Saturday, December 28, 2013


I have converted the metadata of all my images from old proprietary schemes to XMP, for whatever it’s worth.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Guitar Pick Woes

I’ve bought a bunch of new guitar picks lately. One thing that bugs me is the fact that many Dunlop picks have a thin “molding seam” around their edge, which will affect the sound negatively until it has finally worn away. I have found that the picks by Fender are OK in this regard, so I’m sticking with them for now.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Velvet Underground & Nico

I’m 46 years late... better late than never. I just bought The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground, and I must say I like the unpolished “garage band” sound of it. The music is of course strong as well. This would be impossible to appreciate when I was younger, with stuff like Rush, Saga, Genesis, Yes, Alice Cooper and KISS as examples of my musical preferences.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vim and Control Characters in Mappings

I have mailed Mr. Bram Moolenaar, the author of Vim, about this, to no avail. Perhaps someone else has experienced the same issue. On to the subject:

It’s somehow impossible to use the character 0x1e (RS, Record Separator, etc.) on the right side of a mapping. An example:

    map ;r /^^/e+1^M

(where “^^” is the literal control character 0x1e, nothing else.)

The 0x1e character seems to disappear completely, so that the /^^/e+1^M will become //e+1^M when it gets executed. It does however show up normally when you type ‘map’. Very weird indeed. This bug has existed since version 6.0 (I have compiled every version back to 5.8). And in the latest version from Mercurial, 0x1c and 0x1d won’t work as well. What’s happening here?

I should add that Bram isn’t very helpful, having a generally snotty attitude. Too bad.

Monday, July 22, 2013


I’ve been using Emacs a bit lately. I’ve primarily been using Vi or Vim throughout the years, but due to a quirk/bug in Vim regarding the use of certain control characters on the right side of a mapping, I have recently given Emacs a try. It’s actually a pretty nice editor, once you trim the bells and whistles down to a minimum.

I’ve read many articles about the so called “Emacs Pinky” on the net. It seems most Emacs users use only the left Control key. Then I’m not surprised that the left pinky finger gets strained after a while. Proper typing involves using the right Control key as well, but it seems very few people are aware of this. I have so far no problems whatsoever, since I use both Control keys.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stack Overflow Moderator “animuson”

A moderator who calls himself “animuson” on Stack Overflow doesn’t want to face the truth. He has deleted all my postings regarding Python regular expression matching being extremely slow compared to Perl. Additionally my account has been suspended for 7 days. Such a dickwad.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Regular Expressions in Python (Any Version)

If it wasn’t for the excruciatingly slow regular expressions in Python, I might have given it more attention. I like the syntax, but due to the regular expression performance issues, it’s out of question for my purposes. I’m sticking with Perl.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Current List of ID3 genres

I’ve done a bit of “reverse engineering” of Winamp 5.63 in order to get the most current list of ID3 genres. The genre names are spelled exactly as in Winamp.