Steve Klise

March 11, 2017

→ Death Valley

February 04, 2017

🍞 Atom Themes

I’m pretty fussy about my text editor and the themes I use. So it’s about time I made my own Atom themes. My nickname at work is Bread Steve so these are the Bread themes. The main thing they are is colorful and high contrast. In bright light you just gotta have that high contrast so you can see what’s going on in your editor. Also I tried to not hide the comments.

Bread UI

screenshot of bread-ui

My ui-theme is designed to provide a level of contrast between the edges and the active editor pane. And if you have the San Francisco monospace fonts installed on your computer then the UI font is monospace.

Install it with apm install bread-ui or visit the package page.

Bread Syntax

screenshot of dark bread-syntax

This the main theme I’ve been using at work for a while. It works for me on cloud days and late in the evening as well as with the sun shining on my screen.

Install it with apm install bread-syntax or visit the package page.

White Bread Syntax

screenshot of white-bread-syntax

And then the white background version of the theme.

Install it with apm install white-bread-syntax or visit the package page.

November 06, 2016

Links #5

There’s a few days left until the election, I’m having all kinds of conflicting thoughts about America, but the new font GT America (and its website) I only have great thoughts about.

Fivethirtyeight’s electoral map is my most frequented website these days, over Twitter and email. And with all the anxiety that it’s bringing the New York Times totally didn’t help by explaining that only 9% of Americans voted for Clinton or Trump in the primaries.

Amanda Petrusich, one of my favorite authors, wrote a piece for the New Yorker about Iggy Pop. I’m not a good enough writer to attempt to summarize, just read it.

Finally, this perfectly sums up my thoughts about Cards Against Humanity.

October 07, 2016

It Never Goes Away

It’s been a few years since I last made a mix. I’m finally back in the game. This mix was originally made for Amelia, my wife and partner. But I guess I can share it with y’all.

September 27, 2016

Links #4

  • Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed: Formal verification is a method of programming I had not previously heard of but reminds me very much of the fun and challenges I encountered earning my BA in Mathematics. I’ve always been skeptical of Testing as it depends on knowing the correct and complete set of tests to write and formal verification is an appealing challenge that solves the problem tests attempt.
  • It’s been almost a year since I last bought anything from Patagonia. I’ve been busy and not as active as I would like but after reading this profile of their founder, Yvon Chouinard, I’m feeling a bit too smug for comfort. In any case, it’s a great read.
  • The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
  • Opendesk is a furniture company that gives away its designs for those with CNC machines and otherwise connects prospective buyers with local manufacturers. No more shipping across the country.
  • The Creative Independent is a website currently featuring interviews and stories from independent artists. It’s a beautiful site and has landed a lot of amazing artists you may not get to read about in major magazines. There are no ads.

September 11, 2016

Links &c

I launched two super short Kickstarter projects. It was both for testing at work as well as actually trying to create a few small projects before launching a bigger project.


September 10, 2016

→ How I Make Pour Over Coffee

Oversharing how I make pour over coffee. Measurements, equipment and my amateur technique.

August 23, 2016

Links 2016-08-23

  • Meteorite researchers are pretty thorough with what isn’t a meteorite. (Most things aren’t)
  • I’m starting a ‘book club’ with friends at work on the book Purely Functional Data Structures but in Elm. Based on this course syllabus
  • I’m also starting a book and bbq club with another friend. We will be reading The Geography of Nowhere
  • Trudging through both No Man’s Sky as well as this New Yorker profile of the game, from a year before it was released.
  • Cube Composer is helping me understand in a spatial sense what the typical functional programming commands do to the sets and lists they operate on.
  • Rune Madsen has published the second part to his book Programming Design Systems.

August 14, 2016

Links 2016-08-14

What I’ve been reading, seeing and thinking about the last week.



  • It’s time I listened to Fugazi
  • VDSQ Records has a concert in Red Hook this week. I didn’t make it, but am at home now listening to as much of their catalog as I can fit in to this evening.
  • I finished reading But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer. It’s about jazz and so much more and is certainly one of the best books I’ve ever read


January 01, 2014

2013 In Review

The last two years I’ve been keeping a list of the books I read. This year I did not read as many books as last, as always, I’ve got big plans for “next year.”

