Archives July 2004

Package tracking is addictive (I had no idea TigerDirect was a US company...)

My order from TigerDirect turns out to be coming from the United States... which gave me one of those uh-oh moments wondering if the prices had been in US funds (which would have put me way over budget, not just a little over).

Anyway, the parts to repair/upgrade the computer are in-transit from Chicago now, ...

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Day's slogging grinds to a close (Somewhat unsatisfactorily...)

Spent most of the day (when I wasn't sleeping (I'm obviously not getting enough sleep these days)) tracking down bugs in the data-import mechanism. Honestly, I think I'm just trying to do too much with it. It allows for altering the planned objects as you are importing the data-set, generates an arbitrarily deep number of ...

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Automating page-forwarding, an admin script (Generating silent-forwarding pages for sites...)

I've just finished the move to the domain. One of the things I wanted to do was to make sure that anyone linking to the old site would get redirected to the new site automatically.

I intend to keep the Rogers account around for a while, so I can put page-forwarding code on it. ...

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Look, it's a former girlfriend... (Searching for a chance to use the camera!)

Merchant of Venice was more racist than I recalled. Fairly well presented, though we both found that the sections we remembered as the most effective were not particularly remarkable. Particularly, the "hath not a Jew" speech and the "quality of mercy" speech were fairly lack-lustre, which is somewhat surprising given the power of the text. ...

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Weekend saved by former gf (I'm morally opposed to spending a perfect weekend doing nothing but working...)

Since the Bruce Trail hike was canceled (both partners sick), I was contemplating spending the entire weekend working. I don't mind working, but it's unbelievably gorgeous outside, and I feel a little stupid sitting inside.

So, called up my former girlfriend to see if she felt liking going out for coffee. Instead she proposed going ...

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Panda and Soya 3D (Mr. Radix goes to graphics...)

Christopher Armstrong (a.k.a. Radix) has been playing with Soya 3D lately. Unfortunately, it's a GPL library, so of not particular interest to me, but apparently he's enjoying it.

Every so often I think I should really do some serious work on OpenGLContext, particularly on game-oriented features, so that it would be interesting as more than ...

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Beginning move to the new domain (Roger's karking of email prods me into motion...)

As you can see from the URL you are now viewing, I'm moving into my new domain space. Update any URLs you have for the old blog to point to instead. Eventually I'll be moving my web-presence to as well, but as I don't have useful CGI or Zope over on Rogers I ...

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PySpelling for fuzzy matching (Little experiments...)

PySpelling is one of my projects that never got finished. I'd originally intended it to be an engine for Chandler, but wound up moving on to other projects. The core engine works fairly well (the algorithm is losely based on ASpell), but it's not the kind of thing Chandler needs these days.

Anyway, I'm rather ...

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Redefining foreign keys, much easier than I thought (Accessing database over ssh w/ 10 network hops is *very* slow...)

For those who are interested in how to alter the ON DELETE/ON CASCADE features of a foreign key constraint. There's no need whatsoever to alter the system catalogs directly, I'd just missed the ALTER TABLE variant that drops constraints, namely "DROP CONSTRAINT".

Turns out that the drop commands are using the pg_depend table to decide ...

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Dratted postgresql failures are getting in the way... (I know, I know, if I hadn't poked where I shouldn't have I wouldn't have this problem...)

On Friday I made the mistake of trying to add ON DELETE constraints to a number of foreign-key field references. I wrote a little script that went through and altered the PostgreSQL system tables trying to drop the foreign-key references and then re-generate them with ALTER TABLE. Unforunately, that script messed up by not taking ...

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