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conf.py: One-upping ConfigParser

There comes a time in every programmer’s life when they decide that some silly, common library that they use all the time just isn’t good enough. It takes too many actions, or it feels opaque, or there are obvious features conspicuous in their absence. For me, that time is now, that library is ConfigParser, and [...]

Understanding Humans

The world needs a proper model of human comprehension of natural language. This one is based partly on the OSI Model, partly on standard compiler design. Conceptually, it’s an interface stack: a set of layers of functionality. Each layer can talk freely within itself, and has a well-defined interface to the layers above and below, [...]

keeping up

Today I got to code to solve a problem. The Army’s bit of code which moved flight records from the maintenance database into the pilot records database broke, and I got to write a replacement. It’s trivial code, really: take a fairly complex SQL join generated by MSSQL, and write its results to an XML [...]

The Apache Video

(Preface: I am neither an official Pentagon source nor an official spokesman for the Army. I am a US Army UH-60 pilot otherwise entirely dissociated from this event; these are my personal opinions.) A video was posted recently by WikiLeaks. It’s gun camera footage from an Apache engagement on 12 July 2007. The video begins [...]

Google Wave

I tend not to be an early adopter of tech. With software, it’s because most software in the world exists to solve problems that I don’t have. With hardware, it’s that and the fact that new hardware is expensive as well. Thus it is that I only recently joined Google Wave. My impression before joining, [...]

The Firefox Shutdown Glitch

As I suspected, it was a plugin problem. Specifically, Ghostery, which is a neat little thing which displays and optionally disables any web bugs of any import tracking user behavior. Unfortunately, I’m not willing to put up with its erratic behavior any more. For now, it’s disabled, and I put in a request to be [...]

Bioshock

By preordering the sequel on Steam I got the original free. As I already owned the original via Steam, I have one license too many. As Steam is actually fair, it gives me the option to give away the surplus license. Who wants Bioshock?

With respect to motive:

I occasionally get the impression that it is, or seems to be in the minds of many, odd and somewhat unusual for me to find it necessary to go to new and unfamiliar places. Why is my mind composed in such a way that not only do I not mind the culture shock and disorientation [...]

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Tonight, I spent several hours in a friend’s apartment, reading (because he has textbook and I don’t). He and another friend were working on a Databases 2 assignment. At some point, I realized that this is exactly what college is like, in an ideal daydream. Picture the scene: a messy, comfortable apartment, replete with detritus [...]

it is important that you know when I dream about coding

Where have I been the last few days? Well, I’ve been working on two projects: One for the AI class, and another mostly to get it done. Over the last three days, I’ve spent (with my project partner) a total of about 55 man-hours working on the AI project. Last night I was dreaming about [...]