OK I got the forum up and running. It’s at http://www.whatisnuclear.com/forum/. We actually have 2 interesting posts. Well, OK I did send it out to ne-gradstudents. There was a request months ago for something like it and I just decided it was a good idea. I expect it won’t get much traffic.
Two lame things I struggled with:
1) Changing the color scheme in the phpBB3 application for the prosilver theme almost drove me crazy. It stores CSS data in the database, so when you change the CSS files, the theme is not updated. I tried switching the CSS data to be stored in the file system, but then I couldn’t change any images! It was horrible, until I realized what was going on. The prosilver theme requires the CSS be in the database because all the template files point to database variable locations. So the trick is, keep it all in the database, but edit the load settings in General -> server settings and turn Recompile stale style components to yes. Then, edit the CSS file and your changes will actually propagate. That took me forever to figure out.
2) My favicon.ico got reverted to the basic favicon.ico from hostmonster. I tried putting my version in my main folder but it wouldn’t change back. I even got a firefox plug-in that’s supposed to refresh the icons. Then I found that it has to be a windows icon, so if you create it with the GIMP, you have to follow these instructions. And it worked when I went to my site in my VMs, but my main firefox icon has not refreshed yet! I expect it to soon. I guess the plug-in isn’t working.
As for research, the equilibrium line-search I was running had 0.0 EOL peaking factors! I guess I forgot to propagate the changes. Will rerun soon. Hmm, just changing the peak fast fluences flag didn’t help. Trying A.BURN card. Yup that did it. The last two lines in card 02 of A.BURN should be 1 in this case. The peak fluence flag doesn’t matter. That makes more sense.
And in other news, my Dad read a book called The Black Swan. He made my ask Karl what he thinks about it out there in Berkeley. It’s arguing that the bell curve doesn’t work for things it’s been used for, like economies and whatnot. Here’s a blurb from the book [pdf].
It’s a nice day today so I went out on the roof with Adrienne and Alex. I got the idea to take a panoramic photo from the top and it got me working on photostitching in Linux. So I did some searching and found that Hugin sounds like the way to go. I got it out of the Ubuntu repository, put some control points in (fairly easily), and then tried to make the image but it complained that enfuse wasn’t found. So I downloaded it and ./configure and sudo make; make install ‘d it. While doing so, I had to get lots of libraries out of the repos, including boost development libraries and one called libxmi that I got from here (manually). I learned that you need more than 1 control point, or else it spins your images around and makes a big mess. But soon, I made a beautiful panoramic that is stitched together very nicely. Cool.
Uploading large files to gallery2 required that I go into my php.ini in the main folder and change
upload_max_filesize = 2M to 20 M. Then it uploaded no problem.