April 2002

April 29, 2002

Everything MX

Big day over at Macromedia.

I downloaded the Public Betas of Dreamweaver and Fireworks and they both seem pretty solid if a bit sluggish. I dig the new Properties toolbar but if there’s one place where Fireworks could have blown Photoshop 7 out of the water it’s speed. As it stands they’re both a bit slow on the uptake. Maybe it’s Mac OS X’s fault… or my ever-aging computer.

And a big day over at Apple apparently.

Sigh. 800MHz, higher resolution and graphics processor enhanced screen, DVI video port, etc. etc. etc. The new Powerbooks are nice. The eMac is a good idea too. Sort of the industrial-style iMac.

April 26, 2002


Fray Day 6

Rob: di is slammin’ right now
Walt: Do, do, do, do, do, do, di do-do.
Rob: hehe, way cool huh?
Walt: Squeek, squeek, squeek…
Walt: Dooit, dooit, dooit…
Rob: sounds psychotic
Rob: cool dj name too - DJ MachZero
Walt: Heh.
Walt: Mine would be DJ WheresMyShoes.
Rob: I’d be…
Rob: DJ YourShoesAreOverHere
Walt: Hehehehehe!

[Also: Fray Day 6 is happening September 14. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it this year.]

April 24, 2002

Dynamic Flash

Todd Dominey has a little Flash, PHP, MySQL experiment up and running. It’s a slick little interface that lets you vote for your favorite 70s television show, then adds your vote to the database and displays the results. All in a smooth little flash movie. Very nice.

April 24, 2002

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m trying a new thing on the FAQ page. Instead of questions I make up, I’m letting the iWalt.com crowd get their questions answered. So make sure you’re logged in and ask away. Help define the site. =-)

[Also: Happy Half-Birthday to me.]

April 23, 2002

Dooce, A Postmortem

One of the most honest and funny personal websites I’ve stumbled across and become completely hooked on is closing down. Why? She was too honest and funny. I’ll miss dooce.com.

[Goodbyes: What Do I Know?, Evhead, Blurbomat]

April 22, 2002


My thoughts exactly. Here’s the Time article on Episode II.

Damn, K10k rules so much. Permalinks will get you everywhere with me. =-)

Also: Today is Earthday. Hug your planet today. It’s the only one you get.

April 21, 2002

Forum Rebirth

This weekend the Forums will be healing from some repair scars inflicted during an operation to weed out database garbage and streamline queries to the server. If you notice any error messages or experience any weird behavior please let me know and I’ll try to address it as soon as possible. Thanks.

Also, I started a Geekspeak forums where we can localize any discussions on more nerdy matters. =-)

April 20, 2002

K10k Returns

Oh happy day! Good ole’ Kaliber 10000 has returned to the airwaves with their own brand of pixelicious perfection. That was the longest “summer” in recorded history.

April 17, 2002


The Mini

“If you’re gonna get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I’ll just have to stop doing stupid things!” — Homer Simpson

[Later: I got hit by a (very slow-moving) car on the walk into work this morning. I’m fine. So is the computer. =-) It really wasn’t moving very fast. Which is part of the reason I walked in front of it. I could have sworn it was coming to a stop at the intersection since they had a red light. Guess not.]

Speaking of cars, these little autos had taken up residence in front of the Fairmont Hotel a few weeks back while they had their pictures taken. The “Build Your Own” feature is very fun. I suspect I’d never fit in these cars.

April 15, 2002


Up too late tonight building a first draft of a new gizmo for the Code section. It’s an AppleScript which calls the Google API and gets the top result for your query. Pretty simple but I’m just happy it works. (For the most part.)

[Also: 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097.org]

April 14, 2002


Federal. State. Adjusted gross income. Amortization. Deduction. Itemizations. IRA. Capital gains. Penalties. Self-employment. Credits. Dependants. Rate. Return.

Why don’t they just come to my house, kick me in the nuts, and take a third of my stuff away?

It’d be less painful.

April 14, 2002


I was having such a nice day. The weather was beautiful. I was being really productive. Getting things mailed, dropping off laundry, picking up groceries, making progress on iWalt 5, creating an XML publishing bridge between iWalt.com and überdesign… etc. etc. etc.

