gimp stuff

Despite at one time being a fairly prolific gimp script writer (looks like I have about 23 in the main gimp distro, and probably another dozen scattered about), I haven’t written one in years. Partially because the primary scripting engine in gimp is “script-fu” which is a really rudimentary scheme like language and was always a real pain to debug.

But now, theres a gimp python plugin. Well, actually, theres been one for years, but I’ve been lazy and never made much use of it. So I got some idea in my head and decided it needed to be scripted. Writing gimp scripts in python is so much nicer than in script-fu. Not only is the language saner, but you have full access to the standard python libs.

Anyway, a couple rudimentary python gimp scripts are here. One to draw brush stroke preview images, one to convert a font into a series of brushes, and one to convert a font into a gimp image pipes (aka, animated brushes, or “hoses”). There not well tested or anything, and I have no idea if they work on anything but my machine. So they might not work on windows or osx.

gps, riding, etc

So I’ve spent way to much time trying to do something that should be very simple. Download a track from my gps, and display it on a map.

This proved to be much more frustrating that I expected, and finally gave up trying to do it on os x and just did it with my linux box using gpsbabel (tiger seems to have broken the osx version).

Then I wrote a python script to split the GPX file into individual track files, and then used gmapper to display the results on google maps. gpsvisualizer works too, but the maps don’t look quite as nice.

If anyone knows of an easier way to do that on osx, that actually works, I’d like to know.

So anyway, Saturdays ride:

and the sat view: