Thursday, December 29, 2005

My first trip!

This Just In

I just got the call; my first trip for work has finaly come along!

I'll be going to Hiroshima, Japan to do man on site (on site customer service) for a month with one of our new customers, Elpida.

I'm really excited. First off, I've always wanted to go to Japan. Also, I'm a bit behind schedule for my first trip, I got hired almost a year ago. Most of the people that started with me have already been on a trip, even some of the newer guys! Not that I haven't been begging to go anywhere. It's also very good timing for Sharon & I, since I'll have to pay for everything out of pocket. (Got denied by AMEX for the coporate card; go figure.) Luckily, the travel advance will be pretty big, and the travel group will pick up my plane ticket.

I'm also kinda curious as to why they're sending me alone for my first trip. Perhaps since its a man on site (not an install). Either way, I guess someone feels that I don't need a babysitter. Which makes me feel better. Or maybe its because of all that shameless self promotion I put on my annual review a few weeks ago. Maybe they wanna see if I can really do all that shit I said. Or maybe the fact that I bitched about not getting a trip got noticed.

Regardless, I'm stoked. Sharon-not so much. She's very attached, and hates when we're apart. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we spend sooooooo much time together, and we still don't know tons of people here. I know she can hack it, she's a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for. I guess she still hasn't figured out that she doesn't need me around all the time. Probably has something to do with the fact that she never had to live on her own. I guess she doesn't realize (or remember) how well she got along last spring.

You hear that, babe? You can do it!

For the rest of you who can't live without me--I know you're out there--I've taken a few steps to ensure that you can harass contact me from the States. Of course, you could always e-mail me. That's the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to let me know you care, without interupting my otherwise empty schedule. If you *must*, feel free to leave me a message on my cell phone. Thanks to the services of Got Voice, I can get my messages on-line. (BTW the service kicks ass, if you trust your voicemail pin to a website.) As always, you can call me via Skype.

iMac G5

My crazy 'rents. They're at it again. Buying iMacs, that is. I just got one in the mail. Merry christmas, all over again!

Like a good Apple Addict, I documented the unveiling here!

On the way

A lot to say, unfortunately I am chasing my tail right now. Stand by for more information!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Poor lil guy!

So I'm behind on my Channel Frederator, shoot me.

I've been too busy bitching about shit to notice anything positive on the net lately.

But this takes the cake. I don't wanna say too much. If you don't subscribe to Channel Frederator (what's wrong with you?), click here to see the flash movie by itself.

Merry Christmas

Today is Christmas, the day when eager children tear from their beds waaay to early in the morning to devour the tranquil tree and its gifts.

At least, thats the way I remember it happening.

Sharon & I slept in to the crack of 8, before making the mad dash to the living room.

She was ecstatic about her gifts, especially the iPod Nano I'd gotten her. Even though I expected her to be happy about it, she was way more excited than I was prepared for. It made me quite happy.

Everyone was taken care of this year. We'd gotten stuff for our families, and even for a couple of our close friends. We also got each other way too much. But it was worth it.

I hope you made out like bandits.

My fricken parents. Bought my lil bro a 17" iMac G5.

I guess they think it will help him lose weight, get a girl friend, actually pass a class (or maybe graduate?), and save the world. Either that, or they just feel guilty for having money for once. They admittedly wouldn't know an iMac from an eMac, or an eMachine for that matter. I don't know whether to be happy for him, or just jealous!

We're gunna go surprise my buddy Dave in NH this evening. We're already plotting our trip up there. He & his kids are having Xmas @ his house. I guess its a good thing he doesn't read this!

Anyway, have a good one.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Well, no one but me & Dave showed up for work tonight, so I blew out about 11. I feel kinda bad, because Dave went back after a short break. Poor guy. Soo broke thanks to that bitch. And he still refuses to stand up for himself. Oh well. That's neither here, nor there.

I'm so excited about Christmas. I got a lot of really cool stuff for Sharon, and I've been all antsy for weeks now. I can't wait till tomorrow!

I'm off to bed.

Other changes

Along with the site wide design changes finally published today, I've also changed a little bit about the feeds.

