7 Aug 2000 gnudist   » (Observer)

It's hot. Damned hot. Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot. Welcome to August in Maryland. It hasn't rained yet today, but it will. It rained yesterday. Amazingly, it didn't rain on Saturday, and I was able to get out into the big room for a while. Highly recommended. (I didn't make it to the shore, though. See, I live just off route 50, which is the only road to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which leads to the shore. The first day with no rain in weeks and everyone else wants to go, naturally. When traffic is backed up 10 miles to the toll plaza, it's generally a good idea not to get in line.)

Spent the rainy Sunday continuing with DocBook and figuring out some DSSSL in general and Jade in particular. I'm getting to like this, actually, to the point where I've archived and thrown out most of my LaTeX and moved it over to DocBook. After that, dinner with some friends at Hard Times. More DVDs this weekend: Don't Look Back, the classic Dylan documentary, with some good D. A. Pennebaker commentary and a few bonus uncut audio performances; and Galaxy Quest, which was a decent movie but includes some quite silly DVD features, such as an alien language track and an Omega 13 menu item which, well, does what the Omega 13 does (you'll have to see the movie to understand.) I kept waiting for the Tim Allen character to start dropping Priceline plugs ("...then you know what to do, dogg... Bust A Move!") but it didn't happen.

Also read up some more on the various GTK+/GNOME widgets and whipped up some more Python code to try them out. Hmm, I could get used to this. The closest thing I've ever done to GUI programming is some old Hypercard stuff on Macs (hehe, those were the days.) But it makes some small amount of sense to me, so perhaps my coding skills aren't completely lost. We'll see.

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