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2004: 401 posts.

  • Officially

    Happy New Year.

  • Hey San Diego!

    Recycling Your Christmas Tree San Diego!

  • Your Civic Duty

    Go read this November 2003 article from The New Yorker: War After The War: What Washington doesn’t see in Iraq by George Packer. It’s thought provoking and troubling. Yeah, I’m late to it, but it’s great. It was my father who pointed me to it. Go.

  • More Civic Duty: Your Bank Account, Your Liberties

    Read this: Your bank account, your liberties We realize that the Fourth Amendment — and the rest of the Bill of Rights — exist for a reason, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. With H.R. 2417, with the USA PATRIOT Act, with its ability to detain American citizens indefinitely without charge or access to attorneys…

  • Sad to see it leave the San Diego landscape

    There is no group called softweargirlz. SWGz participated in Happy Hour 9 prominently. WebGrrls San Diego has been closed for a while. Techniquelle is still around though. Times change, I suppose.

  • I Am Seriously Thinking About This

    UCSD Visual Arts : Undergraduate Program : Majors : ICAM.

  • Lots

    Lots of stuff going on. I owe it to myself to do a big long post with all the changes, but not yet. Mom, my goal is to get a full update out there by the end of the week! Love and happiness to all! Onward

  • For a laugh:

    Subtly Simpsons made me laugh.

  • I Love Audio

    Audio Reversal In Popular Culture is a neat web page all about instances where people reverse, somehow the sound in a song to dramatic effect, or just to be weird. Of course Zappa is included.

  • Race to the bottom

    I was in Wal-Mart yesterday. The whole joint is a race to the bottom. How cheap can it be done. We don’t care where. We don’t care who. We don’t consider long term economic benefit or harm. We want the lowest price. So Sassy’s predictions, inasmuch as they focus on cheapness – eliminating staff, outsourcing…

  • Arar: Traveled via USA, deported to Syria and Tortured

    Read this: Some more facts: Torture by proxy/How immigration threw a traveler to the wolves. a) Arar was not trying to enter the USA. He was just doing a plane change in NYC coming in from Europe and going on to Montreal. Since then the USA has cancelled the program that let you stay in…

  • Cat, Warshed

    So Bas got a little stinky, Leah let me know. So, I washed him! He was amenable to the process, and now smells of that wacky Dr Bronner’s Eucalyptus Castile Soap. He did not make a sound the whole time, but he was trying to leave the whole time. Luckily I know all about cat…

  • USA Today Likes Stew

    USA Today reviews Something Deeper Than These Changes: Stew, Something Deeper Than These Changes (***) On his solo outings, of which this is the third, the lead singer of L.A. pop eccentrics the Negro Problem is frequently compared to Burt Bacharach. I find his sinuous melodic twists and articulate but sometimes-oblique lyrics (“lunch box mind”)…

  • I like the phrase…

    Economic Democracy: Towards a Democratic Economic System and Media — I intend to read this.

  • Tree Salesman

    Read Leah’s Christmas Tree Salesman post. Totally true story.

  • Citations

    Naladahc and Chuck linked to me for the Simpsons thing. Glad ya liked it guys! Also, Janece and Kynn have linked to me in the last while. And look at this, has appropriated my Flash Mind Reader thing at They’ve kept my copyright notice and everything. Hey, don’t steal my stuff! Time to…

  • Quote of the Day, and More Bruce Sterling

    From Bruce Sterling: When you get to the future there’s just more future ahead of it. From the audio interview at Massive Change. More: On the WELL and always on his blog.

  • Most Succinct Post on the iPod Mini : The iPod Mini: “$249 seems like too much money to pay for the iPod Mini.”

  • I have 2 subscribers!

    Share Your OPML: Who subscribes to… … woo hoo!

  • My Racquetball Grade

    Remind me to check my grade at Student Web Services Online. What’s up with the system not being online in the middle of the night?

  • Word of the Day

    kakistocracy: “Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens”

  • Good Citizens! took down their copy of my page, and link back to me! That’s so cool!

  • Interesting Speech, About Global Warming And Aliens

    And it will make you think. Caltech Michelin Lecture: “Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference…

  • Movie: First Time Caller

    The First Time Caller website is up! I vaguely know a guy involved with this.

  • My First Python Program

    Here’s my hello world moment for the programming language Python: #!/usr/local/bin/python print “Content-type: text/html\n” print “hello” if 1 == 0: print “1 is 0” else: print “1 is not 0” print “” print “word “*10 Which results in hello 1 is not 0 word word word word word word word word word word Expect more…

  • Lots of Individuated Blog Entries!

    I’ve been on a tear of posting lots of individual entries with neat stuff I found or stuff that upsets or entrances me. Well, there will be more of that. Soon I’ll take a breath and talk more seriously and at more length about: changes in my personal life, changes in my professional life, and…

  • Quorn = SCOP

    This stuff called quorn seems a lot like the “scop” (a commodity single cell protein food source found in novels of Bruce Sterling, particularly my favorite, Islands in the Net. And hey, here’s a site called scop. Nifty. Including some other terms from Sterling works.

  • The Power Of Slideshows

    The Decline of Fashion Photography — An argument in pictures — by Karen Lehrman in Slate

  • Awesome Diversion!

    The hilariously funny (and, please, also not for kids or sensitive adults) The Story About The Baby has been updated with a new series of columns: The Story About the Toddler. The true adventures of a father who looks at things cynically, wittily, and foulmouthedly.

  • np

    I Love L.A. Crank up the Beach Boys, baby Don’t let the music stop We’re gonna ride it till we just can’t ride it no more (…but I’m staying in San Diego)

  • Vossa: Rentable Space

    Vossa is a new space available to rent for presentations and stuff. Very tricked out, and I may be interested in using this for one of my ventures.

  • Today

    Happy Birthday Leah!

  • Ocean Beach Woman Loses Skin, Lives – Health – Woman’s Skin Falls Off, Miraculously Lives — here’s more on Transcyte: Human Fibroblast Derived Temporary Skin Substitute – Temporary wound covering for surgically excised full-thickness and partial-thickness burns. TransCyte consists of a polymer membrane and newborn human fibroblast cells cultured under aseptic conditions in vitro on a nylon mesh. Prior to…

  • Changes for LeahPeah Blog

    Leah is making a change in focus for her LeahPeah Blog. Now entitled “ask leahpeah,” and based on the fact that “readers ask the darndest things!”

  • Homeland Insecurity

    Read this one on Salon: Homeland Insecurity: The fact that U.S. intelligence agencies can’t tell terrorists from children on passenger jets does little to inspire confidence. Relying on computers to sift through enormous amounts of data, and investigators to act on every alarm the computers sound, is a bad security tradeoff. It’s going to cause…

  • GeoURL + RSS = LocalFeeds

    LocalFeeds has an exclusively San Diego Page — how do they do it? — they use GeoURL data combined with RSS data. It’s also smart enough to list “Nearby Cities” such as El Cajon, Chula Vista, Tijuana, Escondido, Oceanside. So cool!

  • Corvette

    Last night we had a little party at Corvette Diner in Hillcrest in honor of Leah’s 33rd Birthday. That’s a change. This year I myself will turn 34. That’s a change. Tom‘s wife is pregnant. That’s a change. Janece is pregnant, that’s a change too. I have resigned my position with I enjoyed my…

  • Healthcare

    Bookmarking for the future…

  • Tired

    Bedtime now. More tomorrow. Er… today, later. Much later. But the laundry is done! (More or less). Many thanks to those of you who have sent well-wishes since my last big post. The positive thoughts are much appreciated.

  • Dance!

    Sometimes one must Dance. With a trombone.

  • Alma Mater, Nombre Cambió

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences is the new name of the former Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley: College of Health Sciences. Here’s a bit more about the history of the College — many former names and colleges that have merged over time to become this new thing — many tributaries, all forming this new river….

  • Misc Bookmarks (Found Clearing Out Stuff At The Soon To Be Former Gig)

    Introduction to ColdFusion Components ColdFusion Development Forum: Components MVC for ColdFusion MX CFSCRIPT Tutorial Daily Use: Subversion SQL Server Performance Tips HTML Forms and JavaScript (a minor reference) Ballad of the Sneak

  • Search, Down – Search this site is currently down with this error: ht://Dig error htsearch detected an error. Please report this to the webmaster of this site. The error message is: Unable to read configuration file ‘/usr/home/artlung/public_html/_websandiego/cgi- bin/htdig/conf/htdig.conf’ This is another thing I want to add to my list of “things to do.”

  • Security Thoughts; Schneier

    The Crypto-Gram for January 15, 2004 is excellent as always. Particularly, read his strong criticisms of current airline security and the color-coded alert system. Also, I will miss it, but the author of the Crypto-Gram newsletter, Bruce Schneier, will be in town Friday night at San Diego Technical Books promoting his latest book.

  • 1am Quizlet

    What do Rover, The Dot, F1, Office Logo, Mother Nature, Links, Rocky, Merlin, Courtney, and Earl have in common?

  • Catch Up (Link) Ball

    How to wake up with energy in the morning Chris Ware: self loathing? US Army: Iraq a distraction in War on Terror Genetic sexual attraction – peculiar phenomenon, glad this is not my situation! PHP OOP Ariana Huffington goes off about the conventional wisdom on Dean Two Buck Chuck Songs that mention Comics Do web…

  • Off

    Today will be my last day at I’ve enjoyed my tenure there. I’ll have a major announcement next week about what I’m up to next. I’ve talked about it a bit. But for now, I’ll leave you wanting more. Drop me a note if you’re curious. I’ll be in and out this busy weekend,…

  • Roadable

    I’m on the road. Back in the box late tomorrow. Southern Utah is beautiful, though dry. More this week. Onward via dial-up!

  • Things About Utah

    Man, that ground is red. Fry sauce. Dial-up is slow. It is bad to put cellular phones into washing machines. I gave my copy of The Jefferson Bible to Leah’s parents. I like dried papaya. Many movies and TV shows have been shot in Kanab. Driving through the area where the polygamists live is eerie….

  • There is no such thing…

    as an INS agent anymore: The former INS and former U.S. Customs Department were merged into the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division of the Department of Homeland Security. I had not realized that. See: US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Customs & Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

  • Media Grok -> Media Unspun -> Blog?

    I used to love Media Grok, and now maybe this will be cool. Though it says “Guest Blog” — which maybe indicates it is only temporary. The Industry Standard: Guest Blog: Jimmy Guterman – Internet Business News

  • Civics Department: One Party USA?

    Civics Department: One Party USA? Read this: America as a One-Party State by Robert Kuttner

  • Grumble

    My cell phone is currently down, making it rather hard to make or take calls. This is one of the hazards of going all cellular: DOWNTIME! Still, AIM works.

  • Moon Goal: Underachievement?

    Chuck makes the point going to the moon by 2015 is sort of aiming low. I mean, we did this already. In 1969. I see his point, actually.

