I used open-interpreter to read an epub file and create a DIY audio book. Open-interpreter suggested that I use the bs4 and ebooklib libraries. It recommended an API to create audio files from text, but I was easily able to switch this out for the free and local alternative, say on macOS. As I worked (let the model write code), it was easier to copy the code to a separate file and make modifications.
There is a website I log into often that I protect with 2FA. One thing that bothers me about this process is that the 2FA screen does not immediately focus to the input, so I can immediately start entering my 2FA code. Today, I tackled that problem. The most recent experience I’ve had writing userscripts was with a closed source browser extension. A few minutes of search and I discovered Violentmonkey, an open source option with no tracking software.
I usually use tail -n +2 to get all the first line of a file but today I learned you can also accomplish the same task with sed '1d' Both also work for removing more than just the first line of an input. To remove the first three lines sed '1,3d' is equivalent to tail -n +4 It seems like tail is recommended for larger files though, since it doesn’t process the entire file.
A spot where I slipped up in trying to adopt Temporal in an existing Python project and then again in starting a new Python project was in defining a Workflow that invokes an Activity that calls a third party library. Temporal outputs an error message with a long stacktrace that I vaguely understood but didn’t immediately know the solution to ... raise RestrictedWorkflowAccessError(f"{self.name}.{name}") temporalio.worker.workflow_sandbox._restrictions.RestrictedWorkflowAccessError: Cannot access http.server.BaseHTTPRequestHandler.responses from inside a workflow.
I wanted to stop the Obsidian editor cursor from blinking. Something like VS Code’s { "editor.cursorBlinking": "solid" } Some searching turned up an option to solve this problem in Vim mode using CSS, but in insert mode, the cursor still blinks. Eventually, I came across a macOS-based approach to solve this issue on StackExchange, included here for convenience defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriod -float 10000 defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOn -float 10000 defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOff -float 10000 After running, restart Obsidian and the cursor no longer blinks.
Cursor is VS Code with Cmd+K that opens a text box that can do text generation based on a prompt. When I created this post, I first typed insert hugo yaml markdown frontmatter In a few seconds, the editor output --- title: "Cursor Introduction" date: 2023-08-12T20:00:00-04:00 draft: false tags: - cursor - intro --- This was almost exactly what I was looking for except the date was not quite right, so I corrected that and accepted the generation.
The problem with long running code in Next serverless functions The current design paradigm at the time of this writing is called App Router. Next.js and Vercel provide a simple mechanism for writing and deploying cloud functions that expose HTTP endpoints for your frontend site to call. However, sometimes you want to asynchronously do work on the backend in a way that doesn’t block a frontend caller, needs to move on.
First attempt I made an attempt to setup TypeChat to see what’s happening on the Node/TypeScript side of language model prompting. I’m less familiar with TypeScript than Python, so I expected to learn some things during the setup. The project provides example projects within the repo, so I tried to pattern off of one of those to get the sentiment classifier example running. I manage node with asdf. I’d like to do this with nix one day but I’m not quite comfortable enough with that yet to prevent it from become its own rabbit hole.
I downloaded warp today. I’ve been using iTerm2 for years. It’s worked well for me but Warp came recommended and so I figured I should be willing to give something different a chance. Warp looks like a pretty standard terminal except you need to sign-in, as with most things SaaS these days. It looks like the beta is free but there is a paid version for teams. Warp puts “workflows” as first class citizens of the editor experience.

Nix Language

To broaden my knowledge of nix, I’m working through an Overview of the Nix Language. Most of the data types and structures are relatively self-explanatory in the context of modern programming languages. Double single quotes strip leading spaces. '' s '' == "s " Functions are a bit unexpected visually, but simply enough with an accompanying explanation. For example, the following is a named function f with two arguments x and y.