what time is it in liberty?

i’ve been living in california for just over two weeks. wow. it feels like longer really. tomorrow i’m flying to dayton, ohio and then driving to liberty, indiana getting in quite late, but i’m not sure exactly what time it…

The Smell

Every morning I head west on 9th Street in Santa Rosa to Stony Point and then get on Occidental Road all the way to Sebastopol. The 15 or so minute commute to O’Reilly could be considered one of the perks…

chasing strongs

thank you jay for turning me on to aroma roasters. open til 11 on weeknights, midnight on weekends and the wireless is free. not too fast i’m discovering. but free. i’m sipping a banana refresca which is like milkshake heaven.…

monthchunks for blogger

unfortunately this took me a long time to get around to. i got the following request in response to my monthchunks for wordpress post: So is there any way that someone still on Blogger (waves hand in the air with…

the grand canyon: bigger, longer, and uncut!

i already posted a taste of my grand canyon experience, but now you can experience my hike along the bright angel trail in all its glory. enjoy. first view from the bright angel trailhead

Family of Three Sisters

Last weekend (June 4-5, 2005), on the occasion of my cousin Casey’s high school graduation in Liberty, Indiana, the Barnette family—descendants of my maternal grandmother—gathered to celebrate. My grandmother, seated at the center, had three daughters, standing in the back…

Gastronomy for Geeks

Back when I was developing applications with Microsoft Access, one of my favorite reference books–that I often described as being worth its weight in gold–was the Access Cookbook. I actually learned VBA by going through the chunks of code in…

View Source in Tab

I would like a Firefox Extension that allows me to: View Source in New Tab (View Rendered Sources comes close, but I don’t need all the rendered gunk) Toggle between whether a tab renders the HTML source or displays the…

Oh Dear!

I relate to such sentiments in a whole new way (now that I work for O’Reilly). Tim Bray: O’Reilly books unfortunately were harmed in its making This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from…

programmers against screen scraping

i made a new sticker. it’s a humorous reference to the several hours i spent last night debugging ravingmadness’s haloscan screen scraping code (to which i have previously referred people in my moving from blogger to wordpress post) in order…

Uncle Eli’s Passover Haggadah

File this under books I didn’t know O’Reilly published. Uncle Eli’s Passover Haggadah Everyone will love this delightful children’s Haggadah. Its beautiful illustrations and enchanting rhymes will transform your traditional Seder into a magical experience, while capturing the hearts and…

The O’Reilly Factor

A few times a week an email gets sent to webmaster at oreilly dot com from someone intending to get through to Bill O’Reilly. Yeah, that Bill O’Reilly. It turns out there is actually a bill at oreilly dot com…

the digital-lifestyle tax

in may’s issue of wired they included a short feature that resonated with me when i read it. the monthly cost of living in the digital age. and apparently, i’m not the only one. even though i admit at times…

are we at “WAR”?

I’m going to have to get a TV so I can start watching The O’Reilly Factor just to stay in touch with this inadvertent O’Reilly subculture. Maybe find a way to get them turned onto Perl as a way to…

FMPublishing

John Battelle is doing something and Tim is involved: I’m proud to announce that FM has closed an angel round of financing featuring an extraordinary lineup of investors. Omidyar Network led the round, with The New York Times Company and…

flying geeks

is it a coincidence that tech geeks jeremy zawodny, phillip greenspun, and mark fletcher all fly airplanes/gliders? doesn’t the time it takes to learn to fly take away from their alpha geekiness? i imagine there must be other techies who…

an aberration of interplanetary commerce…

…or i become an importer? at this year’s o’reilly emerging technology conference i attended a talk by amazon’s werner vogels entitled e-commerce at an interplanetary scale. the talk was at times irreverent and other times totally over my head. irreverent…

Ergonomics on the Brain

Being the “new guy,” I had to attend an ergonomics orientation yesterday morning, led by an guy from our insurance company. Which makes sense if you think about it. Lower the incidence of RSI and you improve productivity while decreasing…

Importing Haloscan comments into WordPress from Blogger

Update, please read this first! The instructions below only worked for WordPress 1.5, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.2 before Google released a new version of Blogger—which broke the WordPress importer. Since that time, these instructions have ceased to be useful. However,…

What do you do when an author dies?

Nigel McFarlane, author of O’Reilly’s Firefox Hacks as well as Rapid Application Development with Mozilla (both books I owned before coming to work for O’Reilly), has passed away. I don’t know the details, and found out about it first via…

Microsoft moves on the RSS Front

Dare Obasanjo: Gnomedex 5.0 Trip Report: Dean Hachamovitch on Longhorn, IE 7 and RSS Phil Ringnalda: MS embraces RSS Sam Ruby: Simple List Questions This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of…

More on RSS…

Man, I shoulda went to Gnomedex. RSS, err, I mean syndication was all the rage. Dare Obasanjo notes that Mark Fletcher of Bloglines…pleaded with the audience to stop the practice of providing the same feed in multiple formats. Having the…

step away from the computer

it bothers me that sometimes i sit in front of my computer, and i don’t have anything to do. yet i can’t unglue myself from the computer. i check my gmail account and my unc email. i check bloglines and…

So you want to write a book for O’Reilly?

Yeah, poking fun at potential customers or authors is probably not so cool if you’re a for-profit publishing company. Oops. That said, if you’re interested in writing for O’Reilly definitely take a look at the link below. –Justin Check out…

On Developing P2P Software, in the US

Ben Hammersley: While developers in the US are being hamstrung by their courts, and their counterparts in Europe are about to have software patents kick the chair out from under them, the developers in the warm and cheap places are…

how to search and replace within a column

let’s say you’ve got a text or varchar column in mysql and you want to replace some portion of the field with new text. for instance maybe you want to change all instances of the word “colour” with “color”. column…

why is blogger adding empty divs to my posts?

what is up with blogger? blogger has always been this great free service, and they should be credited with bootstrapping the whole self-publishing phenomenom and making it easy for people to host their blog with minimal technical background required. and…

Writing Specifications is Hard

I got to say, this post, Undecipherable Specification Error, by Sam Ruby is brilliant, and a terrific look into the moment by moment minutia of a technology in motion that may just well touch everything. This post first appeared on…

Free Advertising

Clever typography in an ad I just noticed on one of our websites. (remixed from the original banner format so it would all fit here) Given the ubiquity of http://, it’s funny to see it popping up in other domains.…

Uncommon collaboration

Just before I left North Carolina for California I got an email from Enda O’Donoghue, an Irish artist based in Germany, asking whether he could use one of my photos as the basis for a painting. He acknowledged my public…