  • IDEO Method Cards ~= Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies

    IDEO Method Cards look like they’re congruent to The Oblique Strategies. The Oblique Strategies evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation – particularly in studios – tended to make me quickly forget that there were others ways of working and that there were tangential ways of…

  • Web Programmers Guide To Comparative Language Functions

    I’ve been wanting to build a comprehensive guide comparing PHP, ColdFusion, ASP, etc for some time. Something like: Server-Side Scripting Comparative Anatomy, combined with links out to the documentation on,, and Something one can use to know that rawurlencode(), URLEncodedFormat(), and Server.URLEncode() are the three respective ways to do the same thing…

  • vs.

    Point, Counterpoint.

  • College; Racquetball Grade

    So it is looking like I need about 30 units of Community College work (more or less) to get into UCSD. I talked with a super-nice Transfer Counselor and essentially it looks like 30 units or so will get me in there. My current academic state is sort of ambiguous. I have 90 or so…

  • Holding Pattern

    I’m sitting in the East Village Coffee House, which is across the street from San Diego City College. On further inspection, I have 26 units of credit from 1987-1989 from the San Diego Community College District. Where these random credits which range from A to F put me, I have no idea. The F obviously…

  • Had my meeting with a counselor

    Summary: things good: likely candidates for Spring classes: Spanish, Statistics, Java Programming. So we’ll see. Oh, and more than half of my SDCCD credits transfer. My Virginia units will need to be assessed by SDCCD. I’ve been advised by Sassy to fight for those units hard. Got lots of worksheets and requirements lists on my…

  • In honor of the Death of Captain Kangaroo

    Captain Kangaroo’s “Joseph” Song 45rpm Record — includes audio!

  • UCLA Extension Transcript

    Wow that was fast. My transcripts came from UCLA Extension — really fast. I have 15 units — B in Entry Level Positions in Film Production, and 3 A’s: Digital Backlot: an Introduction to Digital Image Creation for Film & TV; Mac Illustration; and Post-Production for Film and Television. I don’t think any of it…

  • Classes

    So I’m taking some classes at City that will apply for TAG and IGETC for later transferrence to UCSD: Statistics, Java Programming, and I’m the waitlist for Spanish. I enrolled and paid online. It’s a modern age I suppose. Like I said (or maybe I didn’t), the counselor at City was very helpful. Okay. Onward.

  • Epoch

    Macintosh was born 20 years ago

  • Resume, Resume

    With today I resume regular employment. More in a little while. If you’re out there, and looking for work, I recommend you read this article, by Joel Spolsky: Getting Your Resume Read. It’s really excellent advice. A buddy of mine was doing some hiring recently, and he was astonished by the number of people who…

  • Pope, Breakdancers

    “Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it” Source: CNN

  • I have one, so I’m up to date with 2 million US kids

    2 Million American Children Have Their Own Websites

  • I remember this videogame

    I remember this videogame The Ending of Ecco the Dolphin for Sega Genesis

  • Usenet Posts From Old Email Accounts

    Google groups, formerly Deja News Groups: artlung at; jcrawford at; jcrawford at

  • Search For Posts From My Old Co-Workers

    gtm; jamisongold; edupoint; avencom; financialaid; bidland — some of these may be spam from “joe jobs”, so beware for content.

  • Remember…

    America is Not A Christian Nation.

  • Some great quotes

    from The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck: “Human beings are poor examiners, subject to superstition, bias, prejudice, and a profound tendency to see what they want to see rather than what is really there.”

  • San Diego Blog!

    There are some new and cool San Diego pieces over at San Diego Blog. Well, I think they’re cool. Maybe they’re not. Hah.

  • Stupid RSS Tricks: PHP, Magpie, and RSS

    I’ve just put up a listing of the most recent posts to websandiego using the RSS library for PHP called Magpie. is where I’ve put it. is the sourcecode in question. I think it was Steve Eisenberg who noted that YahooGroups provides an RSS Feed for the group at The whole *point*…

  • Alternating Color PHP Thinger

    Sassy sent me some help for: : “$color = ( $counter % 2 == 0 ) ? $colorOne : $colorTwo; ” — it uses the modulo operator, described . Thanks Sass!

  • Yikes!

    My father had a weather-related car mishap today. The email my Mom sent describes it as prety scary. Back in Virginia, things are icy and cold and I don’t care for that one bit. With some luck, it looks like the car was not lost, and my Dad got out and to work safely with…

  • New Business Cards

    Tease, tease, tease. I just ordered some new business cards from iPrint and they should arrive soon. I’m excited about my new venture. I’m thinking about doing a press release and everything. Something I can send to the likes of freshnews and the t sector — or would that be worthwhile? I’m still formulating my…

  • Aiiiiiigh!

    Sander pointed out to me that the index page of was showing a directory listing. It has now been fixed. The title of this post is the only proper response to the fact that the front of was a directory listing for about 20 hours. Thanks for the QA, Sander!

  • Atom

    Testing of publishing of an Atom Feed. You won’t see anything yet. Sorry.

  • Okay, Atom is ON

    Blogger added support for Atom feeds — read more at — it’s not got the same content as the RSS feed, but hey, it’s simple enough. I’m using PHP code to add Etag and Last-Modified code: header(“Last-Modified: $myDate”); header(“Etag: “$myDate””); header(“Content-Type: text/xml”); I also added this code in the html of my page: <link…

  • Duh, the URL for my Atom Feed…


  • Shirky on online community and the gap between the enthusiasm and action

    Check this, on Many-to-Many — Is Social Software Bad for the Dean Campaign? A quote: The Dean campaign has brilliantly conveyed a message to its supporters, particularly its young ones, that their energy and enthusiasm can change the world. Some of this was by design, but much of it was a function of people looking…

  • Here’s an outrage…

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Press Release: “Writing Instructor Loses Job for Discussing Iraq War in Class”

  • Silly Social Networks

    Brian Dear sent me this latest silliness of his: Denounce Newswire: Amazon Launches New Social Network Called “Pricekut”: “Customers Can Now See and Comment on the Contents of Other Customers’ Shopping Carts” I guess you have to be pretty geeky to get it though.

  • Taxes

    Hey, I just ordered TurboTax for Mac. With luck I should have my taxes done in a few weeks, though I’m still waiting on my W-2 from one of my employers. The TurboTax (formerly MacinTax) product is really good. Painless, and easy.

  • Nifty UG

    The South Eastern Michigan PHP Users Group seems particularly active. And no, I’m not going to Michigan. 🙂

  • What Dori Said…

    Backup Brain: Orkut (what’s Orkut?) was down, but now it’s back up again. Not a member but want to be? Ask. Later note: uhhh… I meant ask if you and I actually do know each other, virtually or otherwise. Hee. Yeah, if you know me, ask to be invited, and I’ll let you in on…

  • Kwiki

    Remind me to install a Kwiki.

  • Like Starbucks?

    Check with the The Oracle of Starbucks. Silliness.

  • John Perry Barlow on Dean

    Read this: BarlowFriendz: The Counter-Revolution Has Been Televised: “This is especially true in a primary campaign where the leading criterion driving candidate preference is the ability to beat the incumbent. Given the relentless hammering he took from the media, Dean was lucky to get 26% of the New Hampshire vote. Even so, Dean may be…

  • Microsoft advises against clicking in MSIE

    833786 – Steps that you can take to help identify and to help protect yourself from deceptive (spoofed) Web sites and malicious hyperlinks “The most effective step that you can take to help protect yourself from malicious hyperlinks is not to click them. Rather, type the URL of your intended destination in the address bar…

  • November Election

    Doc Searls says: “Then remember that we’ve only had two primaries so far, and that November is a long way off.”

  • WE the people

    Citizen of the US? Go read Senator John McCain: In the State of the Union Address just last night, the President called on us to act “as good stewards of taxpayers dollars.” He asked that, when he sends us the new budget plan, we “focus on priorities, cut wasteful spending, and be wise with the…

  • Warnock’s Dilemma

    “Warnock’s Dilemma The act of choosing whether the lack of response to a discussion-list post is because of its brilliance (there’s nothing to add) or because of its stupidity (it doesn’t deserve comment). Named after Brian Warnock, who first described the condition on a Perl list.” ( from Wired 9.10 )

  • Brother Bruce Speaks

    In his latest op-ed, Slouching toward Big Brother, Bruce Schneier asks the questions our politicians and media OUGHT to be asking. Security is a trade-off. It makes no sense to ask whether a particular security system is effective or not–otherwise you’d all be wearing bulletproof vests and staying immured in your home. The proper question…

  • Kids today! MikeRoweSoft and the G5 Hacker

    File under “oh those kids today!” Item 1: Mike Rowe is supposedly making a bundle on eBay by selling legal docs (though ostensibly only got an MSDN membership and an xbox) Item 2: The G5 Kid was a big hoax <Nelson-Muntz>    Ha Ha. </Nelson-Muntz>

  • Catholic stuff

    I was looking up the word Sedevacantism — a word I had never read before — and I came across another term, I did — Tridentine Mass: “While the Vatican does allow the use of Latin Masses, it insists that the latin version of the new Missal be used rather than the older Tridentine Mass,…

  • Most Recent San Diego Bloggers; SDB updates

    Check out the slow evolution of San Diego Bloggers.: Fool’s Eye Blog Joanne “Living Out Loud” Van Meter” urbn NoDice John K. Davis, Technology Advocate KM Blogger TUUN Okie in San Diego etalkinghead Search Visibility Report State of Khoandary My. Syndromes Anita4Real Cuppa Tea Sebastian Holsclaw The Vance Tran Website The Cheese Stands Alone…

  • Mathowie puts it all together…

    about the Janet Jackson Super Bowl “accident”… Does CBS think we’re that stupid? Ever feel like you’ve been cheated? “I’ll wager you anything you like, if American women stopped wearing brassieres, your whole national economy would collapse overnight! ” — J. Algernon Hawthorne, in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

  • Unfinished blog post… Since 1987

    (I meant to post this a few weeks ago…, but I never finished it… incomplete, but check it out…) The other day I had lunch with an old pal from High School. This was someone with whom I’d not spent any time since the reunion in 1997. I went to school at USDHS, and I…

  • Stew Review in the New York Times

    Pop Review | Stew: A Troubadour Travels in Circles, With Lives Tangled in His Own: “Onstage Stew was as much an actor as a singer. His voice is genial and adequate, but he had the rubber-faced presence to make each song vivid. He set up songs with droll introductions and turned himself into a secular…

  • OPML File for San Diego

    I have created an OPML file for San Diego Bloggers. What is OPML? It stands for “Outline Processing Markup Language” — see for more information. google for import opml for more information on importing the file into your RSS Reader. e.g.: FeedDemon. In NetNewsWire, one must save the OPML file, then save the file,…

  • joe

    joe crawford dot com is launching. It’s an online business card. An old school “one page” website . it describes my two main professional activities. The “BIG SECRET” I’ve been referring to is basically that I am now an Evangelist for LAMP Host, who is a great hosting company located here in San Diego. I’ve…

  • Bernie Dodge, San Diego Blog Guy

    SDSUniverse covers a San Diego Blogger: Bernie Dodge Puts His Life Online. Bernie has a SDSU Blog as well as his own personal blog: One-Trick Cyberpony. Bernie’s been linking to SDB for a while. Blogs good he does.

