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Villages

April 21st, 2002

When I lived in the UK in the early 80′s, I had the pleasure of living in a small village near Maidstone, Kent, called Platt’s Heath. Quite a different way of life, each village has a real identity. Various members of my wife’s family live in small villages and hamlets in the northeast of England, so I’ve had occasion to sample the village life there as well. Up until recently, I was a fully paid member of the Seghill Workingmen’s Club in Seghill, Northumberland, near Newcastle upon Tyne.

Simon Warrick has built a really neat website at villages.co.uk where villages can register their websites and become part of a larger village life community.

What a great place to go to take a virtual trip through the countryside and plan what would surely be a memorable holiday.

I became aware of the site because Simon uses my JSRS library to fill dropdown lists from the server without refreshing the page.

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Whirlwind tour

April 18th, 2002

Armin starts on his World Tour of Scotland soon. It promises to be adventure-filled.

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I’m hexed once again

April 17th, 2002

Dave chuckles at the hexadecimal nature of 0xDECAFBAD.

This year is the last year for some time that I’ll be able to fall back on hexadecimal as the obfuscator of my antiquity, for today, I turn 0×29.

I can cry far and wide:

Today I am 29!(in hexadecimal)

But next year I turn 0x2A. Maybe that’s why 42 is the meaning of life, the universe and everything. I won’t be able to use the hex trick again until April 17th, 2009, when I turn 0×30.

There’s gotta be a term for those years of lost hexadecimal innocence between (decimal) 42 and 47. How about The Alpha Years.

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The word is out

April 16th, 2002

Louise Kehoe at the Financial Times is “particularly intrigued” by BlogChat. Quite a few people have had similar I can’t quite put my finger on it but it’s somehow marvellous impressions.

I have to say, if someone came to me and said “Hey, there’s this new CHAT app you gotta try!”, I’d roll my eyes heavenward and say no thanks. Yecch. Age/Sex/Location? Gimme a break. Anonymous chat brings out the worst in people.

But….

BlogChat is a chat connected to YOU, to your own voice, not to some anonymous identity void. People coming to hear what YOU have to say and to engage you in conversation about your common interest, about your blog, your hobby, your business. Close enough to talk to. Not so close that they become your IM buddy.

My blog used to be a static display of my work and musings. Now it’s a tradeshow booth. Sail on through or stop to ask me something or tell me I’m a goof – it’s up to you.

Dan Gillmor, another journalist hep to the blogging world, was in for a visit too, and we’ve had a few fairly prominent bloggers express an interest in the beta.

Come on in, folks. The water’s fine. Give it a try, see if it fits your style.

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Blog = editorial independence = no accountability

April 13th, 2002

Sharing a thought from Snowdeal:

“You’re not a designer, you’re not a writer, and you’re not an editor!”

Exactly. Poo-poo Kaka!! My bottom stinks! Wugga wugga! I have no editor, no proofreader, no design committeee constraining my expression.

I’m as much of a thoughtful, insightful sage or ridiculous puffed-up bogus self-aggrandized twat as I wanna be.

Caveat emptor. Beware the blog content, for it may be ridiculously slanted and/or hopelessly amateurish. And that’s a Good Thing (TM).

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The Incredible Jimmy Smith

April 12th, 2002

I’ve become addicted to Jimmy Smith, the king of the Jazz-Funk Hammond B3 organ. I actually found this page of Immortal Hammond Solos, and though there were many, none of the others quite matched Jimmy’s   mastery.

I absolutely love going to the basement, cranking it up, sticking on the headphones and playing along on the drums. Of course, my wife has a different opinion.

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Avoid Premature Optimizations

April 12th, 2002

Dave Polaschek has another method of displaying refferrers [via PapaScott]. The best part of the article, though, is this quote (my emphasis):

There’s probably a more efficient way I could be doing it than using tail over and over, but the server logs don’t show that heavy of a load from this part of the script, so I’m not worrying about it yet. Avoid Premature Optimizations.

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Expanding Vocabulary

April 11th, 2002

Hans tells me that Web Developer is web ontwikkelaar in Flemish