July 2003

July 29, 2003

The Two Plotlines

I’m thinking about breaking my plan to read each of the Lord of the Rings books before each movie comes out. Two Towers the book ends in a radically different place than Two Towers the movie and I think that played a large part in my less-than-enthusiastic attitude toward the film. That and the fact the the true awesomeness of Shadowfax was not adequately depicted and the Ents were portrayed more as doddering whimpy fools rather than the majestic and wise saviors they should have been.

In any case, I’ll have to wait to read Return of the King until after I see Return of the King in order to keep myself blissfully ignorant of any plot inconsistencies.

July 25, 2003

Whither Art Thou, iPod?

The power cord which energizes my laptop is starting to fall apart. It has to be placed just so in order to get any juice into the computer. And it’s getting worse. So I’m thinking I’m going to need a new one. But that’s going to run me $80. Now, it occurs to me that the power cable that comes with the iPod will also work with my PowerBook. So since I have to get this thing, do I shell out the $80 for the cable by itself and come away no better than I started out? Or, do I look at it as an opportunity to get an iPod for 25% off?

What would you do?

Update: Nevermind. It’s not compatible. I could have sworn they used to be. Oh well.

July 25, 2003

Ping Me

Movable Type bloggers can now let iWalt.com know when their site has been updated. We’ve added support for the weblogs.com XML-RPC ping interface. All you have to do is make a simple modification to your Movable Type weblog’s configuration. Just go to the Preferences form and add “http://www.iwalt.com/api/” to the list of sites to notify when the blog is updated. This will send the name and url of your blog to iWalt.com automatically when the blog is updated. I’ll use the data on iWalt to show who’s been blogging recently, possibly in the Profiles section, etc.

July 24, 2003

Code Wrangling

My brother Bryce, on the phone.

A number of small changes have been made around the site recently. The weblog link fixer (a script which redirects requests for old weblog entry URLs to their new URLs) was repaired. The mouseover effect on the main navigation was changed from a Javascript solution to a CSS solution. The main nav also now indicates what section you’re in. A repair was made to the weblog script to prevent it from inserting empty paragraph tags. A tagline submission form was added to the right column. The unread forum messages table has been updated so that all messages prior to July 1, 2003 will be marked as read for all users. This helps with the forum load time. And finally the photos home page got restructured a bit and a new photo commenting feature has been added. That’s all for now.

Oh the photo. It’s Bryce in San Francisco on the Fourth of July. If you want the best Bad Boys 2 viewing experience possible, bring him along. =-)

July 21, 2003

One Degree of Seperation

Tabitha and I spent the past weekend at a state park near Tahoe with her folks. The running gag was that I’m a good person to have along on a camping trip since I’m an almost irresistible target for mosquitos. My presence ensures a nearly bug-free experience for those I’m with. So the next time you’re trying to decide between bug spray and citronella candles, hire me to tag along instead. =-) Tab and I had a great time, were amazingly well fed, and even got into a bit of a water fight at one point.

At the very end of our weekend, after roughly 400 miles of flawless driving, I was in the midst of renegotiating my car’s relationship with the curb when I failed to notice (for only a moment) a car calmly cruising up the street. I stopped fast, they swerved a bit, I wondered how I hadn’t seen them, they stopped about two car lengths ahead, I raised my hand and mouthed “I’m sorry”, and they cruised off. I felt pretty badly about it though and I recognized the car as being a regular in the neighborhood. I didn’t want there to be any grudges so a little later I left an apology note on their windshield.

Here’s the point: I signed the note because it seemed sort of cowardly not to. That got me thinking about how robustly connected we all are. My name is easily connected to this site. Even if you’re not a compulsive blogger there’s probably at least a little information about you on the web somewhere. As time goes on our net identities will play more of a part in what people think of us. Whether we like it or not.

July 20, 2003

Matrix on IMAX

Nick was kind enough to visit our foggy end of the state last weekend. (Actually, it was gorgeous in Santa Rosa which is where we spent the bulk of our time.) Before he split for the sunny skies of Southern California we stopped by the Metreon for food but discovered something far more wonderful. The Matrix Reloaded, remastered for IMAX.

