This is a quick screencast where I do some Unix shell hacking. The problem: I needed to get my Google Reader subscription list into a Rails app's database. The first solution that came to mind was to parse the Google OPML file with Python, then use shell scripting to generate Ruby code using the raw Python data structure.
The whole thing is less than seven minutes long and spans three languages. I also find a brand new bug in the terminal. Software is frustrating!