Then I started doing my taxes.

I’m going to need an extension this year.

[Also: Is this for real? At the very least, Christopher Walken’s weblog made me forget about my taxes. For a few minutes at least. I can’t help but read the entries in Nick’s impersonation voice. Which, if you’ve ever heard it, rules.]

April 13, 2002

Instant Googling


This is a snazzy little bit of software written for the new Google API by Matt Webb. It’s an instant messaging bot which responds to your queries by searing Google and returning the results. Very cool. It’s name: Googlematic. And it even works with my multiclient instant messaging tool, Fire.

Dave Winer is putting together a list of tools that will take advantage of the new API. [Via Scripting News.]

[Also: Simpsons Producer Brooks Apologizes to Rio. Brooks added, “If that doesn’t settle the issue, Homer Simpson offers to take on the President of Brazil on Fox Celebrity Boxing.”]

April 13, 2002

Changing Lanes

Changing Lanes

Rob and I went to see Ben and Sam duke it out on the streets of NYC tonight. I have to say that the movie was far, far better than I thought it would be and I highly recommend it to the iWalt.com-reading masses. =-) Not only do both Jackson and Affleck give (for the most part) great performances, the supporting cast all do a fabulous job as well. The plot stays interesting and touching and the characters keep you thinking about their motives and speculating on what they’ll do next.

Showtime, on the other hand, is not a good movie. It’s a buddy cop spoof that forgets it’s spoofing and becomes what it’s mocking. Then it gets confused and starts sucking. Then it sucks for about an hour and a half and then it ends.

Looking forward to: Spider-man, Episode II, and Insomnia.

April 12, 2002


I slapped some XML feeds on the bottom of the Weblog page tonight. Sam inspired me to finally write an XML parser and once I finished one I had to build a couple more. The Slashdot one shown below is pretty run-of-the-mill but the Weblogs one is really cool because it’s cross-referenced with my list of Links so it only lists links of interest. This is tying together Scripting, Databases, Web Services, and XML Publishing. I like it.

Those feeds probably won’t stay down there for long. I’ll find the right place for them eventually.

[Also: Yesterday, the Google API release. Today, accessing the Google API via PHP.]

April 11, 2002

The Google API

Can anyone say Google-powered iWalt.com search engine? Now you can. Cool.

April 11, 2002

When they were 25…

“Orson Welles coscripted, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane.

“Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic, thus winning a $25,000 prize.

“Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile. As he collapsed unconscious into the arms of his trainer, the loudspeaker announced, ‘The time was three—’. The uproar of the fans drowned out the rest of the announcement.”


April 11, 2002


I remembered to wish Tabitha a happy birthday yesterday but I forgot to tell everyone here that she turned twenty-flehstafle… yesterday! (Maybe we can finally coax her into posting with a question.) So, how does it feel to be… as old as you now are? =-)

[Also: An In-Depth Anaylsis of the Cultural Ramifications Evidenced in the Powerpuff Girls. Funny.]

April 10, 2002

It’s Wednesday?

Blogging: The art of making your life sound more interesting than it is.

Where does the time go? Tonight has been about three things. Talking with Tab on the phone. (A common occurrence.) Doing a load of laundry. (Need fresh socks.) And backing up a lot of new and improved MP3s. (Why must I get so many burn errors?!)

I’ve been going through my MP3s in my “spare” time for months now, updating their tags, getting all the little metadata in better shape. I’ve done so much work on it that I’ve been thinking it’s high time to back it up before the hard drive melts. I need a device that can back my whole hard drive up to one disc. How much do DVDs hold these days?

Aside from that, nothing else really exciting going on. This weekend I’ll finally (most likely) be spending in San Francisco. Although I may find myself appartment-hunting in Berkeley for most of it. =-) And I’d like to finally make it over to Golden Gate Park if the weather permits…

[Also: A conversation with Stephen Hawking. Via Slashdot.]

