What's new in Python 3.0

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-09T18:48:00+01:00

i have played a bit with python3.0 and this are the things that catched my eye:

  • the new print syntax
  • the exception-handling
  • decorators
  • the new io module
  • classes in python

are no complete list of changes between 2.5 and 3.0 - and don't want to be. they are just a list of thing's i noticed. Some of them are already present in python 2.6 but i newver used that release - so i don't realy know.

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Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-08T12:53:00+01:00

a friend of mine found another monster - this one tried to camouflage as a tree


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abstract art generator

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-06T18:29:00+01:00

my latest processing-sketch is a generator for abstract art.

just click on the applet to generate a new image

abstract art generator

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Processing links

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-05T18:02:00+01:00

http://www.processing.org/ the mother of all processing sites :-)

http://www.arduino.cc/ a language and a microcontroller board that that go very well with processing

http://mobile.processing.org/ a mobile phone edition of porcessing

http://www.openvisuals.org/ a site showing how to visualize data using processing

http://www.openprocessing.org/ a site collection processing sketches

http://www.processingblogs.org/ a processing meta blog

http://www.rmx.cz/monsters/ a collection of black'n'white monsters - coded in processing (one of them has been written by me :-) )

http://www.local-guru.net/blog/tag/processing my own site

two really great art collections using processing



some artists using processing






make things talk

visualizing data

Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists

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Door Monster

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-05T04:52:00+01:00

A while ago, a hook on our bathroom door fell down. First we thought it was because of some loose screws. but today i found out the real reason - there was a monster lurking behind it!


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i2c thermometer on arduino

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-02-02T05:07:00+01:00

I have hooked up my c-control i2c thermometer-module (link in german) to my arduino and wrote some code to read the current temperature in Celcius.

The module uses the maxim DS1631 chip.

The temperature is send as a 2 byte value using a 12 bit resolution. in the MSB the first bit is used as a sign bit, the other seven bits are represent the part before the comma, in the LSB the first 4 bits are used as the fractional part.

the code below doesn't handle negative values yet. i want to use it in my livingroom - i never ever want it to deal with negative values!


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Soup Monster

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-01-31T18:48:00+01:00

a college of mine found another monster when she tried to eat her soup


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extra low framerates in Processing

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-01-29T04:45:00+01:00

when you want to write a processing sketch, that doesn't redraw several times a second, but updates the main method only once in a while (for example once per hour or minute) the following code can be used to start a thread that triggers a redraw after a delay. Just make sure the setup method calls the noLoop() methode and than start the thread calling start( millisecondsToWait );

void setup() {
  noLoop(); // <- turn off the processing loop

  start( 20 * 1000 ); // <- start the thread

void draw() {
  background( 255 );
  // draw some random circles
  for ( int i =0; i< 10; i++) {
    color c = color(random( 255 ));
    fill( c );
    stroke( c );
    int radius = int(random( 100 )+ 40);
    ellipse( random( width ), random( height ), radius, radius );     

void start( final int mil ) { //<- mil has to be final to be accessible in run() 
   new Thread() { 
   public void run() {
     while( true ) {     
        delay( mil );
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Ruby Caldav Library 0.2

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-01-28T04:16:00+01:00

I have made a new version of my ruby caldav lib.

version 0.2 is a bugfix release, there are no new features but i removed some essential typos

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login screen background

Nikolaus Gradwohl2009-01-26T05:25:00+01:00

i just cleand up my harddisk a bit and found a background image i made a while ago for the login screen on my laptop

<typo:lightbox src="/img/guru/palmlogin.png" thumbsrc="/img/guru/palmlogin_prev.png"/>

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