I did a presentation today on Podcasting for the East Bay Business Leaders networking group.[audio:ebbl-podcasts.mp3]
October 16, 2008
I did a presentation today on Podcasting for the East Bay Business Leaders networking group.[audio:ebbl-podcasts.mp3]
October 15, 2008
Today is Blog Action Day. The topic is Poverty.
I try to relate to poverty. I remember trivial things in my life.
I have never known poverty in my life. I always had the capability to earn money. I had friends with money. My family always welcomed me. I have been “short”. I have had “cash flow problems”. I have never known poverty.
But especially in this nation of abundance, people should not have to live without the necessities of life.
It seems in this country we are Socialist when it comes to big business, Capitalist when it comes to poor people. I think we should rescue the poor and not wall street.
I add my blog today to the all the blogs that want an end to poverty.
October 14, 2008
October 13, 2008
What sorts of businesses are recession proof? This is a random list of trends that might happen during a recession or depression. There are some business ideas buried in there somewhere.
Get it Free or Buy it Used or Buy it Cheap
Do It Yourself and Repair versus Buy
Reduce Transportation Costs
Entertain yourself at home
Deal with the Stress
Handle the tragedies
October 12, 2008
The Presidential Campaign is nasty and getting worse. It makes me grieve for the United States of America.
The only good news that I can find is that there are so many United States citizens that are passionate about politics.
I have to go on a personal news blackout. It is getting me depressed.
Senator John McCain started out with the best intentions to run a positive campaign. The seduction of power and winning is apparently too much temptation.
Senator John McCain needs to be concerned that he leaves the campaign with any honor at all.
October 9, 2008
This morning at the East Bay Business Leaders meeting I talked about RSS.[audio:ebbl-rss.mp3]
October 5, 2008
October 4, 2008
RSS is one of those great technologies that are not easy to explain.
Many people use RSS in iGoogle or MyYahoo and do not know that they are using RSS.
Many people blog and create RSS feeds but they do not know they are creating an RSS feed.
As people start to understand RSS, they become prosumers, which is a combination of producer and consumer.
October 2, 2008
I belong to a networking group called East Bay Business Leaders. This month I am doing an educational series on some tech topics. Today was blogging.[audio: ebbl-blogging.mp3]
October 1, 2008
I read more about politics than I discuss politics. I read blogs and comments, so I read individual voices, but I do not discuss much. When I am with people, we are more likely to be discussing business.
Today I was in a conversation that turned to politics. Even though we were all in essential agreement, the conversation quickly turned emotional, and I heard profanities from this group for the first time.
It was actually interesting to see the heat that it generated. I have been reading George Lakoff, so I was mentally applying what I have been learning to the conversation.
All in all, I enjoyed it.
September 28, 2008
A most important debate: Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.
Got to know the important stuff.
September 27, 2008
September 23, 2008
State of the Blogosphere / 2008 results.
The Blogosphere is the universe of all blogs.
September 21, 2008
Google Maps is used by many to find businesses.
Every business should take advantage of this free service to make sure people have the best information when search on Google Maps. You do not even need your own website.
September 20, 2008
Blogs and blog posts are organized serially by date, latest one first. So how are blog posts organized.
Most blog services allow blog posts to be tagged or categorized.
Tagging is a way of organizing blog posts into topics.
There are two basic ways to organized webpages: Heirarchies and Tagging
Heirarchies are top down organizations of greater and greater detail. Think of the folder or directory structures of most computers.
Tagging is more free form. Each blog post can be assigned tags.
September 19, 2008
Blogging and RSS grew up together.
Blogs and RSS are a natural fit, so it is understandable that there is compatibility between Blogs and RSS.
Instead of checking for blog posts, RSS feeds provide automatic blog surfing.
RSS feeds can be full or partial text. People feel strongly both ways.
September 18, 2008
MicroBlogging is a new type of blogging. Users can write brief text messages up to 140 characters and publish them. They are read using the microblogging service. The services can be accessed using text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3, or through the web.
Twitter is the most popular service. Users can sign on to twitter, leave a short message called a tweet, and read messages from other Tweeters. Tweets can be read using RSS.
Twitter recorded 2.3 million unique visitors in August of 2008, and increase of 422% over the same time last year.
Twitter is open, so there are a number of support products like TweetDesk, TwitterBar, and TwitterBerry.
Many of the articles that review Twitter
September 17, 2008
70 million blogs generate business opportunties.
September 16, 2008
Blog as often as you like, there is no set time for blog posts. As a general rule, posting more attracts more readers however.
Blogs can be successful with just a few readers.
It is customary to leave blog posts unchanged. If there is a correction to be made, then a new blog post is created to make the correction.
