Sorry to start with the weather again, but the point is that there is
definitely something wierd happening. Exactly a week ago, on the last
week-end I was cold. And this week has been pretty warm. Well, "warm" is
not the word to describe it, because during several days it was +25C.
Now it's getting colder again. Like a sinusoid.
A typical East European autumn.. Yellow leaves, cold winds, drunk mugs..
In such a season there is a temptation to relax, and just watch the
outside world and oneself. To go to nirvana until the spring comes. No
way. My appartment here, which is very like Dracula's castle judging
from Bram Stoker's description, with a lot of rooms and only one mirror,
has got a problem this week. An outside glass in one of the windows got
broken. The whole part of the glass had just gone, and I couldn't even
notice any splinters on the still. Because of that it got much colder in
my sleeping room. But that's not all. Barking of dogs every morning
became louder. Once I even tried to find out how much it would cost to
get a gun here, but then gave up because of its being too expensive.
As to my Free software activities, recently I wrote an interface for
dictionaries. Current name of the project is groan, though I'm looking
for better names. Its aim is to replace the console version of
(Russian unix guys might know). Dictionary format of the
latter is already supported by groan. Reading and searching dictionaries
are performed pretty fast. The main idea is to create a universal UI for
dictionaries of any language, with support both for local files and dict servers
. Before the first version
sees the world, I have only to finish the minimal doc and dialog for
adding/removing dictionaries. I believe it'll be done during the next
By the way, I'm actively looking for Russian-Romanian or
English-Romanian dictionary in text file or in any other format which
can be converted into text. It would help me to attract Romanian users,
and also to learn the language. Currently I have only two dictionaries
in book format, which is not ok for me. I'd rather prefer something more
digital, and not for Windows.
Here in Romania I'm frequently asked about impressions I have from the
country. And every time I have to answer that something is to be written
soon. It's gonna be a sequence of stories. Hope, next week I'll find one
or two hours in the evening to spend for such a nice affair. I will
start right with my coming to the country. Main ideas are already
written down. So, prepare yourselves :)