Monday, June 30, 2003

I am going to severly miss Flynnfest........
However this is the Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III, we currently have one of these reserved for our trip in Maryland.
It's pretty standard, as in it's the one I see in most movies, and standard in that since you can mount almost anything it can carry on the nose, Like movie cameras, or guns, or cranes, cats....etc.
Since I hated my first helicopter ride so much I am hoping that it was abnormal (the Sickness).
The really cool part is that the doors come off and you can dangle your feet from it and spit on things below.
FROM AMBER FREDA


In case you didn't know,
Anthony and I got hitched!!

Actually, "hitched" is far too coarse a term
for what was a truly beautiful ceremony ...

We were married on the ocean at Fire Island at
noon on June 22, 2003. Anthony's parents,
Elaine and Tony Freda, were kind enough to open
their beautiful home to us and our immediate
families, for a very small, intimate ceremony.

Anthony and I wrote our own vows -- I remember
looking up while we were reading them to see the
entire room in tears! It was a very sentimental
moment and one we will always remember with
a sense of joy mingled with awe at the seriousness
of the journey on which we were about to embark,
arm in arm...

It meant so much to us both to see all of our families
together, sharing in love, food, dance, drink, and
conversation. Seeing my mom dancing with her
father nearly made my cry -- or seeing my dad's
wife Gaylene and my mom hugging each other as
they bonded and became great friends over the
weekend -- and seeing Gaylene and Christine
click instantly -- and seeing how beautiful the
Freda's house looked for the first time after Anthony's
mom and dad worked so hard -- bringing dishes out
every weekend on the ferry for months beforehand,
the sight of Anthony and his father bicycling in the
pouring rain on Saturday to buy flowers to make
sure the deck would be full of blooming things the
day of the ceremony -- and the beautiful bouquet
of yellow roses and burgundy calla lilies that Christine
put together for me, and all of the personal touches of
warmth and beauty that Elaine added to the table (the
lovely lace tablecloths, the fresh flowers, the sea shell
favors), I could go on and on....

So many great memories -- We can't thank our families
enough for pulling through for us and loving and supporting
us so much!!!! Our parents are already getting excited about
having a party / reunion in Texas next Spring -- a BBQ / Cajun
crawfish extravaganza -- Texas style!! Should be fun!

We are still working on putting together some photos / getting
some enlargements / cropping a few of the best ones -- so as
soon as we have those I will e-mail a few out for everyone to
see..

Also in the news, Anthony is going to be on CNN tomorrow,
July 1 at around 12:30 eastern time -- it's a live interview
featuring him as a New York artist involved in the Public
Art project that has local artists painting the outside of
portable bathrooms -- it's a functional art project for
tourists and locals alike and each one has a 24-hour
guard assigned to it to make sure none of these pieces
are vandalized and/or damaged in any way..

So, if you get a chance, tune in!!

I taught another one of my Houseplants series of classes
at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens last weekend -- it was
the best one yet and I even had students coming up
to me afterward saying they wanted to take more classes
with me in the future -- pretty cool stuff!! Also, it looks
like I will also be teaching classes at the Bronx Botanic
Gardens starting this fall...

Hope ya'll are doin' great!! Have a wonderful summer!!
We're going to take our honeymoon in Cancun in
January -- can't wait!!

Ciao,
Amber Freda

hey dolph, is this the power supply issue you were talking about?

good show.

did you all get the email from amber? Her and good ol' anthony got the balls and chains attached firmly on each others ankles.

About the ibook.

I am looking at the 14" combo drive ibook. I do not think that I need a powerbook for what I do. Thats kinda like carpooling with a Hummer.
although I have not really started to consider what preformance will be like when I am fully switched over to OS X and am running Illustrator 10 and Photoshop 7. At Home I am still on OS 9.2. The processor speed on my machine at home is around 126 or something, and seems to work great, so jumping up to the 700 mhz should handle all my needs.

At the Local apple dealer, they have refurbished ones that have a full apple warranty. So who knows.
I think I am going to rent one for when I come to Texas and give it a test drive.

About the BAR-E-Q:
If we could have it at the city park by Lion's Club would be best. There are shallow areas there where the kids can play.

over and out.

to all flynnFest participants ::

our field operative, who we shall refer to as 'slim', is currently on the ground in san marcos, scouting locations and the logistics of grilling devices. we can expect a sitrep shortly.

a good time WILL be had by all.

in the event a good time is not had by someone our superiors will be notified, and the trouble maker will be dealt with.

severely.

...oh yeah....

AOE was a blast. Now that you guys are going to be rushing the monument from the get go, i'm excited to see how these games will turn out (especially when we stop playing in the Black Forest.)

This weekend.

Sure enough, it was here in my office, lying at the foot of the printer (along with my 'long cord' for my powerbook.)

I'll import the footage we took this weekend and burn it to dvd (if that's possible - can you burn 'data' to a dvd rather than a movie? if so, how much?)
colin
i can't wait and i am so excited about seeing you and laura and hannah and chellah
it's a small smoker but we'll figure it out
i can't wait for you to meet my little one
though he's not so little anymore



he laughs when he sees the sun in teletubbies
he thinks it's him

Sunday, June 29, 2003

re: ibook questions

I looked around a bit too, and asked and burdened local mac experts with lots of questions and I found that for purchasing new it is best to go through the apple site, or your local apple store. I ordered online and recieved my ibook promptly, with no hassle- for the same price offered at other retail sites/stores.

Also, which ibook are you looking at? Are you considering not eating for a couple of months and maybe getting a g4 powerbook?




Eleo left this morning for Mexico. Thank you to everone for welcoming and taking such good care of her these last six months!

ibook questions

I am considering purchasing an ibook. When purchasing, where have ya'll found the best deals?
I have been doing my research on cnet and at the apple web site.

any advice will be appreciated.

Saturday, June 28, 2003

Hey y'all-by the way, that last post was from Taggart, not me! I have not taken on calling my husband a "lame ass!"
Has anyone heard this cool band called The Postal Service? I think all you guys would love to hear it.

Todd: I want to burn a copy and send it to Diana-could you give me her address?
thanks-hope she had a happy birthday!

Taggart's Lame Ass

Sorry Colin FLynn Taggart's Lame Ass will be pulling all nighters in B.F.E. Maryland
Starting the 10th going through the 16th.
Classic Serpa

Carol: Hey! Why don't you put on some music?

Todd: But I look bad in music!

Friday, June 27, 2003

Hey People,

for the Bard-Be-Qued on the 12th do ya'll prefer sewer park or the part by the lions club tube rental.

Are there any cook pits over in Sewell? Killy is the one you mentioned big enough to cokk food for all. I personally have no experience with grill size-to-party-goer ratio. Has Taggart sent in his "yes I'll be there."

I don't know about ya'll but I am fuckin excited.
802.11g for the ibook?

Hey adolph read this article from maccentral and help me know if from suggest that I could possibly get an 802.11g card working on my ibook...

It's Friday!!!



Happy Friday!!!


Thursday, June 26, 2003

osidhv

Hey all,

I just finished my first comic book. It is more like a mini-comic. 7 pages. but it is my first multi-page narrative. I am gonna post stuff to the web site soon. I will let ya'll know when I do.

well, there are issues

well, it turns out that eleo wants paul to join her at a 'dancer' bbq if it doesn't rain, and carol is taking barbara to the galleria tonight, which means that the baby is most likely going to stay with me.

the upside:

barbara brought over her ps2 -- and it has two controllers. can you think of a game you want to rent?
A longer game is unfortunate? I guess as with anything, you can play a short game or a long game and the winning for either kinda depends on your prediction of which kind it is. Do you think we can get Todd, Taggart or Dave in the game this evening?

AOE PERFORMANCE

now that i think about it, weren't we trying to share out internet connection to eleo at the same time? i don't remember, but i think this was the case. i hope you are right, considering that you want to increase our population by 25. i think i liked having the population lower, it kept people (read:paul) from flattening you in one fell sweep with a legion of bombard canoneers. it kept the game at a much more even keel, i think. having to trade out resource gathering for an extensive army i think keeps thing more 'realistic', but unfortunately, results in a much longer game.
Free Ibook Upgrade ?

