Archives November 2004

Have to figure out a better billing scheme ($2025 for 1.5 weeks of work just isn't functional...)

The root of the problem, of course, is discounting the time spent on learning, the time spent working through problems with libraries, etceteras. The "debugging is free" stuff is probably not a great idea either.

When I look at it over the last week-and-a-half, I've spent more than 60 hours on various aspects of the ...

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Science fiction lectures finish (Things that make you go "where's the beef")

[As all the avid readers know, I've been trying to listen to various lecture series while working in order to keep myself from going batty with lack of intellectual variety.]

I just finished the Science Fiction lecture series... and was rather disappointed with it compared to the philosophy series. Probably the greatest disappointment was that, ...

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Oh happy day (maybe) (A pox on relational databases...)

I seem to have worked around the big nasty evil database bug. And how, you may ask? By adding a completely extraneous commit into the middle of the hierarchy parsing code. ARGH. There's no reason for it to help, there's no way it should change anything. It's just some silly locking artefact where a SELECT ...

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Long, fruitless day trying to reproduce an error (And it's only 4-1/2 hours old)

Bryan and one of his peoples are experiencing what appears to be the "big nasty evil database bug" (formerly the "evil database bug") where the database (b)locks in the middle of a hierarchy import (which is the only database operation that's occuring).

This has a lot of secondary effects, as once the database thread is ...

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BasicProperty boundaries (A simple example of use...)

Instead of going to bed I wound up creating a use-case sample for boundaries. This is actually one of the tasks Tim was wanting to accomplish. I don't actually have the huge regex he was using to do the "is it the correct format" check, so I cobbled one together for demonstration purposes.

I've linked ...

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Pair programming twice in one day! (Weird...)

Wound up doing a code review (I know, not really pair programming) for D'Arcy and then some actual pair programming with Tim this evening. Tim was trying to use BasicProperty's data-value checking for doing web-form validation and was rather frustrated with it.

No reason it couldn't work, it's just that the generality of BasicProperty would ...

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Am I really so boring? (Don't answer that...)

Went to a friend's birthday party this evening. Other than those I already knew, just about everyone was "highly successful", (particularly lots of lawyers and a doctor or two). Thing is, I didn't connect with any of them. That is, in the entire evening I didn't have a single conversation about anything interesting (with someone ...

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PyOpenGL grows FreeGLUT support (And other little post-work tasks...)

Spent three or four hours getting PyOpenGL to support FreeGLUT 2.x, no big deal really, just a hack to tell the build system to consider it to be the most modern version of GLUT (and thus to build the whole base-GLUT API), and then wrappers for the FreeGLUT-specific methods/constants.

After that turned my attention to ...

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Why aren't women allowed to notice that other women are "hot"? (Seems like a perfectly reasonable observation...)

Had a lady remark that one of my friends was "hot" in her hallowe'en costume, then immediately explain it with "though I'm a girl, so I'm not supposed to notice things like that".

I mean, sure, men have been raised to be homophobic and neurotic about their own sexuality enough that it's understood they are ...

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