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Monday

Stayed up late, late last night, reading, reading. Martin Amis's memoir, Experience.

I was a bit of a wreck at work. In the afternoon I couldn't stop yawning. It was the physical presence of pizza and pop in the afternoon that did. IRC was hilarious fun, going on like geeks, trying to kill a monday afternoon:


Hugo: MMMMMMMM  markers!!

Jellybean: Because kibosh is a fat bastard.

kibosh: damn straight.

WheatGSC: Damn straigt!

kibosh: heheh

Hugo: CHILIWARE!

WheatGSC: Hugo is a flaco bastard.

* kibosh smacks hugo

Doviende: what's so great about chiliware?

kibosh: whap!

WheatGSC: Flaco!

Hugo: better yet....CHILIWARE BABES!

kibosh: Hugo is drunk.

Don't know what to do about this "Dublin Core" in the CMF. I like it, but I want objects to have keywords and a category. So I have to try and figure out if I'm supposed to extend the DC or if I should just tack that attribute onto the objects that need a category.

Mmmm, CVS CMF Wiki. The wiki is nice, I'm using it with Emacs, which I quite like. Writting views for the home page, like most recently modified document object - that's going to be cool.

CMF

I am using the Content Mangement Framework (CMF) for Zope extend and build the GSC intranet. It's mostly coming along nicely. The CMF has lots of workable parts now - sections are still developing and changing, but there are many parts of it that work. Except calling Python code that calls DTML Methods. This doesn't work. I spent all Friday figuring on it, but I'm still not sure if I just need to pass the namespace in explicitly or if there is a bug in the code. Perhaps I should have left standard_html_header and footer written in DTML, but Python code is fun, much cleaner and readable for logic. But large chunks of HTML aren't nice in Python, so I left them as DTML. Which is where the tricky bit with the namespaces reared it's ugly head.

On the bud.ca front, I've totally broken the site. I rm -rf'ed the Products that are used to do Membership authentication, and now I can't seem to get authorization to access any of the objects in the bud folder. Hoo-boy! I had planned on migrating to CMF anyways, so for now I am installing a fresh CVS copy and hacking and tinkering with that.

Weekends

It is summer. This realization happens on the weekends, when you can go outside during the day, instead of working. It's very sunny. Not too warm yet though, nice weather for lounging in the yard on a lawn chair and reading Martin Amis's memoir, "Experience", which is quite good.

Friday night was exciting and exhausting. The pool hall, then the strip club and then The Blarney Stone. Art telling Justin and I about the russian game called stoneface (or stonewall?). Wisely, the drinking was limited to just beer. The Blarney Stone was smelled strongly of many flavours of perfume. Quite a different smell from last weeks humid and green-smoked Sonar. Two weekends in a row where I was asked for id, and I showed them my work photo ID, explaining, "it's all I got on me." Look It's got my picture on it! I'm 28, dammit. Next time I'll try not to forget my drivers licence at home so I don't have to repeat the ridiculous charade yet again at the door.

Script (Perl)

Finished up 1.0b6 of Script (Perl), because TTW is more fun. Spent the evening playing with actual Perl code in Zope. Integration between Perl and Zope still has rough edges. Why doesn't %REQUEST = %{$self->{'REQUEST'}} work for instance? There's no bindings for Perl Scripts either. Harumph. The external Perl Methods work good though. Hopefully we can get some good use out of those at work. Maybe I can figure out this code enough that I can get the scripts working better. Maybe I should just code more in Python. It's mostly a better language anyways ... not as ugly. Sometimes ugly is good.

"It's all good."

Spent the morning playing with my Eterms. Put in some tinting and shading and nice backgrounds. Got a couple Eterms that are full screen now - I can Ctrl-P between terms and it's just like changing the desktop background. Kind of fun.

VA Linux and flowers: this makes a nice Eterm background.

Friday Night

I'm not even going to go into detail about Friday night. It was just too much. The less said about Friday night, the better. It was fun though. I want my Saturday back.

Python/MySQL

And then I prepared to install a Python/MySQL interface. And it didn't work. And I tried and tried to get it to work and the damn thing just wouldn't work. Something funny going on with the character sets.

Work continues at the GSC. I can't say enough good things about it. It's good work, honest work, hard work. Enjoyable and challenging. I have finished my first project. A web summary of recent "runs" done by the seven sequencing machines in the lab. It's all very similar technology to what I'm used to, but everything is different too: perl instead of python, mysql instead of postgres, red hat instead of debian.

The atmosphere is co-operative. There are few hard deadlines, yet we all work very hard to accompish as much as quality work as quickly as possible. They could bring in CEO's of software companies and charge them $4,000 a day. Teach them how to run their development teams more efficiently.

Venusmeetsmars.com

So the launch party didn't go so well. But Lindsay and Jay have launched, and visitors are starting to come in. Slowly, as word of mouth builds at first, hopefullly in greater number as the site gains momentum. Good luck guys!

http:/www.venusmeetsmars.com

13 May 2001 (updated 5 Jun 2001 at 04:17 UTC) »
networking

I battled with the network, but it won Connections got lost, messages got scrambled and the operating systems had bugs.

