Genuary 2023.01: Perfect loop


Spend a month making one beautiful thing per day, given a bunch of prompts. A month late, but as they say, ’the second best time is now'.

Let’s do it!

1) Perfect loop / Infinite loop / endless GIFs


Local JS/CSS with Hugo Pipe

I recently stumbled across a post that reminded me that Hugo has pipes. You can use them to automatically download files and include them as local. This seems like a pretty good idea for JS/CSS (you can argue caching versus security/locality all you want), but I’m going to give it a try.


Runelang: A Summoning Circle Generator

Last time we had Runelang: A Bind Rune Generator. This time, let’s make ‘summoning circles’. Basically, we want to make a circle with stars and other circles inscribed and around the borders with various ‘mystic’ text in the mix. Something like this:

  • generate_summoning_circle
    • random chance of boder
    • random chance of one or more inscribed stars
    • random chance of recurring on the border (calling generate_summoning_circle again)
    • random chance of recurring in the middle


Runelang: A Bind Rune Generator

Continuing with my Runelang in the Browser series, I had the idea to automatically generate runes. So basically reversing the parsing step, rather than to take what I’ve written and make it look good, to write something that Runelang can parse–and still look good.

In a nutshell, I want to write a series of functions that can recursively call one another to render runes:

  • generate_bind_rune
    • n times generate_bind_rune_arm
      • m times generate bars, circles, and other decrations
      • add a fork at the end


Runelang: Evaluation

As they say, life is what happens when you’re making other plans. But I’m back, so let’s talk some more about Runelang. In the interest of not dragging on months without finishing, we’re going to go ahead and push through the rest of the project. Onward!


Runelang: The Parser (Part 2: Expressions)

Earlier this week, we started parsing, getting through groups, nodes, params, and lists. A pretty good start, but it also leaves out two very powerful things (expressions and defines), one of which we absolutely do need to start actually evaluating things: expressions. Since we use them in every param, we pretty much need to know how to parse them, so let’s do it!


Runelang: The Parser (Part 1)

I’m still here! And less sick now.

Last time(s), we described and lexed) Runelang! This time around, let’s take the lexed tokens and go one step further and parse them!

So, how do we go about this? With a recursive descent parser!

  • Start with a list/stream of tokens
  • Using the first k (in a LL(k) parser) elements of the list, identify which sort of object we are parsing (a group / identifier / literal / expression / etc)
  • Call a parsing function for that object type (parseGroup etc) that will:
    • Recursively parse the given object type (this may in turn call more parse functions)
    • Advance the token stream ‘consuming’ any tokens used in this group so the new ‘first’ element is the next object