Archives week 6 of 2006

Feb. 6, 2006 - Feb. 12, 2006

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 to make me focus ...

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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 section (the second ...

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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

The Last Man

It strikes me that
Though they may protest
Were we truly the last men
Alive upon the earth
We might not seem
Quite so horrible
And I imagine
They might perhaps
Reconsider that oath
But culling so hard
Seems a drastic path
I may be wrong
But perhaps
It goes too far
Just to get ...

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Very long day with 0 billables (And way too much caffeine)

Management meeting, then a quick trip to the library, then a crash due to the unreasonably early hour I had to get up at for the meeting, then the UU meeting, then coffee/drinks after the meeting with Bryan and co. I'm now tense and jittery from the caffeine, but my eyes aren't able to focus ...

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Oh, while I'm thinking of it (IRC client for phones...)

Was thinking earlier that one of those "cool, but useless" projects might be to use StarPy and Festival to read live IRC feeds to a user. Twisted has all sorts of fun little protocols it can access, but IRC is just so magnificently geeky that it would obviously gather thousands of users in minutes.

Oh, ...

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StarPy grows rudimentary hierarchic IVR menus (UI toolkit for voice?)

Okay, there's a new release of StarPy up. This adds menu support with the commonly desirable operations (e.g. options to go up a level, repeating the prompt a limited number of times if the user doesn't respond, that kind of thing). The same API also provides a basic enter-digits handler, though I'll need to produce ...

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Peter Pan Fathers

Cerebral late bloomers
These Peter Pan fathers
Children without childhoods
Should come with warnings
Lest emotional women
Take them improperly
And hurt themselves

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