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Hood: example application for jcouchdb 0.10.0-1

On the occasion of presenting CouchDB and jcouchdb at my place of work, I got around to finally create a small example application that is now downloadable as sneak preview. There need to be bugs fixed, features implemented and lots of documentation to be added, but it kind of works.

It’s called “Hood” for neighbourhood and allows you to mark places or people around a place of activity of yours, called hood. it is meant to foster collaboration / tips on local places etc.

It’s Spring Web Application demonstrating some techniques of working with jcouchdb. It’s an eclipse WTP/Spring IDE project with all dependencies you need besides couchdb and tomcat or another servlet container.

Stay tuned for hood to grow into a fullblown app.

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Twitter/IRC integration with boticelli

I have been planning to release my IRC bot project as open source for quite a while now and the recently added twitter integration gave me the final push to actually do it. So now I am proud to announce the inital release of boticelli, a java / spring IRC bot/web application based on the martyr IRC library. Its mean to be easily configurable and extendable and ships with lots of plugins already included.

Available Plugins:

  • Logging – log channel conversation and provide a web interface to browse and search them
  • Seen – Remembers when a user last spoke in the channel
  • FAQ – Manages a keyword list of FAQ keywords that are matched to a description. Useful to provide answers for reoccuring topics in the channel.
  • AccountCreator?/Revoke/Grant – commands to automatically create accounts for the webapplication and to revoke / grant web app access rights (for ops)
  • ServerPing? – plugin that detects broken connections and makes the bot reconnect.
  • Say – plugin to let the bot say something or make it do something (a CTCP Action)
  • Twitter – two way integration into twitter over a bot specific twitter account.

So if you’re into old-school IRC fun, head over to google code and grab yourself a copy.

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Disappointed..

The decision of my people in the federal election 2009 deeply disappoints me. How can anyone vote a party whose liberal economic policies drove us into the crisis? Both Guido Westerwelle and Angela Merkel have of course populistically criticized the most grotesque proliferations of this policies (which result from the fact that the believers from the church of the invisible hand across the Atlantic and the channel are even less social and unscrupulous), but have advocated this disastrous economic policies with word and deed and drove us where we still are, even if many want to ignore this. Fuck the poor, the future of our planet — we need MOAR.

A Logo for couchdb

I was feeling kind of bored today, so I started working on a logo for jcouchb
jcouch db logo

jcouch db logo

Things from my hard drive: Afra Idofabe

Afra Idofabe
More than two years ago, for some reason I don’t really recall, there were free .be domains to be had. I think it was some kind of marketing for —  a new hosting service? — can’t remember. So we toyed around with funny domain names idea. Registering obiwankeno.be was almost naturally.. and then there was afraidofa.be, potential bee-allergic-central, or like I mentioned in an alternative interpretation a guy named Afra Idofabe. Starting from that name I imagined a bee with an afro hairdo, looking kind of threatening, but fun.. and in contrast to all those other ideas like this, this one actually ended pretty well.

The initial sketch did not bring over the my idea very well, so it was received with very little enthusiam. The version you see was made in Inkscape, which I can’t recommend often enough as excellent free (as in freedom) vector graphics tool. I just imported a scan of my initial sketch and handtraced it with splines and stuff..

I still like the result..

Value Conservatism

no english translation

Ignorance does not prevent loss of rights

No english translation yet

Killergames in the Bundeswehr

When a 19 year old likes to play digital cops and robbers (aka Counter-strike)  here in Germany, our goverment is quick to renounce this as “killer game” that is totally not consistent with the human dignity our basic law holds so high. If he goes to Afghanistan with our military (“die Bundeswehr”) to bomb fuel trucks, it’s not only no war, he serves our democracy and an important mission in the war against terror. This hypocrisy totally makes me sick. Somehow no one could yet explain to me what we’re actually doing down there — apart from the obvious motivations to brown-nose the Americans. So we marched in with the UN to beat our democratic values into the taliban, but in the end we did not really want to go through with it. So now we’re defending a government, under which women still are stoned to death for adultery, with the lives of our soldiers — just because the enemy happens to be even more inhumane. I still don’t get it.

Majority of german welfare recipients wouldn’t move for a job

no english translation yet

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Wahl-o-mat 2009

Just found out that the new Wahl-o-mat for the upcoming federal elections in Germany. The Wahl-o-mat asks you a couple of questions and tells you how similar your political views are compared to a number of political parties. The result was not really a surprise for me:

wahl-o-mat

Interesting is the even higher match with “the Left” party than with the pirate party. Principially I would not mind a left alternative in the elections, but “THE LEFT” isn’t going to be it. I don’t trust them.

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