November 20, 2004

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New pictures up!

2004.11.16 – 2004.11.14 – 2004.11.08 – 2004.11.03 – 2004.11.02 – 2004.10.30 – 2004.10.24 – 2004.10.23

Emacs makes all things hackable. I wrote a function to quickly pull
thumbnails into an emacs-wiki buffer. Yay.

emacs-wiki snippet for getting a list of images from a dired buffer

(defun sacha/emacs-wiki-marked-images-as-kill ()
  "Return a list of images ready to be inserted into a wiki page."
  (kill-new (mapconcat

bash script for timestamping and thumbnailing pictures

while [ -n "$1" ]; do
  if [ -f $1 ]; then
    DATE=$(date +"%Y%m%d-%H%M%S" --reference="$1")
    EXT=$(echo "$1" | sed 's/.*\././')
    echo $1
    cp $1 "$DATE$EXT"
    cp "$DATE$EXT" "thumb-$DATE$EXT"
    touch --reference="$1" "$DATE$EXT"
    if [ "$EXT" == ".jpg" ]; then
       convert -size $SIZE -resize $SIZE "$DATE$EXT" "thumb-$DATE$EXT"
       touch --reference="$1" "thumb-$DATE$EXT"


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Celsus Kintanar: 3rd place, development challenge, TopCoder

Congratulations to Celsus Kintanar for winning 3rd place and USD 2500
in the Component Development part of the TopCoder challenge.
(Heh, don’t let him fool you; that’s a Really Cool Achievement!)

TopCoder is one of the biggest programming contests on the Net. =)

Contest article by Joey Alarilla, Inq7

(Kudos to Joey for prompt posting and great coverage, and of course to
Celsus for doing well!)

Patrica Chanco Evangelista’s followup to the Faye story


Now *that* is a beautifully written piece. I admire Patricia for her
humble apologies and for courageously living through the situation and
keeping her dignity intact. Not many people have the opportunity
to grow up so quickly over so short a time. May this episode whet her
appetite for writing even more.