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The Dyad of Pizza

by Cory on May 30, 2020

I made two pizzas from the latest batch. This is the first time I'm using the pizza stone after I screwed it up by dumping a pizza upside-down onto it. I made sure to clean off the burnt crust and stuff as best I could and now it looks r...

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    Time to Complete the Stack

    by Cory on March 31, 2015

    I'm trying to add more widgets and tools to my admin dashboard and it's becoming increasingly clear that I need to add more javascript to my site. (Well, after I outfit the site with HTML5 features and tags.) I've been avoiding javascript up until...

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    A New Perspective

    by Cory on March 27, 2015

    Every once and a while, you should just drop everything and lie on the ground for a few minutes. It really sheds a new perspective on everything. First of all, the things you saw that were upright are now all sideways and stuff. Everything you too...

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    A Foot and a Tree

    by Cory on March 26, 2015

    Yesterday was a big drawing day for me! I spent the morning at Stanford, then drove up to San Francisco and hung out in the Presidio to go rock climbing in the afternoon. This freaking beats sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours and having fat, old, wh...

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    Fuck It, Let's Draw a Tree

    by Cory on March 23, 2015

    Today I drew a tree. I was going to draw a building, and then I drew a tree instead.

    I'm quite proud of it actually. I have a few older palm trees from farther away, but I think this one is much more detailed and not as tentatively outlined. As...

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    Half Assed Gestures from Mission Peak

    by Cory on March 22, 2015

    It was so early that Sunday morning that the sun wasn't fully out and the usual California dawn was overcast with foreboding clouds. In the dim, blue light of the morning it was obvious that the forecast was going to be rain and cold. Naturally, I...

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    New Dashboard UI

    by Cory on March 22, 2015

    Woot woot. I just spend like a week and a half of not leaving my goddamn room so I could put in a change to my admin dashboard and overhaul a bunch of css styles and small bells and whistles. There's absolutely no difference to the public facing w...

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    New Changes Afoot! I Leveled Up, Fools

    by Cory on March 14, 2015

    Sup, you slackers?? I've been making some big changes to the site over the past week, both in refactoring old code, fixing broken and outdated parts of the site, and adding a lot of cool new swag.

    First of all, I added this sweet thing to my admi...

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    Rusty But Still Working

    by Cory on March 13, 2015

    I rode my bike for the first time in probably more than six months. It felt good.

    I left it lying next to the house outside all these months, even when it was pouring rain. Everything's all scratched up and rusty, but still working. Maybe I'll be...

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