People, this is the only way to see this movie. Huge, loud, and perfect. It’ll cost you $13 but it’s worth every artificial dreamworld-generated penny. Now, rumor has it that Revolutions (the third in the Matrix series, due out in the fall) will debut in both conventional format and IMAX. Which means only one thing. I must acquire opening night tickets for the 100 foot-wide Matrix III.

Yum.

July 17, 2003

Type It Up

A short list of TypePad weblogs: Ben’s Blog, Not A Dollarshort, Weblog Alpha (JJG!), Matt Haughey’s PVR Blog, and of course, Rachelle’s new RachelleB.

We’ll add more as they emerge.

July 17, 2003

Great Googly Moogly

Jason Kottke links to our humble iWalt.com from his blogroll. (Under the expandable “More Links” section but still.) Wow. This is the part in Wayne’s World where I would throw myself to the ground and start chanting “We’re not worthy!”

We’re in there with Antipixel, Evhead, JasonZada.com, ScottAndrew.com, Signal vs. Noise, Six Apart, Aaron Swartz, Camworld, Dollarshort.org, Dooce, and V-2 Organisation. All of which I love and read with quasi-obsessive regularity.

July 16, 2003

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus

We’re very pleased to announce the immediate availability of our LJS&C website redesign. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus was looking for a new design direction to serve as the foundation for an ongoing project to improve their presence on the web and worked with me to overhaul their design and front-end code. Many presentational modifications were made in order to create a more consistent and cohesive look and feel. In addition, the site is now built with valid HTML and CSS. This will not only improve their page load times but also make the site more accessible to a wider range of modern web browsers. Much thanks go to Sean for making it all happen. We’re very happy with the progress that’s been made and are committed to smoothing any remaining wrinkles.

To support any traffic which may come our way as a result of this project we’re also pleased to announce our new Design section. The goal of this section is to provide a landing page for visitors from the LJS&C and (more importantly) to provide an efficient method for anyone to report bugs in any of our projects.

July 8, 2003

Lightbox

I’m finished posting our photos from Paris. Sixty in all. That’s about all I’ve been able to focus on recently. Trying to integrate my weblog into Movable Type’s system is more complicated than I originally anticipated. Some third-party plugins are proving useful but at the end of the day, it’s a different system and you can’t have it both ways. I’ll keep tinkering.

Meanwhile I’ve got other projects that need finishing.

July 4, 2003

Powered By Movable Type?

Mark asked me recently why I didn’t use Movable Type if I like it so much. I rattled off a short list of reasons. Since then I’ve started to realize that with a little bit of tweaking, most of those issues can be worked around. So now I’m seriously considering migrating to an MT+Waltcode system which would look and feel identical to the existing system, plus a few MTpowered bonuses, plus a kick ass admin system, etc. It will take some time to get all the kinks worked out and I’ve got plenty of other projects to interfere with making the transition, but eventually I think I’ll get there.

Oh yeah. Happy Fourth of July! I’m spending the day cleaning my apartment and I hope to get over to the City to see Bryce’s new place at some point.

July 3, 2003

Domain Block

College pseudoroomie Scott Yager is moving to Boston soon and wants to launch a new site to record his experiences. He’s looking for suggestions as to what his new site should be named. If you’ve got any ideas or just want to wish him well, drop him a line in his comments.

I’ve recommended the Splorp available domain listing for inspiration and the forthcoming TypePad service for content management (if it’s ready in time).

July 2, 2003

A photo journalist in the making?

Roving man-on-the-scene Mark Shewmaker is documenting the mayhem as Canal Street is shut down due to “a suspicious-looking package” in the 1/9 subway station.

Meanwhile baseball überfan and panoramic artist Nick Runco “reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.”

July 1, 2003

Tweaks

The file that defines all our fonts, colors, spatial layout, and various sizings got a thorough overall the other evening. It’s now cleaner, more organized, easier to read, and ready for the future. Tonight we took aim at the site’s RSS feeds and did a little polishing there as well. The new feeds incorporate the Dublin Core “creator” tag which NetNewsWire recognizes, the forums feed more closely matches the style of the weblog comments feed, and the photos feed now includes a random photo with each of the albums.

Meanwhile the infuriating yet lovable side-project is inching closer to its sharable milestone. Stay tuned.

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