Archive for May, 2005

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Lace em up!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Brett Stimmerman is kicking some major Ajax butt with his Lace chat app.

The real magic in this particular implementation is that it degrades right down as far as browsers that don’t even run Javascript – you’re left having to manually refresh with the Say button, but it still works like a charm. Here’s a screenshot from the Lynx text browser:

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Buble in Toronto

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Clare and I went to the Michael Buble concert tonight at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto.

Michael is a terriffic showman – fabulous voice, charismatic presence. He gave a great performance. Highly recommended.

His band was great too, in every respect except the drums (caveat: I’m a drummer of sorts). I’ve seen his band on DVD with another drummer and it was fantastically tight and crisp – working with the brass accents on the big band showcase tunes and swinging to set your foot tapping. I was really looking forward to hearing a really tight Jazz groove.

Unfortunately, they brought a blues shuffle drummer to a Jazz gig. That’s not to say he was bad. He shone brilliantly on shuffle hits “How Sweet It Is” and “This Thing Called Love” as well as any straight time stuff, but he swung like a sack of concrete – I never once felt the urge to tap my foot and that’s rare for me – and hardly a rimshot to be heard in support of the brass accents. Yes there were some good fills and standalone accents, but not a lot of accents coincidental to a running groove. Also, the kit was tuned and miked for rock/blues – you can’t play jazz standards how I expect to hear them without a recognisable crisp ride cymbal. I couldn’t hear the bell of the ride cymbal on the latin tunes either, even though he was using it. It’s too bad because it distracted me from the rest of the show.

I still recommend that you see the show. Unless you’re a pedantic wannabe Jazz drummer you’ll never notice, and Michael Buble’s remarkable talent is worth the price of entry.

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Gotta love Greasemonkey

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

I have to say that Greasemonkey is absolutely the coolest thing I’ve seen in years.

Today I used Platypus to build a Greasemonkey user script to remove the “Delete Blog” button from Movable Type‘s admin screen. It’s wayyyy too dangerous sitting right next to the configuration link, even with a confirmation.

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Who started this musical baton meme anyhow?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

This just in – RIAA sues thousands of bloggers. News at Eleven.

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Ajax Patterns

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

At the recent Ajax Summit, one of the links I pointed out to the group during the “where to go from here” portion of my presentation was to Michael Mahemoff’s post AJAX Patterns: Design Patterns for AJAX Usability.

Michael has since picked up his own ball and run with it, building a whole Wiki site dedicated to Ajax Patterns.

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Pass the Baton

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

I just got the baton from Mike Papageorge

So, here goes:

Total volume of music files on my computer:

Yeah, bite me, RIAA – nice meme idea. I’m not falling for it.

The last CD I bought was:

“How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm?”

jazz standards by Beverly Taft

Bought directly from the artist at a show. Boo hoo for the middleman.

Song playing right now:

“Record Body Count”

Rheostatics - Melville album

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

Jane Monheit – Honeysuckle Rose
Jimmy Smith – Blues for J
Nat King Cole – Route 66
Dave Brubeck – Take Five
Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson – Sleepin’ Bee

Five people to whom I’m passing the baton:

Tim Aiello
Adam Marsh
Ian Marsman
Joey de Villa
Roland Tanglao

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Embedded Ajax-powered Blogchat is back

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

As an example of a cool Ajax app in action, I’ve reinstated the embedded Blogchat on my blog here. If I’m online, you’ll be able to chat with me when you visit my blog. You can detach the Blogchat into a separate window if you like.

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Econometa launch

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Adam Marsh has come out of the gates running with his new Econometa blog.

I met Adam last week in San Francisco and he struck me as an insightful and knowledgeable guy who contributes well to a conversation. Just the kinda guy to add to my blogroll.

Speaking of blogroll, I’ve got some maintenance to do. I’ve recently updated my MT installation so I’ll be tweaking here in my copious free time.