March 30, 2003


March 30, 2003 - Categories: cat

Heard a kitten inside the walls between my room and the bathroom. What was that short story that had a cat meowing from within the walls? I couldn’t bear to think of letting the cat starve to death there, so Kathy and my dad pried out large sections of the bathroom wall to get to the kitten.

Having rescued the kitten to the great detriment of the wall, we tucked the kitten into a hurriedly scrounged-up shoebox and sped off to the zoo. The kitten was fed, cleaned, and put to bed by one of Kathy’s friends, and we took the kitten back home after being given some instructions on how to take care of her (her!).

There are some complications, of course. My dad is a bird person, my sister is a dog person, and I don’t know how the KittenWhoMustNotBeNamed (my sister fears I’ll get too attached if I name her) will get along with Lucas (a big black Labrador), Kaygee (a somewhat grumpy toy poodle) and Picco (the Lovebird of Death).

Maybe I’ll get to keep her if I ask for her as my graduation present. If I do get to keep her, I’ll probably name her something like “Nano”. ;)

Cross-reference: KittenWhoMustNotBeNamed#1

psychology of programmers

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek links to,
an article that talks about “flow” and how to encourage programmer
creativity. Pretty good suggestions, like letting developers pick
their own desks and chairs. I hope managers read this and similar articles.

game blog

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

Again from is a blog about the gaming industry. Eric and some other gamedev geeks might be interested in this.
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eclipse ide

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

One of these days I should really try out
Eclipse. Rumor has it
that it’s much like Emacs, but runs on Java.

open source courseware links from blogs

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

Cross-reference: OpenSourceCourseware#1

How Software Companies Die – Orson Scott Card

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

Looks like one of my favorite novelists has some insights on the
software industry., from
from a Slashdot comment on programmer psychology.

The humor collection linked to is also somewhat interesting.

completion on name of wiki page

March 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Cross-reference: PlannerMode#9

curriculum review template created.

March 30, 2003 - Categories: teaching

Cross-reference: CurriculumReview#1

comp.sys.wearables call for moderators

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

What, there’s a comp.sys.wearables? Must head over to

filesets.el — emacs

March 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs

h[email protected], Thomas Link: filesets.el in CVS Emacs, and
also at .
“filesets.el makes it easy to open frequently accessed files. In
conjunction with external viewers for formats like PDF or HTML,
filesets.el can be used to browse all your documentation.”

Can IT Still Attract the Best and the Brightest?

March 30, 2003 - Categories: teaching

From ACM Technews:
“Far from draining the field of the most talented IT workers, there is
a distinct possibility that the IT downturn may be weeding out
less-qualified applicants.”

Speech Synthesis

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek

Making Computers Talk is a Scientific American article about
developing speech synthesizers. You might also be interested in
SALT, an XML standard for web-based voice interaction. Links from
ACM Technews.

Gnus and duplicates — emacs

March 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs

I am very, very glad that Gnus can automatically delete duplicates with (setq nnmail-treat-duplicates 'delete) .

.htaccess and RedirectMatch

March 30, 2003 - Categories: geek
RedirectMatch permanent /~sachac/notebook/wiki/(.*).html /~sachac/notebook/wiki/$1.php

is a very funky .htaccess line that helps me deal with the Great Renaming.

[[bbdb://jm.ibanez][JM Ibanez]] tries out Emacs

March 30, 2003 - Categories: emacs

Looks like UA&P geek JM Ibanez has taken the plunge! =) Welcome to the Emacs world, JM.