Miscellaneous ephemera
  • (05/11) I really hate the last set of colors I picked for this. I wish I were a graphic designer of some sort to fix it up quickly. I'll see if I can't fix this up a bit in my own amateurish way.
  • (08/21) Mucking with the CSS because I have some downtime. Hang on.
  • (04/23) Alllllmost ready to start putting up new articles. Still trying to get LaTeX set up on this server (which is why the equation articles here are currently broken).
Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:23pm Ok, Spring 2011 Can Start Now
I just got back from a great conference, iPhone/iPad DevCon East out in Boston. I'm completely exhausted. I have no plans to do anything this weekend excepting some hard-core reclining and the occasional stroll. I'm not just exhausted from that, I'm exhausted from both winter and all that comes with it, and from the long amount of work that led up to the app BookHabit that I finally released about a week and a half ago. More about that in an upcoming post.

But the weather is taking a turn for the better, chilly and rainy as today might be, and I can sense spring is actually going to happen this time. There was a weather tease a few weeks back, but I knew it was only foreshadowing. At any rate, I declare spring. I can refresh my todo lists, recalibrate my goals, rearrange my office, etc. [Read more…]
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Tue, Apr 14, 2009, 4:18am Anybody Out There?
Anyone reading this blog anymore? I've heard from other friends that their blog readership has dropped way down, and my logs seem like they show mostly search engines stopping by. Or is subject matter discussed here just too boring? Discussion comment forms not working? Everyone using RSS these days and not going to the webpages? (RSS is a double-edged sword.) Blah blah blah. Echo!…
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Thu, Apr 2, 2009, 5:07pm Framework Rewrite Time
This latest rewrite has been coming for a while, but things haven't lined up until now to start making progress on it. The current incarnation of the engine runs this website in addition to several others, and it works fine, but as with all programming projects, it becomes clear how things could be better and that they should be so. The new rewrite will be initially written in Python, taking the best from the current PHP and Objective-C versions, which are the two most mature versions currently in service. Each has gotten tweaks over the last couple of years that ended up being unique to them, but which all versions should benefit from. [Read more…]
Wed, Oct 29, 2008, 12:29am Hunkering Down for the Fall/Winter
Ok, looks like I'm not going anywhere for a while now and it's time to get a move on a lot of things going into the fall and winter. Not looking forward to the cold weather, but very much looking forward to getting things done. Most things pre my recent vacation were all about getting the iPhone programs I did with Andrew into solid shape. I'm very proud of them both. We got in the last of the really big updates before I left. During vacation my mind was a complete blank on all things work-wise. I did discover how good the oysters are in Vancouver. Still miss the great "sea" food out west. Perhaps I'll live out that way at some point. Who knows. [Read more…]
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Fri, Jan 4, 2008, 3:18pm Blatherbloggin'
Only rarely do blog entries start much of a conversation, and blogs become more like an odd, nearly formless form of magazine. It's more self-publishing than conversation starter. There is something essential to how blog sites are set up that seem to doom them to a cultural curiosity of the early 21st century. [Read more…]
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Fri, Nov 30, 2007, 5:54am Oh, the Books…
Somehow beer drinking led to expanding the small list of books that I'm currently reading into its own expanded page. Not a big whoop, but could be interesting. Should I attach a discussion page to each book? Might do that soon. At any rate, it includes comments on each book, so could be trivially transformed into a basic book discussion page. Perhaps tomorrow. It's true that I need to clean up the alignment on the page. The Unibroue has me happy and sleepy. (Such a good Canadian brewery.)

Update : The books now all their own forum pages, as with this example.
Wed, Nov 28, 2007, 4:29pm Battle Against Entropy
Basic thermodynamics doesn't generally give the average person enough conceptual tools to fight the enormous mess and upkeep of the place where you live. Your home isn't best modeled as a closed system. The part of my home that I want to keep clean is far from closed off from the rest of the world, and it's far from equilibrium. Entropy always seems to be winning, and one has to pour a lot of energy into this system to keep things clean. One has to take anti-entropic measures. Entropy is always playing the game. Dust bunnies are its minions. [Read more…]
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