Just incase you missed my email, don't use my firstname.lastname@example.org account anymore. That's right spammers! Don't use email@example.com!! SFU is expiring that account. My new email address to use is 'hadfield at alumni dot sfu . ca'.
So Leslie emailed me the other day asking for some help with setting up a blog for her that would let her run a photo blog, I guess her current blogger didn't allow for images. So we decided to setup blosxom. I had been meaning to base one of my projects at work on blosxom's plugin architecture, only blosxom is a perl script and I'm doing my work in python. So after looking at blosxom a bit more I was thinking about how hard it might be to re-write it comletely in python, and I had some free time this weekend so... I translated the code into python.
Shrubxery is a basic blogging system adapted from blosxom. The main idea is that the blogger is only a single, simple script that can basically only display text files, which are the blog entries. But the plugins give the blogger its power, and the plugin architecture allows the plugins to be powerful. It's pretty cool, really.
I started a sourceforge project here and the shrubxery home page is here. I'm still writing most of the documentation.
btw, did I mention that I plan on replacing this movable type install (that's what all the buffmuther blogs run off of) with the shrubxery...?
So things at work have progressively been getting a lot better lately. I'm finishing up a couple of major projects I'd been working on. Both of them will be going into production within the next two weeks (hopefully!). And just today my boss emailed me to say that he is going to turn my job from a 1 year contract into a continuing position, meaning that I'll be getting better benefits and real vacation time.
Oh yeah, can't remember if I mentioned this, but there was all this black mold growing in my office in some wet drywall, steve cleaned all the visible stuff out, but I'm sure there's more under the drywall. I reported it to facilities like a month ago and still nothings been done about it. Don't they know that stuff is toxic? I should get WCB on their asses!
I did a bunch of work on the gentoo linux script repository (glsr) this past weekend. The glsr is my primary responsibility at gentoo. It's coming along pretty nicely and I'm hoping it will be into beta testing by november and into production by the end of december or start of january.
It's studies like this that make the entire research community look like a bunch of idiots. I think if anyone's addicted to the internet it would be me. But I've gone cold turkey off the internet for two weeks before without any problems. The only symptoms I suffered were annoyance because I could upload my freaking photos or let people know how my trip was going.
> "it was incredibly difficult to recruit participants for this study, as people weren't willing to be without the internet for two weeks"
No shit, eh? Considering that most peoples work (especially the people who they would be considered internet adicts) requires them to use the internet. It's like saying it was difficult to recruit people for my study because people weren't willing to be without their desk or table for two weeks. Unless you pay me as much as I would've made in that two weeks, and then some, why should I do your study?
But at least the reg still did the story with their usual good british humour:
> "I'm starting to miss emailing my friends - I feel out of the loop," she said unloopedly.
So last night I went out with a couple friends but didn't invite friend X. It's ok though, cause friend X is pretty lame and never does anything anyway. But it was kind of boring, so we got to talking about how lame friend X really is. And then we decided to call him a few times just to tell him that he's fucking lame, which he totally is. But I'm totally not lame, I'm like a total swinger... but without the swing, more like just a total ****er. And he had planned for us to go to this lame assed beer fest where there'd be something like 100 different microbrews... blah, give me some molsons baby. It sounds kinda lame anyway, so I think I'm just gonna work until 7 and go late (it starts at 5, and he said he was gonna try to get there around 5:30, but whatever, lamer!).
And now, friend X is all like, "you want lame? Cause I can give you lame." And he's decided to bail on us on anything we plan for at least the next two months (including the beer festival) in favour of doing gentoo development and contract work. Like wtf, we already know you're lame you don't have to prove it or anything? What the fuck is the matter with that lamer anyway? At least I can work late tonight now (and during any other lame thing he might have wanted to do in the next couple months), which will probably be funner that any of his lame events anyway.
Disclaimer: Parts of this entry may be a dramatization of actual events