This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts called, unceremoniously, Whatcha doing?
So, without further ado, here’s what I’m doing:
* Learning [PyObjC](http://pyobjc.sourceforge.net) for a photo gallery project at [work](http://www.ajc.com).
A previous version of my gallery tool used [Pashua](http://www.bluem.net/downloads/pashua_en/) as a fake GUI in conjunction with a [Python](http://www.python.org) command-line script/library I had previously created for my own personal use.
The time has come to update the tool, and I’m working through [Apple tutorial](http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ObjCTutorial/index.html) as modified by by [the PyObjC folks](http://pyobjc.sourceforge.net/doc/tutorial.php).
Why? Partly because change is fun, partly because I don’t like rebuilding, partly because it’s written in [a language I know](http://php.net) and so can extend — though [Python](http://www.python.org) would be better :-).
* Reading [Guns, Germs and Steel](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0393317552/qid=1106243381/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/002-1818191-8398450?v=glance&s=books&n=507846), which was a gift from [Erica](http://www.ericaendicott.com).
I was worried that, like The Bell Curve, it would be an excuse for racism. If the introduction and first few chapters are accurate, it’s a very well thought-out and well-written anthropological/historical look at why some civilizations (read: white folks) have developed deep, complex cultures and technologies, while others haven’t.
Yeah, I’m geek — it’s just nice to have first run, quality sci-fi on the air since [our dearly departed](http://www.trekbbs.com/threads/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=UBB4) left us so long ago.
**Update:** Apparently, [Ron Moore has a blog](http://blog.scifi.com/battlestar/).