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Fit for other humans to tell me “hey, it’s broken”, and I can fix it.

But Not Even Alpha.

Five ‘W’s and 2 ‘Y’s.

Who am I?

I’m Jonnay! ./assets/images/burning-bunny-transparent.png

I’ve been using Emacs since 2007. I make Music, Art and Video Blogs. I’m a front-end narwhal (a Canadian coder who can do UX and design as well). Professionally I have used many languages—including P/LB—but my favorite is Scheme, and my current is ruby.

What is this? A starter kit for magicians.

The Emagicians Starter Kit is a set of org-mode files that are automagikally tangled into Emacs Lisp on startup.

I got tired of my old .emacs file and poorly maintained collection of extensions. It was working less and less well the more and more time went on and on.

But it’s more than that. It’s a set of lessons learned, ramblings of a lisp fanatic, and something of a personal great work.


I Love the idea of the starter kits, but I found they made assumptions and just wasn’t fit for what I needed. I also have a bit of a “not-invented-here” problem. It’s minor and I cope pretty well. However with regards to emacs: (and to paraphrase Douglas McArther Shaftoe from the Neal Stephenson novel Cryptonomicon.)

This is my Emacs. There are plenty like it, but this one is mine.

Additionally, there is real value in people explaining their emacs setup, especially in easily digestible forms.


Everything is in Org-Mode. If you want to join in all the fun, there is an ./ file that you can follow along with. It will get you moving into basic configurations, all the way through testing the result before making the emagician starter kit your actual init file.


March 2012. It got commited to a git repo later that year.


In an airplane across the Atlantic I made the first version of the Emagicians Starter Kit.

A note about tone

If your primary tool, as both hobby and vocation is your text editor, does it not then follow that it is one of the fundamentally important things in your life?

But then, would that not put it on the same footing as ones spirituality?

What if ones spirituality is Militant Agnostic Zenarchic Discordianism?

Then you would write an Emagicians Startup Kit full of tongue in cheek references to the western magickal tradition, and venerate Eris constantly.

That’s what.


To My Wife: Shell Arkell. The most important person in my life, who outshines all other people, like the noon-day sun outshines the stars.

🌞 I Love you. 🌞


🐰 My own take on an Emacs Starter Kit, with Secret Alien Org Mode Superpowers. -|-+-|-







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