You Are Petting a Cat (game)

willb/ September 14, 2019/ games/ 0 comments

This game sprung from my passion for petting cats and playing tabletop roleplaying games. I think the 2nd person perspective is criminally underused, and I tried to do it some justice here. I hope you enjoy 🙂

book corner: august 2019

willb/ August 27, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

This month wasn’t nearly as literate as I had hoped. With no schedule I fell into a pretty sticky miasma of poor sleep and witlessly minecrafting my month break away. Nevertheless, I did read some good stuff, plenty enough to chew on while drifting around Portland. August’s reading list: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Cuba

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lefty astronomy: the PAYWALL & open access

willb/ August 23, 2019/ lefty astronomy/ 0 comments

In your research, whether you’re an art historian or a astrophysicist, you’ve likely run up against a paywall. Berated with appeals either to login, sign-up, or get out, these moments can feel frustrating. Whether you move on, referencing a similar paper you have access to, finding a pre-print of the paper on an online resource, or simply asking the author

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writing from home

willb/ August 19, 2019/ personal/ 0 comments

august in the pacific northwest is probably the best summer weather there is: sunny weeks of dry heat and soft breezes punctuated by cloudy days at ~15°C. For someone with a ironic preference for the cold and the sun like myself, it makes existing unexpectedly pleasant during a month where I have less and less to do. i wouldn’t call

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book corner: july 2019

willb/ August 1, 2019/ book corner/ 0 comments

On the shelf for this month was a slew of books, almost all of which I enjoyed immensely. I find it really hard to get started reading novels, and usually I’m not hooked into a story until about a 1/3 of the way through. These four books managed to break that inertia quicker than I expected. July’s reading list The

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lefty astronomy: supporting the mauna kea protests

willb/ July 25, 2019/ lefty astronomy/ 0 comments

Jul. 25th, 2019 What is happening on mauna kea? Construction of TMT on Maunakea was scheduled to resume Monday, July 15, 2019. On July 14, 2019, AP reported that unarmed National Guard units will be involved in transporting personnel and supplies, and enforcing road closures. Exact details of the situation on the mountain are dynamic, but as of Wednesday, July

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willb/ July 22, 2019/ personal/ 0 comments

By Wednesday I’ll have to have all my belongings in a few boxes, packed snugly in my friend’s basement. By Sunday I’ll be on a plane headed back to Portland. If we’re being honest, I wish I had more time; this summer has seemed like both a lifetime and a brief blip, and I feel like I haven’t been able

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fly trap (game)

willb/ July 20, 2019/ games/ 0 comments

Fly trap began yesterday, by which I mean I wrote it last night. I’m considering expanding on it, potentially with the help of some friends, but for now you can play the game on (below). The story was written in twine and you can see the source code (my single html file) here. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend

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python, paths, and anaconda – prepare to astronomize

willb/ July 13, 2019/ prepare to astronomize, research log/ 2 comments

This is the beginning of a short series about the things I’ve learned in order to do astronomy research. This particular article may be insightful for citizen scientists or undergraduate astronomers interested in using and exploring their data via python. Installing python via anaconda The anaconda distribution is a suite of python (and R) packages, including conda, the python package

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