While a computer is simply a machine that takes in a series of instructions and executes them in order, most people have a hard time understanding this fact. As Arthur C. Clarke wrote
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
My observations from my own experiences appear to stand as evidence of the above statement.
Recently, I developed a configuration DSL that would populate a database. I found myself writing a lot of repetitive code to handle the DSL syntax, and thought that this would be a good case to programatically generate the methods.
At my workplace, my laptop is little more than a glorified mailbox and thin-client. All my development is done on a shared Linux cluster, due to the nature of the build environment needing special compilers and tools. Up until a few years ago, I was logging into a VNC session to keep my sessions active. As I started to telework more, I was annoyed by the slow refresh rates. That's when I realized that, since all my work was done with console Vim and a console, if I could move to a console interface, I'd wind up with a much faster workflow.
When I was growing up, my grandmother would make a spiced peanut powder, which I could eat as a side dish to dosa or idli, or more likely, just by itself. Considering that companies like PB2 make something similar, I thought about how hard can it be to make some at home.
After fiddling around a bit with Octopress, I figured it was time to give other static site generators a try. This time, I figured I'd try using Middleman and port the content over from Octopress.