Saturday, 22 May 2004

Scott built himself a couple of nifty calendar views to extend dasBlog ther other day - Monthly and yearly views. Cool stuff, check it out if you're a dasBlogger, especially if you type a lot of blog entries and want to be able to visualize them differently than you can now. Scott hints that he'll make them generally available soon.

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Saturday, 22 May 2004 15:45:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 19 May 2004

A friend and coworker of mine, Scott Hanselman, trapped me into lunch today as I was walking through the cafeteria. Well, okay, he didn't exactly trap me, he just waived me over and invited me to sit down, but “trapped” sounds better. His wife, Mo, was there as well. Earlier Scott had asked me if I would help him duplicate some DVDs from their recent trip to Africa. He made the a comment about how his DVD burner had crapped out and died on him, and then made some reference to how he had to watch DVDs on his tablet “during that period in my life when my computer wasn't working.”

Now, I have often heard people classify their lives into convenient or descriptive apportionments, like “when I was married to my third wife” or “back when the kids were still at home,” etc.

But Scott's comment started me thinking. Life in the digital age is - at least in my own experience and my observation of others - fairly consuming. Everything I do seems to have some kind of connection - either direct or not - to computers or other electronic devices and information. From the perspective of the hindsight-oriented crowd, it's a wonder the world functioned at all without all this technology. While I constantly find myself ready to hurl my Blackberry device off a cliff, I would not be able to function as effectively without it. Or at least it seems that way.

We've become a world of digitally-leashed animals, for better or for worse. Some have started to describe our lives in terms of “bandwidth” and available “cycles” when talking about how much time we have (or don't have), and for many of us, the idea of giving up our cell phones and email, while probably a welcome and wishful thought, in reality causes us to feel anxious. After all, how in the world could we possibly function?

Our interrupt-driven lifestyles may be the end of us. I wonder how long it will be before the average human lifespan in technologically-advanced countries actually starts to drop as a result of the stress of technology? Certainly technology has improved our collective quality of life to a degree, but at what point does the world start rotating backward? Lends a whole new definition to “mean time before failure,” doesn't it?

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Wednesday, 19 May 2004 16:10:41 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Every blog needs the obligatory picture of a cute puppy, and/or pet pictures. Here's mine.

He actually slept last night without crying or howling (unless I slept through it, that is). That's a miracle in and of itself.

Still have not settled on a name, but I am leaning toward Deeohgee. ;-)

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Tuesday, 18 May 2004 16:48:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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By way of

Because we have a moral duty to protect the ignorant people, please let your friends and family know about this important product recall:

Name of product: Martha Stewart Everyday® Safety Matches
Units: 588 boxes
Distributor: Kmart Corp., of Troy, Mich.
Hazard: These matches may ignite upon impact, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Uhhhhhh - yeah??? And the problem is??? I thought everyone knew if you dropped a box of matches enough times, it will eventually catch on fire... I'm sure there's some clever Martha Stewart joke in this somewhere, too, but I'll just let you think of it.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2004 15:24:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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There are a few things, some of them admittedly old-skool, that I want my Blog to be able to do. I don’t imagine they’re all that complicated, but here they are:

  1. Allow people to sign up for email notifications when I add a new item or modify an existing one – Email alerts, so to speak. I can get alerts when people post comments or trackback or refer, etc. and I want to go the other way on a subscription basis.
  2. Similarly, allow someone – at the time they reply to a post – to choose whether or not they want to receive email notifications of any subsequent comments on the same post.
  3. Allow [CategoryName] in any post method’s subject line to auto-add to an existing category (which works in email-posting now, but don’t think it does in Movable Type API, etc.)
  4. Allow a post-classification and user-registration system so that people who are signed up can see all public and private posts, and people who are anonymous on the site only see the posts that are viewable by general public.

That’s actually about it. I may think of more later, but other than that, dasBlog does pretty much everything I want and need it to do.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2004 15:01:46 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Over a week ago my (new) cat escaped out of the house when a door blew open. She disappeared. For a couple of days, I could hear her off in the woods meowing and stuff, and a couple of times when I called she came sort of close, but never stuck around.

She's definitely a 'fraidy-cat.

Anyhow, after a week of not seeing or hearing the cat, I had to assume she was coyote dinner. I mean, she was pretty small and young, so death by dinner seemed the only option.

Wrong. Kat's still out there, still meowing.

And apparently eating well, from the looks of her. I have no idea what she's eating (mice and/or rats I hope), but it's keeping her healthy.

I tried to catch her and bring her in, but she jumped and ran when I tried. Hey, fine with me.

Anyhow, Kat Lives. Kind of reminds me of those Darth Vader Lives pins when I was in grade school (yeah, yeah, no old people jokes), only different.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2004 07:24:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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