UVM Student Launches Emacsy Kickstarter

University of Vermont doctoral student Shane Celis has a Kickstarter campaign underway to raise funding for an embeddable version of the text editor Emacs called Emacsy:

Emacs has been extended to do much more than text editing. It can read your email, run a chat client, act as your therapist, and more. For some, the prospect of reading email from within your text editor sounds weird. Why would anyone want to do that? Because Emacs gives them so much control. If you are frustrated by a particular piece of functionality, you can disable it in Emacs. Unhappy with some unintuitive key binding? Change it. Unimpressed by a built-in function? Rewrite it.  And you can do all that while Emacs is running.  You don’t have to exit and recompile.

The purpose of Emacsy is to bring the Emacs way of doing things to other applications natively. In my mind, I imagine Emacs consuming applications from the outside, while Emacsy combines with applications from the inside—thereby allowing an application to be Emacs-like without requiring it to use Emacs as its frontend. I would like to hit M-x in other applications to run commands. I would like to see authors introduce a new version: “Version 3.0, now extendable with Emacsy.” I would like hear power users ask, “Yes, but is it Emacsy?”

Visit the Kickstarter page to find out more about Shane’s vision for Emacsy and how you can back the project. The drive ends June 15th, so there’s a month left to raise the funds to make it happen.

[Link via VAGUE, the Vermont Area Group of Unix Enthusiasts.]

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Geek Things for August 16th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands’ & Media That Matters Film Showcase, 7PM, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free. (Film)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – TRON: Legacy, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘The Aliens’, 7:30PM, Weston Rod & Gun Club, Weston. Tickets start at $24. (Theater)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 2PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • Neil Goodwin – The We Go As Captives: The Royalton Raid and the Shadow War on the Revolutionary Frontier, 7PM, Old Town Hall, Brookfield. Donations accepted for the Old Town Hall restoration fund. (Authors)
  • Willard Sterne Randall – Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Free; cash bar. (History)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Paper Cup Telephones, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fingerprints, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Green Drinks: CVPS smartPOWER, 7 – 9pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)

 

Geek Things for August 3rd

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Tech Savvy – Digital drawing programs with Stuart Granoff. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. 6PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Brian Lindner – “Humorous and Interesting Plane Crashes in Vermont.” 7:30PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Cohousing: Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability at the Village Scale.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Design)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: James Kochalka. 6pm, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Rm, Barre. (Cartooning)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation – Summer Readers, please make sure to call us at 802-244-0944 to double check the dates and times have not changed. Burlington Recreation and Nutrition Program in Burlington (Reading)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Exloring Balance, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn about NOOK Simple Touch! 5:30 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Author Appearance: Jim Butcher, 7pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Author Signing)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. $5 suggested. (Theater)

Geek Things for August 2nd

  • Computer Lesson, 5–8PM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’. Rain location: Town Hall. 6PM, Village Green, Bristol. Free. (Theater)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Turtle Discovery, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Creeping Colors, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals: Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 1:00 p.m., Fairbanks Museum of Science, St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for July 6th

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Computer Lesson, 9:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • College Observatory Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Now Showing: A Tiny Theater Dreams Big,”, 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series – “Corruption: Pervasive, Persistent and Virulent”, 9AM–12PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $20. (Talk)
  • Kate Kenny – “The War That Wasn’t: Patented Inventions During the Civil War.” 7–10PM, Noyes House Museum, Morrisville. Donations accepted. (History)
  • Summer Speaker Series – Calvin Coolidge, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Organic Architecture Guild: A Common Vision for Sustainable Design.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Readings at the Athenaeum – Gish Jen, 7:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Reading)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Come ALearn About New NOOK Simple Touch!, 6:00 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Advance Screening of “Torchwood: Miracle Day”, http://nescifievents.org/?p=2662, 6pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Screening)
  • Planetarium presentation – Monster Telescopes, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for June 8th

  • Computer Lesson, 9:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • RPG Game Club, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Michael Tougias – “Indian Wars of New England,” 7PM, Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, White River Junction. Free. (History)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-5:30pm, Baptist Fellowship Church, Randolph. (Vampires)
  • Fairbanks Community of Observers, 6-7pm, Hunger Mtn Coop, FREE, Pre-reg. 223-8004 x202. Montpelier. (Observation)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Norwich to offer Gaming & Algorithms Course

This in from the Norwich Guidon:

The dining hall may serve the same food each semester, the same professors may teach year after year, and some traditions are forever, but there is one change for Norwich students to look forward to next fall: Brand-new classes.
Instead of assigning a textbook, Professor Jeremy Hansen, an assistant professor of computer science, is asking his students to choose one of their favorite games and purchase that for class.
Hansen is offering a new course titled Gaming and Algorithms.
“Although the class is a 400 level course, the material is not that advanced,” Hansen said, “It’s more for non-computer science and non-computer security folks to be introduced to the things people really shy away from in computer science like algorithms, probability and gaming theory.”
This elective course is explained nearly entirely through games, according to Hansen. “Most people know how to play chess or checkers, but we are going to find out the purpose and strategies of the games,” Hansen said.
Meeting once a week, Hansen plans to divide the three hours into sections.
“(The students) will not be simply sitting at the computer and playing Bejeweled for an hour and a half, but the students will document things like rules and analyzing the state of the game,” Hansen said.
The course itself does not get into computer programming but, “if there are students with any programming backgrounds in the class, I may have them build the stuff because they have the resources,” Hansen said.
“It really boils down to games and problem solving,” Hansen said, but outside of the problem solving, he plans to look in the role of theme in a game.

