21 Aug 2004 shlomif   » (Master)

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Certified bagder as Master for his work on curl and other things he has been involved in.

I also wrote two new articles: an interview with Ben Collins-Sussman and Bazaar-style Movies Revisited.

Slashdot Commenting

It happened! I posted a few comments to Slashdot. Here's one that is a joke reply to another joke that was posted. It was too late for it to be rated highly. Another is a question to ask Sam Greenblatt about Ingres. The latter was rated 5 and marked as Interesting.

kilmo, I think I'll join your support group. "Hello, my name is Shlomi and I posted a comment to Slashdot that was rated 5 and marked as Interesting."; "Hello Shlomi! We all love you!".

RSS Aggregator

I installed akregator for KDE. The installation went very well, and I installed from source and could not find an RPM. I now got used to it, and can no longer imagine living without it. (periodically visiting web-sites - how barbaric!)

Karma Games at FreeNode's #perl

This is a log of FreeNode's #perl channel with some heavy karma games. Namely I asked Chris62vw (perlbot's maintainer) for a feature which displays the top (or bottom) karmas, and he decided to implement it on the spot. And there was a lot of other silly discussion.

Hackers-IL MediaWiki

I set up a MediaWiki for Hackers-IL. It was surprisingly easy to set up, and worked very nicely so far. Then, I created an Emblem for Hackers-IL based on the Hackers Emblem by ESR, and the Israeli Flag.

I filled the wiki with a lot of content, and other people have created pages there of their own. It now also proves useful for coordination of W2L.

I wanted to use the Creative Commons Attribution-Only License for it. But it seems more people would like to use the ShareAlike one which is good too.

Events

There was a Telux meeting about bootloaders by Ori Idan. He used PerlPoint for the first time for this lecture and prepared it in a haste, so he had a few glitches which I took record of some of them in my notebook. (and sent it to him after the lecture). The lecture was under-advertised and so we were only five people there. I think it would be a good idea for Ori to give it at a later date.

Still, the lecture was very interesting, and some things raised some discussions. Ori is a good lecturer.

There was also an Israeli Perl Mongers meeting which was very nice. There's a report about it in the link.

Books' Exchange with Talash

Michael Perelmutter ("Talash") is a really nice guy, who attended the TAU-Sec lectures and escorted me on the way back home as he lives nearby. While talking on IM, we decided to exchange books. So he dropped by my house and gave me two Discworld books. He and I went over the house looking for good books he did not read already. (He already read Sherlock Holmes, the writings of Lewis Carroll, Jules Verne, and lots of other things I had to offer.) He eventually took the following books:

All in all, it's nice to meet such new people.

New Story

Ssssshhh! Don't tell anyone, but I'm writing a new story. Surprisingly, I got the idea for the entire plot almost at once, and lately have been cutting some lose edges in my idea. (extraneous characters, etc.) The story is written in English, and focuses on high-school teenagers at present Los Angeles, California.

It talks about one female open-source hacker who is a full guru, but a self-made social outcast, and a punk, who tutors a female hacker wannabe, (who is also the narrator of the story) who is a pop-culture and very solid girl, who's at first only interested in open-source so she can get to a good college. There are then other twists to the plot.

Hopefully, I'll finish the story in time for the Free Software Day, but I cannot promise anything. If you'd like to receive drafts of this story by E-mail, let me know and I'll put you in my distribution list.

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