Archive for April 2003

Ludicorp advisor

I'm pleased to announce I've joined the Ludicorp Advisory Team. You may recognize Ludicorp as the company behind the Game Neverending prototype that was released a few months ago. Ludicorp is up to some really cool stuff and I'm pleased to assist in any way possible. And I'm really looking forward to the launch of GNE later this year.

One final article

I missed this article on the Google/Pyra deal a while back: Only Connect: The Google-Pyra Deal. It's got a quote from me and talks a little about the Lafayette Project as well.

Seabiscuit is coming!

SeabiscuitThe American Experience is airing a new episode on Seabiscuit, "the longshot that captured America's heart" on April 21 at 9 PM on PBS. I'm assuming this is related to the upcoming release of the movie about him. The site for the AE episode has a gallery of famous racehorses and also has vintage radio broadcasts of Seabiscuit's races. I can't wait to listen! Just thinking about the show and movie has me all Seabiscuit crazy again!

Blogs in business

Lots of articles are coming about touting business uses for weblogs: Blogs likely to gain place in business world, Blogs Begin Getting Down to Business, so it seems like a good time to remind folks about
We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs'
Chapter 8, Using Blogs in Business. Lots of stuff in here about how and why to use blogs in a business setting. And it's all yours for free! You don't even have to buy the book to get it.

A total Eclipse of my heart

I am about the happiest geek in town since yesterday, when I was introduced to Eclipse. Holy moly! Now I'm hoping I can find some nice plugins for HTML, CSS, and JSP and I'll be flying. Take that, sucky BBEdit! Ok, I shouldn't be too harsh on the ol' BB, and I shouldn't be too excited yet about Eclipse. But I am. It just already feels so much more usable to me, and I can feel the speed returning to all my programming endeavors. My apologies for the cheesy title, I couldn't resist.

Eclipse plugins

One of the really cool things about Eclipse is that it has lots of plugins. I've installed two so far: SolarEclipse for color-coding of XML/HTML/JSP, etc. and Sysdeo Eclipse Tomcat Launcher, which lets you run Tomcat from within the Eclipse environment. Two more I'd like that I haven't found are a text wrap plugin and one that color-codes JavaScript. Please send me an email if you know of any. And soon, very soon, I will try and get comments going here so you can comment directly. There's just so much to do! And so little time!

On the impossibility of owning...

...too many pairs of shoes. It has been said by some that I own enough shoes, to which I respond, are there enough stars in the sky?

Via email, a response

The sky is vast, but our closet is not.

Via email, a response to the response

You live in NY now...that's what your stove is for.

Iraq and weblogs

Reading BBC correspondent Jim Muir's account of the death of BBC cameraman Kaveh Golestan and injury of producer Stuart Hughes this morning, I learned of Mr. Hughes blog, which he had been updating until his injuries on April 2. His Northern Iraq Weblog is packed with stories and photos, and seeing it was a Blog*Spot site filled me with a strange, powerful feeling.

Over the past four years, I've had such a range of emotions about Blogger and Pyra, many of which revolved around bitterness, anger, and disappointment. Time has done a good job of mellowing those feelings, and what time hasn't healed, (oddly enough) this war has. All those fights at the office, the worries about finances, the anger over indecision, all of it fades away into inconsequentiality when I see Salam Pax, Kevin Sites, and Stuart Hughes using Blogger to share their experiences with the world. I realize now, more than ever, it was all worth it.


Tomorrow: Snow will become heavy at times during the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the low 30s...Chance of snow 80%. Snow may accumulate 3 to 6 inches.

A scary statistic

According to this BBC article, "59% of all Americans believe that what is written in the Bible's Book of Revelations will come to pass."

Take your own passport photos

If your passport is up for renewal, make sure you look your best by taking your own pictures. Check out the State Department's Guidelines for Producing High-Quality Photographs for U.S. Travel Documents. Though the document is aimed at professional photographers, there's no reason you can't do your own shots at home by following the directions. After all, you're going to be stuck with the mug shot for ten years, you want to make it good. I was wearing two long dangly earrings the day of my last passport photo, but due to a lighting fluke, only one appeared in the print. I've spent the last ten years travelling the world looking like a devotee of Cindy Lauper.