Full article.

Geek Things for April 7th

  • Annual Research Day, 3PM, University of Vermont, Burlington. Free. (Talks)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 7PM, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • David Powers – “Muhammad Is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet.” 4:30PM, Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Panel Discussion – “If You Lose Your Old-Fashioned Town Meeting, Are You Losing Democracy?” 7–8PM, Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Robert Whitaker – “Anatomy of an Epidemic: History, Science and the Long-Term Effects of Psychiatric Medications.” 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Eurydice’, 8PM, Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. $6-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Peter Pan’, 7:30PM, Middlebury Union High School Auditorium, Middlebury. $8-15. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • Book Club – Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Sara Gruen’s Ape House. 6:30–8PM, Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield. Free. (Books)
  • Poetry Alive! 2011 Poetry Display, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Poetry)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Psychosocial Influences on Healthy Aging,” 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • The Future of Adaptive Optics, 12:15 – 1:30pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Science)
  • “The Dynamics of Nonviolent Power: Egypt, Tunisia and Beyond”, 4:30 – 6pm, Robert A Jones ’59 Conference Room, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Graphic Novel Readers and Creators, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Phoenix Books, Essex. (Comics)
  • CLiF presentation, Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington. (Presentation)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 12:30-5:30, Sharon Academy, Sharon. (Blood Drive)

Geek Things for April 6th

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • ‘Dead Poets Society’, 7PM, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. Free. (Film)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Libraries)
  • Science Magic. Preregister. 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘How to Compost’, 7–9PM, Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington. Free. (Composting)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Chris Wren – “The Rule of Law and the Arab Revolt: A Journalist’s Perspective,” 5:30pm, Oakes Hall, Room 012, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Current Events)
  • Dave Zirin – “Sports and Resistance in the United States: A Political Legacy,” 4:30PM, Concert Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Politics)
  • Gordon Robison – “The Obama Administration and the Middle East,” 7PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Politics)
  • Haviland Smith – “Dealing With Instability in Today’s Middle East.” 7PM, Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport. Free. (Current Events)
  • Mark Stoler – Historical perspective on the United States and the war in Vietnam, 7PM, Cornerstone Community Center, Hartford. Free. (History)
  • Meg Brook – “World Without Borders.” 6:15PM, Burlington College, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Peter Schumann – Bread and Puppet Theater, 6PM, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington. Free with museum admission, $3-5, or $10 per family. (Talk)
  • Robert Hager – “Courting Disaster: From the Vietnam War to 21st-Century Terrorism.” 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Current Events)
  • Shahan Mufti – “A World of Trouble: Reporting a Clandestine American War in Pakistan.” 7pm, Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Current Events)
  • ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’: Dress Rehearsal for Senior Citizens – 3–5:15PM, Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, Essex Junction. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’, 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Theater)
  • Poetry Alive! Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Poetry)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Book Talk: American Plastic, 5:15 – 7:15pm, 51 Main at the Bridge, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Books About Libraries, 10am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)
  • Touch the Sound at NU, Sullivan Museum, Northfield. (Museum)
  • Do Bats Really Attack Humans? All about bats, presented by Barry Genzlinger. 1:30pm, VT College of Fine Arts, Noble Hall, Montpelier. $5 for non-members. Info. 454-4675. (Bats)
  • April Showers Bring Salamanders. Preschool discovery program for kids age 3-5. Dress for a walk on the trails. 10-11:30am. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $5 per child, Info. 229-6206. (Kids)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30am-3:30pm, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. (Blood Drive)

Geek Things for April 4th

  • Computer Lesson, 9–11AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • ‘A World of Health: Connecting People, Place and Planet’. Space is limited; call to preregister. 6–7:30PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Book Discussion Series: ‘Earth Tones’ – Rachel Carson’s Under the Sea Wind, 7PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Books)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Poetry Alive! 2011 Poetry Display, Various downtown locations, Montpelier. Free. (Poetry)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF, Authors & Illustrators – Author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. If you are interested in joining us for this event, please be sure to contact CLiF beforehand to doublecheck times and dates have not changed, Danville School, Danville. (Writing, Kids)
  • Our Universe – Ron Anstey, 7:30-9:00pm, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Stephen Emmons nn trip to Antarctica, 7pm, Cabot 85, Norwich University, Northfield. (Travel)
  • Author Reading: Jackie Kessler, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, Albany NY. (Reading)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)