Archive for August, 2002

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Small Pieces Loosely Joined

August 31, 2002

In a previous post I was discussing a great article by Scott Rosenberg called The Media Titans Still Don’t Get It. The article was refreshing in a way that I find hard to describe. At the risk of sounding like a tech elite, most of what is written or said about the internet seems to miss the point or is just flat out wrong. Mr. Rosenberg, however, gets it.

Not that he’s some kind of genius or something. There are millions of other people who “get it” but apparently none of them work for major news and information outlets. (If I hear even one more time that Napster is “a web site where people can download music” I’m going to hurt someone. But I digress.)

Back to our story. The article mentions a book called Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory Of The Web. I said I would keep an eye out for it because it sounded good.

Paige and I went down toe Mayfair mall this evening to catch a bit of the Apple store grand opening. It was very cool. We then stopped at Barnes & Noble and had some refreshments. While browsing idly, I rememberd the title of the book and five minutes later I was buying it.

I’m on page 33 and I already feel a little giddy from it. I think I can safely recommend it for anyone who is interested in the social aspects of the internet phenomenon.

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Backyard Gate & Ofoto

August 31, 2002

I put the gate on my fence this morning. The fence itself has been done for a couple of weeks now but we had to special order the gate. Home Depot called earlier in the week to tell us it had come in so this morning Paige and I went to get it. We got it installed and all is well. It’s nice to be truly done with the whole chain-link project. The yard itself still needs a few things, but the chain-link fence is totally done now. Pictures soon, I promise.

After that Paige and I mowed the lawn. I’m afraid we’d let it go for almost two weeks and it was looking pretty shaggy. I should go back out with the weed-whacker but I’m just too tired now.

I did one additional thing this afternoon – I signed up for Ofoto, which is a subsidiary of Kodak. The service they offer there that I am most interested in is having prints made of digital photos. I decided to test the quality so I signed up and $4.90 later I am expecting ten 4×6″ prints to arrive in the mail. They are vague on how long it will take but I suspect it’ll be close to a week. I’ll let you know how they turn out. My one previous experience with submitting digital photos online for professional printing was through Apple and although it was very positive, they are reserving that service for paid subscribers to thier “.Mac” service now.

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MovableType 2.21

August 31, 2002

Scratch number two off the ScottFeldstein.Net To-Do List. I upgraded to MovableType 2.21 this morning. After backing up all my content I just started uploading the new application files. Funny thing is, I ran into the same problems that I had when I first installed MT…and I ended up fixing them the same way. In spite of that, MovableType really rocks. I highly recommend it.

Anyhow, please report any problems you see to scottfeldstein@mac.com

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File under “Categories”

August 30, 2002

Scratch number five off of the list below. Yep, I implimented categories. I made a few categories up and went back through the last month or so and assigned entries to one or the other. Well, in some cases I assigned entries to two categories. I was feeling pretty smug until I realized that the category words weren’t actually appearing with the entry. Clearly that defeats the purpose so I did a little research and found some sample code in the MT support forum. Bingo. A couple of rebuilds later and here we are. Note that every entry on this page bears the “File under ” label.

File that under nerdy stuff!

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ScottFeldstein.Net To-Do List

August 30, 2002

Things to do regarding ScottFeldstein.Net:

1. Get email. My current address is going bye-bye unless I pony up $49. Thus I’ve decided to become my own email adminstrator. Friends have advised me to look at qmail. I myself stumbled upon a tempting add-on called squirrelmail. I have 30 days to accomplish this. “scott@scottfeldstein.net” does have a nice ring to it. And I get to keep my fifty bucks.

2. Upgrade MovableType from 2.1.1 to 2.2.1.

3. Add the ability to auto-generate image thumbnails via Image::Magick.

4. Find or develop a less revolting stylesheet.

5. Begin assigning categories to my entries.

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Job Interview & Education/Technology Discussion

August 29, 2002

I had my interview this morning at 10:15. For those just tuning in, I had submitted a resume for a different job at Marquette University, where I currently work. Yes, I looked like a million bucks but more importantly, the interview went well. There were four interviewers, some of whom I’d known for years, some I had just met yeseterday. I think it went quite well. It will be at least two weeks before I hear anything back from them, though. Wish me luck.

In (somewhat) related news, I happened upon an interesting discussion about technology in education over at my usual hang, Slashdot. Here is the lead-in:

“The Christian Science Monitor ran this commentary by Tom Regan on how students in middle and high school are outpacing their teachers when it comes to understanding the potential of and using the internet for learning and doing research. The article addresses a study, The Digital Disconnect, recently released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Regarding the study, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, is quoted: ‘Educators have a choice: Either they need to adapt or they will be dragged into a new learning environment.’ Both the study and article are about two weeks old, but an interesting read nonetheless.”

Get the articles mentioned and participate in the discussion by clicking HERE

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Ellen “Mahir” Feiss

August 27, 2002

Remember Mahir the Turkish fellow with the goofy web page that earned him more than his 15 minutes of fame? Brace yourselves people…it’s mini-Mahir! Yep, the next nobody who seems to have inspired a cult following on the Internet is Ellen Feiss. I have to admit I think the TV commercial that inspired it all (which never actually aired on TV, mind you) is terrifically funny in a very indescribable way. You just have to see it I guess.