Archives week 19 of 2004

May 10, 2004 - May 16, 2004

Mikey's Wish List Version 1.0 (For all you amateur matchmakers out there ;))

Okay, I can't get to sleep, and since I'm lying here thinking about wish lists, I may as well sit down and create the first published "Mikey's Wish List".  For those who haven't been following along, a wish list in this context describes the set of attributes which we would like in a lover, ...

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Gardening tomorrow (Shiva (& Shademan)'s place)

Going to spend tomorrow gardening @ Shiva's place, so no open-source work done this weekend. Rosey's working all afternoon, so she won't get to see the new place. Mom phoned to suggest a few plants this evening. Suppose I should go shopping before I leave so I will have some actual food in the house ...

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Stupid combination of otherwise trivial problems (No network access, local postgresql database unable to restore)

So today's primary development requirement was to compile the group history into a readily-used form for doing back-history tracking. Unfortunately, Roger's cable seems to be having some difficulties, and local PostgreSQL refuses to load the database dump from the live system. Major PITA.

So, network's back up now, but I'm tired and have to get ...

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How widespread is John Stewart's reach? (Just wondering how often I'll hear this re-quoted...)

So, obviously The Daily Show with John Stewart is one of the more popular shows among the liberal-leaning well-educated minority. Most of my friends watch it. Many of the people at UU watch it. Same with PyGTA. Strange thing is, it creates these weird conversations where everyone in the conversation knows what is being discussed.

The Elegant Universe (Finally picked it up...)

Little book on superstring theory. XXX recommended it at the last dinner party. I checked it out about two weeks ago. Finally sat down for a few minutes this afternoon to start reading it and realised that I really want to read this thing! Now I just need to find the time in the next ...

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Little tweaks and fixes (A day with little big to show for it...)

Sure, it's only 1/2 over, but so far it looks like this day is mostly just little bookkeeping fixes, interface tweaks, cleaning up after introducing stricter semantics for ESN fields, that kind of thing. Still no word from the customer, so still no idea if this approach is worthwhile for the UI or not. Hopefully ...

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Being offline sucks (But had some wonderful dinner in there...)

Network connection has been down for a couple of hours here. Which is frustrating mostly because, although I should be able to work without it on just my dev machine, I'm trigger-shy about download a recent database snapshot to the machine (last time I wound up with a corrupted Windows (the disk is still flaky)). ...

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Catspaw (References to names you think you should know...)

Saw a link in a blog entry today to "Catspaw", which for some reason seemed like a familiar name to me. She's apparently the same woman from UofT who wrote this paper, which I read when it first came out, but that doesn't refer to her as Catspaw.

She also appears to be ...

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Well, that feels better (Though I could really use some sleep now)

Just did a significant amount of refactoring to pull all the collection-editing code into one place. Seems to have all worked out. Now, however, I must sleep again (I had a nap earlier). Oh, there's new releases of BasicProperty/BasicTypes and PyTable for those who are interested.

Thirty-some-odd movies (Answer to nagging question that finally woke me up...)

Decided my back just wasn't going to let me keep working, so took a nap in there. Awoken at 3 by the computer starting to record "The Burbs". Obviously, the first thing that popped into my mind was; "how many movies has Tom Hanks been in" and after I'd listed about 15 or so "how ...

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