A 3-post collection

My morning routine goes like this: I wake up 10 to 30 minutes before my alarm goes off, feeling rested. I grab something small to eat, like a granola bar, and water to have with my pain medicine for my knee—it hurts pretty bad by the time I wake up. Around then my daughter Marie starts making noise, and I grab her from her crib; get her water and breakfast, usually yogurt; and I turn on Winnie the Pooh for her in exchange for a hug, kiss, and please in sign language. While she is enjoying the show, I start brewing coffee in a French press and do my physical therapy exercises. I drink my coffee while watching the rest of Pooh with Marie. It is great.

I have never liked mornings until I settled into this routine. A big part of that, I am sure, is getting more than the four or five hours of sleep a night I used to get. Feeling rested in the morning is good for my mental health. But, more importantly, I enjoy having one-on-one time with my daughter.

I know this routine can't last forever, but I am going to enjoy the hell out of it while I can.

Horsepower Converter converts a vehicle's horsepower to something more interesting—Tyrannosaurus Rex, Tortoise, and Space Shuttle power. It occurred to me that horsepower is an unusual measurement for the power of an engine. Then it occurred to me that I could get a lot more unusual.

This is an older project I built, but I no longer had the source code. I rebuilt it from the ground up using modern web development tools (ECMAScript 6, Babel, Webpack, and Koa). I rebuilt it mostly to try out some new technologies, but also because I think it is a fun app to play with.

Horsepower Converter | Source Code

Editsaurus is a tool to identify potential pitfalls in a piece of writing, and encourage good habits. It looks for adverbs, filler words, passive voice, lexical illusions, commonly misused words, and pronouns. It was inspired by article 3 shell scripts to improve your writing, or "My Ph.D. advisor rewrote himself in bash." by Matt Might which shared shell scripts that look for a few of the things Editsaurus does.

I have been running my own writing through it for a while, and I feel like it has helped me become a better writer by eliminating bad habits. It is not perfect and not a replacement for editing, but I thought it could be useful for other writers.

Editsaurus | Source Code