Sep 29, 2001
Thanks to everyone who had posted this on your site, I hope we made a difference. With donations slowing down and many more specific funds to contribute to I feel it's time to pull these banners, not to mention they are making quite an impact on the server that is hosting them. I have had 33 times the normal traffic on the server than normal. We even hit the Blogdex top 100 for a day or two. If you would still like to keep the banners on your site, I have changed the code for you on the Red Cross donation box page. I will keep hosting the banners until Monday evening after that they will be gone. Special thanks to Meg , Prol and everyone else who pointed these out to folks. Thanks again.
Sep 28, 2001
My birthday present from sister in law, Julianne, has just come in, The Simpsons : The Complete First Season DVD. The key here for a die hard Simpsons fan such as myself is access to the DVD pause button and the second audio track of commentary. The pause is for those times when they put things in the background like Maggie being scanned in at the cash register for $847.63. Visit the Simpsons Archive and check out the episode guide, each one has a section titled 'freeze frame fun'. And I wonder why I never oil paint anymore.
Sep 26, 2001
Someone text messaged my phone at 2:00am this morning to tell me that I look like Ronan Keating, former member of the Irish boy band 'Boyzone'. Folks as you can clearly tell from the picture to the left, we are brothers. I am the one on the left, yes the left. Anyway, glad I could clear things up.
I'm up too late as it is... do I
a.) get up early, hop on public transit to see a stimulating panel that includes Jason and Doc discuss blogs and the role they played in indie coverage of the recent disasteror do I ...
b.) sleep in, comfortable in the fact that had I gone I would have wanted to strangle Dave Winer after hearing about how much Microsoft doesn't 'get it' and that XML-RPC was the the true winner in the whole ordeal.Tune in later and find out.
[update: yeah, turns out I needed the sleep. The transcript is here though and as predicted Dave evangelized a bit by spreading XML on a sandwich and eating it, as well as rubbing an RSS feed on an open sore which it then quickly healed.]
Sep 24, 2001
Tonights episode kind of snuck up on me but a fellow classmate tipped me off at the five year reunion a few weeks ago that another Saint Mary's Class of '96 grad is on the show 'Crossing Jordan'. Dr. Trey Sanders is none other than Mahershalalhashbaz Ali or Mahershala Gilmore back when I knew him. Back then he was playing basketball for Saint Mary's against people like Jason Kidd (during his Kidd's brief tenure at Cal Berkeley). Now Ali is on primetime and Kidd has a hamburger named after him. I am still tendering offers for tv shows and meal deals named after me, ' Shellen size it for an extra 39 cents'.
Sep 20, 2001
Sep 19, 2001
Sep 17, 2001
Me. You are the dirty one. Don't worry you need not worry about 10 pop-ups with this link. I had previously crowed about the abilities of Homesite and HTML Tidy to strip out unneccessary CSS and HTML tags that Word 2000 generates when saving a document as HTML. Turns out Textism has put this function online, although I am not sure if this uses the same engine or if this is something new. It seems to work pretty well. Give Textism's Word Cleaner a spin.
Sep 16, 2001
Sep 14, 2001
It's addictive. After an almost 2 month hiatus from posting a comment on MetaFilter, I'm back in the thick of the fray with 9 posts in 2 days. It's as if I have swapped CNN for MetaFilter. I'm pretty sure I will switch from MetaFilter to candy corn though so that's something to look forward to.
Due to a number of requests I have made a 468 x 60 banner and a smaller 125 x 125 box to add to your site. Cut and paste code and samples here. Currently Amazon is up to 4.75M in donations, I am so happy to see such solidarity in this trying time. Keep it up and spread the word.
Sep 13, 2001
I've got the open forum to do so and yet I will wait. The signal to noise ratio is high enough as it is, so I might wait a bit. A few people have captured some of my sentiments anyway. Please read, Meg's piece and two pieces at Doc Searls. One on the story that is being sold to us and another poignant email Doc received from a New Yorker. Justice, my friends, is what this country should seek, not revenge.
Sep 12, 2001
[ Update: 9.14.2001 - there are now more sizes available here. ] The box looks like this:
Sep 11, 2001
This has been an incredible test of the moral fiber of every living being today. Friends, neighbors and acquaintances true colors shine through in times like these. For instance, I found out I am more like Doc Searls than I ever thought before. Are there more of us conscientious objecting, Catholic pacifists out there?
Hello everyone,Drop him a line when you get a chance. Tell him we aren't in high school anymore and it's ok to drop the macho bullshit.
This is Nicholas Longo, the CEO of CoffeeCup Software. As you may have heard the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked about 45 minutes ago.
The Team at CoffeeCup would like to send our heart felt sorrow to those that perished in these attacks.
We would like to also say on record that if any country is found responsible for these attacks, we call for that country's complete destruction and annihilation.
Do not let terrorism which is designed to create fear and stop production, halt your life or work.
Stay focused and do not stop what you are doing.
-May God bless us all and the decisions we must make.
Goodnight. I am still dazed. I am sure that the grieving and sensational news will continue tomorrow, I am just hoping that it brings a bit of peace too. I leave you with the only things I know of that can actually accomplish anything while we are all feeling so helpless today:
For the indie media coverage, Slashdot is working and so is MetaFilter (although it's hosted in NY and running a little slow). Beware, live accounts of watching the second plane hit the towers (on Slashdot) had me in tears.
Sep 9, 2001
Sep 8, 2001
I hate the 'add to favorites' and bookmark functions in the browser. Invariably, I will upgrade the browser and lose track of things in the shuffle or a third party 'helper' application will really screw things up. Maybe this has happened to you as well. So a long time ago, I started keeping a handmade html page as my browser home/start page. Recently, I thought that some of you might like to use this as your start page too, since it has been pretty handy for me.
The 'cheatsheet' is pretty basic and mainly contains links that I use on a daily basis and search boxes for a few websites that I visit often but would rather not deal with the bulky interface just to track a package. I actually use a different version, it has more columns so I can do site administration stuff for this site and musicrag.com. This version has top news headlines and local weather. Unfortunately, it's my local weather. To customize it for your city, go to weather.com and sign up for the weather.com weather magnet. They will give you customized code for your city to replace my code.
I don't really have the time right now to explain the guts of the cheatsheet and how to customize everything, but if you leave a comment on this post I will do my best to help out. Maybe sometime soon I will provide a readme file and explain this all in more detail and go for a version 1.1.
Download version 1.0 of cheetsheet.zip unzip it (it's just an html file) and drop it someplace like the 'My Documents' folder and set it as your start page in your browser. Let me know if you like it or end up using it. Enjoy!
Sep 7, 2001
So the entire free world has been let in on the Greymatter killer, Movable Type but I haven't heard a peep about a new and improved version of the old news update cgi NewsPro called Coranto. Newspro never had a super slick interface but it did a pretty nice job, especially for a free cgi script. There were a couple of nice add-ons like karma voting and feedback. Coranto includes a lot of these goodies and adds RSS output and a CSS Editor. I used to use NewsPro on musicrag.com before discovering Blogger. Now if we can convice Movable Type and Coranto to hook into the Blogger API we will really have something interesting.