Monthly Archives: July 2008

Checkers

What a wonderful day. Caitlin and I cleared out the last of our old place (it is so good to be gone from there), and then after school Nefarious and I first played some checkers and then went swimming and did loads of diving — today she touched the bottom at the deep end of the pool. Nine feet is very deep for someone who’s only been swimming for, what, two weeks?! She had a bubble bath while I cooked supper (lots of okra in a stirfry) and sang along loudly to Hoppipolla, inventing her own lyrics. After supper, we played more checkers (one of our new games, along with Othello) with M&Ms… a great way for someone who loves chocolate to learn, since you get to eat the pieces you take!

Other that that, Caitlin’s “shy” (that’s the nice way to put it) cat was moved here today. She’s always terrified moving to a new place, and there’s really not anywhere to hide here because it’s a much smaller place, so she decided that the best place would be behind the planters and in the crack at the edge of the balcony. So our downstairs neighbors may wake up with a cat, haha…

Kill Zone

Admittedly, I rarely update the site since I mostly post kit cars these days, but I posted a few pictures to my military photo site today… If you know people who have photos that would be good to post, please do pass them my email address and the URL.

Watering the trees

Not that she hasn’t been told not to repeat this stunt, but below our windows are just trees and rarely anyone walks, so I’m not too worried that anyone got an unpleasant surprise. That said, it’s been so incredibly hot here that I suspect on some levels it would be a quite welcome surprise!

We had another long evening swimming, so I made a quick stir-fry for supper with lots of okra in it. Caitlin hates okra and is out for the evening, so I took advantage of the opportunity to cook it. She’d warned Nefarious yesterday that it was an utterly revolting vegetable, so when Nefarious took her first “review” bite, she confirmed that it was terrible… However, after that, I noticed that she picked out all the okra and happily ate it before everything else — kids do like eating snot after all — and admitted that she did like it but that it would be best if I didn’t reveal that to Caitlin.

Craiglist Search Tool

I’ve made some more updates to the software and made a new permanent (non-blog) page for the tool here: http://www.zentastic.com/blog/zenclsh/. Thanks for the feedback so far.

Update: By request, Kijiji support has been added.

Other than that, Nefarious is totally swimming now, and can dive across half the pool, swim all over the deep end, and so on… There was another little kid at the pool yesterday that was scared of the water, but after seeing Nefarious swimming, and hearing that she taught herself, she jumped into the water and had her dad take her all over pool, and by the end of the evening she was trying to crawl into the deep end, shouting, “I’m brave, I’m brave!”

Hopefully what they say about swimming being an innate skill is true!

Zentastic Craigslist Search Harvester (GUI)

THIS TOOL HAS BEEN MOVED HERE:
http://www.zentastic.com/blog/zenclsh/

Alright… I’ve rewritten this tool with a proper GUI. As with the command line version, this lets you search Craigslist in bulk, across multiple cities for multiple terms, and over multiple days as well if you’d like, with new entries being tagged as such. Here’s the download link:

zenclsh.zip (39k)

Yes, it’s really only 39k. No additional libraries are needed either. No bloatware here! Just copy the executable and the two support files (the city list and the list of searches you want to do) into a directory and click the executable. Here’s a screen shot of it running and some basic instructions on how you use it (it’s pretty self-explanatory really):

And what that all means:

A. This is the name of the results file. It’s an HTML file that you can view in your browser. It defaults to “zenclsh.html” but you can call it whatever you want. It will auto-load when you begin, but it won’t auto-save.

B. Press this button to load the previous searches from the results file. You don’t have to do this unless you are using a different filename from the default.

C. Press this button to save your search results (with all new search finds tagged as “NEW”) and view them in the browser. This will also save your most recent cities and searches.

D. If you forget stuff, it’s got context-sensitive help.

E. This button starts a search, or, if a search is already running, kills it.

F. This is the list of cities to search. It’s a text box that you can edit. One city per line. Lines beginning with a ‘#’ are ignored. You can also edit this file in a text editor (“clcities.txt”).

G. This is the list of things to search for. Lines beginning in ‘#’ are ignored. You can either enter just a term, in which case all sections (ie. section “sss”) are searched, or you can enter a section followed by a comma, followed by the term (ie. “clt,victrola” for all victrolas in collectibles, or “car,mustang” for all Mustangs in cars and trucks, and so on).

H. Various information about what the program is doing (ie. a log) is outputted here.

I. This progress bar tells you how far through the current search task you are.

…and aw crap, after I made my graphic I realized I didn’t give that URL list a letter!!! It’s the results, which are updated live as the search is running. You can use it just to see what’s happening, and you can also double click on any entry and instantly view it in your browser, so you can peruse the search results before the search task is complete.

Consider this a “public alpha test”. Any feedback or feature requests are greatly appreciated. This version doesn’t have source code included but I will include it in the final version.