August 2002

August 30, 2002

I Want My MTV (Back)

MTV is the Microsoft of televised music.Amen. [Via What Do I Know]

August 29, 2002

San Francisco 8, Montreal 4

Giants at bat.

Dad and I made it over to Pac Bell Park last Sunday for the Giants/Expos game. Dad brought the peanuts, I took some photos, and the home team won. There were even a couple exciting moments including a close play as Barry Bonds slid into home plate. It was my first visit to Pac Bell Park. A good time was had by all.

In other parent news, Mom’s amazing advertising skill got my bed sold in less than 48 hours with no ad budget. So the King-sized sleep machine is finally gone. (Much to everyone’s relief.)

Meanwhile, Tabitha and I have been sampling more markets and some laundromats in Berkeley and still working to get our apartment completely squared away. The effort will continue this weekend with trips to Costco, Ikea, and possibly the dump.

I’ve been working on projects, digging the new Apple operating system, and working on getting the Blogizer updated to work with Jaguar. But the real treat today was finding CandyBar, the awesome joint-venture of Panic and The Icon Factory.

August 23, 2002

Happy Jaguar Day!

As you may or may not be aware, Apple is releasing Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar today. (A bit earlier than originally announced.) I bought a copy on discount from Amazon a couple weeks ago but it’s looking like it’s going to take a while to arrive. So I’m doing a proactive upgrade. =-) Last night I started backing up my data to discs and today I’m making another backup to the fat HD on my computer at work. As soon as that’s finished the installing will commence!

August 21, 2002

Dishwashing Notes

Tabitha and I went to our first Andronico’s grocery market last night. It was awesome. Such a pleasantly welcome shopping experience after slumming it at Safeway for so long.

But that’s not what I was thinking about while washing dishes. Now, Macromedia, right? I’m thinking they’ve killed Director. Like killed it forever. They won’t come out and say it, but it’s happening. Flash is already dancing on its older brother’s grave. It’s clear that it’s happening because Director is totally absent from the MX strategy, and there’s no sign at all of a Carbonized version for Mac OS X on the horizon.

(This is, of course, where Macromedia announces Director MX tomorrow.)

I don’t think that’s going to happen though and it’s a real shame for the following reasons. One, Director has a better authoring environment than Flash does. Two, Lingo (had it been cared for as well as ActionScript) is a better scripting language than ActionScript. Three, Director has the potential to fit in so well with Macromedia’s stated goal of enabling content producers and distributers to rapidly develop rich, internet-savvy media solutions.

But I really think they’ve killed it. Shockwave.com didn’t go as planned and Director paid the price. What do you think? Know of any good blogs or articles on this issue?

August 20, 2002

The Beat Goes On

Mom is the latest addition to the South Park personas. Thanks! =-)

Moments before noticing a very tiny inchworm (more of a centimeterworm really) making its way up the zipper of my jacket as I sat on the BART from the 12th Street Oakland station to the North Berkeley station (did it get on in Oakland or had it been with me since San Francisco’s Powell Street station? Shudder.) I had been reading On The Road, which I’d cracked the spine of a year earlier but had since been gathering dust. I was thinking that I must have become desensitized to the wacky behavior of the Beat crew from modern films like Fear and Loathing and Fight Club. I suppose at the time the book was published and in the atmosphere that those event took place, it would all seem very unconventional, zany even. I think I’m not getting the historical context well enough to see their adventures as being particularly wild.

What else, what else, what else: Tara Sue Grubb is the first candidate for Congress to have a weblog. I’m not sure she’s doing the best job of it, but it’s interesting to watch things unfold for her. It makes me hopeful that weblogs will be something fundamental to the future of a representational government. Her opponent is spearheading a bill which gives organizations the right to hack into other people’s systems to see whether copyrighted material is being exchanged. That’s a lot of privacy being thrown out.

August 19, 2002

SmoothType

People with respectable opinions have been bad mouthing anti-aliased text working its way into web browsers. I don’t understand their argument. I dig it. When Adobe Type Manager brought smoothing to desktop publishing I hated it, at first. It was harder to line up baselines with guides when you were dragging them to fuzzy edges. Who needs that? But the slick, smooth edges and well-rendered type grow on you. As screen resolutions increase, font edges have to become smooth. Pixel fonts simply can’t translate to high resolution. And higher resolution is inarguably where screens are going. Mac OS X is swimming with smooth type and I think it looks fantastic. The latest build of Mozilla renders type beautifully on OS X.

