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Journal of kjones4 (3231)

Wednesday April 19, 2006
03:11 PM

New Ayn Rand/Tom Clancy Book

This was emailed to me by a friend. Enjoy... ;)

Red Atlas
By Ayn Rand/Tom Clancy

Jack Ryon saw Jane Smith from across the room. She looked strong, like she had a purpose, like the USS Constitution, a 55095-class submarine that she'd been working on. The submarine carried S-type manueverable warheads. She was trying to create all this despite the liberal mealy-mouthed loser Lance Loserface, who was trying to bring her down. She wanted to sell her submarine on the market, which would PROVE, for all to see, that yes, the government only subsidized well-financed projects with taxpayer money, as long as it was needed.....
Friday March 17, 2006
02:39 PM

Jemplate is fun

If you haven't had a chance to check out Ingy's new module "Jemplate", you should. It basically enables compiling Template Toolkit (TT) templates into javascript. You reference the javascript in your html document, make an ajax call to get some data, then voila, client side TT processing. Lots of fun.
Tuesday March 07, 2006
11:57 AM

Coverity reports low defect rate in Perl

FWIW, Coverity just published a report commissioned by the department of homeland security showing that Perl has a very low defect rate in its source code.
http://scan.coverity.com/
Go Perl!
Monday February 06, 2006
12:07 AM

Super Bowl sadness

The Super Bowl was fairly exciting. Not the best playing by both sides, but exciting regardless. My team Seattle didn't win but they didn't deserve to. They shot themselves in the foot way too many times. It's possible to quibble over some questionable calls by the referees, but the bottom line is that the Seahawks screwed up at crucial times. The Steelers didn't impress me at all, but they made a couple of big offensive plays when it counted. I'd still take Seattle if they had to play again. Maybe next year.
Sunday June 12, 2005
12:59 AM

Cookie Recipe

This cookie recipe is a variation of a recipe by Michael Congdon of the Hopvine Pub in Seattle. It is basic, but very yummy.

1 cup (two sticks) of soft unsalted butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

2 cups of all purpose flour

3/4 cup of oats. Grind them for a few seconds in your coffee bean grinder

2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups of toasted nuts. I prefer almonds

Mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter until well blended and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Then, gradually add the dry mixture to the sugar and butter mixture until well blended.

Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the mixture and mix until evenly distributed.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, put some parchment paper on a cookie sheet, then put 1" balls of dough one inch apart on the parchment. Bake for about 13 minutes until the cookies are light golden brown and the edges start to darken.

Makes about 2 dozen. Enjoy!

Monday September 06, 2004
06:25 PM

Gmail invites

If you want a gmail invite let me know. I have 3 spares.
Wednesday July 21, 2004
02:33 AM

PAR is cool

Just got back from the Seattle Perl User Group meeting. Autrijus gave a great talk on PAR. PAR is one of those modules that I had thought might be cool; now I know it is. Many thanks Autrijus for his hard work. http://search.cpan.org/~autrijus/PAR-0.85/lib/PAR.pm If you don't know, PAR is a package that makes it easy to make your perl programs work on a large number of platforms regardless of module dependencies or platform (unix vs. windows etc..).
Friday January 16, 2004
06:16 PM

Perl for Nokia smartphones

There's an article on the Register about Nokia making Perl available for its Series 60 smartphones. Cool. http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/64/34943.html
Friday October 17, 2003
06:16 AM

iTunes for Windows

I downloaded iTunes for Windows today from Apple. Wow, a very nice application. The music store browser is quick and easy to use. If you find something that interests you, double-click on it and you will get a 30 second sample. The application is a free download and you don't need to provide a credit card to browse and preview songs. I've spent most of the night browsing, sampling, and looking at celebrity playlists. Despite having nearly 400K songs in the library, it's very apparent there are huge gaps. It's a good start though.
Monday August 18, 2003
02:27 AM

Value of .Mac services

Do any of you Mac users in use.perl.org land subscribe to .mac from Apple? The reason I ask is that I recently traveled and would like to know if you have used the synchronization features of iSync or iDisk or whatever it is called. Did you find it useful? I'm considering buying a Mac laptop and desktop and would like to keep important things in sync like email, bookmarks, etc. The other thing I would like to know is if any of the .mac features are available on Windows machines. I was looking at the latest Novell Netware 6.5 and it seems that their iFolder feature is similar to the iSync and iDisk features of .mac. I believe that the value of having your personal information easily accessible from anywhere is a powerful concept but I'm not sure how it works in practice at this point in time.