April 8, 2002

Weekend Update

Protest March

While at work on Friday, I snapped this photo of a protest march on Market Street. It’s not a particularly good photo and I took some more when they were making their return trip up the other side of the street. I haven’t looked at them all yet. It’s good to see people nonviolently making their voices heard. I just wish someone had the right answer.

In lighter news: Did anyone else see Tina Fey’s batteries die during Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live? Too funny.

The 0.2.0 release of the Cocoa implementation of the Gecko engine is out. The new Chimera sports Quartz rendering and a slew of tiny bugs and missing features. I’ve got high hopes. It’s like using OmniWeb but with good CSS rendering.

I had a great time in Santa Rosa this weekend celebrating Tabitha’s birthday with her and her family as well as visiting with Dad, Art, Nani and the doggies. Bowski insisted that I continually throw his drool-coated tennis ball for him. This, unfortunately, sent him smashing into the kitchen a few too many times, but he kept insisting I throw for him.

Tabitha and I went for a walk around Spring Lake on a beautiful and oddly deserted day. Dad and I went to see The Royal Tenenbaums which I’m still digesting but definitely wasn’t as into as Bottle Rocket or Rushmore. But it wasn’t bad either. Need to see it again sometime.

April 5, 2002

Why am I awake?

I have no idea. But I do know this: If you’re using either Internet Explorer 5.x for Macintosh, Mozilla, or Netscape 6.x, you need to check out the links section to see our newly improved Page Holder and Sidebar utilities. Complete with screenshots. Check ‘em out, they’re awesome.

April 4, 2002


Rachelle is blogging the arrival of one of Mark’s birthday presents. A burrito.

Readers say: “It’s better than CNN!” Blogging scores another point against traditional journalism.

Happy Birthday Mark!

April 3, 2002


Plugging away at the next version of iWalt tonight. It’s such a mess right now. Working on way too many things at once. Trying not to break more than I fix. Hoping things start to clear up soon. Right now I’m thinking I may be done in time for iWalt’s 3rd anniversary on September 1st.

April 3, 2002

Learn and Share

Work From Home: A fabulous piece of web journalism. iWalt.com could use some in-depth reporting of its own… Nah, I’ve got enough on my plate.

Feeling irrationally annoyed about: Women who say “my girlfriend” instead of “my friend”. Unless you are in some way romantically attached to the person, why can’t she just be your friend? Why must it be qualified only in the girl-to-girl usage? Guys would never say “girlfriend” unless she was his girlfriend. And men and women would never say “boyfriend”. (Unless he was her/his boyfriend.) But women say “girlfriend” with wild abandon for the convention of assigning romantic relationships. I just don’t understand. =-)

This explains why I spent many frustrating hours last night beating my head against the wall. Why couldn’t he have posted this yesterday!?

April 2, 2002

War… and stuff.

Yesterday Rob directed me to an informative and chilling Flash site on the destructive and horrifying power of nuclear weapons. Today, Todd Dominey’s website links to a very well-done QuickTime movie on the nature of our country and this war.

Matt Haughey calls out a MeFi comment responding to Michael Eisner’s use of Abraham Lincoln’s views in his recent demonization of all those media thieves.

[In lighter news: There are some nice movies in the pipes. And a bunch of them have their trailers up at Apple’s QuickTime page. I suggest checking out: Minority Report, Human Nature, The Salton Sea, and Swimming.]

April 1, 2002

April Fools

Another year down the tubes, another opportunity to fool the iWalt.com faithful passes me by. Some day I’ll remember to set aside some time for a real funny April Fools joke. I promise.

Instead I spent the last few days of March this year visiting friends and loved ones in not-so-sunny San Diego. What’s up with that by the way? Next time I’m down there it had better be sweltering.

This evening, despite the fact that I’ve been up since 4:45 a.m. and my day has included at van ride, a plane ride, a bus ride, a BART ride, a solid day of work, and a walk up Nob Hill with two heavy bags, I got some solid birthday shopping done for a certain blonde-haired friend of mine who’s about to turn twenty-… fehblathle. Which reminds me, I need to pay my rent! (And ugh! do my taxes.)

[Fools: PigeonRank, You’ve Got Blogs, Met4filter.org]

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