Thursday, July 31, 2003
i have various projects in various states of completion. there are others that threaten to materialize on the horizon that i occasionaly think about, and try to give price estimates for.
i am working on one half-assed eCommerce site, one 'bait' design for a more complex commerce site (to reel in investors), discussions with a dump truck company that needs rebranding (and a secretary), the neverending oil painter site, some display boards and a brochurey thing for some local (loco) interior designers, some kinko's style postcards...i think that's it.
as far as personal projects go, i just picked up a big ass php/mysql book and just started on chapter two.
I have been using phpicalendar running off my ibook, and it works great! I like it because to take a quick peek at my busy calendar I do not need to open up iCal (which takes too long too load), I just switch to a bookmark and my calendar shows up in my browser (a lot faster).
iCal has a neat feature that lets you automagically publish your iCal using webDav. Setting this up to run on your local machine is no problem because you can easily enable webDav on your machine's webserver, etc. Getting it to work on a remote server (e.g chairjockey.com) would be dependant on whether that server allows webDav access. I do not think chairjockey, or wt.net does allow this access. So your only recourse for updating would be to ftp the iCal file up to the server. This would require probably too much effort if you update your iCal regularly. Of course, you could set up a cron job that would ftp your iCal up to the server...
the best thing about it is: it's not north austin (although, it IS south houston)!
Mark liked the Tunnel and we spent maybe 15 min in there.
I took him to the Rothko chapel afterword and he liked that.
He was very interested in the Byzantine Chapel but it did not open till 11 a.m. and that was too late.
The Twombly didnt open till 11 either.
Next time we go down to Houston he is going to check it out.
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Here are the dates:
Aug. 10th Emo's
Sunday 603 Red River Road Emo's
All Ages Austin, TX 78701 603 Red
Show Austin, TX 78701
EARLY SHOW (512)477-3667 ( 8 pm set time)
While not much as pleasure craft go, the Grumman Challenger (circa 1985) is a serviceable photographic platform.
not really, but paul decided it was. so bright and early this morning we loaded up and shoved off in to bucolic lake austin right at the 360 bridge.
after some aimless cruising we ended up spotting our quarry. it's a lovely cape cod style home with nautical overtones, and lake access. it's currently being offered for more money than you can think of without getting a headache. perfect for a 'getaway' home.
mission accomplished, paul decided some fishing was in order. then some more aimless cruising, finally, back to shore and the office.
Yeah, MovableType is used by most "serious" bloggers. Aparently there are a lot of different ways to customize it and add plug-ins.
On the other hand, you could just throw Bloxsom on chairjockey and make a form that makes a bunch of text files...
I finally got MovableType up and running on my ibook! I want to try this blog server out because I am very interested in blogging and moblogging, and from what I have read MovableType is pretty comphrehensive as far as features. Also, it supports most of the Blogger XML-RPC API, and most of the metaWebLog XML-RPC API, which means it will be useful as test platform for my next project...
Warning! Post gets boring!
I had a tough time getting Movable Type working properly because I tried to configure it to use mysql support. It turned out that my perl install does not include the DBD::mysql module, and for unknown reasons CPAN was unable to install it. I suspect that the problem has something to do with the fact that my mysql install is located in /Library/Mysql instead of a more usual place like /usr/local, and so during the build process the Linker had hard time finding the proper header files and libraries.
I even tried to build the module manually, but every attempt to proplerly link the required object files failed, so i am now running this thing w/out db support....
And it works great! This thing offers so much more than the free version of blogger, which is to be suspected I guess. What I really like is that you can add comments to posts.
Anyhow, I am thinking that maybe we could get this thing up and running on chairjockey.com and eventually transition ourselves to a full-service blog...
