Since I’ve Bean Loving You

21 10 2008

Once when the heart did flutter,
Every moment passing only to draw us closer
To glance upon you, my thoughts stuttered,
To breath you in, so refreshing, yet so dear.

As you moved through me, a warmth filled my chest
I was at your every beck and call
I swore I would withstand the test
A test of loss. I failed, and now I fall.

A craving left unsatisfied
You have moved forward, without heed to my growing addiction,
Without heed to the feelings of this body of but flesh and bone,
My sensous brown coffee bean.

Try as I might, I can’t kick the coffee habit.

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Vimjuta 0.1.1 and Online

21 10 2008

I made a promise last week to come out with Vimjuta 0.2 over the previous weekend. I hate to say I broke the promise, the best I could come up with was a 0.1.1-ish “release” (it’s on SVN), fixing a very irritating and troublesome reference issue. I spent around 14 straight hours fixing that single issue, chasing my ref counts through Anjuta and fixing several inconsistencies along the way. I couldn’t find the time to fix the problems with the debugger and to re-implement some of the interfaces (mainly the search interfaces, which vim honestly has better functionality in). My new goal is to cut out about an hour every day of this week and work through the weekend (during which I am going home, away from the hectic campus life), and try and come up with a 0.2 release in time for Diwali (huge Indian festival). Wish me luck!

In other matters, I have finally made a small webpage for Vimjuta, hosted on my webserver at: http://arun.chagantys.org/projects/vimjuta/.





FOSS Events @ Shaastra 2008

11 10 2008

As always, I’m a week late on this post. Shaastra, our annual techfest wrapped up on the 5th of October. This last week has been terribly hectic with all of our teachers catching up on lost time.

We handled three distinct “events”, namely a mini-FOSS conference, a HackFest, and of course the VC with Guido van Rossum. Looking back, we probably could have handled things better, but as a first attempt, I think we fared rather well. This is a retrospection of the event, in the hope that it will help others find out something that helped and a lot of things that didn’t.

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Big Red Button

1 10 2008

This is my entry for Shaastra’s Online Science Fiction Writing contest (Shaastra is my college’s annual technical festival). It was judged by Cory Doctrow, and won first place. I am estatic.

In retrospect, I’ve noticed several places where I really screwed up my “flow” and lost “coherency” (quotes because I can’t exactly define either) and other where I just pushed ahead too fast, but I guess Cory liked the underlying story (hey, I’m not complaining ;-)). Either way, credit where it’s due:

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • Kirtika Ruchandani for a proof read
  • The Acad block for instituting courses like BT101 (Introduction to Biology) and ID130 (Ecology and Environment) in a classroom of 120-140 students, without which I would never find the time to come up with a story line.

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