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The Business of Open Source Software conference (BOSS) proceeds apace. I just added a lot of relevant information to the project page.

The team members organizing The Business of Open Source Software symposium may now affiliate themselves with the project BOSS.

Stay tuned for more.

It's Official-- dyork is becoming a Canadian. He may already be one. Curling! Holy Jazes, Dan! I've been a Canadian all my life, and I have yet to even step into a curling rink. This is like The Body Snatchers or something. What's next? ``zed''? Decent beer? Road hockey? Responsible Government?

Welcome, Dan. We're a little odd, but we make our own fun ;)

Today, dyork wrote:

It is a day of great sadness.
and nothing else. What's happening, Dan?

Over at OPAG (the Ottawa Python Authors Group), we're mulling over the idea of developing a console-based PIM (personal information manager). I'm wondering if there's a demand for such a program. If you're reading this, let me know.

On a mildy-related note, if someone could drop me a line to explain how to use the wiki tag, get in touch. zeevon, are you reading this? ;-)

telsa wrote:

Finally, is it only I, or are other people seeing advogato refuse to respond increasingly often? Heading to the site, following internal links and reloading pages here often seem to result in... well, nothing. It no talk. I put it down initially to other things, but I begin to think it's the advogato site.

Well, I haven't seen nothing, but response times are often very slow, particularly, in my experience, logging in, previewing, and posting.
29 Jul 2001 (updated 29 Jul 2001 at 16:43 UTC) »

Thanks, zeevon, for letting me know that I've been certified as an apprentice.

I've just created a new project page for The Ottawa Python Authors Group, OPAG. dyork is also (at least) a contributor. The home page I listed on the project page is not live yet; it should be in a week's time.

zeevon asks whether petroligarchy is my own neologism. The answer is yes. Yes yes yes. Please use it often -- it's one of my favorites, too, and it seems to fill a need.

27 Jul 2001 (updated 29 Aug 2001 at 17:04 UTC) »

Use These Words In Full Sentences!

  • one-man/one woman monkey patrol *personal descriptive* - A menace, permanent or otherwise, real or exaggerated. Example: ``Have you seen the Steve Ballmer dancing videos? That guy is a one-man monkey patrol!''

  • petroligarchy - Government, or effective rule, by a small group of oilmen (petroleum industrialists). The Dubya administration in the U.S. provides a good example. Example: ``The worldwide petroligarchy might destroy the Kyoto Accord.''

  • haircut blog - A Weblog that is filled with descriptions of mundane activities such as getting a haircut. By extension, a complete waste of time. See The Pseudodictionary for credits.

Congratulations to dyork on having begun French lessons! Picking up an expressive language (as opposed to a functional one) after childhood is always difficult -- you have to accept bewilderment for quite a while. Bonne chance, Dan! (And thanks for the advice re projects.)


  • How to apply the philosophies of Oriental martial arts in the world of OSS; i.e.: use one's opponent's force to one's advantage.
  • How to transform sesame bagels into a sqare meal.
  • How to apply the wiki tag into my page.

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