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I've had a bit of a break from commercial coding. This left a sad looking gap in my github commit history. I people attach a lot of significance to how it looks on the github map thingy so I felt a bit anxious about it.

Before

So for a little bit of fun I decided to fill in my gap with a little artwork.

1. Prototyping in Excel

Prototype

Because it's a quick way to paint squares and know the dimensions.

2. Convert to ascii-art

I didn't want to fiddle with CSV conversions so I literally just hand transcribed it to a text file using "#" to represent commits.

3. Code!

I went with Ruby because it has good native support for dates and it's easy to experiment with.

4. Profit?

After

Worked out pretty nicely. Now I can stop feeling anxious and get on with more productive things. Turns out I'm not the only person that had this idea. But I wanted to see if I can do it on my own. I'm pretty happy with the outcome.