OS X Office update

There's an update to Microsoft Office for OS X that many don't seem to know about. Be aware that if you've got a copy of Office of dubious legality, after running the update, you might be prompted for the CD key. Also note that after I ran the update, I noticed a kind of super-anti-aliasing on my apps, text seems even fuzzier than before.

A nice po-mo chuckle

What would Baudrillard or Lacan say about an empty DVD case? Kieran Healy's spot-on speculation. [via mamamusings]

Women and tech

Liz over at mamamusings has been thinking about women and social software and related issues: lack of women speakers, minority of women in technology, etc. I dug through my archives for some related posts from August 2001 and I know this is a still an issue. Though I've been speaking at lots of conferences, there aren't many other women up there on the podiums with me. I know that conference organizers would like to have more women speakers, so we need more women to submit proposals. You have until May 15, 2003 to submit a proposal for O'Reilly's Mac OSX Conference 2003. And they're still looking for proposals for lightning talks at the 2003 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Geek girls, get in gear! And if you know of other conferences looking for speakers, let me know and I'll post them here.

DEF CON ELEVEN Call for Papers until June 15, 2003. DEF CON is, "the largest underground 'hacking' convention on the planet." [via boogah]

Bend it like Beckham

I went to see Bend it like Beckham last night and haven't enjoyed a movie that much in a long time. Though the plot is nothing new (teenage girl rebels against traditional parents, falls for guy, etc.) it's well acted, fun, and refreshing because of the details. The girl is rebelling because she wants to play soccer (called 'football' in the movie because it takes place in the UK). Finally, a movie about girls and sports, featuring strong, healthy, active girls playing soccer and having fun together. I can't even think of another movie that features girls and sports. There are no make-up crises, or prom crises, instead it's whether Jess, the protagonist, can go with her team to a match in Germany. Yippee! Plus it has fun music and confronts the stereotype that girls who are into sports are lesbians. Highly recommended for everyone, but especially if you played sports when you were younger. Also recommended for teen and pre-teen girls looking for a coming-of-age story where a young woman learns who she is (and wants to be) through athletics and family, as opposed to the mall and Vogue. Yippee again!

Via email, two more sports + girls movie suggestions: Blue Crush, about surfer girls in Maui and based on a Susan Orlean article and Girlfight, about a girl who takes up boxing in NYC. I've been wanting to see both and forgot, so I appreciate the reminders. Thanks folks!

Remembering Dr. Anita Borg

Dr. Anita Borg, a computer science visionary and champion of women in technology died yesterday in CA. I was first introduced to Dr. Borg through the Systers mailing list, and her accomplishments have inspired me ever since. Founder of the Institute for Women in Technology, she worked towards so many things I believe in. From the philosophy statement of the IWT:

[T]he relationship between women and technology must be transformed. The number of girls pursuing math and science education must increase to parity with boys. Women must be encouraged to choose technical studies and careers. Women who make that choice must be supported as far as their skills and interests allow. The environment must assure that women of all backgrounds and races can bring the full richness of their experience to their own work.

With many challenges still before us, her leadership and vision will be missed. But her inspiration remains to encourage generations of women, including me. Thank you, Dr. Borg.

What alert?

I keep seeing headlines about an Amber Alert and thinking with relief, "Ah, we're out of orange alert and downgraded to amber!" But that's not true -- there's not even an amber alert level -- instead it's a, "child kidnapping notification network" named after a girl, Amber, who was abducted and murdered. I can't keep track of all these alerts!

Flow crazy

Iraq War FlowI've been using OmniGraffle for the past few days to create flows of the Lafayette system. It's become the only way I can think through any process, so I now present you with the American War with Iraq Justification Process Flow [32 KB].

Thanks Daphne

I want to extend a super-size thank you to megnut reader Daphne O. for the thoughtful gift from my wishlist. I'm enjoying the CD very much and it was very kind of you to send it. Megnut readers are the best readers in the entire blogospheristan!

Additional Office X updates

Apparently there are further updates to Office X for Mac than I was aware of when I posted about it the other day: 10.1.2 and 10.1.3. [thanks Gabe!]

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