First off, I'm moving them. This will be the last post that publishes to the .

From now on, all feeds will be located in their own directory. The main feed is changing to .

I realize that this is a slight annoyance. If I thought there were a ton of people who'd be affected by this, I probably wouldn't bother. Just remember that I'll have to change my aggregators too. (Yes, I monitor my own feed.)

But that's not all. I'm going to experiment with just sending the first paragraph in the feed. Only because I want as many people as possible to see the actual site. After all the energy I've put into the cfml, javascript, and css, I'd like it to get some traffic!

As always, your comments are greatly appriciated.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Tis The Season

Ok. Now I'm afraid that some of you will think I'm anti christian. Or worse, anti christmas.

Let me set the record straight. I'm all for peace on earth, and getting together to exchange gifts with loved ones. I love watching the tree christmas eve, drinking cocoa until all hours.

But none of the things that I celebrate have anything to do with god or christ. Christmas Day just happens to be the name of the holiday. We just always celebrated on the 25th growing up. Doesn't feel right opening presents on the 21st.

As far as christianity goes, I'm not against it. Not in the sense that I think it should be illegal, or that I think people who belive in christ are going to hell. I'm more againt religion in general. First & foremost, I think that you missed the message christ died trying to spread. Secondly, religion is a widely abused excuse to commit attrocity and to be ignorant. I'll have nothing to do with that. Any group of people bent on the irradication of any other group of people, for any reason, can count me out. Hands down, no questions asked. I'm just not into it.

So I guess others of you might've been offended politically. While its not like me to kiss ass, I'm on a roll.

If you've been keeping up lately, and are saying to youself that I'm unAmerican, or what ever, I'm talking to you. I am NOT un American. Quite the opposite, I love everything that America stands for. Freedom, liberty, justice. I just haven't been seeing a lot of those things here lately. I have seen a lot of greed, hate, and fear mongering. There are people who would have you think that its better to be safe than to be free. If you agree, then perhaps you are unAmerican.

I'll tell you what I'm against, fear mongering, dictators who disregard over two hundred years of law and precedent. Yes, I'm talking about G. Bush again. Yes, I stand by what I said. The man's a disgrace. No, I'm not anti-conservative. I can say good things about him. He's not a liar. He might be a dictator, a fear monger, and an idiot, but he's not a liar. He's maintained for quite some time that a dicatorship is much easier to lead than a democracy. But we've been too happy to help him turn America into that dictatorship.

And I'm not just anti Bush. John Kerry's a lying peiece of shit. So there you have it, folks. We're the greatest country in the world, where the 2 canidates to lead us into the future are (1) An aspiring dictator, and (2) A lying pice of shit; where the majority of people belive that everyone who disagrees with them is going to hell; where the law has nothing to do with right & wrong.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

State of the Union

The senators who are filibustering the Patriot Act must stop their delaying tactics, and the Senate must vote to reauthorize the Patriot Act. In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment," grumbled Bush in one of a series of public rejections of any talk of a temporary renewal.

The President of the United States is one of the biggest enemies to the American way of life in history. And we elected him, twice! This man is a disgrace to the country our grandfathers, fathers, brothers, and sons have died for. He's the man Orwell warned us against. Only 20 years late.

You're a disgrace to your family, your state, and your nation.

Gmail SPAM

My spam influx has been kinda high, ever since I posted my email address in a link on Hackaday, months ago.

But usually they go into the spam folder. Now, all of a sudden, they're making it to my inbox. Almost ten already today. Holy crap dood!

And I noticed duped items in my reader acct today, too. Whathell is goin on Big G?

More Patriot Act

The patriot act isn't an "anti-terror" law, but an anti-privacy law. And a travesty. And completely unconstitutional.

But that's all besides the point, isn't it?

Open Source Mac

A great site for info on where to go and what to do to pimp your Mac with great OSS.

First Nintendo VidCast

Why isn't there an RSS feed! If this is supposed to be a video podcast, where is the FEED?!?!

A FEED makes a podCAST, the power of SYNDICATION, not the content!

Nintendo. Get with the whole Internet thing. You're seriously pissing me off, right now.

