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2001: 324 posts.


  • It occurs to me…
    It occurs to me that this Blogger stuff may be dull. Still, the prospect of keeping a journal is kind of a neat one. Of course, I’ll have to keep it up. Let’s see if I can do that. Rant at me.
  • an observation:
    attention glamorizes everything.
  • SXSW
    I will indeed be attending SXSW in Austin between 9 + 13 March 2001. I suspect it will be interesting.
  • Feeling really tired.
    Feeling really tired. But a good kinda tired. I missed out on a San Diego craigslist party – but worked hard on a site launch — lightpointe.com. When you’re under stress with good people, and you know it’s not a regular thing – it’s kinda fun!
  • I admit it. I watch Television.
    I admit it. I watch Television. I even like some of it. Some faves include Law & Order (both flavors) The Simpsons, Survivor, Frontline, and even those Trek shows. Another favorite is NYPD Blue. Somewhere along the line I went looking for sites which discussed NYPD Blue – and that is how I discovered the…
  • Made some changes to the site.
    Made some changes to the site. Killed some dead headers. Not a redesign, but it will have to do.
  • I really wish that Frank Zappa were not dead.
    I really wish that Frank Zappa were not dead. He was an American Original. He was an artist, a businessman, a writer, and an American who was always true to himself. One of his complaints about the culture of the United States is that we celebrate mediocrity. Zappa’s theory was that the masses delude themselves…
  • No one can write decently who…
    No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing.     – E.B. White:       The Elements of Style
  • Although I’m…
    Although I’m an atheist who believes only in great nature, I recognize the spiritual richness and grandeur of the Roman Catholicism in which I was raised. And I despise anyone who insults the sustaining values and symbol system of so many millions of people of different races around the world. An authentically avant-garde artist today…
  • New Header.
    New Header. Including a nice picture of Jenny for the first time in a header for ArtLung.com. The isometric block at upper left is something I’ve been toying with. There’s something compelling about 3D space with perspective removed. It reminds me of the thesis of How to Lie With Maps: Maps are paradoxical – to…
  • Headers!
    Just as soon as I put it up, what was a New Header is now old. And has been put in deadheaders. Replacing it is a scanline webcam-type number. I think I’m obsessed with ornamental headers.
  • Tomorrow I fly to Austin, Texas
    Tomorrow I fly to Austin, Texas, USA for SXSW aka “South by Southwest”. I am looking forward once again to the wondrous process of putting faces with names. Let’s hope I have pleasant flights, cabs, and that the hotel works out ok. We shall see.
  • Bimbette Trio
    I am sittng in my seat on a Southwest flight to Las Vegas. There is a trio of bimbettes ‘back and to my left.’ They have paid the four bucks and orderd tequila. They will reach their destination in Las Vegas. I will avoid them by changing planes in LV for Austin. (written on 03/8/2001)
  • I had a great time at SXSW
    I had a great time at SXSW – though it wasn’t as mind-blowing as I might have hoped. What was very cool was meeting many many fine folks of evolt.org. Magnifico. Milestones:    Today, WebSanDiego.org turns 2.    Tomorrow, I turn 31. Also, made some major changes to the navigation of this site. Hopefully didn’t introduce any…

  • Another late night following my bliss.
    Entered the Reddy Kilowatt Makeover contest – #02001.1 – a Viridian Design Contest. …Here’s the final result. Hey, I can do as I please, it’s my birthday.

  • Coolest message I got on my birthday
    Coolest message I got on my birthday — from my Hawaiian-born friend Steve K Well – Happy Birthday Joe, Otanjobi Omedeto joe-san, Hauoli lahanou Joe.
  • another shooting in my town.
    another shooting in my town. as the new header proclaims, it’s springtime. but the sublime beauty of the flowers does not remove the essential truth that life is cruel, brutish and short.
  • More and more I find myself in a role of elder statesmen.
    More and more I find myself in a role of elder statesmen. I think somehow that by taking on more responsibility I have become more responsible. When I worked as a Respiratory Therapist it was clear cut. My responsibility was clear. I protect and maintain the airway, venitilation, respiration, and try to be a compassionate…
  • Continuing the overreaction to thoughtcrime:
    Continuing the overreaction to thoughtcrime: Third grader is suspended for a drawing of a soldier and military paraphernalia. As a person who as a kid was always drawing, this sickens me. The freedoms my country (the USA) offers are being chipped away. I feel for the kids of today.
  • I’ve been a “bachelor” for the last few days…
    I’ve been a “bachelor” for the last few days while my wife is visiting family in Miami. I find that I really do miss her. The cat seems to miss her as well. Every so often he just starts meowing and looking at me, as if to say: “isn’t there something missing here?. At any…
  • From the “I forgot to mention it department”
    From the “I forgot to mention it department” – the current header contains a picture of the Carlsbad Flower Fields from last year. Even a schmuck like me can occasionally take a nice digital picture. Previous headers live here.
  • Inspired from a posting to DigitalEve SanDiego…
    Inspired from a posting to DigitalEve SanDiego… I dredge up a wonderful speech from Bruce Sterling on “Wooing the Muse of the Odd” – it’s about pushing at boundaries and being unique. Design is not about limitations. It’s about possibility.
  • The very talented Deb Shadovitz
    The very talented Deb Shadoviz wrote this book about Adobe GoLive called The GoLive 5 Bible, and she used a quote of mine in the chapter on CSS. So you should check it out next time you’re in the web design section of your local bookstore, or you can buy it from trusty old Amazon.
  • Rosie O’Donnell On Math.
    Rosie O’Donnell On Math. Do people really think that computers mean we don’t have to know math? That the advent of electronics and digital logic means mankind can sit back and coast? A real pity. [new url as of october 2001]
  • Current listening material:
    Current listening material: Jurassic 5, Prince, Christina. Latest reading: The Big U, by Neal Stephenson. The Big U is a remarkable book, not the least of which for being about the darkest comedy I’ve ever experienced. Savage in some parts, while retaining an odd charm. Apparently the author did not really wish it to come…
  • I have lots of JavaScript experience.
    I have lots of JavaScript experience. Amazingly, this makes me valuable in some ways. I had no idea that people would tip for it. I got my first Tip the other day through the lab. Is my Lab now a commercial site? Or am I just a busker – some modern day mendicant poet of…
  • The quote in the new header is from Confucius.
    The quote in the new header is from Confucius. Much wisdom in the Analects. We walk a path. We seek wisdom. I have gained no wisdom today. Perhaps tomorrow.
  • It’s the little things in life that have greatness..
    It’s the little things in life that have greatness.. dictionary.com, google, dmoz.org, imdb, amazon, irt.org. These are useful. That is a great compliment.
  • Free as Air, Free as Water, Free as Knowledge:
    Free as Air, Free as Water, Free as Knowledge: is my favorite link to quote people these days. I like especially the references to Ben Franklin. How do we resolve the problem of fair use in a market driven world? Dan Gillmor’s latest column, which calls for people to get active on the issue of…
  • Yup, the script still runs.
    Yup, the script still runs. Jenny I love you!
  • I think the fact
    I think the fact that I sometimes find myself up until 3 in the morning for no really good reason is an indicator that I’m undeniably a night owl. I like staying up late, but this is ridiculous.
  • How wonderful it is to have worked with cool people:
    How wonderful it is to have worked with cool people: ingrid, steveS, brett, joeT, jamison, carolynC, liz. And that’s just a slice!
  • Go Christina!
    Go Christina!. Award Shows are useless. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards doubly so. But I like Christina, so nyeah.
  • The weather here in San Diego today is lovely.
    The weather here in San Diego today is lovely. Not too hot. Sunny. Pleasant. Almost beach weather! Water temperature still not high enough for bodysurfing or swimming La Jolla Cove though.
  • From The Memory Lane Dept
    From The Memory Lane Dept: TI-99, Amigas, and PowerMacs, OH MY!. I’ve been thinking maybe I should be writing longer pieces for the site. I am such a long-winded person on mailing lists, maybe I should be more long-winded here.
  • Another header. And old ones here.
    Another header. And old ones here.
  • The Fresh Air radio show from Tuesday
    The Fresh Air radio show from Tuesday, April 10, 2001: a remarkable interview with the author of a new biography of Timothy McVeigh.Their book is significant to history, given Mr. McVeigh’s shyness with the press, and yet the authors, both journalists, come across as mild-mannered to a fault. Until I had heard an exerpt on…
  • The PHP AutoMagic Gallery Listing
    The PHP AutoMagic Gallery Listing is the latest item to be added to The Lab. Never heard of PHP? Shame on you!
  • Another reason why I idolize William Gibson:
    Another reason why I idolize William Gibson: I can’t get the phrase “Venice decompressed” out of my head. The phrase is in the book Idoru. I’ve been listening to the audio book version on my short commute. Venice decompressed.
  • Our taxes were done for the 16th.
    Our taxes were done for the 16th. Many tasks remain undone.