After reading this article Subject: Apple Replaced my iBook because of screen failures on macintouch.com I didn't feel so bad about my iBook crapping out on me a couple of months ago. Apparently many people have had the same problem, and the standard solution is to replace the logic-board, which is what apple has done for me once. All I need now is for the machine to crap out twice more and maybe I can get a new 900MHZ model!

Also, it is ironic? that one of my arguments for buying a mac was apple's reputation for quality hardware!
Killy, I think that network performance could have been hurt by keeping the airport on even though we were using computer to computer. Any latencies brought on by traffic on the same frequency might not hurt file transfer, but may affect AOE. Of course, this is just uninformed speculation.

Spontaneous Knot in my Headphone Cable

Daddy Bush

it seems that our illustrious president is filling our wallets once again.

Adolph, I am glad to hear you admit that you are human. For a while your tendancy to calculate, and your staccato, acronym ridden speech led me to believe that you were maybe Vulcan; but then after you sacked my village and killed off all of my workers and burned my monastery and destroyed my mill and town-center, I decided that you were Romulan.

Mr. Serpa, you're wanted on the set....

todd: yes your trailer will be ready per your specifications; although, we did have difficulty in acquiring the flamingo pond and the ostrich feather bed. we were, however, able to secure a the large mummy sleeping bag you requested. we are confident that your weekend will be comfortable and relaxing.

godspeed!

How Neat is this!?

i think i might like the old posting interface a little better than this one.

anyway, well since the museum closes at 8:30 tonight, i don't see why a game of aoe at around 8:30 could hurt us. although, i am still really curious as to why a game which had only one computer in it would run so slow over airport. is there a way we could fix that this time around?

Gif Animations Will Never Die

For a lot of purposes, Flash is overkill, although it is a very nice gif animation authoring tool.


FontBook is kind of cool.
Todd, you're welcome to stay at my place.

Hmmm

Been an interesting couple of days. Last night we went to blues on the green in Zilker Park and meet the spouses and fiances of Liz's fellow students. Luke is a designer for Acclaim, he builds and designs the enviroments for their games. They just finished a Lord of the Rings video game and are starting their new game based on the Comic Book "the red star". Some time next week I am going to their studio to check out what he is working on. Then there was Drew, he is an architect for Schlotzky's. He design 's their bluidings, like the one on S Lamar or the new one on Parmer and 35. Really cool guy. they are both in thier mid 30's.

Unfortunatley I cannot make it to FlynnFest '03. I will be leaving for Cheesapeke on the 10th and will be gone till the 16th.

title.

wow. minimalist. groovy.

so, i'm planning on leaving out of here for hTown around 3:00 friday afternoon.

someone have some floor space for me? i also assume that a detailed shot list has been created, storyboards executed, and that my trailer, personal assistants, make-up artists and physical trainers are all in place.

Game On!

8:30PM, AOE, King of the Hill, Population 75, Resources High, One Computer, Looking for three humans to play, (i.e. two more besides me). RSVP to the blog.


Good Morning!

Well, its a new day and, evidently, a new blogger!

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

i can only hope that my optima will work with that software. i don't see why it wouldn't.
Does anyone have any idea how the date() function in php works? Basically, I use the timestamp feature of Mysql which gives me a string like this:

20030625095038

But when I use date(Y, $Mysql_timestamp) is thinks it is 2038!

This plus iSight or a camcorder is pretty interesting.

jeez, colin. i thought you were a family man. what were you doin' up so late?

well, if you want to talk about a menu and perhaps even bringing our own grill, i can manage to bring up the 'lil smokey' my mom's got in her backyard. i don't think it'll be a problem to haul up there. i am particularly fond of bbq sausage, so i'll bring that definately. carol will, of course, bring a bowl of salsa for you guys to soak your heads in; and more than likely little killy will bring a ziplock bag full of cheerios.

is there anything in particular you would like, colin? are you still eating meat anyway? can you afford meat? hahahahahahahahaha.

no colin, boobs are the coolest thing you can put on a poster.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003


Nice poster killy.

your composition skills serve you well. And that spine is about the coolest thing that could be put on a poster.
since it's the first poster i've done in months and since i'm proud of it i'm gonna post it. it got kudos from todd and paul (and adolph too); that's enough for me.



Hydra has turned out (so far) to be a really neat tool!
Saw this on Macintouch, a Powerbook 2400 built into a Suburban:

Well done chaps.

tickets are $150 and can be purchased directly from me, that way there is no service charge.

If anyone has a line to Thomas, pass on the word.

And tell Dave and Ryan as well. I will email them, but just in case.

Should we try to set up some sort of menu in advance or do we just see what happens?

knowing paul it would be a Pringles and some water.

And what about an actuall grilling aparatus. I believe that there are some at the river, but I don't want to have to fight the locals for one. I'm a father not a fighter

FlynnFest '03. just like old times, but everyone is a little slower, less coordinated, and broader about the beam.

count me in.

Killy, I'm not really that excited about the G5's, now that they've come out.
i'm totally down for a july 12th party down at the river. colin, i can't wait. i'm so excited. more excited than adolph is about the new g5s.

I have a three day weekend* during the July 12 FlynnFest in San Marcos!



* Pending calendar verification...

I am down for the July 12 FlynnFest in San Marcos. Where can I get tickets?
hello to amber
good morning all
Colin
July 12 sounds GRAND!
Can't wait to see you. Kilito already has swimmer diapers and swim shorts!



Was playing with little angel baby when we heard about this guy on NPR. I immediately thought my husband would like to hear about this. Kilito looked up at me and said, "Deh?" I told him, "Yes Baby, you're right, he would like to hear about this." So, upon my son's request, here is a cool story about some cool pictures.
Update: After I actually read what it says on the right, it looks like Apple is playing a funny joke. It actually has the G4 info on the G5 page...

As it turns out, the typography on the "premature speculation" was wrong, after all:

I wonder if this was an option with the MDD Powermacs?

I wonder how long it will be before there is an Xserve G5?

Monday, June 23, 2003


Hello..........


hello..........

is anyone home?
In an ideal world.....with bluetooth bluetooth phones and and audio ichat if you were in proximity to your computer you could audio ichat through your bluetooth phone.



hey ya'll.

does the 12th work for everyone?



So I downloaded the new ichat av and installed it on my ibook, and killy's two macs. After a little fiddling with the firewall I was able to get the audio chat feature to work over rendezvous...it is really cool.

I cannot wait to try it over long distance.








#To get everything to work properly over rendezvous I had to either shut down the firewall, or open up port 5298. The installer will remind you of this when you first set up ichat av.





in lieu of adolph's absence:

THE NEW G5'S ARE SOOOOOO COOL LOOKIN'. THIS IS DEFINATELY SOMETHING TODD NEEDS.

Hello to all,

As some of you may know, my family and I will descend upon the lower states and arrive in San Antonio on the 9th of july (my cough cough birthday cough) I was hoping to round all available bodies into a bar-B-qued frenzy on the banks of the san marcos river on the saturday the12th or sunday the 13th. Please feel free to blog amongst yourselves to try and come up with a resonable day that fits most peoples schedules.

end of line.

This is really funny stuff my brother spammed me with. Normally he don't send the crap, but this one he rightly judged was worth it ---->




The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord

1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear Plexiglas visors, not
face concealing ones.
2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept
anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell in my dungeon.
4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
5. The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the
Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragon of
Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the
object which is my one weakness.
6. I will not gloat over my enemies predicament before killing them.
7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me,
will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and
shoot him. No, on second thought, I'll shoot him and then say "No."
8. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately
in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time
during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.
9. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely
necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled,
"Danger: Don Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will
instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard
it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will clearly not be labelled as such.
10. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum - a small hotel
room well outside my border will work just as well.
11. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to
prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker
enemies alive to show they pose no threat.
12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws
in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before
implementation.
13. All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least several round of
ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the
cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying
celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.
14. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any
other form of last request.
15. I will never employ any device with a digital count-down. If I find
that such a device is absolutely unavoidable. I will set it to activate
when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into
operation.
16. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just
one thing I want to know."
17. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their
advice.
18. I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to
usurp power would easily fail, it would prove a fatal distraction at a
crucial point in time.
19. I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil,
but one look at the hero's rugged countenance and she'd betray her own
father.
20. Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in
maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected
developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.

