a yummy meal

May 25, 2007

a yummy meal

Originally uploaded by sleepyneko

Lunch on thursday after taking the girl to a dentist appointment. Since we were in durham anyway we decided to go to piedmont for lunch. She got a pot de creme for dessert and I had a cup of tea. She snapped this picture and thought it was a lovely advertisement for fedora, after a fashion. Hers is the punny title.

In case it was unclear, I’m the one in the fedora shirt.

I come down from bed to read my email and I find this:

From: James DeVincentis
To: skvidal
Subject: Try writing some software thats worth a fuck
Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 06:45:07 -0500 (07:45 EDT)

I have seen many open source programs put out that totally suck because the programmers cant write code worth a damn. Your Program should NEVER be used in an enterprise environment cause its too stupid to figure out how to fix itself when it gets interrupted in the middle of updates. There is no fucking option to turn of dependencies. It should have one.

Go die in a fire or write some software worth giving a damn about.

I can only assume this was a feature request. I’m wondering if James can file this in bugzilla, too. After all, if it is not in bugzilla, it doesn’t exist. 🙂

Much accomplished this week. The okra and soybeans are coming up lovely in the garden. I dug and added compost and soil to the allotment and the girl and I got all the seedlings and other seeds planted up there in the bright bright sun. We’ll see if they hold up or not. I got yum 3.2.0 sent out and I got it built in koji. I took the girl for her ever-so-fun root canal and ran all the errands she needed me to run.

I also spent a little time today looking for odd or bogus file-requires in packages in fedora.

Finally, on a suggestion from colin walters I wrote a little script to do a bit more intelligent returns from a yum search.

Here’s what I came up with:

grab search-sorting.py


python search-sorting.py term1 term2 term3 …

that should return the top ten best matches for all of those terms. the sorting mechanism is not the best it could be its just a first dodge at it.

So, in all much got accomplished.

Now to the decadence part. We had heard from their newsletter that crooks corner had honeysuckle sorbet available. It normally only lasts a week, maybe two. So we went tonight.

For those people who don’t live in the south, honeysuckle is a blossoming vine which is common in the american south. It has a cloying, delicate smell which seems to become much more noticeable in the evenings when you’re walking past some of them. The good folks at crooks take many, many blossoms and squeeze the nectar out. Then they make sorbet from this and an assortment of other delicate flavors. It results in an unbelievably wonderful dessert. It tastes like the beginning of summer. Like just before school ends in may. Then we went to a book store and used all of our store credit from used book sales to buy a bunch of new books. Finally, we rode our bikes back home.

Much in the way of decadence.

job decision

May 9, 2007

Last friday I had to make a decision. Which of the jobs to take. It was not trivial. Both would have me working on free software and involved with the open source community.

In the end I decided to take the job with the company for whom most people had assumed I was already working.

On June 18th I start work at red hat.

Feel free to fill up the comments with invective and conspiracy. 🙂