December 19th, 2003

beartato phd

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I really wish I could order blueprints of my dreams.

I was following some guy, and he proposed a shortcut to get to CMU by cutting through another college which, factually, does not exist. I think they specialized in some kind of engineering. In any event, we passed by a bunch of students there, wearing shiny futuristic uniforms. My guide asked me, rhetorically, kio en la uniformoj estas la plej multekosta? I can't remember if I guessed, or whether he ever answered. But while wandering through one building of the campus-that-wasn't, there was this one magnificent tower, whose function, I think, was nothing more interesting than being a stairwell. It had platforms and passageways, ascending and descending, attached to the curving walls, and stretching out free across the center of the cylinder, and bending around and past each other in just barely phyisically possible ways. It was like looking at some sort of architectural Kama Sutra. I woke up some time later during a much boringer part of the dream, listening to a noisy cement truck.
beartato phd

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Spent some of today hacking on a little client-side doohickey inspired by a suggetion of adam's to see if I could learn me some javascript. I managed to, but good lord is it irritating. Proof of concept is at
http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~jcreed/gerda.html

Don't bother trying to click on any of the links --- the only point of them is to have title attributes so that hovering over them gives (some approximation of) an english gloss of a word. I'm sure there is some far cleaner CSSy way of accomplishing that much better, but I don't really care right now.

I think adam's original idea, if I remember correctly, was doing it as a proxy or something. I think that would be The Way, rather than a pure js approach.