21. I will hire a fashion designer to create original uniforms for my
Legion of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look
like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman foot soldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All
were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive
mind-set.
22. No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I
will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.
23. I will keep a special cache of low-tech weapons and train my troops in
their use. That way -- even if the heroes manage to neutralize my power
generator and/or render the standard-issue energy weapons useless -- my
troops will not be overrun by a handful of savages armed with spears and
rocks.
24. I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strength and weaknesses.
Even though this takes some fun out of the job, at least I will never
utter the line "No, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!" (After that, death
is usually instantaneous.)
25. No matter how well it would perform, I will never construct any sort
of machinery which is completely indestructible except for one small and
virtually inaccessible spot.
26. No matter how attractive certain members of the rebellion are, there
is probably someone just as attractive which is not desperate to kill me.
Therefore, I will think twice before ordering a prisoner sent to my bed
chamber.
27. I will never build only one of anything important. All important
systems will have redundant control panels and power supplies. For the
same reason I will always carry at least two fully loaded weapons at all
times.
28. My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot
escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.
29. I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into
confusion.
30. All bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards, and cowardly
thieves in the land will be preemptively put to death. My foes will surely
give up and abandon their quest if they have no source of comic relief.
31. All naive, busty tavern wenches in my realm will be replaced with
surly, world-weary waitresses who will provide no unexpected
reinforcements and/or romantic sub-plot for the hero or his side-kick.
32. I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news
just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come
by.
33. I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear
a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code.
Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for
formal occasions.
34. I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.
35. I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look diabolic.
Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.
36. I will not imprison members of the same party in the same cell block,
let alone the same cell. If they are important prisoners, I will keep the
only key to the cell door on my person instead of handing copies to every
bottom-rung guard in the prison.
37. If my trusted lieutenant tell me my Legion of Terror is losing a
battle, I will believe him.. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant.
38. If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or offspring
anywhere, I will find them and have them killed immediately, instead of
waiting for them to grow up harboring feelings of vengeance towards me in
my old age.
39. If I absolutely must ride into battle, I will certainly not ride at
the forefront of my Legions of Terror, nor will I seek out my opposite
number among his army.
40. I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable
super-weapon, I will use it early and as often as possible instead of
keeping it in reserve.
41. Once my power is secure, I will destroy all of those pesky time travel
devices.
42. When I capture the hero, I will make sure I also get his dog, monkey,
ferret, or whatever sickeningly cute little animal capable of untying
ropes and filching keys that happens to follow him around.
43. I will maintain a healthy amount of skepticism when I capture the
beautiful rebel and she claims she is attracted to my power and good looks
and will gladly betray her companions if I just let her in on my plans.
44. I will only employ bounty hunters who work for money. Those who work
for the pleasure of the hunt tend to do dumb things like even the odds to
give the other guy a sporting chance.
45. I will make sure I have a clear understanding of who is responsible
for what in my organization. For example, if my general screws up I will
not draw my weapon, point it at him and say "And here is the price for
failure." then suddenly turn and kill some random underling.
46. If an advisor says to me "My liege, he is but one man. What can one
man possibly do?", I will reply "This." and kill the advisor.
47. If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will
slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to
mature.
48. I will treat any beast which I control through magic or technology
with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever broken, it will not
immediately come after me for revenge.
49. If I learn the whereabouts of the one artifact which can destroy me, I
will not send all of my troops out to seize it. Instead I will send them
out to seize something else and quietly put a Want-Ad in the local paper.
50. My main computers will have their own special operating system that
will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and Macintosh
powerbooks.
51. If one of my dungeon guards begins expressing concern over the
conditions of the beautiful princess' cell, I will immediately transfer
him to a less people oriented position.
52. I will hire a team of board-certified architects and surveyors to
examine my castle and inform me of any secret passages and abandoned
tunnels that I might not know about.
53. If the beautiful princess that I capture says "I'll never marry you!
Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!", I will say "Oh well" and kill her.
54. I will not strike a bargain with a demonic being then attempt to
double-cross it simply because I feel like being contrary.
55. The deformed mutants and odd-ball psychotics will have their place in
my Legion of Terror. However before I send them out on important covert
missions that require tact and subtlety, I will first see if there is
anyone else equally qualified who would attract less attention.
56. My Legion of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship. Any who
cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will be used for
target practice.
57. Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will carefully
read the owners manual.
58. If it becomes necessary to escape, I will never stop to pose
dramatically and toss off a one-liner.
59. I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am.
60. My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher any code
I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under 30 seconds, it will
not be used. Note: This also applies to passwords.
61. If my advisors ask "Why are you risking everything on such a mad
scheme?" I will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them.
62. I will design fortress hallways with no alcoves or protruding
structural supports which intruders could use for cover in a firefight.
63. Bulk trash will be disposed of in incinerators, not compactors. And
they will be kept hot, with none of this nonsense about flames going
through accessible tunnels at predictable intervals.
64. I will see a competent psychiatrist and get cured of all extremely
unusual phobias and bizarre compulsive habits which could prove to be
disadvantageous.
65. If I must have a computer system with publicly available terminals,
the maps they display will have a room clearly marked as the Main Control
Room. That room will be the Execution Chamber. The actual main control
room will be marked as Sewage Overflow Containment.
66. My security keypad will actually be a fingerprint scanner. Anyone who
watches someone press a sequence of buttons or dusts the pad for
fingerprints and then subsequently tries to enter by repeating that
sequence will trigger the alarm system.
67. No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be
instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-scale
emergency.
68. I will spare someone who saved my life sometime in the past. This is
only reasonable as it encourages others to do so. However, the offer is
good one time only. If they want me to spare them again, they'd better
save my life again.
69. All midwives will be banned from the realm. All babies will be
delivered at state-approved hospitals. Orphans will be placed in foster
homes, not abandoned in the woods to be raised by creatures of the wild.
70. When my guards split up to search for intruders, they will always
travel in groups of at least two. They will be trained so that if one of
them disappears mysteriously while on patrol, the other will immediately
initiate an alert and call for backup, instead of quizzically peering
around a corner.
71. If I decide to test a lieutenant's loyalty and see if he/she should be
made a trusted lieutenant, I will have a crack squad of marksmen standing
by in case the answer is no.
72. If all the heroes are standing together around a strange device and
begin to taunt me, I will pull out a conventional weapon, instead of using
my unstoppable super weapon on them.
73. I will not agree to let the heroes go free if they win a rigged
contest, even though my advisors assure me it is impossible for them to
win.
74. When I create a multimedia presentation of my plan designed so that my
five-year-old advisor can easily understand the details, I will not label
the disk "Project Overlord" and leave it lying on top of my desk.
75. I will instruct my Legion of Terror to attack the heroes en masse,
instead of standing around waiting while members break off and attack one
or two at a time.
76. If the hero runs up to my roof, I will not run up after him and
struggle with him in an attempt to push him over the edge. I will also not
engage him at the edge of a cliff. (In the middle of a rope-bridge over a
river of molten lava is not even worth considering.)
77. If I have a fit of temporary insanity and decide to give the hero the
chance to reject a job as my trusted lieutenant, I will retain enough
sanity to wait until my current trusted lieutenant is out of earshot
before making the offer.
78. I will not tell my Legion of Terror "And he must be taken alive-" the
command will be "And try to take him alive if it is reasonable practical."