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
One of my current projects is updating a simple web application that manages rider information and prize fulfillment. When entering the fulfillment of a prize, one of the challenges is to collect the necessary information about that fulfillment. For example, when we issue out a jersey, we need to keep track of who it went to, what size it was, the status that it is fulfilled and not back-ordered and potentially a comment field in case a friend picked it up. And so on:
- Watch: Person, Men's or Women's Watch, Status, Comment
- Polo Shirt: Person, M or W, Size, Status, Comment
- Gift Certificate: Person, Amount, Serial Number, Status, Comment
To keep the programming simple, you just make a form that has slots for each of the above and display it to the user. They fill in the relevant parts and ignore the rest. However, the actual usage of the software is often in low-light situations with a volunteer who isn't familiar with the computer and certainly isn't rememberful of what prize requires what information.
The problem is twofold. First, it is keeping track of each product's fields: what shouldn't be displayed; what is mandatory or optional; what is the default value (if any) and what are the choices; what kind of data should be accepted? Second, how does the application control the user's access to each field? Does it use DHTML to change the form when a user selects a specific product or is product fulfillment handled in two steps/screens (1.) select the product, (2.) input that products fields?
Keyspan : ZIP-LINQ USB Cell Phone Charger Cable - Ericsson
I ordered one of these late last week. It arrived today. It works pretty well. Basically, the zip thing is a regular USB cable. The kit comes with a USB to Ericsson phone power adapter. That way I don't have to bring along the cell charger when I'm on the road. In some ways, this is a pointless accessory because a phone charge lasts three to four days. Trips lasting longer than that typically require a hotel with powersource, etc. However, whenever I run Bluetooth on the phone, the battery lasts for a day or a day and a half. With this smaller than charger gizmo in my bag, I can keep the phone topped off and keep Bluetooth on all the time. For me, that's the cool part.
My boss passed the dead tree version of this article to me and these are some of my thoughts:
Summary of Continental Article:
Continental increasing fee on traditional ticketing.
Increased fees reflect higher cost of traditional ticketing.
97% of passengers use electronic ticketing now over 82% last year.
Next year Contintental will discontinue traditional ticketing.
Electronic ticketing costs far less experts say.
Managing director for electronic marketing says 1/3 less.
Continental has cut distribution costs by 20%.
2003 website sales 70% higher than 2002, expected to pass $1 billion.
Continental incentivizes online ticket sales with more frequent flier miles and special one-day sales.
Internet sales, electronic ticketing and self-serve kiosks offer speed and efficiency benefits.
Move away from paper tickets will decrease labor, material and storage costs associated with printing.
This article gives a broad overview of Continental's electronic ticketing and internet marketing strategy. It does not describe how electronic ticketing is significantly different from traditional ticketing. Internet promotions and electronic ticketing may seem in general to be related, but are in fact two highly different efforts.
Is the move toward electronic ticketing and the changes in customer service worth the investment in kiosks and infrastructure? The article doesn't say how quickly the costs are being recouped. Is the move toward direct marketing from the airline to the consumer via the Internet good business? The article doesn't say; it doesn't look at how much new business is being generated by the website over canibalization of traditional formats of sale.
The ticket concept was developed as a distributed knowledge system where the ticket, token or chit represented a reserved space on a particular flight. Back when airports were not linked to "enterprise databases" this was necessary, since the gate keepers couldn't just "look you up." The current paradigm is a networked knowledge system where your identiity has a (potentially) reserved space on a particular flight. Instead of producing a ticket, you verify your identity. Thus tickets have been going the way of the dodo for a while now.
The interesting part is that it has taken so long for the ticket to go away. The reason for this probably has more to do with human factors than technical factors. People are used to having some sort of ticket to board the airplane. An airline that doesn't fit within that norm is somehow "wierd," like Southwest.
Just drove back from New Jersey ... traffic sucks. I had this idea in my head that when I moved to NYC all the radio stations would suddenly be so much better and more sophisticated or cutting edge or something but I've found it's all the same sh*t, really .. obnoxious deejays, car advertisements, morning programs about people who suspect other people of cheating on them, some 70s disco (yeah!) and just when you get into a groove then they switch to 50s surf music, but thank god, there's still NPR to listen to wherever you go.
