January 2002

January 31, 2002

Dial B for Blogger

After a bit of pestering about the virtues of Blogger and permalinks, Rachelle has retooled her weblog. And finally sold her Jeep.

Megnut has done something rather innovative by turning Blogger against itself. By developing a Blogger API client which anyone can use to post to one of her own blogs she’s developed a sort of instant virtual community. Just add water.

I was sorry to read that Patrick has stopped development of his weblog redesign. Especially since it looks so darn cool.

CamWorld links to a Motley Fool article on the existance of .NET and how it relates to Apple’s new internet aware services. I love internet-aware services. Like iPhoto and the Linkifier. =-)

I stumbled across this weblog by Todd Dominey recently and every time I’ve been back he’s posted on something I’ve either posted myself or been thinking about. He devotes a little more time to his log writing than I do and I’ve become a daily visitor.

Oh, and iWalt.com 5.0 is coming along nicely. I want more suggestions! Serious ones people, c’mon!

January 31, 2002

Hug a Nick

Nick needs a hug. Go show him your love.

January 31, 2002

iWalt.com 5.0

It’s on its way. Help shape it. Share your thoughts.

January 30, 2002

Macromedia, Nooo…

The top story of the day over at Fucked Company is that Macromedia is the next company likely to be placed on the digital chopping block. And who may be swooping in to pick up the pieces? Microsoft. I’d like to be smart-assey about this and say that this is all because they’ve taken so long to bring Director and Shockwave capabilities to Mac OS X. But this is just too depressing. Microsoft owning Flash and Shockwave? Khaaan!!!

January 28, 2002

For Unlawful Combatant Knowledge

An interesting look at what constitutes a prisoner of war and whether the captured alQueda and Taliban fighters qualify for such status under the Geneva Convention. It might be a one-sided view but it’s one of the more rational-sounding explanations I’ve read.

January 28, 2002

Walkin’

Me

I was contentedly spending the day working away on the computer when Rob invited me walking. The idea of getting exercise appealed to me, changing out of my bathrobe did not. Nevertheless, half an hour later or so I found myself standing in front of Rob’s parking garage. We zipped down to the water and walked out to Fort Point. (An old Army base, I think, which sits just under the southside of the Golden Gate Bridge.)

It was a beautiful day and later I thought how lucky I was to have spent my last two Sundays walking along great stretches of the California coast.

Yesterday I managed to get my apartment a bit more organized but it’s still got a way to go. Plus I did some cooking and washed and cleaned a bunch of stuff. I also did a little shopping and finally bought some CD-Rs so I got most of my files backed up which is always a stress relief. I’ll never stop kicking myself for the reformatting fiasco of the summer of 98. Ugh.

[Note: Photo at right by R. Christensen.] =-)

[Update: Don’t miss the link above. I took a bunch of nifty photos on the walk.]

January 26, 2002

Blogger Pro

Power Push-Button Publishing. Check it out.

January 26, 2002

Colin Powell

Breaking with other cabinet members, Colin Powell asks President Bush to reverse his position on the status of captive Taliban and alQueda members and declare that they are prisoners of war and entitled to the rights of the Geneva Convention.

The New York Times and The Washington Post

“Your stock is rising Number Two.”

January 25, 2002

The Next Next-Big-Thing

I just realized that it’s technically possible to do permalinks to postings in the forums. It’s not particularly straightforward or sensible but it is possible. Here’s one of my personal favorites.

I’m working diligently on the next, Next Big Thing. Usually around here I stay up late one or two nights and the next day there’s a new or retooled section of the site. This isn’t like that. This is global. This is fundamental. This is big.

And when it’s over, you won’t recognize iWalt.com.

[Hat Tip: nickd’s new design which burned horizonal lines onto my retina, actually affecting my vision. That’s a first.]

January 25, 2002

“Let’s do that again!”

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz have signed on for Shrek 2.

January 23, 2002

Truck? What truck!

Ba-ba na naa, ba-ba naaa, ba-ba na naa, ba-ba na na na!

[Also: “You plastic bastard!” At Davezilla. I know his pain all too well.]

January 22, 2002

Damn you Mon… what day is it?

I need to remember to drink caffeine tomorrow. At least once. Preferably around 10 a.m. It’s not enough just to be at work. I have to make my brain spin also. It helps me to actually do things.

I just got caught up on my Penny Arcade reading. Here’s a highlight for people like me who take it just a little too seriously.

What else? Not much. Got the bathrobe on. Doing this AppleScript Studio tutorial. Basking in the glow of my own geekphoria.

January 21, 2002

Back to the City

La Jolla Shores

Thanks to everyone for making this weekend fun. Tabitha, Scott, Sam, Amrita, Sean, Rob and anyone I’m foolishly leaving off this list. To everyone I missed seeing this time around, I hope we meet up next time or that you come up this way real soon.

I had a fun and relaxing weekend but it’s nice to be home as well. I now officially hate the airports. I didn’t realize what a thin thread I’d been hanging on to before the airports turned into such a pain in the ass but now it’s a thousand times worse. And I swear all the “security” doesn’t run as deep as they try to make it seem by forcing you to take off your shoes every fifteen minutes and run your computer through the x-ray machine three times.

