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September, 2004: 16 posts.

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 I dropped the ball on a few things too.

But classes are good. C++ looks like a worthy class. I’m going to try and dual program – using Visual Studio .NET in the labs at school, and also XCode here on my Macs. I also want to experiment with plain old gcc.

Leah and I are taking a class together! That’s what we did last night, before getting some much needed groceries. The class is Technical Writing, and it is a new one for City College, and it looks pretty good. I think having a bit of formal training in technical writing is going to be helpful for both of us. Wherever she works, she ends up being tasked to write things – descriptions and marketing materials. And it’s the same for me — proposals, testing plans, documentation — these are all part of my supposed skillset. I suppose I just want to learn to do it better.

The new work situation is working out well. I really like working part time as a concept. I love the concept that I am spending most of my time doing schoolwork, and secondarily doing paying work. They want me for more hours for the next few weeks — and I’m going to see what I can do.

One bad thing, the schedule has been tight — so Leah and I have not hit counseling in a two weeks — we had a scheduling snafu last week, and there was simply no time this week. :-\ But we hope to get there next week.

Things seem to be on track.

Okay, onward.


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, I’m not quiet in my Spanish, C++, and Technical Writing classes. Be patient with me. I’m busy and working and kind of a chaotic-type person right now. I’m working on the problem though. Reordering ones priorities in pursuit of new, ambitious goals is hard.

Hey, Onward.

Photo of the Day: Zac and Me

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Originally uploaded by artlung.

Me and Zac.

Okay, time to get to work people.