Sony fucks up again!

Read the article. Nuff said.


Lawbreaker in Chief

There's this great article over on Wired about the whole Bush as a spymongering criminal.

I like how they mention the fact that he's more upset that we found out about it than that the law was being broken.

Securitron State

It can't be said enough.

"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." -- Benjamin Franklin

Just because snooping on EVERYONE means it will be easier to catch a FEW criminals doesn't mean its a good idea. As a matter of fact, it means its a BAD idea.

Used to be you actually had to BREAK a law before they could harass you.

Now they're changing the laws, to make everyone a criminal.

Fuck you, judge.

. o O (how's that for a convincing argument? Guess thats what I get for commenting w/a hangover!!!!)

Also found [ here ]

200th Post!

Thats right, yet another milestone reached! I'm all about pushing the limits.

I think its fitting that I should devote this post to the tools that have made my last few posts happen. The Google extensions for FireFox.

These official tools are great additions to any FF based browser (including Deer Park). Check them out [ here ]. I especially like the Blogger Web Comments, which displays comments from blogs (not just blogger, either) that link to the URL in your addy bar. It also has a nice interface for blogging something up, quick like.

As a matter of fact, all but one of my posts today has been made with this tool. I have, however, had to go back and edit the HTML it generates, because it seems to have some formatting bugs.

<EM> & <STRONG> tags seem to get transformed into simple <SPAN>s. And there's a tab inserted after every tag. And for some reason it doesn't transmit  s...

Couldn't leave this alone

I've already posted about the issue, and linked to this page as well, but I can't resist this guy. People like him make me sick. I've reproduced his entire article here, for your viewing pleasure. His words are in blockquotes.

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays Written by Nathan Tabor Thursday, December 22, 2005

What’s the real difference between wishing someone a ''Merry Christmas'' or instead, saying ''Happy Holidays''? Both are said in kindness, and meant to wish someone well during the same time of year. It seems that the two should be interchangeable, that they both essentially mean the same thing. Therefore, when someone takes offense to being wished a ''Merry Christmas,'' it seems like no big deal to just substitute ''Happy Holidays'' and be done with it. It may seem like no big deal, but it is.

A Very Big Deal.

Christmas is not just any old holiday. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, and the teachings of good will and kindness towards one another that Christ brought to this world. We celebrate his birth not only to honor Him, but to remind ourselves of how we strive to live our lives of faith.

Ok, like I've said before, Christmas isn't about christ at all. At least not christmas on the 25th of December. Its all about the solstice. December 21, the shortest day of the year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), is the reason for the season. The entire point of Yule, the ORIGINAL winter holiday, is the celebration of the imminent end of winter, and the coming spring's rebirth.

The majority of Americans belong to a religion or faith that believes in the teachings of Jesus. Why is the majority being asked to hide its faith for the so called ''comfort'' of a minority? Our country is based on majority rule (with some important caveats). While it would be unreasonable to force all to be the religion of the majority, it is equally unreasonable to ask the majority to deny its faith because a select few are uncomfortable. Yet, this is exactly what is happening.

Hey, asshole, the freedom of religion means we're free to practice ANY religion. Not just christianity.

We deny our children the right to celebrate Christmas in their public schools. They are not allowed to sing Christmas carols, decorate Christmas trees or even hand out candy canes with religious sentiments. In fact, some of our children have been punished, suspended, or chastised for doing so. What message does this send to our children? It implies that there is something wrong with expressing faith in Jesus. It subtly pulls them away from their faith, while at the same time promoting other minority faiths as being somehow ''better'' or more acceptable. Our children are damaged by these ridiculous practices, and it is time to put an end to the persecution of Christianity in our public schools. Christianity is the predominant faith of our country, and it should not be treated as if it was deviant or radical or even subversive. Yet, it is. It's a small wonder that our society is moving farther away from religion and losing touch with the discipline and moral code that religious practice offers.

