Archives February 2006

Wednesday is the Toronto Philosophy group meeting (Guess that's today now...)


For those interested in discussing ideas in Philosophy, our little group meets in the Daily Express Cafe @ 6pm Wednesday (it's the cafe in the Hotel about 1/2 block West of St. George Street on Bloor). Generally interesting discussions, worth checking out.

Of course, i forgot that tomorrow is also Pearl's birthday party ...

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Blocking on system setups (Wasting time trying to work around missing libraries...)


Have spent way too much of today on non-billable work that's basically just trying to work around not-yet-installed system libraries. Could probably have finished the task if I'd had a working environment. Of course, most of that wasted time is my own fault, should have just accepted that the libraries weren't there ...

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Newest StarPy Twisted protocols for Asterisk released (Getting ready to use them for a real world project...)


After a couple or three hours of paying work, sat down to polish the StarPy code to the point where I can use it for writing a real server (also to be paying work). First server should be fairly trivial, it's just a FastAGI instance that attaches to the MySQL CDR database and the ...

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The Heart Behind the Golden Mask


Behind that perfect visage
That the saints and scholars praise
My perverse thoughts do wander
Wondering who I'd find behind
Does that lady fear the darkness
Can she feel it press her eyes
Does she weary of base men
Lauding praise and gilded verse
Upon her outward facing mask
When she would have them ...

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The Dancer's Way


I stare at potentials
Wondering which scuffed tile
Will give way beneath my foot
Whether to move at all
Or whether lack of motion
Will be my undoing
It should be easy this calculus
Simple tabulations and curves
Growth and expansion
Piled on Cartesian lines
Yet I hesitate before moving
Dreaming of hopping across
Not ...

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Publish Early, Publish Often (PDF export of early drafts...)


Okay, it's obviously way too early to be thinking about publishing drafts of the thesis rewrite, so let's do that. I'm planning to export the document after each day of writing, regardless of how messy the area I'm working on is (normally the last couple of pages). Purpose here is both ...

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Depth and Frustration (Or my day in rewrites...)


Spent the whole day on the section(s) on Depth and Familiarity. Eventually realised that there should be two sections. The one on Depth and Frustration introduces the ideas from Venturi and their (mis)application, then the one on Depth and Familiarity explaining the "class split" in design. Anyway, enough caveats, here's the first ...

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On Snowy Streets


On quiet snowy streets
A friend and I walk home
Trading the minor news of our lives
Since last we sat and talked

Leaving him I wonder
Why my life so seldom
Brings friends together
On snowy streets

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