Bloggers are becoming mainstream. Bloggers attend the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and report on their blogs. Bloggers do not have editors, so sometimes their posts have radical or unusual opinions.
September 15, 2008
A blog is a journal, log, or diary that is online on the web. Web + log = Blog.
It is characterized by sequential entries in descending sequence by date.
Blogs can be written by one person. They can be written by teams of people.
There are many types of blogs.
Blogs can be organized by topic.
September 14, 2008
There are many blogging services, many of them free.
Blogger from Google is free, easy, and getting better. It suffered for a while because it was used to create many spam blogs called splogs. After Google acquired Blogger, it was stagnant for a while, but now there are regular enhancements.
WordPress is another free service. WordPress was written so that there are lots of opportunity to create addon products, and there are many. It makes WordPress popular and easy to customize. WordPress has features that put it in the category of a content management system.
TypePad from SixApart is the largest paid blogging service. It is considered to be a very solid blogging platform for professionals.
MSN spaces is the new blogging service from Microsoft.
Many of the Social Networking systems also include blog functionality.
September 13, 2008
Blogging is often considered a conversation. The conversation includes the following:
September 12, 2008
Technorati publishes regular reports on the Status of the Blogosphere.
I reviewed the numbers getting ready for a presentation:
September 11, 2008
This morning I spoke to the East Bay Business Leaders introducing myself and Wizard Creek Consulting.[audio:EBBL 2008 09 11]
September 10, 2008
The more I use my Treo 700P, the more I like it.
I have used Palms for years, so I like the Palm OS, but I also like the way the Treo works.
Each month I add a new feature or two. This month was a Bluetooth headset. I got a very basic and inexpensive headset, but it works just fine. And it satisfies the new handsfree California law.
I also got a Secure Digital Card. It is just a 2G, but it enables me to start doing a few other functions.
I like the idea of adding something new every month, it keeps it fresh.
September 8, 2008
This is my suggestion on what Senator Barack Obama should do about Sarah Palin. Damn her with faint praise.
Sarah is one of the bright young faces of the Republican party … BUT
Sarah got off a supposedly good zinger about community service in her speech … BUT
Sarah supported the Bridge to Nowhere and then changed her position … BUT
Sarah wants to teach Adam and Eve in science class … BUT
Sarah does not have that much foreign policy experience … BUT
September 7, 2008
The news reporters were joyful today. The polls show the presidential campaign to be very close.
One news reporter crowed “we have a horse race”.
We all know that if a sports game is one sided, the viewers turn it off and those in attendance leave early. If the campaign is not close, we tune out the news reporters.
So now we have a contest, and I just hope it not only inspires the new reporters, but inspires the electorate.
September 5, 2008
Google Chome has opened up the browser conversation again.
People I am talking to are chatting about IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Chrome. The new entry into the browser world has caused us all to reassess what we really want in a browser.
I have talked to several who have taken a hard look at their FireFox addons to see which ones are really desired and not just “nice to have”. Many of us now have a hard list of what would have to be in Chome to switch.
This is my list of FireFox addons that I will not give up.
September 4, 2008
Tonight was John McCain’s speech at the Republican Covention.
He was brutal in his assessment of the Republican party and its record in Washington, and he certainly tried to separate himself from the current Republican administration.
But Governor Palin got some nice applause.
September 2, 2008
Google Chrome is causing system problems. When I try and view Flash Videos, it takes 100% of the CPU, and then does not really show the flash video.
Screen captures show the results of trying to watch a flash video using Google Chrome. Because all the CPU was being used, I could not stop the video and had to cancel Google Chrome.
Governor Sarah Palin was picked by John McCain to be his running mate. It is the first time that the Republicans have picked a woman to run for the Vice President of the United States.
There have been a series of stores about Governor Palin after she was nominated, so the question is how she was vetted. How she was investigated and picked.
The word vetted comes from the word vet. According to Wikipedia:
No matter how much or little research is done by the politicians, the media (including bloggers) seems to uncover new information.
The conservative right was pushing Senator McCain to pick Governor Palin, so I wonder why the press did not investigate her earlier.
If Governor Palin was a potential NFL draft pick, everything would have been known about her.
September 1, 2008
Google Chrome is the new Google browser.
http://blogoscoped.com/google-chrome/ is the comic book that introduces the new Google browser.
It might be the most important technical comic book ever published.
For me, they should turn it into a video and put it on YouTube. In fact, I would guess that someone will do that shortly.
Tomorrow, Google Chrome will be available. Any bet on whether there are Google server problems tomorrow?
And for those of us who work with Browser incompatibilities every day, I wish Google would address basic HTML and CSS issues also.
Firefox got so bad I switched to Internet Explorer, and I thought I would never to that. I cannot switch to Opera, because many of the addons I like to use, like Google toolbar, do not run with Opera.
