So I thought I was good at climbing and generally being able to lift myself up a wall that I was paying someone else for. This was generally my experience after six months of climbing at hardrock and cliffhanger. So one day my friend John mentioned this bouldering joint, and like a lamb to slaughter, I went.

OK, first thing, I was probably the least talented person there, and second, bouldering is much much harder than climbing. The cost of falling from one is much much higher and you pull off more skin of your hands which makes the subsequent climbs much harder.

And the grades are so very different. At cliffhanger, the grades are generally V scale but at lacticfactory they are based on complexity of effort. So there is no way of telling if I do a V3 at Altona, how well do I do at lactic.

Insert prolongated sigh.

Going this wednesday again 😀 to lactic factory … WILL BE AWESOME 😀

Enjoy the video below as well.

So yesterday, I was trying to do a simple MySQL query and realised that the value I wanted was of type text and the field I wanted was actually in the middle of the string and not always consistently there. So I decided to write up a script for myself which would do the DB query and then parse the string returned. As I had not done python for sometime, I decided to write it in python.

First things first, all I did was import MySQLdb. Nothing! Wasn’t installed. Fair enough. I had never had to previously install a python module, so I went to sourceforge and obtained the source, built it and it ran. That got me thinking, why do I have to do this myself?

I tried using go and even with the same import (mysql;), I needed to download the mysql module from google code and build it with the 8g and 8l binaries and then have a crack at it. Why am I still building these ???

If I wanted to do this in Ruby, I could use the gem installer and simply do a gem list -r mysql to find out which one was available and then do a simple gem install mysql-X.Y. No need to build. Installed and ready for use.

I like python and go a lot, but I believe for simplicity of use and for mimicking the behaviour of apt-get, ruby wins this one.