Archive for July 5th, 2007

PyLicious

Following the initial announcement of my music collection, I polished up the script I hacked to generate the HTML in the first place. It’s now using the Cheetah template engine for a lot of it’s work, enabling the user to create just about every output that you can with Cheetah.

This script isn’t the prettiest, nor is it the best documented – but anyone with a smattering of Python should be able to modify it to their needs. If you don’t know Python, go learn it.

The software is published under the GPLv3 license – which probably makes it one of the first pieces of software to be expressly published in this way. I’m quite happy about that coincidence.

PyLicious comes as a simple command line tool – you need Python and Cheetah installed, and little else. The code should also be usable as a module, as most of the functionality is split into a class.

I’ve forgone packaging the script up in any sort of way, that’s just too much of a hassle right now. You’ll find the latest version here.

Finally, if anyone wishes to develop this thing into something greater than it is – please drop me a line. I’ll be happy to assist.

Truth

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Following a recent discussion somewhere else, I feel compelled to write down my perception of truth. The discussion was centered around how much or how little humans impact the world climate. There is, of course, Al Gore’s side of the story – which he didn’t come up with by himself, but of which he is the most vocal and/or popular proponent.

There is also the other side, which more or less claims that the temperature shifts we experience are caused by a natural phenomenon, outside of our sphere of activity. The debate goes back and forth.

What strikes me is that the second side is quite often abused by lazy people1, who use it as an argument to validate using their petrol-guzzling SUVs.

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  1. I think we’re all lazy in this respect: changing one’s life-style is a scary prospect that nobody likes. []