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Lousy weekend. Bloody headache heading into 3rd day. Hardly got any sleep for last couple of nights. Weather's too bloody hot, stuffy air, all kinds of crap in it, but low on oxygen.
Did some reading and lots of lying on my back with a hurting head. Some days you just wish somebody would put a bullet through your skull (felt like somebody already had, but not good enough).

Build wxPython, cool stuff. Wanna play with that some more. Installed some other stuff to try out.
Done some more php-scribbling. Recursive function to build a hierarchy of categories works, but needs some visual dressing-up. Now need to discuss the datamodel first, before making more changes. Probably gonna be pretty much a total rewrite. That's good because it will get bettter, that's bad cause it means things were done wrong.

12 coin problem: well, in 4 turns is pretty easy.
Haven't got down to three yet.

Think I've got it down to three now. You work with three sets of four coins.
Anybody out there who already knew the answer?
Is this correct?

Work: Lots of stuff I don't want to do and neither does anyone else so it ends up being my job.

Got a good laugh out of this from The Reg.

Uhh, I see I did make an entry yesterday.

Don't drive and drink is easy. Ain't got a car

Don't type and drink appears to be harder

9 Aug 2000 (updated 12 Nov 2005 at 10:13 UTC) »

bleh, bad day

Oh, nothing, must have been imagining things.
I'll go back to sleep now

House Arteides. Good reading, but it doesn't...well, fit in quite with the Dune series. Stuff like the mess up with Duncan's sister<->mother. Techno stuff brought forward a millenium or two (three?). Somehow the book is just not "realistic" (convincing/credible).

Tried to post an entry yesterday, but no advogato

A new system should come in tomorrow to play around with (we call it testing of course).

Weekend come and gone. Done the much needed sanitizing of tjakah (the junkyard also known as home).

Read the data definition guide and the operations guide from the interbase docs. Got interbase up and running. Gives out an error on start-up, but connections are made ok. Probably some access-rights problem. I think I saw the same error with mysql if it coulnd't get hold of a socket.
Can get data out of Interbase in Zope. Next step is to not use Zope, only the needed modules in python scripts.
The php-app is going to phase 2 now. Initial cleaning up is now done. More cleaning later. First check for logical errors and missing functionality. Looks like the data-model will have to be revised. Must not forget to write all that stuff down!

Work seems to be picking up slowly. Hope so.

just read an interesting article about c#.

pcburns: good set of quotes. I should run in to such lists more often (but not more often then once every two weeks :-))

Slooooow day, might as well stayed in bed. Been reading a lot. Printed out some docs for the weekend. Read a good article about groupware and a horrible interview with someone I won't even bother mentioning.

More php-scribbling yesterday evening, progress is good. Seeing more and more things I don't like the way they are now or things that are just plain wrong. App doesn't check now if an invoice already exists for order, it just makes one regardless. Must change, lots of things like this. Not hard, just more work.

Looked around for a work-flow app for linux. Can't find much so-far. Not too much message-queing stuff either. Did find something for python. So maybe I'll just put something together. Central database, pickle stuff locally to add some fall-back mech. if networking is temp. not avail.
Saw some nice stuff a couple a months ago with workflow and xml. Describing all processes in xml etc. Lot's of fascinating posibilities. Might be fun to try to get something like that together.

cdent: look at http://www.thevisionweb.com
Looks like a company that operates in a way you would like to work. Ok, so it's dutch, but the concept exists irl.

Work still somewhat boring. So, I've been reading a load of diary-entries. Did some php-stuff in the evening. It's quite a mess yet, but it's not too complicated, just a lot of work. Also taken a look at DrGenius. Well, you've got to be one bloody determined schoolboy if you want to do something useful with that app. That UI is pretty horrible. Did translate the included .po, but I reaaally need to look up some of the math-terms. That stuff has sunk very very deep.

Lot's of comments everywhere on dancer's certification-scheme. Can't stay behind of course! Actually I can. I do. You get certified by me, go figure it out!

tetron: I don't know how well you know XML so maybe I'm stating the obvious. Anyway, in xml you can separate structure, content and presentation. Using dtd's or xml-schema's you can define the structure of a document. Documents can then be validated against the dtd (or schema). If the document does not contain all the data the dtd requires it will not validate against the dtd. So you can force people to include information in the document.
Take a look at SMIL. I think you'll find it interesting.

BTW, like your poem.

Saw another nice bit of near poetry somewhere. Oh yeah I remember: Iain's yesterday entry

Better then all these bloody haiku's! Courtesy of Neal S. no doubt.

Two and three makes muck
Bloody Haiku's really suck
But who gives a f..k

Finished the sykaos papers yesterday. Was nice reading that again. Makes you look at the world a bit different. Very strong ending (considering the appendices as appendices and not the end of the book). Must have given me harmonious vibes: went out for a stroll later and met some cats who really really needed my attention. Still, I like dogs better though.

tetron: If HTML were a stronger metalanguage, meaning it described the MEANING of the data it wrapped tags around, then we'd be able to analyze so much more from the average HTML document
That's what we've got xml for.
Check out this article on xml.com as a solution for your cry for an include tag.

jschauma: nixnut suggests xlink and xpointer - but that's more XML than HTML, right?
Right! HTML is quite limited. You'll need XML for the really fun stuff.

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