Archives for August 2005

The City of New Orleans

Lynne and I had a lot fun in New orleans in October 2000 for the DMA convention. Lots of memories. It also marked my switch to digital cameras, a huge paradigm shift that improved my creative abilities. Now, here’s the very sad reality in that once-great city: * New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper has switched to […]

Literally Climbing The Walls

NY Times: Geckos, lizards that are notorious for their sticky feet, can run up walls and across ceilings, and hang tauntingly by one toe. They have no suction cups, hooks or glue on their feet, so how do they do it? Five years ago, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; and Lewis and […]

Good Planets Are Hard to Find

Fantastic movie of Earth from the Mercury-bound Messenger spacecraft. Comprising 358 frames taken over 24 hours, the movie follows Earth through one complete rotation. The spacecraft was 40,761 miles (65,598 kilometers) above South America when the camera started rolling on Aug. 2. It was 270,847 miles (435,885 kilometers) away from Earth – farther than the […]

Liquid Layouts

So the new liquid layout for Notio may have some bugs yet to uncover, but the basics are working pretty well. My brother was visiting this weekend, and he has a Treo 650 smart phone. This thing has a web browser with maybe 240 pixels of width. Amazingly, he had a “three-bar” Cingular signal at […]

Moveable Type 3.2

What the heck, I thought. I updated the weblog publishing software to version 3.2 this morning. The docs are much better than the last version, about which I complained. But the upgrade script hung on the MT::Entries table, and after an hour I ran it again. It skipped all that and seemed to complete okay. […]

Notio Redesigned, Again

That habit of mine struck again. Every time I get overloaded with work I add on an unrelated diversion, such as reading ten books, throwing a family party, buying a new camera, or redesigning my weblog. Sometimes, like this week, all of them all at once. I had two goals for redesigning Notio. First, to […]

Summer of Rainbows

Last night we sat down to supper and Lynne suddenly said, “Oh my God! Where’s the camera!?” My view out the two windows showed only a gray sky, but from her angle it was a different story. Running to the deck we saw an amazing double rainbow, easily the brightest, clearest, and most complete we’ve […]

Evolution of an idea

Back in the day, memepool was one of my very favorite websites. It was more or less anonymous, had a biting wit, posted very unusual links, and updated frequently so it made for a good daily browse. It was just a guy or two, sharing their cool links with whoever found them. The design remains […]

Any Questions?

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Saving The Appearances

Joshua Allen posted a great review of Owen Barfield’s Saving The Appearances. He closes with a quote from Barfield which I found interesting: Here is a choice quote that summarizes several arguments from various parts of the book; arguing that memory (aka semantic web) is a post-totemic idea that depends on lossy symbols. “As soon […]