I wish I had the time to reply to raph’s diary entries about the
Tragedy of the Commons. There are lots of interesting ideas
and things to discuss.

I need a break from work. I am going on vacation

There is yet another discussion of the QPL vs. GPL
issues, on Slashdot this time. I posted a reply
to some comments related to the two Freshmeat editorials. I
wonder when these license incompatibility problems will be

<rant>And I am always surprised by the
number of people who fail to understand some basic things
about licenses and copyrights. IANAL and I am probably
wrong in some of my comments, but at least I try to get the
basic facts straight and to see the difference between law
and opinions. It looks like most contributors to these
stories don’t do that. Ah well… </rant>

I saw a new editorial on Freshmeat discussing the
incompatibility between the GPL and the QPL version 1.0. It
contains a good step-by-step explanation of the problems. I
included a link to it as well as some comments about the
editorial and its replies at the bottom of my previous article
about the QPL

I read Cees de Groot’s
in which he mentions that the Orbiten Free Software
credits him for a mere 39 K of code. Since I am
curious, I decided to check what the survey says about me
and I saw that it credits me (author 3745)
for the incredible total of 28 bytes of code. Wow!

For some reason,
it did not find me among the
contributors to
or some other packages to which I contributed. But
after a bit more
careful investigation, I found that the database had
registered me several times, so I have the other profiles 7841
(credited for 21 K) and 9709
(credited for 55 K). Still, that’s not much… The
interesting thing is that I am credited for some
projects in which I did not even know that my code was
used. But on the other hand, I could not find my name in
any of the projects to which I contributed directly (except
for rplay). Funny… Anyway, I’m curious to see the
results of their next study, which should be available

While I am thinking about contributions to free
projects, I realized that I wrote some patches to the GIMP
month and I forgot to submit them. They have been sitting
on my hard disk since then. Hmmm… Maybe I need more

During the last days, my SO told me a couple of times
that I was strange (why am I not surprised?) She has seen
me picking up some small flowers, dead bugs, stones and
other weird stuff from various places, then running back
home and putting them on my scanner. I told her that these
would make great textures and brushes for the GIMP, but she
is still thinking that I am a bit strange. She was
when she saw me tearing off the wings of a dead dragonfly
in order to scan them (I got the idea from here).
But she liked the final result very much: dragonfly wings
beautiful and can be used as a GIMP brush to create very
nice effects. Now I still have to find a dead locust

Besides this and some more hacks and bug-fixes on the
GIMP code and Script-Fu’s, I also spent some time trying to
convert scans or photos into tileable textures. There are
ways to do that, depending on which features of the original
image should be preserved (the “make seamless” plug-in does
not give good results most of the time). Maybe I should
write a
tutorial about that, because the tricks that should be used
make real objects tileable are different from the ones that
used to create textures from scratch.

Yesterday, I spent some time scanning random stuff that I
could find in my house. I would like to create some nice
brushes and textures for the next version of the GIMP
(1.2). So I
scanned some samples of wood, pebbles, skin, flowers and
even bread and pasta. Since I scanned them at a high
resolution (1200 dpi), I now have a number of large files
(several megabytes each) that I have to shrink down to a few
dozen KB if I want them to be distributed with the
gimp-data-extras package. I hope that I will be able to
produce some nice, high-quality textures.

I also hacked some Script-Fu logo scripts so that they
can register in a new menu “Alpha to logo”. I already sent
a patch for the first five scripts on Friday, and I
continued yesterday. Still a few more to go before all of
them are converted. It is very nice to have these enhanced
scripts when you have the GIMP Freetype plug-in

I am not sure that I will ever publish the second part of
my article about Moderation and
. I decided to wait for one month before
publishing anything new because the first part of that
article was published at a time when a lot of “meta”
discussions were posted (sometimes as replies to unrelated
articles) and some people were
rightfully upset about the number of meta comments. Now
the month is over and I still do not think that it would be
appropriate to post the second part of my article. The best
way to contribute would be for me to write the code instead
of just talking about it, but on the other hand it is nice
to have a discussion before implementing something that
people may not like. Hmmm… I think that I will wait a
bit more before deciding what to do with that article.

