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Month: August 2009 (page 1 of 4)

Surly Fest

Just ordered my tickets for Surly Fest!


Windows Tax

winxp-logoWe have been in Lignite, ND this weekend visiting my family. It’s really nice to see everyone. In addition to great relatives, I’ve had less stellar visits with a couple of Windows XP machines that needed various levels of help. Mostly cleaning up junk and updating things, however, my aunt had a full blown spyware infestation that was fairly gnarly. Microsoft owes me about 5 hours of time from this trip.

Apple Store preparing for Snow Leopard release.

How to Expire Tweets on Twitter

A lot of people consider Twitter a microblogging platform. I don’t really agree with that. I think Tumblr and Posterous are great examples of microblogging platforms. Twitter, to me, is much more like a “micromessaging” platform. As such I think it has more in common with email and instant messenger than WordPress and Tumblr.

I’ve been thinking more recently about the digital trails we all leave and it struck me that Twitter really should be managed more like messaging applications. In those applications, I tend to have an expiration date for things. To be formal about it, there is a retention policy for that content. Twitter needs a retention policy. Do I really care to have archived forever the Tweet about lunch from three years ago? No. Does Google need to index it? No. The only practical use I can think of for a long history on Twitter is to be able to profile me for advertising better. No thanks.

I did a little looking and couldn’t find anything to do this, so whipped up a Ruby program with the handy Twitter4R library to do what I want.

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This week we said goodbye to one of the most distinctive art features of our house. In January of 2003 Tammy’s longtime friend Liane McMeen painted a great mural in our living room that surrounded a piece of art that we got in Denver featuring a dog positioned in a Volkswagen Bug door. For over 6 years when people have come into our house and turned the corner to enter the main living area, they’ve been greeted by a very large mural that put a smile on their face and welcomed them to our house. It set the tone of our house: fun, lighthearted, happy.

As much as we liked the mural, we decided that it was time for a change, and that the mural should be retired. We celebrated with a dinner at our house with Liane and her husband Chris. Just this week the actual paint went up and the mural is gone. Some wonderful new pieces of art have gone up in the spot.

In memory of this great gift, I decided to do a new version of the original time-lapse video I did when the mural was put up, with some new photos on the end.

I put in the post 6 years ago that “We live with all of our art, but this is part of every day.” That couldn’t be more true. Thanks again to Liane! We still have the Blue Dog sculpture but it has been moved to a different spot in the house.

TED Video: Hans Rosling Dataset Mindset

The visuals in this talk by Hans Rosling at TED blew me away. Animated displays of 200 years of economic data about the world.

It’s worth the 20 minutes.

Mazie Photo Shoot

Last Friday Mazie and I had a super fun “Daddy-Daughter” day filled with many fun things. Part of our fun day was a trip to a store to get a new dress (we ended up getting two) followed by a photo shoot in her new clothes. We decided to do the photo shoot in our front yard, taking advantage of all the wonderful tall grasses and native plants. Mazie had a ton of fun, and so did I behind the camera.

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Still totally digging my Mini.

Enjoyed listening to Frankhouse tonight at the 318 Club. Good jazz. Friend of mine is the lead/trumpet player.

Just finished an emergency dog bath for Chase. I have no idea what he got into, but it smelled absolutely horrible. Hopefully a double shampoo got whatever off of him. Ugh.

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