  • So tonight Jenny and I are watching TV.
    So tonight Jenny and I are watching TV. It’s a special on PBS. Quite good, and all about the human genome. So they start talking about cystic fibrosis – a genetic disease which wreaks havoc on the lungs and body of those who have it. Very awful, and something I would occasionally deal with back…
  • Keeping a journal is a responsibility
    Keeping a journal is a responsibility, once you start it. But what does one do when there is precious little to share? I’m in transition now. Lots of irons in the fire. Things on my mind. Other people have things about to happen as well. The new Bruce Sterling interview in Locus indicates a new…
  • Voltes V Paper Models by John Paras
    Voltes V Paper Models by John Paras – added the other day. John Paras does this wonderful otaku thing and makes paper models of the five component craft which make up the giant robot, Voltes V. John was gracious enough to offer the pictures to me to put on this site if I like. Of…
  • EduPoint – a former employer, goes bust.
    EduPoint – a former employer, goes bust. Another interesting idea that missed the mark.
  • Another story on the folding of EduPoint
    Another story on the folding of EduPoint – this one from The T Sector. I wonder if I can buy my old work computer from them? It wasn’t bad. It would run Quake III pretty well. Alas, EduQuake is no more.
  • Yikes! More than a week since I’ve posted anything.
    Yikes! More than a week since I’ve posted anything. Some news – the water temperature is 62 degrees F. Andd yesterday I went to the beach. The waves were subpar, but I went in the water. It was very nice. Pictures soon – I want to put something beach-y in the header.
  • And now, something beachy in the header!
    And now, something beachy in the header! Ta da!
  • I enjoy good weather
    I enjoy good weather. I like bundling up and snuggling under thick, heavy layers of covers — but summertime has a nice featureset. I’m looking forward to much bodysurfing and snorkeling this year.
  • Twigg’s
    Twigg’s is a small coffeehouse in North Park — part of San Diego. Last night Jenny and I saw Will, a co-worker at AVENCOM play guitar and sing there. I was pleasantly surprised – he’s got talent. Number One with a bullet, I think. As was pointed out last night, it is nice to see…
  • A small mention of me
    A small mention of me, and of the WebSanDiego.org mailing list in this weeks’ ComputorEdge. Link to the ComputorEdge version, or to the more permanent link here – from Doug Welch’s site. Thanks for the mention, Doug!
  • I have an irrational affinity for Christina Aguilera.
    I have an irrational affinity for Christina Aguilera. In part it is irrational because her roots are multiethnic, like me. I have at least Scot, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, French, and Yaqui in me. Christina can legitimately claim to be Latina, and be on the cover of Latina Magazine. She can also claim Irish heritage, and…
  • Rudy Limeback, a fellow I think very highly of
    Rudy Limeback, a fellow I think very highly of, asked me to post this to my site somewhere. It was prompted by a simple question posted by the head lemur on the webdesign-L list, a mailing list for web developers. And so, here it is.
  • New stuff for the lab!
    New stuff for the lab! Multiple, Hierarchical SelectBoxes and Reverse a string, but only the digits. Always satisfying to add to the lab. Based on the hit logs, it looks like people are using it. This makes me happy.
  • Another addition to the lab:
    Another addition to the lab: WS_FTP Password Decoder.
  • The other day I watched Stop Making Sense
    The other day I watched Stop Making Sense [buy | learn about] on DVD. I had not seen the movie in a while. I do have a VHS videocassette version, but have not whipped it out for maybe 2 years. I was struck, on the additional commentary track, bu the naivete of the artists, and…
  • I’m a comics fan – and I keep meaning to explore these links.
    I’m a comics fan – and I keep meaning to explore these links. after-y2k.com comics.com – Red and Rover dieselsweeties.com e-sheep.com exploitationnow.com markmartin.net nichtlustig.de penny-arcade.com redmeat.com scottmccloud.com ucomics.com – Pluggers userfriendly.org mercurycenter.com/comics I blog them so I may revisit (or visit!) them.
  • Thought for the day:
    Thought for the day: “When three men walk together, there is always something I can learn. Choose what is good in them and correct what is not good.” – Confucius
  • New lab item!
    New lab item! How can I change every link on a page to something new?
  • There is no undo for rm * in unix.
    There is no undo for rm * in unix. The files are just gone. And you only have yourself to blame.
  • A lovely Memorial day here in the States
    A lovely Memorial day here in the States: best highlight – playing a few games of foosball – including playing a game with my wife Jennifer – who had never played before, ever.
  • July, 1997
    July, 1997, when I first heard of Jakob Nielsen. Probably when I started to smarten up about the web.
  • Today I have realized…
    Today I have realized that three of my favorite movies are war movies. Stalag 17 [imdb | amazon] , Three Kings [imdb | amazon] , and Lawrence of Arabia [imdb | amazon] . It may be a stretch, but they all share a common thread. They feature profound cynicism about the military, and about the…
  • Zappaism: AAAFNRAA
    Zappaism: AAAFNRAA — Anything, anytime, anywhere, for no reason at all. I think I’ll add it to my personal SIG.
  • One week to the Bonfire! …
    One week to the Bonfire! — I can’t wait. Can you?
  • Many people know me only via email.
    Many people know me only via email. I have always been a little obsessive about my .sig file. I just made another change of my .sig, and retired the old ones. No particular reason, just felt like it. I’ve been getting more done than usual, and maybe that warrants a “reboot.” Check out the old…
  • Q: What is AAAFNRAA?
    Q: What is AAAFNRAA? A: Anything, anytime, anywhere, for no reason at all See: Time Magazine Frank Zappa Obituary
  • I got a postcard from RT Temps
    I got a postcard from RT Temps in the mail yesterday. Very tempting to go off to some exotic locale and travel and do respiratory therapy. Or even just go traveling and work. Of course, I’ve not practiced my Respiratory Care license in a few years. But it’s nice, especially in what are presumably bad…
  • Controversy du jour:
    Controversy du jour: Microsoft ‘Smart Tags’ Could Violate Law – Attorney – via littlegreenfootballs blog Based on this line of reasoning, valley url , dialectizer , et. al , vischeck color blindness simulator , lynx viewer , or even babelfish could be interpreted as “derivative works” and get the law on their asses. The problem…
  • 50 Bonfire.2001! RSVPs
    The Strategians / WebSanDiego.org / Techniquelle Bonfire.2001! has hit fifty RSVPs. Too, too cool.
  • What blogs / journals do I try to check regularly?
    What blogs / journals do I try to check regularly? It’s hard, because you can spend all day and all night reading blogs and never get any work, play, or necessary family, spousal, or anything else — done. But here they are. In alphabetical order: backupbrain ; camworld ; captain cursor ; matt haughey /…
  • Bonfire. Great. Me tired.
    Bonfire. Great. Me tired.
  • Today, Jennifer graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree.
    Today, Jennifer graduates with a Bachelor’s Degree. I am very proud of her.
  • Yesterday I took the bus home.
    Yesterday I took the bus home. I’ve been taking mass transit while my car has been having trouble. I was at the Fashion Valley Transit Center and the fireworks at Sea World started. Sea World does fireworks every night – and if you can see Mission Bay from where you are, you get to watch…
  • Always give your best
    Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. – Richard Nixon. Whitehouse Farewell Speech. August 9, 1974 Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads…
  • I’m mortified.
    I’m mortified. Broken stuff in the lab. The horror! The horror! The multiple select tool was broken in essentially every browser. Ugh. Luckily nobody donated anything on the strength of that one. I have now fixed it.
  • This past Tuesday I was quoted in the newspaper.
    This past Tuesday I was quoted in the newspaper. Oddly enjoyable.
  • Here’s the URL of the story.
    Here’s the URL of the story. Basically I was a source / interviewee about the Del Mar Fair‘s web design contest, and why not many people entered the thing. It boils down to the word not getting out. Being the guy who formed WebSanDiego.org, I theoretically should know about such stuff.
  • A new header was posted.
    A new header was posted. It’s a very old picture of me, and a new item, a bit of playfulness which I call art. You can view it if you wish. Nice to get an art jones off my chest.
  • Another new header for the website.
    Another new header for the website. This features my big ol’ head looking out the window of the bus on the way home. It’s not a bad picture considering I took it myself and was trying desperately to not look self-conscious. Also included is some typographic nonsense. The colophon for this one would include references…
  • My car is now fixed, for certain a mixed blessing.
    My car is now fixed, for certain a mixed blessing. I think I will miss the time afforded to read and contemplate and decompress while riding mass transit. Maybe I’ll ride the bus sometimes, and drive my car to work sometimes. Err… sometimes.
  • Doing some spring cleaning today on the office…
    Doing some spring cleaning today on the office. Sorting, categorizing. Discarding. Revisiting old comics is great. Well not too old. Manga Star Wars: A New Hope was one highlight I found. It’s a Japanese / Manga rendition of Star Wars, translated back into English. What? You’ve never heard of Manga? Manga is a style of…
  • Also available in Manga format (4 volumes): The Empire Strikes Back: Star Wars Episode V…
    Also available in Manga format (4 volumes): The Empire Strikes Back: Star Wars Episode V.