Sendmail is a common computer program that sends and recieves email. Sendmail is not like the email program you use on your computer, though. Sendmail is designed to be the application your Internet Service Provider runs and your email program connects to Sendmail to pick up email and to send out email.
This is probably not too useful for users like you and me and the rest of us. But if you ever get nerdy and decide that you want to be able send email between your pink and blue imacs, and your powerbook without having to be connected to the internet, enabling sendmail on your machine would be the way to do it...
thanks to adolph, great headway was made this weekend
he came over to babysit
but baby wanted mama
so he ended up helping killy move all the heavy bulky stuff
so now that we are close to closing that chapter in our lives
i am eagerly looking forward to the next one
looking around at all the possibilities that exist
for future permanent residence
has brought me across some interesting articles
We once fantasized about building our home
This is one way to do it
it would certainly be an interesting place to house my friends
but we are only looking
and hoping to win the texas lotto
so that we can buy a house near the mfah
we can always make a beehive house for a few thousand dollars....
Monday, July 28, 2003
tag, not sure, but i got this one :: Sonnet Encore ST/G4.
i do not believe it is a zif, but not being sure what the hell that means makes me hesitant to say so absolutely.
i am quite certain, however, that it is much faster, especially with the added ram. best investment i have made in a while.
Has anybody put a php template file in database? As part of a current project I would like to put a mostly html template file in the db, and then call it and fill it with preset variables. This is pretty easy to do with include(). When I echo out the template from the db, it just echos it and doesn't parse for variables to fill, regardless if I do it the short way $stories or the long way .
Oh, and I am looking at Smarty, but didn't want to use it on this quick project.
The show was held in the upstairs of a building down on 6th street...a nice space all lit up good...a DJ spinning, free drinks and people dancing.
It turns out that Kollective Fusion is made up of a couple of Austin designer's and artists, one of whom is Stephen ?, a fella that Colin and I played ball with back at SWT. His stuff was pretty tight- the stuff I like the most were promo posters he had done and framed, including one for a Jurassic 5 show last year.
Anyhow, I had brought my camera with the idea that I would take some fotos of stuff to blog about later...but Dave had other ideas...and soon I was taking pictures of him and various of the fine and beautifuls.
The gallery show ended at 10 and the after-party started up down the street at a place called 419 West (actually on 4th street). A jazz-a-billy band played some music and then a DJ started spinning and some folks even got up all freestyle which sounded pretty good...
I had a good time listening to the music and watching people be what I am not, and Dave had good time talking with the lovelies....
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Saturday, July 26, 2003
Have been working pretty steady on freelance projects, got a possible job offer from Nike when I was in Texas. Got a call from the Head of Apparel graphics at Adidas yesterday and have a meeting with him on monday about a job possibility.
It would be great to have it work out at Adidas, for it is up in my part of town. The last time I went by there to do some self promotion, I rode my skateboard from the house.
It is all a bit unsetteling, having possibilities of a solid paycheck d-dangeled in front of you, so many times since I have been up here have people toyed with the offer - got me to salivate and do tricks - and then it all crumbles. I don't want to get my hopes up to high, but then again - fuck it - thats what the joy of hopes are.
listened to some recordings of Joseph Cambell talking of the power of myths as we drove to a satelite town where there is a farm that sells organic berries, Laura snd the girls are going to make and can jelly today.
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Friday, July 25, 2003
i fixed up adolph's map. you can pick up a copy of the map here. Remember to put it in your scenarios folder, so the next time we play we can all play on that map. There is room for five players.
