Friday, January 27, 2006

Knife Of Dreams (Take Two)


Okay, I made a snarky post a couple weeks ago about Knife of Dreams. I finished it last night. It was awesome. Seriously an excellent fantasy novel. Some of Jordan's previous works may have been mind numbingly dull, but not this one. I couldn't have asked for anything more (except maybe another thousand pages, oh man how am I going to wait for the next one?). Hard to post anything else, because I'm not one for spoilers, and pretty much everything I have to say at the moment takes the form of "Oh my God, spoiler spoiler huge spoiler!"

Friday, January 20, 2006

Year In Review - Twisted Bugs

Change summaries on a semi-random (but mostly weekly) basis:

Bugs opened: 5 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 339 (+3)
Bugs opened: 12 Bugs closed: 17 Total open bugs: 334 (-5)
Bugs opened: 9 Bugs closed: 17 Total open bugs: 326 (-8)
Bugs opened: 17 Bugs closed: 10 Total open bugs: 333 (+7)
Bugs opened: 13 Bugs closed: 13 Total open bugs: 333 (+0)
Bugs opened: 17 Bugs closed: 18 Total open bugs: 332 (-1)
Bugs opened: 7 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 337 (+5)
Bugs opened: 29 Bugs closed: 20 Total open bugs: 346 (+9)
Bugs opened: 11 Bugs closed: 7 Total open bugs: 350 (+4)
Bugs opened: 16 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 364 (+14)
Bugs opened: 20 Bugs closed: 15 Total open bugs: 369 (+5)
Bugs opened: 20 Bugs closed: 12 Total open bugs: 377 (+8)
Bugs opened: 14 Bugs closed: 3 Total open bugs: 388 (+11)
Bugs opened: 9 Bugs closed: 1 Total open bugs: 396 (+8)
Bugs opened: 5 Bugs closed: 5 Total open bugs: 396 (+0)
Bugs opened: 8 Bugs closed: 6 Total open bugs: 398 (+2)
Bugs opened: 3 Bugs closed: 0 Total open bugs: 401 (+3)
Bugs opened: 15 Bugs closed: 4 Total open bugs: 412 (+11)
Bugs opened: 7 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 417 (+5)
Bugs opened: 29 Bugs closed: 28 Total open bugs: 418 (+1)
Bugs opened: 6 Bugs closed: 1 Total open bugs: 423 (+5)
Bugs opened: 9 Bugs closed: 9 Total open bugs: 423 (+0)
Bugs opened: 33 Bugs closed: 7 Total open bugs: 449 (+26)
Bugs opened: 16 Bugs closed: 8 Total open bugs: 457 (+8)
Bugs opened: 26 Bugs closed: 12 Total open bugs: 471 (+14)
Bugs opened: 27 Bugs closed: 23 Total open bugs: 475 (+4)
Bugs opened: 6 Bugs closed: 3 Total open bugs: 478 (+3)
Bugs opened: 7 Bugs closed: 3 Total open bugs: 482 (+4)
Bugs opened: 21 Bugs closed: 17 Total open bugs: 486 (+4)
Bugs opened: 15 Bugs closed: 21 Total open bugs: 480 (-6)
Bugs opened: 14 Bugs closed: 11 Total open bugs: 483 (+3)
Bugs opened: 4 Bugs closed: 6 Total open bugs: 481 (-2)
Bugs opened: 6 Bugs closed: 3 Total open bugs: 484 (+3)
Bugs opened: 11 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 493 (+9)
Bugs opened: 9 Bugs closed: 2 Total open bugs: 500 (+7)
Bugs opened: 10 Bugs closed: 9 Total open bugs: 501 (+1)
Bugs opened: 10 Bugs closed: 5 Total open bugs: 506 (+5)
Bugs opened: 20 Bugs closed: 8 Total open bugs: 518 (+12)
Bugs opened: 13 Bugs closed: 7 Total open bugs: 524 (+6)
Bugs opened: 12 Bugs closed: 3 Total open bugs: 533 (+9)

Congratulations to everyone involved for stemming the tide - 347 bugs resolved last year! Maybe we can break even this year ;)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Some days, it's all worth it


Hi Jean-Paul,

Thank you for the advice, I appreciate it, my university training was
next to useless so I learn how to write good programs by the advice of
helpful people in online communities. I'm really thankfull when people
take the time to tell me when I'm doing something wrong and show me a
better way.

And I was still curious, so thank you for explaining how to distinguish
iterables from non-iterables.

Have a great day!

-Sandra

Knife Of Dreams


I started Knife of Dreams, book eleven in the Wheel of Time, a couple nights ago. I've just gotten through the hundred page prologue, but at the rate things are going, this is going to be one of the best Robert Jordan books yet. Spoilers in the next paragraph.




On page 50, Javindhra smooths her skirt (it's deep red). On page 95, Egwene is allowed to wipe her chin with a handkerchief by Silviana (the Mistress of Novices in the Tower).

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Handy Bookmarklet


I cannot present this material in the manner which I desire. LiveJournal scrubs links, removing important structure. So, instead of one instruction, here are eight:





  1. If you are a Firefox user, right-click on the area below the location bar but above the row of tab labels.


  2. Select "New Bookmark...".


  3. Name the bookmark "Look It Up".


  4. Set the location of the bookmark to be
    javascript:var s = String(window.getSelection()); if (s.length) { window.open('http://www.dict.org/bin/Dict?Form=Dict2&Database=*&Query=' + encodeURI(s)); } else { alert('Select a word to look up.'); } void(0);



  5. Visit some web page which contains a word the definition of which you would like to know.


  6. Select the word in the document (for example, double click on it).


  7. Click the "Look It Up" bookmarklet you just added.


  8. Savor the novelty (it wears off fast, so savor it likewise).





Maybe this is convenient for something. However, it does demonstrate document range selections, which have some other interesting uses. For example, I would like someone to write a Mantissa application which tracks quotes this way. People should be able to vote for quotes they find on the web. The quote can easily be selected and submitted to the server for tracking. The server can keep running tallies for various time periods and report them. It can also do things like indicate the first reporter of a quote, long-persisting quotes, etc. Communities like comp.lang.python should find this useful, as people are always responding to posts with messages that consist of nothing more than "+1 QOTW".



This would be an extremely trivial Mantissa application. Who would like to write it?



Props to radix for reminding me that dict.org is way better than dictionary.com.