Archive for May, 2006


Fountain, with umbrella

Cajun Dance

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Rails Notes

Once you go past the first 20 minute screencast…

  • On OSX, just install Locomotive. Prior to this, I had installed 2 copies of ghostscript, one extra ruby, two copies of rails, imagemagick, and one copy of libgd in an attempt to do some image manipulation. Locomotive gets it in 2 downloads, one for the base system and one bundle with imagemagick. And it just works, mainly by simply including everything you need in one massive download.
  • Certain actions Just Don’t Work. Like render. Render2, yes. Render_dammit, yes, but it won’t be professional. Guess render’s a reserved word or something.
  • You might expect scaffolding to do something useful when presented with a has_many/belongs_to relationship. (I.e, 1:many). It won’t. And has_one means the other object has one of you, not that you have one of it.
  • Somehow I’ve ended up with [object] and [object]s views. some are populated, some aren’t. But the populated ones were done via scaffolding, and they need to be edited because of the usefulness of the 1:many relationships.
  • We’ll see if it turns out to be less work than PHP or Python. Big wins so far, I didn’t have to choose a python web framework. And once imagemagick is working with ruby, that is quick and painless, far better than I’ve done with php so far.
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Spinach Ricotta Fritatta

Cause this was good enough to write down.

Preheat the broiler, rack should be in the second to top notch.

In a 10″ nonstick broiler safe fry/omlette pan, Cook a diced sweet onion, add a couple handfuls of choped mushrooms. These should cook till the onions are soft and dark, the mushrooms should be rather reduced. Put aside.

Puree a can of tomatoes, make sause with a little cayenne peper and salt.

Wilt 5 oz or so chopped spinach. This was two large handfuls from a salad bag. Put aside, let the pan cool a bit.

Scramble 6 eggs, 1 cup ricotta cheese, then add the mushrooms, onions and spinach and mix. Heat the pan on medium with some olive oil, add the egg mixture and cover. Cook for a while, till the bottom is browned and it’s solidifying in about an inch from the edge.

Put in broiler, watch carefully till it’s starting to brown, add some grated mozerella and let it start to turn brown. It whould be firm and not runny at all by now. Pull out, let sit for a couple minutes. Remove from the pan, cut, and serve with tomato sauce.

Bonus unrelated recipie.

1 Avocado, mashed. Add a bit of soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and hot pepper oil. Serve with Udon or Soba noodles and tofu. Might also be interesting with a touch of wasabi.

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Boy, closeup

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Flower Macro

Blue/yellow flower, After the rain. ISO 1600/ f16/ Overcast skies
Rain + flower + closeup filter = Photo Cliche

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Crab in tidal pool

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MindCamp Wrapup

So, 24 hours of MindCamp and 48 hours of recovery and catching up with the family later…

This time it had a different feel to me, and that’s at least as much to the different configuration of the space as anything else. The original space was mostly one large room, so generally, at a glance you could see where people were. This time, there were a lot more small spaces and a hall, so it was harder to get the same effect.

There were people there that I wanted to run into, but didn’t. Or, at least, I don’t think I did, but in a few cases, I know that I was in the same room or small crowd, but didn’t put together a weblog name to real name mapping. I would have liked to do a hacking sprint, but didn’t get that through my mind in time to do anything about it.

I wound up in more technical sessions than last time. Contrary to what I said I should do, I went to sessions that I though I’d be interested in, rather than just going to odd ones that were more serendipitous. So I heard about LiveJournal scaling, what Microsoft goes through to do small UI changes, the Kid Programming Language, Image manipulation using functional programming, and Asterisk and VOIP.

I’ve put my pictures on flickr this time, there’s an album of the better ones in this photoset.

Also, I have to thank the good people at Tom Bihn sponsors of the event (or at least donators of cool stuff to the raffle). I came home with a Brain Bag, a nice and overdue replacement for the courier bag that I’ve been using for the last 10 years. I’ve been using the Brain Cell as a small laptop case since I got this machine, and it has served me well.

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