79. If my doomsday device happens to come with a reverse switch, as soon
as it has been employed it will be melted down and made into limited
edition commemorative coins.
80. If my weakest troops fail to eliminate a hero, I will send out my best
troops instead of wasting time with progressively stronger ones as he gets
closer and closer to my fortress.
81. If I am fighting with the hero atop a moving platform, have disarmed
him, and am about to finish him off and he glances behind me and drops
flat, I too will drop flat instead of quizzically turning around to find
out what he saw.
82. I will not shoot at any of my enemies if they are standing in front of
the crucial support beam to a heavy, dangerously unbalanced structure.
83. If I'm eating dinner with the hero, put poison in his goblet, then
have to leave the table for any reason, I will order new drinks for both
of us instead of trying to decide whether or not to switch with him.
84. I will not have captives of one sex guarded by members of the opposite
sex.
85. I will not use any plan in which the final step is horribly
complicated, e.g. "Align the 12 stones of power on the sacred altar then
activate the medallion at the moment of total eclipse." Instead it will be
more alone the lines of "Push the button/"
86. I will make sure that my doomsday device is up to code and properly
grounded.
87. My vats of hazardous chemicals will be covered when not in use. Also,
I will not construct walkways above them.
88. If a group of henchmen fail miserably at a task, I will not berate
them for incompetence then send the same group out to do the task again.
89. After I capture the hero's super weapon, I will not disband legions
and relax my guard because I believe whoever holds the weapon is
unstoppable. After all, the hero held the weapon and I took it from him.
90. I will not design my main control room so that every workstation is
facing away from the door.
91. I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted and
obviously agitated until my personal grooming or current entertainment is
finished. It might actually be important.
92. If I ever talk to the hero on the phone, I will not taunt him.
Instead, I will say that his dogged perseverance has given me new insight
on the futility of my evil ways and that if he leaves me alone for a few
months of quiet contemplation I will likely return to the path of
righteousness. (Heroes are incredibly gullible in this regard.)
93. If I decide to hold a double execution of the hero and the underling
who failed or betrayed me, I will die first.
94. When arresting prisoners, my guards will not allow them to stop and
grab a useless trinket of purely sentimental value.
95. My dungeon will have its own qualified medical staff complete with
bodyguards. That way if a prisoner becomes sick and his cell mate tells
the guard it's an emergency, the guard will fetch a trauma team instead of
opening the cell for a look.
96. My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the control panel
on the outside seals the door and blasting the control panel on the inside
opens the door, not vice versa.
97. My dungeon cells will not be furnished with objects that contain
reflective surfaces or anything that can be unraveled.
98. If an attractive young couple enters my realm, I will carefully
monitor their activities. If I find they are happy and affectionate, I
will ignore them. However, if circumstances have forced them together
against their will and they spend all their time bickering and criticizing
each other except during the intermittent occasions when they are saving
each other' lives at which point there are hints of sexual tension, I will
immediately order their execution.
99. Any data files of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb.
100. Finally, to keep my subjects permanently locked in a mindless trance,
I will provide each of them with free, unlimited internet access.

I'll be back late tonight, Killy. I'm pretty happy with the king of the hill game. I pretty accurately thought that the name of the game was to not get too serious about the hill, just enough to keep anyone from having it too long, and focus on resource extraction.



It looks like in Panther, iDisk is going to become something more than a slow web-DAV server connection baked into the OS' menu. If you take a look at the "What's in store..." it looks like iDisk is going to morph into a very useful synched folder, similar to good old Win98's "Briefcase" and Mac OS 7's synchronization assistant.

I just deployed the awards party application on the little iBook. I think I may serve up the party on it rather than my computer. The Houston awards party was served out on my old iBook 500, so the office iBook SE 466 should do fine for Austin. I'm starting to become comfortable (if not quite fluent) in exporting Mysql databases and reimporting them, table structure and all into a different computer. For some reason, it is a lot simpler with Mac OS than with Red Hat. With RH I had to build Mysql and Php and then find an obscure linker from php to mysql. Everything had a general level of suckitude.
so can anyone take a stab at why the network was running so slow when we were playing aoe? i thought it really odd that we were running as slow as we were.
Hello all!
I was waiting for my breakfast taquito when this came on!
I had to smily warmly with visions of yesterday in my head.

MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2003
From The Writer's Almanac

Poem: "Why I Take Good Care of my Macintosh," by Gary Snyder (used by permission of the poet).

Why I Take Good Care of my Macintosh

Because it broods under its hood like a perched falcon,
Because it jumps like a skittish horse
and sometimes throws me
Because it is poky when cold
Because plastic is a sad, strong material
that is charming to rodents
Because it is flighty
Because my mind flies into it through my fingers
Because it leaps forward and backward,
is an endless sniffer and searcher,
Because its keys click like hail on a boulder
And it winks when it goes out,

And puts word-heaps in hoards for me,
dozens of pockets of
gold under boulders in streambeds, identical seedpods
strong on a vine, or it stores bins of bolts;
And I lose them and find them,

Because whole worlds of writing can be boldly layed out
and then highlighted and vanish in a flash
at "delete" so it teaches
of impermanence and pain;
And because my computer and me are both brief
in this world, both foolish, and we have earthly fates,
Because I have let it move in with me
right inside the tent
And it goes with me out every morning
We fill up our baskets, get back home,
Feel rich, relax, I throw it a scrap and it hums.


i am also glad we stopped when we did cause i had run out of gold fending off paul most of the game. i had no relics and no more mines. if we had gone on much longer, i was going to have to fight with archers and spear-chuckers till i ran out of wood and food.
so is this a one day trip, adolph? or are you there overnight?

This is really funny stuff my brother spammed me with. Normally he don't send the crap, but this one he rightly judged was worth it ---->




The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord

1. My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear Plexiglas visors, not
face concealing ones.
2. My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
3. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept
anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell in my dungeon.
4. Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
5. The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the
Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragon of
Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the
object which is my one weakness.
6. I will not gloat over my enemies predicament before killing them.
7. When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me,
will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and
shoot him. No, on second thought, I'll shoot him and then say "No."
8. After I kidnap the beautiful princess, we will be married immediately
in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time
during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.
9. I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely
necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled,
"Danger: Don Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will
instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard
it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will clearly not be labelled as such.
10. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum - a small hotel
room well outside my border will work just as well.
11. I will be secure in my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to
prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker
enemies alive to show they pose no threat.
12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws
in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before
implementation.
13. All slain enemies will be cremated, or at least several round of
ammunition emptied into them, not left for dead at the bottom of the
cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying
celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.
14. The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any
other form of last request.
15. I will never employ any device with a digital count-down. If I find
that such a device is absolutely unavoidable. I will set it to activate
when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into
operation.
16. I will never utter the sentence "But before I kill you, there's just
one thing I want to know."
17. When I employ people as advisors, I will occasionally listen to their
advice.
18. I will not have a son. Although his laughably under-planned attempt to
usurp power would easily fail, it would prove a fatal distraction at a
crucial point in time.
19. I will not have a daughter. She would be as beautiful as she was evil,
but one look at the hero's rugged countenance and she'd betray her own
father.
20. Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in
maniacal laughter. When so occupied, it's too easy to miss unexpected
developments that a more attentive individual could adjust to accordingly.

