular method has needed some improvements. I needed to also support converting Markdown files, and more vitally, I needed to support the new-ish org-cite citation format.

  • Writing and Reviewing Jupyter Notebooks

    A recent project involves delivering a finished product as a collection of Jupyter Notebooks. This process involves using Emacs for writing, Git for version control, and a slightly tricky process for enabling non-Jupyter, non-Emacs users to perform document review.

  • Pattern Matching and Tail Recursion in Emacs Lisp

    Functional programming offers a bunch of really cool programming patterns. Two that I really enjoy are tail recursion and pattern matching, especially how they are implemented in OCaml. However, I spend a lot of time writing Emacs Lisp now, and I was wondering if I could find a way to use these patterns in that language.

  • New MELPA Package: ddate

    I recently wrote an Emacs Lisp package to support the ddate command, a classic command-line utility to display dates from the Discordian calendar.

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