mini-cpan, mod-start, math-calc

March 8, 2005

The CPAN mirror on my laptop now has an index that starts like this:

	File:       02packages.details.txt
	Description:Package names found in directory $CPAN/authors/id/
	Columns:    package name, version, path
	Intended-For: Automated fetch routines, namespace documentation.
	Written-By: CPAN::Mini
	Line-Count: 28162
	Last-Updated: Tue Mar8 03:08:06 2005

cinema, sly, and snoozer

March 7, 2005

Yesterday, we went to the movie theater to see Million Dollar Baby. It was a really good movie. Clint Eastwood is The Best. Unforunately, the other moviegoers were sorely lacking in manners. The woman beside us was, it seemed, instant messaging someone on her phone. It was making keypad beeps and glowing a bright blue. The guy behind us kept tapping his feet to some unheard syncopation. A few people kept explaining scenes to each other. (“He said he likes PIE!!”) I really wanted to be polite and ask these people to behave, but I felt that if I did, and they said no, I would be unable to restrain myself from smacking them around.

membership, mentoring, and maina

March 4, 2005

Yesterday, I made some comments about liking American Express. Later that afternoon, sky mentioned that he, too, liked them and that he’d gotten the impression that many camelfolk are fans. We started talking about the various programs that AmEx offers and discussing what differs between UK and US service.

amex, archives, and architecture

March 3, 2005

I really like American Express. I see people posting their “AMEX SUX” pages, but I don’t get it. They’ve never done anything but treat me right. Sure, they make a mistake here or there, but they’re just fine by me.

uploads and downloads

March 2, 2005

At work, I’m finally actually making progress on “attaching stuff to stuff.” The initial manifestation of this is “attaching special instructions (like Word documents) to shipping specs.” I had wanted to use CGI::Uploader, but it’s too screwed up for me at the moment. Its tests are welded to ImageMagick or GD or something, and they’re writting in a way that isn’t immediately clear to me, so I can’t easily pry them apart. It reminds me of the way CGI::Application has HTML::Template welded to it. The big annoyance for me is that there is no PPM for it, so it’s a pain to install at work.

cages, campaigns, and coworkers

February 28, 2005

I was really sick of dealing with Mac OS’s default perl install, which is just weird enough to be a big pain in my butt. I installed from source, which was fine, but it meant I had to install a lot of modules again. (I was not interested in adding /Library to @INC; I have an irrational fear of what would happen.) Now that I have SOAP::Lite installed, my blogging script will crosspost to use.perl again, and I think I will start writing more regularly again.

monads, mac os, and motivation

February 23, 2005

As is too often the case, I feel uninspired to get things done. I really want to stop being a lump, but I sit and try to work, and I just don’t want to. I can’t feel like I have anything to contribute to my own projects, and I feel like if I try to just work through it I will become horribly depressed.

valentine's, vba, and ... vacation?

February 14, 2005

It’s Valentine’s Day! That’s all I have to say about it so far. Tonight, Gloria and I are going to go to Ichiban for sushi, and I am looking forward to it, especially after today.

church, cavies, and chicken

February 14, 2005

Gloria and I went to the 10:30 Mass this morning. It was full to the gills with little children. If the little children to adult ratio had been any higher, I would have suspected that I was among a bunch of Catholics! It was hard to hear a lot of what was said over the dull roar of crying and muttering. The homily was clear, at least. It was also fairly good, I thought. It got bonus points for including the word “obeisance.”

control, caps lock, and charts

February 10, 2005

I upgraded to Mac OS 10.3.8 last night, and this morning things kept not working or showing up funny in iTerm. Then I realized that caps lock was no longer acting like control. The upgrade has broken uControl, presumably with new scrollwheel code. Richard Clamp posted a fix on the mailing list, but it didn’t help me.