  • Congratulations to Heather and Raph for their
    new son Max.

  • It’s sad to see someone
    comitting suicide on Advogato. I don’t care if he is
    removing all his certifications, but removing all his diary
    entries as well means that some (valuable) information is
    now lost. Including the last diary entries that could have
    explained what happened (and of course, the other people who
    were involved in that discussion edited their diaries too,
    so it is now very difficult to understand this mess.) This
    reminds me of the WikiSuicide
    that was mentioned in an article two
    weeks ago. It’s just sad. And stupid.

  • I was hoping that yosh would wait
    until this week before releasing the Gimp 1.1.20. Nope. It is
    out now, so my patches will have to wait until 1.1.21. Ah

  • Yesterday evening, I updated the template that I use for
    my home page.
    The icons look better with some anti-aliasing, but they
    still need more work. And I also have to include the
    contents from my old pages, because the current draft does
    not contain much.

I see that someone has fixed the strange </ul> that
had been escaped in my article after I previewed and posted
it. I suppose that I should thank raph for that. Now even
Lynx displays it correctly. Great!

I will be away until Tuesday. I wonder what kind of
replies will be posted while I am not on the ‘net.

Maybe I will take some time during my short Easter break
update the gimp_tips file and to create a new splash screen
just for fun (using some of my bug
). Hmm… Unless yosh
decides to release 1.1.20 before I have the time to submit
my patches…

And Sven hasn’t replied yet to
my questions about my Script-Fu patches. I wonder what’s
up. Hi
Sven! 🙂

My account has been switching several times between
Master and Journeyer during the last two months. Every time
I log in, I wonder what color I will have. Isn’t that
funny? Anyway, I don’t think that I deserve this purple
color, at least not for my current contributions to
the free software community.

Phew! I finished the first part of my article and I posted it a
few minutes ago. I still have to update the second part,
which is more tricky because content filtering involves more
subjective things. This essay on “moderation and
certification” is growing way out of proportion. Tell me
that I need a doctor…

I had to resort to some ugly HTML + CSS tricks in
to make my article look like I wanted to. I hope that raph will not be
upset about that. At least Lynx and Netscape display it
almost correctly, except for the next problem…

For a reason that I do not understand,
Advogato escaped one of my </ul> tags when posting,
although it looked fine in the preview. It also added some
extra <p> tags that should not be there.
Help! My article
looks ugly now, with this broken indentation and this
</ul> sitting in the middle of the text. I still have
the preview on screen to check that I was not dreaming.
What’s up?

I see that a couple of people are abusing Advogato,
or at
least being creative:

  • flomo855 is
    the worst offender. This account is incorrectly registered
    as a “Lead Developer” for every large project that exists.
    I will not comment on the diary entries…

  • nwv is an
    interesting experiment that started two months ago. I
    wonder what this account would become if the system that I
    propose in my article is ever implemented.

  • God and Satan are the
    most recent additions, probably created by the same person.
    I am curious to see if anybody will certify these accounts,
    and if a symbolic certification war could start between

Nothing serious so far, but I am still afraid that some
script kiddie could come, create a few thousand accounts,
and start updating those diaries like mad.

I just read nether‘s diary
entry about diaries, finger and links. He hits the nail
right on the head! Lots of good points there.

I eventually took the time to scan my photos
and to put them on my web pages. I also
spent some time hacking some Script-Fu things for the Gimp.
But no time left for my Advogato article. Sigh!

Awww… I just saw the new article about
Advogato meta-issues. There is a lot of overlap with the
article that I have been slowly preparing about
and certification
. I was too slow… Now I will
have to
re-work my article again. 🙁

Well, the replies to that article contain a lot of
interesting comments that I can now integrate in my
article. I will try to have it ready next week. In the
meantime, I will be off the ‘net for a couple of days (even
my mail server will be down.) I hope that I will be able to
catch up with the discussions and the diary entries when I
come back.

Hmmm… I see an interesting new account: esr. Real or

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