Maia McCormick

Programmer, writer, nerd

Projects

I recharge best away from a screen, but here are some toy apps and pet projects I’ve made or contributed to. For a more complete picture of my extracurricular coding, go poke around on my Github.

Bird Gen (play it!)

(Javascript)

What: generate new and innovate bird names to impress your friends!

Why: eating breakfast at my sweetie’s house, I was looking at the varyingly silly names on the “Birds of New England” poster and was like “psh, naming birds isn’t so hard, I could do that!”

When: Feb 2021

Gay Bingo (play it!)

(HTML/CSS, Javascript)

What: gay (specifically WLW) bingo—because sometimes an idea sticks in your head and won’t leave. Give it a shot, it’s interactive! (Styling is for chumps, right?)

When: Sept. 2019

XKCD Binge

(Javascript)

What: a Chrome extension to make browsing XKCD easier – I wanted to reread XKCD from the beginning, so I threw together an extension to enable me to do all of my browsing from my keyboard. Get it on the Chrome Web Store

When: May 2017

Project Nomad

(Python, Flask)

What: I contributed to Project Nomad, a web app developed by Ragtag to help canvassing volunteers organize carpools to areas where their work can have the greatest impact.

When: Summer/Fall 2017

Carol Collection

(Python, Lilypond, LaTeX)

What: I wanted a book of all of my favorite Christmas carols to sing with friends. I ended up with this project, which takes a number of Lilypond files and build them into sheet music, then compiles them into a LaTeX pdf for easy printing and sharing.

When: December 2017

Why: because I have a deep and undying love of Christmas carols

Not My Locker Room

(Python)

What: I wrote tooling to help maintain the Not My Locker Room website, built and run by DevProgress. In particular, I wrote template-filling script to take content elements from a csv, hit the appropriate API to get oEmbed code, and insert into an html template.

When: November 2016

Thumbnailer

(Python, using Pillow)

What: utility to make thumbnails of your images. I was working on a freelance web dev project and needed thumbnails of all of the images, so instead of spending 30 minutes in PhotoShop, I spent three hours writing this. Time well spent?

When: March 2015

Gravity (play it!)

(Javascript, codeheart.js)

What: a gravity-bending platformer exhibiting the finest of programmer art, written for the 2014 Williams College Game Jam. Want to know more? Play it here!

When: January 2014

Punbot

(Python, NLTK, Zulip API)

What: a Zulip bot that lurks until presented with an opportunity to make a quote-unquote “pun” of the form: “Parse ‘er? I hardly know ‘er!” Triumphantly launched after completion and then promptly retired, as (much to my surprise!) it turns out that jokes… get old?! Who knew?

When: Fall 2014 (Recurse Center)