Archives November 2005

For the ravening OpenGL-ctypes hordes (A few tweaks and fixes...)


Prepping for mini-talk tonight on OpenGL-ctypes I've just been installing it to Tim's laptop. Came across a few shallow bugs along the way; for one, I'd introduced unintended dependencies on FreeGLUT and GLE, those are now caught on failure, there was also a pointless import of Numeric in the glget module (Numeric ...

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Pythonic duct tape (When data imports...)


I spent much of the day working on CDR billing-data import for the VoIP project. This is pretty simple stuff, download the records, load them, unify them with the ids in the database, and then insert records to record the charges. It just takes forever. Lots of trivial little bits that need to be dealt ...

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IT for Africa (Good people gather at Dan's potluck...)


Very pleasant evening at Dan's tonight. Spent most of the time talking with Carole and Simon (the second). Carole is one of those people you really have to admire. The last time we saw her (a year ago) she was trying to put together funding to work in Africa. Since then she's been ...

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Uneventful day (Hospital, philosophy, library, party...)


I didn't wind up getting any noticable amount of work done on the thesis yesterday. Turned out I was just too tired to read, and the philosophy lecture wasn't particularly relevant to my studies.

Had an interesting conversation with Suzanne (Sara's roommate), she mentioned a program at UofT that sounds like it ...

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Sebeok's Introduction to Semiotics (Subway reading...)


Kind of freaky reading this book. The overlap with everything else is so large that at one point I almost put the book down with a "well, you know, if they'd thought about the implications of Kant this all would have been obvious, why didn't they just read Kant"... a few pages later ...

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To the Philosopher


Pluck silver threads of signs
From the dross of every day
Hold to Heaven's music
On warm Summer's night
Hold someone in your arms
Offer to the world your trinkets
Pattern draped on folded pattern
Silk sheets wrapped around sweet forms
Ignore that you will be ignored
Find a few to share your ...

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Tricky those plasterers (They spring their presence on you at the last moment...)


This evening the plasterer finally showed up (only 7 days late) to let me know that they're starting work on the apartment tomorrow... which is to say the day I'm having people over (finally, after skipping it last week in anticipation of the apartment not yet having recovered from their work).

So, it ...

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Just kidding (TurboGears template language vs the old-code mess...)


Okay, I've officially gone way over my time for the day. I wanted to see if I could use a templating language to clean up some of the old-code cruft without having the project's owner have a heart attack. A good bit of time was spent trying to get kid installed. It uses ...

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