Archive for July, 2009

I was trying to write a toy program in Django this morning, something kinda silly and spicy, and one of the things I wanted was a horizontal scrolling special effect, using the animation tools in, say, Dojo or jQuery. And I realized, as I was writing it, that it had been almost two years since […]

21Jul

Drupal hangs on installation: cause and workaround

Posted by Elf Sternberg as PHP

One very rare problem that hits some people with Drupal is that it hangs on installation, and never gets anywhere.  Using Firebug, I was able to track the problem down to jQuery, then ripped out the minimized copy of jQuery, stuck in a full copy, and re-ran the install, which immediately revealed the bug. Drupal […]

I’m prepping for an interview this afternoon at what is primarily a Perl shop, and so I’m mainlining the O’Reilly Perl in a Nutshell book as a way of reminding myself about the little details of the language. I can write Perl just fine– I just made some major hacks to dailystrips for example, and […]

06Jul

Python: What the Hell is a Slot?

Posted by Elf Sternberg as programming, python

So, while working my way through my current project, I came across the notion of a ‘slot’ as discussed here. And I wondered, what the Hell is a slot? A slot is nothing more than a memory management nicety: when you define __slots__ on a class, you’re telling the Python interpreter that the list of […]

I can’t tell if I’m suffering from the geek equivalent of writer’s block, analysis paralysis, overload, or some combination of all of the above. I’ve been working on a generalized platform for narrator, the story engine for the Journal Entries and everything else. As I’m working my way through the process, I’m thinking in typical […]


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