2010-03-12

PyPy 1.2

Just saw the PyPy 1.2 release. I haven't had a chance to thoroughly test it, but this is great news!

I read about PyPy a long time ago and thought it was a nifty idea. I was really worried it was never going to see the light of day. At the time, I was interested in a lot of the other interesting Python language implementations that were making some news, such as Stackless, Python 3000, and more recently Unladen Swallow. PyPy has always been my favorite to keep track of, even though until recently it took quite a bit to actually get running, let alone do anything more than satisfy curiosity.

The PyPy blog has had a bunch of benchmarks lately, and the speed increases have been significant. I don't know when the project will start getting diminishing returns, but so far the results have been really impressive. I didn't know the project was far enough along to actually ship a working windows binary of the JIT improvements, so it should be nice to give it a spin.

2010-03-09

Knife Woes

There was a wonderful time in my life a few years back. I had recently purchased a Cuda Maxx 5.5" knife by Camillus. The knife was perfect: it was made from a high quality steel, had a nice long blade (mine was partially serrated), a blue anodized titanium handle, and an incredibly powerful lock. To top it all off, it looked incredible. It was clearly not a cheap one with a couple screws holding some plastic to some chinese steel. This was the real deal. I dropped a fair bit of cash to get it, at what I thought was an amazing deal.

Some time last year I lost it. It was a great knife, and I had used it for anything I needed to cut for a long time. It felt great in my hands. I soon found myself needing a knife, but I spent so much money on it all those years ago that I wasn't going to try to replace it any time soon. Anyhow, it still hasn't turned up despite searching thoroughly every month since I lost it. I've since looked online to find a replacement. I saw one on ebay a while back; it was over $500. Camillus is out of business. Many other knives by them can still be purchased, but the Maxx is sold out everywhere.

My missing knife is now a collector's item.

I have now resigned myself to looking for a new knife. But nothing seems to be doing the trick for me.