  • Return of the Jedi is also available in Manga
    Return of the Jedi is also available in Manga: However, Amazon only has volume 1 and volume 3 though. Strange, that. Dark Horse Comics also has the Star Wars Mangas. They are the publisher.
  • For Independence Day!
    For Independence Day!: A short presentation on the Continental Congress, The U.S. Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence. Have a great day!
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
    The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 [imdb] [amazon] is a great cheap date for a Saturday Night. It’s a guy movie that even my wife likes! It’s a “caper picture” – several armed men hijack a subway car in New York City. It’s filled with wonderful character actors. I like that the characters are…
  • I’m selling some things on ebay…
    I’m selling some things on ebay. Check them out my ebay page!
  • I’ve been doing even more spring cleaning this weekend…
    I’ve been doing even more spring cleaning this weekend. Nice to go through old things. Among the items I found are old notes to myself when I was first learning about the web. My interest was almost exclusively graphics. That was my way in. Now what’s interesting is the enabling of human interactions. I used…
  • websandiego.org happy hour #8 in a week!
    websandiego.org happy hour #8 in a week! san diego comic con in 10 days! can you stand the suspense?!?!
  • New item for The Lab:
    New item for The Lab:Some bookmarklets which I can never remember where to go get. So here they are.
  • I saw Jerry Hirshberg speak…
    I saw Jerry Hirshberg speak the other night at San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. He’s a great speaker. He’s articulate about creativity. He has a passion for design, and is evangelistic about the power of design to change, and look ahead which is completely infectious. His book: The Creative Priority : Putting Innovation to…
  • Beach party!
    Beach party! Silver Strand State Beach – absolutely lovely time with family. The water was hideously cold though – even by my standards – I personally require 63 degrees Fahrenheit before I go in. But the waves were excellent. Big. Powerful. nice bodysurfing.
  • AuctionMart seems to be an excellent application of the internet to an old problem…
    AuctionMart seems to be an excellent application of the internet to an old problem. Seems like every Respiratory Therapy Department I ever worked in had equipment which was in disuse, but was perfectly functional. These were untapped resources, which could be easily sold to other facilities which could use them. In return the selling department…
  • Happy Hour #8 is totally tonight…
    Happy Hour #8 is totally tonight. Hope to put some faces to names and email addresses.
  • New gizmo – put it up on my members…
    New gizmo – put it up on my members.evolt.org account – PHP Image Size Grabber. Have I ever mentioned that evolt.org rocks? No? Well it does.
  • Will will be playing at Lestats Coffeehouse
    Will will be playing at Lestats Coffeehouse (here in San Diego, yes) on the 24th of July. I work with Will, and have heard him play. He proves that a killer ASP (and Cold Fusion, and SQL Server, and Flash) programmer can be a sensitive singer / songwriter / guitarist. Go to his site. You…
  • This is my favorite search today:
    This is my favorite search today: google search: java applet site:microsoft.com. Why? See: Java is Essential to the Software Ecosystem by Clay Shirky. See also: Call to Action for the OEMs (about Windows XP support for Java or lack thereof).
  • Lab time again!
    Lab time again! This time I’m addressing the question of the dotted lines in Windows MSIE. It’s titled: Why not to use blur() to make dotted lines go away in MSIE for Windows. The cousin of this entry is outline: none CSS property.
  • My goatee is getting long…
    My goatee is getting long. I can’t figure out whether this is good or bad, but it makes me think of ZZ Top. This is bad inasmuch as ZZ Top is kind of a joke as a band. Like a musical footnote in the latter 20th Century. They do play some mean guitar though. What…
  • Last night as I was making my way from work to my car…
    Last night as I was making my way from work to my car I was greeted by the sight of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones — apparently now a couple — moving northeast in the Gaslamp Quarter. They looked great, Lara even had her sunglasses on. I’ll admit that her windbreaker didn’t help my suspension…
  • Comic-Con is pretty cool so far…
    Comic-Con is pretty cool so far. Hooking up with friends, drooling over expensive merchandise, laughing at my own age and nostalgia (I get all wispy when I see things like the Micronauts, which are these cool toys from my youth which I can’t afford now). The best thing I picked up was a book —…
  • Will played last night at LeStats in Normal Heights…
    Will played last night at LeStats in Normal Heights. I think Will is maturing as a performer. He seems to have more confidence, and his delivery is better. He still needs to put some sound files up on his site.
  • Yep, Lab time.
    Yep, Lab time. This one’s a simple little idea. Submit a form by selecting a dropdown item with client-side scripting (read: JavaScript).
  • I’m reading Watchmen again.
    I’m reading Watchmen again. I bought a reading copy at Con. Still an amazing read. Bleak. Dark. Moody. Funny. Cynical. But definitely a great story. There used to be talk — maybe there still is? — about Terry Gilliam directing a film or TV adaptation of the piece. One rumor I remember reading somewhere was…
  • linklint is one of a very few perfect
    linklint is one of a very few perfect pieces of software around. By which I mean that it does what it sets out to do with a minimum of fuss. I have been using it since at least 1998 to wrangle the links in large static html sites. The author, Jim Bowlin, has put the…
  • I picked something else up at Comic-Con.
    I picked something else up at Comic-Con. Something not sanctioned by Lucasfilm Ltd. These three articles are hilarious. But they do not do The Star Wars Holiday Special justice. It’s much much worse. As the credits rolled and Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman and Art Carney rolled, I started uncontrollably laughing at the thinking behind…
  • Great essay on why Dmitry Skylarov should be released.
    Great essay on why Dmitry Skylarov should be released. Brings up the key issues: Fair Use, the DMCA, the dead media problem, the rights of authors, the transnational issue – and from the unique perspective of someone who has actually published eBooks.. I love books. I love technology. I love the internet. I think authors…
  • Something very neat…
    Something very neat, and a little bit scary as well — www.mapquest.com now provides aerial photos of many locations. Southern California is covered well, Virgina sporadically, D.C. pretty well, some parts of Washington State are in b+w, Miami is pretty well covered. Unsettling to see one’s dwelling in Smart-Bomb-O-Vision though.
  • Some men see things the way they are…
    Some men see things the way they are and say “Why?”. I dream things that never were and say “Why not?” – Robert F. Kennedy. Comment: This sentiment bears repeating.
  • Folks of the moment:
    Folks of the moment: misunderstood genius Kynn Bartlett, voice of a blog generation Matt Haughey (who also has a weak stomach), recalcitrant debater Todd Brizendine, cranky pundits Dori Smith + Tom Negrino, and Doc “always with something interesting to say” Searls.
  • I like this…
    Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. – Dave Barry
  • Jenny and I will be moving! Just an FYI…
    Jenny and I will be moving! Just an FYI. We’re moving to North Park – still here in San Diego / CA / USA. So it’s the usual – looking for boxes, utilities startup, changes of address. Anybody want to help us move?
  • I now have a list of links – not all blogs – on my blog archive page…
    I now have a list of links – not all blogs – on my blog archive page. It’s more for my own convenience than anything.
  • If ever there was an example of the problem with Dead Media
    If ever there was an example of the problem with Dead Media – ( Bruce Sterling’s essay about DM ) – it’s this one – where the original Viking data was in a data format which apparently nobody remembers anymore. That’s crazy! via Nettime. Archives here.
  • Initially this site had a search powered by a script from Matt’s Script Archive…
    Initially this site had a search powered by a script from Matt’s Script Archive. Based on the timestamps on files I think I installed it in March of 1999. Last month I replaced it with another service. Problem is, a few weeks later, based on testing it now and again – it didn’t work more…
  • Over at markmartin…
    Over at markmartin.net, I have an entry in his Come Draw With Me section. Just some Photoshop silliness. Mark Martin is a great character.
  • Clarification:
    Clarification: Mark Martin is a cartoonist.
  • Lab time! Why the form action mailto: stinks…
    Lab time! Why the form action mailto: stinks. Includes screengrabs.
  • 288 Days until US Release of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones…
    288 Days until US Release of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
  • We’re playing with the software from summary…
    We’re playing with the software from summary.net right now – it does analysis of web server hit logs It is cool fast. Just crunched the raw numbers (without DNS lookups) for 4.5 gigs ( 6 months worth — 23,334,050 hits ) of client logfiles in about 13 minutes time. this is on a PIII/Win2k box….
  • Can’t stop listening to The Mothers of Invention’s Oh No Some lyrics:
    Can’t stop listening to The Mothers of Invention’s Oh No Some lyrics: Oh no I don’t believe it You say that you think you know The meaning of love You say love is all we need You say With your love you can change All of the fools All of the hate I think you’re…
  • I think Jenny and I missed The Perseids…
    I think Jenny and I missed The Perseids. We’re in the midst of moving. Hard heavy work.
