A “guest” post from Carl and Steve. Enjoy…
Agile Software Engineering
The bonsai tree in the sidebar changes every day. It loses the leaves slowly through the week until, at the end of the week, it has none left. As the new week begins, new leaves begin to sprout and the cycle repeats itself. The tree graphics were done using the free graphics tool Inkscape and the graphics switching using a small piece of PHP code. Please come back again tomorrow to see how the tree it doing.
Well, I’ve been posting photos from my latest holiday to Rome, but I haven’t really said all that much about the experience. Here goes nothing….
It isn’t the first time that I have been in this city. My parents took my brother and me to Italy and Sicily when I was younger and I found the experience nothing short of fantastic. Coming back here years later I find that I don’t remember all that much of the actual city. I have clear memories of the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but of street life, save for a few culinary experiences, very little.
This I was able to rectify by visiting many cafes and restaurants and enjoying exploring the streets with my girlfriend. The pasta was very good, the lasagna was always excellent and the pizzas divine. “Of course”, you might say, “this food comes from Italy”, but I had heard that many people had been disappointed because the food had not met with their (very) high expectations. For me, the food had surpassed expectations and I even had a few surprises. The Italians, it seems, also know how to do a good beer. I tried a type of beer that I never even knew existed: birra rossa.
One other thing worth mentioning is that I did not see a single Starbucks in Rome. Coffee seems to be taken very seriously in Italy and the American coffee culture does not seem work in this country. Does anybody have any theories?
Whenever I visit a place, no matter where, I always imagine what it would be like to live there. Before coming to Rome, I had done some small research into life in Rome so that I could better understand the lifestyle. I had read and thoroughly enjoyed the following article entitled “When in Rome, plan to go home”. Although I was not in the city long enough to verify any of the claims, I feel that I am too acclimatised to Germany, where everything more or less just works to move to a country which is described as “unbridled anarchy”.
There are some areas where I have no image, and the occasional person without legs, or a missing back of the head. These just add to the charm of the picture in my opinion
Actually, doing this panorama gave me an idea. It can be really annoying when you are visiting somewhere where there are some tourists and it is really hard to get a good picture without anybody in the frame. It would be really nice to simply be able to take 2 photos when the tourists are in different positions and have some software automatically remove them from the scene (replacing them with the background from the alternate photo and vice versa). This would probably not work very well in a scene as crowded as this one however.
Here is the icon that I made for the Jar Inspector project from Christoph Gerdes. Its now included in the latest release.
The beehive design collective is an organization creating amazing and unusual artwork to raise awareness on various political issues ranging from so called “Free Trade” to biotechnology (Mostly the themes are concerned with Latin American political issues). All of the artwork is first rate quality and several of the banners have so much detail and metaphors that it would take hours to “see” everything.