April 28, 2007

Gilbert's death

    Fiddler's Green:  but then, if I have to die, I have 
                lived an interesting  life... and a varied one...
                and I... take with me the memories of all the things 
                that have moved me... told me that I was alive.  The 
                green play of sunlight through the birch leaves... a kiss...
                once.. on the cheek... from a friend..
                
                I suppose.. I had always hoped that I would die quietly, 
                on my own... or that I would die for a reason.
                
                It occurs to me now.. that only things that are truly
                unreasonable have reasons.. perhaps only the
                inconsequential need.. consequences.
                    
Neil Gaiman from The Kindly Ones

April 26, 2007

love stinks... yeah yeah

    Rose: Have you ever been in love?
        D: you might say that.
    Rose: Horrible, isn't it?
        D: in what way?        
    Rose: It makes you vulnerable.  It opens your chest and it opens 
             your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess 
             you up.
   
             You build up all these defenses.  You build up this whole 
             armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid 
             person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders 
             into your stupid life....
   
             You give them a piece of you.  They don't ask for it.  
             They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, 
             and then your life isn't your own anymore.  
  
             Love takes hostages.  It gets inside you.  It eats you out and 
             leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like 
             "maybe we should just be friends" or "how very perceptive" 
              turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart.
         
        D: How picturesque.
    Rose: It hurts.  Not just in the imagination.  Not just in the mind.  It's 
             a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart 
             pain.    Nothing should be able to do that.  Especially not love.
             
             I hate love.
    
Neil Gaiman from The Kindly Ones

April 17, 2007

Development Links

Linux Related

Python

  • Jython - Run python on any Java platform
    This lets you execute Python programs from within the Java Virtual Machine. Wild, but I am sure it is useful for all the Java folks looking for a scripting language. In addition to IronPython (which covers the .NET arena), I think this covers as many platforms as anyone can think of. For my part, I would love to find a port of Python for the ARM embedded platform. Although the small footprint of the embedded device might be a show-stopper.

Utilities

  • SpeedFan
    This shows you the temperature of your laptop as well as allows you to control the turning on of fan. I'm running an HP Pavilion at work and most of the time when I kick off a make, the fan kicks on like a leaf blower.