  • Back online at our new home – using Cox@Home now and not RoadRunner…
    Back online at our new home – using Cox@Home now and not RoadRunner.
  • We are nearly settled, and almost done moving…
    We are nearly settled, and almost done moving. Even “almost” feels good.
  • Censorship in action:
    Censorship in action: why I don’t publish my HDCP results by Niels Ferguson really sickens me. Learn more about why we the people should secure our rights against the DMCA at the EFF web site. This is definitely on the spectrum with the Dmitry case – Read more here
  • Recent thought:
    Some things are worth dying for. I say this as a married, comfortable person who wants to bring children into the world. In the face of oppression, lunacy can indistinguishable from bravery. When people goaded into not speaking their minds in protest out of fear of repression or reprisals by “the authorities” — one could…
  • I put this in the lab because I don’t know where else to put it …
    I put this in the lab because I don’t know where else to put it — HTML 2.0 – An exploration!. The idea here is an exercise in web authoring, 1996-style. Just some pointers to the original specs, and brief ruminations on how it’s a little different.
  • The Onion – brilliant satire – sometimes gets serious…
    The Onion – brilliant satire – sometimes gets serious. Here’s a great Interview with Berkeley Breathed. At one point I wanted to be a cartoonist, and Breathed is certainly one of my heroes in that area. His insights into how the modern age is scarcely worth satirizing are worth the price of admission, and there’s…
  • Comparative Anatomy for Server Side Scripting
    Comparative Anatomy for Server Side Scripting – two small, trivial examples of the same thing, done different ways – in Perl, in Cold Fusion, in PHP, and ASP.
  • Up too late again
    Up too late again fooling with the blogger template and archives. Trying to tune this up. I’ve been doing this for seven months. I’ve decided I enjoy this writing. I think not many people read it, but that’s okay – I think of it as a public diary. If you haven’t tried it yourself, you…
  • New header for the main artlung…
    New header for the main artlung.com page! And in glorious bright colors! Old headers here.
  • I wrote this to web405 in response to a thread…
    I wrote this to web405 in response to a thread on the job market and resumes, here’s a replay, with minor edits: A college degree does not make a person able. And lack of a degree does not make one incapable. If you have “mad skillz” then by all means show them off — and…
  • Made an acquisition today …
    Made an acquisition today — L.A. Confidential — [amazon] — went to Tower Records, didn’t have any taste for music, but L.A. Confidential is an amazing movie that never fails to delight. I’m a sucker for all things Los Angeles, and that’s a big part of my pleasure at the movie. The meat of the…
  • Is there an equivalent word to anglophilia for people who love Los Angeles?
    Is there an equivalent word to anglophilia for people who love Los Angeles?
  • My wife has an online diary! voz37…
    My wife has an online diary! voz37.diaryland.com is the address. Somehow, despite being married to me, she has show little serious interest in blogging or keeping a diary – but I think she may be hooked after seeing and enjoying other peoples’ journals. Also, after having had no interest in anything to do with code…
  • Question from Dori.
    Question from Dori. Some possible answers: I enjoy toiling in obscurity. I started blogging too late to be an A-List Blogger. People are not interested in the ramblings of a former Respiratory Therapist. I don’t pass along memes like all your base quickly enough. Just spitballing there. Thanks for asking!
  • Now I have a reason to watch the Latin Grammys!
    Now I have a reason to watch the Latin Grammys! Seriously though, the Grammy’s are a sham — as are most awards shows.
  • Phrase of the day:
    “Japanese Inbetweeners” [ This phrase was developed by Chris Greazel ]
  • After moving, you end up throwing a lot of stuff away…
    After moving, you end up throwing a lot of stuff away. But here are some URLs from business cards and flyers acquired at Comic-Con 2001 — I must have picked them up for a reason, right? And they are — BijouCollectables.com | TrendyAnime.com | ImpactGraphicsPosters.com | CoolStuffVideos.com | PosterSuperShop.com. Really though, I intend to sell…
  • While situating the new computer room
    While situating the new computer room, I find myself compulsively listening to two radio shows online (in RA)– Air Sculpture pt.1 pt.2, and Anthropology pt.1 pt.2 — from FZFAN. Frank Zappa’s insights into the Award Shows, the Music Business, and MTV are as apropos as ever. He talks specifically about MTV as the point where…
  • New Lab item…
    New Lab item. How to make .php files masquerade as .php3. It’s a bit of magic which requires the very cool mod_rewrite for apache. Good mod_rewrite tutorials here and here.
  • I’ve had these Star Wars Songbook songs on my site …
    I’ve had these Star Wars Songbook songs on my site — in the smorgasborg — for a long time. I had always assumed they emerged from the collective unconscious somehow. But the other day I got a nice note from the original author asking me for attribution, and said it would be fine if I…
  • Yesterday was my Paternal Grandfather’s birthday…
    Yesterday was my Paternal Grandfather’s birthday. He’s a WWII veteran – he was a Chief aboard several ships in the Pacific Fleet. He had joined the navy a few years before the war broke out. Anyway, one story retold last night was that when he visited the Arizona Memorial, he saw a buddy’s name —…
  • David McLean of evolt…
    David McLean of evolt.org got something I wrote onto Yahoo! Canada‘s Quotation of the day — today. “So how do those who would protest get smart? They need to organize in such a way that they can beat the police, and the media, at their own game. Every protester in my mind needs a video…
  • Great busy weekend…
    Great busy weekend. Went to a lovely party @ Kynn and Liz‘s Place up in Lake Elsinore on Saturday. It’s another county over – in Riverside County. Jenny and I had a great time.
  • airshare…
    airshare.org is a collective | co-op | science club experimenting with 802.11b wireless networking. I’m a fan of airport and have for more than a year. Airport is no different than 802.11b, but is easy to install for someone like me. Anyway, on Saturday I hung out while some very cool demonstrations and experiments of…
  • Watched parts 1 and 2 of Band of Brothers
    Watched parts 1 and 2 of Band of Brothers [ based on the book of the same name ] last night. My father is in town from Virginia, and he was a veteran of Vietnam and served in the 101st Airborne Division. My father is a history buff, and has read on the history of…
  • Additionally, my mother is in town from Virginia…
    Additionally, my mother is in town from Virginia. And last week, Jenny’s mom was in town from Miami.
  • Shocking attack this morning in New York and Washington D…
    Shocking attack this morning in New York and Washington D.C.. My heart goes out to all who lost their lives today. I fear for my nation, and for the world.
  • 24 hours on and there’s still no return to normalcy…
    24 hours on and there’s still no return to normalcy. So much bitter news. Such a horror. The events of yesterday may be the most heavily documented single tragedy in the history. Instantly we have hundreds of people with personal stories, video, and especially the grisly pictures. So much news. The sheer volume of what’s…
  • Note:
    Note: previous post originally posted to websandiego.org mailing list this morning.
  • Ben Curtis has posted a great debunking message
    Ben Curtis has posted a great debunking message about many of the post September 11th memes, messages, and FWD’s that have been making the rounds. Bookmark the URL and the next time you get Nostradamus crap send them to it.
  • “They that can give up essential liberty…”
    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”— Ben Franklin, 1784
  • Why I still love Legos:
    Why I still love Legos: “So here’s the deal: the LEGO Company does not have a problem with people writing their own software and code meant for use with LEGO MINDSTORMS products. In fact, exactly the opposite — we absolutely love what people have done to extend the possibilities of LEGO MINDSTORMS.” Why, that makes…
  • Know what the Reichstag Fire is? You should…
    Know what the Reichstag Fire is? You should.
  • The original culture jammer: Frank Zappa
    The original culture jammer: Frank Zappa: On up & away & afar & a go-go Escape from the weight of your corporate logo!
  • Over the weekend I added a new header…
    Over the weekend I added a new header. Something slightly patriotic for this Month of madness. Old headers here.
  • Played racquetball over the weekend…
    Played racquetball over the weekend. Man, am I ever out of shape. But it was fun. Need to get a new racquet though – mine is about 10 years old. The newer racquets seem to have grown in a decade. Presumably some change in the rules of racquetball, or something. Anyone want to play some…
  • You Are Being Lied To, from Kynn
    You Are Being Lied To, from Kynn
  • Kyle Baker’s “Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter”
    At at Comic-Con 2000 panel entitled “Online Comics,” Kyle Baker’s “Letitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter” was mentioned as a great online comic. Truth of it was, it was simply a comic that DC would not publish, but that leaked onto the net. It has subsequently been published in a collection called Bizarro Comics. You can also…
  • Quote from another panel from Comic-Con 2000
    Quote from another panel from Comic-Con 2000: “Are you making a high tech comic book, or a low-tech cartoon?”
  • An effort to standardize the methods for comics grading: ComicGrader…
    An effort to standardize the methods for comics grading: ComicGrader.com Fun Fact: existing comics grading standards (Mint, Near Mint, etc) are derived from the coin collecting market. After all, you don’t mint a comic book, you print it. Coins are minted.
  • Blade Runner
    Re: Blade Runner – one possible for title was Dangerous Days – this I got from the presentation at Comic-Con 2000 given by Paul M. Sammon (author of Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner.
  • Quote from a Digital Coast 2000 panel on Venture Funding
    Quote from a Digital Coast 2000 panel on Venture Funding: “Have more than a powerpoint and some people — have an executive summary and a business plan”
  • Quote from Mark Cuban @ DC2000
    Quote from Mark Cuban @ DC2000: The minute you think you’re smart — you’re toast.
  • Another quote from DC2000
    Another quote from DC2000: “The user is the content. There is is a total transformation of the user by the interface.“
  • Any worthwhile thought I’ve had about web applications…
    Any worthwhile thought I’ve had about web applications came from exposure to Philip Greenspun. Read this, and then check out his new textbook in progress, and visit his home page.
  • If the intelligence services of the USA were so surprised…
    If the intelligence services of the USA were so surprised by the events of 11 September, how can they so quickly draw conclusions about who is responsible? Is this a rush to judgement? No doubt Bin Laden is a bad fellow, but what if we destroy him and his network and are still left with…
  • Amazing …
    Amazing — from the Microsoft Frontpage 2002 User Agreement: You may not use the Software in connection with any site that disparages Microsoft, MSN, MSNBC, Expedia or their products of services, infringe any intellectual property or other rights of these parties, violate any state, federal, or international law, or promote racism, hatred or pornography. source:…
  • What a lovely weekend…
    What a lovely weekend. I’m really liking this playing racquetball thing. And Sunday was a small get together with some friends which rocked hard. We watched “Tin Toy” and “Raising Arizona” — and Jenny put together an amazing spread. Nice to get our minds around something lite and less heavy for a change. The new…
  • Lyric of the day:
    The Democratic-Communist Relationship, won’t stand in the way of the Islamic force. The CIA is looking for you. The KGB is smarter than you think. Brainwash mentalities to control the system. Using TV and movies – religions of course. Yes, the world is headed for destruction. Is it a nuclear war? What are you asking…
  • I did some editing on wikipedia – in the Health Sciences section…
    I did some editing on wikipedia – in the Health Sciences section. I added Respiratory Therapy. My handle there is artlung, of course. The concept of an Open Encyclopedia is pure egalitarian academian utopia, it just might work. It even manages to self-correct. More about it on kuro5hin.org. It’s a wonderful example of open source…
  • Brilliance from the onion…
    Brilliance from the onion. Laughter is important, even when everything seems to be serious.
  • The web accessibility angle on current events and the media…
    The web accessibility angle on current events and the media. Some nice quotes from Mr. Kynn as well.
  • So I finally bought some new shoes
    So I finally bought some new shoes — athletic shoes (though I’m not athletic) aka tennis shoes (though I play no tennis). They’re comfortable. For some reason I’m incapable of buying anything but all white athletic shoes. I look at the colors and they look silly to me. So I went to the local Just…
  • Last night I watched the premiere episode of Enterprise
    Last night I watched the premiere episode of Enterprise – the new series based on the Trek franchise. I’m a fan, and I dug it. My friend Chris and I used to discuss at length things like how warp drive works, and the history of the Trek universe. Chris had a book which was published…
  • Court configuration of Racquetball, from the Official Rules from the USRA…
    Court configuration of Racquetball, from the Official Rules from the USRA. See also the Rules for Everyday Racquetball Play.

  • I hate advertising…
    I hate advertising. One exception are the bus stop posters and magazine ads from bebe. They have a wonderful sense of style. They are featured at bebe advertisements. This site only has a small slice of the advertisements. Perhaps bebe should do a book, or at least show these wonderful ads off on their website….
  • Especially Nina Brosh…
    Especially Nina Brosh. These Nina Brosh photos sort of remind me of Blade Runner – evoking early 20th Century, but also spun in a peculiar, futuristic manner. Blade Runner is supposedly set in Los Angeles, 2019 So how close are we to the bleak world of Blade Runner? We’re in a dystopia already. Just not…
  • Use Cases
    Use Cases – Some Practical Experiences and Lessons Learned with Web Applications looks like a good local meeting. October 15th. I’ll be there. Dang, is it really October? Dang.
  • Guide to logical fallacies
    Guide to logical fallacies – because there is much to debate in the world; today and into the future.
  • New Header! Old ones here…
    New Header! Old ones here. And the world is new again. The Zappa picture I got from St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Homepage – and the Aguilera picture is from a still from Nobody wants to be lonely which I found on ChristinaAguilera.to. My picture I took with a cheapo B+W Quickcam.
  • Brit-Day:
    Brit-Day: Tony Blair on the Taliban: There is no sport allowed, or television or photography. No art or culture is permitted. All other faiths, all other interpretations of Islam are ruthlessly suppressed. Those who practice their faith are imprisoned. Women are treated in a way almost too revolting to be credible. First driven out of…
  • About the W3C’s New Patent Policy which is getting so much attention these days…
    About the W3C’s New Patent Policy which is getting so much attention these days. I think you’re right. At some point several years ago a whole battery of folks were mad enough about the mess of standards support that we formed the Web Standards Project. I think that that kind of grassroots development was something…
  • Quite a good article by none other than Jenny!
    Quite a good article by none other than Jenny!
  • CNN has the news that Allied Forces are attacking Afghanistan…
    CNN has the news that Allied Forces are attacking Afghanistan. Dystopia indeed.
  • (From the “I wish this was not on my mind” department)
    (From the “I wish this was not on my mind” department) Some useful information on Airborne Anthrax: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response; American Medical Association – Disaster Preparedness and Medical Response; Officials: Tests Show Presence Of Anthrax In Second Florida Man And At Newspaper Building (via the…
  • My comments on the W3C Patent Policy…
    My comments on the W3C Patent Policy. As usual, I wait until the last minute.
  • Forever war…
    Forever war.
  • Great lunch at Todai with a bunch of WebSanDiegans…
    Great lunch at Todai with a bunch of WebSanDiegans. Good to break bread with colleagues. Human contact is crucial these days.
  • Quote of the Day
    Quote of the Day from Alex Grey’s The Mission of Art: Three things that constantly get people’s attention are sex, violence, and humor. The artist who can weave these subjects together creatively is probably assured an audience. Yet artists can become attached to powerful imagery of violence, sexuality, irony, cynicism, anger, and fear as a…
  • New header
    New header on the Home Page; old ones here: Nothing like 226 year-old quotes calling for Revolutionary War to make the heart stir. Do not mistake my invoking this quote as support or non-support of war. The colonists debated the question of war for years — it was a difficult decision. Let’s hope the present…
  • I’ve aggregated the bebe advertisements I referred to a few weeks back…
    I’ve aggregated the bebe advertisements I referred to a few weeks back.
  • Quote of the Day
    I think because I went to a pretty white school, that I really don’t look Latin, I don’t have dark eyes, I never had dark hair, so I don’t think a lot of people put two and two together. But I was always proud of my Latino roots and proud of my Irish roots. I…
  • What now? Some possible answers from Bruce Sterling and others…
    What now? Some possible answers from Bruce Sterling and others. Worth a serious read.
  • Dissent and discussion make us great…
    Dissent and discussion make us great. When America is an uninformed people, it is barely America. Censorship, self-censorship, quasi-censorship — these all make us dumber, and less able to advise and consent our government to carry out what governments must. WE the people.
  • Old Dave Lettermanism:
    Old Dave Lettermanism: Them bats is smart. They use radar.
  • US Leaflets need better design via rini…
    US Leaflets need better design via rini.org – I think Rini’s right, there’s bound to be a contract gig there. How can the Taliban and the Afghani people take us seriously when we evidence piss-poor graphic design? Graphic design is communication, and we need to improve ours.
  • Gatos Roboticos!
    Gatos Roboticos!
  • In an information war, media can be a partial ally…
    In an information war, media can be a partial ally. We need more of this, this works, and tends to make the right kind of friends, and the right kind of enemies. Bombing creates friends and enemies of a different sort.
  • Song on the brain:
    Song on the brain: (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads from Naked And as things fell apart Nobody paid much attention A green, exultant, depressing, vaguely threatening, cynical song. Perfect for these times.
  • Updated the sidebar list’o-links on the main blog page…
    Updated the sidebar list’o-links on the main blog page. New additions, and a very few subtractions. I wonder, are people reading on the ArtLung.com home page or on the blog page itself. Which is preferable?
  • I made updates to the biography last night…
    I made updates to the biography last night. It’s a work in progress. Trying to communicate a better sense of me. I think the previous version was too clever-clever. All you editors out there feel free to take a read.
  • Mark Martin makes me laugh…
    Mark Martin makes me laugh.