Hmm… but aside from the airports and the planes and the shuttles. All was good.

In other, more impressive news, oodles of high-school friends are getting engaged. No, not to each other. And several are already married. So amazing. Congratulations to all. We’re getting old people. Very very old. Maybe we’re not that old. But we’re definitely not that young. Hmm. I’m going to bed.

January 19, 2002

Fly

I’m off to the airport… Avenge death…

January 18, 2002

One the plus side…

I discovered this morning on the way out of the apartment that my Netflix movies have been piling up inside of my building. Previously they had been crammed into my mailbox. I hadn’t thought to look for them in the pile of phone books on the floor of the lobby.

Also amongst the phone books I found the prints I ordered through iPhoto. (When you set up your One-Click account through iPhoto you get your first 10 prints free.) They’re cool. I’m looking forward to sending them off to people. I’ll post the photos I made prints of on the web sometime soon.

January 17, 2002

That’s Not Right

I just got home from work. It’s 10:30 at night.

Someone down the hall is smoking. The air smells like an alkaloid poison that occurs in tobacco.

My Netflix movies are just not showing up any more. They were coming right on top of each other but now they all seem to get lost in the mail.

The CD my Mom got me for Christmas turns out to have some form of duplication protection which makes it impossible for my computer to read it. The only CD player I have is the one in my computer.

January 14, 2002

iWon’t

I caught myself looking at iMacs this evening. In the back of my mind, a voice was saying, “How nice would it be to always have a Mac set up at home? Always-on, storing all your stuff, fast enough to handle Mac OS X, wired to the internet, hosting iWalt.com

I have to resist.

January 13, 2002

My Weekend

Bryce and Art in San Francisco.

I had told Tabitha that there were two projects that I wanted to accomplish this weekend since I was going to be staying in the city but that I probably wouldn’t get to either of them. And that’s exactly what happened.

I had a great weekend nonetheless. Rob and I went to eat Indian food Friday night and were in total agreement as to what we would order until the waiter skillfully upsold us. By the time he was finished with his salespitch, we weren’t sure what we had ordered. But it was great. We watched half of A Bridge Too Far (long movie) and I went home, staying up way too late tinkering with the DVD tool.

Saturday I slept in, went back to tinkering, talked with Tabitha on the phone, went looking for the barber, met up with Bryce and Art, watched three-fourths of the Raiders game, and saw Orange County at the Metreon. (There was a line for the automatic ticket dispensers. Grrr.)

Today we slept in again (I got up before noon, Bryce and Art got up shortly after 1), went to KFC for Popcorn Chicken (a disgusting new obsession of mine), ate over by the kite-flying field, and they dropped me off near the barber shop I’d found but not had time to patronize the day before. I said goodbye to Bryce and Art, got my haircut, came home and complained to my new building manager about the beeping noises my smoke alarm likes to make once in a while, and started writing this blog.

I’ve packed a lot in, but I never did either of the two things I told Tabitha I wanted to do. Oh well. Maybe the weekend after next.

January 12, 2002

The Next Step

The iWalt.com DVD Tool has met with some success since its launch nearly seven months ago. It currently supports 155 unique DVDs, 188 total discs, and 9 users. More than anything else I like it because it’s interesting to know what kinds of movies people own, as it says something about them.

Anyway, a long while back I carved out an interface for a DVD edit tool and thought to myself, “Man that’s gonna be tricky to program.” And it stayed just an interface for a very long time. Tonight I took it to the next level, redesigning some of the interface and making it pull live data from the database. For example, if you were to edit my copy of Citizen Kane this is what you would see because that’s the data I’ve entered in for it. You can’t actually edit it yet. That’s another “up-till-two-in-the-morning” night.

Anyway, I’ve love to hear feedback about the interface. The thing as a whole still has a long way to go but I’m still interested in developing it as a way to share discs with other people as well as a forum to share thoughts about the films.

January 11, 2002

Maya

This is what I like to see. A free version of Maya for non-commercial use. Called a “Learning Edition.” What a phenomenal idea. A free version for people who don’t want to shell out an obscene ammount of money just to see whether the product is for them or not. Every software product should follow this model no? If the end user isn’t making any money off your product, just learning how great it is, why not?

[Also: Cameron the Alien continues to rule the Macworld scene, the last photo is the best.]

[Also: Clinton’s dog Buddy is dead. An accident? Or did he know too much? (I wouldn’t link to MSN if I hadn’t thought of writing something like this myself, and the author did such a good job.)]

January 10, 2002

World of Aqua 3

I love these gorgeous Mac OS X icons so much. The Icon Factory rules.

January 10, 2002

Share The (Link) Love

My desktop.