  • School

    I start School today. I’m nervous. I’m excited.

  • My Java Class

    I need to download the Mac version of jGRASP. It went well. Spanish in a bit. Busy busy. Good good.

  • Languages Today

    // This is my first Java Program — today public class JoeCrawford { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.print(“Hello Joe!\n\n”); System.out.println(“\tThis is fun?”); System.out.println(“What is the . . . \1 \2 \3 \4 \5 \6?”); } } and… ¡Hola! ¿Como te llamas? Muy bien, ¿y tu?

  • New Column from Leah

    (I got to read this in advance — it’s a good one) .. WritersMonthly.US- Puking at 30,000 feet

  • iTunes Bug Fix Addition

    I’ve gotten two noted from people about iTunes Error: “The iTunes Music Library file cannot be read because it does not appear to be a valid library file” — saying that reinstalling iTunes was not necessary. I’ve added a note indicating that step as optional, but if the instructions fail, to reconsider reinstallation. Thanks internet!

  • Stew Review

    HIGH BIAS — Stew: “Stew didn’t really write this”

  • Dang!

    Today is so so so busy!

  • New Lab Item: PHP/cookie Preferences for new windows

    Giving Users A Preference Widget for Opening New Windows

  • New Window Preference Setting

    Has been implemented on San Diego Bloggers. I don’t say this often… but… BOO YA!

  • He Bangs!

    The Daily Californian interviews William Hung. See also: (via waxy)

  • Next Week: Web Design Meetup!

    Web Design Meetup — Calling all Web Designers in San Diego, CA

  • Fun trailer

    First Time Caller

  • School Transport

    Today I walked to school. Not bad, and much better than what I did this week, which was drive and park. City College stinks for parking. Why I didn’t walk before I don’t know is that I thought it would be easier, and I was lazy. It’s less than a mile from here to there….

  • San Diego, #2 Web Design Meetup City

    Web Design Meetup San Diego, California — only NYC beats us.

  • Ha

    Java: Failure or Crime?: “Only one fate can be ignominious enough to expiate Java’s wrongs. Java must be consigned to use as an undergraduate teaching language.”

  • Cool Stuff in my Hood

    Socal Free Net is doing some great work to provide free wireless in my neighborhood.

  • Media Interests are not interested in Dean

    Unmaking of the President – 2004: According to CPI, the three largest fundraisers in the presidential campaign at this time are Howard Dean with more than $25 million; John Kerry with more than $20 million; and, of course, President George W. Bush with $85.2 million (as of Sept. 30, 2003). As has been reported, Bush…

  • What I Learned About SQL on August 7, 2004

    (File under: Posts that were meant to be but never were) COALESCE() – the ANSI standard ISNULL() – the Microsoft T-SQL standard (only takes two values) IFNULL() – the MySQL standard (only takes two values) NVL() – Oracle / Informix PL/SQL standard (only takes two values) Got that from a message board. Basically it takes…

  • 2 Weeks Ago @ Influx

    I was able to enjoy good coffee, internet access, and good conversation (not necessarily in that order) via Golden Hill Free Web, available at the coffeehouse. I dug it. (Can you tell that today I’m doing “spring cleaning” on stuff I meant to blog before?)

  • George W. Bush, Plato & Aristotle

    YouCan Make It With Plato – Bush’s difficult relationship with reality. By William Saletan: This big-picture notion of reality, existence, and the world as it is dates back 2,400 years to the Greek philosopher Plato. Plato believed that what’s real isn’t the things you can touch and see: your computer, your desk, those empty barrels…

  • RSS Complexities

    from The myth of RSS compatibility: There are 9 versions of RSS, all of which are incompatible with various other versions. RSS 0.90 is incompatible with Netscape’s RSS 0.91, Netscape’s RSS 0.91 is incompatible with Userland’s RSS 0.91, Netscape’s RSS 0.91 is incompatible with RSS 1.0, Userland’s RSS 0.91 is incompatible with RSS 0.92,…

  • The title of this article is great

    The Black Commentator – The Awesome Destructive Power of the Corporate Power Media – Issue 75: This commentary, however, is not about the merits of Howard Dean. If a mildly progressive, Internet-driven, young white middle class-centered, movement-like campaign such as Dean’s – flush with money derived from unconventional sources, backed by significant sections of labor,…

  • Red Door Interactive Buys AVENCOM

    Red Door Interactive acquires AVENCOM. NIFTY. I’ve worked with both companies: as an employee for AVENCOM and a contractor for Red Door. I think it’s a good fit.

  • New Badges

    There are new badges for San Diego Bloggers I found. One by Tim Murphy, and one by Dale Franks. On a related note: Leah has some too.

  • Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego

    BoingBoing points to the eTech Wiki, the eTech main page, and Of the folks I read: Dori, Doc Searls, and Brianstorms. Also check the Technorati Profile of the main conference page. I had intended to go, but I’m way busy.

  • The Dolphins Are Talking To Me

    Halcyon: Carl cried “Dolphins!” on Sunday. Joanie: said “What Dolphins” on Sunday. And on Monday I was working on a redesign of LAMP Host which includes the MySQL Logo, which features a dolphin. Janece: talks about IMAX Dolphins on Monday. Is it that I’m merely noticing mentions of dolphins? Or are dolphins entering the collective…

  • Bruce Sterling shift in tone…

    The latest Beyond the Beyond has Sterling being rather poetic about wandering in the desultory urbanity of Modern Turkey. I like it…

  • Cool Feature from the US Postal Service

    USPS – Track & Confirm by Email. I recently sent off for a renewal of my passport, and I did delivery confirmation, and I get notifications that they got it. It’s so cool.

  • San Diego Bloggers, Ads

    San Diego Bloggers now includes Google Adsense Ads. I have pondered including advertising in some of my sites for some time, and now SDB includes them, as of yesterday. I’m curious to see how well they work — or don’t work.

  • How the Press Failed Us Before The Iraq Invasion and Occupation

    The New York Review of Books: Now They Tell Us: “Since the end of the war, journalists have found no shortage of sources willing t criticize the administration. (Even Colin Powell, in a recent press conference, admitte that, contrary to his assertions at the United Nations, he had no ‘smoking gun’ proof of a link…

  • Lab Addition

    My Demonstration of oncontextmenu Event Handler has been updated with the information that the code works under Safari 1.2 and Firefox 0.8. Thanks Joe Xaxo for this information!

  • Ashes to…

    Ashes to Ashes Diamonds Welcome to the LifeGem Home – Memorial Diamond: Here you will find everything you need to know about this wonderful memorial. The LifeGem is a certified, high quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique and wonderful life. Inside you will find…

  • The San Diego Union Tribune has Moblogs

    San Diego’s main newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune, or rather it’s online arm, SignOnSanDiego, has a moblog — San Diego News moblog. Also they have a sports moblog.

  • Ashes to Reefs

    Apropos of my Ashes to Diamonds story: Eternal Reefs, A Cremation Memorial Option (via Meg)

  • Don’t Snoop On Me

    [IP] Don’t snoop on us: In the name of national security and of protecting us from the mad men of our times they spur the Congress to pass laws that strip away citizen’s rights to privacy and civil liberty. The phrase ‘Don’t tread on me!’ expresses the attitude of a mentally healthy public that understands…

  • Open Source Activist Tools

    Designing for Civil Society: Top 10 Open Source Tools for eActivism: “Top 10 Open Source Tools for eActivism” — all these would work on LAMP Host.

  • Politics & Professional Judgement

    Bruce Schneier: Crypto-Gram: February 15, 2004 In the last issue of Crypto-Gram I published a couple of security essays that had a political component. I was surprised by the number of e-mails I received from people accusing me of bashing Bush (or worse). American politics may be getting vitriolic, but I think it’s worth stepping…

  • Kerry/Bush

    George W. Bush and John Kerry both spent their mid twenties in uniform. The similarities end there.

  • Ashes to…

    Ashes to Diamonds… Reefs… Space! Send your ashes to space (via Ken)

  • Dead Letter Office:

    Great Nations of Europe Lyrics

  • Kynn is teaching…

    Blogging Basics with Movable Type

  • Dean Blogs

    Today my candidacy may come to an end–but our campaign for change is not over…. Bitter taste. Kerry the fait accompli? I like Edwards a whole lot. Maybe Kerry/Edwards. Time will tell.

  • Anniversary

    Happy 3rd Birthday ArtLung Blog It was 3 years ago today that I started blogging. Since then I’ve been blogging about all and sundry: including: work; play; religion; politics; the weather; changing jobs; marital separation; divorce; new love with Leah; … Everything. My life, edited for public consumption and private introspection. And more to come….

  • Blog? What’s it good for?

    Tom Bickle asks: Now that you’ve been at it for a few years, what do you think is the single most useful aspect of keeping an online journal? Self-reflection? A “backup-brain?” Form of expression? What do *you* get out of it that you most value? I think the thing that’s best for me is as…

  • Old Shoe

    Man. Last week was hard. Lots of work on all fronts. I feel like these look: I had those shoes since about 1996. Two weeks ago Leah and I had a small ceremony and let them go, she took the photo above to commemorate their passing. I recently bought some new shoes. This is a…

  • Recent Mix CD Made

    01 – Voltes V Opening Theme … Voltes V 02 – I am Jullandar Shere … Cornershop 03 – Serenata Nortena … Los Lobos 04 – California … Mylène Farmer 05 – Falsas Esperanzas … Christina Aguilera 06 – I Zimbra … Talking Heads 07 – 99 Luftballons … Nena 08 – Cielito Lindo ……

  • William Gibson Interview

    In the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Squinting at the present”: “I remember [in the early ’80s] seeing posters for the small, semi-portable version of the Apple IIc,” he says. “Quite a lot of what I subsequently imagined in my early science fiction simply came from seeing that ad in a bus stop. I didn’t know anything about…

  • GPG are Go!

    The instructions here for getting GPG working on Mac OS X are EXCELLENT! Configuring GnuPG (Mac OS X). So slick and so useful when one needs to communicate securely.

  • Headers And Rain

    New Header. Thanks Leah for the great photos I can use for my occasional flights of fancy. You can see some other headers based on her photography at: 11/11/2003, 11/02/2003, 09/23/2003. Man am I busy. I guess this latest header is something about fast motion, the deluge, overloading. But classes are going well, LAMP Host…

  • Web Comics

    This Hackles is pretty darn cute. Nerdy fun!

  • Time Capsule from 1968

    Rare 1968 TV Highlights

  • Leah and I agree…

    Leah and I will never make Hot Dutch Tuna Buns.

  • San Diego Bloggers for February 2004

    I added antry for Atom in the database for and did some semi-automated autodiscovery of Atom and RSS feeds. That was pretty fun. Additionally, there are some interesting new sites in this list. Commentary, a family site, some moblogs, including one for the San Diego Chargers. Good stuff. So here they are San Diego…

  • 9 Days Away: March Mingle

    March Mingle will be on the 10th. It should be great. More at We’d like to make this a technology agnostic event that brings together developers of all kinds, a sort of annual “Technology Woodstock” or “Ultimate Geek Happy Hour” for San Diego. To this end, we have gathered together a few sponsors and…

  • What Level Unix Geek Are You?

    I’m a dog: knowledgeable user. Check for yourself: Hackles Cartoon Archive

  • You can watch Frontline..

    online … or at least some of them.

  • Panther and wget

    The version on — wget 1.8.1 – works fine on Panther. wget and curl are my favorite unix utilities.

  • IBM launches ¡TradúceloAhora! Automatic Translation Project across the United States

    I maybe could use some of this in my Spanish class… Hispanics with access to English content on the World Wide Web will soon have access to richer, higher quality information through a new initiative announced today by IBM. Working in close partnership with Hispanic non-profit organizations in major urban centers across the country, IBM…

  • Christmasness

    Something from the editorial floor of, a would-be Christmas letter from 2003 that never was. I was fixin’ to delete it, then I thought, why not blog it! So here it is… Who won’t go up on the housetop click, click, click or down thru’ the chimney? It’s good Saint Nick if he has…

  • Passion of the Christ Merchandising; Thoughts without yet having seen the film

    At you can get products tied into the film. Including a Crucifixion Nail Pendant. I have not seen the film yet. By all accounts it is bloody and violent and lacking almost entirely of the “good bits” of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. A movie about Jesus, it strikes me, ought to showcase…

  • More Atom

    San Diego Bloggers. now has its own Atom Feed. (Don’t click that unless you have an Atom Enabled newsreader. It will only confuse you).

  • I win

    In a search on Google for train from san diego to los angeles, I am #3, and is not, on the page except for a sponsored link. Ha ha.

  • Does this sound like our President?

    GLOCOM Platform – Opinions: At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that ‘people are poor because they are lazy.’ He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch…

  • Voting Machines Direct Experience

    My day as an election judge in Baltimore County is a terrific essay from the point of view of an election machine critic who actually experiences how they are used. The take home message: he finds them still too opaque to be trusted, but learns a great deal about how elections are run at the…

  • Blog -> Online Radio (x24 hours/day)

    radio vox populi: live from the commons (via waxy)

  • Fixed Bebe

    It looks like screwed up my free webspace, so the large versions of the Bebe Ads * Advertisements * Advertising Photographs page are now hosted on my dot mac account.

  • Perils of Public Photos

    One peril of having photos of me all over the site is that I occasionally get people thinking they have seen me. Here’s an email I got tonight: I’m sitting in Starbucks, and I think I’m looking at you. Or not? Let me know. Sadly, it ain’t so. I’m doing homework and work and freelance…

  • Geo Data for San Diego Bloggers

    I’ve added some geodata to the San Diego Bloggers listing, these are from the ICBM and geo.position meta tags as recommended by

  • Sassy Weighs In

    The Insidious Culture of Non-Mandatory Overtime. Read it. And may I suggest: ITOvertime. Food for thought, kids.

  • More San Diego Bloggers Stuff

    Are you tired of me talking about San Diego Bloggers? Yes? Well, sorry. But, we’re 5 days into March and we already have 5 new blogs! And check out the Feeds and GeoData and such. 2004-03-04 Oso’s Blog (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-03-04 Wagner’s Weblog (RSS) 2004-03-02 karenika 2004-03-01 Chronic Listaholic (Atom) 2004-03-01 The Moderate Voice (Atom) Also,…

  • Quote Half-Remembered

    There’s some quote about photography — something real snarky and i don’t recall it exactly — something like: “Sure, a photograph is reality — as long as you don’t mind the perspective of a cyclops with an attention span less than a second” Anyone out there know more about this quote? Who said it and…

  • More on Appleseed

    Back in July of 2003, I wrote: “I watched some footage (abut 5 whole minutes) of a CG Appleseed movie that looked really cool. All action, mind you, but it looked great.” — this was from Comic-Con — now there’s a bit more, and it looks great — Appleseed Trailer, from \n\n (quicktime japan…

  • Codename: “risk”

    On this page: 5Cats.Org: Dr. T’s Mathematics Pages — my Statistics class, are scores for the test I took Friday. I got a 98 out of 100. Not bad, but clearly I missed out on some. And others in the class got some 100s. I’ll do better next time. Oh, the codename is so the…

  • Office Revamp

    Today Leah and I are working on a major revamp of the office, which was 100% chaos. Working in there has gotten harder, but on Friday we bought some used furniture at a cheap joint in South Park – and so far it’s a major revamp. I’m taking an extended break right now, but will…

  • Rini’s Back!

    Glad to be back, Bill sez… “Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been the last several weeks. Well, I spent the better part of the last couple of months preparing to sit for the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. That combined with my regular workload left me precious…

  • Spalding Gray, et cetera

    Spalding Gray has been found dead. Terribly sad. A suicide. I devoured his work when I was a teenager. I first became aware of him with Swimming to Cambodia in 1987. This was also around the time I saw Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, Eraserhead, and Laurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave — all at…

  • New Interesting San Diego Blogger Added

    2004-03-09 Legal News Watch (RSS) … “Stories that impact your rights” … based in Chula Vista. I like it a lot already!

  • Spanish and Java

    My oral presentation from last Thursday for Spanish went well. And the program due today in Java went well as well. It was some Swing/Graphics programming. Relatively painless stuff, and I’m enjoying it so far. Things feel pretty good. I like these languages.

  • Tomorrow: March Mingle & LAMP Host

    The March Mingle put on my Macromedia and the San Diego Cold Fusion Users Group is so tomorrow. If you’re a web nerd, you need to be there. I’ll be in the house representin’ LAMP Host. LAMP Host customers and others, feel free to come say hey!

  • Some Java Links for future reference

    To get started with Java… which jdk to download? getting started (covers Environment Variables, etc) get jGrasp (a slim multi-platform Java editor) And I really really enjoy the essay How to Write Unmaintainable Code.

  • Are you a California College Student?

    If yes, then you should know about an amazing concept where you can take classes at local universities called: Cross Enrollment. Because I have some units from UCLA Extension, I need to do this cautiously, but I could theoretically do this. It’s pretty cool.

  • Refit

    New Header here. Leah did this amazing thing today and painted the kitchen. Amazing to watch her work. I also am catching up on scads of stuff. It’s going to be a good but busy week.

  • OS X Software I want to check out

    SBook5 PorDiBle MorphX MacJournal via MacWorld magazine, which I’m catching up with today

  • Web Hosting Resource; Redesign

    I’m coming to appreciate Web Host Industry Review as part of my role as Evangelist for LAMP Host. And speaking of which, the redesign of is coming along nicely. Major overhaul and rewrite. drop me a line if you want to be notified when the redesign goes live.

  • Don’t Worry About The Government

    Notes from the (Legal) Underground: Federal Judge Sways to Rhythm of Talking Heads… a judge uses Talking Heads lyrics extensively in a decision.

  • San Diego Ryze?

    Ryze business networking: San Diego. I heard great things about the last Ryze San Diego networking event. Anyone care to get one of these going again?

  • Site Changes; March Mingle Photos

    I’ve been tweaking the website — still not happy with it, but it is much cleaner html — in fact all the main pages are XHTML. I welcome comment on the content, particularly if people have ideas for making the site more explicable to strangers. Other fun widgets added: a favicon.ico file, geourl, more…

  • The Few, The Proud, The Regional, The Geeky T-Shirts on CafePress

  • Ryze San Diego

    The previous San Diego Ryze site I pointed out is not the *good* one. Anita C-W pointed out this: I joined.

  • Three PHP Blog Softwares

    wordpress pMachine geeklog (via web405) … and all of which could be installed on LAMP Host

  • Birthdays

    Today, the community/mailing list I founded in 1999, WebSanDiego, turns 5. Tomorrow, I turn 34. On IMDB, you can find movie celebrity births and deaths and marriages by day: 19 March, 20 March. Kinda cool. I don’t have any sage thoughts on getting older or wiser or any of that. Perhaps tomorrow. Have a great…

  • Flickr Posting

    no_pass Originally uploaded by Chubbzilla. Posted by artlung from This made me laugh. I blame Mathowie for getting me to try flickr.All roads lead from Mathowie.

  • Today is: National Corndog Day, also my Birthday

    I’m not kidding about National Corndog Day. Today I’m 34. That’s more than a third of 100. Does this make me “Third-Age” — as in kinda like 50 is “Middle-Age?” The agenda for today is: laundry and a birthday party. Oh, and I want to do my next Java assignment today. I share my birthday…

  • Props-Thanks; A New Week Begins

    Thanks for the linkage of late, for my birthday and for otherwise: Leah Peah Tony Pierce Janece Tom Bickle Joanna’s Chefblog Jedimike The week begins. I have a backlog of stuff to do. Wish me luck catching up. The birthday was a smashing success. Kudos to Leah for putting it together.

  • Ted Kennedy’s Office Loves Macintosh

    Apple gets juiced up: “The Senate has also been attacked by computer worms and viruses recently, but those attacks have all targeted Microsoft Corp. Windows users, so Kennedy’s Apple-based office has been unaffected. Panther has proved more stable than the previous version of the OS, called Jaguar, suffering none of the dreaded kernel panics that…

  • David Byrne Divorced, Focused More on Art Than People

    Not particularly a newsflash, admittedly CNN says: “The gray-haired Byrne, 51 and NEWLY SINGLE, is caught in a frustrating career trap.” And the Sunday Herald says: The feelings of alienation were exacerbated by his personal situation. He has been separated from his wife Adelle Lutz, with whom he has a teenage daughter, Malu, for about…

  • Site Launch: FireMapper

    This past week and today the finishing touches were put on: Space Instruments’ website– The site design was done by Benecke Creative, and I did the underlying html, CSS and JavaScript. It’s got some nifty stuff on it. I particularly am proud of some of the mouseovers in areas like the Oil Spill Mapper…

  • Amazing Van –Steve and Natty’s “THE HULK” For Sale

    So my friend Steve Kapali got married this month, and is now moving to Hawaii. (I went to his bachelor party which is kind of a fun story — but not for here). Anyway, he and his now-wife Natty tricked out a van to take a cross-country several-months-long trek all around the country. It’s actually…

  • The Theme Today:Games

    The Theme Today:Games Started the day with a rousing game of racquetball with my Aunt and Uncle. This is a followup from Thursday, when I played doubles at my other Aunt’s workplace. Very cool. After racquetball I went to the bank and gassed up the truck. The main thing we all did today was go…

  • Historical Spain/USA/Roosevelt/Franco/Bush Observations

    in… Bush is a fear president. I’m considering starting a links blog a la waxy, diveintomark, anil. Anyone else think this is a good idea?

  • Cox High Speed Internet: Out This Morning

    For no reason, Cox was just out for 30 minutes. That chaps my hide.

  • Greens for Kerry?

    A buddy of mine is tight with these folks… and it’s an interesting concept: Greens for Kerry.

  • Leah and I

    Leah and I May hit this this weekend: S/he’s Crafty Craft Fair

  • San Diego Bloggers Added in March, 2004

    San Diego Bloggers Added in March, 2004 2004-03-17 Minh T. Nguyen’s Blog (RSS) 2004-03-14 Tom Log (RSS) 2004-03-09 Navy Lady (Atom)(+) 2004-03-09 Legal News Watch (RSS) 2004-03-04 Oso’s Blog (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-03-04 Wagner’s Weblog (RSS) 2004-03-02 karenika 2004-03-01 Chronic Listaholic (Atom) 2004-03-01 The Moderate Voice (Atom)

  • San Diego Blogger — Update!

    Chronic Listaholic added a sidebar link. Welcome to the top level! 🙂

  • Attach yourself not to material things

    Buddhist monks make and destroy a sand mandala. Here starts the week. Spring break. Here we go.

  • Launching Today

    Today I launch ArtLung Semidaily Links – which you can also see in the right hand side of this blog. It’s a place for me to put miscellaneous stuff. I hope you find it useful and fun!

  • Law & Order Blog

    The Ledger: A Law & Order Blog… this post is more or less for Sassy, who had a birthday last Friday.

  • LAMP Host Provides Mirrors of Apache, MySQL, PHP, CPAN Libraries

    reposted from websandiego Greetings WebSanDiegans (and others!): LAMP Host, provider of great developer-friendly web hosting, has set up mirrors of several prominent pieces of open source software. As ourbusiness relies on open source, we believe strongly in supporting developers, and these mirrors are a great way to support the developer community here in San Diego…

  • Sparky’s Hook

    Some friends of ours have a dog named Sparky. A wonderful mutt who is always getting into trouble. The following is what happens when a dog swallows a fishhook: Sparky is fine. But there was a >$1000 vet bill to endoscope that hook out. Wow.

  • Snippets from the last two weeks

    Helping make Easter baskets which included saltwater taffy and Botan rice candy. Bodysurfing the day before Easter in the cold waters of the Coronado strand. Drinking Chai and checking RSS feeds at Influx. Getting an 80 on my most recent Statistics test. Disappointment ensues, but I think my A is still secure. Doing a presentation…

  • Weekend Wrapup

    Went to the South Bay Drive In with Leah to see Kill Bill Volume 2, which was violent but entertaining. I have not been to a drive-in movie in a decade. Racquetball Saturday was good. Got back Leah’s computer from my uncle, who got a new case, installed a new fan, and did some other…

  • Airport Adventures

    So today I picked up a friend from the airport. I got there a decent 20 minutes early. So I’m hanging out at San Diego International Airport ( is not a bad domain, by the way, “san” is the airport code for San Diego). I’m standing in front of the arrival and departure screens, minding…

  • MySQL Archaeology

    When I was first playing with databases I was putting lots of stray stuff into mine. It was pretty fun, actually. mysql> select want_id, artist, title from music_wanted; +———+———————–+——————————–+ | want_id | artist | title | +———+———————–+——————————–+ | 0001 | Anderson, Laurie | Mr. Heartbreak | | 0002 | Cocker, Joe | Greatest Hits |…

  • SQL Comment from

    rudy sent me a comment about my MySQL post saying: VARCHAR(200) is **not** very silly TEXT has performance issues of course, if you were planning on regularly inserting comments that exceed 200, then yeah, some kind of larger datatype would be required so in that light, VARCHAR(200) is a wee bit sillier than VARCHAR(255) ;o)…

  • Whoooooooooooooooooosh

    …is the sound of events and projects whooshing by my head. Some things are getting done, mostly school things as it turns out. But lots of other things are getting dropped right now. I hope to pick up more as the week goes on. I’m sitting between classes here at City as I listen to…

  • Hola Mundo: Posting By Email

    Blogger has redesigned. Does this work?

  • Grades

    Last week was busy and rough. I’ve been quiet and busy, and successful and unsuccessful. I spent my entire Saturday the Saturday before last working on a take-home test for my Statistics Class. On Dr T’s Math Pages you can see the results. I got a 92 for my efforts. I’d have preferred a 100,…

  • Blogger says I’m an Aries

    Blogger: User Profile: artlung – I fed it March 20th, and it’s calling me an Aries. True, I’m on the last day of Pisces, but dude, that’s a bug.

  • Sunburn

    was very very good to Leah and me Sunday and today. We both got sunburned on our forearms and legs on Saturday while watching the kids’ baseball games. Aloe is good.

  • Some OS X Paths to Tools (originally developed to help out my uncle)

    System Information Apple Menu > About This Mac > More Info (Macintosh Hard Drive) > File > Get Info Apple Menu > System Preferences Network Connections Apple Menu > System Preferences > Network Internet Properties Apple Menu > System Preferences > Built-in Ethernet > TCP/IP Map Network Drive Go > Connect to Server Finder >…

  • Sassy Weighs In On My College Mishagosh

    The secret to college is to pass. * There are no fractional grades in UC schools, so 92 = 99 * most upper div classes offer little / no extra credit * C’s get degrees, but an A+++++ is still just an A Take it from a man who has spent many a year in…

  • San Diego Bloggers Added in April, 2004

    2004-04-26 both hands 2004-04-26 Frinklin Speaks (RSS) 2004-04-19 HillQuest Blog 2004-04-13 Krassy Can Blog It (Atom) 2004-04-08 Ad Blog 2004-04-07 I’m Just Digital (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-04-06 lachan clapisada 2004-04-05 Cameron Childress (RSS) Go now.

  • Apple ][ Emulator Thing

    ]list 10 REM *********************** 15 PRINT “Apple ][” 20 PRINT “Programming by Joe” 25 REM 30 REM Begin the loop 35 REM 40 FOR X = 1 TO 100 by 3 43 PRINT (X * X)” is the square of “X”.” 45 PRINT SQR (X)” is the squar e root of “X”.” 50 PRINT 60…

  • La Tarea de Español

    Finally caught up (and even un poquito de credito extea) with my tedious Spanish Workbook homework. That was nice. This semester is almost over and it looks like I’ll have survived.

  • Quote of the Day

    There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another. –Frank Zappa

  • Finals This Week

    I’m inaccessible. Two finals today. One tomorrow. And here in Professor Forman‘s Java class he’s discoursing on what he calls: The Zen of Knowing 4. You don’t know you know 3. You know you know 2. You know you don’t know 1. You don’t know you don’t know Spanish later, and Statistics tomorrow.

  • Finals Over

    Statistics Final done today — and thanks to the magic of the internet I have my final grade — I did poorer on the final than I felt like I did — sadly I’ll never know what the results were — but my final grade in Statistics is a B. Also done is my Java…

  • Scenes from Memorial Day Weekend

    Friday night, Leah’s kids arrived for the weekend. In good spirits, nearly done with their semester at school. We went to Mr. Frostie in PB for ice cream. It was lovely. On Saturday: Teaching racquetball to two of L’s kids: they did okay for kids aged 13 and 11. My Aunt was stuck in L.A….

  • City College says…

    Grades for Spring 2004 will be available on 6/7/2004 Good to know.

  • San Diego Bloggers added May 2004

    2004-05-29 Avenge The Fold… 2004-05-27 Denounce (RSS) 2004-05-24 Brandi Babe – The Diary (RSS) 2004-05-23 Banana Tree House (Atom)(+) 2004-05-21 Binary Wolf (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-05-21 this is it (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-05-20 San Diego Macromedia Users Group (Atom) 2004-05-18 (RSS) 2004-05-18 Urban Amy (Atom)(RSS)(+) 2004-05-18 Merge Events 2004-05-17 incitrio 2004-05-15 damon rouse dot blog (RSS)(+) 2004-05-15 vmoney…

  • Comics for Sale

    I am putting years and years of My Comics for Sale. Check them out, purchase away!

  • The grades are in

    Subject/Course Title Units Earned Grade College Spring 2004 SPAN 101 FIRST COURSE IN SPANISH 5.00 B City MATH 119 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS 3.00 B City CISC 190 JAVA PROGRAMMING 4.00 A City These grades are transferrable. I’m happy about that. See also: Grades

  • Line stuck in my head for the past week

    …and I could not figure out the name of the source. “Setting all the captives free.” …is the line. The great thing about the world today is that a simple google search finds it. I remember it from church growing up. At mass on Sunday I could not find it in the hymm book. But…

  • And have I mentioned

    The latest Header for

  • Internet utility: Owner’s Manuals and FAQs

    ProForm: FAQ is a great example of why the internet is so great. Thanks to my big ‘ol truck and $50. Leah bought a new treadmill from a lady up in Temecula last week. She’s firing it up now, and was able to adjust it thanks to that FAQ. Not a bad purchase for $50….

  • Honors

    New paper letter I received… May 24, 2004 Dear JOSEPH, Congratulations on completing a successful semester at City College! Professor FORMAN has recognized your outstanding academic performance and has recommended you for the Honors Program at City College. While there are a number of honors classes to choose from each semester, and the additional option…

  • San Diego Blogger Map

    A rough PHP and MySQL and CSS toy: San Diego Bloggers, Plotted

  • Poster from a few weeks ago

    For 2004 city college language day I made a poster, and now I’ve finally gotten around to putting it online.

  • Not like me

    I’m listening to James Taylor’s song Fire And Rain and I’m kind of liking it. I’m usually not a fan. Jackson Browne and James Taylor are just too earnest for their own good. You may not realize that there are myths about this song, debunked by Snopes.

  • Locals Only

    Local Blog Jamboree is a roundup of some local bloggers and what they’re talking about. Entertaining stuff. You may also notice that San Diego Blog is getting an extreme makeover, still in progress. What’s changed? Well, we have added events, San Diego Bloggers badge wearers, and other local blog directories. Atom support, RSS support,…

  • Question of the Day

    Q: How did you learn all about web design? A: I set out to work in the movie business, but I missed and hit the web. (unrelated: this is the 1776th post on artlung blog)

  • Word of the day: contrariwise

    See: contrariwise From a contrasting point of view. In the opposite way or reverse order. In a perverse manner. source:

  • Quote of the Moment

    “The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank…

  • Reagan / Television /

    Truth is messy, it’s paradoxical. Reagan was a great leader, he didn’t pay attention, he was all flash, he made bold proclamations, he cheated on his wife, he made for great television, he reached out to Gorbachev, he financed Islamists, he brought us out of malaise, he raised taxes, he was against big government, he…

  • Onward.

    I’ve been having a bit of a rough time lately. I have some habits in my interpersonal relationships that are not very good. I have some passive-aggressive tendencies that take real skill to work on. I also have a tendency to self-criticism that verges on the toxic. I’m working this out in therapy, which I’m…

  • Joe crawford is…

    Joe crawford is a freelance web developer and designer who lives in San Diego. Joe crawford is a forcefully OS-agnostic web developer and designer. Joe crawford is mellowing. Joe crawford is down to Michigan. Joe crawford is visiting Cincinnati Oct. Joe crawford is a Web developer. Joe crawford is 18th. Joe crawford is like Keith…

  • New Header, Cowboy Joe

    A new header, me in a cowboy hat, making some sort of funny face. I like that it makes me look like a smart alec.

  • Whoa!

    I just realized, after liking the song for a decade, that the lovely song L.A. County by Lyle Lovett is about a guy driving to L.A. to murder his ex — on her wedding day. Shades of Kill Bill, I think.

  • Less Sick

    Coughing less, mucous no longer yellow. Feeling better!

  • Lab Upgrades

    Minor changes to have been made. Still somewhat chaotic, but less so. Also, my Gallery script had been dead, but was rescued with help from Still feeling a bit snotty and sick. Backachey in particular. More mundanities later.

  • My 10 Favorite Movies, circa 1997

    (My friend Erin put together this listing, I just made it into HTML) Alright … off the cuff … in no particular order … Stalag 17 Star Wars <Trilogy>* Lawrence of Arabia * Blade Runner * Treasure of Sierra Madre Citizen Kane Pulp Fiction Jaws Close Encounters of the Third Kind Taxi Driver I’m sure…

  • Shake like a polaroid picture

    San Diego Earthquake!, featuring instant coverage from numerous San Diego Bloggers.

  • Quaking in my boots

    So today was a big quake. I live outside downtown, and this circa 1892 house shook pretty violently. I was surprised that nothing fell down – no pictures or books fell, and Leah and I have plenty of both on shelves and on the walls. It was fun watching the news roll out. NPR had…

  • Neat New Tool on Metafilter

    Metafilter Network | artlung’s contacts. Sadly, I don’t know that many people on MeFi. Or do I?

  • Bear at Franklin Memorial!

    Several of my classmakes from Respiratory Therapy school worked at Rocky Mount’s hospital – Franklin Memorial. A bear walked through wednesday… Scare highlights growing problem. I had no idea they even had bears in that part of Virginia (Southwestern Virginia — near Roanoke).

  • AudioBlog

  • Fahrenheit out of business

    San Diego Blog: San Diego indy weekly Fahrenheit RIP

  • AudioBlog

  • Tired

    Long day, good day. Too tired to blog. Good night!

  • Another b2 to WordPress Migration

    Yesterday I moved ask leahpeah from b2 to WordPress. I’m really loving that software. And yes, she’s hosted on LAMP Host.

  • San Diego Blog

    Hoo boy. San Diego Blog has had a whole lotsa work on it done recently. I’m blogging up a storm over there. Some posts: Snopes Covers San Diego SanDog: For Surfers in San Diego Fahrenheit Final Word La Migra Sweeping Up Civil Liberties Again? So long, and thanks for all the mines DUI Hat Trick…

  • no punctuation update stream of consciousness

    tony p style 2 weeks ago i made enchiladas for leah and the kids which was fun got an amazing gift the other week from my folks for which i thank them my little sister turned 27 last week yowza leah may be moving north far i am considering my options and was angsty about…

  • ‘The Name of This Band is Talking Heads’ will finally be released on CD

    “RHINO OFFERS HEADS ON PLATTERS THE NAME OF THIS BAND IS TALKING HEADS And BEST OF TALKING HEADS Available August 17 LOS ANGELES – Rhino Records is pleased to offer two kinds of overviews of the career of one of the best-loved bands of the 1980s with the release of THE NAME OF THIS BAND…

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  • 21 Rules of Thumb: How Microsoft develops its Software

    This is worth a read: The rules of thumb Don’t know what you don’t know. Get to a known state and stay there. Remember the triangle. Don’t go dark. Use zero defect (ZD) milestones. Beware of a guy in a room. Never trade a bad date for an equally bad date When slipping, don’t fall….

  • I’ve been featured on 3-Blogs A Day

    And what a lovely write-up — 3-Blogs A Day: 1 part green + 2 parts ArtLung, add a dash of Dalton — stir and serve chilled over HTTP://: “ArtLung:Blog: ArtLung, along with blogger Joe Crawford’s website, has to be one of the largest and most extensive personal websites I have ever been privy to. Boasting…

  • And you think you have problems?

    Thoughts From My Broken Brain: “I’m 37 years old and have just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I started this blog to chronical my journey.”

  • Quote of the Day

    “In the fight between you and the world, back the world.” – Frank Zappa (despite that, I am optimistic, says I)

  • Quote of the Day

    The spacecraft has apparently been taken over – “conqured” if you will – by a master race of giant space ants. It’s difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon…

  • Tony Pierce Inspires Me Sometimes fourth of hollywood blvd: a photo essay

  • Today is a day for inspirational browsing

    Frustratingly beautiful use of the web: fray: fireworks.

  • Writing will get you reported

    Careful where you type the word “bomb” — I write badly, therefore I am a would-be terrorist (

  • Little Updates

    Projects of Joe Crawford has been updated a little bit. Still tweaking.

  • Retroactive classification!

    Translator in eye of storm on retroactive classification ( “Sifting through old classified materials in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, FBI translator Sibel Edmonds said, she made an alarming discovery: Intercepts relevant to the terrorist plot, including references to skyscrapers, had been overlooked because they were badly translated into English.” How much…


    What is the deal with this url: ?

  • IPV9

    I love that I started a page on Wikipedia about IPv9. It’s since grown and become quite useful. Collective knowledge is power! Power to the swarm!

  • San Diego Blog

    Repurposing a message I sent to the “staff” of San Diego Blog. Hi-De-Ho Neighbors. You’re getting this because you’re registered on For the past month, I’ve made it a goal to have *at least* one post a day on San Diego Blog. Something interesting, something cool, a photo — SOMETHING. I’d really love it…

  • Delaying the democratic election to preserve the democratic process

    Offered without comment: Wonkette: We Had to Burn the Democracy in Order to Save It: Last week, Homeland Security honcho Tom Ridge warned that al Qaeda may be planning to a large-scale attack ‘in an effort to disrupt the democratic process.’ So of course what should we do if one happens in early November? Well,…

  • Spider Man 2 Was Good

    Curious about some of the characters in the movie and how they appear in the comics? Marvel Directory has more: # # # # # # # # # Two weeks ago Leah and I saw Spider Man 2. It was good.

  • Quote of the Day: Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln on the 1864 Presidential Election We can not have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego, or postpone a national election it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.

  • Wikipedia kicks Encarta’s Ass

    So Francophile mentions that it’s Bastille Day and refers to the Encarta entry for Bastille, which is to the point, but a little thin. As an experiment I checked out my personal favorite encyclopedia (yeah, I have a favorite encyclopedia) Wikipedia — and Wikipedia entry for Bastille is great — and it links to…


    I got this message about from someone named andy: cant read links with all the background text, site would be good otherwise. can’t look at your site for more than one min without my eyes blurring Andy is right. I need to rethink the look and organization of that site. I promise to improve…

  • Where Song Title Includes Rock

    An iTunes Smart Playlist by Joe Crawford Barefoot Rock — The Blasters Big Rock Candy Mountain — Harry McClintock Block Rockin’ Beats — Chemical Brothers Clash City Rockers — The Clash Cool Breeze On The Rocks — De La Soul Cyclops Rock — They Might Be Giants Don’t Stop The Rock — Chemical Brothers Dr….

  • Post 1820

    So I have been blogging for some time now. And yet I have not blogged in some time now. Leah points out that in writing over here, I’m writing much less here. And that’s definitely true. So what’s new? It might be easier to ask — what is *not* new. What’s new is yes, I…

  • Need a Freight Forwarder?

    You could do much worse than URM Cargo, which is a site I made several years ago. Seriously, URMCargo.

  • Plan

    The plan today is maybe to hit La Jolla Cove with my family. It looks like it may be another beautiful day. Though it has been hot here in San Diego. San Diegan’s don’t take well to unseasonable temperatures. We like our weather perfect, dagnabbit. So what’s on my mind? Actually, not much right now….

  • An Apple iTunes Smart List

    Featuring the word “Don’t”: Baby Please Don’t Go – Van Morrison Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure Brown Shoes Don’t Make It – Frank Zappa Don’t – Jewel Don’t Be Sad – Dwight Yoakam Don’t Believe The Hype – Public Enemy Don’t Break the Heart – Mono Puff Don’t Bring Me Down – Paul Shaffer…

  • New Header, New Album: Cajon Speedway

    I made a new header this morning, the grainy photo was taken earlier this month — July 3rd — at Cajon Speedway. It was the first time I’d ever been. Basically a whole lot of crazy guys drove as fast as they could for what they called an “Enduro Race.” Here’s the text wrap-up, and…

  • Whew

    Comic Con today was huge. Went with my sister and her boyfriend. It was awesome, and did I mention huge? I have a crazy idea to take a picture of each and every booth, though as I think about it it sounds like an insane and foolhardy idea. Though that makes me want to do…

  • A Curious Character

    So it seems Caleb John Clark., sometime San Diegan and all-around-interesting guy, is still out in the world. He’s an east-coaster now — but I forgive him. Caleb’s one of the few people I have met a few times in person to talk about running communities. Others include Dennis Wilen and Matt Haughey, as well…

  • Browser Wars, Part Infinity

    Internet Explorer: IEBlog Mozilla: MozillaZine Safari: Surfin’ Safari Tired: Browser Wars Wired: Browser Weblog Wars

  • Con again today!

    San Diego Blog: Comic Con Continues!

  • Comic Con Photos

    Comic Con 2004 photos (Friday edition) are up: ArtLung Photos :: Comic Con 2004

  • Ted Turner on Media Consolidation, Government, The Law, Small Business

    “My Beef With Big Media” by Ted Turner: “Today, media companies are more concentrated than at any time over the past 40 years, thanks to a continual loosening of ownership rules by Washington. The media giants now own not only broadcast networks and local stations; they also own the cable companies that pipe in the…

  • Elfur!

    Elfur is linking to me with her new site. I used to be an admin on, and Elfur was a fellow admin. A few years ago I met her and many other evolters at SXSW. That was so cool. She’s from Iceland, lives in Iceland, and has a kid and does web design. And…


    Tom Bickle is a new daddy. Congrats! And Janece is coming due real soon now. Babies all ’round. Talk about onward man!

  • Joe as Star Wars Toy

    At the Con the Star Wars people had a booth where you could pretend to be an action figure. For those of you wondering what I would look like as a Star Wars toy, wonder no more.

  • Titan Magazines

    So I’m going over the crap I picked up at Comic-Con, and found a promo for Titan Magazines. You know, they have monthly and bimonthly magazines for fans of tv shows. The titles are: Alias, Angel, Bufffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Smallville, and Stargate SG-1, and a catchall magazine called Dreamwatch. At first I was…

  • Stray URLs from Comic Con Schwag

    Okay, so here’s where I do the traditional “go-through-my-con-crud” and extract the pearls and throw out everything. It’s always fun for me. It’s better than my old technique — which was to packrat it all for years and never look at it again. And it begins… Design Studio Press has awesome books about concept design….

