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Some new tricks

Teaching the blog some new tricks

Year, I know. This blog is not really used as often as I hoped I would. I have quite some material on my hard drive and in my brain that I'd like to dump here: Example scripts for science, some django stuff and so on. But for now, at least one new post: I've taught the blog some new tricks. Let's go through them one by one.

1 Restructured Text

The first thing was that I changed away from markdown syntax for my entries to RestructuredText. The reason for this is pretty simple: I prefer the syntax (it is much easier to read in text form) and it offers more flexibility. What kind of flexibility? Read one.

2 Support for code snippets

Following along the lines of Josh VanderLinden's excellent post I implemented syntax highlighting using pygments. This allows me to show code snippets in various languages, like for example python:

k = "hello world"
print k.title()

Or for example LaTex:

e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0

I like it a lot, this will make posting programming stuff a lot easier.

3 Latex support

The last new trick I want to rant about is LaTeX support. For example, the above formula looks like this in the blog:

Those three changes all together will make it a lot easier to post about scientific stuff in the future. Let's see if I do it this time.

Me@26c3

26c3 in Berlin

As usually, I am at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin between the years together with huega. We are a quite reduced number of people this year for various reasons: The first one is that most of our direct friends chickened out and stayed at home. The second reason is that the CCC did put a hard limit on tickets sold this year. This is sad, because not everybody that came to Berlin could attend, but this is also good because the congress is not totally overcrowded: You have a chance to attend the talks you are interested in and occasionally you get a place to sit down and hack for a bit.

I did various things on the congress already:

  • I invested some time in lua and learned how to embed it into C/C++.
  • I continued my work on fbuild and wrote a cython builder for it. It still sucks, that's why you can't find it yet on the internet. Eric was so nice to implement some features which made my life much easier.
  • I made a MiniPov V3 and learned how to use the AVR toolchain. This is quite impressive: The processor has more potential then the PICs I currently use for my projects and the tool chain is easier to use. To get acquainted with it, I wrote a software PWM that made the LEDs on the MiniPov fade in and out. This took less than 30 minutes. Impressive!
  • I finally took some time to pimp my blog. See previous post. Hopefully this will push me to more often post some content here.

Okay, enough chit-chat. Next talk is coming up.

Oh, here is a picture of me happily hacking away taken by huega. And another of me waving my brand new MiniPOV.

me @26c3me waving my MiniPov