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.
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
When: Sept. 2019
When: May 2017
(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
(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
(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
(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
When: January 2014
(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)