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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 35
visits member for 1 year, 10 months
seen Mar 27 at 5:54

I'm primarly a Ruby hacker but have played with everything from Commodore BASIC to Cocoa. I'd also like to explore Smalltalk, Go, Clojure, Scala, Haskell, OCaml, and maybe even C#.

I'm not currently a programmer by trade, but I'd like to get into it. I do write a lot of scripts to help me in my job.

My day-to-day personal computing setup is in Mac OS X, but I also use a Linux desktop as a backup server and for general tinkering; and I use Windows 7 at work.

I am also deeply interested (albeit at an amateur remove) in linguistics, especially historical. This dovetails with the fact that I am a conlanger -- someone who creates languages. (I'm not especially prolific at that, though.)

I also like science (especially cognitive science, evolution, and physics) and anthropology. My overarching interest in all these areas is the way something like a genome or language or computer language or culture changes over time and forks into unnumerable new ones.


Mar
24
revised how do I write a homebrew recipe?
brew *does* use Ruby 1.8.7 still!
Mar
19
comment how do I write a homebrew recipe?
That's good to know.
Mar
19
revised how do I write a homebrew recipe?
update re: system Ruby
Jan
30
revised Homebrew - Upgrading software in /usr/bin
take out reference to Spotlight; change brew -> Homebrew; capitalize Git
Jan
30
suggested suggested edit on Homebrew - Upgrading software in /usr/bin
Jan
15
awarded  Notable Question
Nov
29
comment Wine on Mac via Homebrew
What do you mean by "all of my data is missing"?
Nov
8
asked Captive portal login page not disappearing
Oct
2
comment How to fix multiple errors when installing Homebrew on OSX Lion (mainly OSXFUSE and Mono related)
Propose to move this to Ask Different.
Aug
31
comment Replacing rubber spring/cup under Tab key cap
My silicone was all dried up so I ended up using superglue again, but was careful about not using too much or pressing the spring down. It's been fine since then.
Aug
31
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
25
answered how do I write a homebrew recipe?
Jul
8
comment Does Spotlight normally index links in ~/Applications?
Nice little AppleScript.
May
29
awarded  Yearling
Apr
15
accepted Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it
Apr
15
comment Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it
These do work as advertised, but the first one makes the frontmost app flash momentarily and the second one works only in Safari. They do have the advantage of correctly acting on the active page of the last app, which is nice. I'm afraid I'm going to award myself the actual answer, though -- although I would like a general solution, I prefer mine to the window flashing and slow performance of AppleScript.
Apr
14
revised Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it
remembered to change space/shift space to page up/down
Apr
12
revised Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it
removed incorrect information; BTT does have page up/down actions
Apr
11
answered Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it
Apr
9
awarded  Scholar