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Chris Nandor (Pudge)
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I have an office/recording studio at home.  There's a RECORDING light on the wall outside the door to tell people to leave me alone because I'm busy.  There's a switch on the wall inside the room, to turn this light on and off.

It works great, but I want be able to easily toggle the light without getting up.  So I replaced the switch with an X10 switch, which I can toggle with my server using heyu.  I could install heyu in lots of places, but it's simple enough to just run a command with ssh.

That works great, but I want to be able to toggle it quickly, and running a command in the terminal is a bit slow.  So I wrapped the command in an AppleScript.

That works great, but it still requires me to stop what I am doing and use the mouse to select the AppleScript from a menu.  So I made it into a Service that I can run with a keyboard command (a Cocoa AppleScript applet that registers itself as a Service and saves the toggle state in its plist file).

That works great, but if I am playing guitar, even a keyboard command can be a bit cumbersome.  So I have this MOTU 828mkII FireWire audio device with a configurable pedal feature, and a BOSS FS-5U pedal connected to it, and I configure it to execute the keyboard command the Service uses.

That works great, but even though the light switch has an audible "click" when it toggles, I can't necessarily see from where I am sitting whether it toggled on, or off.  So I have the AppleScript also send a Growl notification to tell me whether the light just switched on, or off.

So now I just tap the pedal, and the light turns on or off, and I get a notification to tell me which it did, so I don't have to turn my head or use my hands.

That's a lot of work just to turn a light on and off, with the switch four feet away from me.  But you probably wish you did it.
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That's awesome. A modern Rube Goldberg machine.
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Birds on the Wires Abstract: Reading the newspaper one morning, I saw a picture of birds on the electric wires. I cut out the photo and decided to make
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Watching Sherlock, season 3.

Why do bad guys always have British accents?
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I can understand how Brandeis University would consider some of the statements by Ayaan Hirsi Ali to be inconsistent with the university's mission.

What makes no sense, however, is the idea that they didn't know about these views before making the original offer.  She is a notable person almost exclusively because of her personal war against Islam.

This is like offering an honorary degree to George W. Bush and then rescinding the offer because, you say, you found out he engaged in a preemptive war in Iraq.
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It's official - the largest GT Academy ever starts next week! http://gtpla.net/1qyYAc1
The internationally renowned program that puts gamers amongst motorsport's elite returns next week - with new regions.
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Gee, I wonder why trust in government keeps going down?
The Treasury has intercepted millions in tax refunds, often without notice or proof that money is owed.
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I don't post animal things much, but this is awesome.
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This git man page site makes about as much sense to me as all the other git man page sites I've read.
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It is like lorem-ipsum for programmer documentation!
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Ugh. The President is going to visit the Oso mudslide scene. That's very likely to make traffic around here terrible.
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Musician, Writer, Journalist, Software Engineer, Malcontent
Employment
  • Marchex
    Principal Software Engineer I, 2010 - present
  • Slashdot
    Senior Developer, 2000 - 2010
  • Peterson's
    Code Monkey, 1995 - 2000
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pudge, pudgenet
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Introduction
I like Perl, work, politics, guns, music (writing, playing, and listening), movies, video games.  I love my friends and family.

I love arguing, but I don't like fighting ... but I will fight you if you want me to.  Your call.  :-)

Bragging rights
I ran use.perl.org, wrote much of Slashdot's code, and have written tons of code, books, and articles about Perl. I wrote and performed a song that opened the YouTube/CNN GOP Debate in November 2007. An episode of "Sports Night" was based on me. I have had the same beard for more than 20 years.
Education
  • Biola University
    Journalism, 1991 - 1995
  • Amador Valley High School
    1987 - 1991