  • This is a great post to metafilter on CBS Mystery Theatre…
    This is a great post to metafilter on CBS Mystery Theatre. I sure do miss that show. It was a great show when one was on the road. I think as a kid I thought it was the radio version of Twilight Zone – and I guess in a sense it was. Creepy and wondrous…
  • Hey, I used to work with that guy: Devin! Punk rocker (and shhh…
    Hey, I used to work with that guy: Devin! Punk rocker (and shhh… – programmer)
  • Too many thoughts right now…
    Too many thoughts right now. Time for a new header. Old ones here.

  • Howard Finster died…
    Howard Finster died. A truly interesting character responsible for some great work – for me, as a Talking Heads fan, most notably cover art for Little Creatures and the singles associated with Little Creatures.
  • I was right, my skills as an RT may be necessary…
    I was right, my skills as an RT may be necessary… From the AARC: Biological and Chemical Attacks Resources for Respiratory Therapists: >Dr. William Bernhard Says RTs Will Play Critical Role in Case of a Bio or Chemical Attack >Hazmat Expert Advises Fellow RTs on Disaster Readiness >RT Departments Get Ready for the Worst >RT…
  • Thought of the Day:
    Thought of the Day: “When Mohammed Ali, the boxing champ, visited the attack site at the World Trade Center, a reporter asked him, ‘How do you feel about the suspected hijackers sharing your faith?’” Yee noted. Ali answered, “How do you feel about Hitler sharing yours?” Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • The surprise for me was the new New Order record …
    The surprise for me was the new New Order record — Get Ready — listened to it at work and it’s nifty! Bit of a time warp to have a new NO record. Their best song is Turn The Heater On – a hauntingly beautiful song in a vast repetoire of haunting and beautiful work….
  • Is this America?
    Is this America?
  • Messing about with a scheme to navigate the headers…
    Messing about with a scheme to navigate the headers. Edging towards bits of dhtml in scattered locations. The HTML validates, too. But not the CSS.
  • I am dismayed that this hopeful post was somewhat unfounded…
    I am dismayed that this hopeful post was somewhat unfounded. I was hopeful to see the US engaging in a smart PR/information war in the middle east is not succeeding as we might hope. I wish we were playing our cards better. We suffered a calamitous and vicious attack, at the hands of people who…
  • Four excellent bookstores I miss from when I lived in Los Angeles:
    Hennessey + Ingalls a wonderful Architectural and Art bookstore on the Santa Monica Promenade; Opamp Technical Books – killer technical book selection located in dingy and wonderful Hollywood; Book Soup – nice general interest bookstore on Sunset Boulevard; Midnight Special Bookstore – cool indie bookstore, great selection, on the Santa Monica Promenade. Some of these…
  • Weapon of choice is a great video
    Weapon of choice is a great video, but I kinda wish people knew that Bootsy Collins did the vocals. Maybe there will be a special edition and Bootsy can fly around a bit.
  • It’s Halloween…
    I used to really love Halloween. I used to love dressing up in costume. But these days I find I’d just rather be me. I suppose that’s a function of narcissism – why be someone else when being yourself is so great! Perhaps that’s not it. Maybe I’m just a grown up. I’m 31 years…
  • Time to get creative about dealing with popunders?
    Time to get creative about dealing with popunders? We all know about those crazy popunder ads which are more ubiquitous than ever- but Bill Rini of rini.org has some interesting thoughts on what we might do about them. I like this kind of brainstorming about a phenomenon that remains annoying as hell. cross-posted to metafilter…
  • From the land of Microsoft:
    From the land of Microsoft: Passport hacked Microsoft Passport Protects Consumer Privacy Heh. Idiots.
  • Song of the Day:
    Night of the Living Baseheads by Public Enemy
  • Quote of the Day:
    Via We’re all those things right now that you’re not supposed to be. Our management always goes crazy, ’cause we all tell how old we are, and we’re not ashamed of the fact that some of us are in our mid- to late-30s. The L.A. Times did an article on us, and our management almost…
  • Quote of the Day:
    I have fought since the beginning of the Web for its openness: that anyone can read Web pages with any software running on any hardware. This is what makes the Web itself. This is the environment into which so many people have invested so much energy and creativity. When I see any Web site claim…
  • Eat my eclecticism:
    My rotating playlist the other day was: He Loves U Not (Club Mix) by Dream; Crystal by New Order; God’s Child by David Byrne and Selena; Doowutchalyke by Digital Underground; Lady Marmalade (Thunderpuss Radio Mix) by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil’Kim, Missy Eliot; Wonderful Wino by Frank Zappa (from: The Lost Episodes); Bamboozled by Love…
  • Note to self:
    Note to self: ImageGIF (and all related GIF functions) are not supported by pair Network’s php installation. It used to, but not anymore. It’s UNISYS’ fault. I’d burn all GIFs but it’s such a handy format. *heavy heavy sigh*
  • Installled MacOS X on our iBook this weekend…
    I installed MacOS X on our iBook this weekend. Got apache and mysql installed and running. Much adventure as I explore the new operating system.
  • Still fooling with OSX…
    Still fooling with OSX. Keeping me busy. Hopefully I’ll have some new lab entries as a result of all this playing.
  • The Creative Priority is my current side reading…
    The Creative Priority is my current side reading. It’s about the essential paradox of doing great work – you must reconcile disparate forces and harness the tension of craftspeople from different disciplines – and also get people to think beyond their narrow job scope. Hirshberg applied this principle at Nissan, but the same rules apply…
  • Item in the New York Times: As U…
    Item in the New York Times: As U.N. Meets, bin Laden Tape Sets Off Alarms. This is a good note. Lots of news out there, but this one should raise some alarm bells. The take-home message for me is: Osama Bin Laden has read his Sun Tzu He is cultivating his friends and his enemies…
  • I have 96 megabytes of memory in my Apple PowerMac 8500 …
    I have 96 megabytes of memory in my Apple PowerMac 8500 — I think I’m gonna upgrade the memory. Here are the obtuse instructions for the obtuse process of installing memory on that beast.
  • This cartoon on Salon sums up image problem of the USA…
    This cartoon on Salon sums up image problem of the USA. [ via robotwisdom ]
  • New header for the home page and the blog…
    New header for the home page and the blog. Noodling in Photoshop is fun!
  • Having OS X on a box here means…
    Having OS X on a box here means I can add some new dialogues to my collection of why email submission of forms stinks.
  • Quote of the day:
    Proponents of Bush’s kangaroo court say: Don’t you soft-on-terror, due-process types know there’s a war on? Have you forgotten our 5,000 civilian dead? In an emergency like this, aren’t extraordinary security measures needed to save citizens’ lives? If we step on a few toes, we can apologize to the civil libertarians later. Those are the…
  • webdesign-l is a wonderful list, and has a great diversity of web literati on it…
    webdesign-l is a wonderful list, and has a great diversity of web literati on it. Sadly, the value proposition has changed, and I’m getting out for awhile. Mailing lists are such fragile clouds of activity. Leaving them always feels like that feeling of having a bar or restaurant you like go out of business. The…
  • Kynn is looking for work…
    Kynn is looking for work. And dig that patriotic stylesheet!
  • How the lie about what Clinton said spread
    See Clinton Speaks, Pundits Spin: The Washington Times and the Spread of a Media Myth The upside of rapid communications is that it so rapid. The downside is that it’s so rapid it discourages good fact-checking, which tends to produce “news” which misrepresents what was said, leading to faulty conclusions about what it means. Several…

  • Zoe Mozert is so cool…
    Zoe Mozert is so cool. It irritates me that there is not a collection of just her work. She certainly seems to have enough pieces to warrant a book. I would also be interested to know more about her background, and her experiences as a female pinup artist. I also think her signature is cool….
  • More evidence of the role propaganda has played in building and fostering terrorist groups…
    His grasp of spin is chilling . . . This is a great propaganda film – the kind that you can’t get out of your head. Bin Laden’s story of Muslim subjugation turning to resistance is so effective that I barely need my transcripts. He uses the most sophisticated western film-making techniques: it’s as if…
  • Couldn’t have said it better myself
    Couldn’t have said it better myself ( happy belated thanksgiving )
  • From the News I Would Not Have Expected
    China to put a man on the moon by 2005 China on the moon definitely fits in with the New Bizarre World Order.
  • Jack Cole and Plastic Man
    Jack Cole and Plastic Man: Forms Stretched To Their Limits [ buy it ] has been my bathroom reading for the past week. I finally finished it. I’m left with an impression about Jack Cole – comic artist – creator of Plastic Man, illustrator for Playboy Magazine – that he was an interesting character in…
  • The most powerful image in Heroes a tribute and benefit
    The most powerful image in Heroes a tribute and benefit from Comics artists to the heroes of 9/11/2001 is by Igor Kordey and Chris Chuckry. I think Kordey put down the ink, and Chuckry the color. It’s a powerful image – a POV of the terrorists — seeing the determined, but scared passengers moving to…
  • Bruce Sterling is blogging! Super-duper-cool!
    Bruce Sterling is blogging! Super-duper-cool!
