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from Pacifica Police Incidents
  • A hack that I made with a neighbor, to put our local police blotter in a more convenient framework (he was suffering from problems with car breakins, but that's not a very good reason; this was mostly for the sheer pleasure of hacking).
from SmartTables
  • This hack was a system I built while working in the SRI Bioinformatics Group. A working example of a "knowledge spreadsheet", which just means a spreadsheet-like interface that can do semantic or relational computations.
from reaper
  • A shell command hack to quickly kill off all the unnecessary browser tabs one accumulates.
from Paste Markdown Link
  • A Roam hack for MacOS that lets you conveniently paste a browser link into Roam or other Markdown-syntax editor.
from About the Author
  • Maker of software, see hack
from BioBike VPL
  • Unlike every other hack on this site, I didn't actually do much of the coding for the VPL; just pushed the vision forward.
from Enflame
  • Enflame is a visual query builder for a scientific graph knowledge base, using a Scratch-like blocks user interface. Developed by me under the auspices of the Parker Institute. hack
from Vaguely
  • Vaguely is a tool/hack for exploratory data visualization, based on Vega-Lite, "a high-level grammar of interactive graphics". Vaguely is a partial translation of that grammar into a Scratch-like blocks interface, making it easier to experiment with different visualizations.

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16 Aug 2021 09:42 - 29 Sep 2021 11:14

    • Various Hacks

    • When I'm not pretentiously writing about the Mysteries of Being, I write software. This is sort of a master page for software I've designed and built. Check the side column for real contents.
    • from Pacifica Police Incidents
      • A hack that I made with a neighbor, to put our local police blotter in a more convenient framework (he was suffering from problems with car breakins, but that's not a very good reason; this was mostly for the sheer pleasure of hacking).
      from SmartTables
      • This hack was a system I built while working in the SRI Bioinformatics Group. A working example of a "knowledge spreadsheet", which just means a spreadsheet-like interface that can do semantic or relational computations.
      from reaper
      • A shell command hack to quickly kill off all the unnecessary browser tabs one accumulates.
      from Paste Markdown Link
      • A Roam hack for MacOS that lets you conveniently paste a browser link into Roam or other Markdown-syntax editor.
      from About the Author
      • Maker of software, see hack
      from BioBike VPL
      • Unlike every other hack on this site, I didn't actually do much of the coding for the VPL; just pushed the vision forward.
      from Enflame
      • Enflame is a visual query builder for a scientific graph knowledge base, using a Scratch-like blocks user interface. Developed by me under the auspices of the Parker Institute. hack
      from Vaguely
      • Vaguely is a tool/hack for exploratory data visualization, based on Vega-Lite, "a high-level grammar of interactive graphics". Vaguely is a partial translation of that grammar into a Scratch-like blocks interface, making it easier to experiment with different visualizations.
      • OK I just invented this, it doesn't work yet – the idea is that this tag puts the incoming links section inline.
    • Meta

      • This page wants to be called both "hacks" (descriptive) and "hack" (to use as a link/tab from natural text). Roam doesn't let you do that easily, one of its most annoying misfeatures.
      • I'm also starting to get annoyed at myself for introducing this term as a formal tag. A good hack does not need to call itself one, and I feel like I'm shoehorning all sorts of projects under that label for my own convenience, and doing some damage to its semantics in the process.
      • However, these all do have something in common, which is that I did them mainly on my own initiative, whether or not they were part of a paying job. That makes them seem like hacks in a nontechnical dimension, simultaneously creating something and getting away with something.