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Python, TkInter, OSX (OS X) and making it all behave

I use Python a lot. Python 2.5.1 to be specific. And inside Python is TkInter, which, with a little work, will give you a handy way to put a GUI together. But there are problems. To say that TkInter is poorly supported and poorly documented under OSX is to understate the case rather dramatically. So you’re left to Google for answers, and mostly, they aren’t to be found — or if they are, they aren’t obvious or easily found. So I’m going to provide some answers here that have taken me quite some time to collect, and hopefully keyword and title them so that a Google search will actually get you to the solution you need sooner rather than as much later as it did me!
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Deb's Stained Glass work

The Pumpkin, candlelight, edited
Deb
(“The Pumpkin”)

Deb and I bought a church in mid 2006 and are working to turn it into a home.

It was a “Nazarene” church, and as part of their outlook, there wasn’t anything fancy about the building. No stained glass, per se, just some yellow “rippled” glass panes that probably served to keep the congregation focused on the proceedings inside.

Well, early in 2007, Glasgow experienced a hailstorm with baseball sized hail, and it took out all of our west-facing windows. And I mean completely. If you’d like your windows broken, three or four minutes of consistently baseball sized hail has few peers in efficiency. So anyway, we boarded ‘em up, insulated them, and resolved to get to them later.

Well, later is here, at least, for our bathroom spa window, it is. Deb spent two months of evenings down in her workshop putting together that beauty; I spent three days learning how to frame it into the old window casement, and what you see here is how the window looks inside the spa by the bath (our bath is in its own room, separate from the other fixtures.) You can see the tree branches outside just a little bit during the day, but it isn’t distracting:

Stained glass in bath / spa (interior view)

We plan to do all the windows this way. Other than the huge amount of time, which Deb seems more than willing to contribute, this is a very inexpensive way to do windows. We’re looking at about $100 per window for double layered, sealed single acrylic panes, including all the woodwork, which I do. The building has 13 huge windows, most are about six feet tall; we’ll have all manner of opportunity to do cool things, and at very little expense compared to standard window treatments.

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