21. I will hire a fashion designer to create original uniforms for my
Legion of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look
like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman foot soldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All
were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive
mind-set.
22. No matter how tempted I am with the prospect of unlimited power, I
will not consume any energy field bigger than my head.
23. I will keep a special cache of low-tech weapons and train my troops in
their use. That way -- even if the heroes manage to neutralize my power
generator and/or render the standard-issue energy weapons useless -- my
troops will not be overrun by a handful of savages armed with spears and
rocks.
24. I will maintain a realistic assessment of my strength and weaknesses.
Even though this takes some fun out of the job, at least I will never
utter the line "No, this cannot be! I AM INVINCIBLE!!!" (After that, death
is usually instantaneous.)
25. No matter how well it would perform, I will never construct any sort
of machinery which is completely indestructible except for one small and
virtually inaccessible spot.
26. No matter how attractive certain members of the rebellion are, there
is probably someone just as attractive which is not desperate to kill me.
Therefore, I will think twice before ordering a prisoner sent to my bed
chamber.
27. I will never build only one of anything important. All important
systems will have redundant control panels and power supplies. For the
same reason I will always carry at least two fully loaded weapons at all
times.
28. My pet monster will be kept in a secure cage from which it cannot
escape and into which I could not accidentally stumble.
29. I will dress in bright and cheery colors, and so throw my enemies into
confusion.
30. All bumbling conjurers, clumsy squires, no-talent bards, and cowardly
thieves in the land will be preemptively put to death. My foes will surely
give up and abandon their quest if they have no source of comic relief.
31. All naive, busty tavern wenches in my realm will be replaced with
surly, world-weary waitresses who will provide no unexpected
reinforcements and/or romantic sub-plot for the hero or his side-kick.
32. I will not fly into a rage and kill a messenger who brings me bad news
just to illustrate how evil I really am. Good messengers are hard to come
by.
33. I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear
a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code.
Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for
formal occasions.
34. I will not turn into a snake. It never helps.
35. I will not grow a goatee. In the old days they made you look diabolic.
Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X.
36. I will not imprison members of the same party in the same cell block,
let alone the same cell. If they are important prisoners, I will keep the
only key to the cell door on my person instead of handing copies to every
bottom-rung guard in the prison.
37. If my trusted lieutenant tell me my Legion of Terror is losing a
battle, I will believe him.. After all, he's my trusted lieutenant.
38. If an enemy I have just killed has a younger sibling or offspring
anywhere, I will find them and have them killed immediately, instead of
waiting for them to grow up harboring feelings of vengeance towards me in
my old age.
39. If I absolutely must ride into battle, I will certainly not ride at
the forefront of my Legions of Terror, nor will I seek out my opposite
number among his army.
40. I will be neither chivalrous nor sporting. If I have an unstoppable
super-weapon, I will use it early and as often as possible instead of
keeping it in reserve.
41. Once my power is secure, I will destroy all of those pesky time travel
devices.
42. When I capture the hero, I will make sure I also get his dog, monkey,
ferret, or whatever sickeningly cute little animal capable of untying
ropes and filching keys that happens to follow him around.
43. I will maintain a healthy amount of skepticism when I capture the
beautiful rebel and she claims she is attracted to my power and good looks
and will gladly betray her companions if I just let her in on my plans.
44. I will only employ bounty hunters who work for money. Those who work
for the pleasure of the hunt tend to do dumb things like even the odds to
give the other guy a sporting chance.
45. I will make sure I have a clear understanding of who is responsible
for what in my organization. For example, if my general screws up I will
not draw my weapon, point it at him and say "And here is the price for
failure." then suddenly turn and kill some random underling.
46. If an advisor says to me "My liege, he is but one man. What can one
man possibly do?", I will reply "This." and kill the advisor.
47. If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will
slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to
mature.
48. I will treat any beast which I control through magic or technology
with respect and kindness. Thus if the control is ever broken, it will not
immediately come after me for revenge.
49. If I learn the whereabouts of the one artifact which can destroy me, I
will not send all of my troops out to seize it. Instead I will send them
out to seize something else and quietly put a Want-Ad in the local paper.
50. My main computers will have their own special operating system that
will be completely incompatible with standard IBM and Macintosh
powerbooks.
51. If one of my dungeon guards begins expressing concern over the
conditions of the beautiful princess' cell, I will immediately transfer
him to a less people oriented position.
52. I will hire a team of board-certified architects and surveyors to
examine my castle and inform me of any secret passages and abandoned
tunnels that I might not know about.
53. If the beautiful princess that I capture says "I'll never marry you!
Never, do you hear me, NEVER!!!", I will say "Oh well" and kill her.
54. I will not strike a bargain with a demonic being then attempt to
double-cross it simply because I feel like being contrary.
55. The deformed mutants and odd-ball psychotics will have their place in
my Legion of Terror. However before I send them out on important covert
missions that require tact and subtlety, I will first see if there is
anyone else equally qualified who would attract less attention.
56. My Legion of Terror will be trained in basic marksmanship. Any who
cannot learn to hit a man-sized target at 10 meters will be used for
target practice.
57. Before employing any captured artifacts or machinery, I will carefully
read the owners manual.
58. If it becomes necessary to escape, I will never stop to pose
dramatically and toss off a one-liner.
59. I will never build a sentient computer smarter than I am.
60. My five-year-old child advisor will also be asked to decipher any code
I am thinking of using. If he breaks the code in under 30 seconds, it will
not be used. Note: This also applies to passwords.
61. If my advisors ask "Why are you risking everything on such a mad
scheme?" I will not proceed until I have a response that satisfies them.
62. I will design fortress hallways with no alcoves or protruding
structural supports which intruders could use for cover in a firefight.
63. Bulk trash will be disposed of in incinerators, not compactors. And
they will be kept hot, with none of this nonsense about flames going
through accessible tunnels at predictable intervals.
64. I will see a competent psychiatrist and get cured of all extremely
unusual phobias and bizarre compulsive habits which could prove to be
disadvantageous.
65. If I must have a computer system with publicly available terminals,
the maps they display will have a room clearly marked as the Main Control
Room. That room will be the Execution Chamber. The actual main control
room will be marked as Sewage Overflow Containment.
66. My security keypad will actually be a fingerprint scanner. Anyone who
watches someone press a sequence of buttons or dusts the pad for
fingerprints and then subsequently tries to enter by repeating that
sequence will trigger the alarm system.
67. No matter how many shorts we have in the system, my guards will be
instructed to treat every surveillance camera malfunction as a full-scale
emergency.
68. I will spare someone who saved my life sometime in the past. This is
only reasonable as it encourages others to do so. However, the offer is
good one time only. If they want me to spare them again, they'd better
save my life again.
69. All midwives will be banned from the realm. All babies will be
delivered at state-approved hospitals. Orphans will be placed in foster
homes, not abandoned in the woods to be raised by creatures of the wild.
70. When my guards split up to search for intruders, they will always
travel in groups of at least two. They will be trained so that if one of
them disappears mysteriously while on patrol, the other will immediately
initiate an alert and call for backup, instead of quizzically peering
around a corner.
71. If I decide to test a lieutenant's loyalty and see if he/she should be
made a trusted lieutenant, I will have a crack squad of marksmen standing
by in case the answer is no.
72. If all the heroes are standing together around a strange device and
begin to taunt me, I will pull out a conventional weapon, instead of using
my unstoppable super weapon on them.
73. I will not agree to let the heroes go free if they win a rigged
contest, even though my advisors assure me it is impossible for them to
win.
74. When I create a multimedia presentation of my plan designed so that my
five-year-old advisor can easily understand the details, I will not label
the disk "Project Overlord" and leave it lying on top of my desk.
75. I will instruct my Legion of Terror to attack the heroes en masse,
instead of standing around waiting while members break off and attack one
or two at a time.
76. If the hero runs up to my roof, I will not run up after him and
struggle with him in an attempt to push him over the edge. I will also not
engage him at the edge of a cliff. (In the middle of a rope-bridge over a
river of molten lava is not even worth considering.)
77. If I have a fit of temporary insanity and decide to give the hero the
chance to reject a job as my trusted lieutenant, I will retain enough
sanity to wait until my current trusted lieutenant is out of earshot
before making the offer.
78. I will not tell my Legion of Terror "And he must be taken alive-" the
command will be "And try to take him alive if it is reasonable practical."

79. If my doomsday device happens to come with a reverse switch, as soon
as it has been employed it will be melted down and made into limited
edition commemorative coins.
80. If my weakest troops fail to eliminate a hero, I will send out my best
troops instead of wasting time with progressively stronger ones as he gets
closer and closer to my fortress.
81. If I am fighting with the hero atop a moving platform, have disarmed
him, and am about to finish him off and he glances behind me and drops
flat, I too will drop flat instead of quizzically turning around to find
out what he saw.
82. I will not shoot at any of my enemies if they are standing in front of
the crucial support beam to a heavy, dangerously unbalanced structure.
83. If I'm eating dinner with the hero, put poison in his goblet, then
have to leave the table for any reason, I will order new drinks for both
of us instead of trying to decide whether or not to switch with him.
84. I will not have captives of one sex guarded by members of the opposite
sex.
85. I will not use any plan in which the final step is horribly
complicated, e.g. "Align the 12 stones of power on the sacred altar then
activate the medallion at the moment of total eclipse." Instead it will be
more alone the lines of "Push the button/"
86. I will make sure that my doomsday device is up to code and properly
grounded.
87. My vats of hazardous chemicals will be covered when not in use. Also,
I will not construct walkways above them.
88. If a group of henchmen fail miserably at a task, I will not berate
them for incompetence then send the same group out to do the task again.
89. After I capture the hero's super weapon, I will not disband legions
and relax my guard because I believe whoever holds the weapon is
unstoppable. After all, the hero held the weapon and I took it from him.
90. I will not design my main control room so that every workstation is
facing away from the door.
91. I will not ignore the messenger that stumbles in exhausted and
obviously agitated until my personal grooming or current entertainment is
finished. It might actually be important.
92. If I ever talk to the hero on the phone, I will not taunt him.
Instead, I will say that his dogged perseverance has given me new insight
on the futility of my evil ways and that if he leaves me alone for a few
months of quiet contemplation I will likely return to the path of
righteousness. (Heroes are incredibly gullible in this regard.)
93. If I decide to hold a double execution of the hero and the underling
who failed or betrayed me, I will die first.
94. When arresting prisoners, my guards will not allow them to stop and
grab a useless trinket of purely sentimental value.
95. My dungeon will have its own qualified medical staff complete with
bodyguards. That way if a prisoner becomes sick and his cell mate tells
the guard it's an emergency, the guard will fetch a trauma team instead of
opening the cell for a look.
96. My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the control panel
on the outside seals the door and blasting the control panel on the inside
opens the door, not vice versa.
97. My dungeon cells will not be furnished with objects that contain
reflective surfaces or anything that can be unraveled.
98. If an attractive young couple enters my realm, I will carefully
monitor their activities. If I find they are happy and affectionate, I
will ignore them. However, if circumstances have forced them together
against their will and they spend all their time bickering and criticizing
each other except during the intermittent occasions when they are saving
each other' lives at which point there are hints of sexual tension, I will
immediately order their execution.
99. Any data files of crucial importance will be padded to 1.45Mb.
100. Finally, to keep my subjects permanently locked in a mindless trance,
I will provide each of them with free, unlimited internet access.


