The Second Draft

By Ashton Wiersdorf

Write one to throw away.

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23 May 2020

Masks have become a hot issue. Here’s my 2¢.

Computers and Abstractions

20 May 2020

I am paid to press buttons and make lights blink in *very* specific ways.

Starting Fresh

9 May 2020

Rip that bandaid off!

FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi

12 February 2020

I’m a FreeBSD guy. My first computer was a FreeBSD machine that my dad had running in a closet. I learned how to use Emacs as well as the command line on that black-screen white-text no-mouse interface. That’s how real programmers spend their childhood! 😎 😜

Switching from Helm to Ivy

13 December 2019

Yet again, I’ve tweaked my emacs configuration. The big change this time is switching to Ivy from Helm.

Macros with Elixir

27 February 2019

I gave a presentation at the Utah Elixir Meetup this February. Here’s the recording of my presentation:

Citations with Pandoc

6 February 2019

Today I figured out how to get Pandoc to automatically generate MLA citations for me!

Marked Man

24 January 2019

Marked Man (mm) is a little program I wrote to view Markdown files like UNIX man pages. (Because who wants to leave their terminal just to open a file?)


16 January 2019

If you’re a student at BYU, (or maybe even if you aren’t) BYU has a fantastic study-abroad program. I believe there are over 100 different programs. I might do an internship in Berlin some time but we’ll see if that pans out. :) Check out the list at


15 January 2019

DuckDuckGo is a search engine. Like Google Search, you just throw some keywords into a box and get a list of results. Lots of people use Google, but I don’t. DuckDuckGo works better for me, and this is why.