L’été du code, première semaine

Hello! I haven’t posted here so far (although I think a couple of really old blog posts of mine appeared a while ago for some reason) .. so I thought I would write a note about my plans for this summer.

GSettings & GTK
I took on the task this summer of closing bug 494329, and in the process helping Ryan to make gsettings rock extra hard. You can track my progress if this sort of thing interests you in gitorious: http://gitorious.org/gsettings-gtk/. This includes hopefully adding GLADE support for gsettings bindings and converting some existing applications, so that the API is actually useful in real-world situations. I’m really excited that I will be saving people hours of future time adding new preferences and setting keys, which for simple situations should be as simple as adding the control widget to the dialog, and writing a changed hander for the settings key it’s bound to. This I think makes up for the fact that I can’t show what I’m doing to my girlfriend and make her say “wow that is cool”

jhbuild on windows
I’ve been using jhbuild for a while to manage building dependencies on Win32. Recently I decided to not leave all of my alterations bitrotting in Launchpad but to merge what I can with the master repo, and maintain the rest in a Gitorious branch or some such. When I say “my alterations” I am talking about mostly things I didn’t do of course, I just added some cruft on top of all the stuff John Stowers did. Anyway, it’s at the point where with git HEAD and this ugly patch the infrastructure basically works. Only two unit tests fail (or only one in the right build environment). In the next few days I’ll push (seperately) some other niceties like a seperate bootstrap moduleset for msys, the infamous binary moduletype, and a hack to make it possible to use MSYS-git. These will go into a seperate branch.

So if you’re interested in building GTK+ really, really slowly on a substandard OS this work should be of interest to you. I haven’t had many comments about this stuff so far, perhaps because it’s a very painful thing to try to do and you have to be a little bit crazy .. I don’t know where all this work will end up, I really just want an easy way to build new gstreamer releases for mingw and compile my gtk+ branch, but on win32 there’s a lot more for jhbuild to do because the rest of the infrastructure is so bad.

Sorting my life out
Recent days have not seen much productivity because here in England, the clouds seem have gone on holiday for a couple of weeks! Back to work though and I have various things to sort out such as the university revoking my libary card even though I have another year of study left, tax forms for the GSoC money and other time sinks ..

Hello vegetables

I just noticed I still have a livejournal. I think it’s going to be syndicated on planet.gnome.org (regards my programming habit) for a while so I thought I would add this note about all of the previous posts, which don’t make a lot of sense and were written a number of years ago.

Revittelise your day.

Last night I watched the movie “Pirates Of The Carribean 2” which I thought was a really good film ! I expected it to not be good and certainly not be as good as the first one but it actually turned out good. My favourite part is where the guy with a squid for a face is playing the organ. I really think if I was making a film with a guy who a had a squid for a face I’d have him do the exact same thing. My only complaint is the plot is too complicated for someone who chooses which movies to go see basically by how many pirates there are in them.

Other things I have done recently: work, drink

Hello

Domain ID:D105496168-LROR
Domain Name:CLEANSTICK.ORG
Created On:29-Dec-2004 18:54:00 UTC
Last Updated On:08-Sep-2005 22:15:43 UTC
Expiration Date:29-Dec-2005 18:54:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Go Daddy Software, Inc. (R91-LROR)

Here is a domain that expires tomorrow !!

Here is a conversation I had with the linux console. Try it for yourself!

sam@laura:~$ echo !
!
sam@laura:~$ echo !
!
sam@laura:~$ echo !!
echo echo !
echo !
sam@laura:~$ echo echo !!
echo echo echo echo !
echo echo echo !
sam@laura:~$ echo echo echo ! echo !
echo echo ! echo !
sam@laura:~$ echo echo echo ! echo !!
echo echo echo ! echo echo echo echo ! echo !
echo echo ! echo echo echo echo ! echo !
sam@laura:~$ echo echo echo ! echo echo echo echo ! echo !
echo echo ! echo echo echo echo ! echo !
sam@laura:~$

The facts of life

Out of interest I looked up my “new” MP on the internet. I compared her voting record with that of the MP for Shropshire. I think it says something (I don’t know what) that even though she is a labour MP and he is conservative, his voting record is actually slightly more agreeable than hers.

Its also funny that charles kennedy shows up to just under half of all votes in parliament.

