Archive for December, 2004

san francisco nye 2k5

on Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 ... ob: gatherings

I’m off to San Francisco for new years. If you are in the area, get in touch. Be back next year. Happy new years! ;) …

Flickr , here

on Monday, December 27th, 2004 ... ob: geek + photo

I’ve finally jumped on the flickr bandwagon. You can see a random photo from my stream on the right, above the links. Check out this flickr group taking pictures of their hands, Hands to S. E. Asia, as a tribute to the tsunami victims.

I usually prefer to use simply ‘here’ as a handle on message boards and community sites, but a game beat me to it as a flickr user. Fortunately, it is right up my alley ‘meta.pervasive.gaming’, and I’ll look into running an instance of it as soon as possible! The crew looks to have a number of top notch resources, links, and ideas surrounding pervasive yet clever tech. I look forward to following their tree a bit further, and sending pictures of an upcoming here game potentially customized for a less urban environment.

The only feature I’m awaiting with some anxiety is the ability to download all stored images at some future venture. Fortunately, I am not alone in this request.

I’m exhasted from the busiest day yet at the ski basin. A few more days, then off to San Fran for nye2k5!!

Froogle, NCR, and Amazon Wishlists and Registries

on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 ... ob: business

Back in January, I mentioned the potential of a universal gift registry as proposed by NCR (nyse: ncr), Google has picked up the ball and provided a net-wide wishlist based on their froogle product search. It was rather buggy when setting my wishlist up, but I expect they’ll have it worked out by next christmas ;). Now to implement this effectively as a registry, similar to amazon’s, and the rest is history. NCR’s stock, by the way, has nearly doubled since January… who listened and wants to buy me a terabyte with the profits? ;)

Settlers3d – Settlers of Catan

on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 ... ob: games

I’ve always played settlers of catan online at this overcrowded and buggy thesis inspired site, also available here. Now microsoft also has a version, but I also discovered an open source gem, settlers3d, which is incredible! If you play settlers, get this, and then visit the community site to figure out what is what. Yes, that means you kurt, mary, manton, jeff, and michael ;) – let me know when you get it.

I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

on Sunday, December 26th, 2004 ... ob: general

Merry merry, all. Hope everyone had a fantastic solstice, or whatever it is you celebrated. I’ve officially started as a snowboard instructor up at the santa fe ski basin. The job is fantastic, though difficult. 80% Texans, but folks from everywhere. Yesterday a family of 6, every one in camoflage, showed up with enough enthusiasm to ignore the lift. I wish I’d had my new camera with me ;). Check out the snowboarding faq as a great starting point for snowboarding info.

I managed to pull something in my back resulting in the past few days barely able to move from many positions. Don’t do this, it ain’t no fun.

It’s been a bit since purging my ‘to blog’ folder… so here we go!

One Liners:

  • – amusing ai attempt at 20 questions.
  • pictoplasma – characters at war, “contemporary character design and art”. (via to-evolve)
  • – photoblogging resources.
  • sun setup an employee blog space at, ‘accessible to any Sun employee to write about anything’.
  • bustymousepads – they finally got a new shipment! ;)
  • irfanview – free quick image viewer, similar to acdsee.
  • The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, the movie (siteimdb), releases on May 6th!?, how could they not release this on 4-2?
  • April 13, 2029, the end of the world? Only if it hits the earth. Better odds than winning the lottery!
  • Also in orbit, the international space station will be visible in the states early mornings the next few days. Check this list by location.
  • wikipedia – so many good things to say. Reminds me of my dmoz days. I recommend everyone get an account, even if only to read the debates behind your favorite controversial pages. The bush pages are some of the best, though searching for ‘bush’ gets you a shrub, not a pres.

Etienne-Jules Marey at the d’Orsay

on Thursday, December 9th, 2004 ... ob: media

The Musée d’Orsay is currently displaying a special homage to Etienne-Jules Marey: Movements of Air Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904) Photographer of Fluids. The only comperable photographer I’d heard of is Eadweard Muybridge, credited with the ‘trotting horse’ moving images seen sampled by u2’s lemon video. Marey’s images, such as this one, are fantastic, and inspire me to seek out similarly influential passtimes 100 years later. Recommended reading.

Odd Links and Feeds Finally Win

on Thursday, December 9th, 2004 ... ob: geek + general

one liners:
googlism : try your first or last name.
Porn music for the masses. ’nuff. : 24/7 live dnb.
photo friday contest.
beer logos in illustrator format. –cam
liberum : open source help desk.

Saw this guy out and about at the santa fe film festival sporting his fiber/led cheese-wear. He had a custom jacket displaying a tri-color rotating cube surrounded by a starfield similar in look to the popular screensaver variants — really cool! I miss dorkbot.

In pop trivia, Mr. Bungle, now most widely recognized as a rather noisy band, was named after a puppet in a 1959 childrens ‘lunchroom manners’ video made popular by peewee herman(!) on an old HBO special.

I’m (finally) addicted to feeds! The vast majority of sites I follow now have feeds implemented, usually thanks to the widespread popularity of cms use. I’m using thunderbird for both mail and feeds, but will likely explore other options as the number of feeds I follow continues to grow. Currently on the list: mandolux, a list apart, boxes and arrows, camworld, dorkbot, googleblog,, nwtekno, planethci, wordpress-dev.

I suppose I should also mention that tab browsing took a short few days to convert me. Ok, I get it now.