Firefox runs well enough to use FireFTP and FireBug which I now find essential, but Internet Explorer (gasp!) is now my default browser.
It is probably some combination of add-ons that I have put on Firefox, or some corruption, but Firefox is no longer stable.
Bring on Google Chrome!
August 31, 2008
I am having lots of problems with FireFox.
First I will uninstall and install FireFox.
Already I am starting to use IE and Opera more.
August 29, 2008
I question the value of doing extended software evaluations. I recommend that people find a product that has the basic functionality they need, and instead of evaluating multiple products, spend the time learning how to use the product effectively.
There are several reasons for this:
I was once in a mainframe Information Technology company that needed to decide on a database system. Mainframe database systems cost 100K or more and the usual evaluation period was 6-9 months. The CIO called anyone with database experience into a conference room, invited them to tell of any mainframe database product, and do a quick evaluation. We decided on a product during that meeting, ordered it the following day, and installed if with a few days. At the end of 6-9 months, we had the first two applications running, and we all knew how to use the database product.
August 28, 2008
A very unprofessional post today. I am tired.
Every morning at 7:30 the construction crews arrive and begin work in the area. It has been going on for 3 weeks.
I know many get up earlier than that each morning, but I am a night owl and often work past midnight coding and designing.
I need to make some sort of adjustment.
I am tired.
August 26, 2008
I do not often just reference another article, but this article was insightful on so many levels that I wanted to point to it here. The article points up the latest example of “conventional wisdom” in the press that has little to do with reality.
I signed on to this blog today to write a blog post. It took a long time to initialize. When the blog dashboard came up, it said the blog had no posts.
I did the normal debug first step. I shut it down and then restarted. Everything is fine.
I exported the blog just in case, groaned at the size of the exported file, came back and deleted all spam comments, and then exported it again. Much better.
It seems to be fine now. I will assume that the database did not open, or the database server was unavailable, or something else was temporarily unavailable. I am not going to trace the problem unless it happens again. But I am glad I have an exported file.
I think I will also go and backup the database just to be sure.
So I am blogging about blogging again.
August 25, 2008
I support Senator Barack Obama. I say that in this blog.
Adsense picks up on Bararck Obama and presents ads about Barack Obama, some of them negative. That creates a quandary. Do I allow those that are trying to place negative ads advertise on this blog?
I cannot really click the ads to find out if they are reasonable, because that is click fraud. I do not want to spend my time reading negative Senator Obama ads. So I restrict the negative ads that I see.
It is simple to go to Adsense and register the URL of those that I would prefer not show on this blog. It is the first time I have used that service.
I sometimes think that RoboForm is my best productivity tool.
It keeps track of userid/passwords for all the web services that I use, and not only that, allows me to automatically enter them as well.
I find myself looking through the RoboForm list to remember the name for a webpage I have not entered in months, selecting the webpage, and then being signed on and presented with the service.
A fine service done well.
August 19, 2008
Ran the WordPress automated upgrade process to install the new version of WordPress.
The bottom line: the plugin makes it easier.
August 14, 2008
Helping a client blog.
I like to help a client with this sort of research, it is research that I can use.
August 13, 2008
John McCain speaking today said “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”
Senator McCain! The United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq in the 21st century, and John McCain wants to stay for 100 years.
August 10, 2008
I am pleased that John Edwards was not nominated for a Democratic office. It would have been just too painful.
Russia and Georgia go to war. An earnest CNN reporter asks the Russian ambassador why Russia invaded a sovereign country. Wonder if the reporter has heard of Afghanistan or Iraq.
President Bush criticized Moscow’s military violence in Georgia. Wonder if President Bush has heard of Afghanistan or Iraq.
The Olympics have started. The medal totals are given by country. China tries to make a good impression on the world. A citizen of China kills an American man there to see a family member compete in the Olympics.
Malaysia faces another sodomy trial. Apparently if you get close to winning an election to topple the existing rulers, you get charged with sodomy.
I think I will turn off the news for a while.
August 5, 2008
If I do not post on the blog regularly, I do not know what to write about. There are too many things backed up and I do not know where to start.
Seems that is the way with many things. If you exercise everyday it is a pattern and it generates energy to keep it up. Getting started again after a period of no exercise is difficult.
It is the difference in a smooth running stream of water versus one that is jammed up or backed up with debris. Getting the debris out the way is required to get it running smoothly again.
August 4, 2008
Entrepreneurs are encouraged to join networking groups. These are the groups that meet regularly and help each other find referrals for new business.
Some for very organized and very large, like BNI – which claims to be the largest business networking organization in the world. Rules are stringent, attendance is compulsory, participation is required.
Others are local, spontaneous, disorganized and fun.
