A calm saturday evening

Ah…. after a freaking busy week, nothing better than a calm
saturday. Let’s see what our friend Webster says about it:

From Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

Calm Calm(k[aum]m),
  1. [Compar. {Calmer} (-[~e]r); super. {Calmest} (-[e^]st)]
  1. Not stormy; without motion, as of winds or waves; still;
    quiet; serene; undisturbed.

    ”Calm was the day.” –Spenser.

    Now all is calm, and fresh, and still. –Bryant.

  2. Undisturbed by passion or emotion; not agitated or
    excited; tranquil; quiet in act or speech.

    ”Calm and sinless peace.” –Milton.

    ”With calm attention.” –Pope.

    Such calm old age as conscience pure And self-commanding
    hearts ensure. –Keble.

Syn: Still; quiet; undisturbed; tranquil; peaceful; serene;
composed; unruffled; sedate; collected; placid.

So, whoever was Spenser, he is right: Calm was the day. I took the
time to fix some outstanding issues, like the missing syncmail on my
private CVS server, and getting my article for ZopeMag started.

I was also able to learn a bit more about Ape, in time for the
Castle Sprint, when I figured out I’m signed for Group Leader of
the Archetypes/Ape/ArchGenXML effort. I don’t know much about how
the internals of Ape work, but it seems to me theres no much to do to
have it working with Ape. I didn’t chat with Phil and Ben though, so
it may turn out that know what they are doing. As for myself, I plan
to start breaking python2.1 compatibility on Archetypes as soon as
possible. Isn’t it nice to be able to say that?

Also today, I’ve added Mutella to my list of favorite text-mode
apps. Its a nice Gnutella client, much better than any other linux
Gnutella client that I’ve tried. They also have a gorgeous logo.

Oh, and before I forget, last saturday I added IMCom to the said
list, which is a very impressive Jabber client written in Python. It
is quite nice as well, and looks a bit like Mutella, both UI and
command-wise. Downsides that the Debian package I’ve got had a missing
import, and a bug related to color handling which shows up from time
to time. The missing import I could fix, fortunately, but the other
one I didn’t bothered to fix yet, as it is smart enough to recover
automatically from the error when it happens. Oh, the joys of try: except.

Together with cplay, the insanely underground curses frontend for
various audio players
— written in Python!, it definetedly made my
life complete, except for the lack of a text-mode browser that
supports javascript. :^)

So, take a look here to see how’s my desktop looking like (that is,
if you think this can be called a desktop). My only wish is that I
could afford replacing my lil’ iBook for one with 1024×768
resolution. Emacs takes up too much space on my screen at 80 columns


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