Tonight I finally had a bit of time to devote to iWalt.com, so I got one of my little projects to a “first release” sort of stage. The new links section is the first draft of a repository for URLs which the iWalt.com community wants to share with each other. The code section introduces a funky little AppleScript I developed which makes adding links a snap. The other change I made is that now the weblog section stays bold in the menu bar for three hours after I publish a blog. Why three hours? That’s how long it stays on Weblogs.com so it’s good enough for me.

Oh! I’m trying out Netflix this month. So far: awesome. I got my first three movies today. It’s such a great system. More on this later though.

January 9, 2002

“All you wanted was to see us fail…”

Does it get better than Down In Flames by Reel Big Fish? Not today it doesn’t. =-(

[Note: Sorry, that sounded more dismal than I’d intended. I’m not miserable. Just a bit overloaded with work right now. It’s a very upbeat song. I work faster when I’ve got the headphones up loud, and it’s hard to rock-out to What A Wonderful World.]

January 9, 2002

Macworld SF 2002, Day One

Cameron the Alien captures the essence of Macworld better than any of these others. I myself went over at lunch, bought a hot dog, donned my badge and found a pretty new iMac to play with. The best part of the Apple booth is always the sheer volume of slack-jawed Apple-fanatics who crowd around the latest gizmos. I drove right in, slack-jawed, and started pushing and pulling and twisting the 15-inch LCD screen. That’s when the screen snapped off in my hands. (Not quite.) The neck’s connection to the screen is a little flimsy on both the iMacs I played with. But the screen, the TINY little computer at the base with the optical drive which seems to emerge from nowhere, the adjustable neck and the bleached keyboard and mouse made for a very snazzy package. I shunned my fantasies of making off with one hidden under my shirt and grabbed instead all the posters and booklets I could carry. And got the hell out of there.

January 7, 2002

iMac 2.0

iWalt on iMac

Apple announced their new iMac today. It’s a nice set up. Particularly the 700/800Mhz G4 processor in there. I didn’t see that one coming. Apple’s not going to sell any towers for a while I suspect. Where’s that G5? iPhoto was announced as well which is a snazzy little photo handler. I was worried when I didn’t see my camera on the list of supported gizmos but I hooked it right up and it worked perfectly. More than anything else, I’m so happy that Apple has completely discarded CRT monitors. And I’m pissed that “iCards” is still a global nav element at Apple.com (it redirects to iTools, why?). Anyway, I’m hoping to sneak over to Moscone tomorrow at lunch and try to stuff a couple of these new iMacs into my pants and then pull the fire alarm.

It could work.

[Update: I’ve switched the photo on the right to demonstrate how great iWalt.com would look on one of these snazzy new gizmos. If anyone has the means, I highly recommend picking one up.]

January 6, 2002

Note To Self

I don’t need this. I don’t need this. I don’t need this.

P.S. Smooth move Canada!

[Update: Time Canada’s web site has been set to bounce to Time Magazine’s. But I know. I know.]

[Update: Time Canada is now back online. And the iMac is cool.]

January 6, 2002

Speculation

Being that Macworld is tomorrow, and the fact that this is exactly the type of thing which I was hoping Apple would come out with, I thought I should point it out now so I can tell everyone “I told you so” later.

I think my exact speculation was: A tablet computer, thinner than a laptop, a bit taller and wider than a piece of letter paper, a screen, a keyboard, a stylus, a touchpad, ports for a mouse, USB, FireWire, a DVD-ROM drive, and an 802.11a/b card.

Well I’d want one anyway.

[Also: The DSL is on. I’m so happy.]

January 5, 2002

Sunrise on the Bay

Sunrise on the bay.

I dropped Tabitha off Friday morning at the ferry port before heading off to work. The sun was rising just as we got down there and I happened to have the camera on me.

The Bay Bridge looks particularly nice first thing in the morning. So does Tabitha but I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of her. In any case, we made it to the dock in plenty of time and both made it to our respective destinations with time to spare.

Unfortunately, it’s now very late and my next destination is bed which I am heading for now.

[Also: Kottke is right. But don’t bring it to everyone’s attention. If I have to stand in line the next time I buy tickets from the machine, I’ll blame kottke.org!]

January 3, 2002

Strange Days

The new year is off to a kooky start for a bunch of people. I’m trucking along for the time being. It’s nice to have Tabitha up in the Bay Area for so long.

Here are some photos from my winter vacation for your viewing pleasure.

January 2, 2002

Pain-Free New Year

I can confidently say that my back hurts less today than it did yesterday and that’s the first time I’ve been able to say that since [checking Moodstats…] December 29th, 2001. It’s good not to be in subtle yet constant pain.

I spent a little while tonight trying to fix a couple of bugs which are plauging iWalt.com. As usual, please let me know if something’s not working for you. Thanks.

[Also: What happens when waferbaby teams up with A List Apart and bashes OmniWeb? This. I swear they’re reading my mind.]

January 2, 2002

Way Beyond

Apple is so cool. This is the way to do marketing. I can’t wait 5 days!

Oh yeah. Happy 2002 everyone.

[Also: Holy cow! EarthLink installed my DSL line in 7 days. It’s already hooked up! I just have to recover the modem from Ryan! Whoo-hoo!]

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