Month: January 2000

  • I’m doing an experiment to see if anyone at register.com is watching what domains people lookup on their server. It’s possible that people are watching the cgi queries to see what domains are interesting, and then registering them themselves, to beat prospectors to the punch. I did a query on breakfeast.com and newnode.com, to see if anyone bites.
  • I spent the afternoon at Bill’s house today. We made business cards for Sally. Her showing is going to be on the 20th of Febuary.
  • The gig last night in Sunnyvale went well. We only played for about an hour, but the crowd seemed to really like us. We got lots of good feedback, which is always nice to hear.

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  • Now I’ve got form-elements for editing scalar values (except for binary objects) right inside the table-renderer. I can modify all my directives right there. The todo list is growing, though. I’m going to need to be aple to edit things inside tables whose names start with the # character. I also need to be able to edit outlines…
  • I’m domain surfing again. Yeesch! This is addictive!
  • News from work: I’ve got a table-renderer I’m working on that acts like a filesystem browser (with many exceptions). It’s going to be my interface to the Macworld website, and it’s going to allow me to do many of the things that ETP does, but in a heirarchical, and object-oriented fashion.
  • As a side-note, does Userland realize how much Frontier functionality they are obscuring by placing Manila stories, homepages and DG messages in one flat database with no field extensibility?

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  • I’m watching Apocalypse Now on DVD. I haven’t seen it since the first time it aired on cable (over 15 years ago), and I’m sure my take on it at 30 will be verry different than at 14.
  • Bet you didn’t know that I marched (carried) on Washington against the Vietnam war before I was one year old. (On the film: Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500)
  • Quotes from Apocalypse Now:

    Someday this war’s gonna end. That’d be just fine with the boys on the boat. Trouble is I’d been back there, and I knew it just didn’t exist anymore.

    The war was being run by a bunch of 4-star clowns, who were gonna end up giving the whole circus away.

    We’re not supposed to be in Cambodia, but that’s classified.

    This bridge, we build it every night, Charlie blows it up again, just so the Generals can say the road’s open.

    I used to think if I died in an evil place, my soul wouldn’t be able to make it up to Heaven, but now- fuck- I don’t care where it is as long as it ain’t here.

    You’re an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.

    The man is clear in his mind, but he’s insane in his soul.

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  • Sally’s Art broke the 10,000 hit mark today. See the Top 100 list on editthispage.com.
  • We’re on our way to a party at my friend Brad’s house. Their upstaris neighbors are in on it, so there will be two levels, DJs, and imbibeables. He expected a hundred people or more. Jeff Cheney will be there too. Update: I got there (very late) at 12:30, and ran into a frined from my former employer, but I didn’t see Jeff anywhere, Though I know he was. Oh Well. I’ll see him on Monday.
  • The appartment is in desarray again. Sally and I just moved a whole bunch of stuff from Healdsburg: Kitchen set, microwave, desk, and blankets. How much stuff can we fit in this little place?

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  • I’m adding pages with the scripts I wrote about yesterday. The cool thing is that I’ll be able to plug this editing interface directly into the Mac Publishing sites as they are, without having to move anything around.
  • Sally’s nephews, Auston and Miles are staying with us tonight. Here they are:


    Auston:
    Auston

    Miles:
    Miles

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  • I’m starting to have some cool stuff happening. I’m developing an editorial interface that’s half-way between Manila and WebEdit. It’s an ftp-like browser with buttons that allow you to get to CGIs that do file-system-like stuff, like adding folders and documents, renaming things, moving things around, and getting into page editors. It’s also going to be able to get at scalar values inside, for example, the #prefs table, via fields on a CGI form. I’m taking into account the fact that there are special entries that may want popups, radio buttins or checkboxes. It’s looking good.
  • As seen on Scripting News, Edit This Page crashed this afternoon, and had to be restored from a backup. I lost changes I’d made here and on Jahoo! late last night.
  • Overheard in the office: I wonder what the longest yoyo in the world is.

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  • Ok, so I’m getting ready to rip apart mainresponder.tableToHTML(). I’m going to see what it feelis like to have a filesystem-like interface on top of Edit This Page buttons. Unfortulately, this code is Userland’s, and I don’t have a callback to this specific routine. Maybe they should add one.
  • I’m curious about Pike. I asked the question on the Manila-Newbies mailing list today, of whether I’d be able to use Pike with older-style Frontier sites. Dave replied: “That’s an excellent question. Unless we discover a silver bullet, every site is going to require a back-end to interface to Pike in the form of XML-RPC handlers.” I wonder what the interface looks like.
  • I swapped my measly little 15″ monitor for a 21″, but the contrast is all messed up. The resolution is better though, and that’s what I wanted.

Ahh… Tuesday. Back to work.

  • Has anyone checked out NetBarrier? It’s a firewall and anti-hacking software for Macs (which is what I’m running “Jspace” with). I’d like to try it out, but I don’t want to have to buy it. They don’t seem to have a trial version.

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  • I just registered arrowkey.com. It’s a cool name, no?
  • My jspace.org domain came online. I’ve put my former weblog, J-Space there, which used to live at http://jake.sonic.com but which I had to abandon for a couple of months after leaving Sonic Solutions. I discovered something interesting. JenniCAM has given way to content-rot. See what I wrote about Lawyers and Content Rot.
  • By the way, if you see any broken links on J-Space, let me know.
  • I’m learning all ins and outs of DNS. I’ve got my own primary and secondary DNS servers running now, but I know very little about how to use them. The incentive was to enable use of virtual hosting in Frontier. As a side note, it’s cool that register.com sets up DNS for you, but it would be nice if they had more instruction about running your own name servers.
  • Still working on DNS. I seem to have successfully changed braincase.net to point at my IP, but can I point more domains at the same IP? We’ll see. I’m working on getting jspace.org and my newest, arrowkey.com, to point to those IPs as well. It’s laborious. Apparently I can’t do this. I’m going to try pointing them all at ns1/ns2.braincase.net.
  • Sally and I went to Flax art supply store today, and get a mattboard cutter, some more paints and a bunch of mattboards, so we can mount matt the paper pieces for her showing. We also got some film so we could make pictures to take around to cafes that display art for sale. Then we need frames and business cards. We had no idea how expensive this stuff is.

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