free to succeed!

the only fireworks i recall playing with growing up were sparklers. and i only remember playing with sparklers in texas. when i was in high school. clearly i was deprived. texas was the first place i remember booths set up…

breakthrough

mural under railroad street as seen from the santa rosa creek trail.

american splendor

yesterday i wanted to go riding around on my bike. i haven’t in a while since i drive to work now. i found a trail that runs along the santa rosa creek from downtown to fulton road, which is way…

Pretty Books

Here are two O’Reilly titles you might not have heard of. Both are part of the Theory in Practice series, which for some reason doesn’t have its own series page off the oreilly.com domain (as far as I can tell).…

What is this “Article Production” of which you speak?

Good question. I think it helps to understand what a producer does in terms of the path an article takes from inception to publication. Author writes an article Author sends the article to his/her editor Editor edits article, making sure…

i’m always inspired to write on location

the thoughts flow. i wonder why i don’t bring a moleskine with me where ever i go. probably cause i don’t have a moleskine. but i always have a pen. pilot v5 extra fine. always. thankfully right now i have…

hiking with christy and marcus

i traveled down to the city sunday morning to meet up with my second cousin christy and her partner marcus. traffic was light, got there in just about an hour. they live in the castro, which i had only heard…

senator dianne feinstein is not a fan of freedom

it’s not the flag that needs protection from attack, it’s our eroding freedoms and civil rights that need protection from from unscrupulous and short-sighted politicians. Dear Mr. Watt: Thank you for writing to express your opposition to a constitutional amendment…

Living in California without Air Conditioning

When I came home after softball practice tonight, my apartment was 88°F. That’s what the thermostat says in the living room. My bedroom at the back of the apartment, which bears the brunt of the afternoon sun, actually feels warmer…

My Netflix Anxiety Defused

I think I imagined that if I signed up for Netflix, even the super cheapo $9.99/month, 1-movie-at-a-time plan, I’d have movies showing up at my door every other day. I feared that I’d never go out and do anything because…

Atom goes to Version One Dot Oh

What they are saying: Tim Bray: It’s cooked and ready to serve. Jon Udell: What I like most about Atom is its careful delineation of the kinds of content that can be included in a feed, including: plain text, HTML,…

Sonoma County Appellations

I set my alarm for 6:50 this morning. Saturday morning. I think I managed to turn the alarm off by accident, so I shot up at 7:57. Which was not great because the class I’m taking was going on a…

Musing on my older, sculptor self

On the way home from the grocery store, picking up some fruit for the week, I had a thought that was half a wish and half a wonder. Why hadn’t I delayed college to continue taking sculpture classes at the…

Podcasters prefer WordPress?

Hey MT fans, watch out for WP: i went from blogger to movabletype to wordpress and i’m digging it very much. i’m half of the dawn and drew podcast and wasn’t sure if you know about podcasting or not, but…

Boing Boing proving the old adage

“The only way to make money online is by selling porn or tshirts.” –Loose paraphrase of something I heard on the web. Four out of the seven paid sponsorships on Boing Boing are for tshirt companies, zeroboutique.com (high art tees),…

Reading is a joy with Gmail, writing not so much

Since moving to California two months ago, I began using my Gmail account for personal correspondence, and I’ve come to two conclusions. Reading email with Gmail is a joy It groups back and forth emails into single conversations—solving, in my…

Free Peoples at Mojo’s

I stayed late because I was working on some Perl code I wanted to get functional. No such luck. And also because Dave at work mentioned a concert at a little restaurant called Mojo’s just outside of Sebastopol. The headlining…

Straddling the fence between open source and Microsoft

Uh-oh, looks like we have some work to do: Next… for some odd reason, I’m feeling more and more MSFT-Patriotic as of late. One thorn I’m really beginning to get tired of, strangely enough, is O’Reilly media. Ever since I…

A night at the Sonoma County Fair

After softball practice I met up with Mark (co-worker) and Monica as well as some folks I met the night before to walk over to the Sonoma County Fair. En route I entertained with harrowing tales of past meat on…

Free as in Beer?

Students from the Information Technology University in Copenhagen are trying to help by releasing what they are calling the world’s first open source beer recipe. It is called Vores Oel, or Our Beer, and the recipe is proving to be…

BlogHer Con: Morning Update

Bed at 2am, alarm at 6. On 101 heading south just after 7. The fog is out, which I know is fog and not just overcast morning haze because my windshield gets wet very slowly. Maybe it’s because I drive…

BlogHer Con: Afternoon Update

I wasn’t able to publish the previous post until moments ago because the wireless at the BlogHer conference was wholly inaccessible. I could connect to the access points, but the dang things wouldn’t give me an IP address. Of course…