Columnist now uses Readability. No more annoying ads or odd page formatting to get in the way of reading.
I also added a blacklist to hide list articles / buzzfeed and the like.
I played a small role in this year’s TartanHacks, working closely with Kevin, Russell, and many others to create some really cool things for the event. (If you’ve never heard of TartanHacks, check out this piece by the Tartan).
Many thanks to Quintin the-unicorn-who-pulled-everything-together, our awesome gang of organizers, mentors, and sponsors, as well all the amazing folks who came out to participate. I had a fantastic time.
Walking away from my third (and final) TartanHacks, I can’t help but think about how the event will evolve over the next few years, particularly since the original organizers will no longer be involved. Looking back, it’s been absolutely insane to see the rapid growth of collegiate hackathons across the country, not to mention the rise of university courses focused on modern web and mobile development.
I only hope future generations of Carnegie Mellon students will continue to find a community that hopelessly loves to create.
Started hacking together a little app I’m calling Columnist.
After seeing Facebook’s Paper announcement, I realized that I would love a Mac app for reading articles my friends have recommended. For now, my (rather hasty) prototype pulls articles from my Facebook newsfeed, though I’d like to get Twitter and maybe Designer News in there as well.
Immediate problems I’m realizing is that I don’t have a great way of handling clicks within a page - I tend to open lots of tabs while reading articles, which doesn’t fit particularly well with what I have so far.
About a year ago I started putting together this little in-page search demo for answer.js, a quick sentence matching script I wrote based on what I had been learning in a Natural Language Processing class.
I was hoping that in-page search could do a better job of helping answer questions, as opposed to simply looking for occurrences of a string.
Decided to post it up since it seems like it never made it here.