Headache, bad; also lack-of-sleep issues; so I'm not at Balticon
today. I'll probably be there tomorrow evening, but don't know yet
what time I'll be showing up (playing a gig elsewhere in the afternoon
and don't know how late the event will go). Today my plan was to
conserve my strength for tomorrow, but a few urgent things had to be
done first, and I got sucked into one or two less-urgent tasks as well.
So I probably won't get the wheel anniemal found for me
modified to attach to the endpin of the double bass by tomorrow ...
though there's a small chance of that still.
I've been meaning to install a software development kit for PalmOS --
y'know: cross-compiler, emulator, etc. -- but hadn't gotten around to
it. Now my getting around to it has been pushed back a bit farther ...
because I stumbled across native development tools that I'll
be playing with for a while. I haven't installed OnboardC yet because
some glitchy misconfiguration somewhere makes inconvenient things
happen every time I hotsync (so I'll do it when I feel like coping
with undoing the side effects -- if a local Palm expert wants to help
me fix the underlying problem sometime, that'd be great), but before I
found that, I'd installed a copy of SmallBASIC. BASIC probably isn't
the right tool to try to write an improved ABC viewer in, but I've been
tinkering in that direction anyhow. So far I've been playing with the
graphics commands and putting together routines for drawing the staves
and the symbols. I should be able to do that much more tidily
when I get around to switching to C, but hey, I'm still having fun so
far. (That'll stop about the time I hit the maximum program size and
discove I only have two thirds of a parser coded, or something, I'm
Having a native language means I don't have to keep uploading the
compiled code to the PDA, and it means that I can tinker at the kitchen
table or on the toilet or away from home. It means dealing with a
A native development environment on a PDA also means that much
more temptation to skip any semblance of proper, thought-out design
and just start coding and see where I wind up. And it means not
having a proper editor, having to stroke all the code in using
Graffiti instead of typing it, risking God-knows-what side effects
of a stray pointer, looking at my code a tiny screenful at time,
and discharging the battery in a hurry, so I've still got plenty
of reason to install a cross-compiler and develop code under Linux
or Windows when I finally decide to take the trouble to hunt down
and install all those pieces.
One thing about starting this in BASIC with an expectation of
changing to C later is that I can use what I'm doing now as a
rough draft and not be upset about ripping up huge chunks of it
when I realize there's a better approach. I won't be tempted to
salvage anything that should really be thrown away, since I'd
still have to re-code it.
Now if I had a native Java development environment on the Clie,
I'd have a big incentive to finally get around to teaching myself
Java like I'd planned for so long. I'd grab a PalmOS native C++
compiler if I stumbled across one as well. But somehow I cannot
bring myself to daydream about having ForTran or COBOL on it ...
(OTOH, I wonder how useful Lisp would be on a PDA.)
The other thing that having a BASIC interpreter on the Clie
means is that it's convenient to type in that AI program I stole
from madbodger *mumble* years ago. :-)
That was the first thing I did with it, of course.
I've documented how-many-measures-of-what each track on
Home, the second
Homespun Ceilidh Band CD, is. This is for dancers who
want to know, for example, that the "Saut du Lapin" set is 208
measures long. I'm not sure yet where this info will eventually
wind up, but it'll be made available (on our web site, at least).
I need to do this for Spinning Reels, our first album,
And now I'm going to read some email and then either close
my eyes for a spell or tinker with note-beaming algorithms in
BASIC, depending on how much effect this dose of ibuprofen has
on my headache.
anniemal talks about guarding my sleep and trying
to take care of me when we're together (I can be frustrating to
take care of, not because I don't want help, but because I so
very much don't want to need taking-care-of ... and because
I feel guilty about not being more fun); my feeling better
after she'd been here a day or so is quite unlikely to have been
mere coincidence. Alas, it only took a couple of days of pushing
myself to deal with Things With Looming Deadlines to mess me up
again. A couple more things to deal with (after some
rest) and tomorrow's gig(s), and then I can try to get back on
track in terms of sleep, energy, and pain-management. I did at
least have the sense yesterday to not try to squeeze in one more
thing I'd really wanted (but not absolutely needed) to get done.
And speaking of looming deadlines, the Pennsic pre-registration
deadline is mere days away. If you're going and haven't registered
yet, go make sure your group's land allotment includes you.