Archive for 2002

Flash and PHP

Freemovie is a php based library that lets you generate SWF files on the fly.. check this out I made this using this library… really cool! reload it a few times.

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sweeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!! kickin’ it at apple….

As I sit here on my first day with a computer here in cupertino at apple, I’m thinking to myself, self… good job. You took a chance, and did a lot of extra work beyond your 9 to 7 job, and it’s paying off really well so far.

So I got my development machine, a super nice 800mhz TiBook, 512m ram, 40 gig hd, etc, etc, etc. and lemme tell you how weird it is to walk around campus, knowing I’m well saturated in 802.11b coverage from god knows how many airports around here. I log into iChat, and my rendezvous piles up with people in the local area network. Hopefully I can meet some of these folks someday. And you walk to lunch at their kick asssssss cafe and there’s powerbooks everywhere.

soooo, I’m thinking to myself, this is what it would be like if apple dominated the world… scary… no, very cool, actually.

I’m here till at least the end of february, and hopefully I’ll be up to my neck in projects, and they’ll have to hire me :) and nothing would please me more. I’m here as a service to the education marketing team, doing what I love doing, php/mysql programming, and it’s apple fer gods sake! it’s perfect. Dream job.

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Jam Master Jay

If you’re old enough to remember when Run DMC hit the scene and got distribution out to the suburbs, you can probably remember hearing a radical shift in music in the 80’s. Not the pop-based new wave stuff, but the street music, beats, gold chains, this new rap attitude – put your left hand on your right shoulder, and your right hand on your left shoulder… now twist slightly and the torso, and lean back and look down past your nose….

what I don’t understand is, why would you take the life of this man? did you see the CNN poll (hey, thanks CNN, your coverage is respectful and thorough) for “which one of these three had the most influence, n. B.I.G., 2pac, or JMJ”, and as of right now, 120k people responding, it’s like 60% JMJ, 30%2pac, 10%big… of course, without JMJ, 2pac and BIG wouldn’t have ever had a medium to carry their message…

what’s also so nice to see if that MTV’s already put together a 30 minute special on JMJ, and then before I left for work this morning, they were only playing Run DMC videos. Every commercial break, they’re also running a short 15 second memorial commercial for JMJ, too. Influential people in music and culture saying “what a terrible loss”… indeed… sad day usa.

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Anxious…

Tomorrow’s a big day for me. It could go very well, and I get a big pat on the back, or it could be a big day to take the heat of an unforgiving contact, lost forever possibly. One chance, pal. Do it right, and you can effectively change careers immediately, otherwise, the road is longer.

It’s a good learning experience, either way. The extra cashish will be nice for the holidays, and it’s a good case study to add to my portfolio. I learned a lot of things along the way with shell scripting, FTP, php configuration, more practice with server setup, mail setup, etc… I also I caught a maaaaajor flaw in our overall site flow dealing with the load balancer, which came to me without previous experience. Just popped into my head. Lucky, huh?

I wrote a load testing script that generates 100,000 records into a mysql database, with 20 fields in the table, and each field is an md5 encryption of the previous field, which is 32 characters… that’s 640,000,000 pseudo random characters … holy snap… and it runs in under a minute.

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I am a recognized nerd.

I got my first 5 post on slashdot today. I am so proud of myself.

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PHPCON 2002!!!!!!!!!

I am going!!
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danger sidekick / hiptop…

After 4 years of using my sprint/sony/qualcomm phone, I finally jumped ship and bought a Danger hiptop with t-mobile service… what an amazing device. It even has a camera attachment, which admittedly takes awfully small photos… but it’s cool nonetheless.

so now, I’m really interested in formatting web content to fit onto this format. I might change my weblog to fit onto this screen… I dunno, maybe it’s a specially rendering screen for content… Maybe I should just duplicate the entire rogue folder and run a different theme… ah, maybe that’s it.

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Server migration – 100%

I’ve completed the last little thing i wanted to have my new server do like my old one did, include graphics in posts… I have completely restored all functionality, and added a bunch of new things that I can do from home now. YAY!!! ok, now I can go on vacation.

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much needed/deserved vacation…

our art show’s up, all the frames are build, sanded, assembled, stained, shellacked, installed with the paintings, papered, wired, little felt padded, taken-down-to-the-cafe, and finally installed!

so, we’re audi5000, off to get a tan, and some great photos.

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respect to some influences!

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Looking for PuppetTime??

Hey, Conrad… click on this link right here to get your copy of PuppetTime Producer.

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great techno find: Draxx

Hey, I found a really great music artist on submusic.ch called Draxx … you should go check out the mp3.com webpage….

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Awesome article on wired about Alexander Shulgin

Wired has a fantastic article on Alexander Shulgin posted. It’s some great insight into one of the pioneers of modern scientific research on the synthesis and uses of psychoactive compounds. Yes, that lightbulb graphic is most appropriate.

Psychedelics are a means for adults to gain insight into themselves, Shulgin says. “The best words I can use are research tools.”

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Dangit, Are there no more new words???

So there i was in a dream, not an action dream or a wandering dream, and being a few days old, the one thing i remember was a little boy skipping down the sidewalk of the back-east looking street singing the catch to a song he’d probably heard on TV or something… he kept saying “Kangroola… kangaroola” Which i thought was cute. What a great name for a kids show, as I woke up… I told my wife and she thought it was cute too. Then i started thinking “dang, maybe I outta invent something and call it kangaroola or something”… neat word. huh.

then i started remembering something about my dream.. the kid, maybe 4-6 years old, I thought it was kinda dangerous for him to be out on the street… I remembered seeing a priest keeping an eye on him, so i equated the building we were in front of as being a church… then i was imagining a system to keep an uninterrupted line of sight on a person.. I dunno why… maybe like a leash, but it’s mostly to be alerted when the person you’re trying to keep an eye on moves out of your direct line of sight. Then i was thinking, “maybe it’d shock anyone with electricity if you got in the way” .. dunno why…

so then i was thinking “Kangaroola” Maybe that’s the name of this line-of-sight-keeper thing… and my google search came up empty … amazing! My register.com search for kangaroola.com was available … incredible! then i did something I don’t normally do, a search on alltheweb.com, and was disappointed to learn of the ALEX VAUGHAN’s REPERTOIRE of kids songs…

are there no new words left??

oh yeah, then I woke up… well, before I did all that searching. :)

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Kite Aerial Photography

Dude! What a concept! Stick a camera on a kite and fly it up and start taking photos! wow, how fun would that be??? I’ma go buy me a kite now!

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