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Tutorial Is Finished (In the sense of presented, it probably needs love from you the reader...)


The tutorial went reasonably well, but had a rather hard time with the lack of networking (writing networked code sans network isn't very practical). We ran out of time due to the delays on getting everyone set up, so we didn't get to talk about Telepathy or what goes on in the packaging process much. ...

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Need Patch and Pygame for Tutorial (Xubuntu LiveCD doesn't have them...)


Will need to have users do an "apt-get install pygame patch" to be able to run on a LiveCD. Similarly on an XO you'll need to su and then "yum install patch". Got Productive's packing script updated so that you can play on an XO from a download.

OLPC meetup was exactly what I needed ...

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Centre of Attention Moving (PyCon in the focus...)


Have been doing a lot of PyCon preparations lately (mostly on the tutorial), working around the paying stuff. But some time this morning I switched to "PyCon Mode", with the work at home falling into secondary position. Got the Airline ticket printed, got the hotel information updated for my roomie, copied out the Hotel information ...

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State of the Games (Tutorial research...)


Have been working on the introductory presentation for the Tutorial most of the weekend. Decided against a "normal" presentation; after all, everyone there has already committed enough to pay for the tutorial, they are going to be more interested in the current project status, how the philosophical approach has emerged in practical code, and what ...

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Speed up PySNMP for Free? (Upgrade to Python 2.6, apparently...)


Apparently there *is* going to be some performance changes in CPython (though it's from the PyPy folks, so I suppose the "most of the recent performance-oriented work happens in PyPy" analysis stands). There's a patch that adds an __mro__ function cache. This is a pretty straightforward operation that caches the function-object lookup on types via ...

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PyOpenGL is Offline (DMCA takedown notice...)


For those asking, yes, PyOpenGL has disappeared from SourceForge. Gentleman sent a DMCA notice thinking that gle32.dll was his, it is actually just a compiled version of the (BSD licensed) GLE library for Win32. I've sent in a DMCA Notification Response, and the gentleman who issued the initial request has asked for them to rescind ...

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Want to use Pyglet's Generator (Time, time...)


Getting finished work the Beta2 for PyOpenGL (mostly bug-fixes so far), looking through the missing pieces I thought I'd bite the bullet and set up ctypes' code generator so I could produce the WGL extension... but then realized the refactoring patch isn't in there. Browsed through the wgl module in pyglet and started thinking "why ...

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Job Descriptions (What do I want to be when I grow up?)


Been thinking a lot about what I want to do career-wise, but I seem to have mis-communicated it as I've been piecing it together. Mostly just a matter of changing ideas and people getting it as I think about it and try to balance it with practical questions of income and lead-times...

Here's my current ...

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PyGTA Web Testing (Forum-ish with an intro to Selenium as kick-start)


PyGTA this evening, 7pm @ Linux Caffe will be on the subject of web testing. I'll kick it off with a quick demo/overview of Selenium, then open the floor to discussions of the best patterns, anti-patterns, tools and approaches that people have found. We'll try to come up with something more concrete than "different tools ...

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As You Like It (Other weekend pleasantries...)


Soni and I went to the Distillery District to watch "As You Like It" on Saturday. We wound up running through the rain to just barely make the show. The last time we were 7 minutes late getting to the door. It takes about 50 minutes to get there if you aren't running, and we ...

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