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March 2005

Moving, and seeing Philly

This week, as we all know, I am moving (all of 2 blocks). Since this will not take up all of my time this week, I am scheduling some time for somethings that I have been meaning to do.

Chiefly amongst them are:

However, Dave reminds me of something my friend Chris sent to me with the message, 'If I were you, I'd go here.' This is the link that Chris sent me, Dave links to a different article.

Plus, I even have plans for Saturday night. I'm turning into a regular social butterfly here, except that I plan to do the three things I listed alone... hmm... not so social then.

A Chat with Barb

scott: I can't afford my lavish lifestyle without it
scott: :(
barb: you're goin to have to give up on your 30" cinema display fetish, scott
barb: i've warned you about this
barb: 28 of them is more than enough for any sane person
barb: and even a bit beyond what the insane could handle
scott: I need 30!
scott: My toaster told me so
barb: hehe... uh... ruh roh...
barb: go pack that toaster!
scott: the toaster told me I was a good boy
barb: just step away from the toaster, scott. slowly...
scott: the toaster told me you would try to seperate us!
barb: it's for your own good! toast just isn't worth it!
scott: mmm toast
scott: ;)
scott: I did the wink so you wouldn't think I'm insane
barb: too late
scott: damn it
barb: you can't wink your way out of this one!

A week from moving, when a boy's thoughts turn to interior decoration

I found an apartment. This is good.

I don't have that much crap to move. This is good.

I need to make my apartment inviting, since I will probably want to entertain. This is not so good.

Why isn't entertaining good you ask? That isn't the problem part, silly! The problem is that I have no taste (evidence here, here, and here).

I do like mission style furnishings, and well as tiki stuff, and things from the 50's, though I am not sure they blend together (well the tiki and the 50's do, but mission is left out in the cold).

I suppose I will just end up getting Ikea stuff (though who I would get to Ikea is anyone's guess. There is one in Philly, though I here public transportation to it is lacking).

Weblogs, Inc up front about tech troubles

As you all know I blog my little heart out over at TUAW (but only about Apple stuff, so it saves you the reader of Blankbaby from having to read my blathering about iPods and such). Some of you may have noticed that as of late Weblog, Inc's blogs have been up and down more times than a Monica Lewinsky's yp-yp. Brian has the scoop:

If I had to choose between having server problems that no one noticed or having server problems that people in other countries blog about, I’ll take the one where people notice. Saturday morning we switched to a new database server with fast drives and yesterday at noon the whole platform went south.

No one ever falls for the writer

That is a quote from Orson Scott Card.  He was talking about how writers of popular fiction seem to write novels about writers and women who fall them, writing out their fantasies.

He says that 'no one ever falls for the writer,' and I think he's right.  He also admitted that he writes to pay the bills and that he would much rather direct plays, or write screen plays for romantic comedies (he expressed a love for 'anything with Tom Hanks.')

Overall, it was a few hours well spent.

Google Doesn't like Philly Future

I know (well I think) that a few influential tech personages read Blankbaby, for whatever reason. Well, I am going to call in a favor (if I can).

I have become involved in the incredible Philadelphia blogging community that is being fostered by Karl at Philly Future. However, there is a problem:

Google has undeniable power. If you're being indexed by it - with quality content - it can send users your way that didn't know you existed before they searched. But if you're not indexed by Google - you don't exist. At least to a large portion of the web.

Philly Future isn't indexed by Google. The new (a year old!) version of the site isn't that is.

Despite the best efforts of some (thanks Shelley) - Philly Future is still not getting visited by the Googlebot.

I've signed up for AdSense. Maybe that will help. But I need to wait until I'm approved and that can take a week. If they look at their blacklist, and if Philly Future is on it, it probably won't make a difference.

This is painful.

Anyone have any ideas on how to get Google to pay attention to Philly Future, which is a really great asset for Philadelphia?

Just my luck

T-Mobile internal FAQ for Pulling HP iPaq h6315 from shelves:

Q1: Why was the HP iPAQ pulled from our line of products?

A: We are working with the vendor (Hewlett Packard) to explore possible software
upgrades that may provide an improved customer experience. Until we know whether
these software changes will enhance the experience, we are temporarily suspending

Guess what cellphone/PDA thingy Scott has.

Spring Curmudgeon

Becky, of Good Grief! fame, has cast an aspersion towards me in her post 'Spring has sprung, and young women's thoughts turn away from weblogs' (which refers to this post).

I know it isn't popular to not like Spring. I know if I want to be 'cool' I should be giggling, frolicking, and falling in love. But you know what? I'm not doing any of those things. Spring has sprung all right, and it hit me right in the ass.

Spring means hay fever. Spring means summer is soon upon us (which in turn means a sweaty Scott, which no one likes). Spring means all the damn birds are going to be making noise. Spring means that young couples will be walking hand in hand reminding me at every turn that I am all alone, oh so very alone.

Spring is, as Dave said, trying too hard.

So, if that makes me a curmudgeon than curmudgeon I am.

My game plan for this spring? Keep my head down, blog lots, and pretend like it isn't even happening. Oh, and I'll probably see a few movies at the Philadelphia Film Festival (Rittenhouse Square looks interesting. I'm a big fan of the Square itself, so why wouldn't I enjoy the movie?).

Wake me when fall is here; now that's a season I can get behind!

Matt Goyer's Work place wish list

Matt lists what he would like in a work place:

  • ..downtown
  • ...where I can bike or walk
  • ...where I can walk to different lunch options
  • ...where I can partake in happy hour
  • ...where my building has character and/or style

Let's see, I have a lot of those at my current work place.

  • Downtown? I'm close enough, and since I live downtown I need not work there.
  • Bike or walk? Given my biking experience, I prefer walking. And I can, and do!
  • Walk to different lunch options? Check.
  • Partake in Happy Hour? I don't drink, but I have been to numerous happy hours with work peeps.
  • Building with character/style? Well, it has lots of character, not so much style.

Now, since what would be in my list?

  • Get to wear shorts to work
  • Get to wear cool shirts to work

I'm easy to please.

Ruby on Rails supports Ajax

Don't worry if that title means nothing to you, because for the vast majority of people it won't mean anything.

Though, if you are ever at a cocktail party with a web developer (and really when are you NOT at a cocktail party with a web developer) mention that you have heard a lot of good thing about Ruby on Rails. They'll be impressed and then you can use that moment when they are stunned to snag that last canape from the tray.

Anyway, Ajax is all the rage (it basically combines XML with javascript to do some nifty things on the client side) and Ruby on Rails is a new web development platform based on Ruby, a supposedly easy to learn scripting language, that the hot development group 37signals (the makers of Basecamp and Ta-da Lists) are pushing for its ease of use.

So the latest release of Ruby on Rails supports AJAX in such a way that you don't need to code javascript, which sounds cool to me.

Having never used it myself I have no real opinion of it, but judging from this movie (which is 20 megs so if you aren't interested in the rest of this entry don't bother clicking on it) it seems a little more complicated than ColdFusion.

UPDATE: Curt Hibbs has written a nice intro to Ruby on Rails for O'Reilly's Check it out.