Monday, 30 March 2009

DrupalCamp, Galway Apr 4th+5th

I'm going to DrupalCamp.

The event is for beginners and experts, for developers, testers, writers and graphics designers
Drupal n'Go will do websites for 3 groups on the Sunday.
There was a competition for charities and groups to enter to get their website done.
Results here:
Rural Science Association, Zikomo Ireland and Shadowbox Theatre company

Press release:
"Drupal is a powerful open source content management system [...]
Organisations such as the HEA, Galway Cycling Campaign, CROI, Oxegen, Concern Fast and
the Irish Science Gallery all use Drupal for their website."

DrupalCamp, Galway Apr 4th+5th, DERI building NUI Galway, IDA business park
General Info on DrupalCamp here:

I'm not a Drupal developer but have done lots of backend web messing :)

Of course Drupal will be obsolete if all this Cloud computing really takes over all the web stuff.
Won't it? :) anyway :-P

I'm staying here (ha ha the .asp the links don't work on sub-pages) :-P

why blog? And disclaimers and disclaiming.

I think I blog (and facebook and keep web pages, photos online, participate in mailing lists):
1. to keep a diary for myself and maybe family/friends/other evolved lifeforms or aliens visiting earth a billion years in future.
2. to post useful info (partly for myself) but also where it would be useful to others
3. keep contact and make contacts with friends/colleagues

No 1. definately works, I look back on stuff I have for 1998/1999 and I can remember tons.
But generally I don't have a good memory before then.
Though I can when prompted remember certain things very well.

No 2./3. works also, sometimes I get feedback from friendly/grateful and sometimes anonymous people :)

I think about these things on occasion "Why Blog?".
This blog entry from Ciáran of FSF is good and serendipitous with my thinking at this moment:
'I always tell people to blog what they’re working on. "If it’s worth doing, it’s worth blogging!"'
That on philosophy of blogging and blogging tips here: in Ciarán’s free software notes


I always have had a self-deprecating disclaimer somewhere on the front page of my (very badly tended and organized) web pages.
In fact in University for a time in my VAX logout script I had also included a voluminous disclaimer.
Partially because disclaimers(especially in software licences/copy(right|left)s) are a bit of an in-joke for me and presumably other software people.

Here now on my (very badly tended and organised) web pages the intro/disclaimer is like this:

"Content in these pages is my diary, links to my more current blog and collected content on things that are of interest to me. These pages are very much old-style web pages. i.e. a bit of a mess of waffle. Old and unmaintained stuff. Experiments. Sorry. Google will hopefully help people pick out nuggets of information from all the guff.

I'm trying to dump all the contents of my brain onto these (and other) internet pages but I find the baud rate on my nerual->finger->keyboard->internet connection is terrible and my brain capacity is so huge (of course) that it's going slowly. Maybe I could summarise a few things that might be half interesting/useful to people and leave it at that? "


I don't see you laughing.


Come on! Laugh.


Okay. It's waffle in itself.
But the world is a very very complicated place.
I have realised you can only describe a teeny tiny small part of something in any diary/blog post or longer article.
And I'm trying to lower/prepare/set customer/reader expectations at an acceptable level.
Any post is not complete unless you take into account the whole system.
But unless you make and abstract model of the problem and assume lots and summarize you can't be useful.

Maybe. I just think about stuff too much and should just try and DO stuff more.

DO including blogging of course.
Which is itself a form of inaction because whren you're writing a blog/diary entry/article you're not DOing stuff ... properly.
ER last night a buddhist body relocation expert: "If you choose not to act then inaction in itself is a form of action".

enough guff

Saturday, 28 March 2009

earth hour, low light smiley flare

Outside there wasn't much difference to light emitted by Dublin as all the streetlamps were on.
There was a really nice crescent moon in the sunset sky and you could also make out the dark part of the moon against a sky which had still some blue light in it.
I couldn't get that on camera.
But I did manage to capture a smiley flare affect from me blocking streetlamp light with my hand.

We turned off all the lights early for earth hour.
Fun doing things in darkness.
The TV was on because of the match (whew! Irl 1 vs Bulgaria 1).
We had landing light on and bathroom/bedroom lights on for girls bedtime.
And computer was on.

ossbarcamp report

ossbarcamp was fun.

Interestingly political on how to write an IT policy and what should go in it and who would use it. Lots of audience participation.

Nice techie talks and video DJ and/or graphics demos with amusing technical hitches.

And political again on how do we not become completely dependant on an evil company if we write all our software for an Amazon/Google/M$/other cloud. Combined with very amusing Google stories. "So then Larry said: 'Oh! Guys. Can we blur out everyone's faces in StreetView please. Yeah. And number plates too. *nod* Great.' So one of the Video guys turned to me and said: 'Ahhh, Uhhh, Oh, Can we get, like, maybe 80-peta-bytes of storage on Tuesday? Yeah?'"

I'm totally paraphrasing and mixing up stories here.
Apologies for that.

