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Sunday,  06/27/10  08:45 PM

clogged pipes! the plumbing is too complicatedYeah, I know; my posts aren't syncing out again; the pipes are clogged.  Sorry!

I've been spending more and more time traveling which exacerbates the problem, and it is not fixing itself...  time to consider a different mechanism for blogging.

I currently use a great-but-dated WYSI(SO)WYG* tool called Citydesk from Fog Creek Software, wherein I compose posts and edit images and so on offline on my laptop, and then "sync out" the result to my server.  Over the years more and more of my post-processing has moved to my server for performance reasons and because it is easier to manage, to the point where I hardly use the Citydesk composing facilities anymore.

* what you see is (sort of) what you get

I've felt for some time the "right" way for me to post is simply by sending email.  I could do this from my laptop, from my phone, from here, from there, and from anywhere - no muss, no fuss.  No internet connection, no problem; the email is queued, and goes out when I'm back online.  Back in 2003 when I started blogging such a thing would have been weird and hard, but today it seems obvious and easy.  All mail clients send formatted HTML, and I could just filter it a bit, stick it in a post, and poof! we're done.  Update the home page, update the RSS feed, and the archive - all of that is done on the server already.

[ Update: I started working on this today - in between about ten other things, including working on my tan and watching the world cup and attending traffic school and working on work - and while it isn't completely trivial, it's completely doable.  The hardest part is automatically cataloging images.  Please stay tuned... ]


Sunday,  06/27/10  08:55 PM

I think I'm back to full strength after three good nights of sleep back home, and three days of relaxation and work.  Getting caught up, and spending some time thinking ahead, instead of fielding interrupts.  Oh and actually did a little coding today, and it was good...  just wish I didn't have fires burning on so many fronts.  Man there's a lot to do.  Including blogging!

Eric Raymond is right: Reports of PC's Impending Death Greatly Exaggerated.  Laptops, tablets, phones, sure there are a lot of form factors for computing these days, but really for doing actual work a large monitor with a full-size keyboard is best, right?  It has to do with human econometrics, plain and simple.

NASA's supersonic "green machine"I'm linking this just for the cool artist's conception: NASA's supersonic green machine.

Watched a little of the World Cup's knockout round this weekend.  So, I'm not a futbol aficionado, but the officiating in these matches is horrible.  That English goal called back against Germany?  Could have decided the match.  And that offsides non-call on Argentina against Mexico was just as bad.  Give us good referees or instant reply!

Tomorrow's games are likely to be interesting; Netherlands against Slovakia (go Oranje!) and Brazil against Chile.  I think the favorites will win setting up a most interesting quarterfinal rematch between the Dutch and the Brazilians.  The winner of that could easily go all the way.

Facebook has a huge network effect, which is why it is hard to imagine even Google challenging them.  Google Me is all very exciting, but it won't dent the hood.

Schrödinger's kit: Tools that are in two places at once.  This is pretty hard to wrap your head around :)

ZooBorn: baby crested screamerZooBorn / cute chick of the weekend: a baby crested screamer.  What a fuzzball :)


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