Archives week 3 of 2005

Jan. 17, 2005 - Jan. 23, 2005

With whom would I like to study? (Pondering question at a party while I can't sleep...)

So this question came up at a party (Sara's friend from a few posts back), and I didn't have any good idea. The problem is that most designers don't really do much with theory, and of those that do, few are doing anything particularly interesting these days.

I study at the meta-theory level, so I ...

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More trips down memory lane (Care of Picasa...)

I've just spent a few hours going through old folders of sketches and projects. Have added quite a few new images to the eye-candy page. Also removed all the second-generation sketches from the graphics page, replacing them with the "new" sketches from the eye candy page. I've left them in the eye candy page 'cause ...

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Old rendering projects look so quaint these days (Tim's remarks about wading pools not withstanding...)

Hmm, just realised that the "workspace" project (which eventually became part of my thesis project) is already in my portfolio, as was the pim project. Oh well, maybe I've already got everything online. The little hourglass was done with AccuRender in AutoCAD back far enough that it took a few days on a really beefy ...

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More Picassa goodness (Ooh, look, old projects resurrected...)

This is an old project I designed way back in the Holodesk days. It was a simple "workshop" space with a demo (a personal information manager display, written using Zope for the non-3D parts of the UI).

I rather liked the effect of the space, which was extremely lightweight, but gave a rather rich look ...

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Life is so much more fun out there where there are people (May as well post a few pictures to keep the masses happy...)

This is actually a picture from after having my meeting with Stephen earlier in the week. This is a Smart car, which you can see in Toronto these days. It's a tiny 2-seater commuter car. I'm very seriously considering getting one should I wind up needing a car anytime soon. "Why would anyone really need ...

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Resetting didn't occur because it wasn't wired up (Still need a test fixture to test the situation...)

Think I figured out why the CMTS-reset situation wasn't getting handled correctly. It was never wired up to do the actual checks to see if there had been a reboot (though it was retrieving the data to allow the check). Spent much of the day on that and one other bug, as well as on ...

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Distractions, distractions... (Choosing a restaurant for a meeting when you never leave the house is a PITA)

I seldom get out of the house for a dinner, so choosing a restaurant for our bi-weekly meetings takes me far longer than it should. Especially when restaurants I want turn out not to show up in the phone book at all. There was a great Persian restaurant up at Yonge and Steeles called "North". ...

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Finally get history data-recording back in Cinemon (Should learn a better way of doing iterative operations in Twisted one of these days...)

Gave up for a while on finding the reason the CMTS wasn't properly doing a reset. Instead, I concentrated on finishing the feature I was working on previously; namely recording history for various counters. (Should there be a comma after namely? Looks like it, but then the sentence reads awkwardly.)

That feature took a surprisingly ...

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I need a break (Or an 8 week intensive course on test-fixture-creation...)

Just downloaded Picasa from Google and let it search my hard-disks for images. Lots of very old projects showed up that never made it to my portfolio. The image to the left is from a (real-world) project way back when I was still thinking of practicing real-world architecture (as well as the virtual kind). It's ...

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Rule by the rich (It really is what I said it is...)

Saw Shane and Lara briefly at Starbucks before I headed home from the meeting. We were sitting around and I mentioned that I though Plutocracy meant "rule by the wealthy", while Shane said that it was Oligarchy that meant "rule by the wealthy".

Plutocracy does means rule by the wealthy.


Oligarchy seems to mean ...

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