Am I wrong? =-)

[Also: Nani sent in her South Park persona. It looks like the Studio has been enhanced.]

August 19, 2002

The Blog Lazy

Dave Hyatt says he’s been “neglecting” his blog as well. His excuse: Warcraft 3. I haven’t flipped it on since finishing the human campaign. Which was a while ago. That’s a good excuse. Scripting guru Dave Winer asks fellow programmer Robert Scoble why he hasn’t been blogging. Another good excuse. =-)

[Elsewhere: If you’ve even wondered where Google gets those wonderful toys, this PageRank analysis is worth a read. Justin recently turned me on to this resource for broadband services. It could use a bit of cleaning by a designer but there’s a bunch of good information in there.]

I spent a little while tonight trying to get iWalt.com straightened out with Daypop and Blogdex. The former uses an excessively long URI and the latter has me blacklisted at being “Offline” for no good reason.

[Last thing: Gizmodo. Gizmo news, updated daily. Check it out.]

August 18, 2002

Disillusioned?

This so-called blog has not had the attention it deserves. (There’s a weird thought.) My point is that I’m busy, and I’d rather fill this column with pithy thoughts about the shoddy state of our little democracy or brag about how happy I am for being able to spend time with Tabitha and the family. But as The Dude says, I gotta feed the monkey. Today I found myself on a slow BART to the city to spend some time at work finishing a hideously long document that needed work. Then back home to work on something else for just as long. So by the time I can turn to look at “Ye Olde I, Walt” I’m already coasting on fumes.

Yawn! Anyway, hope y’all are not quite as busy as I and spent your Sundays running free through the streets of your home towns, eating watermelon and unexpectedly turning a sprinkler on a loved one.

Over and out.

August 16, 2002

Hey La, Hey La…

Tabitha got back from her big trip the day before yesterday. So a big “whoo-hoo” there. This weekend we’re truckin’ up to Santa Rosa to see our families including Bryce who’s in town a few short days before shipping off to Hawaii. Yes, Bryce found a job in Hawaii. =-)

We’ll be back in Berkeley on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead. I have a ton of work to do on a number of fronts and Tab’s only a few days away from the beginning of her epic post-graduate education. =-)

August 14, 2002

One For The Team

I’m just doing my part to help Weblogs.com hit the 1000 high-water mark.

Awesome. It made it. =-)

[Also: New Power Mac G4s are out and I don’t feel an overwhelming need to buy one. This is a good thing.]

August 12, 2002

Sunburn

I don’t know about you, but my forehead, cheekbones, and nose are about as red as … well, as red gets I suppose. The sunburn was worth it, of course, for the honor of witnessing Justin’s marriage to his long-time significant other, Erica.

Prior to the ceremony, due to my overestimation of the drive time between Berkeley and Santa Cruz, I found myself walking along a beach carrying a lidless cup of very hot tea, towards a pier at the end of which was a wrecked disaster of a World War I refueling ship. I was the only beachgoer that particular morning wearing (among other things) a tie and cursing when the oscillations of the tea compounded to send scalding drops of liquid pouring over my hand and hitting my shiny black shoes.

I guess I was thinking that if I could ignore the people who were inevitably noticing such an out-of-place person at a Santa Cruz beach at 9:30 on a Sunday morning, then I could survive a wedding reception full of old high school acquaintances. It really wasn’t that bad.

Nevertheless, the walk to the pier and the following outdoor ceremony (and in no small part the energy of that enormous flaming ball of hydrogen in the sky) combined to leave my noggin burned to the core. It was a beautiful wedding though. I’m very happy for Justin and very pleased to have been there.

August 10, 2002

Save Yourselves

Please do not, under any condition, see XXX. It is a bad, bad movie. Spend your valuable time doing something drastically more enjoyable. Like cleaning your toilet or shaving off your kneecaps with a belt sander. Save yourself from turning into me, a quivering shell of my former self, hoping desperately to purge the foul memory of that awful, awful film from my infested mind. Save your money. Read a book. Reorganize your sock drawer. Just don’t — please don’t — see XXX.