Colors of the iTunes Rainbow

  1. Agent Orange — Tori Amos
  2. Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye — The Black Crowes
  3. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown — Jim Croce
  4. Ballet For A Blue Whale — Adrian Belew
  5. Big Black Mariah — Tom Waits
  6. Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open) — David Byrne
  7. Black & White — Sarah McLachlan
  8. Black & White x 5 — Bill Conti
  9. Black And Blue — Lyle Lovett
  10. Black Beauty — Frank Zappa
  11. Black Cat Bone — Laika
  12. Black Cat Bone — Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland
  13. Black Coffee In Bed — Squeeze
  14. Black Cow — Steely Dan
  15. Black Dog — Paul Shaffer
  16. Black Friday — Steely Dan
  17. Black Flag — David Byrne
  18. Black Light Trap — Shriekback
  19. Black Magic Woman — Santana
  20. Black Market Baby — Tom Waits
  21. Black Milk — Massive Attack
  22. Black Moon Creeping — The Black Crowes
  23. Black Morpheus — 808 State
  24. Black Napkins — Frank Zappa
  25. The Black Page — Frank Zappa
  26. The Black Page (1984) — Frank Zappa
  27. The Black Page — Frank Zappa
  28. The Black Page #2 — Frank Zappa
  29. Black Page #2 — Frank Zappa
  30. The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page — Frank Zappa
  31. The Black Rider — Tom Waits
  32. The Blackouts — Frank Zappa
  33. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos — Public Enemy
  34. Black Water — The Doobie Brothers
  35. Black Wind Blowing — Billy Bragg & Wilco
  36. Black-Dove (January) — Tori Amos
  37. Black-Eyed Susan — Morrissey
  38. Blackheart — Motorhead
  39. Blackhole — Beck
  40. Blackjack — Ween
  41. Blue Calx — Aphex Twin
  42. Blue Chevrolet — The Beat Farmers
  43. Blue Christmas — face to face
  44. Blue Christmas — Bright Eyes
  45. Blue Eyes — Cary Brothers
  46. The Blue Flame — David Byrne
  47. Blue Flower — Mazzy Star
  48. Blue Fools — Matthew Sweet
  49. Blue Jean — David Bowie
  50. Blue Light — Mazzy Star
  51. The Blue Light — Frank Zappa
  52. Blue Monday — New Order
  53. Blue Monday – (’88) — New Order
  54. Blue Monday (Original UK Release) — New Order
  55. The Blue Nun — The Beastie Boys
  56. Blue Savannah — Erasure
  57. Blue Shadows — The Blasters
  58. Blue Shadows On The Trail — Randy Newman
  59. Blue Skies — Tom Waits
  60. Blue Suede Shoes — Frank Zappa
  61. Bobby Brown — Frank Zappa
  62. Bobby Brown Goes Down — Frank Zappa
  63. Bobby Brown Goes Down (Live) — Frank Zappa
  64. Brown Eyed Girl — Van Morrison
  65. Brown Moses — Frank Zappa
  66. Brown Shoes Don’t Make It — Frank Zappa
  67. Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head (Live) — Kylie Minogue Vs. New Order
  68. Clear Blue Day In Limbo — Stew
  69. Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You) (Blacksmith Club Mix) — Christina Aguilera
  70. Devil with the Green Eyes — Matthew Sweet
  71. Devil With The Green Eyes (Remix) — Matthew Sweet
  72. Diminuendo In Blue And Blow By Blow — Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington
  73. Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow — Frank Zappa
  74. Evergreen — Matthew Sweet
  75. Everything’s Gone Green — New Order
  76. Fourteen Black Paintings — Peter Gabriel
  77. Get Whitey — Frank Zappa
  78. Green Book — Steely Dan
  79. Green Earrings — Steely Dan
  80. Green Flower Street — Donald Fagen
  81. Green Grass of Tunnel — Mum
  82. Green Grow The Rushes — R.E.M.
  83. Green Onions — Booker T. And the MG’s
  84. Greenback Dollar — David Byrne
  85. Greensleeves — Vanessa Carlton
  86. Greensleeves — Vince Guaraldi Trio
  87. Grey Matter — Oingo Boingo
  88. Grey Stripe — Aphex Twin
  89. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles — Captain Beefheart
  90. Hot Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel — Frank Zappa
  91. Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel — Frank Zappa
  92. Hotplate Heaven At The Green Hotel — Persuasions
  93. In The Blue Of The Evening — Bud Powell
  94. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Brownsville Mix) — They Might Be Giants
  95. The Jimmy Carl Black Philosophy Lesson — Frank Zappa
  96. Joan Miro’s Procession Through The Insides Of A Purple Antelope Across A Sea Of Tuna Fish — Adrian Belew
  97. Lesson_2_The_James_Brown_Mix — Steve “Steinski” Stein & Douglas “Double Dee” DiFranco
  98. Let’s Make the Water Turn Black — Frank Zappa
  99. Let’s Make The Water Turn Black/Harry, You’re A Beast/The Orange County Lumber Truck — Frank Zappa
  100. Lime Green Sweater — Negro Problem
  101. A Little Green Rosetta — Frank Zappa
  102. Long White Cadillac — The Blasters
  103. Man In The Long Black Coat — Joan Osborne
  104. Mary C. Brown and the Hollywod Sign — Dory Previn
  105. Memories Of Green — Vangelis
  106. Mr. Green Genes — Frank Zappa
  107. Ms. Pinky — Frank Zappa
  108. The Orange County Lumber Truck — Frank Zappa
  109. The Orange County Lumber Truck (Part I) — Frank Zappa
  110. The Orange County Lumber Truck (Part II) — Frank Zappa
  111. Orange Rolls, Angel’s Spits — Sonic Youth
  112. Orange Wedge — Chemical Brothers
  113. Oranges — They Might Be Giants
  114. Oranges Testimonial — They Might Be Giants
  115. Paint It Black — Vanessa Carlton
  116. Pink Cashmere — Prince
  117. Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings – LP Version — LL Cool J
  118. Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings – Remix — LL Cool J
  119. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (Instrumental) — LL Cool J
  120. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (LP Version) — LL Cool J
  121. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (Remix Instrumental) — LL Cool J
  122. Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By Buildings (Remix) — LL Cool J
  123. Pound For A Brown — Frank Zappa
  124. A Pound For A Brown — Frank Zappa
  125. 7A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus) — Frank Zappa
  126. A Pound for a Brown on the Bus — Frank Zappa
  127. Pound For A Brown Solos (1978) — Frank Zappa
  128. Purple Haze — Frank Zappa
  129. Purple Haze — Jimi Hendrix
  130. The Purple Lagoon — Frank Zappa
  131. The Purple Lagoon/Approximate — Frank Zappa
  132. Purple People — Tori Amos
  133. Purple Rain — Prince
  134. Purple Toupee — They Might Be Giants
  135. Say Goodbye To The Blacksheep — The Furys
  136. Shake It (Like A White Girl) — Jesse Jaymes
  137. The Singularity: Your Future as a Black Hole — Bruce Sterling
  138. Son Of Mr. Green Genes — Frank Zappa
  139. Son Of Orange County — Frank Zappa
  140. Soul Sister Brown Sugar — Sam & Dave
  141. Stormy Pinkness — They Might Be Giants
  142. Time Is Tight/Hiphugger/Green Onions — Paul Shaffer
  143. Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat) — Beck
  144. Two Dozen And One Greyhounds (Medley) — The Simpsons
  145. What Does Your Sould Look Like (Part 1-Blue Sky Revisit) / Transmission 3 — DJ Shadow
  146. What’s That Blue Thing Doing Here? — They Might Be Giants
  147. The White Boy Troubles — Frank Zappa
  148. White Blur — Aphex Twin
  149. White Blur 2 — Aphex Twin
  150. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais — The Clash
  151. White Pepper Ice Cream — Cibo Matto
  152. White Person — Frank Zappa
  153. White Riot — The Clash
  154. Wild Blue Seas — Single Gun Theory
  155. William Brown — Randy Newman
  156. Yellow Butterfly — Michael Nesmith
  157. Yellow Jacket — Ventures
  158. Yellow Man — Randy Newman
  159. Yellow Peril — Steely Dan
  160. Yellow Submarine — The Beatles

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!


