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8.08.2006

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8.06.2006

Update, Impeccable Logic, Pulp Fiction, The Boondock Saints, Vigilantism, and The Dark Knight

Update

Made a lot of progress yesterday in the lab. Using the student client one can now log into a session, answer the questions, submit answers and receive a grade. The grades and other information are saved in the quiz so that the teacher can view that information. I feel like I have a redundancy problem though. The scores are saved in the roster (so you can view information for each student), in the quiz (so you can view information based on the quiz), and some information will need to be stored in the session info (so you can have session based info). Some of the information is duplicated. It works but it seems like there may be a better way. I'll continue thinking about it, I may come up with a SQLite solution if I think it'll be a better way.

I also fixed that bug (that I'm embarrassed I didn't notice earlier) in the Amenity Student Client.

So progress is good. It's all coming together beautifully.

Impeccable Logic

I've been wanting to set up a website for a while, but I haven't been able to come up with a domain name. I don't want ryanrousseau.whatever. Last night while watching one of the movies I made some snarky comment and John replied that I was using impeccable logic. That's it! That's the domain name I've been waiting for. So today I signed up with dreamhost (I've heard both good and bad things about them, and I have 97 days to claim a refund if I don't like it). So my new site is Impeccable Logic and will be under construction for a while. But I'm going to be hosting py-education along with my other projects there (I'll still use LP for bzr and bug tracking and SF for file hosting and such).

Pulp Fiction and The Boondock Saints

So some of my friends and I watched Pulp Fiction for the first time last night. And in turn I made them watch The Boondock Saints for the first time. Pulp Fiction was a very interesting (and very good movie). So I guess that's why it's mentioned all the time. The Boondock Saints is one of my favorite movies, hands down. Sure, a lot of it can be called cheesy or a Quentin Tarantino wannabe, but it's still awesome. Some scenes are just so hilarious ("Is that right Rambo?").

Vigilantism

The controversial topic covered by The Boondock Saints seems to strike a chord with a lot of people. A lot of people will say they are against it (we have a legal system after all), but inside at some level I think everyone has a little vigilante in them. The legal system doesn't always work (anyone can see that). I think that at least subconsciously everyone has thought to themselves that "something" should be done (you know what that something is, if you don't know then you need to watch The Boondock Saints). Watch or read A Time to Kill and try to say you would do the same thing that Carl Lee did. You can't.

Why? The idea of going out and giving evil men what they deserve has been ingrained into our minds ever since we were little. Growing up we are enchanted by the idea of Superheros. Every superhero is a vigilante, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all of them. That's what makes vigilantism so attractive. You, yourself, could be like a superhero. And of course some of us find ourselves gravitating towards the darker superheros (Batman (who I still proclaim is not a superhero, just a rich guy with a bunch of toys - kung fu is not a super power), Punisher, Daredevil).

The problem with vigilantism is, of course, how does a vigilante choose who deserves their justice? That and the fact that some terrorist groups kill innocent people under the guise of vigilantism.

So go, and watch The Boondock Saints, you'll be glad that you did. And if you need more home grown justice check out some of these movies.

The Dark Knight

Since I brought up Batman (not a superhero), I'd like to share what I've found out. They are filming a sequel to Batman Begins titled The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger is slated to play The Joker. I'm not a huge Heath Ledger fan, but I can picture him as the Joker. Also Harvey Dent (Two Face) is supposed to be introduced (pre-accident) and it's rumored that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play The Penguin. I'm looking forward to it.

8.05.2006

Quick Update

Quick update for now, I got to get the lab for a full day of hacking.

It's been a long week, but I've made some good progress.
Both the teacher and student client work well enough to let me create sessions and connect to them. Today I'll be working on actually taking and grading the quiz (among other bug fixes).

I also found a bug in Amenity that I didn't realize was there, I'll be fixing that first.

My truck exploded yesterday (well, close enough). Something around the radiator or water pump area broke and let all the water leak out. Short story: it's in the shop right now. Long story will come later.

Off to the lab!

^D

8.01.2006

As I Promised

Stephen Colbert on Wikiality.

^D

7.31.2006

Wikiality

I just watched Stephen Colbert create a new word: wikiality. Whenever it hits youtube I'll post it on my del.icio.us.

I got a lot of work done today. Hopefully, I'll get just as much done tomorrow (in spite of having to run errands). I also added more content to the py-education wiki, but it still needs more work.

^D

7.28.2006

Out This Weekend

I'm leaving in about an hour to go home for my little brother's birthday party (he's seven-years-old). I'll be back in a few days.

In the mean time, check out the PyEducation Wiki I've got hosted on SourceForge. It's going to serve as the website for the py-education project.

^D

7.26.2006

Moving Sucks, PDF Generation Can Also, and Air Conditioners Should Blow

Moving and AC

So moving this weekend wasn't fun. It was the polar opposite of fun. But it's basically over. I still need to get a few things, like a table and wall decorations. And I still need to actually put stuff away instead of having it heaped in a pile next to my bed. I've been here for less than a week and my AC has broken twice. AC current state == Broken. So not cool, literally.

PDF Generation

So I found this nifty tool called htmldoc which can convert HTML to PDF. From what I've been told, generating HTML and then converting that to PDF is an accepted (and easy) method of generating PDF documents. I spent a few hours writing code that generated HTML (with CSS) for each question type and for the quiz overall. Viola! Dynamic HTML for quizzes. A quick call to htmldoc and... Wait, that doesn't look right. After a little searching I found out that the current version of htmldoc does not support CSS yet. Well, there goes that plan.

So I started reading reportlab documentation. Hours of tinkering and tweaking later, I have PDF generation support. I'm sure the layout needs to (and will be) tweaked as development goes along, but it works for now. I created an example quiz and generated the PDF for it.

That's my quick update for today. Now I'm off to lunch and then back to work.

^D