Thursday, December 30, 2004

Blogging via Email with Python

python :: programming :: weblogs

I've been playing with Abe Fettig's twisted application Hep
for a couple months now, and I really like it: some nifty integration
of concepts and utility. Playing with Hep also got me looking at Yarn, and that got me thinking: what would it take to roll my own little app that would let me post to MovableType via email?

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Monday, December 27, 2004

Mount Vernon


So, for my Winter Solstice present, my dear friends Ellen and Megan took me on a tour of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.
It was really cool... not only a thoughtful present (since I've been
doing some reading if the pre- and post-revolutionary times), but as a
physical frame of reference I will be able to use for years to come.

In the 8 years that I lived in the D.C. area, I've never toured a
site or monument that had as much meaning and substance as the grounds,
mansion, slave quaters, greenhouses and tombs/cemetary of Mount Vernon.
I would encourage anyone interested in early U.S. history to check it
out if they ever get a chance. Not life-changing, but certainly very
useful... providing an excellent context for the letters and writings
of the time period.

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Saturday, December 25, 2004


python :: programming :: natural language

is a bizarre word. So strange, in fact, that I have a great deal of
trouble remembering it. Not it's meaning, but the actual word itself. I
figure if I blog about it, my troubles are over.

I spent probably three hours today scouring the internet looking for it, using such phrases as

vowel consonant groups

vowel consonant statistics OR heuristics

vowel consonant frequency distribution

consonant vowel letter statistics corpus

computational linguistics

natural language processing

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Support for Mundialization

open :: business

I've just discovered Mundialization thanks to evangineer's post on #esp regarding hex's recent addtions to

The part that really speaks to me is this:

Firstly, people say that the 21st century will be an age
of cities and towns and, in other words, an age of regional governance.

That just sums it all up for me. It's along the same lines as the recent column in Scientific American, Common Sense - Surprising new research shows that crowds are often smarter than individuals.
Decentralization is healthy, smart, and has the potential (with
excellent communication) to be a powerful resource. I wonder if there's
such a thing as "distributed law" yet?

Anyway, in the interest of supporting change, there's nothing like
putting one's money where one's mouth is. So, I have drafted a
Mundialization Declaration for AdytumSolutions, and am waiting to get
feedback/approval. Here it is:

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New Home for the OBF and OBMN

open :: business

The Open Business Foundation and Open Business Materials Network now have a new home at Adytum.
Despite being a couple years old, they are still nascent and not very
active. Seeing how I didn't renew their domains a couple months ago and
they were definitively destroyed two days ago, it's time I found a
place to put them ;-) If they ever grow into anything beyond a small,
conceptual project, they may find their own namespace again, but for
now, Adytum will suffice.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

freetype2 in fink (Mac OS X) is hosed

macosx :: software

However, there is a quick fix. This is all I did, and matplotlib compiled and installed without issue:

sudo cp -rp /sw/lib/freetype2/include/* /sw/include

Vio la.