Mon 04 Apr 2005

  • evince: I spent a couple evenings last week trying to finish up the threading changes to evince. I got it complete enough that I added two new features this weekend. The first was completion in the entry (see the screenshot at #172453). The second was to add continuous scrolling. Unfortunately, the first requires a bugfix in GTK+ HEAD to be truly useful, and the second is too immature to land. However, the continuous scrolling seemed to perform really well, which makes me feel much better about all the dramatic changes we made to the core.

    After the release this week, I’m going to try to get these in a usable mode and commit them.

  • cars: Zana, Soeren, Seth and I went to the MFA last weekend to see the “Speed, Style and Beauty, the cars of Ralph Lauren” last weekend. It was pretty sweet. I’m not a giant car afficianado, but it was hard not to be appreciative of these cars. I have a new favorite car too — the 1954 Mercedes gullwing SL (with matching luggage.) It was a gorgeous, gorgeous car, and more affordable than the rest. I found one on EBay for only $400K USD, as opposed to the several million the other cars went for. Something to save my pennies for…

    We went to the North End for dinner afterward, and had Cannoli’s for dessert.

  • games: After we got back to Nashua, I tried out Seth’s copy of “Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat”. It was surprisingly fun, though I hit the Bongo’s too hard and my hands hurt after 20 minutes. It was quite gimmicky (I doubt other genres will benefit from a pair of bongos), but this one hit the spot. Crazy, crazy game.

  • basketball: After being demolished in the brackets by Rosanna’s magic nickel, I’m finally looking respectable after Arizona choked. If she’d pulled off both Arizona and Louisville, I’d never be able to live it down.

  • housekeeping (spring): Zana and I went to Raffi’s Daylight’s Savings party last night. We saw a bunch of old friends who we hadn’t seen in a while, and made plans for the upcoming months. Winter is finally over up here, and we’re crawling out of our bunker. It’s looking to be a pretty eventful spring.

Fri 07 Feb 2003

  • Culture: As a change of pace, last Sunday I went to the Opera with Zana and Owen. The NCOC was playing Saint-Saën’s “Samson et Delila.” It was a lot of fun to dust off the suit and go out for a change — certainly more compelling than the Superbowl last weekend.

    After the Opera, we went to Barnes and Noble in Cary for a bit. While there, I found a copy of The Art of the Fugue played by the Julliard String Quartet. This piece features prominently in “An Equal Music”, my current book. I think this recording inspired the author a lot. In the book they have to have a special viola made to play a fourth below the normal range, echoing a comment made in the liner notes. They both go into the (admittedly much discussed) numerology of the Art of the Fugue. Either way, I’ve been listening to the music on my way to work every day. They’re just about the perfect length — I finish the first disc just as I get to the office and I finish the second disc close to Carrboro. It almost make my current commute pleasant.

  • Pirates: Speaking of the Superbowl, Zana and I through a Superbowl party last Sunday. As the game featured the Raiders versus the Buccanneers, I decided to hold a pirate themed party. Lots of fun was had by all but the Raider fans. I put a copy of my invitation up at:

  • Cars: Bad month for cars. Havoc, Garrett, and my brother all lost the use of their car after they were hit. Be careful driving.

  • Anders and Richard: They have a cool, secret project. I can’t wait until they check it in to public CVS.