I have had success finding business by going to business networking groups, but I resist going. I have to sort that out.
August 1, 2008
I wrote an RSS tutorial. I know a little something about RSS, but the RSS feed for this blog is broken. I have had it on the task list for a while without giving it priority. But it is getting embarrassing to have this RSS feed broken.
I will update to WordPress 2.6 first, then fix the RSS feed.
Reviewed the comments, which reminded me of the sixties:
The RSS Feed is fixed. Easy enough. Feedburner was pointing to the incorrect source rss xml file. Such a simple fix for an ongoing problem. Oh well.
Google announced that there are now over a trillion web pages, even after the duplicates are eliminated.
I have a hard enough time with numbers already. Let’s review:
does yotta mean the same as lotta … as in lot of.
I remember when Teradata Corporation was selling a data base machine. Seemed like more data than anyone could ever use.
July 13, 2008
I use logmein.com. I find it to be a good service. I have no financial interest in the service, although as I write this I think I should sign up and be an affiliate.
I have a desktop and a laptop. Many are getting away from that combination and just working with a laptop, but I still have both.
When I go out on the road, I take my laptop. If I am working on the Internet, I just connect directly. But sometimes I want to access a program that is only on my desktop, like Photoshop.
Then I connect to the internet, sign on to logmein.com, and then link up with the desktop. I can use all the desktop products.
I am certainly aware that there are multiple products and services that do this, but logmein is my favorite, and for what I described, it is free.
The reason that it came to mind today is that the video card on my desktop died. I will put a new one in soon, but in the interim, I started the desktop and the laptop, and I am accessing the desktop through the Internet.
So I am sitting here using the desktop monitor and keyboard, but running through the Internet using the laptop. The laptop and the desktop are a few feet away, but I am sending the packets over the Internet.
Now I know of course there are other ways to connect, but this way was already set up, and so it was the most expedient to do.
It is surprisingly quick.
Keeping computers operating and running well requires regular effort, unless you have an Apple Mac of course.
I have never had a Mac, but people I know that have one tell me the Macs work without fail all of the time, and even clean their own monitor screens, but I do not know if they are exagerating.
I had some work to do on my computers this week, so the first thing you know is that they are not Macs. Now why would I own something that requires constant effort? Because I also work on other people’s computers, and get paid for it. Makes no sense to become an expert on Macs. No money in it.
This week my monitor was going out, starting to tile, flicker, and behave badly. So I got a new monitor. I did not buy a new one, just asked around and got a couple of monitors that other technicians were not using.
Same problem. hmmmm … must be the video card. So I gave the video card a little push to make sure it was seated properly, and now there is no signal at all. So today I will put in a new video card and see if that is really the problem.
I am like most technicians, and have boxes of computer parts, boards, wires, and connectors. I will go through the box and see if I have a video card. I do not play video games, so any video card that works is ok with me.
My desktop continually gets reworked with new parts. I wonder if there is any thing original that came when the computer was first put together, other than the case.
Today, in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Gail Hillebrand, a senior attorney is quoted as follows “You think when you open a bank account that the money belongs to you. That’s not the way the bank sees it and it’s not the way the law sees it.”
I learned this lesson the hard way. It is a long painful story, but I know now that money in a bank account is not always under my control. I argued with a bank long and hard about this point, but I lost.
The article tells the stories of various people that also learned the lesson. They were all shocked as I was. A most painful lesson.
July 6, 2008
I have had more client work recently. I like to do client work for lots of different reasons.
Got to go. Client work to do.
July 5, 2008
I added the audio player plugin to WordPress today, so of course I had to add an audio. I picked out an audio I did some time ago when I was doing a daily podcast at BizIII.
A BizIII Podcast about Les Bain:[audio:http://www.biziii.com/podcasts/20070521.mp3]
July 2, 2008
I am pained when I watch the Presidential Campaign. It seems as a country we move to the lowest common denominator in this process. I am not sure what it would take to rise above the current process and make the discourse more civil.
The contest between Senator Obama and Senator Clinton was brutal, and there are hard feelings even yet.
It reminds me of the notion that we fight the hardest with those that are the closest to us.
In the animal kingdom
To outsiders, there was probably not much difference between the Hatfields and the McCoys.
And family feuds are certainly common.
So I suppose it is not that unusual.
July 1, 2008
I have this fantasy that Senator Obama and Senator McCain make a joint appearance and make some of the following statements together.
Would that be something? The two political nominees taking the high road, maybe even calling the media to task for getting away from the issues.
June 23, 2008
I live in the San Francisco area, East Bay. In the summer, we get hot days and cool nights. I understand it is because the humidity is low. When humidity is high, it holds the heat after the sun goes down.