Ahhh! WWDC keynote is almost upon us. It is 10 Pacific, 12 Central, so I am going to be driving to Austin when it is going on. I wish there was a radio station that would cover it live. On the other hand, the whole laptop to cell phone connection may bet a whole lot handier on this trip. Unfortunately, I'm not going to have any time on my own, so there is no chance to zip down to Mojo's or some place with a fast connection and download the keynote video.



If any of you Austin guys want to see me being busy, just visit the Dave and Busters near the Arboretum (sic).

so i just spent the last twenty minutes trying to remember how exactly to share files from an os9 box. i mean, having to go to tcp/ip in the control panels and then changing the permissions on the volume to mount...stuff like that. things have come a long way.

but i did it. 2.09 GB worth of conference images being sucked over to another mac where i'll archive them to cd and copy them over to the new pc they replaced the old mac tower with. a nice easy day, so far.

amber i had a suspicion that that was what you were doing while we were at diedrich's. i could tell by the smirk on your face that you were up to no good....

adolph & paul i'm really happy with the progress we made on sunday. i passed along the mtg notes to todd. also: apparently, carol has some insights into what don really wants. she did mention this to me earlier. we'll have to get together with her to find out what she knows.

Sunday, June 22, 2003


My two babies.
I'm sitting across the table at Deiedrich's looking at Killy as I post this. See Killy? I'm actually posting! The Frio sounds fabulous, Taggart. I've just been finishing up my college education this summer. No fun adventures yet, but I'll be done in August. Thanks for all the wishes of good luck when I was interviewing a couple weeks ago. I accepted a position with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society a Client Programs Coordinator. I'll start July 7. I'm pretty excited about it. Since I've been interning with them since September I'll be able to get things done as soon as I start. I'll be working to coordinate self-help groups, educational programs, programs for children with MS, the chapter newsletter, and the chapter website, as well as assisting my boss with planning for camps at Camp for All and social programs. It should be pretty rewarding.

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Just returned from a weekend at the Frio River. I am about as pink as Todd. Great weekend of doing nothing and hanging around. Helps keep my mind off the fact that I spend my weeks doing nothing and hanging around.
I caught a run away dog and returned it to the mother of it's owner.

I chashed my children and growled like a monster.

I ate for breakfast the remainders of a feast from the previous night.

wondered about many things.

saw two shrews in one day, the same day I and my wife watched osprey land in a nest above us.

drew while I thought about implications of a pen line.

saw the newspaper and my head spun from the larger perspective.
I post from the Apple Store. These guys just hooked me up with a new power-adapter.







I also went ahead and picked me up a brand new 20 GB ipod. Man these things are sweet, just kidding are you crazy I gotta eat!

well, todd. had i known we were going to have guests, i wouldn't have posted a bikini girl not too far below.

hey everybody!

i am at my little sisiter's place in san boydoesthistownsuckantonio, on a poopy little pc. these things sure are wacky.

she wanted to see how blogs work, etc., so i am showing her.

Friday, June 20, 2003

yup. you are you again.
am i me again?
sorry to be so vague. i forget about those who rarely post....(ha!)

anyway,

carol's boss saw the litte movie i made of the baby. he was so impressed that he wants me to do a sort of mini promo movie of his company, misys. specifically, his territory and 'team' (he's a director of sales.)

so that's what's going on. Wish you were around. Maybe we could get you to draw the story boards...or hold the boom mike, or oil up the bikini girls....wait, that's adolph's job. ha!

colin,
here's amber's address. amberscott777@hotmail.com
antny's is ambant@earthlink.net
nice to hear you
Killy, sorry if I am asking for information already in common blogger knowledge, what is going on with this list For carols boss, what is being proposed and so forth.
i saw the post to the blog about that drawing todd did. and i thought to myself, "...i didn't say i liked that drawing!" and then i realized that paul was posting from my computer at home cauz his box is out of juice. (poor paul)

funny...
Can anyone describe in slow and patient detail, how one goes about putting pictures on the blog.

You can email them to me so as not to distract from the exciting computer blather.
This is a list of questions that i believe we need to get answered as soon as possible. I have emailed this list to Don (carol's boss) so he can start to think about these things. We'll prolly have to assume some of this stuff based on marketing materials that carol will get for us, if he doesn't get back with us soon:

Client Pre-Production Checklist



What is the purpose of the proposed media product(s)? What is the perceived communications problem/challenge?

What is proposed primary media to convey the message(s), why? Describe the collateral media that will form the balance of your integrated marketing strategy/campaign.

Who is the primary audience for the piece (describe as thoroughly as possible?.age, gender, socio-economic status, education, etc.)? Who is the secondary audience, the tertiary audience?

What does each audience (primary, secondary, tertiary) currently know, feel, and believe about the stated problem (address lack of information, misconceptions, and/or misperceptions held at this point in time)?

What do you want each audience (primary, secondary, tertiary) to know after being exposed to the finished media product(s)? (address the specific facts to be disseminated)

What do you want each audience (primary, secondary, tertiary) to believe after being exposed to the finished media product(s)? (address state of mind after being exposed to the facts)

What do you want each audience (primary, secondary, tertiary) to feel after being exposed to the finished media product(s)? (address emotional state after being exposed to the ?story?)

What do you want each audience (primary, secondary, tertiary) to do after being exposed to the finished media product(s)? (identify the definitive ?call to action? the audience(s) should take)

Where and how will the media product(s) be used? (address mail vs. use with a presenter? specific events during which the media product(s) will be used? technologies needed for viewing? environmental considerations like noise, light, line of sight? ADA? shelf-life of product? etc.)

When do you need the media product(s) completed, what is the deadline?

What is your budget, be specific?

Who will be responsible for final approval of the media product(s)? Will s/he/they be an active participant during the on-going creation of the media product(s)?

How will you measure the effectiveness of the media product(s)?

Who will be the technical advisors/subject matter specialists with regard to content? Do they have the authority to act in that capacity, do they have the time to act in that capacity, do they ?buy-into? the project?

Any ideas regarding the creative approach?
Does anyone have amber's email address? Does anyone have anthony's (ambers boyfriend) email address?
good god man, that is some delicate work on that hair. bravo.
I love it.
Paul, the not Killy writes:

Todd, that is a great drawing.

better? funny, i only get the error in safari.

later that same day...
i figured it out. ahem. someone did not close there 'pre' tag. not naming any names. you know who you are.

more scribbles.


Wow, Paul, that is some severely bad luck. Are you (a) getting power to the adapter and (b) have you tried using the cable vs. the prongs-only connector?
Good to know...since my power-adapter no longer wants to give power to my ibook!

(no nice orangy light for me! no AC menu-item on the desktop! Battery power....fading.....)

I need to test with killy's adapter to see where the problem is! What is it about me and this ibook? Is a month without problems too much to ask?

