Earlier this week, I did some more work on my HTMLArchive program. At this point, I can read in a file, find the <ARCHIVE> tag embedded in it, grab any attributes that might be in the tag and store them somewhere for use later, and even search for a list of files according to a regular expression (POSIX, in fact). It's been good.
However, I still have more work to do. I need to store the files I've found in my spiffy format, then run through them, gathering whatever information I need to modify them. Eventually, I should be able to get barest feature set in place.
Once that's done, I'll finish adding some of the more important details, and post a first release somewhere (most likely through Freshmeat).
Meanwhile, Tony and Jason came by for a visit this Saturday. We hadn't seen them since sometime in November. We traded gifts, ate dinner, and watched a few episodes of Southpark on my DVD player.
I swear, that show gets funnier when you have other folks watching it with you.
On a less-than-funny note, I just got some mail regarding my grandmother's estate. It basically stated that my grandmother's last will and testament was admitted to probate. Talk about a weird feeling...
My sister sent me a lightswitch plate for a three-gang set, and a socket for the same. They're beautiful! According to her note, it takes her about 1.5 hours to make one of these things. We've always had a weird way of knowing stuff about each other; for the last week or so, I had this thought in my mind that I really needed to replace a number of my plates for darker ones, so I could find them more easily in low-light situations.
Unfortunately for me, I have no three-gang light-switch sets in my condo. I haven't had a chance to tell my sister this yet, but I suppose she'll probably figure it out if she reads this web page.
To be honest, though, they're so cool, I'd be willing to buy some from her.
Last thing, and then I'll quite writing... my sister strongly recommended a certain e-mailing list. I normally avoid putting myself on mailing lists, since I'm bombarded with a lot of e-mail as it is, but my sister said this guy's writing was worth the extra bandwidth. After the first bit of writing I got, I have to agree.
In earlier times, back when I enjoyed burning a lot of time on electronic bulletin board systems (BBSes), folks had a tendency to put some thought into their writing. Folks had thoughtful responses. Or at least, a few people did, and you could filter out the crap you weren't interested in. Thanks to America Online, this wonderful tradition (as it existed in the Internet) has died; any nimrod can post to Usenet, utterly destroying any hope of being able to filter out the noise.
Chester seems to help bring back the older tradition of thoughtful, amusing writing that I used to enjoy from the Golden Days of geekdom. His rant about his attempts to grow a beard left me with a light heart. I hope my response was as entertaining.
You can check out his web site at ChesterNet.
Anyway, that's enough for now. Catch you folks later.