Books Read

  1. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  2. Dr. No - Sir Ian Fleming
  3. The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver
  4. Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Wil Oldham
  5. Speedboat - Renata Adler
  6. The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  7. Interaction of Color - Josef Albers
  8. Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
  9. Pastoralia - George Saunders
  10. Various Small Books - Brouws, Burton & Zschiegner
  11. In Persuasion Nation - George Saunders
  12. Interactive Data Visualization for the Web - Scott Murray
  13. Hombre - Elmore Leonard
  14. Tenth of December - George Saunders
  15. Catching the Big Fish - David Lynch
  16. The Information - James Gleick

Places Visited

An abbreviated travel journal of sorts as well as a written reminder of places I’ve been that I’d like to go back to. Strictly limited to locations outside New York City.

  • Northampton, MA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Black Mountain, NC
  • Hudson Highlands State Park, NY
  • Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY
  • Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
  • Putney, VT
  • Cambridge, MA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sebastopol, CA
  • Phoenicia, NY
  • Clawhammer Farm, Lisle, NY
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Best Ofs

And then of course, best of lists. The order is roughly the order in which I saw the movies and heard the albums.


  • Dream River - Bill Callahan
  • Afraid of Heights - Wavves
  • Modern Vampires of the City - Vampire Weekend
  • Settle - Disclosure
  • Fade - Yo La Tengo
  • Psychic - Darkside
  • Love’s Crushing Diamond - Mutual Benefit
  • LONG.LIVE.A$AP - A$AP Rocky
  • Days Are Gone - Haim
  • Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label


  • All Is Lost
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • American Hustle
  • Fruitvale Station

December 30, 2013

Fall & Early Winter, 2013

A brief roundup of the recent months. For more photos check me out on VSCO Grid and Flickr.

October 02, 2013


October 01, 2013


As much as New York has become home there’s a good deal about San Francisco that I just can’t shake.

July 01, 2013

Summer Reading

Above is a photograph of the stack of books I hope to get through this summer. Looking at the calendar it appears that I am way behind—I’ve only finished one of these books.

I buy a lot of books, and I buy books faster than I read them. Putting this stack together and taking a picture of it has stopped me from buying new books (for the most part). However, I’m still spending a lot of time in bookstores. Instead of buying books, I’ve been taking photos of the books that look interesting, and hopefully when I complete the reading list I’ll remember some of these books.

Spoonbill and Sugartown

Dia:Beacon Bookstore

…I did buy the last two.

March 08, 2013

→ Authentication with Sinatra and Warden

Setting up authentication on a Sinatra application.

January 14, 2013

New Year, New Camera

I used to take pictures often. A combination of factors worked together to reduce the number of pictures I took. I started grad school and proceeded to spent most hours of most days in the same space being busy staring at my computer. And my cameras got old. I became frustrated with how my cameras performed in low light, how fast they were as well as how pocketable the camera was. Carrying around a DSLR in hopes of maybe taking one picture each day just leads to a sore back.

In the past year I started taking more and more photos with my iPhone. It was a decent camera that was always in my pocket. After a year of use I began pining for a nicer camera. I chose the Sony RX100 because almost every site said it was the best point-and-shoot camera and also due to the massiveness of it’s image sensor.

So far I’ve been very happy with the camera and have been carrying it around in my pocket almost every day. And I leave the camera in black and white mode, which leads to crisper images and no messing around with white balance.


I’ll be posting the photos I take to Flickr.

January 13, 2013

2012 In Review

The year is over, here is what I did and what I most enjoyed in list form.

Best Ofs


  • Animal Collective : Centipede Hz
  • Grimes : Visions
  • Julia Holter: Ekstasis
  • DIIV : Oshin
  • The Walkmen : Heaven
  • Woody Guthrie : Woody At 100
  • Mac Demarco : 2
  • Tame Impala : Lonerism


  • Best Coast : The Only Place
  • De Kift : Nauwe Mijter
  • Lee Fields : Faithful Man
  • Angel Haze : Werkin Girls
  • Ty Segall : I Bought My Eyes
  • Chairlift : Met Before


  • Looper
  • Skyfall
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Zero Dark Thirty


Essays, Blog Posts, Non-book reads, Websites

Things Done

Books Read

  1. Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  2. Will Eisner’s New York: Life in the Big City
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  6. Genius: The Life And Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert
  8. The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
  9. The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
  10. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
  11. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  12. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  13. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  14. Once There Was a War by John Steinbeck
  15. Design Is A Job by Mike Monteiro
  16. Mindstorms by Seymour Papert
  17. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  18. The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner

Places & Events

  • Louisville, KY
  • McGorlick Park
  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Master in Professional Studies, Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University
  • Butchered a pig, Clawhammer Farm, New York
  • Panna II


December 07, 2012

What I've Been Up To

Every two weeks the ITP Research Residents and I write about what we’ve been up to. Here I’m posting my section of the digest, you can read the whole thing at our blog.

