Barcodes are Fun
Schoen: Aye. Barcodes are indeed fun. I’ve worked for bookshops in the past (and now do geeky stuff for them), both wholesale and retail, and managed to score myself a real barcode scanner in the process – barcodes from three feet, etc. These bookshops spent a packet getting microfiche, and then CD-ROM subscriptions.
The CD-ROMs were useful only with the software provided, and applications developers interested in interfacing with the data could only do so by either paying disgusting licence fees and displaying a logo, or by capturing and parsing the data from a print-to-file function. Sent me bananas.
I’ve been concocting Free Software ideas for these bookshops, but bibliography has always been too big a project for one man. A while back I spoke with Raph after finding out about his bibref.org idea.
Sadly, Raph is both Full of Ideas… and a Very Busy Man. I offered my help at the time, and that offer still stands: It would satisfy me greatly to see this sort of information liberated, and opened for wider use and contribution.
NetHunter is constantly poking me for my new icon designs for <project>GnomeICU</project>, I might put up candidacy for the <project>Gnome</project> Foundation (I don’t know if energy, idealism, and a fanatical devotion to the pope^W^WFree Software is enough), linux.conf.au is going to rock (come on January), I guess Raph hasn’t put in my Advogato project tag patch yet ;D, I’m doofing my head against the wall doing the Sawfish capplet docs (man what a sucker I am…), and to boot, I just shaved my head.
Seeing my ex-girlfriend again.
/me walks into a glass door.
[ Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon ]