Dear Diary! I got certificied as Journeyer by my friend
shapr. Cool, but my global level
is still Observer. I must be too far away from the seeds.
So I've extracted Advogato's certification
database. (At least the component reachable from raph, miguel,
federico, and alan.)
The graph has 4482 nodes (=users), and
45826 edges (=certificates).
Unfortunately, the graph library I used (FGL) feels kind
of strange. My "naive" program quickly exhausted my 512
megabytes of memory, throwing the machine into
thrash mode. (I've always found it amusing to see
people wearing "Thrasher" T-shirts, by the way.)
I like "naive" programming, I've just decided to make my own
graph library. Finding my
distance to the nearest seed will have to wait until it's
It's funny how quickly I can completely lose interest in
practical problems ("What's my distance to the seeds?")
in the light of solving something more abstract
("Write a graph library kind of like FGL but cooler,
and with which my program works better.").
Anyway, I fully expect the following events to happen
next (in any order):
- The graph library will fail.
- I will get certified at Journeyer level.
- Someone will add the seed distance and all other
interesting output to
- I will abandon my Advogato program.
But hey, it will be an experience. Right.