I went back to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving and was digging through my old electronics and found my TI-83+ and a usb cable for it. I was feeling real smug about the unit conversion programs I wrote for it until I saw that someone has recreated Portal on the TI-83.

Thesis Saturday was great. I really enjoyed seeing what all the second years have been up to and what they are planning on working on next semester. All in the space of a little over 100 minutes. The application form I made seems to have worked pretty well for everyone (or you didn’t complain loud enough). For the rest of December and early part of January I’ll be working extra hard on completing the platform all you second years will be using for Thesis class.

Max Ogden finally figured out how to connect an Arduino to a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 At some point when I have some time I’m going to test this out. Which reminds me, I’m very excited to see what happens during next semester’s classes, the list looks real awesome. Speaking of next semester’s classes, James George just launched a kickstarter for an interactive documentary “exploring creativity through the lens of coding,” the project is called Clouds.

My friend Andrew Crago posted this image of Chicago from the sky, from the west, the tree cover in that city is rather remarkable. I’ve always wanted to compare the average building height from Chicago to the average building height in New York City…if I could just find the dataset. My good friend Joe Kloc wrote an article for the Paris Review about people who live on the streets, seemingly by choice, the article was also partially a review of the book Subways Are For Sleeping. I’m in my third year in New York City, during the first two the city was mainly just a medium I had to travel through between my apartment and school. This year I’ve been trying to pay attention more to the rest of the city.

This article was all over the blogs but I’ll put it here in case you missed it. Craig Mod writes a lot about publishing and its future on the internet. This article compares the publishing industry now to the car industry right before the oil crisis of the 70s.

Finally, if you’ve got some time to listen to a 40 minute video about programming languages check out this talk that Jeremy Ashkenas (creator of CoffeeScript and Backbone.js) gave comparing code to literature.

October 14, 2012

I Like What I See

I Like What I See is a Chrome extension to automatically click all “Like” links on Facebook. When you visit Facebook, click the thumbs up in the extension bar and start scrolling and liking. Liking and scrolling. Every instance of the word “Like” will be clicked. Don’t worry, Facebook is a fun place full of all of the stuff you like.

If you scroll too fast Facebook might find it impossible that you like all of the things you do as fast as you do (seeing is believing/liking). You may find yourself being blocked from expressing your true feelings for your friends status updates.

The “Like” button is expressionless, people are expressive. Yet this button allows us to appear expressive through a very impersonal response. When someone posts about having a bad day, or being sick, there is no “Sorry” button.

In thinking about what it means to “Like” something on Facebook and that the company was trying to crack down on fake “Likes” I started this project.

A Script and a Human

I Like What I See is a browser extension yes, but it’s also me clicking the Like button every time I see it when scrolling through Facebook. If Facebook shuts down my script, I’ll keep “Liking” everything myself…for a while at least.

Is it a script or a person that is clicking “Like” and if it’s a person, do they really “Like” it? I mean “like Like” it.

So What

So am I just terrorizing your news feed or is this a meaningful thing I’m trying to draw attention to? Maybe both, maybe neither. I’ll quiet down in a few days or weeks and maybe you might think about some of this.

I quit Facebook in June of 2011 and just rejoined a few weeks ago. It was a complete deletion of my account. There were reasons for me to quit but also reasons that I rejoined. Facebook is useful and has value, but we should be thoughtful of what we’re doing with Facebook and on Facebook.

Download the extension from Github.

October 07, 2012

→ Git Workflow for Beginners

You've used Git and Github a little bit but you're not comfortable yet with how to use it. In this post I'll go through a basic work flow for tracking a project with Git and posting to Github.

September 25, 2012

→ Git Reading List

There are a multitude of amazing articles about Git all around the internet. I've rounded up a few of the best as well as a few shortcuts and tools to make your Git experience more better.

September 22, 2012

→ Introduction to Git & the Command Line

A tutorial for the basics of using Git and Github.

January 05, 2012

Alan Kay's Suggested Reading

Last semester I took a course titled Powerful Ideas: Useful Tools to Understand the World. It was taught by Nancy Hechinger and Alan Kay came in once a month as well as wrote us each week via email.

Throughout the class many, many books were mentioned. Way more than could be read in one semester, more even than I could manage in a year. This list is a great addendum to Alan Kay’s own reading list.