Mozilla innovations

Mozilla has publicized a  lot of fun projects recently, the most recent being Mozilla Bespin.

It's nice too see so much efforts put into innovation, especially since it's based on open standards and open source software. It also makes the browser and the web itself more and more interesting which is a good reason for big web companies to support them (like Google's funding ((and also Microsoft's cooking ;) )) ). Anyway with so much openness also in the research projects, it must be fun to be a developper at Mozilla Labs.

On a side note, with the prospect of integrating Ubiquity into Bespin IDE , I guess I've been right to set Ubiquity's keybinding to Alt+x (aka M-x) right from the begining :D

They call me "geometric algebra"

According to the Springer GTM test I'm algebraic geometry. TO be honest that's a pretty good guess for such a short test.

If I were a Springer-Verlag Graduate Text in Mathematics, I would be Robin Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry.

My creator studied algebraic geometry with Oscar Zariski and David Mumford at Harvard, and with J.-P. Serre and A. Grothendieck in Paris. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1963, he became a Junior Fellow at Harvard, then taught there for several years. In 1972 he moved to California where he is now Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. My siblings include "Residues and Duality" (1966), "Foundations of Projective Geometry (1968), "Ample Subvarieties of Algebraic Varieties" (1970), and numerous research titles. My creator's current research interest is the geometry of projective varieties and vector bundles. He has been a visiting professor at the College de France and at Kyoto University, where he gave lectures in French and in Japanese, respectively.

My creator is married to Edie Churchill, educator and psychotherapist, and has two human sons and one daughter. He has travelled widely, speaks several foreign languages, and is an experienced mountain climber. He is also an accomplished musician, playing flute, piano, and traditional Japanese music on the shakuhachi.

Which Springer GTM would you be? The Springer GTM Test

Via this blog.

The teapot is back...

I've just posted a a fex shots in my gallery, playing one more time with mly brand new teapot, and a brand new tripod.

Un symbole, oui mais lequel ?

On this additional picture I'm pretty sure to mimic a well known japanese symbol, except that I'm not that sure anymore, and I've also forgoten the meaning of it. Dear lazyweb, as they say, could you help me on this ? :)

Todo list oppositionelle

Apparemment c'est la semaine où les suggestions fusent pour les bonnes résolutions (à venir) de nos politiques.  Et d'ailleurs voilà une bonne idée à reprendre pour quand l'oppositon décidera de revenir sur la scène politique: Le Parti Pirate fait un carton en Suède (ReadWriteWeb France).

Je vois déjà un grand avenir pour les prochains transfuges du PS qui créeront leur propre parti pirate pour défendre les mêmes principes. A moins que ça ne vienne des réformateur du PCF (le Parti Corsaire Français ?).

Processing goodness

The Processing library that initially targeted at graphics designers, has recently been released in a stable version, and I've just found the time to have a quick look at it. Processing lancé sur Ubuntu Intrepid 64

A few features impressed me right "out of the box":

  • the IDE is well designed I think:
    • straightforward: only the necessary elements are displayed: run/stop buttons and the usual saving ones
    • elegant with nice shapes and colors (even the syntactic highlighting matches the colors from the rest of the GUI)
    • the documentation is easily accessible by right-clicking on a keyword (( I'd certainly like to put this in my MathBench project ))
  • the packaging has been made carefully, though it's probably been made easier with the use of Java and an open source license, some stuff is really meaningful to me:
    • it installed without a glitch on my Ubuntu64
    • the IDE offers an export function that make it possible to turn a simple script in a standalone application (to do some demos, and/or to put it on the web)
    • there are a lot of sample scripts available that are really helpful to find out about the library's various features and the way to use them.

I haven't looked at the scriting language in detail, yet, but from what I saw in the sample scripts and also from the good reputation of the library on the net, I guess I should not be deceived.

The Xmas effect ?

I guess this time of the year will bring us much more stuff of this kind, but well... whatever the time of the year it's still a good time to point at it (and a cheap way to compensate the other crappy posts :) )

The girl effect: as if Muhammad Yunus had fallen asleep on his keyboard, and we saw his thoughts as a slideshow... (via PresentationZen it's also interesting from a design point of view)