Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I am going to attend the first DjangoCon in a couple weeks. Sorry if you have heard about this too late, all the spots are taken. The Django 1.0 release party is still open, however.

Django has been great to use. It's a huge leap from how I used to have to do data-backed Web sites. It does the same things Rails does but for a Python environment, which I prefer.

I look forward to meeting other django-heads for the first time since I started using it. I'm sure I can learn a lot.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Warning: Knitting content has returned, because I need a place to post this picture.

Claudia asked for solutions to keeping sock knitting on the sock needles while carrying it around, and my favorite solution is a little fabric pocket. I measured the fabric an inch wider than the length of the sock needles in question, on the bias so that there would be stretch. Then the pocket is sewn up as shown in the diagram, with extra seams to keep the sock needles from popping out. The knitting hangs out the opening of the pocket, with the flap to fold over (probably optional).

I did my own two pockets in cotton and silk, finishing the raw edgings with a little rolled hem. A super fast hemless solution would be to use a small square of slightly stretchy fleece fabric, which needs no edge finishing.

The reason this works as well as the point protectors is that the hole on the pocket is smaller than the needles are, so it holds the knitting -- remember, the knitting remains mostly outside of the pocket -- narrowly on the center of the needles. It's the same principle as the sock knitting tubes sold here but cheaper.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Google announced support for the CalDAV standard, and explained how to view a Google calendar in Apple's iCal client. There are a few glitches but it's a developer-focused release and they've solicited bug reports.

I would be very interested to know how their WebDAV logic (underlying CalDAV) plays with their Atom logic (underlying the GData API). I'm sure Google Calendar is not the only implementation to support both protocols to view and modify the same data, and there will be more.

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