Archives week 22 of 2005

May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005

More ctypes goodness (Elegance improves with understanding of ctypes)

I spent this evening working on the ctypes rewrite of PyOpenGL. Mostly I worked on the code for handling single argument functions where that argument is an array (next step being to generalise to all methods where the arrays are anywhere in a multi-argument parameter set (did the machinery for that this evening, just didn't ...

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The Lion in Winter (I think far too much...)

As part of my "not sitting at the computer" time today, I watched a movie (The Lion in Winter). It's a darn good movie, but the central plot development, a love needlessly abandoned that warps an entire family dropped me into one of those pensive funks.

A true love is lost for nothing, which suggests ...

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Exporting to PDF should *not* take hours and multiple operating systems (Oh, and it should be real PDF, not dozens of images...)

Okay, I decided to work on the product datasheet (one page take-away with the key information, what the product does, what its features are, and where to get more information). Have a first draft done and decide to test it. Prints out fine on Rose's HP BubbleJet (modulo the limitations of the printer itself) across ...

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Inkscape just keeps impressing me (Can't say the same for Scribus, unfortunately...)

Inkscape is rapidly turning into one of my favourite applications. Not only does it readily handle churning out standard page layouts and reading Cinemon's generated SVG, it does a very nice job of rendering out to images. I also use it for creating the templates for the generated SVG. The workflow is a little clunky, ...

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Test-first giveth (Test-first taketh away...)

Spent the bulk of the day testing handling of fairly rare occurences. Found a number of bugs in the new code, no big deal there. Then discovered that the same code in the original code suffers from almost the same problem. Okay, annoying. But now that I've fixed it I seem to be running into ...

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That was less disruptive than I thought it would be (Hellos take all of 5 minutes and I'm back to work!)

Rosey and friend pretty much just dropped off the luggage and then headed out to the park to let the kids run off their energy from the long day cooped up in planes and airports. I got rather a lot of work done on poster brainstorming... which wasn't actually what I was planning to do ...

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Wikipedia editing is addictive too! (Try to create a simple link from a blog post and wind up writing another encyclopedia article...)

While I was writing that last blog post I wanted to link to Wikipedia entries for van der Laan, proportional systems, and a number of other things... but there's no page for proportion (architecture), so I have to create one... and then I have to go through my thesis notes looking for the various ...

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On Limiting Languages (Old images from my thesis prompt a post...)

I happened upon a description of the Plastic Number as I was noodling about doing system backups and the like. For those not familiar with it, the Plastic Number is a proportional system developed by a Dutch monk which was based on experiments to determine perceptually what we are able to distinguish and compare.

van ...

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Ah the glory of web-site design (IE sucks the lichen off the rocks...)

Day was spent on posters and web-sites and similar things. I'm still thinking that taking that extra day from last week as a flex day would be useful. Do some shopping and laundry before our guests arrive (3 extra people, (two children), in a 2 bedroom apartment for 1 or 2 months... going to be ...

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