Laser guns, webcams, marshmellows, python and Halloween!

My brother is the archetype of a hacker. We wasted many hours learning basic on the c64 back in the day. He used to hook up old monochrome apple monitors to stereo output and achieve some really cool visualizations. (Ben Harper's Opression is probably the best). He wrote tetris for …

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Gnome devs too lazy for python?

Some interesting thoughts about testing and python found among gnome developers. Joe Shaw was explaining how most new gnome apps these days are written in either python or C#. They choose C# for their app (Beagle) because "[they] wanted a strongly typed language" (I think he meant static typing but …

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of OpenOffice, Symphony, KOffice, rst and python

Just a few (rambling) thoughts on OpenOffice I've been having as of late. My daughter just started Kindergarten and my wife is now caught up in the PTA. So unlike the tech world, which tends to revolve around excel spreadsheets, the PTA revolves around word documents. My wife is relegated …

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Howto create a pygments backend

Pygments is a source code highlighter. I believe the main purpose is to format code/markup for webpages (forums, blogs, wikis, trac, etc). (I used it on my previous post). But it also has renderers for latex, rtf and bbcode. I happened to desire an SVG backend yesterday, so I'll …

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Does Oracle really love Rails?

If one searched for Oracle and Rails they're bound to turn up a bunch of results that appear to indicate that Oracle is on the Rails bandwagon. How Web2.0 of them. (I'm trying to think of some funny snide remark about a rails acquisition, but can't really....)

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OSCON 2007 (July 25)

I arrived in Portland last night for OSCON. From a conference standpoint, it feels very similar to when I attended in 2005. The attendance doesn't appear to have grown much and the exhibition hall is about the same size. Though there appear to be a few more "community" exhibitors than …

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All your comments are belong to reddit

I guess this has been around since the dawn of site aggregation (ala slashdot). I'm just sort of frustrated that my previous post's most valuable and relevant comments weren't posted on my blog but on an aggregator of programming links (reddit). I'm not implying that reddit isn't useful for finding …

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Silly Python is_nan implementation

So [apparently equality for NaN doesn't make sense](http://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-list/2005-July/330042.html_. (NaN or Not a Number is division by zero, and other other operations that return non numbers, which is different than infinity or negative infinity). That makes sense, but sometimes you want to …

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