Pablo Picasso

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. Yes, he seems to have had a long set of names… The painting (Dance of youth) conveys movement and energy, but has the dove of peace as the symbol in the centre, flying while at the same time still. Look at the figure at 12 o clock in the circle – it is drawn in such a simple, yet incredibly expressive way. Shalom!

Playing with WPF Commands

Download Sample source code (26KB), for Visual Studio 2008 Here is a small WPF application I wrote, which I wanted to share. It is kind of dumb, but does show some interesting concepts, including data binding, localization, commands, a view model, menus and icons in menus. How does it work? Press the ShowMessage button, and it will show you the text in the edit box inside a message box. Press reset, and the text inside the edit box gets reset. The two commands button commands are also propagated to the menu. The UI was designed in Expression Blend, although I…
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A way to show computer source code in the blog…

OK, this one took a bit of time to figure out, but I think I have it working to my satisfaction now. I want to be able to post source code, both C# code as well as XAML code (Windows Presentation Foundation) on the site. I found a plugin called Code Highlighter, that helps. I just found the default formatting for my theme’s website lacking, so I borrowed from the CodeProject a little .CSS fragment relating to the <pre> tag. pre { border: 1px solid #ccc; padding: 0em 0.5em; background-color: #FBEDBB; padding: 5pt; font: 9pt “Courier New”, Courier, mono; white-space:…
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Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin (born François-Auguste-René Rodin; November 12, 1840 – November 17, 1917) was a French artist, most famous as a sculptor. He was the preeminent French sculptor of his time, and remains one of the few sculptors widely recognized outside the visual arts community. I really like this work of art, called “The Kiss” – look at the gentle, almost hesitant way the man’s hand is placed on the woman’s thigh, and the way the woman holds her arm to embrace and approach her lover with a mixture of submission and desire. The sculpture radiates erotic energy; look at the…
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416 Community Drop-In for Women

As part of the outreach committee of our Church, we are trying to find new ways of interacting with the community around us. One of the criticisms of our community is that it is a too inward-focused ministry, and we are trying to change this. The last time, the outreach committee met at the “416 Community Drop-in for women” at 416 Dundas Street East, close to Dundas and Parliament. The executive director, Rosie Smythe greeted us, and Pastor Schweter, Ed, Karin, Stephanie and myself asked her some questions regarding the operation of the drop-in – what they do and what…
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Is there still room for orthodox Christians in the ELCIC?

Yesterday, I got to read a letter of resignation – not the usual quitting your job or political appointment, but a letter of a woman resigning from her Lutheran Church Parish, and the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada). The letter touched and worried me at the same time, and it addresses a topic that I have touched upon in an earlier post entitled Beware of false teachings. Here is a little excerpt from the letter: “If I were to lay out all the reasons for my resignation it would take many pages to write out. My reasons will come…
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Windows Presentation Foundation and Model View Controller

A while back, Josh Smith wrote an article on Unit Testing and Model View Controller. The article features a small application that lets the user view some sample images. The WPF application uses and discusses the Model View Controller. While my kids were at swimming today, I analyzed the source code, to try to understand what’s going on. There is not really that much source code there, but understanding what’s going on requires that you understand WPF fairly well [try to figure out how the text items get into the list box, for instance]. I have tried to diagram my…
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Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world’s best known, most popular and most expensive pieces. This is a very well known self-portrait of Vincent, the artist placed against a blue, swirly background. The intense eyes and rather stern expression foreshawdow some of the mental illness that was to appear later in his life. There’s something I like about the picture, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it exactly is. Perhaps this is what makes this painting so good.

Using the Tortoise SVN Create Patch and Apply Patch feature

The Create Patch and Apply patch Tortoise SVN commands are a developer’s friend. Here’s why. Let’s say you worked on a piece of functionality and you need it code-reviewed by someone not on site. Since you don’t want to commit, how do you get the software to the reviewer? Or what if you want to take some uncommitted work from one of the workstations in the common area transfer it to your laptop? Creating the Patch Do a SVN Update to get the latest bits from the trunk. Go to the top-level folder in your project tree in Windows Explorer,…
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René Magritte

René François Ghislain Magritte (November 21, 1898 – August 15, 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and amusing images. I use the following image as the desktop background when I log in. I like the blue sky tones suggesting freedom, but when you open the window, there is darkness. Sometimes things are deceptive… If you would like to have this picture as your background on Windows XP when you log in [it only changes the background while the login dialog is present!], please follow the following steps: [Note: I’m pretty sure…
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