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1 Apr 2001 (updated 1 Apr 2001 at 21:27 UTC) »
ManilaSites.com

Spent all day setting up my blog site at Dunkie.ManilaSites.com. Wrote a set of uploading scripts in python along the way, using Manila's XML-RPC interface.

I'll be moving my diary posting to there for now. Ciao.

Boston

I'm back. It was warm and spring-like yesterday and today it started to snow this afternoon. It's snowing and raining and windy. The sky is spewing down nasty grey stuff. Ugh.

Jetlag

Ugh, my head hurts. and I'm not sleeping right.

Edward Tufte

Went to the first one day course taught by the famous design guru Edward Tufte (the site is not up yet). Most brilliant. Got his three books (he said a fourth one is on its way) and 3 posters (one free from class, one I got as a gift from Peter, the organizer and I also bought the cool annotated Russian cyclotron (sp) poster.)

Professor Tufte's lecture was great. His 12 tips on how to give good presentations point out a lof of common flaws in the common "Bullet points and powerpoint"

presentations. He said he didn't remember saying, "Absolute power corrupts, Absolute Powerpoint corrupts absolutely", but he said it could just be a punchline he made up on the spot during one of his lectures.

Took a photo with him on my new disposible camera. Will scan and post it online when I get the film developed.

Also took some notes during the class, I might put some of them online at some point.

Despite the nasty weather and my headache, all of that made me very happy.

College

Didn't get into McGill, bummer.

voltron : I'm on my way to Boston. I'll call you when I get to Chicago.

Bye bye.. Hong Kong

14 Mar 2001 (updated 14 Mar 2001 at 13:58 UTC) »
Heh

So xcyber, my partner in crime during my summer job at Linux Center (HK) finally showed up here on Advogato. Greetings.

To fork or not to fork

xcyber's entry on the idea of "forking is good" is kinda interesting. Why do we condemn others when people try to fork code? When gtkhtml forked into CSChtml (or some such), it caused quite a stir... why is that?

People were a bit unhappy when GNOME 'forked' (kinda) from KDE, or when xemacs forked from gnuemacs, OpenBSD from NetBSD. But now, these projects (GNOME, xemacs and OpenBSD) are all seen as good, legit projects... why then do we condemn other efforts to fork code (and make the code do whatever they want to do)?

I guess one could argue it is a matter of how appropriate it is. Hmm... Comments?

Something else

I'm now in Hong Kong, enjoying my senior year spring break best I can. It's a bit boring, since everyone else is at school/work. Stuck with Windows at home (only for now, hopefully), I have been testing out some neat Windows programs. I tried Blogger earlier today and was impressed with how easy to use it is. We should have something like this on Linux too, since we're no longer only targeting power users.

AFAIK, ithought is the only blogger-like program avaliable on Linux now. voltron has been working on on ithought2, so it could get really interesting RSN.

Maybe putting this into Evolution could be really nice....

Downloading Groove now, we'll see how it goes.

Un peu plus

I read somewhere (maybe Scripting News?) that someone (maybe Steve Capps) said that "the web has no standard user interface." (paraphrased) I guess things like Blogger or Manila could one day help us organize and present our web content in a clear and standardized way.

The question is: Do we want a standard user interface for the web?

Interesting conversation with voltron last night. All quite thought-provoking.

Talked to Asa of MozillaZine, started planning on workingbuildbar status page for Evolution.

Must go and do homework now.

19 Feb 2001 (updated 20 Feb 2001 at 19:50 UTC) »
Saturday, Second Day of Long weekend

Went to a concert with voltron at Bershad Gallery in Somerville. Met dto in person for the first time and also other interesting people. Listened to cool electronic music till very late at night.

Monday, Third Day of Long weekend

Went to the new office today by noon time and started hacking.

I'm busy, but this is fun. It's great to meet all these other hackers, I met iain for the first time today and also rodo, jimmac and dobey.

I'm staying till 9:00 tonight and going back to school later.

I'll have to do all my homework tomorrow.

ps. I got a bag from the office, I'm a happy person. I also got a pass card and stuff. Cool.

Later

Had dinner with others. Too much fun.

Will have to do homework tomorrow.

Today
Tired, as usual. It's good that I only have 2 classes tomorrow. Need to finish/start writing an English paper on Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Also need to catch up on Picture of Dorian Gray reading.

Contemplating whether or not I should go for a Digital camera, DC-210 or an iPAQ. iPAQ is winning right now.

Need to catch up on Evolution work.

Maybe I am feeling better, or maybe my sense are just numb.

Started to understand all full meaning of the 'Life sucks + Loneliness' journal entries posted here. Au meme temps, I also realized how sad and pitiful this all is.

Earlier
Got my GNOME cvs account.

Whoa!

Been procrastinating all day, feeling kinda down.

Now this happened.

Heard tonight that a guy from school last year, Ben H.(lived in the same dorm as I did for two years) died last friday. Died, just like that. Found dead next to a bus-stop in San Francisco.

He was Class of 2000, I am class of 2001. He graduated last year, I'm graduating this year.

I definitely don't feel like working tonight.

On a sidenote:
The school winter production this year is the tectonic threater company's Laramie Project, a story about the hate crime that happened in Laramie, WY, 3 years ago resulting in the death of gay UW student Matthew Shepherd.

It was an excellent play, and very moving.

Somehow, however, now that Ben H. also died, this all feels kinda strange.

Friday:

Life is okay. Tired.

My arm still hurts.

I have to write two papers this weekend, one for English on Lolita and another for French.

I am busy this weekend.

Planning on spending some time with voltron to do our NeXTStep rip-off services applet.

Got my first letter of rejection last friday from St. Andrews, but I got a letter of acceptance from U. of Arizona today.

That makes me feel better.

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