  • Exposing oneself to others ideas

    One of the cool things about having family here last week and before was being exposed to their tastes and thoughts. My sister’s boyfriend D. has some really cool tastes. Here are some of them: James Kochalka’s American Elf is one. He has an interesting pitch for supporting his site: American Elf: the Sketchbook Diaries…

  • Comic Con Post on San Diego Blog Continues to Grow

    I keep updating this thread. So many tasty links! San Diego Blog — Con: More. More. More

  • Al’s got photos!

    I like Al’s latest gallery: upwards

  • Leah Peterson’s Latest Work

    Oooh. Leah painted last week and came out with two really wonderful paintings — in a style that combines some of her “trees” work — which she used to sell as individual prints — and some of her abstract, large canvasses. On Saturday she was interviewed for a documentary and enjoyed herself quite a bit….

  • Oh Snap! Cory Doctorow went OFF on Gizmodo!

    …on BoingBoing: Ebook column that gets it all wrong

  • iTunes Smart Playlist: “where song title contains “dead”

    I swear this is not morbid. Already Dead – Beck Better Off Dead – Randy Newman Daisy Dead Petals – Tori Amos Dead – They Might Be Giants Dead End Job – The Police Dead Flowers – Townes Van Zandt Dead Girls Of London – Frank Zappa Dead Girls Of London – Frank Zappa Dead…

  • Let’s look at some headers!

    For some time I’ve been making headers for this site. Tonight I redesigned that page to include thumbnails for the individual headers. I strive to make some kind of artistic something with these. I sometimes succeed. Looking back, there are some really nice ones. I made these thumbnails with webkit2png – an awesome command line…

  • Shocker Toys Responds to ArtLung Dismissal

    Back on July 27th I made a comment about Shockinis, to whit: Shocker Toys: Shockinis appears to be the copycat of another toy — Stikfas — generic toys you can customize into any kind of figure you want. Geoff Beckett, from ShockerToys, responded via my feeback form just a few days later (yes, people use…

  • WordPress. Blog Volume 2.

    So here’s where we start anew. Afresh. We start blogging with WordPress instead of blogger. Enabling such things as trackback and other niceties. What had God wrought?

  • Hell freezes over.

    Okay. Am i really ready for user comments? I’ve always said I would not.

  • Paparrazi! – new OS X Web Screenshot tool

    Go Johan go! – Paparazzi! Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OSX that makes screenshots of webpages. It’s written in Objective-C using the Cocoa API and the WebKit framework… It was inspired by webkit2png which is a commandline tool written by Paul Hammond in pyObjC, so all intellectual credit for the basic functionality…

  • Here goes WordPress

    I’m about to import hundreds of entries from my old blogger file into WordPress. Wish me luck.

  • Blogging Volume 2 Really Begins Now

    The ArtLung Blog, which debuted in March 2001, has made a big technology shift today. I expect there will be errors and bugs in these first few days and I check over content to make sure things work. I love Blogger, and will continue to use it for some purposes. But I’ve migrated into the…

  • Linked to. got linked from weblog tools collection yesterday. And today, with the conversion to WordPress, I can use trackback to “talk” at them. Geeky, to be sure, but interesting.

  • Our Vapid President

    Captured on hip hop music — Bart’s book report vs. George W. Bush’s Press Conference.

  • Great old pix of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson

    …in this post by Rudy Rucker on boing boing.

  • Usenix!

    Usenix is happening right here in San Diego. Mitch Wagner, local blogger and Editor of InternetWeek is on the case!

  • Precipitation in D.C.

    My sister’s boyfriend sent me this image of some precipitation from today. Amazing!  

  • Make Me An Offer

    Email of the day: ———- Forwarded message ———- Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 10:39:02 +1000 From: [REDACTED] To: joe [AT] Subject: Dear Sir/Madam, I was wondering if you were interested in selling your domain I am willing to pay $100.00 for it. Yours Sincerely, [REDACTED]

  • Changes

    Holy crap. How long has it been since I posted? Oh, so much to post. I’ll be updating this as I get to everything. The Ronny Vardy Fansite has been changed a great deal. I saw her briefly at Comic-Con and perused her new book. Worth a look. Also, just added a new header —…

  • Strange Days

    This website is once again undergoing revisions. I have modified the Stew/The Negro Problem pages, as well as the Voltes 5 pages. Also, if you’re reading this blog you probably have noticed that the design is changing. The many many sidebar links to pals, friends, colleagues, news sources, and the like have been moved to…

  • Today’s Itinerary

    So today what Leah and I are doing it heading north to Los Angeles, downtown that is, to see Stew perform free at noon. We’re taking the train. Leah’s first time with me on a train. I love trains.

  • stew plays, joe mulls

    So the 50 minute Stew show yesterday was wonderful. Totally worth the train ride and Dash ride and lack of usable WiFi signals at California Plaza. I even got to take a few minutes to say hey to Stew. I am such a fan. I actually met him in September last year. I’ve posted some…

  • Back To School Sale

    Yesterday I returned to school. San Diego City College otra vez. I’m taking classes, nominally, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I think the reality is that classes are actually going to be Monday, Wednesday, and an evening class on Thursday. I’m enrolled in (and paid for! woo hoo!) my Spanish 102 class, and my C++ Programming…

  • La Escuela

    It’s been quite a week. School and work and work and school. And also the SDOSS meeting about how Sign On San Diego uses open source. I’m happy but tired. I’m way behind on a few things, and just have not found the times to make things right. In some areas, things are great, but…

  • Anniversary.

    It was 2 years ago today that I met Leah. I was pretty giddy. She’s wonderful and I love her. She’s not feeling well right now. I hope she gets well soon. We’re gonna get married, but we don’t know when. We’re real interesting. And yes, I’ve been quiet lately here on the blog. Well,…

  • Photo of the Day: Zac and Me

    sept2004 003 Originally uploaded by artlung. Me and Zac. Okay, time to get to work people.

  • Colors of the iTunes Rainbow

    Agent Orange — Tori Amos Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye — The Black Crowes Bad, Bad Leroy Brown — Jim Croce Ballet For A Blue Whale — Adrian Belew Big Black Mariah — Tom Waits Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) — David Byrne Black & White — Sarah McLachlan Black & White x 5…

  • Stew Sunday

    This weekend Stew will be appearing at the Adams Avenue Street Fair. Sunday. I’m gonna be there. Can’t wait. Previously: Stew plays, Joe Mulls. Love that Stew!

  • Stream-of-consciousness

    Everything’s a bit blurry. But we have new couches as of Tuesday. Leah made Adas Polo Rice the other day. That was great. Classes going well. The rat-a-tat Spanish teacher is still rat-a-tat. Killing ’em in C++ class. Technical writing is good. Enjoying my work (it’s painless and simple) and my freelance too. And Stew…

  • C++ Tutorial

    I came across this C++ Tutorial. I’ll be reading it. It’s nowhere near as useful as Roedy Green‘s Java pages, but it’ll do in a pinch. More work done, another week nearly over. I need to take a couch to the dump and go to work!

  • Panorama City Is The Place To Be And I Say That Unironically

    So today is coming to a close. Started out with a trip to the dump! Then a drive up to see a football game featuring two of Leah’s kids. Then lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (Cobb Salad). We then saw Mr. 3000 (not bad) and made our way home. Herculean driving of the 170 miles…

  • “God vs. Bush?”

    GODvsBUSH Originally uploaded by artlung. Silly projection of the recent hurricanes (Ivan, Charley, Frances) onto a map of which counties voted for Bush or Gore. A fun forward from my friend Erin.

  • Stew song on Everwood tonight!

    So yesterday Leah and I went and saw Stew at the Adams Ave Street Fair as promised. He was wonderful as always. He also mentiond a little fun fact about having a song on TV tomorrow — which is to say today. So here’s the 411, direct from the Stew camp: last time we had…

  • Joel on Software: the book! the interview! the dessert topping!

    A few weeks ago I got an email from the people doing promotions of Joel Spolsky‘s new book — they wanted to send me a free copy since I’ve linked to Joel so many times over the years. Hey, I like free stuff. I suppose this is what’s called a “review copy.” Well, I’m happy…

  • Latest Stew Photos

    I put my latest pix of stew (from yesterday’s show) up on my flickr site.

  • Phew.

    The entrails of my self are all over the place right now. My mother comes Friday — she’s going to a reunion this weekend and staying with Leah and me. We’re in a bit of disarray right now, so we have a bit more cleaning to do. Counseling today went well. Learning so much it…

  • Debate

    Leah and I went to class in a rush, we had an outline due tonight. But alas! No class. I suspect our teacher played hooky to watch the presidential debate. Ah well, more time to prepare the house for the imminent arrival of my mom, tomorrow.

  • Semantic Web

    Just posted this to a mailing list: There’s so much hype and mystique about what the Semantic Web could be, might be, will be — I am particularly taken with a new series of articles (still unfolding) on about Paul Ford’s work on actually trying to *build* semantic web applications. * Screenscraping the Senate…

  • Morrissey

    My sister wrote me something the other day and I’m going to share it here. I saw Morrissey play at DAR Constitution Hall tonight and I had this welling of emotion when he came out. Anyway, it’s hard to put it into words without it sounding a bit silly, but thanks for taking me to…

  • What about Poland?

    Quote of the day: They deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that’s true. We were taken for a ride. – ALEKSANDER KWASNIEWSKI (translated) Mr. Kwasniewski is the President of Poland. (via ABC Australia)

  • Clarity

    Clarity is a gift you can sometimes give yourself. But more often it’s a gift you receive by the grace of others. Thank you Leah. Thank you Mom. Onward

  • Lyrics of the Week

    The Cars … Don’t cha stop right here I’d like to melt inside of you right here your kiss is totally new right here your hands are soft and creamy right here your mouth is wet and dreamy and it’s just what I like so dim down the light (don’t cha stop don’t cha stop)…

  • Octubre Surprise

    No, no estoy muerto. Estoy estudiando. I’m chilling out. Thanks for the concern. Man, I had such a week. Monday I kicked ass on a Spanish test. I studied, and did well. A little client work, but not a whole bunch, actually. A bit of friction at the part-time gig. Communication is hard man. I…

  • Bruce Sterling to teach design at Art Center Pasadena

    My hero, Bruce Sterling (his blog) says in his latest Viridian Note: The going is getting weird. The weird are turning pro. I have been asked to take a year-long guest residency, teaching design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. This school is in the Los Angeles basin, the epicenter of…

  • My Favorite Kind Of Feedback

    A correspondent named Imelda writes: Thank you for helping us solve the flash mind reader puzzle – my two children were starting to believe in the “magic” – and I wanted to let them know it was a scientific/mathmatic solution. No need to contact back. Just a big thanks. It was a delight to write…

  • No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

    My favorite quote from this weekend is from Roger Ebert’s review of Team America: World Police: If I were asked to extract a political position from the movie, I’d be baffled. It is neither for nor against the war on terrorism, just dedicated to ridiculing those who wage it and those who oppose it. The…

  • Catastrophisizing

    “Catastrophisizing” is the word I learned today. It’s a habit, and not much of a real word, but the meaning is clear enough. And it’s a habit I inflict on others, and more, myself. It’s not my job to fix you or teach you a lesson.

