Presenting Quill

This morning I'll be presenting my paper on Quill, here at the Tcl/Tk conference in Portland. I'm looking forward to it eagerly.This conference has had a different feel than most, as we've had very little interaction with the surrounding downtown area. The conference proper begins Wednesday morning and ends around noon on Friday, and usually provides a lunch and dinner during that time. This time, however, the number of attendees was lower than expected, and since the hotel requires a … [Read more...]

Book Reader Notes: Kindle vs. iBooks vs. Google Play

Crows with book and glasses

I read mostly e-books these days, and mostly using the Kindle App on my iPad. I like; it works for me, and quickly becomes transparent for me: it's just me and the book.However, I do have a collection of e-books I've acquired for free. As an example, we bought a copy of a David Weber book a while back that had a CD of most of his books in ePub format. I copied them all into Calibre on my desktop, and in the past I'd read them using Apple's iBooks app. It worked well enough, even though … [Read more...]

On the Ground in Portland…

...where it is cold (by Los Angeles standards) and windy, but clear. I strolled up to Powells' City of Books, and nosed around for a bit, but mostly I've been at the conference hotel. It's a small conference this year, only 27 attendees, but I'm looking forward to it. … [Read more...]

Review: Gay and Catholic, by Eve Tushnet

Eve Tushnet has been blogging about being a celibate gay Catholic since the term "blogosphere" was shiny and new, and though I haven't followed her career closely I've been aware of her presence in the Catholic world for a long, long time. Thus, when I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of her book Gay and Catholic I jumped at it.I should probably begin by saying that this book was not written with people like me in mind. I'm straight and happily married with four kids. The book … [Read more...]

Oprah Winfrey and Catherine of Siena On Setting the World Ablaze

The Refiner's Fire

Some while back a FaceBook friend posted two quotes together:Oprah Winfrey:Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.Catherine of Siena:If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.But of course, these two statements aren't identical. Oprah's dictum is focussed completely on the individual: find out what brings out the best in you, and then bring that to the world. And that's good advice. But Catherine's subtext is … [Read more...]

A Few Words About

You can't spend long on-line these days without hearing about, that arbiter of Internet truth; and over the last year I've several times read anti-Snopes rants, along these lines: Who are these people? What are their credentials? They have no credentials! They pretend to be experts about subject XYZ, but they've got no training in XYZ! And so on, and so forth. Many of them call Snopes' political leanings into question.Here's the deal. is run by Barbara and David … [Read more...]

Quill v0.3.0

Quill v0.3.0 has now been released, and is available on the Quill Release Page. Binaries are available for OS X, Windows, and for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux.Quill is a project automation tool for Tcl/Tk projects. Quill creates project directory trees with skeleton code, and manages many project tasks, including running tests, building documentation, preparing libraries for inclusion in a teapot repository, building applications, and building distribution sets. Some of these capabilities … [Read more...]

High Geekiness is in the Forecast…

...with overcasts of nerdity in the early morning.This is to say that I'll be heading off to the Tcl/Tk Conference on Tuesday morning. It will occupy virtually all of my time from then to the end of the week; and in the meantime I need to beaver away on Quill so that I can deliver Quill v0.3.0 in time to share with folks at the conference. I've got more to add to the User's Guide, and a number of bugs to fix.I'll try to have something up every day during the next week, but let's not … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on Schism

Yesterday I made the somewhat cryptic comment, "But if we set ourselves against the Pope and the bishops as a general thing, then we are in schism already; and if we remain there the Church will leave us behind." When I said the "Church will leave us behind," here's what I was thinking.Consider the last two major schisms from the Catholic Church: the Society of St. Pius X, founded in 1970, and the Old Catholics, founded in (more or less) 1871. It's too early to tell what will happen with … [Read more...]