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bio website github.com/echristopherson
location Wisconsin
age 35
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seen Jul 10 at 4:43

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.


May
16
awarded  Critic
May
16
comment How to uninstall homebrew? (OSX Package Manager)
I'm unclear as to what this answer means. What's a PM?
Apr
12
comment Recent version(s) of Chrome not remembering GMail password
That link is in Polish. The English version is here.
Apr
11
comment Using Autohotkey for Emacs
You're complaining about "Key labelled 'Alt' + SPACE" being misunderstood; but you've made it clear that the Windows logo key is your Meta, so you should amend this to say "Key labelled 'MSWin Symbol' + SPACE". Unless I've really misunderstood something (not hard to do when you're talking about shifting so many keys around!)
Apr
6
awarded  Autobiographer
Mar
24
comment How to call certain program from any directory, from Command Prompt (Windows)
Perhaps I misunderstand something -- but if you set the path while in a cmd window, it will immediately affect where cmd looks for programs.
Feb
19
revised “Export” vim syntax highlighting to output to shell?
put device filenames in backticks
Feb
19
answered “Export” vim syntax highlighting to output to shell?
Feb
13
comment Homebrew install problems: Permission denied - /Library/Caches/Homebrew/Formula/libksba.brewing
What exactly did you change ("home username")? And how did you install Homebrew? It looks like Homebrew's git origin is blank, which shouldn't happen, so this might be something to ask the Homebrew developers.
Dec
30
comment How do I change or edit Vim Homebrew recipe?
@Jason: brew install reattach-to-user-namespace.
Dec
29
comment How do I change or edit Vim Homebrew recipe?
And if you know Git at all, you'll probably want to make your custom edit in its own branch. The formulas are all in /usr/local/Library/Formula, which is in a Git repository rooted at /usr/local. Unfortunately Homebrew doesn't look at different branches when installing formulas, so in order to install your custom formula in this case you need to go to the repo, change to your branch, run git install vim (or whatever formula), and then change back to master. That's what was recommended to me, anyway.
Dec
27
revised Vim case-sensitive filename completion on Mac
reordered to emphasize backing up *before* reformatting, plus minor cleanup
Dec
27
suggested suggested edit on Vim case-sensitive filename completion on Mac
Nov
1
comment Emulating vi directional keys using AutoHotKey
Note that j in Vim is down and k is up.
Oct
30
comment Have vimwiki set filetype only within wikihome
Now you can mark your own answer as correct.
Oct
18
revised Homebrew slows my terminal down on startup
made code look like it should
Oct
18
suggested suggested edit on Homebrew slows my terminal down on startup
Oct
17
comment Simple document highlighting in Vim
Then you can just :set ft=markdown. However, [*] is not part of Markdown proper; you can use + or - or *.
Oct
17
comment Simple document highlighting in Vim
I think the idea was to just use vbnet.vim as a point to start making a new syntax file.
Oct
16
comment Simple document highlighting in Vim
Is this a format you've come up with, or an existing one? If it's an existing one, it probably already has a plugin for Vim; just search vim.org/scripts/index.php for the name of the markup language. If not, you can probably take an existing language (such as Markdown) and adapt its plugin fairly easily.