  • Born Under Punches

    Another week is whizzing by at a frantic and learn-a-rific rate. Some new LAMP Host clients upcoming. New changes over at coming up. Doing great in Spanish Class, C++ tambien. Printing a group project for Technical Writing as we speak. My xhtml + css chops are improving daily. The p/t gig is just fine….

  • Joe’s natural enemy: Broken $30 DVD Player

    I just spent 45 minutes tearing apart a broken $30 Wal-Mart DVD player. It stubbornly stopped working. Stopped playing. Stopped ejecting. Stopped even letting the tiny green LED light when plugged in. It just got broke. So I was going to, you know, throw it away. But I couldn’t remember if I had left a…

  • Pivot Point

    On the eve of a national election here in the United States, I feel as though all things are changing. From Wikipedia: Lever: In physics, a lever is a rigid object that is used with an appropriate fulcrum or pivot point to multiply the mechanical force that can be applied to another object. This is…

  • Voting in a few minutes; Technorati

    Leah and I are going to the polls in a few minutes. I support John Kerry I oppose George W. Bush This post is for Technorati Blog Votes [found via Backup Brain ]

  • dis aliter visum

    Joe on the way to Utah Originally uploaded by artlung.This photo is from 2002. Though it seemed like we had major Presidential change coming. It ain’t so. As William Gibson noted on his blog, quoting Virgil: “dis aliter visum” — “the gods thought otherwise.” Best thing I’ve read today is over on Greg Knauss…

  • Timbits = Doughnut Hole

    This morning I learned that a timbit is a donut hole. In Canada, eh. [via Marry an]

  • Quiet

    Yes, It’s been quiet in here. Catching up a little.

  • What happened to WebSanDiego?

    just posted this to websandiego mailing list: I don’t know. What it feels like that with my personal involvement down to nominal levels, the feeling of “action” on the list is much less than it used to be. So people simply don’t *think* to post to the list. There’s a pile of to-do’s for me…

  • Quote of the Day

    Great H.L. Mencken Quote, via the Interesting People List When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men…

  • Report on Diebold Voting Machines

    This is not really new, but it’s something I want to do more work on. Much of the code is in C++ (the topic of a current class I’m taking), so maybe this is worth looking over very closely. Analysis of an Electronic Voting System from February 27, 2004, by Tadayoshi Kohno, Adam Stubblefield, Aviel,…

  • Arlington Hill

    Lyrics of the moment (from The Drug Suite by Stew): adams and crenshaw is beautiful and we are laughing in the sun we parachute into church so we can sing before practice is done when we raise our voice stoned angels weep i can feel the holy ghost creeping up on me and suddenly there…

  • Quote of the Day

    “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y plus Z. X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.” — Albert Einstein

  • Paintings, Get Yer Paintings!

    Leah has four paintings for sale. Wonderful pieces. Check ’em out.

  • Reality Show

    Was it back in June? Dang. Today I’m puttering. Puttering is what Leah calls it when I work on miscellaneous stuff. It may include, but is not limited to: doing dishes, doing laundry, organizing my comics, taking a bath, doing homework, blogging, doing invoices, rearranging furniture, alphabetizing tapes and CDs (not anymore, that’s what iTunes…

  • lungs

    lung illustration Originally uploaded by artlung. the LUNG part of artLUNG dot com is not something I worry about much, but occasionally I come across illustrations or sites that are interesting go me. so i’m hard-drive cleaning, and i cleaned this one off to flickr. heaven knows whose copyrights I’m violating, but it’s a cool…

  • Homeward Bound.

    Amazing few months. No blogging. Some updates: House-hunting in Moorpark — some good leads! Thanksgiving: wonderful, great turkey Movies: The Incredibles, I Heart Huckabees – loved; Bridget Jones – hated it Classes: quite good, but busy. In C++ I’m one of the last 6 people left. Spanish – doing fine. Technical Writing, really enjoying it….

  • Sidebar Links, Goodbye!

    On the main page of this blog I used to have a giant list of links. Well, that list is no more, and I’m even removing it from the side of the links page. Since it was last updated on 15 March 2004 it’s a good bet I’m not going to maintain any such list…

  • Late Night

    At one time I was quite the night owl. Used to love working nights. Now I’m up at 12:45am and all I want to do is sleep. Or maybe do some programming. Heh. Good night y’all!

  • Good grief!

    I should have gone to bed. In composing an invite list for a party this month (the 18th) I accidentually sent the list in composition to half the list, with nary an explanation. Now that is a breach of netiquette. So for those of you I confused, I apologize. And if you want to come…

  • Books for Web Folk (1999)

    People often ask me how I learned all these magic tricks. The answer is books, of course. The books that follow are the crucial books in my education in the ways of the World Wide Web. There are more books – but these are the desert island books. Web development: Teach Yourself Web Publishing with…

  • Leah and Sky in 2002 x 2

    Leah and Sky in 2002 x 2 Originally uploaded by artlung. Have I mentioned that we’re gonna get married? No? Well, we are, in Las Vegas, on the 21st. Partnerships rock.

  • Site changing

    Lots more site changes happening. Pages removed, some redirects set up. You can still get to older stuff on the excellent, specifically by going to the archive of There’s been so much stuff I’ve put up here on the site for so long, and it’s time to put this house in order. The…

  • Where I was baptized a Catholic

    Where I was baptized a CatholicOriginally uploaded by artlung.I don’t often think of it, but I am a Catholic. I am also a Buddhist, an Agnostic, and a Freethinker. But I am definitely a Catholic. What does that mean? Well, that’s part of the ongoing struggle, right? To embrace spirituality without abandoning reason. To embrace…

  • What She Said

    Leah summarizes our life right now perfectly. That girl, she makes me laugh.

  • Suggest a Site to San Diego Blog

    Over on San Diego Blog, you can now easily suggest a site via the new, dedicated form.

  • Things I have Not Blogged About Before

    I really liked the movie Ray. What an American story! Thomas P M Barnett is a great thinker about geopolitics. Bruce Schneier is a great thinker about security. Mark Cuban is a raucous thinker about business. Pre-marital aka couples counseling was a great experience for Leah and I. Want to listen to some great authors…

  • The Big Ol’ Grin

    So we’re sitting and vegetating a little bit, watching some TV. Leah goofily says “we’re getting married” — with a big ol’ grin. “Everybody says so.” And I reply: “that’s right.” We’re a bit giddy right now, it’s true.

  • Audio and Instant Music

    I’ve talked about my old Amiga 1000 before, and I’m talking about it again now. It was a great computer for its time. One of the great parts of it was the software. There was an awesome music-making software called Instant Music for the Amiga which allowed one to compose music as easily as one…

  • Google Suggest ASCII

    Davenetics checked the alphabet with the new Google Suggest. I had to check the numbers out. 1 – 1 2 – 2004 Election 3 – 3m 4 – 411 5 – 50cent (hollah!) 6 – 60 minutes 7 – 7th Heaven 8 – (which seems to be some kind of porn portal — likely…

  • The Worst Candy I Ever Ate In My Life

    The worst candy I ever ate in my life was called “Giga” and came from Sweden from my co-worker Ingrid. This is what the packaging looks like so you can avoid it: It was salty, very salty. I don’t remember any “sweet” to speak of. That was back in 2001.

  • How To Say “ArtLung” Phonetically

    …in case you were wondering.

  • My Name Records

    My very own name record! From sometime in the 1970s on “My Name Records.” The story goes that my father had faith in me that I could run a little turntable even though I was like 3 or 4 years old. I’ve been trusted with technology ever since. My former roommate Erin recorded it to…

  • Sunday Night Random

    Good, if busy day today. Multiple projects on multiple fronts. My folks left this morning (early!) for Virginia. It was great to see them, even if briefly. The party for the 60th Anniversary for my Grandparents was awesome. Poker til late. I lost money but had fun. Poker game names are bewildering. So much to…

  • Why a website?

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  • Sixty Years!

    Joe & Jean Crawford 60th Anniversary Originally uploaded by artlung. That’s so impressive. Check out Leah’s Photo Site for more. Sixty years dude!

  • Casablanca-style

    My pal Joe Toledo remixes the current header, perfectly, geniusly. He’s been funny before, too.

  • Nintin corrects me, charmingly!

    I get the neatest email. Here’s one about Christmas around the world: May God bless you keeping an interesting page of Merry Christmas in all languages on your website. This efforts praise worthy and I appreciate it. Please permit me to suggest one very small improvement on your page: It says in Hindi, Christmas…

  • Too Much Of a Good Thing? BZZZZZT!

    Three bloggers I regularly read, Andy Baio, Matt Haughey, and Jason Kottke, all linked to this: Too much of a good thing?. The central thesis of this blog entry is there is so much good stuff in the world and it’s depressing not to get to it, and maddening to not get to it. I…

  • Profuse Party Apologies & Retroactive Invitations

    So… If you have previously been to our home for a party, been invited but were unable to show, or think you should have been and did not receive an invitation for our holiday/wedding party Saturday night … like, tomorrow dude… please call or email Leah and/or I for more information. Due to our extreme…

  • Party: A Success

    Turnout was great. People were great. Tired this morning. Wonderfulness. Marriage ETA: 54 hours. ONWARDS TOGETHER!

  • Today: The Day

    Today I get married. There’s a possibility that technical difficulties will get in the way, but I set up an audio blog over on the right there for developments. Leah and I, and the kids, are all going to Las Vegas, and then on to Utah for the Holiday. Things are good. Blessings abound. I…

  • Kanab City Library

    Right now I’m sitting in the Kanab City Library. Checking in on email and whatnot for the first time in a few days. They don’t have free WiFi, but they do have a laptop hookup I can use for an hour. I want to swear about [expletive deleted] cool this is. It’s been a wonderful…

  • Solstice-iversary

    I got a nice note from our friend Susan about our wedding, and I thought I’d share it… I almost forgot that today is The Big Day – congratulations!!! How nice that you’re getting married on the solstice. A good omen, as this marks a new phase in your lives with the promise of warm…

  • San Diego Bloggers, Fixed

    Before I left I made some changes over on San Diego Bloggers, leaving it broken visually. Sad. But fixed now! Check it!

  • Let’s Look Back At The Audio Posts For the Last Week and a Half

    The Test Post 12/21/2004 09:21:06 AM Counting The Bugs with Tony 12/21/2004 04:36:42 PM Before Vegas 12/21/2004 08:25:02 PM We Have The License 12/21/2004 10:17:50 PM Giddy & Married 12/21/2004 10:53:45 PM Why Aren’t We Back (Vegas Edition) 12/29/2004 02:24:10 PM

  • The Tsunami

    The incredible tsunami last week is something I’ve not mentioned at all so far. It’s an astonishing event by any measure. Oso wrote several posts about it for San Diego Blog. On the videos thread I found a link to the excellent wikipedia article to catch me up to speed, as I’ve been busy…