Printable WeRelate

Last year I wrote a little script for producing GraphViz graphs, and LaTeX books, from werelate.org family history data. I’ve been tweaking it a bit now and then, and using it for my mum’s genealogical research. It works, but the more I want to do with it the more I think it needs a good ground-up refactoring. So, I’ve set to work turning it into a MediaWiki extension, so I can use an installation of MediaWiki as the cache (instead of text files), and update this installation in a separate operation to the tree-generation stuff. (I found that I was playing around with regenerating things more often that I wanted to be waiting for downloading modified data, and it was set to check for modifications if it’d been longer than a day since the last check…) The other big advantage of sync’ing into a local MW is that I’ll have a complete, working, backup of all our data.

The basic idea is that the ancestor and descentant lists, which define the starting points for the tree traversal, will be defined in normal wiki pages, and both the syncronisation and the tree-generation processes will read these and do what they need to do.

I’m setting up a test wiki at http://test.archives.org.au, if anyone’s interested.

Thank you, Tree

Is there anything more important in the landscape than a beautiful tree? Cutting one down should never be undertaken lightly, and should never be the sole decision of a land-owner; they effect everyone else’s amenity far too greatly. The ACT has a tree register — I’m not sure if Freo does (I was, oddly enough, unable to find anything about such a thing on the Council’s website).

Anyway, I admire this tree every day on my way home, and I just wanted to let it know that it’s appreciated…

A big tree behind a shed.

Tom M. Wilson » Prehensile Precursor

Tom M. Wilson » Prehensile Precursor: My brother, remembering the pepermint trees in the park near where we grew up.

The trees are still there, with their crows-nests of safety, and they have grown: seemingly at the same rate as myself, so that when I stood below one recently, its branches felt just as excitingly out of reach as they did when I was small.

Except that, now, Tom isn’t there pushing me aside and claiming the adventure for himself.  ;-)