Archives week 10 of 2006

March 6, 2006 - March 12, 2006

Beginnings of work on the Win32 port for OpenGL-ctypes (Unfortunately, can't check the changes into SourceForge)

Did some more work on profiling. Tried specialising each version of the wrapper call method. It's ever so slightly faster, but it's still ~60% overhead above the calls it makes.

Then borrowed Rosey's laptop to work on the Win32 port. A few of the functions are working, but basically anything that uses an array is ...

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With Demanding Passion

I want demanding passion
Nights of screaming whispers
The press of urgent lips
Exploring ideas not yet born
Jumping from science to art
In an ecstasy of love
Debating fine points of Descartes
In a blanket under the stars
To feel the soft nape of the neck
Beneath my too-grizzled chin
I want to fall ...

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They Were Meant

They were meant
I am sure
To encourage
Yet how painful
Years later they ring
When nothing is perfect
Perfection as measure
Leaves all wanting
I am sure
That it was meant

Categorising OpenGL-ctypes performance (Category: pretty good)

Have been playing with profiles (using RunSnakeRun) of some OpenGLContext VRML viewer runs on real-world-ish worlds. There are a few big hotspots in the OpenGL-ctypes layer:

* wrapper.Wrapper.__call__ — as expected, this is very heavy, as it's doing basically the same work as SWIG does statically at run time. May try choosing specialised versions ...

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New draft of "Of Design" up (Oh what a creative title...)

Got a couple of hours work done on the thesis rewrite this afternoon. Basically cleaning up and finishing the first draft of the section on consistency and subtlety in depth. Also quite a bit of editing/review of the depth section in general. Some day soon I'm going to figure out why OpenOffice refuses to spell ...

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Sad when you get to having a process for some things (Lost address book and side trips...)

Went to write a business letter this morning and discovered that Thunderbird had hosed my address book (again). There was a warning, but I've become so used to having it trash the collected and default address books (which I don't use) that I didn't realise the report was about the "contacts" address book.

This is ...

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Long term carreer goals (Pleasant little talk at U of T)

The Knowledge Media Design Institute is the group that Suzanne and others at the Philosophy department suggested as a good match for my continuing studies. Their lecture series happened to show up on the Toronto Philosophy discussion board, so off I trundled to check out the program.

The talk was by Rodney Hoinkes and Stacey ...

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Enjoyable but entirely too long of a day (Conversations galore...)

Plan for the day went off as expected, meeting, then Linux Caffe, then UU, then drinks afterward. I've decided I need to buy myself a laptop, not fair to be using Rose's every day all day, and I find I'm developing a bit of an addiction to not sitting in my room all day every ...

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Some Distant Spring

I wish I could remember
Whether my heart froze
Forgetting some warm summer
Or whether some distant spring
Melted me for just a moment
Leaving memories in the ice

Tweaks to the laptop configuration (And the glories of graph layout)

This was one of those days where I get to the end of the day and wonder where all the time went. There was an hour or two that disappeared in a meeting, and some little bits of billable time here and there, but mostly I spent the day testing and checking and correcting things ...

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