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25 Feb 2004 (updated 25 Feb 2004 at 12:50 UTC) »

If you've been programming Python for a couple weeks/months and you think that you can do a better job of designing and implementing the language than those who've actually been doing this for the last 15 or whatever years, you are probably wrong.

And in the unlikely event of you not being wrong, patches are much more welcome than whining.

Who am I trying to kid? Whining is too easy.

follower: I'm glad that someone is actually passing array.array()s to fcntl.ioctl... it was one of those bits of hacking I suspected might never actually be used.
22 Jan 2004 (updated 22 Jan 2004 at 17:02 UTC) »

I think I must have done something to annoy the software god recently. Nothing seem to be working right today.

This includes advogato.

hypatia: I think over-long introductions are too common at conferences too. Particularly at a multi-track conference, the audience have already chosen your talk over something else, so a ground-up justification of what you're doing is a bit over the top.

In other news, am trying to install a debug framework build of Python in such a way as to not interfere with my existing build. And failing, miserably.

I haven't used this advoposting script of mine in a while... I wonder what's broken :-) (astonishingly, it still seems to work)

There was an attempt to organize a PyPy-periphery interactive Python tools mini-sprint next week, which is sorta happening, though I can't leave Bristol so my participation is going to be virtual. Attempts to get VoIP working haven't really succeeded so it looks like this time it'll just be IRC.

After a pause that was just starting to be worrying, preparations for EuroPython 2004 are warming up. I'm all optimistic again :-)

I'm also going snowboarding the week after next. That should be cool.

I briefly considered setting up a blog on PyCS.net or something. And then I decided I couldn't be bothered. Maybe later.

ds: I hate you!

redi: I find lynx almost unusable, too, and prefer w3m (though links is ok). But I don't think I've said this recently :-)

zhaoway: Google suggests the term "real number" was coined to be the antonym of "imaginary number" (though I have my doubts). "Complex number" is due to Gauss, and if you mean "functional" as in "functional analysis" that must have been a frenchman... Google says Hadamard.

So, yes, English mathematics, like all the rest of the English language, could be said to have "agressively borrowed" the odd word here or there.

I suspect the people who wrote Jaguar's Mail.app didn't expect my 13K message python-dev folder. I hear Panther's version is better in this respect...

The hard drive in my machine died (fortunately with ample warning), so now I get the fun of setting up basically a new machine.

Boy do I hate doing this. Redhat 9 is significantly shinier than what I had before, though.

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