I've been using Firefox 57.0, aka "Quantum",
since the end of last week and have been loving it. It feels as fast as
advertised and I haven't noticed any deterioration in rendering of pages.
I've tended to use Chrome as my work browser and Firefox as my personal browser
over the past 4+ years. My personal browser just got a big upgrade. The Mozilla
Servo and Rust Language teams must be feeling pretty pleased and they deserve
The Python module of web mercator tile utilities that I named mercantile seems to be complete and so over the
next few weeks I will shepherd a few 1.0 pre-releases and then a final 1.0.0.
Any mercantile user who wants to help the cause can do this
pip install -U --pre mercantile
to get the new 1.0a1 release from PyPI and try it in new or existing projects.
I was tempted by attrs yesterday, but resisted, and so the 1.0a1 release is
just as stable and tested as 0.10 or 0.11, versions that my team uses the hell
out of at work.
I've come late to the Read the Docs party, but am pretty much all in now.
Continuous documentation (as the RTD team puts it) seems to encourage users of
my projects to contribute to documentation more than ever. Mercantile's docs
are here: http://mercantile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/. They're rather basic and
boring, though there is one ASCII diagram at
http://mercantile.readthedocs.io/en/latest/quickstart.html that makes my
colleague Damon Burgett happy. Damon is the author of Supermercado, which takes web mercator tile
manipulation to the next level, and a ASCII graphics wizard.
The mercantile project is a workhorse, but has also been one where
I experimented and learned how to use tox, pytest, and how to publish wheels to
PyPI from Travis-CI. It's uncomplicated by C extensions or industry standards
and has been pretty fun to work on over the past few years.
I've been parenting solo for 9 of the last 10 days and am too worn out to write
much of anything other than damn, I'm glad Ruth is back, and that I'm grateful
for the roof over our heads, the help of friends, the patience of coworkers,
and the money to afford pizza when I can't cook anything from scratch. I'm
humbled to think of people who are raising families alone in poverty, or on the
road, suffering from discrimination, illness, or other troubles. Unlike them,
I get to do this in easy mode.
I'm in the midst of training myself to automatically use pbcopy and pbpaste on
my Mac command line and have yet another example of how readily GeoJSON
travels. After exporting GeoJSON from QGIS to your Mac's clipboard or paste
buffer, you could also send it directly to http://geojson.io using either the
Node.js geojsonio-cli or Python
geojsonio – by Jacob Wasserman,
with additional Pandas and Jupyter integration features, a must-have Python
module for my line of work – packages:
pbpaste | geojsonio
From your Qt GUI to the operating system clipboard, to the command line, to the
web, and back to another GUI in your browser. As I keep saying, GeoJSON was
never about replacing shapefiles in traditional GIS workflows; the format was
intended to afford new methods and new workflows not easy or not possible with
shapefiles and databases.
I've woken up from my Nightmare on C++ Street and have uploaded new
Rasterio, Fiona, and Shapely macosx wheels to PyPI. Use the pip requirement
specs below to get the latest and greatest compatible wheels.
My Xcode command line tools were out of sync with my libraries, libc++abi.dylib
in particular. In the Xcode preferences there's an option to select versions
of the command line tools. On my home computer, I've got Xcode 7.2.1 and have
selected version 7.2.1 of the command line tools.
On my work computer, where I've been building the wheels, I somehow ended up
with Xcode 8.2.1 and version 9.0.0 of the command line tools. I've never even
seen this preference before, but do remember accepting a command line tools
upgrade from Apple's App Store a while back. Reverting to command line tools
version 8.2.1 cleared up the segmentation faults reported and studied in
I hope this blog post finds the next person to trip over this Xcode and command
line tools mis-configuration.
Now I'm going to go back into PyPI and remove the broken binary wheels for
older versions, leaving only the source distributions.
Ruth is in D.C. this week and I'm parenting solo and spinning up a new project
at work. On top of this, I've got a cold. To recover and keep it all together
I'm going to be eating all the Halloween candy and going to sleep earlier,
which means less time online in the evenings this week. Apologies in advance
for my delayed attention to emails, pull requests, &c.
Today my kids played the last games of their 8-week season. I enjoyed watching
them and their buddies play, but I'm also happy to get my Saturdays
I didn't coach this season. I did help by playing the role of team manager and
custodian of the all-important snack schedule for my oldest's U12 team. I made
a spreadsheet, emailed reminders on Thursdays, bought her coach a gift card and
shook all the parents down for contributions. In my experience this is a job
that's always been picked up by a player's mother, part of the semi-mandatory
free labor we require from moms. As far as I know, I'm the first dad to ever do
My kids (girls, remember) were coached by women this year, a first for each of
them. My oldest's coach was very experienced, my youngest's was in her first
season. I hope they'll each return and that we'll see more women coaching youth
soccer around here in the future.