And I'm going to this Drupal thing in Galway this coming weekend:
I'm not a Drupal/web developer but was a bit once :)
Of course Drupal will be obsolete if all this Cloud computing really takes over all the web stuff. Won't it? :) anyway :-P

more details:
Éibhear O hAnluain - presenting FLOSS friendly IT policy to ...
(who?) electorate/political party/policy groups/interested parties
... stuff happens piecemeal but it happens better if you've a good policy to draw from. Who will read it? Who will use it?

The not free as in beer but free as in speech is difficult to understand.
Open standards mean free from vendor lock-in.

Policy must be fair and generic - not mentioning specific details such as Linux/Windows. But it is really hard for people to understand open source, open standards issues anyway - even without negative propoganda from Microsoft. So concrete examples would be good.

Like PPARS how basic Project Management, End-user Validation and Technical understanding at procurement and running/management stages of this project make a difference between horrendous disaster and working system

Like PULSE how basic Project Management, End-user Validation and Technical understanding at procurement and running/management stages of this project make a difference between horrendous disaster and working system

Like Electronic Voting machines in Ireland how basic Project Management, End-user Validation and Technical understanding at procurement and running/management stages of this project make a difference between horrendous disaster and working system

Oh, SORRY. Am I starting to repeat myself!?

Lightening talks - Flex and windows based development env FlexDeveloper.
Hm. Nice. Neat. Windows based :-P

Very amusing and theatrical presentation from TÓG people.
Maciej Danielski Ubuntu.
Excellent idea. Sharing of tools/resources.
I bought a crow-bar last week and a sledgehammer 5 years ago.
Met Eddie who I was in digs with in UL for a while.
He does art/electronic installation things.

Talked to Rob Fitz of(or rather who is) Cycle campaign
open street map, Making political change is the ultimate hacking, also TOG
monorail and castle on ASP.NET live video performances
lovely stuff, video and music dj play
leader of Ubuntu Studio
play :)
cinepaint(movie frame by frame) Pirates of the Caribean + LOTR, ...
Blender as a video editor ...

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Daire scout investiture

Daire proper scout now, not a scub anymore.

Posted by ShoZu

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

"O Saya" song - Slumdog Millionaire

We watched slumdog millionaire.
Excellent film.

Now can anyone translate the non-english parts of the song "o saya"
Is it Hindi?
Or are some of the words just nonsense like in Irish songs "dai dell deedlo oh/toorea fal de diddle ahh/..."?

"O .. saya .. yero .. mayo .."

These are the best transcriptions of the lyrics I can find:

By A R Rahman, sung by MIA and A R Rahman

ooo.. saya.. yero mayoo..
aaa roooaa yoooo..

(drums ....)

ooo.. saya.. yero mayoo..
aaa roooaa yoooo..


aaa roha mazoo mayoo
hey aaa yooo….

ahhhayayy.... ohhh la see yo ahhhaayyaala ... xxxxxx
ahhhayayy.... ohhh la see yo ahhhaayyaala ... xxxxxx

ooo.. saya.. yero mayoo..
?aaa rooo aa yoooo..

dhum tak dhin dhum tak dhin tak
dhum tak dhin dhum tak dhin tak
dhum tak dhin dhum tak dhin tak

they cant touch me
we break off run so faster
they cant even touch me
been that you see
touch me.. i ll show you choose
run zig zag quickly
pick up the pack of my journey
dont suddenly start to follow me
i'm a luck… some days the suck
we live by the buck
we get for the family

one day i wanna be a star
so i get to hang in a bar
i’ll go to vegas and play off (and a pay off?)
just to forget my scars

ek do teen char panch che saath aat nao das gyara bara teraa…

sweat shops have made me shifty
like a ninja with speed i am nifty
i hope i live till i am fifty
see my city go a quick to a thrifty

ooo… saya… yero mayoo..
aaa saya… yero mayoo.. (a bit different)
hey aaa yooo..

ahhhayayy.... ohhh la see yo ahhhaayyaala ... xxxxxx x 2?

ooo… saya… yero mayoo..
aaa rooo aa yoooo..


Monday, 9 March 2009

We have gotten 2 chickens.

> We got 2 chickens yesterday and we've been busy today finishing a chicken coop.
> Check Facebook for some pics.
> They're quite feisty - it was windy blowy so a bit unsettling weather to be arriving at a new home.
> Settling in alright to coop and garden.
> The darker one is adopted by Kate - Rosie.
> The lighter and fatter one is adopted by Maeve - Lucy.

We collected 2 chickens near Blessington Sunday evening 19:00.
Into cardboard box. Night time so they're sleepy. Very docile.
Box open in car - they need lots of air.
Some clucks but they're still in box at home.
Into playroom and in workshop for night.
With saucepan of water and some oats.

They're 17ish weeks old point-of-lay pullets and might start laying hopefully in 3+ weeks.
If they're still alive! Urban foxes harvest any sort of pets from back gardens.
You can buy fertilized eggs and incubate them and hatch yourself but that is a bit tricky, and you end up with some cocks probably.
No cock needed I believe unless you want to raise your own cute chicks (and annoy the neighbours ). :)

In morning they're walking around workshop.
Chicken poop on the floor.
Set up wood blocking entrance of coop to act as door.
I grab one and transfer to coop. It flaps just before I get it in.
They're not as calm as ones in Cobh.
Probably a bit stressed with new location/people.
It's a windy wet day.
Fionn has just nearly managed to get one but not quite.
I get it and out to coop.

