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New Site Design

I got bored at around 2am (eeks! It's almost six!) and decided to redo my site. I moved quite a bit around, optimized some pieces, changed my stylesheet and every page, added a new index archive (the categories list, as it wouldn't get rebuilt on older archives, is now its own file and is <?included?> in every page). I changed how some of the pages build. I'm still not happy with rebuilding speed, but I'll tweak all of that tomorrow or another day.

I like the "fade out" at the top (scroll down, look at the top of your browser window). I like the color scheme (for now). I like the sparse feeling. So far as I can tell, too, everything continues to validate, etc. I may write more about this later.

Woo! Okay, bedtime now. :-zzz

P.S. Several people have noted that David Hyatt updated his blog too.

QotD: One CD

Question: If you could only listen to one CD for the rest of your life, which CD would it be?

My Answer: I'd have to go with Life's Rich Pageant by R.E.M..

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

My First Car Mod

I've completed my first car mod: I changed the front turn signals on my 2001 Aztek to those found on the 2003s. As you can see in the image below, the old ones were yellow, with a white bulb, and the new ones are clear with a yellow bulb.


I got the part numbers from a mailing list and bought and installed the turn signal lamps myself from GM Parts Direct .com. Easy peasy! Took about ten minutes.

Survivor 6.12

I was in Orlando yesterday and last night, so I'm a bit late in blogging about last night's Survivor. However, it's 4 o'clock now and I have avoided all blogs that might talk about it, so here's my fresh take, watching alone. What will happen this week? Hmmm… I'll find out shortly.

The next to last show! We'll be down to four shortly! Eeek!

QotD: Best Day

Question: If you could describe what would make the best day of your life, how would you?

My Answer: I'm not sure. You wouldn't think it would involve eight hours in a car, getting lost, fast food, no dinner, and a little shopping, but it ranks pretty highly, actually.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: Rid the Earth

Question: If you could rid the earth of one thing, what would it be?

My Answer: Stupid people. But then there'd be nobody left <grin>.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

OneWord: Lust

Lust is something that you can have, not for a person necessarily, but for anything. The classic case of lust is Adam and Eve, no wait, that was a lustless garden until the snake spoiled it, right? I lust after knowledge. I lust after one-on-one relationships that mean something. I lust after Coke (not really!). Lust for the right things is good. Lust for lust's sake is bad. Lame.

This 60-second entry was brought to you by today's word from OneWord™.

Survival of the Fittest

My previous two entries have touched off a little discussion. However, the piece I found most interesting was this one from Michael Hanscom:

Intelligent people - those with more than two brain cells to rub together - look around at the world and realize that it has a tendency to be a pretty iffy bargain, and either resolve not to have children, or to limit themselves to one or two children. Less intelligent… people, though, seem to be popping babies out like there's no tomorrow.

Lame Unix Tips

Want some lame Unix tips? Sign up for this list. Today's tip?


Here is one way to comment your directory.

$ cd theDirectory
$ touch "zzz*** THIS IS THE DIRECTORY COMMENT! ***zzz"

Whenever you type ls, you'll see your comment at the bottom. That's why you type "zzz ...". The asterisk is to decorate.

American Idol: 4 Contestants

The final four. Last week was wrong; this week I hope to see Josh voted out. I'm a bit behind on watching this, but I've avoided all blogs that post about American Idol so far. I'll link to them at the end, but I didn't want them to taint my view of the show. I'll keep things short though, very busy these days.

The Mythical Man Blog

When I was in college I read The Mythical Man Month. It's one of those books nearly every CS major since the invention of CS has had to read. Basically, this guy messed up a bunch of projects, cost his companies a few gajillion dollars, and learned one amazing lesson: throwing more people at a CS project (hardware, software) does not speed up development.

Perhaps AOL should learn that if this is true about AOL looking to develop their own blog software:

Considering how popular the ?medium? has become, and because AOL is actively searching for new revenue streams, the news is hardly surprising. What is interesting is that according to Winer?s source, AOL Time Warner has 400 people secretly working on the project. To put that in perspective, 20 AOL employees are assigned to the Mozilla project.

Ho hum. At least AOL has a few million to spare on stupid mistakes. Right? Don't they? :-P


The topic of "convergence" recently came up on a mailing list I used to read. Convergence in this sense is more than "your computer as the center of everything," but instead "your computer is is everything." The conversation came about a result of Microsoft's continued "push" into this area. The area in which your computer controls your TV instead of simply interacting with it. Your computer is your stereo. Your computer is your surround sound system instead of having a separate receiver.

Michael Winter had a funny post I thought I'd share (with his permission). The question? Who would want a phone attached to their monitor?

OneWord: Feature

It's a feature, not a bug they cry. I wonder what features that iLoo thing from a few days ago has. Blue screens of death scare the crap out of you? Good thing you're sitting on a toilet already. It's funny how I see the word "feature" and immediately think of software. Feaure events, features in magazines, featured entertainers, those are all features too. But I think of software features. I'm a geek, yes.

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QotD: Richard Nixon

Question: If you could have asked Richard Nixon one thing, what would it be?

My Answer: I would ask him what the best thing about being the President of the United States was. I can imagine many of the downsides. What I think is interesting is what motivates people to go after the job in the first place.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Common Folk: Me Too

Jamie takes issue with my off-the-cuff entry about the differences between "common folk" (I'm going to continue to put those words in quotes) and "computer folk" (those too).

I disagree with a bit of what she's said, and given that she and I had discussed the entry in person, am a bit surprised she's so drastically misunderstood the tone and overall nature of the post. As such, here are some clarifying remarks and a bit more on my opinion of "nature vs. nurture" as it regards "talent" and "gifts."

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