I took out all the stuff i could find. I may or may not have gotten everything; it's a pretty complicated map. I replaced the monument in the center with the biggest pile of gold you've ever seen.
she is 16 and wonderful
(sorry no pics to share)
we had a late mellow dinner and conversation at Paddy Thai on westheimer
she's like her tia in that she loves to try new foods
isn't afraid of what she doesn't know
i was happy to learn that she likes museums contrary to what her other aunt thought
so maybe next time we can museum hop all over houston
she will be here only one more weekend
and then she's back home and back to school
she also likes photography and dreams of one day opening a night club
she has aspirations of being a dj
she certainly looks the part
Congratulations on inventing the WWW
i hope you get a good offer!
Killy and I are trying to win the lottery so we could buy a house on the hills overlooking the rumbling greenery of Texas
Wish us luck!!!
So nice to hear from the girls lately!!
So what good book are you reading
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Also, instead of facing just the executive-director, I had to square off with one of the board-members (a venture capitalist and frequent yawner), and a really nice 'technical-advisor.'
Anyhow they pelted me with all sorts of questions like "So, it says here on your resum� that you invented the World Wide Web...How do you think this experience prepares you for the brutal, ego-ridden, money-driven world of Film?"
I answered all of their questions with the a labryinth of non-sequiturs that would have made the great Ari Fleischer proud....
So, now I fear that they will offer me the job and I will actually have to make a decision...
Amber(NY)- tell antony I am busy as a bucktooth beaver in a balsa forrest, and will call him when my time slows a bit, congrats again.
To all, If you find yourself somehow in possesion of a plane ticket and arrive in Portland, you are all welcome. me casa - you casa.
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Going to Empire for breakfast...Italian Toast. Then heading over to Tilman Fri-Tata...Fri-tita.
Whatever.....Heading over to Mr. Landry's Mansion to finish up today's work.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
it's crazy looking stuff. now i know what a normal larynx and a cancerous larynx look like. I'll update this post tomorrow when i get a still. (any votes for normal or cancerous? or should i put both?)
I also got yet another poster to construct. This time it's about JHACO, an organization that kinda watchdogs hospitals. The poster is supposed to reflect the processes were implementing to please organizations like them.
Today we also met with an Ilford rep who brought us a 30 ft roll of satin quick-dry paper for the plotter. It's nice stuff. i printed a poster on it for comparison. It's slightly heavier and has a subtle texture to the paper. I like it better than what we're currently using.
So i'm busy at work. Busy as a bee, and i still find time to chat with my good buddy paul.
I've discovered an advantage to living here: the checkout girls/guys at the grocery stores are super fast. For real.
Today, the baby and i walked and talked with each other. He would point his hands out to the trees and streetlamps, and say, "...ah..." kinda short and abrupt with a surprised tone in his voice. There are mini magnolia trees everywhere here. He likes to touch the leaves on those trees.
We also met aliya, the black retriever.
If i leave work after five fifteen, i might as well leave at six. I go home straight down main. It isn't so bad (once you leave the med center) till you get past Hiram Clarke and have to sit at the light at south post oak; then, chimney rock; then, hillcroft; then, fondren; then, independence; then, the two unnecessary lights in stafford; then, the turn at 'e' street; then, the light to get onto 1092; then, the light at lexington; and the neighborhood lights and stop signs; then, the light to cross highway 6; and finally to two remaining stop signs to go to my place.
my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can't wait to read your essay! I go to a little yoga studio here where they love to say things like, "it's an undoing, not a doing" or "a life not lived within, is without." very flaky, but I love it!
Ant's work is on The I-Spot too -- just go to the website and click on "portfolios" and then search under artist's name: Anthony Freda ... there are quite a few paintings of his on there.
Amber, hello! I'm so happy Adolph has found a nice girl named Amber who understands his wacky yet loveable ways!!
Liz, No, Brooke is really kind of normal -- I think she was around 5'6" and she looked sort of, well, ordinary, in a boat hat with jeans -- but, I was thrilled to be the next person to sit on the toilet after her! I'll never wash my ass cheeks again ...