Yesterday during the day was in the 90’s. Last night is was so cool I turned on the electric blanket for a while to warm up the bed. This morning the window is open and it is cool. I have a light jacket on while working at the desk.
The weather forecast is for the low 80’s today.
In this part of the East Bay, it is regularly hot, so there is Air Conditioning everywhere. It is always a question of when to turn the Air Conditioning on, and when to turn it off.
And I know when I blog about the weather, it is because I am worrying about things I do not want to discuss. I suppose it is like making conversation about the weather during ackward moments. I hope you have pleasant weather today where ever you are.
June 22, 2008
So what did I learn while moving to a new web host.
June 21, 2008
I moved Webhosting provides and had to transport this WordPress blog from one Webhost server to another. It went pretty well. There are always wrinkles to work out, but all in all, a pretty smooth process.
The biggest problem was trying to reload the database. The problem was too many records. There were thousands of spam comments, once I took them out of the batch SQL file, all went well.
I did not backup over the last couple of days, so I did loose a couple of blog posts. It is a very minor situation.
I will recreate two and the other one is better not recreated.
June 20, 2008
Opiophobia is the unreasonable fear of prescribing opiates by both the medical professions and the public.
Opiophobia is responsible for the current situation where people on pain medications suffer difficulties from medical professionals, friends, and family.
I want to know where Opiophobia got started. I am doing research which I am capturing on a blog called History of Opiophobia.
I have identied several papers and books on the history of OpioPhobia, but they are either vary expensive or behind a firewall. I am continuing to reasearch.
June 19, 2008
There was a fire in our apartment complex. We are fine. It did get our attention.
June 16, 2008
Senator Obama and Senator McCain give us two different approaches to choose from.
They differ on the Iraq war, diplomacy, economics, taxes, and social issues.
I would like to add my voice to the chorus that is suggesting we look at those differences and vote according to which way we want the country to go.
We do not need to slander these men who want to lead the country. Let their positions on the issues stand or fall on their own merits. Let the citizenry reason and decide without rancor.
June 14, 2008
The United States and Iraq are negotiating a new security agreement. Can you imagine.
Iraq insists that the agreement recognize Iraq’s sovereignty. What a concept.
If I was Mr. Maliki, which of the following would I agree to:
And Iraq wants their sovereignty to be recognized.
Sounds like some negotiation.
June 11, 2008
When Irag invaded Kuwait, the United States came to the rescue. We drove Iraq out of Kuwait.
Then we invaded Irag, but we are the biggest guy on the block, so there is no one to rescue Iraq.
The other day I was talking about Iraq with a colleague, and he could not understand why they did not welcome us with open arms. I suggested that if Canada did not like George Bush and invaded us, would he welcome them with open arms? He laughed and said he would learn how to make Improvised Explosive Devices if we were invaded.
But somehow it was different he said. Saddam Hussein was evil, George Bush is not. How many evil guys have we had ruling countries in this century: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Hussein, Amin, Kim Jong-il, and many others.
It is a quagmire.
June 10, 2008
I am writing PHP code for a project that I am working on. There is good news and bad news.
The good news is that I really enjoy writing the code. But, I enjoy the coding so much that I keep wanting to do the code. I keep putting off more urgent and important tasks. That will end today – today is urgent and important tasks only. The code is important but not urgent.
I wake up thinking about the code and ways to improve it. Maybe it is just an excuse to stay in bed for a few more minutes working out the next routine to be coded.
It is certainly a type of system that I have written before, but as always, things change over time. So I bring some experience, but there are always new things to learn.
OK, I will set a goal for tasks to complete. If I complete all the tasks, I will take some time to code.
June 9, 2008
I am trying some new things with CSS.
I am taking all the color parameters out and putting them into one file. ../color.css. Because of the nature of CSS, I can replicate names of course, and it is last on the list.
I want to create different files for different color sets. I am not a sophisticated color person, so I use one of the many color sites to find compatible colors. I create the file and then have a “blue” set or a “orange and red” set of colors in different files. I can quickly change color sets to change the complete color scheme of a website.
There are lots of issues of course.
But overall, I like doing it. I get tired looking at the same colors, and it is a good thing to be able to switch color schemes effortlessly.
The next thing to do is to create one for this blog. I am tired of these colors.
Whatever happened to Windows XP SP3? Did I miss the memo?
I am still on SP2 – I just checked – and I do the regular Windows updates. Perhaps I need to manually choose to install SP3.
I apply all the updates, so perhaps I am at the equivalent of SP3. I have not heard the customary screaming about SP3, so it is either a clean update, or no one is doing it.
And what about Firefox Version 3? I signed up for the memorable day to download and install the new version of Firefox. I am still waiting.
I have read some reviews that say it is a fine product, so I will make it a point to download if soon in the big day does not arrive.