August 9, 2002

XXX

I’m not sure how I got talked into this, but I’m going to see that new action movie with Vin Diesel tonight. Actually, I think the reason is that I need to hang out with friends and have a little fun. This week has been pretty monotonous. Wake up, shower, get dressed, go to work, work, go home, futz with the computer, read, watch TV, go to sleep. Goto 10.

I miss Tabitha.

This evening we bring you a new and improved Sidebar. Our sidebar was designed to be used with the Mozilla/Netscape Sidebar feature and was quickly adapted to work with Internet Explorer for Mac’s Favority Page Holder feature. In any case, it was originally a place to get quick access for a bunch of my favorite sites. Recently it’s evolved into a more multifunctional tool. Currently it can be used to view my links, read snippets of the weblogs from iWalt.com and überdesign, see what people are blogging about at Daypop and Blogdex, and to see who’s been blogging recently at Weblogs.com.

August 7, 2002

XHTML 2: Electric Boogaloo

I saw the other day that the W3C released a second draft of the XHTML 1.0 specification, but I completely missed a far more interesting milestone until this morning. A working draft of the XHTML 2.0 specification has been posted and it’s very interesting. I haven’t had time to digest it yet but there’s already a story about it at Kuro5hin and one guy has already released a page marked up in the new language. Check it out.

The sad part is that it will take forever for browsers to support the new XHTML and even longer for people to upgrade. Sigh!

[Also: Who the hell signed me up for NFL Fantasy Football 2002?]

August 6, 2002

Survivor

Rocky

I didn’t really get into music as a commodity I couldn’t live without until sophomore year in college. I listened to my parents music when I was young, when I started driving I really liked oldies music, toward the end of high school I started noticing bands like Green Day, Offspring and Weezer. But none of these phases amounted to much. If you asked me I couldn’t tell you what genres of music I liked or what my favorite bands were because I just didn’t care. People said this made me weird. Whatever.

My point here isn’t that I now am a well-adjusted music addict (which isn’t true), or that the music I relied on that year in college helped me keep from losing my mind (which is true), but rather simply this:

It still surprises me how much a song from when I was very young and oblivious to most music can still cut to the core and make me remember with perfect clarity some snippets of life from that time. This was made evident to me once again, just now, with Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger.

How sad is that? =-)

August 5, 2002

High Kaliber

It’s a… homonym… two meanings… heh.

Big congratulations are in order for our very own Brian who scored the ultimate ego-boost by getting a mention for his pixel image site on the highly selective K10k.

[Also: The thing of the day on the web today seems to be BlogTree.com. It’s a system for sharing the sites that inspired yours and thus creating a network of knowledge about influences and styles.]

August 5, 2002

Too Tired To Blog

Wow, busy weekend. Saw M. Night Shyamalan’s latest offering on Friday night. Loved it. The ending wasn’t as complex as my rapidly theorizing mind had been expecting but everything else, the actors, the tension, the humor… perfect. Then on Saturday it was up to Santa Rosa where I got stood up by a bed shopper, bought some fancy duds, hung out with the family, and washed the car. Then back to Berkeley through the worst weekend rush-hour traffic ever to churn through some work and pass out on my desk.

Zzzzzzzz.

August 2, 2002

I Miss Her

Tabitha continues to live it up. She sure knows how to pick the destinations. I’d never heard of Cinque Terre, it looks particularly brutal on the legs, but what a cool area to explore. She says she’s enjoying it.

On my agenda this evening: Signs.

August 1, 2002

Interfacelift

In a month iWalt.com will be three years old. To kick off a series of little updates to the site, we’re pleased to present the new look and feel. Thanks to Rob for helping me test the rendering in some browsers. If you’re having trouble with the new design, please send me a screenshot. Thanks, and enjoy!

[Specifically: If anyone runs Internet Explorer 5 or 5.5 on Windows and can send me a screenshot it would be much appreciated. Thanks.]

[Ugh: Jessyca graciously sent me an IE/5.5/Win screenshot. My apologies to all users of this crummy browser, and a humble request for you to upgrade. Internet Explorer 6 is a significant improvement. And free.]

[Screens: Mozilla 1.1b for Mac OS X with smoothing on, Internet Explorer 5.2.1 for Mac OS X with smoothing off.]

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