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Geeze, nothing for nearly a month and a half, and that shortly after a post talking about how I should write here weekly.

As a quick update—which I seriously need to get back into the habit of doing here, don’t I?—I’m heading to Florida starting this coming Friday the 18th, and will be there for a week. My new job is somewhat less crazy now than it was over much of November, but during November it was… we’ll just say really hectic.

It often seems to be the case that people get more done on personal projects when they’re getting busy with other projects, and to some degree that’s even true with me. I’ve made progress on Claw & Quill in the last two weeks or so that I’m proud of, although a lot of it’s awfully nerdy stuff at this point. I’m going to put out another quasi-call for people who are interested in helping with coding. The site’s being written in Python using the Django framework; experience with either one isn’t strictly necessary (although it’s obviously helpful). There’s also going to be call for work with Javascript and jQuery (and jQuery UI), HTML 5, and other such markup-savvy stuff. A couple people have expressed interest in the past in a general way; if you’re still interested—or have become interested since—give me an idea of what you’re actually interested in and I’ll try to bring things to a point where I can start getting people on board shortly after the holidays.

Date: 2009-12-16 09:11 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm interested! Specifically, low-level feature implementation and bug squashing, that's my thing. HTML and JS, not so much. How would we keep in sync, by the way? Mailing-list?

Date: 2009-12-16 20:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A mailing list's possible, or just straight email, since there's not many people involved (counting Krinndnz below and you: three; Sebkha also expressed interest a while ago but I haven't pinged him since).

It looks like you both have accounts on C&Q's Trac, too (, although IIRC that doesn't give you access to the Mercurial repository. When my brain's in gear I'll fix that.

Date: 2009-12-18 19:49 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
From experience, a mailing-list works out better even for a small number of participants, 'cause communication is just a tiny little bit smoother when you don't have to remember who to email already. But then, I do admittedly tend to be a bit too obsessive about details. :)

I've been peeking into the Trac and, uh, pondering rigging up a script to extract the sources from its Web interface so I could toy around with it, but that was still on my pile of stuff to do. It'll be easier with Mercurial access, anyway. :)

Date: 2009-12-16 14:35 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also in, though I'm still totally an apprentice at all of these things.

Date: 2009-12-22 16:37 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! I'm a friend of [ profile] krinndnz's, and we were just talking about my nervous tick when it comes to coding things every now and then. I have a few weeks off of work, and I'm trying to find a project to do- when I mentioned to Krinn that I wanted to write up a writing site in PHP/jQuery, he pointed me here.

So uh... I can help, too if you need it. :)

Date: 2009-12-22 19:02 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I likely will -- the site I'm working on is being coded in Python/Django rather than PHP, but I do plan to be using jQuery as the Ajax library. (Python isn't that hard to pick up, although it's decidedly different from PHP's approach to things.)

At any rate, I've friended you and given you access to back entries in the Claw & Quill list here so you can see what I've been babbling about. There's a wiki/bug tracker/etc. at you can visit -- I'll give you a login there so you can actually see more than just the public wiki pages shortly. (I have to create an account and send you the password in email, or through a private message here.)

Date: 2009-12-23 18:13 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Python is a language I've always wanted to learn- and I suppose I'd have no better opportunity to do so then my two week vacation away from work! :)

If you'd like to create an account for me on the trackerwhatsit, that'd be great- my email address is (

I'd be happy to help with jQuery and Javascript things- and if I manage to obtain a reasonable enough grasp of Python over the next few months, I'd happily help in that department as well. I have been the "webmaster" for Alain Pinel Realtors for the past two years now- I add quotes as I do mostly web development. For a few examples of my work, check out the development blog ( I write for projects completed for APR.

My skills, in order of strength:
  • CSSW
  • PHP
  • Javascript
    • jQuery
    • MooTools
  • Photoshop1
  • Photography2
  • Cooking3
Where would you want me?

Side note: many of your friends are my friends too. I approve of this. :D

W W3C ( compliant, aiming for compatibility in all modern (versions released in the last 3 years) web browsers.
1 I've been using it for over a decade, mostly for the purposes of web design, layout and related purposes.
2 I'm an amateur with good framing instinct and a decent camera (Canon Digital Rebel XT)- relevant if you'd like to add more color and realism to the site design. Also, excuses to use my camera are good.
3 Hey, why not?


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