Colin, Anthony keeps asking when are you gonna call him to talk shop (??)
Liz, what's your e-mail? I'll send the longer version of that essay ..
Taggart and I are going to the Bahamas next week...I am pretty clueless about the whole trip because Taggart's mother gave it to us. I think of it as an adventure. Good luck with the job hunting Paul...I'd love it if you and Eleo lived in Austin. Please tell her I said hi.
Amber in NYC-loved your blog about wavelenths and frequencies and stuff...once you become aware of such patterns, it's overwhelming how they apply to everything everywhere, in every situation. The whole yin/yang...everything trying to come into balance. i love it. I'd love to read your paper when you complete it!
the mention of a new release of Hydra in Macintouch today made me think: man I wish I could have had your eyes looking at what I was doing last night. I was at Deitricks on Westheimer, so I was at a connection. I finally figured out my dumb error but it probably would have been quicker if someone outside of what I was doing could look at it.
I think I want something with the IDE-ness of Project Builder, the text-editing mojo of BBEdit, and the sharability of Hydra. Maybe one day Bare Bones will get smart and license the Rendezvous sharing code from Hydra and X-Code will allow other text editors to be built in.
Adolph, I think you have such a good eye for things. A Hydra-cized BBEdit would be sweet...
When I made a remark to Kilito about his upcoming birthday I specifically remember him saying that one of the things he really, really wanted at his birthday was a large bucket of fried-chicken. He also said that he wanted plenty of buttery-biscuits. I also seem to recall that he said something about Root Beer Floats. I'm not sure about the Root Beer Floats, that could be me projecting my own wishes on my memory, but I am positiive about the fried chicken.
heycarol i think that is an older illustration by anthony, like this one.
it seems the good folks at the Voice keep mr. Freda pretty busy. a quick search will bring up a whole bunch of his illustrations.
i think a safari party is a great idea. i'l just pick up an powerbook and airport card, and we can sit around and network without wires, browse the web...
nice to see you again Adolph - we need to get together to talk about your god-son's birthday party
we need to talk about some ideas
We need to go shopping VERY SOON
I am thinking a picnic - I initially thought a camping trip with everyone would be nice - but Killy pointed out that it would be too hot and that the family would also want to a part of this
I am thinking a picninc would be nice
Adolph, let me know when we can get together to shoot some ideas at each other.
Tuesday, July 22, 2003
posted by pablo:
...sorry adolph, the video is sweet but it crushes my connection when I am looking at the blog...so I have linked to it..
Ha! That's funny, Paul. I just now got home to check it out via a 56k modem. It was actually pretty slow with a T-1 at the office too.
Congratulations on getting married! Anthony is so cool; you guys are so cool.
I couldn't find the illustration in the Voice online. I saw one for a Michael Musto article back when the blog first started publishing and I linked to it. It is still there surprisingly enough. So give us linkages!
so, the power group mark bruce hooked me up with is interested in creating a 'collaborative environment for efficient commenting on the development process' accoridng to paul, the president. i figured a forum style thing would do the trick.
first i found this free php forum software. i looked at it, downloaded it, and promptly forgot about it.
well, when i was poking around the adi.com control panel (mostly to discover what our users are browsing with) i saw a bulletin board icon.
lo and behold, it was the same stuff, already installed, configured, the works. i just had to 'flip the switch' and it was running.
so, do me a favor :: go here and play around a bit.
i don't know WHERE adolph is. he came back from shreeveport on sunday, played a game of aoe, and then disappeared.
Monday, July 21, 2003
But here at the San Marcos Artist Incubator we have gone beyond color- we feature a different smell for each room..."
"Yes, Mr. Mercado you will be staying in the 'Dead-Rat-In-Wall' room, and you, Mr. Fernandez, will be staying in the 'It-Fell-Behind-The-Stove-Before-I-Cooked-It' room..."