Welcome to vallista.idyll.org

The cycle is described by the following poem (copyright Steven Brust)

    Phoenix sinks into decay
    Haughty dragon yearns to slay.
    Lyorn growls and lowers horn
    Tiassa dreams and plots are born.
    Hawk looks down from lofty flight
    Dzur stalks and blends with night.
    Issola strikes from courtly bow
    Tsalmoth maintains though none knows how.
    Vallista rends and then rebuilds
    Jhereg feeds on others' kills.
    Quiet iorich won't forget
    Sly chreotha weaves his net.
    Yendi coils and strikes unseen
    Orca circles, hard and lean.
    Frightened teckla hides in grass
    Jhegaala shifts as moments pass
    Athyra rules minds' interplay
    Phoenix rise from ashes gray.

See this page on Steven Brust for more information.

I started using these names for machines when I ran a company that had 5 UNIX boxes; I figured 17 names would be enough for expansion. (The company failed soon after, but I don't think it was the fault of the names I chose.)

In any case, Vallista are the engineers, both of war and peace. It seemed appropriate to use that as a name for this development server!


This is a dumping ground for all of the software I write, maintain or patch that is too small to deserve its own real site.

  • QuixoteSession2 -- a new, better sessioning implementation for the Quixote Web app framework.
  • ScgiToWsgiServer -- my scgiserver.py, which lets you serve WSGI apps through SCGI.
  • StatProf -- my changes to statprof.py, Andy Wingo's statistical profiler for Python.