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bio website github.com/echristopherson
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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.


Dec
1
answered How to use macvim to ssh into a headless server
Nov
7
awarded  Organizer
Nov
7
revised Is it possible to get ESC to behave as an actual escape key?
removed tag vim (question isn't about vim)
Nov
7
suggested suggested edit on Is it possible to get ESC to behave as an actual escape key?
Nov
7
comment Is it possible to get ESC to behave as an actual escape key?
Perhaps you could remap your caps lock key to C-g or ESC ESC ESC (the latter does exit from most things in Emacs). But then you'd need to use something else for Vi-style normal mode, like C-c (if that's supported by vim-mode).
Nov
5
comment Underlying Concept Behind Keyboard Mappings
Whether a keyboard has an Fn key or not isn't really material here. That key just happens to be part of how you hit Home and the like on a smaller-size Mac keyboard. Nothing to do with Unix tradition vs. Apple innovation.
Oct
10
comment Package cairo was not found in the pkg-config search path
Try adding /opt/X11/lib/pkgconfig to PKG_CONFIG_PATH. I don't have any Cairo-dependent code to test this with, but I think it might work.
Oct
10
revised Shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between same application's windows, like Cmd + ` in OS X
Cleaned up title and body
Oct
10
answered Shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between same application's windows, like Cmd + ` in OS X
Oct
10
suggested suggested edit on Shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between same application's windows, like Cmd + ` in OS X
Aug
17
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
17
comment Uninstalling Homebrew messed up git
You probably have them in Time Machine somewhere, either on an external drive or Time Capsule or in local snapshots. Try restoring your folders from there. I'm not sure if Time Machine can show hidden files like .bashrc; if so, you should follow these instructions before going into Time Machine to restore those files.
Aug
8
comment Escape key strangely captured by javascript webshell
As a workaround, try Ctrl-C or Ctrl-[.
Jul
11
asked Are there “bad” ways to partition flash drives?
Jul
10
answered Vim editor: select word with Alt+Return
Jul
1
awarded  Yearling
Jun
29
answered How to replace emacs keybindings with vim keybindings in OS X GUI-level text fields
Jun
21
comment vim : delete from cursor to _
I've made a lot of use of that plugin. Thanks, Ingo!
Jun
2
accepted Unable to drag and drop documents onto pinned icons in taskbar
Jun
2
revised Spam emails purporting to come from people I know, but with the wrong email addresses
added links