  • Tori Duff’s online class How To Write A Killer Business Plan looks really cool…
    Tori Duff’s online class How To Write A Killer Business Plan looks really cool. And only 10 bucks! Ms. Duff is like, a real businessperson, has heavy investment and finance industry experience, and gets the online world in a big way. Highly Recommended.
  • Latin mass in San Diego…
    Latin mass in San Diego. That’s interesting.
  • Is it good, or bad to be the number 3 most highly rated link for a search of batman fetish on google?
    Is it good, or bad to be the number 3 most highly rated link for a search of batman fetish on google?
  • I can’t believe how therapuetic it is to listen to Frank Zappa right now…
    NP: Andy by Frank Zappa. Gratuitous Zappa links: zappa.com, St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Homepage Note: I’m posting this to my blogger account of course also posting this to my livejournal. I doubt I’ll maintain my livejournal though – but LiveJournal is a very interesting community in its own right – much more of a community than…
  • a new header! …
    a new header! … time for bed.
  • I’ve got Bruce Sterling on the Brain …
    I’ve got Bruce Sterling on the Brain — here’s some big excerpts from CATSCAN 12: “Return to the Rue Jules Verne” These are the people who invented “la vie de Boheme.” They invented the lifestyle of the urban middle-class dropout art-gypsy. They invented its terminology and its tactics. They brought us the “succes de scandale,”…
  • seen in an email posting: Shalom, Salaam, Peace (nice combo platter)
    seen in an email posting: Shalom, Salaam, Peace (nice combo platter)
  • Let’s all play Spot the Mac on microsoft…
    Let’s all play Spot the Mac on microsoft.com !!!
  • I’m in love with this girl…
    I’m in love with this girl. I don’t think I remind her of that enough.
  • This picture captures the spirit of my workplace pretty well…
    This picture captures the spirit of my workplace pretty well. Cute as hell.
  • Frank and David: I love those guys…
    Frank and David: I love those guys.
  • Folks out of work in tech here in San Diego…
    Folks out of work in tech here in San Diego should check out the Layoff Lounge, which happens next week.
  • Another steller morning playing racquetball…
    Another steller morning playing racquetball. I can definitely feel myself getting better. My patience with the game (knowing when to be aggressive and when to dial back and just volley) is greater. One thing I do know – killshots are satisfying, but not as much fun as a nice rally. What else am I up…
  • words for the day:
    words for the day: shenanigans, folderal, hijinks.
  • Jennifer is justifiably terrified of Robo Baby…
    Jennifer is justifiably terrified of Robo Baby. Robo Baby is the interactive baby that will crawl her way into your heart. Robo Baby is made by Tiger Toys which is owned by Hasbro.
  • This book looks important and after even just a few pages…
    This book looks important and after even just a few pages, it rings quite true: Networks and Netwars: The Future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy Excerpt:The information revolution is altering the nature of conflict across the spectrum. We call attention to two developments in particular. First, this revolution is favoring and strengthening network forms of…
  • Bruce Sterling with a brilliant speech on Geeks and Spooks
    Bruce Sterling with a brilliant speech on Geeks and Spooks
  • On siliconvalley…
    On siliconvalley.com, there is a nice mention of evolt.org‘s browser archive at browsers.evolt.org.
  • A petition to get Cold Fusion ported to MacOS X…
    A petition to get Cold Fusion ported to MacOS X. Interesting, and not a bad idea. Cold Fusion is a fun web development platform, but also very capable. It’s newbie friendly. In that sense, it’s close to MacOS X in spirit — making great power accessible.
  • thesis | antithesis
    thesis | antithesis – via an email from jenny
  • ArtLung Urban Sprawl!
    Making massive changes on artlung.com to the home page. The blog has gotten too important to cram on the home page. and the home page is too bloated anyway. Given the size of this site, something must be done. It’s time for a change. In the meantime, what are those cheesy signs? Pardon our dust!
  • I’ve been running Painter 3 since 1996…
    I’ve been running Painter 3 since 1996. Never upgraded, didn’t use it much. However, through the magic of ebay I have obtained version 5 of the program (wahoo!) and now the program is stable (I used to crash after about 15 minutes of doing anything), and doesn’t look like a program designed for MacOS System…
  • I blogged about an image…
    I blogged about an image whose subject was the airliner uprising on September 11th – and that I think it had emotional heft because that incident is something we don’t have pictures of. Looks like Neil Young has written a song about it called “Let’s Roll” — and I really want to listen to it….
  • Yes…
    Yes, I remember the original Dark Knight Returns – I started reading it when I was in driving school. That was more than a decade ago. That comic changed my life, restored my appreciation for comics. These breathless fanboy reviews make me want to run out and get Dark Knight Strikes Back. I think the…
  • I’m sick…
    I’m sick. This morning I put in a lackluster performance of racquetball. Once home, I napped for about 5 hours. Everything behind my nose feels like it’s filled with silly putty. Jenny rented several movies the other day, one of which was the new Planet of the Apes. It did not make me well. What…
  • a tip from this month’s printed version of Macworld:
    a tip from this month’s printed version of Macworld: an even briefer google – brief search page, brief results page: check it out: www.google.com/ie
  • Something on the Anthrax Investigation from the Baltimore Sun:
    Something on the Anthrax Investigation from the Baltimore Sun: “We’ve been reading about how thorough the Department of Justice is,” said James R.E. Smith, who made anthrax and other bioweapons at Detrick and other Army facilities from 1943 to 1971. “That’s a bunch of nonsense. They haven’t investigated me.” Smith, 84, now retired in Port…
  • I used to love making mix tapes…
    I used to love making mix tapes. From USA Today, an article about the history of, and decline of cassettes. I suppose CD burners will take over, but cassettes are a pretty robust technology. CDs certainly have not proven as resilient as they were promised – they skip, they go bad. I guess none of…
  • I hate being sick…
    I hate being sick.
  • A nice piece by Charles Platt from September: The Enduring Power of Stupidity
    A nice piece by Charles Platt from September: The Enduring Power of Stupidity
  • More from September…
    More from September – photographs from around the world in response to the attacks: a heartfelt thank you
  • From October: Spice Girls: Exactly the Reason Why Bin Laden Hates the West
    From October: Spice Girls: Exactly the Reason Why Bin Laden Hates the West
  • Funny…
    Funny, via Dave Farber‘s Interesting-People list: Capitalism – You have two cows. – You sell one and buy a bull. – Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. – You sell them and retire on the income. Enron Venture Capitalism – You have two cows. – You sell three of them to your publicly listed…
  • Fun fact: Email is 30 years old
    Fun fact: Email is 30 years old
  • rudy turned me on to this dispatch from Craig Saila…
    rudy turned me on to this dispatch from Craig Saila about how the events of September 11th have brought out an ugly side to some blogs. I myself stopped reading one or two blogs which were formerly filled with tastilicious nuggets of useful information, and have subsequently turned into piles of steaming vitriol. I still…
  • A native version of the AOL client for Mac OS X has been released…
    A native version of the AOL client for Mac OS X has been released. I also notice on that page that there are different installers for Windows XP vs. Windows 2000. That’s sort of interesting. Anyway, installed the new AOL client on the iBook here which has OSX on it. Why, you ask? Jenny uses…
  • Incidentally – still coughing – nose running – miserable sick…
    Incidentally – still coughing – nose running – miserable sick. Could be worse, but could be much better too.
  • This appears to be my earliest usenet post…
    This appears to be my earliest usenet post. From February, 1996
  • Other old stuff from Google Groups:
    Other old stuff from Google Groups: * The first time I heard of Jakob Nielsen (1997) * My first internet posted resumé (1997)
  • Shirley E…
    Shirley E. Kaiser of SKDesigns has an great online column / blog called Brainstorms & Raves on all things web and design — and hey, it’s got great tips and links – check this link about the doubling of the use of Opera. Nice nice nice. And aw shucks, her site links to me!

  • Sometimes…
    Sometimes, even when you’re sick, you have to enter a viridian design contest. In this one, we rethink the Enron corporate logo.
  • A nice article from Digital Divide Network:
    A nice article from Digital Divide Network: Q&A: The Internet and People with Disablities Part I and Part II Got this at work via Ingrid – who should start keeping a journal!
  • Whither WaSP?
    Do I have the the earliest mention of the Web Standards Project on usenet? I ask only because the Google usenet archive is current news right now. And another piece of current news is that the Web Standards Project is going on hiatus. I think WSP pushed for good things from Netscape and Microsoft. I…
  • New Words: I am a Frank Zappa Fan…
    New Words: I am a Frank Zappa Fan. I got this cool little FZ icon from rudy, and I had to use it somewhere. for geeks: it’s valid xhtml and CSS
  • New Lab Items:
    New Lab Items: How to Encode URLs; An ASCII to URLEncoded JavaScript and Checkbox Validator.
