USyd has a subject called Programming Practice which was examined today. I guess I shouldn’t really have been answered the nasty question about function overloading, with inheritance and templates and so on, by guessing, but g++ told me later I guessed right 🙂

This year was meant to focus more on Programming Practice (duh) than the intricacies of C++, but the intricacies of C++ it was, and so be it.


Added links for Perl, Python, Finance::Quote, GCC, OpenOffice, MySQL, PostgreSQL and PHP.

It’s getting to the stage where it needs to be re-organised, CVS-ified (there are a couple of people who ought to be able to modify) and script-ified.

This will happen after exams.

Buglinks; Life


Added a small number of links to buglinks.org. Head over there and add your project’s bug reporting site to the list. (Well actually, wait for me to add it… hmm.)


My grandmother died early Friday morning after a week in hospital. It was really really strange. I had somehow subconsciously gotten the impression that people didn’t die suddenly anymore, other than by accident – I thought they spent years and years in hospital and then died…

For the first time since I left home, I’m really really homesick.

Certification (and Nomic); The Dish

Certification (and Nomic)

Thanks schoen. Probably I don’t deserve Journeyer in any field due to the Nomic game – its run over email and the list hasn’t worked for two months. That’s a summer job! I have considered trying to automate the Nomic game actually – but it involves modifiying certain rules, some of which are immutable (we play off the initial ruleset, and haven’t gotten rid of immutable rules). I think possibly a new games could start off a mod_virgule base though…

The Dish

I’ve heard the true story jamesm links to before – someone currently working at Parkes spoke about it in an interview on Radio National. He didn’t sound as nonplussed as the Honeysuckle Creek person did. I think Honeysuckle Creek had the moon walk all to themselves too – Armstrong’s decision to walk early meant the moon was below the horizon at Parkes. That certainly doesn’t happen in the movie 🙂

Sunday 15 October 2000

cwinters, another interesting interdisciplinary book is David Deutsch’s The Fabric of Reality – I have no idea how much of it is even remotely sane, but its fun.

Temper, temper…
I have demonstrated yet again that my temper gets in the way of any sysadmining competance I might develop – SuSE’s YAST2 inserted a ^@ in /etc/rc.config somehow before it defines the networking variables and it took ages to figure out why the networking wouldn’t come up. It wasn’t me who figured it out, either. If I upgrade to 7.0 anytime soon, I’ll have to see if that can be reproduced. Now I have to get ssh working…

Having fun bike-riding at the moment. Made a lesuirely little trip around the Sydney Harbour shore near Drummoyne.

The Dish

I too saw it last night – it has been released in Sydney at least jamesh. It was interesting… I’ve never seen that much of the coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing (it was twelve years before I was born…)

It made me a bit homesick too – I spent most of my life living in Orange, which isn’t too far from Parkes. And yes, the radio telescope really is in the middle of a sheep paddock – well a paddock anyway. And it’s sheep country, so there would have to be sheep somewhere in the vicinity.

Tuesday 3 October 2000

I am growing more and more tempted just to implement a whole lot of parsing and graph search algorithms just to learn stuff – it has to be more fun than website scripting…


I went to see the fireworks in inner city Sydney that concluded the Olympics. The crowd at Circular Quay was incredible – the first time I’ve ever been in a crowd that seemed moments away from disaster. People were pushed so tight together that they couldn’t move except with the crowd, mothers held crying frightened children, and drunken people starting pushing wars that sent the back of the crowd up against the barricades. There were some angry angry people there, and there was no escape during the last hour and a half (we arrived about 4 hours early). There was nowhere to move to, and no way to get out.

Of wierdness and attachment to childhood programming languages

I innocently stumbled upon the KBasic story on slashdot this evening, only to discover that, of the 28 posts with score 2 or over, my boyfriend was the author of eleven of them. I found this concerning…

I have a feeling he’s going to come home, fire up the C64 emulator and reproduce his finest BASIC effort to date:

 10 print "Mary is wonderful" 20 goto 10 

Forgive my syntax errors, I’m innocent I swear! It’s been years…


I wonder why I lost mine. I suppose the graph shifted around a bit, or the weightings were changed. It wuld be interesting to look at how ‘connected’ I am – I think a couple of the people who certified me have certified and are certified by a lot of people. I wonder how the experiment is going – are there any ‘attack clusters’ with lots of internal certifications and few connections to the main graph? How far away from the ‘sun gods’ are the furthest people on the main cluster (six-degrees-of-raph)?