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Visual Studio Code, Flatpak, and C#: A Guide

It took me way too long to figure this out, so I figured I’d write a concise tutorial for anyone else who wants to do C# development using Visual Studio Code installed via flatpak.

Ok, but WHY is cryptocurrency so bad for the environment?

Cryptocurrency and especially NFTs (like “crypto art”) are the trendy new thing to talk about right now, and it makes sense: their power to change the world is tremendous. Of course, by “the world” I mean its climate, and I didn’t say it was a positive change.

Improving Tab Completion in Nautilus

As a heavy keyboard user, I use the location entry in Nautilus quite often to get around my filesystem. But something about it frustrated me, so I fixed it.

Adapting GNOME Maps to Mobile Devices: Map Details

Last year, I redesigned the info bubbles in GNOME Maps. Now I’ve made that bit of the UI adaptive, so that it fits on the screen of your favorite Linux phone!

GDScript's  _get() and  _set(): How and When to Use Them

I recently found myself writing some very messy code in Godot Engine, and I wondered if I could improve it with a bit of GDScript magic.

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Big Projects


Hourglass is a project/version manager for Godot Engine. It keeps track of your Godot Engine projects and what versions of the engine they require.

Small Projects

OSM In Realtime

Watch OpenStreetMap get updated in (near) real-time with this cool visualization!


A Godot Engine addon that provides useful RNG utilities, including an efficient weighted random number generator and a function to shuffle arrays.

VR Color Picker

A virtual reality demo for Godot Engine that includes some basic VR UI patterns.

You Forgot to Share Your Google Doc

YFTSYGD is a reddit bot that finds Google Docs links that haven't been shared properly and leaves a comment explaining how to fix it.


GeoClueless is a location faking tool for GeoClue2, the geolocation provider on many Linux distributions. GeoClueless is good for debugging location-aware applications.


I don't have the attention span or the artistic talent to make complicated games, but I still enjoy it. All my games are made with Godot Engine, a super awesome open-source game engine.

Still Another Asteroid Shooter

My first Android game. Don't expect too much of it, it's just a simple, ad-free asteroid shooting game.


Tap the colored tiles in order. That's literally the whole game.

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