Again, moron, seperation of church and state prevents ANYONE from celebrating ANY religious holiday in conjuction with government funded activities. Our founding fathers clearly saw the threat in allowing christian events in our public dealings, OR IT WOULDN'T BE IN THE CONSTITUTION. Allowing religion to pollute public schools, or any other government arena implies support for that religion. Religion has no place in school. In any school. Period. And who the fuck are you to say that minority faiths are less acceptable than christianity.

It is also interesting to note that many non-Christians observe Christmas. Has any Christian ever come out and condemned anyone for participating in the holiday without believing in Christ? Has any Christian group ever come out and denied a religious presentation in a public school by another religious group? Of course not. It is only Christianity which is repeatedly shunned from school celebrations. The liberal agenda is hard at work, making sure that Jesus stays out of his own holiday.

This is perhaps the greatest paragraph of the entire piece. It sure is amazing how many people celebrate christmas. Did it ever occur to you that those of us who say Happy Holidays AREN'T ACTUALLY CELEBRATING the birth of christ??? What a moron. Again with the Jesus is the reason for the season bullshit.

The fact is that the teachings of Christ are the basis for our legal system and government. Thou shalt not kill, (murder) covet thy neighbor’s wife, (adultery) lie, steal, bear false witness, etc. all come from the Ten Commandments. As a member of our society, we buy into these beliefs as true and sound. Therefore, we have a reason to celebrate Christmas even if we aren’t Christian, as we are celebrating the fundamental cornerstones of our society.

More ignorance. Our laws have nothing to do with christ or christianity or the ten commandments (otherwise they'd post the ten commandments at courthouses). They're based on the single pagan directive: Harm none, do what ye will. In other words: don't kill, steal, lie, etc...

What we lose when we generalize the Christmas season with the ambiguous “Happy Holidays” is the connection between Christ and Christmas. That is exactly what the liberals want us to do. They want to level the playing field and keep the minority in rule, instead of the rightful majority. Liberalism is socialism, and if you look at socialism or socialist countries you will find that they often do not allow religion. They don’t want anything to compete with the influence of the government over its people. ”Happy Holidays” is the first step in eradicating the most prominent religion from our society.

What can we do about this? We can remember to stand proud in our faith, and not allow ourselves to be browbeaten by the minority liberal agenda. We can set a place for Christ at our Christmas table, and make sure that our holiday is centered around the teachings of Jesus. We can take the time to renew our faith, and build upon the strength that our faith provides for us. We can greet one another with a boisterous “Merry Christmas!” and know we mean just that.

You, sir, are an excellent representation of what's wrong with this country. You are nothing more than a blind follower, too ignorant to think for yourself, because it's all been laid out before you. You can't help it, you were raised that way. It really isn't your fault. You don't even realize how ignorant you are. People like you are runining the nation with your ignorance. You represent your religion well, you're the spitting image of a christian. A complete and total pushover. You belive simply what you are told, and nothing more. I dare say that christ would think you, and those who agree with you, total fools. If there's one thing that should've been learned from THE MAN WHO WAS EXECUTED FOR BEING A TROUBLEMAKING RABLEROUSER is to always question, to never blindly follow the man. You who are so quick to call everyone liberal, forget that christ himself was a rebel. A hippie, if you will, wandering the land in poverty trying to spread the message of love and peace. If christ was the son of god, and he came back today, he'd probably be disgusted by the lot of you. I know most of us are.

The truth is, many of the pagan ideals are closer to what christ was trying to teach than anything being taught in protestant, christian churches today. Yes. I said it, and its true. Pagans are better christians than christians themselves. Without even trying!!! Never mind the fact that christ was, according to your bible, Jewish.

You say liberalism is socialism, I say christianity is tyranny.

For someone who professes to give his life for christ, you're a disgrace to the very god you worship.

About the Writer: Nathan Tabor is a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, North Carolia, where he owns a successful small business, and was a recent candidate for Congress. Nathan receives e-mail at

Reproduced without permission, for the fair use of comment and critisism.

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Merry Christmas Vs Happy Holidays

This whole issue is pissing me off. Christians always act so high and mighty. "Jesus is the reason for the season" is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard in my entire life.

Winter, to be honest, is the reason for the season. The pagan tradition of celebrating Yule or Candlemas on Dec 21 is centuries older than christianity itself. So you can take your crucifix and your nativity and your condescending "Merry Christmas" and cram them all up your ass.