Then get Daire and Kate up, breakfasted and out door to school bus.
Then Maeve up and dressed.
We leave chickens out for a run.
They're a bit nervous.
Aie! Wood falls on chicken squak! whew it's okay.
I screw in the 2 pieces of wood acting as door temporarily.
Fionn heads to work.
Chickens wander around garden until 9:15.
I put them back before bringing Maeve to creche.
We're being careful as we don't want them to fly away immediately.

Some quick research on Chicken feed, coop dimensions, email, clean up chicken poop before go shopping.
Stillorgan hardware/pet store 1st.
No door hinges but will get chicken feed - others (more mad people) have been asking about it.
Then onto Chadwicks.
Yep hinges. Ohhh nicer hinges (lift-off door). Ohh nicer again (lift-off gate).
And door clasp.
Ahhhh. The usual screws are behind the counter.
And a piece of 8x4 6mm (thinish) plyboard.
Plyboard is real awkward - I put on roof bars and put it onto roof but it looks very dodgy and it's windy.
I was considering it and a builder person helped me make up my mind to put it inside car.
All seats down, boot left open, board/boot held with tie.

At home bite to eat, start coop door, collect Maeve. Ekram gives us a plate of falafel.
Chickens have settled down and are very calm in coop.
I open the entrance. But they stay inside for a good long time.
Seeing as they're settling I don't shoo them out to work on coop.
Fionn home.
Chickens eventually venture out.
Door gets cut and attached over afternoon.
Fionn draws castle.
Roshi brings Daire home after 14:30. And they visit the chickens.
Sawing, most of work out back, it showers once or twice.
Cut with jigsaw.
Chickens don't seem to mind the noise of power tools at all.
I'm a bit surprised.
Cut flat place for hinge holders. Drill and screw them in.
Paint cut wood as I go with wood stain - a bit of protection.
Fionn home after collecting Kate (recorder - end 15:30). With feed.
The girls give some feed to chickens bit by bit.
The chickens get less nervous and it seems very good for them settling.
Prop up door to measure location of hinges - Fionn helps.
Attach hinges to door with support board behind.
Yay! Door hangs.
OMG. Door swings and closes okay.
I presume in time it will sag and not fit okay.
Oh well :) I call people quick to see it while it opens and closes.
Chickens go inside coop by their own choice. It was raining a bit. Funny girls.
They sheltered under bench and were shaking off water.
I was probably in their way.
So I got out of way and shooed them in general direction of coop and they went in.
When shower stopped I carried on working on hatch.
After cutting the hatch the chickens were funny.
The door was closed and Lucy jumped up. Nearly got stuck. But then balanced.
Had a look round. Then jumped out.
She clucked around a bit and shortly after Rosie did the same.
I'm attaching side wood for hatch when the chickens go all clucky.
They go exploring around.
Jump up onto table.
Jump up onto bin.
Nearly go inside.
So, well _obviously_ it must be bedtime.
I stop work, get out of the way.
Get chickens into coop, shut door, barricade them in for now (door catch not on yet).
Get tools * wood in from damp.
Lucy gets up onto perch after a little bit.
There's a good bit of flapping before Rosie manages to get up.
Soon enough they're very quiet.

Door isn't very secure yet against foxes.
If I were a fox I'd jump onto roof and go in from the top.
I'll tie door at top to prevent that.
Digging under we're not secure yet either with buried chicken wire.

convert photoshop file that breaks Mum's computer

We got a nice package in the post from Mum.
A .psp file.
It's is too big for Mum's computer, it just hangs forever trying to open it.

I double clicked on it (ubuntu intrepid + gimp) and it opened grand.
Open source and the gimp (free alternative program to photoshop) wins! :)
I plug gimp to Mum :)
The .psp file is 340M.
Not absolutely ridiculously hugemongous but not neat.

saved as .jpg 5.6M 200mmx200mm (A4 width) 1600x1600 pixels
sized down 0.5M 50x50mm

> Your file is quite big alright - your photoshop file is 340M.
> Probably it is so big as you have enough resolution to print it bigger.
> If you save it as jpeg at a fixed printing size you get rid of the
> extra resolution and you get a smaller file.
> I have saved it as a 5.6M jpeg which should print out on A4 okay and
> a Thumb for viewing. I have put them on the dspsrv.
> You can look at them there and right-click and select Save As ...
> The .jpg there is original resolution you sent 1600x1600 pixels = 200x200mm
> It is 5.6M in file size.
> The Thumb is much smaller 50x50mm = 544k (= 0.5M)
> If you printed the Thumb full size (A4) it would probably look blurry.
> A normal sized photo could be from .5M to 4M in size (depending on
> resolution).
> The higher the resolution the bigger the size and the bigger you can
> print it.
> Too much info probably.
> We need a diagram.

We need a simple web page on file sizes, photograph file sizes (compression, resolution and physical size) and on download/upload speeds. I can't find a nice one with a quick web grep.