Things I Like
A miscellaneous collection that partially overlaps with my links page:
This section is probably better labeled “things I use”.
- Operating system / computer: OS X on a mid-2013 MacBook Pro, but I’m not attached; I think I have enough technical skills to kind-of debug a Linux computer now, and hear that Microsoft has made great strides in improving Windows’s developer friendliness, so my next computer could be anything.
- Some OS X specific tools: iTerm2 (a better terminal), Quicksilver (launch apps quickly from only the keyboard or add arbitrary keyboard shortcuts), ShiftIt (snap windows to specific positions), TimeOut (remind yourself to take breaks from using the computer)
- Browser: as of time of writing (July 2017), Firefox with Vimperator, but I’m kind of nervous about the future of it and similar Firefox add-ons.
- Programming language: depending on the project, Haskell, Python (usually 3.x, preferably with Mypy), or Scala; but for programming contests, almost entirely C++, unless I’m deliberately trying to use different programming languages for the sake of doing so.
- Text editor: Vim with lots of plugins and the Jellybeans colorscheme. Keeping a hopeful eye on Neovim.
- Shell: fish.
- Code search tool: ag, the Silver Searcher
- Plaintext markup engine and format: Pandoc and Pandoc-Flavored Markdown (but I settle for Jekyll/Kramdown, the GitHub Pages defaults, when lazy, which is fairly often)
- Image editor: GIMP (protip: Window > Single-Window Mode makes the UI a lot friendlier). I use Adobe Illustrator for student group projects and am growing to appreciate it, but I don’t own a personal copy and they don’t quite fill the same niche anyway.
- Password manager: KeePassX, hoping to upgrade to KeePassXC soon once I figure out if I can trust this binary…
- Note-taking program: some combination of simple text files in Vim and Dropbox Paper (admittedly, I worked on it in a summer 2016 internship)
- To-do manager:
- Budgeting software: GnuCash
- Fonts: Fira, Ubuntu, Menlo, Futura, Gill Sans. For code I’m currently (September 2017) trying out Hasklig (based on Source Code Pro).
- Mouse: I recently (July 2017) got a Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum; it’s pretty good.
Stories and Games
Food & Drink
- Orange juice with maximum pulp
- Pearl milk tea — 30% sugar, less or no ice
- Most potatoes and potato derivatives
- Most things without cheese, really (and even pizza is usually fine)
- Emoji 🐉🔥
- Bo Burnham
- Party parrots
- The word “syzygy”
- Dark red, c. #cc0000
- Haskell’s list monad
- Most Dangerous Writing App
- TVTropes (especially…)
- Setting em dashes open
- Grovyle (due to), Charizard (duh), Gligar, etc.
- “COTD: This place, for instance, is terribly disturbed (9)”
- Cayley’s formula (there are nn−2 labeled trees on n labeled vertices)
- Find the missing number: 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, ?, 1, 1, 1
- List songs, such as “The Elements”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, and Pokéraps (including CollegeHumor’s and Neil Cicierega’s)
- (via Martin Gardner) You are playing a game called Say Red. A normal deck of 52 cards is shuffled face down, then you flip over the cards one by one. At some point, before you flip over some card, you should say “Red!” and you win iff the next card to be flipped over is red (diamonds or hearts, but all that matters is that these cards make up 1/2 of all cards). If you don’t say “Red!” before the first 51 cards, you have to say it before the last card. What strategies are optimal, and what is your probability of winning under them?