I just have to remember to not do them at the same time, because then if there are problems I will not know which one caused the problems.
June 8, 2008
When I find myself wondering what to blog about on a particular day, it usually means that what is on my mind is not something I want to blog about.
It is like running into an acquaintance who asks how you are doing and answering “I am doing fine”. There is no reason to speak of the fears, the failures, the problems, and the disappointments.
I sometimes think that I should start another blog – an anonymous blog – so that I can speak about what is really doing on.
One of the things that stops me is that I am not sure what makes it truly anonymous. Seems like one can penetrate the IP address of posts and identify people pretty quickly.
Maybe I can look up Mini-Microsoft and see how he or she did it.
June 7, 2008
Reading bloggers and listening to political pundits it is hard to find the “thirty thousand foot view”.
The view that:
There are two that seem to have this perspective.
It is hard to focus on work because my mind keeps going to the Aids Lifecycle. The closing ceremonies should be going on as I write this post. My son rode this year.
My son is a cyclist, and I thought he was riding because of pure altruistic motives – to raise money for Aids.
Eventually I found out about the demographics of the riders.
My son is a young straight guy. He is meeting lots of fit, young, engaged straight women. Just another benefit of doing a good thing I suppose.
For whatever the reason he rode, I am very proud of him.
June 6, 2008
Tracy Kidder wrote a book called “The Soul of a New Machine” about a computer design team.
I was thinking of that quote today. I have been dealing with units of time no longer than an hour, or a least a few hours.
I am going to take some time this weekend and meditate and read a book. Think about something longer than an hour.
T h e F r e s h e s t P o l i t i c s f o r N e w s J u n k i e s
Check out newsjunk if you are a news junkie. Dave Winer and others are behind it.
June 5, 2008
There are two major political parties in the United States.
CNN and other news stations normally have two pundits, one from the Republican Party and one from the Democratic Party. Today they had on Jessie Ventura, who represents the 40% who are not part of either major political party. It is refreshing to have that voice.
June 4, 2008
The pundits are hard at work doing post analysis.
This is what makes sense to me.
Now Obama has to engage the older voters.
The Democratic primary raised questions of racism and sexism.
The Presidential campaign will raise issues of ageism.
June 3, 2008
Adding just a few things to my daily schedule has made my day very full. Time seems to race by.
Adding just a few items seems to make the day very busy, but it could be because some of the items have an emotional charge.
June 2, 2008
I looked at a website today that I created 5 years ago. It was a mess.
There were some simple changes that I had to make but they were difficult to make. I suppose I will have to retool the website. FrontPage extensions will be obsolete soon.
If I had the time, I would welcome the opportunity, because I like to take messy code and create more elegant code.
June 1, 2008
Today is the start of the Aids LifeCycle. It is a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for Aids.
My son is riding along with 2500 other riders. I am a typical parent and I am both very proud and a little concerned.
The 2500 riders will raise more than 11 million dollars for Aids. It is quite a story and quite an adventure.
It feels a little strange sitting at my desk today while my son rides 80 miles on a bicycle. Maybe I will do a walk today.
May 31, 2008
Today, I am watching the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee.
There will be no party unity after this meeting. Bet on McCain.
Content is king on the Internet. So they say.
Nontent is lack of content. Nontent.com is for sale. Maybe nontent is the court jester to the king.
There is a certain amount of real content. That content is then re-used, re-purposed, and re-blogged.
Yahoo kills a billion pieces of spam a day. Content killers.
How much of content is someone (like me) expressing their opinions of the content of the day.
May 30, 2008
Father Michael Pfleger gave a sermon making fun of Senator Clinton. He was criticized and censured.
One of the comments usually heard is that is was very inappropriate for church.
Hmmm. Maybe so.
But it was funny, and would have been very appropriate in a comedy club. Take down the church sign, put up a comedy club sign, and all would be well.
Scott McCellan wrote a book about his time in the Bush administration.
The central thesis is that the United States government is immersed in a campaign culture. Scott says that everyone, including himself, is so involved in partisan politics that they were short sighted about everything else.
When asked why he did not protest or quit, Scott says that he was in a partisan fight and was so focused on that that he had to leave government to see the ramifications.
It sounds like the campaign culture to me. Can anyone discuss the situation between Senator Clinton and Senator Obama rationally these days? There are advocates on both sides with known talking points.
I am convinced that the TV news casts could use one pundit with two hats to comment on any of the stories.
And the for the Democratic primary
Then at least we would not have people talking over each other.
May 29, 2008
Another Reverent has been taped giving a shocking sermon.
What is it like to be one of those ministers?
You are a prominent religious leader in the community. You have built a large church with thousands of members. You are respected in the community. You sit on advisory boards.