I, SAM THURSFIELD
declare I will make tea for Jon and do all his work, and take none of the credit.
I will get paid £490 per hour, and I will never ask for more.
This contract is 600 months long.
Signed,
SAM THURSFIELD
25-10-05

It is lists o’clock

THINGS I HAVE FIXED
1. My computer
2. My phone (but buying a new one so really it’s not fixed)
3. My course (that’s a lie i still do physics at the moment)

THINGS THAT ARE FULL OF SHIT
1. My room
2. That guy in gladiator that becomes caesar. He’s such an ass.

THINGS I DON’T LIKE TO DO BUT EVERYONE ELSE DOES
1. Play pro evo 5. What is with that game its not even like real football.
3. Listen to coldplay
2. Dancing to the ska music at snobs (only this is the other way round I am the only one that likes it)
3. Leave lights on all the fucking time. Seriously if you’re not in the room why do you need the lights on! People in my flat will lock their doors and go out and still they have left their lights on! So when I go out after I turn off all the lights at the fuse box. It is my little surprise for them.
4. Do pirate impressions loud at 2 AM (actually everyone likes this! apart from the girls next door to us weren’t impressed. I don’t think. They might have been in bed)

Two reasons I am angry

1) My computer does not work any more.
2) I hate studying physics and I am totally not spending three years of my life learning about this shit. I sit in my lectures staring at the professor zombie-like and he stares at me because I’m not making any notes and sometimes am asleep. It’s pretty funny actually.

The bat is in the belfry

Dear Jason! Or JON! I can’t remember my cleanstick.net password. I don’t know if I ever even had one because I have searched my chat logs etc. In conclusion I would like a new one please. As a token of thanks I will upload this really long shell script that I wrote for everyone to look at. It is really really long.

PS. the new design is very nice!
PPS. my email is: ssssam at gmail.com

Today is a day of SUCCESS

As I am going to be living in a student flat in like 10 days, I figured it was time I tried to make a roast dinner. Anyway, it turns out I am awesome and can make corn on the cob, potatoes, stuffing and a chicken (and a beer) into some kind of meal of the gods.

I also went to ye olde outlet stores and bought like £150 worth of clothes and shit today because I never buy any clothes ever, and its funny to make up for not doing enough of something by suddenly doing far too much!

I hope the government doesn’t introduce a flat tax because they sure would be a bunch of dicks if they did that! I sure am too dumb to understand a sliding scale!

On a happier note, http://www.liejournal.com is unregistered and I think it should become an internet site. of UNTRUTHS

ARTIFICIAL LIFE (in the market place)

to Mr. Internet Teacher: thank you for pointing out how irritating the constant “debate” over A-levels is getting. i am still amazed by the complete blindness of the journalists who say A levels are becoming easier. keep in mind that a student’s progress is assessed at frequently intervals starting just a few months into the course. it would take an almost religious level of ignorance to not notice that they are going to fail the course. if their destination is failure, why would they continue the course?? Of course only 3% of people fail their A levels; it is because nobody is fucking dumb enough to study for two years a subject that they have no hope of mastering! why would anyone do that!

ps. I would like to thank ucas for sending a conformation of my place this morning so I knew I had done well enough in my exams before I had even eaten breakfast! I later found out I got an A in maths and B’s in physics and music. This means I am going to birmingham! Go team sam!

Dumb things I have done recently #1

1) broke my phone
2) left the phone i was borrowing from someone else in college. i got it back through
3) left my euphonium on my train
4) when i try to write ‘euphonium’ on this phone it comes out as ‘fusiongun’. I wish i owned a fusiongun.

[note: when i say my train, the train is not actually mine]

Dumb things I have done so far today #3

Today I planned to spend some time in the gym. I organised the day carefully so I had a good 60 minutes free to do this. I met up with a friend and, after remembering he left his stuff in his locker and I needed a new card, got as far as the changing rooms. I was halfway through changing when I noticed I did not in fact bring any shorts. I realised this rendered me essentially unable to employ the facilities of the gym and so I left for the shops in the hope of procuring some shorts.

Determined not to buy cheap low-quality shorts, I visited a number of stores but to no avail. Eventually as time was running out before my next lesson I purchased some expensive shit shorts from like next or some shit. Anyway during tide I returned to the gym and this time was able to exercise sufficiently.

However the story does not end there! I removed the bag of gym clothes from my locker at the end of the college day and made my way to the train station. Upon boarding the train I sat at a table (with some girls it turns out) and proceeded to stow the bag under said table. Twenty minutes later I alighted the train sans clothes. I was very annoyed!! Luckily I know how to use a phone and read so I called the arriva lost property line and they gave me the phone number of Chester station, a guy at chester is going to put my bag on the train tomorrow which i will be on.