• I've been busy with work, iPhone development, and my car, so I haven't been posting here much. The rest of my family has been busy with their spring break.

    Last weekend, Melissa an I took a walk in the woods. We discovered a river running through our development that we never even suspected. Here are some pictures of what we found, especially the weird tree stalagmites. (Apologies for the blurriness of some pictures; they were taken by a 10-year-old with a cell phone. :-D)

  • On my way to work today, just outside UCF's parking garage C, SilentE reached 200,000 miles! I took a crappy picture as I coasted slowly, with other cars getting frustrated at me.

    Half a mile later I had the opportunity to take a decent picture at a stoplight.

    Of course, only a small portion of those are electric miles. But Honda Civic Wagons are kind of rare anyway, and 200,000 miles is a rare milestone in any car's life. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!

  • I'm still looking for a UML editor that fits my criteria, and I'm not stopping until I find one! Today I tried Dia, another Open Source editor recommended by Ubuntu's package manager.

    Unfortunately, Dia is really a drawing program with UML objects, not a UML editor. Let's look at the details.

    Continue reading "Rating UML Editors: Dia"


  • I intend to keep going until I find a UML editor that fits my criteria. Onto the burning sands a new challenger comes: ArgoUML! As a developer, I chose the latest beta: 0.28.Beta_4.

    I never would have found this if it hadn't been for Laurent's review of UML tools; I just searched aptitude for anything with UML in the description, and it's not in the Ubuntu or Debian repositories. Of course, Laurent just wants to draw diagrams. I want some more modeling functionality.

    Let's see what ArgoUML has to offer.

    Continue reading "Rating UML Editors: ArgoUML"


  • For Pi Day, we made t-shirts. It's the first 10,000 digits of Pi (including the integer part and the decimal point) arranged in a 100x100 square. The greek letter Pi is imposed as a rainbow over some of the digits.

    Tatiana got the first one so she could wear it when she went to her math competition. She was the fashion goddess of her team (and took 7th place individual, 2nd place team).

    The rest of the family wore their shirts to the award ceremony. If we get the chance, we'll take a picture of them someday. For now, our camera isn't working. But our Pi are square!