Should I have bought a Dell?
http://www.rvpinc.com/pre_production/

this might help us out.
Yepper, all iBook (Dual USB) and PB G4 models use the same power interface. (There are some out there that have yo-yo's, like my iBook (Dual USB) 500, but the interface and voltage match. In fact, Paul, since your power supply has the silver tip, it would match my PB better than my own.
so it's friday. where is everyone?





Is the power-adapter for the PB the same for the Ibook? I ask because I am at 73 percent power and...

so what happened to the formatting? i hope this is just a blogger glitch



um, for those of you who are interested, here is the site for carol's company to read up on their mission.

http://www.misyshealthcare.com

if you think it would be helpful, i'll start another blog solely dedicated to the project where we can stay in touch.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Ya'll need to do yourselves a musical favor, aquire the "BE GOOD TANYAS" album "THE BLUE HORSE" one of the girls who sing on that has one of the best voices I have ever heard. completely classic and timeless. kind of bluegrassy kind of country. completly beautiful. They are from Canada and met each other at some enviromental tree planting work camp. There supposedly was alot of singing and playing around the camp fire. They have a second album called "CHINATOWN" it is good too. much more polished and produced, but still lovely.
over and out.

looking forward to texas.

Todd,

I dig the droolings of the security cams.



It is amazing what people will pick up on. The first time I looked at the page I completely missed it. One of the interesting things to note is 8 gigs of RAM max, this means that they are using the 64 bit IBM 970. For reasons I won't claim to understand, the max allowable by a 32 bit processor in a conventional machine is 4 gigs (and I'm not certain if Mac OS X 10.2 can even see more than 2 gigs).

Mac Rumors!



PowerMac Specs are Leaked - by Apple!:

1.6GHz, 1.8GHz, or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 Processors
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8x Pro3 PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
One FW800, two FW400 ports
Bluetooth & Airport Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out

guess where i got to wait in line today? drawing on those labels always makes me feel like a graffiti kid. all i need is a fat black marker and some skillz.


Hey man, Amber gave me a copy of the Sigur Ros for (was is Christmas??). It has cool packaging. New music always appreciated tho.
the new Ben harper album is called "Diamonds on the iniside"
the album will be sent to Adolph in a couple of days.
on said cd will be the new Sigur Ros album.
the debut album from The Postal Service called Get Up
the new Yo La Tengo Summer Sun
the new Wilco Ep and some more goodies just wait a bit.
I wonder if there is a place to rent a GL1S in town.

Interesting article on niche DVD production, linked from here.

WOW


I think that Ben Harper is a Taggart-listen. What's the title of the new one?
Does anyone have the new Ben Harper CD, or the tracks that would otherwise be found on said CD?

Not that I am interested in copying it, mind you.

For Real?!?



if(for_real('PB G4 12')){
$time = now();
$place = anywhere();
unreal_tournament($time, $place);
}

Happy Father's Day Killy




Buenos Noches. Liz and I are driving to Garner State Park Tonight to spend the weekend at the Rio Frio. Looking forward to seeing Bodhi playing in the park.
good morning everyone.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Amber mentioned hearing this on NPR the other day, about a person who dreams in Photoshop. I'm pretty certain that we have all experienced it. I think I have logged in dreams in Fireworks, ColdFusion, html (of course), PHP, and more because of my project-obsesive nature.


The author ruminates in another essay that "The hazard of being a generalist is you stay stupid longer."

We should prolly periodically capture what add is being displayed:


i think its kind of neat how the ads at the top of http://www.killyandfriends.blogspot.com are related to the subjects of our posts. normally there are macintosh product related ads. today, of course, there are ads for chess products....

fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish fish


actually, paul, the trouble all began when i allowed you to advance with your knight (which stymied me the whole game) threatening my queen and bishop (? - i can hardly remember) in an unfortunate fork. this is where the trouble began. then, i had an exposed king and double pawns on the e-file. ugh. it was terrible. i was just hanging in the wind then.





So Killy and I played a really fun game of chess last night. I was able to establish what seemed like a winning position pretty early on; And though I thought the game would be quickly over, Killy was able to defend ingeniously. My initial offensive lost its steam and though I continued to threaten, Killy had managed both to severly weaken the strength of my attack, and my defenses.

The key to Killy's great defense was his center pawn/queen position. Even while facing extreme danger from my advancing Queen and Knight, he was able to maneouver my King to the center of the board and threaten an exposed check. His center pawns troubled me the entire game. Even after I was able to go up a minor piece by capturing his last Knight, I was not really able capitalize because my black Bishop's diagonal was blocked by the powerful center pawns. And so the game dragged on another 12 minutes or so...

Mostly I was happy because the mistakes we both made were not of the 'stupid lose the bishop' kind. Rather, they were errors that gave the opponent a suble positional or temporal advantage. That is good chess!



if only I had saved one of days explicit and poignant messages to post! i'm glad everyone had a good laugh, but doesn't that box look like droid 'extras' from star wars?

so paul and i played a game of chess last night that i can't stop thinking about. he won, of course, but it was such a good game. i defended myself honorably, but just ended up with the worse positioning. the worst part is that i hardly know exactly where i went wrong.



Tuesday, June 17, 2003

That is very funny Killy.
This is what I heard from Dave:

every time my boss and i go head to head with AOE II,
the game goes out of sync. i remember we had this
problem during the houston campaigns.

do you remember what we did to fix it? i must have
been doped up on brownies cuz i can't recall what our
solution was.

. . . and then . . .

Thank you for the patch.

I hate to ask this at the risk of exposing a tender
spot, but, where do i stick it?

DDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAMMMMMMNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is some funny *(#$&#!!!!!
I have actually heard from the elusive dave:

Here is an excerpt....


"....as my navy held both flanks, i created a mighty army
of elephants and horse archers. i crossed the red,
landed in saudi, and drove deep, deep, deep into enemy
territory. my mission, simple. my elephants would
attack the goth king in oman. when his castle begins
to fall, send in the horse archers and kill him with a
shower of flaming arrows....VICTORY! he fell like a
bitch."


What kind of old powerbook?
Hey Todd how did your experiment converting the old pwerbook to X.2 go?

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!


From swt:

Name Change Update
A bill that would change the name of Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University-San Marcos has passed both houses of the Texas Legislature and will now be sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.


i accidentally bought white raisins for the baby. i thought they would taste the same, but i just tasted some from a bag i prepared for my lunch today. yuk. does the dog come with an airport card? or is is just airport ready?

Liz's Birthday Present.

I thought this was really cool.
yay
a tribute to mc escher
what a nice thing to google on this morning

browsed the web trying to find a recipe to include here that had something to do with mc escher and found a recipe for metric chocolate chip cookies.
HA
paul: the archives come and go. dunno why.
actually, no paul. safari is fine with the blog edit page for me. i have it bookmarked on safari if you want to try it out.

the game last night was pretty cool. i too was pretty haphazard about building economy/army at the same time. it was rough going with paul's castle sitting right next to the monument. everytime my guys started attacking your guys an arsenal of arrows would take me out. terrible.



going back and forth for control of the monument was kinda funny though. had i not been distracted by your weapons of mass consumption, i would have prolly given you a better run for your money. i had two castles on their way to being built right next to where you built your wall.
What happened to all the archives?
The gaming last night was pretty fun. I really like the 'King of the Hill' game because it forces one to have a different strategic approach than the usual 'rompin-and-stompin.'

I am not quite sure what the correct strategy is. For the entire game I was pretty confused, my construction was haphazard, and my resource collection was poorly organized. I couldn't decide whether it was worth it to arrive at the Wonder early and build up defenses there, or whether one should build up a good economy and an organized army and then come busting through at the end...

I ended up halfway building defenses, and halfway getting an economy going. So when Killy (who had built up an organized army, and I suspect, had a pretty good economy going) came busting in I was unable to really hold him off. It was only the arrival of two pepperoni pizzas that forestalled his victory.



Also: My Safari doesn't seem to like the 'Edit Your Blog" page too much. I suppose this is the case for ya'll as well?



Adolph wins the "coolest workstation" contest!

