SpotifyStatusApplet v1.3 Beta 1

SpotifyStatusApplet Playing

A small update to SpotifyStatusApplet has been released as a beta.

This version fixes a critical issue with newer versions of Spotify that prevent the applet from working. Thanks JeffreyO.

It also adds the (much requested) feature of playback control using the remaining soft keys: 2 – previous, 3 – play/pause toggle, 4 – next. Thanks JeffreyO.

More information is available on the Project Page.

Ode to IBM Rational Rhapsody

Ode to Rhapsody

to the tune of “Comme d’habitude” / “My Way”

And now,  the end is here Pentagram_and_human_body_(Agrippa)
And so I face, the final codegen
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I state my Use Case, I’ll draw a Lifeline
I’ve declared a class that’s pure
I created each and every dependency
And more, much more than this, I did it in Rhapsody


Branches, I’ve merged a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without testing
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the activity
And more, much more than this, I did it in Rhapsody


Yes there were time, I’m sure you’ll mention
When I lost my rag, adding functions
But through it all, there is still doubt
Should it be In, InOut or Out
I chose them all, I felt small, I did it in Rhapsody


I’ve waited, I’ve waited and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of generating
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think, I did all that
And may I sat, not in an efficient way
Oh no, oh no not me, I did it in Rhapsody


For what is a shared pointer, what has it got
If not newed, then it should be nought
To be the thing it truly feels, must be cast dynamically
The model grows, the model slows, I did it in Rhapsody


Yes, it was Rhapsody


P.S. The etymology of Rhapsody leads us back to Greece; rhaptein ‘to stitch’ + ōidē ‘song, ode’.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.


Antimatter Poster

During university I produced a poster on the topic of Antimatter as part of a Communicating Science module.

I put this up on the web in 2007 and years on, I am seeing traffic to the site driven by a link contained in a Rutgers assignment concerning Information Design. Unfortunately, across the years the poster image had become unavailable…. until now. While the poster was discoverable via a Google search (finding it hosted without permission on other sites, another story) in order to help out those eager students I will post it here permanently.