Generating Voronoi cells in Python

Voronoi cells are basically the shape you see soap suds make. They have a lot of cool properties that I wanted to use for image generation, but I didn’t want to have to figure out the math myself. I found this really excellent tutorial on generating Voronoi cells, which goes into some interesting history aboutContinue reading “Generating Voronoi cells in Python”

How to set up Python on Compute Engine

This is a followup to my previous post on setting up big files on GCP. I ran into similar problems with Python as I did with static files, but my solution was a bit different. The right wayTM of running Python on GCP seems to be via a docker container. However, adding a virtual environmentContinue reading “How to set up Python on Compute Engine”

How to get big files into Compute Engine

I’ve been working with some large models recently and, as a Docker beginner, shoved them all into my Docker image. This worked… sort of… until docker push started trying to upload 20GB of data. Google Cloud doesn’t seem to support service keys for docker auth (even though they claim to! not that I’m bitter), soContinue reading “How to get big files into Compute Engine”

Using Warp workflows to make the shell easier

Disclaimer: GV is an investor in Warp. Whenever I start a new Python project, I have to go look up the syntax for creating a virtual environment. Somehow it can never stick in my brain, but it seems too trivial to add a script for. I’ve been using Warp as my main shell for aContinue reading “Using Warp workflows to make the shell easier”

Shoulders of Giants

I’ve been thinking a lot about construction. Taking a very specific part of the process, building the staircase: you find a carpenter and they build the staircase to your measurements. Generally your contractor will find someone with decent experience that they think will do a good job for whatever price you’re willing to pay andContinue reading “Shoulders of Giants”

5-minute design: meme generator

When I’ve talked to people who’ve attempted to make meme tools, they say that search is a really hard problem. This sort of makes sense: one person might search “communism”, another “bugs bunny”, and another “we” trying to get this image template: I was thinking about it today, though, and you know what? All ofContinue reading “5-minute design: meme generator”

A YIMBY’s Modest Proposal

Let’s say there’s a nice house, around 100 years old, on a street. It’s been well-maintained and had normal renovations done over time to keep it comfortable and practical to live in (electrics upgrades, HVAC improvements, new roof when necessary, etc.). Now, suppose an inventor buys the empty lot next door. This inventor loves theContinue reading “A YIMBY’s Modest Proposal”