  • Charles points to an article where asking for stamps without flags…
    Charles points to an article where asking for stamps without flags gets people questioned by the police. Characterizing this response to a postal transaction as “overreacting” seems like an understatement. Are terrorists loudly proclaiming themselves by showing anti-Americanism? Isn’t the very fact that the terrorists remained undetected an indication that they don’t call attention to…
  • Stray Thought:
    Stray Thought:Songs featuring California Towns would make a good mix tape: Riverside / Beat Farmers Village of the Sun / Frank Zappa Streets of Bakersfield / Dwight Yoakam Screenwriter’s Blues / Soul Coughing Surfin’ USA / The Beach Boys San Diego Serenade / Tom Waits Santa Monica / Everclear San Berd’ino / Frank Zappa
  • I got a really interesting email…
    I got a really interesting email, well, a FWD from a dear friend – stating that the 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics are actually secret code designed to help kids remember the tenets of Christianity. As with all forwarded material whose content is really interesting, I wondered if it were so. Could it be…
  • This made me laugh, despite my better judgement:
    This made me laugh, despite my better judgement: Telemarketers vs. the Taliban @ ifilm
  • I dig getting feedback like this: someone called “steve” said:
    I dig getting feedback like this: someone called “steve” said: i found the exact code i needed from one of your examples, thanks!!!! my deadline is still intact.didn’t leave an email address or last name, but I don’t mind. It’s nice to get positive feedback.
  • more new lab items: onunload + window…
    more new lab items: onunload + window.open = evil and Preventing Browser Cache
  • I bought a lovely Christmas Tree on the way home from work today…
    I bought a lovely Christmas Tree on the way home from work today. I’ve prowled the streets in the past week, looking for trees at several places around town. Drugstores with trees out front, grocery stores with a few possibles – but precious few Christmas Tree Lots. At Mission Valley Mall they have a mega-plex…
  • Dylan Foley has thorough considerations of the Web Standards Project…
    Dylan Foley has thorough considerations of the Web Standards Project and the recent activity on that site. He apologizes to me for stating that of the members of the WSP nobody had mentioned the recent events. No harm no foul Dylan. As far as anyone on that list having anything to do with WSP decisions,…
  • Damn Hard, But Damn Fair Questions Are In Order
    We Didn’t Mess Up, They Did Canada has put its house in order. It’s time to ask the U.S. hard questions about how Sept. 11 was allowed to happen is a difficult article from Lawrence Martin of Canada’s Globe and Mail. It contains fair questions about why some CIA and FBI asses haven’t been fired…
  • View From The Heart is an impressive blog…
    View From The Heart is an impressive blog. The fellow behind it is a veteran critical care nurse. I used to work closely with folks just like this. Savvy, articulate, and experienced. He’s just the kind of nurse it was a pleasure to work with. He’s been blogging for a long time now – and…
  • From O’ReillyNet: A Primer for Accessible Web Pages…
    From O’ReillyNet: A Primer for Accessible Web Pages. Quasi-related news item: Kynn’s still looking for work.
  • In case you came here looking for a reference to netflix based on this…
    In case you came here looking for a reference to netflix based on this, well, I like looking at peoples’ robots.txt files. Truth be told, I learn a great deal by looking at how sites do their thing. I remember visiting amazon a long time ago and seeing how they generate extra url stuff and…
  • Yo! about this …
    Yo! about this … check it! Dori Smith has my back! Check out dis and dat to see how when it’s right, she breaks with the artlung shout outs! (No, I don’t know why this post sounds like I’m a rapper. It is Friday though). Werd. Thanks Dori!
  • Quote of the Day:
    Quote of the Day: Regardless of what happens in our lives, we all must keep on moving.– Douglas E. Welch
  • Mr…
    Mr. Lester with a flash of funny genius on blogs.
  • Some MacOSX Links of Note for Web Geeks
    Killer page of OSX Links It appears to be down at the moment. Google it and grab a mirror today! Apache-mySQL-PHP installation tutorial Apple’s OSX Downloads Building OpenSSH 2.5.2 on Mac OS X 10.0.1 Building Zope and Python on MacOS X Server Mac OS X / Mac OS X Server Resources MacNN’s OSX News MacOSX…
  • I picked up the first of three of the Dark Knight Strikes Again
    I picked up the first of three of the Dark Knight Strikes Again last week. It’s got a helluva start and warranted me running out. I’m eagerly anticipating #2 and #3, scheduled to come out the weeks of January 16th and February 27th of 2002. I picked it up at The Comic Gallery. The clerk…
  • Presents and Treesville
    Whoa. Great Christmas Eve at my Grandparent’s tonight. Some great gifts, including theatre tickets to see Mark Twain Tonight with Hal Holbrook. And to top it off, a new header featuring the great tree I got and which my lovely wife decorated. Happy Holidays! Peace on Earth.
  • ¡Qué horror!
    I missed Christina’s Birthday
  • I like this line very much…
    I like this line very much, from Doc: … you’d think that Linux was failing on the desktop. It’s not, any more than, say, Saab is failing on the highway…
  • Great interview with Elinor Burkett
    Great interview with Elinor Burkett, [ link via robotwisdom ] A quote: In the end, those kids at Columbine committed suicide. And maybe the question should not just be, Why did those kids want to kill everybody else? The question should be, Why did they want to die? Those were some pretty unhappy kids. But…
  • I want it on the record that I won
    I want it on the record that I won the soundtrack to the Royal Tenenbaums‘s being referenced here. I won for shouting “Dignan” in response to the cheesy DJ’s trivia question. Dignan is the funnest character from Bottle Rocket. Jenny and I are on a good streak this month. Jenny won the tickets to the…
  • Played Cutthroat with two of my aunts tonight…
    Played Cutthroat with two of my aunts tonight. Cutthroat = Racquetball with 3 players. Heckuva workout. I am definitely getting in better shape. Granted, I’m not in good shape yet. But I am in better shape. My shape has been a difficult issue my whole life. I’m overweight. Ideally I can integrate behaviors into my…
  • If you’re a geek…
    If you’re a geek, you know very well how distinctive O’Reilly‘s book covers are. Now you can customize one for yourself! Hours of fun for the whole geek family.
  • I have added a colophon to the site…
    I have added a colophon to the site.
  • New lab item: Batch File Rename By File Extension in Unix…
    New lab item: Batch File Rename By File Extension in Unix. (Not really new, but moved from the smorgasborg)
  • More reorganizations taking place…
    More reorganizations taking place. I’m moving the mountains of content I have around into more logical places. One thing that’s being established is a words area, for pieces which are not journal items, not portfolio items, and stand on their own in some way. I’m exhuming some old mailing list posts for this area. I’ve…
  • Mini Brain Dump!
    Mini Brain Dump! wherein, I get rid of links which are crowding the sticky notes on my desktop A Few Links on Professionalism: Tom DeMarco: Professional Awareness in Software Engineering American Society of Safety Engineers: Scope of a Safety Professional Steve McConnell: Software Engineering Professionalism Website Philip Greenspun: Redefining Professionalism for Software Engineers A Few…
  • inspired by a discussion on the WebSanDiego…
    inspired by a discussion on the WebSanDiego.org list: my favorite html tags are <strike>[+] and <nobr>[+]
  • I added a Netscape 6 Sidebar to the blog…
    I added a Netscape 6 Sidebar to the blog. So if you’re using Netscape 6 You have faster access to the list’o’links on the blog. The Netscape page on My Sidebar Developer’s Guide makes it seem much more complex than it is. At the heart of it all you need to call is a Netscape…
  • Thanks to mathowie over on the 405 now I have similar functionality…
    Thanks to mathowie over on the 405 now I have similar functionality for Windows Internet Explorer users. Since the ArtLungSidebar is mostly for me, that makes me happy! The code is simple: _search=open(‘http://www.example.dom/sidebar.html’,’_search’) where the first parameter is the URL of whatever you want to cram into the MSIE search pane. I wrapped it in…
  • Goliath is a neat free webdav client for Macintosh…
    Goliath is a neat free webdav client for Macintosh. webdav is neat.
  • I don’t like Year-In-Review
    I don’t like Year-In-Review / Top 10 of 2001 / A Look Back at 2001 pieces in any media. Why aren’t there pieces on “the last 7 years in music” or “15 years in journalism.” Longer time spans would help us learn more about larger trends. We might even gain a better sense of time….
  • How not to fight noxious memes:
    Police in Pusan and the city’s education office asked elementary schools there to stop students singing the song and educate them as to why the terrorist must not be admired. from The Straits Times out of Singapore.
  • The SDBA…
    The SDBA, the San Diego Booksellers Association, has a website and guide to bookshops here in San Diego. Cool.
  • Hey San Diegans!
    Hey San Diegans! Recycle your Christmas Tree!

  • Related to Christmas Trees…
    Related to Christmas Trees, I’m retiring The Christmas Tree that was a header — and we now have a New Year’s Message. It is always enjoyable to exercise my lettering muscles. At one point I was quite passionate about lettering and typography. What was once a major is now a minor. Avid readers may remember…
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