I will keep working on it and one day ...

GSC

I have started work at the Genome Sequence Centre, which falls under the auspices of the BC Cancer Agency. We've got a computer lab, populated largely by computation biologists. Then there's a regular biology lab with sequencers and other machines and test tubes and I haven't really looked around it that much but I suspect that they have bunzen burners.

Work looks like it should be quite enjoyable. The databases are complex and there is a massive flow of data and problems. I have started work on the sequence database front end - it generates reports and historgrams based on the performance of the sequencing machines.

Mehrdad works there - I'm going to kill him :)

watercolours

Painting and painting. I haven't painted in, erm, four years? Far far too long. So I broke out the watercolours last week and have been having a blast. My first two works were just warm-ups, then a semi-realistic prairie landscape for Lesa, who emailed "I miss the prairies and its desert sun". Then one for Suzanne, an abstract that was inspired by the cover of the weddoes Seamonsters album. This one is in part a house-warming gift, as she just moved, and in trade for an "absinthe night". Yes, I will get the absinthe. Yesterday I purchased more supplies, as most of my stuff was pretty old and crusty, and I'm working on a impressiontic rendering of the Cominco lead-zinc smelter in Trail, BC. Each painting is better than the last as I warm up to the old craft. It is so much fun.

living

David Gedge, "this is a William Shatner number: waaoaohh, woaoaaha, woaohaoAHAHAH!"

I can't find Felicity by The Wedding Present on Napster. I'll try again later, someone has to have it, although perhaps it's being indirectly banned - I don't think Midnight Music is part of the RIAA since they're just a small French indie label from the 80s. Stupid RIAA. Oh well, at least i got my vinyl.

Saint Germain

What a wild concert. Matt and I waited in line for 110 minutes for 110 minutes of music. Jellybean and Shoeshine had free tickets and just showed up and went in. The band had a big presence, there was eight or nine or maybe ten guys - a whole lot. The music was pure free flowing jazz reggae paradise. They had the crowd flowing, moving, jumping, clapping and cheering - which is pretty good for a Vancouver crowd.

They seem to have almost no net presence. A google search on saint germain brings up information on some saints and some soccer teams, but no band. They were apparently very strict about no photos or recording devices during the gig, which seemed kind of lame.

Men Who Make The Music

From Videomatica I rented "Devo: The Men Who Make The Music", their first video collection. It's interesting how they've spliced together scenes just for the video, along with live stuff and regular videos. It's pretty hardcore oddball stuff. It's good. "You're dying under daddy's cap, smeghead."

I also got Programming Python, which is like 200 pages more than Programming Perl. It's a wordy mother, looks like it could use some editing, but if you dig through it looks like there lots of good python joy in there.

Freddy Got Fingered is fscking funny. Tom Green is genius and hilarious. The movie lacked any decent plot, but there was plenty of oddball, strangeness. "Backwards man! Backwards man! I can walk backwards fast as you can!" "Daddy would you like some sausage." Just weird, yes, yes,

17 Apr 2001 (updated 18 Apr 2001 at 00:12 UTC) »
More Island

I've been taking pictures of the island: http://www.teague. ca/pender/. It's pastoral and relaxing out here. I've been hiking instead of hacking. The bread out here is simply amazing. It comes from nearby Saturna Island at Hagis Farm. Their Pleasant Bread is so, so tasty. It's all organic and freshly milled n' shit. It's got dates and molasses and sesame seeds. I love the bread, the sandwiches are so good.

Avocado

Camping on the weekend with Matt and Lesa, Lesa says, "Why do you pronounce it with a 'D'?" as we ate our avocado sandwiches. Apparently the fruit is commonly mispelled/mispronounced as 'avocado'. Here are some facts on the little feller: http://w ww.crfg.org/pubs/ff/avocado.html. Advogato's are known as the Alligator Pear to the English. The avocado tree is a dense, fast growing evergreen that can reach heights of 80 feet. Advogato's are high in oils, second only to olives in the fruit kingdom, and the fruit can reduce blood cholesterol. You can grow an avocado from seed if you follow these instructions.

Pender Island

Well, I'm out here on Pender Island house sitting and looking after my parents dog. What a sweet house it is! Today is day three of a ten day span. It was blow your mind sunny today. I took lots of pictures and went swimming in Roe Lake - it was pretty cold so I just swam out about 20 feet and then scurried back to shore. I brought my Linux box so I could do some hacking too, but the weather hasn't been inducive to staying indoors. It's got to rain sooner or later though.

The tide was out really low today. The bay turned into a big mud flat. The tide has come in now, and the beach has all but disappeared. Sitting around watching the tide come in and out - my vacation from slacking.

I signed up with the local ISP today. There's only dial-up access offered, but it's not too bad, I can pull 5.5 K/sec on the 56K modem in the iMac. One nice thing about dial-up is you can set-up an account really fast - just make a phone call and wait 10 minutes. Compare this to the 6 week waiting lists for DSL access.

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