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.
I did this as kind of a hack, I thought it would be a goof to have my software running in an art exhibit. Since then I've come to have a lot of respect for actual artists, who have actual artistic goals they are pursuing. I'm not sure if I did.
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).
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.
16 Aug 2021 09:42 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48
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.
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.
That are private because I don't even know what I'm trying to say
A hack is noncommercial in its essence, even when money is involved.
Bitcoin is obviously the world's best hack, or would be if it wasn't so god damned destructive on so many levels.
The GPL was also quite a good hack.
My hacks in comparison are very trivial, and I offer them up kind of humble examples of the genre.