You are invited to the White House. Here is Reverent Wright at a White House breakfast.
You stand in front of an adoring congregation preaching, your congregation is responding positively, the ‘Amens’ are loud, and the adulations are sure to follow. At the end of the sermon people shake your hand, tell you it was a great sermon, and say ‘God to bless you’.
Then the sermon shows up on CNN. You are roundly criticized. Pundits are shocked. The congregation is criticized. If a politician has attended the church or been endorsed by you, the politician is vilified.
What a disconnect that must be.
May 28, 2008
As I was finishing my work day yesterday, the movie Curse of the Golden Flower came on TV. I watched it from start to finish.
It was a visual feast. A stunning collage of colors, ritual, martial arts, family intrigue and grand opera themes.
I do not normally check to see what reviewers write about movies, but I did read a sampling of reviews about this movie. It was so magnificent visually that I wanted to read other’s reactions.
Almost every review remarked on the incredible visuals.
And every review discussed the plot that was a stew of intrigue, betrayal, murder, poisoning, and stepmother-stepson, and stepbrother-stepsister passion.
It was a remarkable movie.
May 27, 2008
Twitter has been a great source of amusement and amazement.
And Twitter is free.
May 26, 2008
Today is Memorial Day – the last Monday of May. Today we remember those that died while in the military service of the United States in any war or military action.
It was originally called Decoration Day, because on this day the dead were honored by decorating their graves.
I remember as a young man getting dressed up and going to the cemetery at this day. There were flowers everywhere. People decorated graves of relatives whether they had died in the military or not.
When you went to the cemetery, there were veterans in uniform giving out poppies and requesting donations for some veterans fund. Usually, we all got a poppy.
It was an obligation of the day, and people dealt with it in the normal way
Our family went early in the day. We had moved a good deal, so there were no relatives buried in the vicinity, so we paid our respects to the relatives of friends of the family.
The decorating of graves seems out of step with life today.
I will take a moment today to remember my Mother and Father. Their graves are too far away to decorate, so I will remember them and smile.
May 25, 2008
The next function I am going to learn about my new Treo is all the sounds, beeps, rings, alerts, and alarms.
I learned about
I still get alerts, etc. Some of them go off early in the morning.
I need to find the way to turn off all sounds so
May 22, 2008
That is the advice given to aspiring writers. Write every day.
I am blogging every day. It is starting to effect my writing. I am starting to think more about word choice and sentence structure.
I did not start blogging that way. I started by just trying to get some thoughts into sentences and hitting the “publish” button. Check. That task done.
I was an English major and an aspiring writer at one time. I discovered it was not for me. But I certainly would like to be able to write better.
I read some blogs that are written well. They are captivating and engaging. When I read good writing I find myself reading more intently and staying with the writing longer.
I would not mind if my readers had the same experience.
May 21, 2008
Senator Clinton continues to say she got the most popular votes. Good for her, but the candidate that gets the most delegates is the one that wins.
I understand that there are super delegates that have not decided and Senator Clinton is trying to convince them.
But how they keep score is delegates. The one with the most delegates wins.
I try and blog every day. Blogging is therapeutic. It is like motivation and hygiene. It needs to be done every day to be effective.
There are times when blogging comes easily. There are times blogging is difficult.
When blogging is difficult, it is usually because what is on my mind is not something I want to discuss.
I am going back to reading about the Law of Attraction. Get my mind right.
May 20, 2008
I added Google Adsense ads to this blog. I was interested in the results.
It is like an instant summary of what I have been blogging.
Potential website clients will call and ask how much it would cost to make a small change to their website. Boy is that tricky.
I cringe as I wonder if the previous webmaster used any sort of technique for common code.
I wonder if the client can find their Web hosting user id and password, or whether that disappeared with their last webmaster. Of course it can be retrieved. It usually takes a conference call with the web hosting site, the owner, and myself.
I wonder if there is any unusual pattern of redirects that must be followed. I started to look at one website where the redirects were 4 deep. A went to B went to C went to D. I have no idea why.
And I wonder if the previous webmaster has two duplicate sites depending on where the visitor is coming from. It must have been an analysis to see if one worked better than the other, but I changed the website, then discovered there was a duplicate site in another subdirectory.
I have discovered these and other traps waiting for me as I look at a new website. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to make sure the there are no traps.
May 19, 2008
The California Supreme Court ruled that the law prohibiting same sex marriage is unconstitutional. Same sex marriages will probably begin in California 30 days from the ruling. There will be a constitutional amendment on the ballet in November so the people can vote to change the constitution if they wish.
The entire issue resolves around the fact that the state gave special considerations to married couples. If the state gives special rights to one group, it cannot withhold those rights from another group.
Let us step back and consider. What if the state did not consider marriage in any of the laws, taxes, or benefits.
