nicholasjon.com

Nick, looking unnecessarily stern, as generated by OpenAI

Hi, I'm Nick. This is where I write about things.

It's been a very long time — way more than a decade I think — since I had a personal website that actually got maintained with any sort of regularity.

This means I am really out of practice.

In the intervening years, I've posted a few times at these places:

... but having my own site sounds fun for the first time in a long time. So here I am.

A new take on the shape of chess pieces

The Man Who Invented VR Goggles 50 Years Too Soon

The Burial of William the Conqueror: A Comedy of Errors

How to build a fully offline smart home

Generate Penrose Diagrams from plain text

Physical modeling of a pipe organ

Positive news from 2023

Plant stand in cherry and granite

When you have 9 bajillion jade plants, you need a new plant stand. Cherry, mortise and tenon joinery (mostly), and a granite chunk that was formerly a coffee table.

Plant Stand

Medieval staircases were not built going clockwise for the defender's advantage

In the Nineteenth Century, Scientists Set Out to Solve the "Problem of American Storms"