Ah, it's been a while!
I haven't been silent, just talking to myself. I have a machine I'm intending to put on the 'net, and I've been recording my thoughts there. It's not accessable from the 'net, so the log is more of a "diary" than a "blog", I guess. Nothing wrong with that! I'm not that interesting anyway.
I am really impressed with Zope and its "TAL" method of creating pages. I was a bit unimpressed with TAL's predecessor, "DTML". It seemed really PHP-like, which made my skin crawl.
In any case, with Zope, I'm used the ZWiki product to replace my MoinMoin instance, mostly because starting up a python interpreter on a Sparcstation 10 for every request (MoinMoin currently doesn't run under apache's mod_python, unfortunately) was worse than painful. It would have been slightly faster to have a Pentium2-400 on the moon and wait for the round-trip. Using Zope and ZServer makes it reasonably fast, so the $5 I paid for the Sparcstation isn't a waste after all.
After "mastering" ZWiki, I implemented a MoinMoin Markup mode, to save me the time of converting all my pages to "Structured Text". After that, I realized that with a little bit of code, I could make a Blog out of such a wiki, so after writing just a smidgen of code, really simple things work really well. Zope is pretty neat.
The amount of time I have to fool around should give you a hint as to my job situation. I hope to be doing something productive soon. Nothing for a while and suddenly a few nibbles at once. Wierd.
I envy MichaelCrawford and his ability to strike out on his own and do cool stuff. I'm too afraid of failure, I think, to take such chances.
Though, here's a parallel of Michael's 11 Jan 2003 entry that I inserted into my own diary on the 4th:
Today's I love you (but you're a bit nuts) moment came when Mary Ellen and I are cooking in the kitchen and snacking. I told ME that containers of pistacio nuts have a built-in learning curve. "See," I explained, "the nuts arrange themselves according to their density because they're all about the same size, so that the ones with looser shells -- that is, most air between the shell and the nut -- are at the top, and the really hard ones to open are at the bottom. A well-shaken jar should teach anyone how to eat pistacios."
There's an awkward silence while ME thinks of some way to respond. Nothing pertinent yet couth seemed to come to mind, so she smiled dimly and "I love you. Here, taste this soup."