People could create civil unions to protect jointly shared property and share benefits. The IRS could give special consideration to civil unions if that is the law. Social Security benefits could be defined by civil union.
It is not a far stretch to go from corporations to civil unions. We form groups that are treated as entities by the state. This would be another one of those entities.
Marriage should just be a issue for the church. The state should be prohibited from even asking about one’s marital status. It should be as unimportant to the state as someone’s baptismal or communion status.
If marriage is a religious institution, it would take place in the church as do baptisms, communion, confirmations, and other religions rites.
I do not have a problem if the Muslims have up to 4 wifes. I do not have a problem if the Latter Day Saints have multiple wives. I do not care if churches practice infant or adult baptisms. I do not care who prays to what God. Those are matters left in the Church.
There would be no marriage license, unless the church issues one.
The state can provide another kind of legal entity called a civil union with tax and benefit laws. The state should get out of the marriage business entirely.
I am writing some PHP code. It is for a project that I am have been working on. It is the most elaborate code that I have written for a good while. Just about everything that I am coding is something I have not coded before.
The coding process, however, is most familiar. I use a combination of “top down development” and “step wise progression”. We used to have signs that said “programmers do it top down”. That was before we were engineers.
But the system could have great promise.
I will see.
May 18, 2008
Sometimes I start to blog about something, and it seems I have blogged on the same topic before. It is not a problem to blog on the same topic of course, but I do not want to write the same blog post more than once.
On the other hand, I am not sure anyone including myself, would notice … or care. If the thought comes up again, perhaps the best thing to do is just to write it down again.
I could do a search and try and discover if it is in the archives, but I am not sure I want to do that. Perhaps it will be different enough this time not to matter. If it is what is on my mind today, why not just write it.
So that is what I am going to do.
If you have a Monday to Friday work or school week, Saturday and Sunday are the weekend.
Sunday is the classic touchstone for optimism versus pessimism. It is either a wonderful full day of no work or school, or a depressing end to the weekend.
Now some of us work every day, so it is a moot point, but it is fascinating to see how people react.
I work on Sunday, but I get very few client calls or emails that need to be answered, so it is a different sort of day. I schedule a project each weekend to take advantage of the uninterrupted time.
May 17, 2008
It is the weekend. It feels wonderful.
All is well.
May 16, 2008
I continue to unsubscribe from all email newsletters and ezines. I want to move all subscriptions to RSS so that they are under my control.
The process has been most interesting.
I received this email:
The spam was so blatant it took me a minute to understand.
I have also had to do this process a number of times.
That totals 4 unwanted emails to stop the newsletter, but at least it worked.
I have also had this process.
Here is another one. I received one today that said:
I want to block it before it gets to my computer of course.
I should have kept a log of my adventures, but I did not think it was going to be so interesting.
May 15, 2008
I was up late last night coding PHP to add functionality to my website. If the functionality works well, I will use it on other websites. It is so consuming to program.
Today, I am doing all the other business with the understanding that when all my business tasks are done, then I am rewarded by being able to code. You would think that after being a programmer for 40 years, it would get old, but it does not.
I was a manager for part of that time, but I always seemed to find some code to write.
We are having our first heat wave of the year. It was over 100 degrees today. It is not a major problem to survive, it gets hot in the afternoon and then cools off. It is pleasant now.
There is air conditioning in our apartment, so it is pleasant.
However, my computers have apparently been overheating today.
Yes I do worry about moisture with the cold packs, but I wrap them in paper towels and do my best to keep them dry.
May 12, 2008
My son is getting ready to ride in the Aids Lifecycle. It is a bike ride that will take place June 1-7, 2008, as cyclists and volunteers will travel 545 miles through beautiful California from San Francisco to Los Angeles. My son will be one of 2500 cyclists riding in the event.
The event will raise close to 11 million dollars.
We are enormously proud of him of course. It is a wonderful event for a good cause.
May 9, 2008
When my children were young, we did not restrict their Internet access. We talked about the dangers openly, asked them what they knew about the dangers from their readings, and asked them what rules they followed. We agreed on the rules.
When they were in elementary school, the computers were in a public area of the house.
That was just about it.
I am not saying that was wise, it is just our style. Having a frank talk about the dangers allowed them to set their own limits. I knew they were going to visit porn sites and other sites, but I was much happier that they did it without having to try and hide it.
When my son was a Freshman in high school, he told me if I ever wanted to go to a porn site, he had account and password hacks.
When I set up computers for parents now, I am often instructed to put on the parental controls. I of course do it, and I always think back about how it was when my children were small.
I do not have any regrets. I still think we were right. But it is definitely worse now on the Internet, so I do wonder if I would put on parental controls now. Probably not.