December 21st, 2008

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Torah in codex form

I wonder if there are temples that use the Torah in codex form (bound pages), rather than the traditional scroll. There just have to be some, no? Printed books if not handwritten ones (since I imagine there are few people willing to handletter a codex when they could be handlettering a scroll, though what do I know).
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Scripting in Ant

Ant, unlike TeX up until LuaTeX, has a built-in scripting language. However, I’d rather use something off the rack. It turns out that there is an interpreter in the public domain, written in Objective Caml (in which Ant is written, thank goodness) for a subset of a rather old version of the Lua language. This may be my best bet.

It would really be nice to have bindings for current versions of scripting languages, but bindings get to be a lot of work, even if using automatic tools like swig. It would be really nice, indeed, to have bindings for multiple scripting languages, as GIMP does (Guile, Python, Perl, and I don’t know what else). But a subset of an old version of Lua may suffice.

I may get into setting up Lua scripting sooner rather than later, no small thanks to there being this implementation written in OCaml itself. There is a decent chance that I’ll also remove the original scripting language, so I don’t have to maintain it.

Since Ant stands for ‘Ant is Not TeX’, I could name the new version ‘Luana’, for ‘LUAna is Not Ant’, but probably I would not do that; the particular scripting language isn’t important, and ideally you could have plug-in support for many languages. I’d perhaps leave the original scripting language in place if I didn’t mind maintaining it.

(I also have the idea of linking somehow to Icon, but there isn’t much support for using Icon in that way.)
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Listen to what people say

1. Hillary Clinton said she and Obama would be fine, once the campaign was over. They were fine once the campaign was over.

2. George W. Bush has talked many times, longingly, about life after the squattership. We had the election and Bush can barely stand waiting another month.

3. Osama bin Laden said he wanted to impoverish the United States so that it could not afford to meddle in the Middle East. He has been true to his word.

Lesson: Listen to what people say, before making up horrible fantasies. Be vigilant, but do not lose a lot of sleep. Hillary Clinton had the post-campaign figured out; George W. Bush never wanted to be ‘President for Life’; Osama bin Laden couldn’t care less about our ‘freedoms’.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Scripting support

It occurs to me that using python as the scripting language for Ant might make the python-extension module of fontforge available. (Also FontLab-related stuff, perhaps.)

Python is big and slow, though.