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The life and times of Zack Weinberg.

Monday, 25 February 2002

# 4 AM

Spent all day attempting to hack together the "flip viewer" that I've had a picture of inside my head for about a month, using Python's GTK wrapper. (This is the same thing that generated 27MB of HTML when I tried to do it that way.)

I have to say, they sure make it difficult to do simple stuff. Maybe it's just that the PyGTK documentation is crap, but you would think it would be straightforward to, oh, make a text widget scale itself according to what the text inside needs... nope. No way. Appears to be totally impossible.

Oddly enough, I remember having exactly the same complaint about CSS not so long ago.

I'm gonna wash dishes and go to bed; and in the morning I'm gonna resort to drawing pictures of this thing with a sketch program, because there's no way I'm going to get a working prototype in time for the presentations on Thursday.