get my creation on

The time has come for me to fish or cut bait. I’ve got everything I need to be an expressive, creative force; it’s time to put that into action.

Today I ordered some clay and wire to make stop-motion animations. As soon as my paypal account gets refunditized I’m going to order a tripod of some kind – probably one of those cheap-ass 4″ mini-tripods – so I can keep my camera steady during the animations. None of the stop-motion packages I saw wanted to work with a digital camera- they all wanted to work with firewire based video cameras. Frametheif claims it will get there soon – at which time I may use it.

In the mean time, if I have to composite the frames one by one in iMovie, well gosh darn it, I will 😉

I got Gimp installed via fink; the return of non-antialiased text does not amuse me in the slightest. I hope someone gets the gumption to aquafy it. I seem to recall Gimp having some animation-making features – I’ll have to look into those.

My creative efforts are going to focus mostly on my website. This may include writing little convenience client apps for me if it turns out that pyobjc is easy enough to use.

This week my goal is to get some sort of progress on the photo-gallery front. I expect to steal extensively from rbicker’s photo product, with the obvious caveat that I’m not going to touch Zope with a 5’9″ Pole.

4 thoughts on “get my creation on

  1. Subject: why not zope?
    I want to have extensive revision control, for which I need to be able to check things in and out of subversion, and programmatically extract given revisions. Doing everything inside the ZODB would make this difficult at best.

  2. Subject: Re: why not zope?
    I use redirectors for that. If I reorganised and moved something, I leave a Redirector object at the old location.

    Your choice of wording (“not going to touch Zope with a 5’9″ Pole”) suggested stronger reasons for avoiding Zope.

  3. Subject: why not zope?
    Redirectors are an answer to part of the problem – what do you do if something moves. They are not – even taken with zope’s undo facility – a comprehensive revisioning system, capable of branches, etc.

    My other reasons include:

    I don’t want to have, nor pay for, a through-the-web programming model and its attendant security complexity and restrictions on behaviour.

    I don’t want an object database that imperfectly impersonates a filesystem when I can get a real filesystem for much cheaper that doesn’t fall down in a case that I care about (transferring large files).

    I don’t want a system where everything is done dynamically by default and you must go to some effort to cache things through eating up your ram or layering yet another program on top like squid or apache. I would rather take a static-by-default approach as most of my content will be largely static, and I preferr to optimize for the common case.

    I don’t want to use any templating system; I feel that your DTD should present enough information to allow you to manipulate your content, and that xhtml most certainly qualifies. xmltramp and pymeld are two examples heading in the right direction.

    The big picture is that I feel that zope makes some core assumptions that make many fairly simple things much more convoluted, and makes my specific design requirement – *everything* lives in a revision control system – nigh impossible.

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