Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

Recent Reading

  • The Road of Kings, by Karl Edward Wagner; copyright 1979 by Conan Properties, Inc.; Bantam Books, October 1979. This is the only one of the Conan pastiches that I've read that I've really liked. Wagner is not Howard, but he was a fine writer himself, and his vision of Conan does not seem to contradict Howard's. I wish both Wagner and Howard could have lived longer.

Recent Reading

  • Snobbery with Violence, by Marion Chesney; St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003. Marion Chesney also writes as M.C. Beaton. An adequate historical mystery.

  • The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell; HarperCollins Publishers, 2005. Originally published in Great Britan in 2004.

  • Empire of the Eagle, by Andre Norton and Susan Shwartz; copyright 1993 by Andre Norton and Susan Shwartz; A Tor Book, Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., first edition November 1993, first mass market edition May 1995.

Recent Viewing

Recent Viewing

  • Neko no ongaeshi, also known as The Cat Returns, 2002. Directed by Hiroyuki Morita, writing by Cindy Davis Hewitt (English screenplay), Donald H. Hewitt (English screenplay), Aoi Hragi (comic), and Reiko Yoshida (screenplay).

GtkAda and Ada; Recent Listening and Viewing

GtkAda and Ada

Using GNAT 3.15p with GtkAda-2.4.0 on Windows XP, when I wanted to switch from using Gtk.Menu.Popup to using a user instantiated version of Gtk.Menu.User_Menu_Popup.Popup I tried to switch from using Menu of type Gtk_Menu for the first parameter to using Gtk_Menu_Record (Menu.all)'Access because gnatmake says:

access to class-wide argument not allowed here
"Popup" is not a primitive operation of

I suppose that is because when the package is instantiated it's not in the same scope as the original declaration of Gtk_Menu_Record so it can't be a primitive operation of that type. It's annoying, though. Anyway, I never figured out the problem completely before having to move on to something else.

I never did get Gtk.Menu.User_Menu_Popup.Popup working properly, though.

Recent Listening

  • Blue Blood, by Edward Conlon; performed by Tom Stechschulte; Recorded Books, 2004. Very interesting memoir of a NYPD cop in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Recent Viewing

  • Zatoichi sekisho yaburi, aka Adventures of a Blind Man, 1964. Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda, writing by Shozaburo Asai and Kan Shimozawa.Includes another glimpse into Zatoichi's background. Good.