19 Jul 2000 lordsutch   » (Journeyer)

RoutePlanner hit 0.3 today; in about a week of real hacking it has now surpassed what seemed to take years in C on AmigaOS. Rapid prototyping r00lz :p Those of you who don't want everything in the universe installed on your systems should check out this release; it'll work (albeit slower) without the kitchen sink; hell, it'll even run on JPython, if you uncompress the database first (no zlib in JPy). (I tested it and nearly keeled over when all I had to do was bypass import timing.) And nothing runs on JPython :-). Maybe it'll even run on Win32 and MacOS. All it needs for the tty version is barebones Python, and you need that for reportbug anyway.

In the real world, I TiVo'd Nuremberg and thought it was interesting; then I watched the History Channel documentary (which I think was probably a BBC documentary at some point) and felt cheated by the miniseries. IMHO the whole production glossed over the USSR's complicity in WWII, and Goering gets sympathy from one of the guards (some Southern lieutenant named "Tex") by Commie-baiting (I guess since Goering was vehemenantly anti-Communist, that means that all anti-Communists are bad or something). OTOH Jackson was the only justice of the time to have the balls to stand up for free speech (and was IIRC a dissenter in the Japanese internment cases), and that didn't get played up either. A lot of the time I felt like I was getting lectured to (us Americans and our lack of historical perspective, nach). Overall, maybe I'm reading too much into the show ;-). And at least Alec Baldwin's chest toupee didn't make an appearance.

Nothing much else of excitement to report. Being unemployed (until August 21, when I get to teach Introduction to American National Government to impressionable undergrads) has its perks...

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