Am wrapping up my European trip and am planning on being back in the States at the end of next week. Earlier on this week, my mother (who came for a visit) and I traveled to Rome, Italy to see the city (hover over images for descriptions, right click and then select 'view image' for the full size)
- On Sunday 05/20 we flew out of Brno, a direct flight to Rome Fiuminco Airport. We arrived pretty late so ended up only going to the hotel and crashing
- The next day was the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, the Basilica of Saint Maria sopra Minerva, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain. Needless to say we were quite exhausted from all the walking at the end of the day :-)
- The following morning was the National Museum of Rome and the rest of the day was spent at Vatican City. I have to say I have never seen a collection of artwork quite as impressive as that at the Vatican Museum. Not only that but all in all it is over 9 miles of artwork (yes 9 miles)! All in all, while unbelievably impressive (especially the Raphael Rooms) it was a bit much, towards the end the grandour had not faded (actually quite the opposite) but I was completely museumed out, and couldn't process any more. We also visited Saint Peters Bascillica and several other grand cathedral's during the course of the day.
- On our third day, Wednesday we got a great view of the city from the Villa Borgese Gardens, walked down the Spanish Steps and then got another panaramic view from the vista atop of Victor Emmanuel's monument. We were pretty much Romed out by this point so besides visiting the Baths of Diocletian on Thursday before our flight back we took it easy for our remaining time there.
All in all the word I feel that best describes the city is "Epic", so many times when rounding a corner when wandering through the city we were facing something incredibly grand and ancient. To any prospective tourists I have a few bits of advice, first off make sure to pace yourself, there is alot too see (no way you are going to cover everything) and you don't want to get burnt out early on. Also I highly recommend taking tours, both the paid tour guide at the Colloseum / Palentine Hill / Roman Forum and the audio tour at the Vatican Museum was well worth it. And lastly / most importantly make sure to enjoy some italian pizza and pasta when your visiting! :-)
Thats all for now, in less than a week I'll be back in the good ole' US of A. Until next time, ciao!
As some of you may know, Fedora was recently accepted, as a participating organization into the Google Summer of Code. Shortly after this was announced, Buddhika (our Fedora GSoC Admin and Coordinator) circulated a RFC for projects to improve the Fedora distribution as part of this effort. I submitted a few proposals to mentor myself, and am pleased to say there quite a bit of interest by various students, a few of which are now officially working on the various topics.
Specifically Samridh Srinath will be working on improving the Aeolus user experience on Fedora, implementing various aspect of the command line interface and core API features needed to drive it, and Zuhao Wan will be working on a site to highlight and promote the Fedora / Ruby experience, providing a simple one-stop-shop to query for Ruby related packages in Fedora and to assist in the migration process.
Unfortunately, not all of the students who applied were able to be accepted into the GSoC due to the limited number of slots we had available. Both Nitesh Narayan and Furhan Shabir are talented students who submitted strong proposals to work on Aeolus but weren't able to secure the official sponsorship. That being said, both have graciously volunteered to donate some time to assist with the project for which I would like to thank them greatly for.
All in all, I'm looking forward to working with these talented students over the course of the summer and beyond. Stay tuned for more updates as the projects progress and the proposals are implemented.
Until next time, happy hacking!
RJR is a simple implementation of the JSON-RPC 2.0 standard, using eventmachine on the backend to serve JSON-RPC requests over a multitude of transport types including amqp, http, websockets, tcp/udp, and more. It permits method handlers to be registered and then invoked via any transport the end-user wishes (and the server admin permits access to).
The context of the request is made available to the handler when it is invoked, so that the developer can manage flow control accordingly and store any additional metadata in the requests and responses to extend the JSON-RPC protocol in any manner they desire.
The source code is freely available on github, any patches/issues/etc would be more than welcome. Happy hacking!