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 will be here Sunday. Marriage? not yet. Still talking about what the heck marriage is. Leah feeling better after being under the weather. We also saw Wimbledon last weekend and enjoyed it. Lite confection of a movie. My Mom will be staying with us next weekend — she has a class reunion to attend. They were roofing this week next door – the NOISE! Bas was pretty shaken up, but he’s chilled out now.

And that’s it for today. Trying to get back in the swing of writing here.

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 (that’s just one way) by Leah.

So tired. Tomorrow: spring cleaning in the cabinets, and then Stew!

Also, C++ homework and Spanish homework. Oh, and a wee bit of freelance. I have some invoices to… er… invoice.


Oh yeah, Joelle put up a photo of Leah and I at Rock The Walk. We look about as good as could be expected having had a long day and being out of shape white people. 🙂 We wish her well in her endeavor to do the AIDS Walk thing tomorrow morning!

“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 a song on a teen oriented tv show we got tons of email from adults who just “happened to have the tv on at the time and heard your music” along with alot of folks who “never watch that show but just happened to be watching it that night to see what all the talk was about.” But the best email we got was from someone who said they were watching tv with the sound down and then heard our song…really.

Now you don’t need an excuse for watching such a show. we’ve just given you one. Actually i’ve heard Everwood is a cool show. I don’t watch prime time tv so i dont know but i’ll be watching this monday at 9pm. Word has it that if you dont dig tv you should tune in 45 minutes into the show. we’re on close to the end.

you have been notified.

this monday
WB network

I’m pretty sure I’ll be outta class by then.

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 to have a copy I can cart around and read in the tub — as opposed to his site, which I can’t really read in the bathtub.

The book is conveniently titled Joel On Software, after his site, Joel on Software. It’s great stuff about software engineering, how to write documentation, and more. It’s particularly apropos right now because it ties into the Technical Writing class I’m taking at City College.

I also am happy to see The Joel Test in print. It’s been quite a while since I originally read it. Perhaps I should make some copies of that one to send to some of my friends.

Well, yesterday I downloaded and listened to this interview with Joel on IT Conversations. More good food for thought. I particularly like the part where they talk about how FogBUGZ is built in VBScript and they paid an intern to write a VBScript compiler that could spit out PHP. So when they update the VBScript, they can “emit” (I have never heard that verb with regards to software development) a web based version whenever they want it. Really cool stuff. I sense that Joel is the kind of developer I would love to buy a beer. I bet he’s got great war stories.

Anyway, go buy his book man! Totally worth a read.

Latest Stew Photos

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


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 makes me cry. A lot of work is happening, man. Work is hard.

Technical Writing class good. I’m in a group and we’re writing a manual about the Library at City College.

C++ is good – – though not as OO oriented as I might have hoped. Still, “call-by-reference” made my head hurt the other night in class.

Spanish is Spanish. Working on Past tense and lots of busy, er… practice work.

The part time job is exactly what I hoped it would be. When I’m not there, I don’t worry about it. Which is precisely the kind of job a boy like me needs.

Quote of the day: Don’t be a “guy” — be a “man” — anyone can be a “guy” — from …say anything.

I make mistakes. Lots of them. Supposedly this helps me learn. Why’s it got to be so hard? Phew.


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

* Uncle Sam’s Semantic Web

“The United States government and the Semantic Web are a perfect match: imagine all of those senators and representatives, each query-able by age, party affiliation, bills proposed, committee membership, and voting record. For the last few years, I’ve wanted to collect as much data on the U.S. government as I could, convert it to RDF, and build a site and a web service that make it possible to explore that data. This will be my goal over the next year, and I’ll document my progress here on”

“Does creating a Semantic Web of data make it easier to analyze and explore that data in new ways? In addition to testing the Semantic Web concept, if all goes well, I’ll have a nicely organized map of the U.S. government, structured using publicly available ontologies, available in a single, reliable format (RDF), which anyone can incorporate into their own Semantic Web projects. It seems worth trying.”


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 see him in 1992 in that tiny place in C-ville. I was 15 and you were 22! I am forever in your debt.

Dag, that was 12 years ago, in Charlottesville Virginia. I was so proud to be able to take my sister. and the show was wonderful. At the time I was working as a Respiratory Therapist for the University of Virginia Medical Center. My those were heady times for me. My first apartment. Alone in a new town. It was a great treat to see Morrissey at the peak of his game as a solo artist.

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