Saying Happy Holidays isn't secularizing anything, but saying Merry Christmas demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge and respect for our past. Pagan or not.

Anyone who makes this argument is just another incompetent christian, who probably thinks being pagan means wild orgies (don't I wish?) and sacrificing babies. AND YOU'RE ALL FUCKING MORONS!

Now, for some links to stupidity:

Google news search for related stories Some christian propaganda site Obviously written by another idiot These people actually BELIEVE this stuff!

So, the next time some whiny little bitch is complaining about "happy holidays" ruining the "spirit of the season" do educated folks a favor and slap the shit out of 'em.

Seriously, though the whole thing shows obvious ignorance and nothing pisses me off like stupid people. I'll leave it to you to do some reasearch about the true origins of the holiday, I have faith in you're intelligence.

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Senate OKs Patriot Act Extension

Ok, I spoke to soon:

The Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday approved a six-month extension of the law to keep it from expiring on Dec. 31. here

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Random is as Random does

Just a random thought about random thoughts. On the homepage of Flickr, right under the picture, there's a random quote linked to tags... That's a really great idea. I want a feed of the images/quotes as they appear, with the links. So that I too can be amazed (again) at the simple randomness of randomness.

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All hail our Google overlords!

News feeds on the home page, personalized search results (showing how many times you've visited result sites), news feeds in gmail...

My entire netsistance begins and wraps in and around Google. I've given them most of my personal info, and with my search preferences, and email accounts, and instant messaging (not that I use Google Talk that much, but hey...), they probably know more about me than I do.

And I'm strangely comfortable with it. Yes. Google could take over the world. But for some creeped out reason, I don't seem to mind all that much. I trust them. The way I trust my Mac. The way I trust my DS. It just works. 90% of the time. Search, email, news, blogs, everything with a simple synergy that Yahoo! and MSN and AOL just can't touch. Can't even dream about.

I'm beginning to think that there are two sides to the netsphere. The myspace party, and the google party. Those in the myspace camp seem content to use less capable, less technicaly advanced, less free services such as AOL and MSN because they are popular. The way people who own PSPs trash talk the DS, these myspacers are completely wrapped around high resolution crappy content, while ignorant of the lower-res high quality that's right around the corner.

Those of us camped out with Google are the social rejects. We understand that somewhere, there's real information. We're Mac cultists, we love simple things, we love elegant design, we're addicted to nifty quirks and standards compliance. The way Google embraces FireFox entertwined with the true spirit of the interwebs. Freedom.

The ability for anyone, on any system, to create, share, consume and digest information that may only be important to them. And Google makes that easy. In a stunningly beautiful way that could never be done before.

Then there's Yahoo! They had the chance to be Google, but they just don't understand the kind of sexy simplicity that literally is Google. Compare [ Yahoo! ] to [ Google ]. Enough said.

The fact that Yahoo! beat Google to the Flickr and Konfabulator punches shows that they at least have an idea of what's going on, and how to get there. But the way they've already started corrupting these amazing products is remincent of how AOL <CENSORED> fucked </CENSORED> up every good product they could get their hands on (ICQ, Winamp, just to name a few).

The Flickr people realize this, and even let you know when you sign in without a Yahoo! ID that you're " You must be old skool. Rock On."

If someone is going to become our robotic overlords, shouldn't it be Google? At least then I'll be content with their services to realize that they've stolen my soul. And isn't contentment what its really all about? All hail our Google overlords!

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Alaskan Drilling

Once again the Bushzis manage to screw up something else. Its natural resources are some of the reasons we bought the damn Alaskan territory in the first place. Just when we were so close to actually getting our monies worth, and possibly lowering outrageously overinflated gas prices in the process, the GOP moves in to block it. How predictable.

Our senators are doing their best, at least recently. With the refusal to extend the patriot act, there's at least some hope...

Read more [ here ]

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Winter. The real reason for the season.

