Archive for May, 2002

May 18, 2002

Been thinking a little about standards, and how standards on weblogs could be a good thing. I go back and forth on it. It’d be good in the way fellow bloggers could mesh content together more — collaborate and exchange ideas. Blogger recently added Userland’s RSS XML standard for content feeds to it’s Blogger Pro tool. This prompted me to take a look (see evhead). I’d have to rewrite the way this site is published, entirely (even though I use XML in a very similar way). I’m all for standards sometimes, but the payoff is just not quite there yet. Maybe when I’m not feeling lazy I’ll take a dig deeper.

May 17, 2002

More on the “if Tuvalu sinks, what will happen to .tv domains” thing. Paul wrote in with some domain expertise:

“… when the USSR collapsed they had the .su top level domain (TLD), all the separate republics Russia, Estonia, Moldovia, etc. got their own TLD and the .su domain was frozen and is now unused. Even though the people have the authority to sell the domain, that authority is given to them by the government of Tuvalu, if Tuvalu goes away, they no longer have the authority to sell a domain or have someone sell their TLD for them.”

Yikes. Update: Paul found that some .su domains are still up, and there’s a movement to try and save them. Maybe existing .tv addresses would remain, but new ones wouldn’t be registered if Tuvalu sank.

May 16, 2002

Inevitably, with spring comes a pollen-induced head cold. Right on cue. I stayed home today and I’m wondering if people think I’m in line for Star Wars Episode II. I’m really hoping this is better than the last one. I was so pumped up for Episode I, and overall I enjoyed it, but Jar Jar really killed that Star Wars essence for me. I heard a rumor that he’s not in Episode II all that much.

May 15, 2002

I walk by these two buildings several times a week — they’re in the North End of Boston, right behind the office. For some reason I like ‘em. So I decided to take a picture. And here it is.

“Today, the world gets Vanilla Coke, a vanilla-flavored version of Coca-Cola Classic. What for years has been available only at soda fountains as a generic vanilla coke – some carbonated water, a dollop of Coke syrup, an additional dollop of vanilla, et voila – is now on supermarket shelves in bottles and cans.” — Boston Globe

Melanie of poses the question: “Hey, do you think we’ll be able to keep our domains even after Tuvalu sinks
into the ocean
?” Crap, imagine if your country was sinking … and fast. The .tv domain was originally created for Tuvalu, although I think (and hope) it was later sold to someone who’s been reselling them.

May 14, 2002

Xserve. Apple is getting into the rackmount server market today. 1 unit space OSX servers. Pretty cool stuff, although we just bought a bunch of Dells at work. Bummer. I think Apple is smart for getting into this. The remote maintenance tools look interesting. Wired has redesigned the magazine, and at first glance I’m liking it. Visually it’s not all that different — in fact they seem to have brought back some of the flourescent colors from the old days (not quite as shocking though). Editorially however, the meat of the magazine is more like the front of recent issues — quick bits on technology, music, books and stuff. My favorite parts. I’m hoping they stick with it.

It baffles me why a magazine like Wired has (one of) the crappiest web sites.

May 12, 2002

Spider-Man was the best superhero movie I have seen to date. I haven’t seen many though. Batman is the only one that’s coming to mind. Anyhow, Spider-Man was very entertaining — crazy “swing from the skycrapers” special effects. Tobey Maguire continues to prove himself as a good (and now versitile) actor and it definitely had Sam Raimi’s signature camera work in a few spots. Nice also to see a Bruce Campbell cameo as well.

It was interesting how they explained why he wears a (colorful) suit. I wonder if that’s part of the original comic.

The Promise Ring’s latest, Wood/Water, caught me off guard. There’s maybe 4 songs on it that immediately struck me as outstanding — after only the first listen. It’s the pace of the album that’s a complete departure from their previous stuff. There’s not a song on there that ventures above a laid back, slow and loose crawl. I think the album as a whole is going to grow on me. I hate using the term, but it’s certainly a more “mature” record. Looking forward to seeing these guys in Boston later in the month.

May 10, 2002

“Long time ago me and my brother Kyle here,
we was hitchhikin’ down a long and lonesome road.
All of a sudden, there shined a shiny demon… in the middle… of the road. And he said: ‘Play the best song in the world, or I’ll eat your soul.’ Well me and Kyle, we looked at each other,
and we each said… ‘Okay.’” — Tenacious D

I cannot get that song out of my head. The plot of the song is pure comic genius. A demon forces you to play the best song in the world or he’ll eat your soul. So you do. But then you forget how it goes. So you write a tribute song to the greatest song in the world. Makes perfect sense.

May 9, 2002

I have an important statement to make: Someone needs to bring back the china cymbal. This set has maybe 5 of them in it. Excellent. No one hoists 2 china cymbals above their drum set anymore. If you want to rock properly, you must have two giant china cymbals hovering as high as they possibly can over your drum set.

About a month ago, I finished reading Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis — a book containing six stories about seven of the early American founders (Washington, Adams, Burr, Hamilton, Jefferson, etc.). Pretty fascinating to go beyond what I remember from schoool, what it took to keep the initial values of a new country in place. Who knew that settling arguments with a duel still took place in the late 1700s — especially between legendary politicians. There’s also happens to be a companion series on the History Channel coming up later this month.

May 6, 2002

Here’s Apple’s official page on Jaguar, with screen shots of all the new stuff. Even from the screens, you can tell a lot is going into this next revision. Can’t wait.

Lots of news filtering out of Apple’s WWDC in California today. Most notably, the release of Jaguar this summer — the next major update of Mac OS X. iChat sounds like it might just be useful in the office, and it’s great to hear that the handwriting recognition stuff from Newton will be used for something called “Inkwell”.