Monday, June 16, 2003

Funny I dont EVER remember Paul winning by default.
it WAS awful! poor adolph never even got out of his gate to play with paul or i.

we played the 'king of the hill' map. this maps ensures a battle. it would have been nice had adolph ever thrown his hat in. instead, he farmed and built walls. sad. very sad. paul won by default. i could only hold paul off for so long.
It was so awful! I even forgot to make screen shots. Paul's AOE kung-foo is still in high chi. Too bad he just play-fought with me over two measly relics, distracting me from attacking Killy and not attacking Killy his-self in the first game. I'm glad I pushed him out of my AO in the second game. If the monument had to be held for any longer, I would have done really really well. Well, unfortunately, it wasn't the case.
so why don't you just come over so we can play a game over here. i'll make a salad or somehtin'.
by the way.....my ip is:

216.119.163.188
i don't think todd is going to play tonight. he has too much stuff to do tonight. i just talked to him; he sounded like he was in a real funk.
i hope he does something he's happy with. i wish he were around. paul still isn't here.
Hey Todd, where you at?
ok. i am heading back to killy's place
it is 7:45
should be back around 8:15

Can anyone recommend a good inexpensive USB hub? I'd like something that has mounting holes on the bottom so I can mount it to the underside of my desk. USB audio would be a plus too.

todd and i are on the net

why cant log into the aim?
Hey Guys, I'm home. I just talked to Killy, he is on his way back from Sam's, so I am going to get some laundry started and then return. I couldn't connect to AIM, so I'm not certain if Todd and Paul are around.

Hey Guys, I'm headed home right now, so I can't make the game untill 7:30PM. Is that okay?


Hey Paul, this is what I see:


Not Found
The requested URL /65.70.54.234 was not found on this server.
Apache/1.3.22 Server at blogspot.com Port 80

Of course, you probably meant http://65.70.54.234, in which case I couldn't establish a connection.


I don't think NAT will keep you from accepting an inbound port 80, although their firewall might. I published out my external IP to Todd/Taggart and they were able to share out of my iTunes library quite well.

what's the word? any iProgress? if it becomes a reality i can get in on a game.


Adolph, go to ip 65.70.54.234 and tell me what you see..

I am at Diedrich's right now, and that is the ip address that everybody outside of the Diedrich's network sees.

You are right in assuming that this network, like most networks, makes use of NAT. But it is precisely because they are using NAT that we will not be able to host a game from inside their network.
Yes, Taggart, Killy or Liz should be able to get a copy of 10.3 for cheaper, wlthough if they will be able to take advantage of academic pricing immediately, that is another question.
HMMMM, I was referring to your post @ 9 something this morning.....I havnt been around to
chat about who was going to buy panther?
what are you talking about taggart? normally, i would have just ignored that, but i'm bored at work.


Since Killy and I are in the UT system (via Killy's Paycheck and my Wifey) we would get the
better deal right?

Unless they are overplanning/controlling, Paul, using a proxy server for port 80 and blocking everything else, then I would imagine that they use NAT just like everyone else on the planet (universities, etc. excepted). Since they prolly have more outside IP's than internal users, then you just need to know how to find out your external IP. You can do this any number of ways, but I find http://whatismyip.com is very handy.
Dolph: Talking about that website you linked. O'Reilly.net. Sorry, "web tips" would've been more accurate.

TODD
what happened to all the links to everyone's web sites and stuff
A reason to not use tabs:

I have this habit of loading up windows behind what I'm browsing, and then switching to the behind window when I head somewhere else in the first window. Currently, you can't use tabs the same way in Safari. It doesn't seem to want to change tabs when a page is loading. This is annoying.

Update:

Further testing indicates that this isn't always the case.
I fear that it will not be possible to host from Dietricks because I imagine that their network assigns internal ips only. The same will prolly be true of any internety-cafe we go to...

of course, I will be happy to head over there, get some of that coffee and check out their free broad-band...

Defend the wonder... Paul may need to go to Deitricks on Westhei to play. He should prolly host from there. Paul, if you can test out game sharing from there this afternoon, that would be really good. My guess is that they don't have any firewalling/etc., but you never know. Kraftsmen is kind of out since they close at 7PM or something. OTOH, we may want to convene at Kaveh Kanes as they are open later and are pretty liberal with their network.
I think it is kinda early to ask who is going to buy it, right? We haven't even seen the feature set, much less the bugs.
OK
That sounds great!
And all of you who will be playing AOE tonight can help Killy watch Kilito tomorrow night while I go get a much needed pedicure and catch a movie.
Sounds great!
Here are some fun babysitting recipes to keep your energy up.



thanks naked chef




The billboard reads: "I will explain it at McDonalds." French people are different.

1 rsvp



that sounds good. i'm in. defend the wonder, eh? sounds good. it'll be nice to try some of these other maps. i played this type of game once against the computer. it was easy.



pablo write

2 rsvp



I'm in!
Okey dokey, I propose we game from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM tonight. AOE, defend the wonder, no bots, quorum of four players committed to play posted to the blog by 5 PM. If you're in, post to the blog. If we don't get at least four, then we'll look for a different time.
pablo: why don't you connect to ichat?

adolph: if only we could drag my imac out to kraftsmen or something like that, then we could prolly play a decent game of aoe with taggart and todd.


so who's going to buy panther when it comes out?

Hey folks this pablo welcoming himself back to Houston

Killy and Adolph were kind eneogh to pick me up at the airport Friday night. I knew I was home when I walked out of the terminal and saw those two jokers parked in the passager-pickup lane, hunched over their laptops playing a game on Age of Empires.

On the ride home I immediately started sweating. I felt like like rice in a rice-cooker because, well, it is june in Houston. I was also sweating because I felt a little nervous about the prospect of having to start life all over again, get a job, apartment, etc...

But then everything started to fit together. We got back to Killy's place and I saw Carol and the baby and, of course, that was great. Then we headed out to eat some damn good mexican food. I had not had beans in 6 months! Then we came home and played some Age Of Empires.

Then I fell asleep and was awoken shortly after by the arrival of my sweet Eleonora...

Yes, it feels good to be home. It feels good to see my friends, to eat mexican food, to play Age of Empires on wireless LANS, and to hold Eleo in my arms.

*****

also, speaking of AOE, don't you think we should organize some kind of AOE fest? or maybe a summertime RISK-a-thon?
so al quaeda are now cuban refugees? so are we attacking cuba next for harboring terrorists?
adolph: so is that a commitment to gaming tonight? if it is, we should agree on a time. i don't/can't want to be up too late tonight.



so carol took me to fogo de chao last night. what a crazy meat-filled joint that was!

also, here's that pixeltees link i promised.

You know, I've often wondered about why just about every Islamic militant seems to come from "South Florida."
The hijackers appear to have stayed away from local mosques and FBI scrutiny by blending into Florida's transient culture.
Hey Ryan, could you provide a url or something on your manual instructions reference? I'm not sure what you are referring to.
Thank, Dolph. It's always preferable to read manual instructions in a conversational style. Ultimately, it keeps me from feeling like grandpa trying to play Nintendo with the boys.
That's funny, Taggart, "airborne," just like the airborne rangers in Ghost Recon. We should get an over-the-internet game on mañana.
Nice to know everyone is airborne.

Sunday, June 15, 2003

adolph, paul and i are enjoying the fruits of airport cards. we played an entirely wireless game of ghost recon, and shared out some music; although the music didn't work out so well.

had a great father's day. carol replaced my magnetic chess set, and had a tshirt from pixel tees made for me. you can check it out on their website (i'll post the link later.)
That was the official first post over Killy's wireless LAN (connected to the Internet via a blazing 56k modem...). Coolness.

First Post!

well, i have had a very pleasant weekend.

i took care of my plants, most of which need a trim and some water. speaking of trims, i gave myself one. i was turning into a hairy ape, so i whipped out the clippers and cleaned myself up real nice.

i also spent some good alone unbothered time at mojo's drawing, something i have not done in a loooooong time.

i recently picked up a book on css (cuz i have questions) that really sucks. it is so shot through with typos, terrible grammar and general inconsistencies that i am pretty sure the editor was on crack. i'm gonna take it back.

that's about it here. diana wanted me to give a shout-out to my homies on her behalf.


the back of a neck of a huge swan ice sculpture
Speaking of dancing Liz and I went to a wedding in Plano. After the Marble size hail, Monsoon shower, and Loss of electricity to the whole building the wedding was in for two hours the party began and we danced.