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Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Google has published the Zeitgeist (literally timespirit), a coagulation of searched on terms from the previous year. Its an interesting waste of time! Check it out [ Here ]

Friday, December 16, 2005


Anyone reading the site via the RSS feed? I'm thinking about grouping the feeds into their own directory.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Bottle Mail Tag

I've started a game of tag in Animal Crossing Wild World.

The idea is simple, really. I've released a handful of bottle mail messages, each starting with the line Tag!!! You're It! and containing an AOL IM account that I created just for this purpose (BottleMailTagger). If you send a message to BottleMailTagger, you'll recive a link to this post, and a link to the frappr map that I set up, also just for this purpose.

In case you don't know, frappr is a simple, easy, free way to set up a googlemap for anything. No, you don't have to put in your address, so don't worry, you just put in your zip code.

The whole point is something like this: you get tagged by me, you add yourself to the map (including the name of the person that tagged you). Then you send out a bottle mail message with the name that you used on the map, and either this URL (which is gunna be long), or the frappr page url (, or simply AIM:BottleMailTagger. Then, the resourceful person you've tagged then adds their info to the frappr group, and the cycle continues.

This is purely innocent fun, and entirely useless. Well, almost. I think it will be cool to see just where our messages are washing up.

You don't have to wait to get a message from me to start playing, but please, only add yourself to the map AFTER you've been tagged by someone else!

Worst case, no one plays. Best case, we all wind up with a few more people on our friends list (so far, mine's still empty!)

Check out our Frappr!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

ACC Reaching a bandwidth limit?

Sharon & I have been members of ACC since we first started playing AC for GCN last fall. Now it appears that the release of AC:WW has forced them to limit the use of the site to registered users, although they are allowing new registrations.

This comes as somewhat of a suprise, seeing as most of the people I know laugh when you mention that you're playing AC. To quote one friend of mine, "Where's the violence?" I suppose the populatity of the new iteration of the "series" (is it a series yet?) has spiked interest in 3rd party sites, and ACC is definately one of the best!.

If you're a member, you can look me up as, you guessed it, BM5k.

On a separate note, where are the RSS feeds for ACC? FEED ME!!!

Now playing: Podshow Music Rewind #11 Enhanced from Podshow Music Rewind Enhanced by

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Holiday Shopping

So I was trying to exchange something at the mall today. One of Sharon's gifts. I decided I bought the wrong one, and wanted something else, from the same store. After crediting my card, and taking the item back from me, the guy informed me that they were out of what I wanted, but I was welcome to purchase the one I'd just returned.

But that would've meant paying for it twice (since returns to credit cards can take up to 4 business days), at least until the return processed, and I can't afford that.

Needless to say, I was highly disappointed. I don't think I'll be able to replace it in time for our gift exchange!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Voodoo Pad

VoodooPad is the Orginizational Software Download of the Day. If you didn't know there was an Orginizational Software Download of the Day, relax. Neither did I. But if there were one, Voodoo pad would definately be it.

Voodoo Pad is a wiki for your brain. Designed to hold your usefull and useless information in an easy to navigate structure. If you're familiar with other wikis, such as Wikipedia, you'll recognize the stucture and formatting used in Voodoo Pad.

If you're a scatterbrain, like I am, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

From the Voodoo Pad website

    Voodoo Pad 2.1 Features
  • Category / Tag support

  • Assign and browse categories to pages in your documents.
  • Spotlight

  • Search the contents of your VoodooPad documents via Spotlight.
  • Inter-document links

  • Link to a specific page in another VoodooPad document.
  • Sketch

  • Feeling artistic? Bring down the Sketch sheet and draw what you can't express in words.
  • Auto-Bullets

  • Make lists and outlines with a couple of key commands.
  • Saved Workspaces

  • Quit with all your windows open. Relaunch, and there they are again. Great for picking up where you left off.
  • Encryption

  • Securely encrypt pages in your document.
  • Backlinks

  • Find out what pages link to the current page.
  • New Search

  • Search through multiple open documents at one time.
  • AppleScript

  • Improved AppleScript support, including changing the contents of any page from AppleScript.
  • AddressBook Integration

  • The names of people in your AddressBook become links you can act on.
  • Rename pages

  • Do you not like the title you gave a page? No problem, in VoodooPad 2.0 you can now rename it.
  • Improved URL and email address markup

  • VoodooPad got some new smarts to help it figure out what exactly is an url or not.
  • Threaded exporting

  • VoodooPad will take those tasks and put them in the background so you can keep on working in your pages without being interrupted.

