1 Jan 2005 pesco   » (Journeyer)

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.) However, because 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 finished. ;-P

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 mod_virgule.
  • I will abandon my Advogato program.
But hey, it will be an experience. Right.

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