Update: AC:WW

Yes, I play Animal Crossing.

Yes, AC:WW for the DS came out today.

Quit freaking out, and go get it. And when you do come back here to post your friend code. I'm dying to play online!

UPDATE: Read my review here!

Eating out of his hand.

originally uploaded by colt911.
My uncle snapped this pic @ Port A in Texas. This is one of two incredible pics from that set.

Bowerman Family (1993)

originally uploaded by colt911.
A great pic of the bunch.

I just figured out how to use flickr's note feature, and I added info about everyone..

Monday, December 05, 2005

Animal Crossing DS

Yes, I play Animal Crossing.

Yes, AC:WW for the DS came out today.

Quit freaking out, and go get it. And when you do come back here to post your friend code. I'm dying to play online!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Bored@Work, again.

Just jotting down some notes for possible future design changes, among other things. I've acquired a moleskin just for the purpose of scheming & plotting future web design concepts.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

God's Debris

Author Scott Adams (Dilbert) is giving away PDF copies of his book God's Debris

I've just downloaded the book, and will post more as I read it

You can download the PDF from right here, just because I love you.

Friday, December 02, 2005

New layout

Yes. I changed the layout. Again.

Do you like it?

Its a lot of subtle changes, but together it might be enough for anyone who reads on a regular basis to notice.

Does anyone read on a regular basis?

I have a few ideas for how I want the individual pages. (Bear with me, as most (if not all) of the individual post pages aren't working right now. Thats because I removed all the ItemPage content from my template.)

I think I want the sidebar to disappear. I want the post to take up the width of the screen. Well, it will probably wind up being the majority of the screen. But you get my point. Any content that is in the sidebar on the main/archive pages will be included at the bottom of the post page.

Perhaps the most difficult to accomplish is the comment block. What I would like for the item pages would be to have a table centered on the page that had a single cell for each comment. The tricky part is going to be dividing up the comments so that they are evenly distributed across the available screen width.

If that makes sense to you, good. I'll try to get a sketch up in the near future.

Speaking of comments. What are your feelings for comments on the main/archive pages? I keep flip-flopping back and forth between having them, and not. I think I'd like to figure out a way for them to be hidable. Well, I have an idea of how that could be done, but... I haven't done it yet.

I'd appriciate comments/suggestions.


I need a new host. I've got to have at least 1 FTP account, and database access. I don't care if its Mysql/PHP, or MSSQL & ColdFusion. Right now, cost is the biggest concern.

Any suggestions?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

So much time, so little to do

I'm overwhelmed by the sheer number of things that I want/like to do that never even get started, much less get done.

*sigh* How do I go from having ideas, to getting things done? I've had this problem my entire life. Never a shortage of things to do. Always doing nothing.

I'm trying to write down what I want to do, but so far I don't know how well its working. Any other suggestions/ideas?


Life is one disaster after another.



Since when is this shit happening!?!?!

I'll have to get on this right away!


I did it. Without even asking permission. That's right. I'm the man and its my money. Well, it was my money. Now its Flickr's money. Thats right. I upgraded to a pro account. It is already worth it, and I don't think its been 5 minutes yet.

I will soon (hopefully before I go to bed) be uploading all the pictures I've got to flickr. This might cause a few dupes, but I'm more concerned with having permanent full-res copies of all of my pictures somewhere other than my hard drive. Lest the loss of ALL MY PICTURES happen again!

For the record, I also upgraded Brett's account. He's the keeper of the family photo album, so if I need a pro account for my craptastic photography, he definately needs one. Merry X-MAS Brett


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Lately, I've been wishing that Sharon and I lived a lil closer to, well, anywhere. Gloucester is pretty much the middle of nowhere. Sure, its quaint. But there isn't much to do here. Other than have a short drive to work.

Eh. Just thinking out loud...