Archive for May 2008

PHP|architect keeps spamming me

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php|architect is spamming me. I made the critical mistake of signing up for a free webcast of theirs like 4 years ago, and every effing month since then I get a commercial spam email from them promoting their for-pay content and books, and they provide me with no opt-out mechanism.

I’ve asked them to remove me easily 3 or 4 times.

I’m sure I’ve informed you three times now that I do not consent to you sending me email. Check it out:

http://www.cauce.org/archives/79-Anti-spam-bill-Introduced-into-Canadian-Senate.html

8(1) Every person, other than an indi-
vidual, who contravenes subsection 8(1) is
guilty of an indictable offence and liable
(a) for a first offence, to a fine not ex-
ceeding $500,000;

Now, I acknowledge this isn’t a law yet. I hope it does become a law soon. I’m going to remind you that I do not consent to you sending me email. We do not have any current relationship. You are willfully continuing to email me without my consent and without providing a mechanism for me to opt-out.

I don’t know what they are thinking. This is no way to run a business. What planet do they live on where that attracts friends with this behavior?

Sure, I could set up an email filter. It’s more about the principle in this case because I can actually trace the source back to a physical location and organization. Beyond that they’re trying to make money promoting a free technology that I hold close to my heart, their willful disregard for peoples common right to non-communication could tarnish the brand of PHP. So it’s pissing me off that they’re being so stupid. Just freakin’ unsubscribe me already.

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Open Sim / Second Life Workshop at 01SJ 2008

James just wrote me to tell of a really interesting event coming up regarding open second life servers

Ars Virtua & The CADRE Laboratory for New Media will host a workshop on open source alternatives to the Second Life(TM) grid, in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge.

This two hour workshop provides an overview of open-source, third-party virtual-world server technology based on Second Life(TM), and the opportunities afforded to artists and experimenters who are now able to cheaply host tailored synthetic spaces.

The first hour will be devoted to a brief overview of Second Life and the “OpenMetaverse” initiatives (libsl, opensim, etc.) Bennett Goble of Ars Virtua will discuss features and show demos of the most popular alternatives (OpenSim, OpenLife & realXtend), their qualities, strengths etc.

We will consider the issues surrounding installation, maintenance and function of the OpenSim server and will be connecting participants through third-party clients and through modifications of the Linden Lab Second Life client.

During this session participants will have an opportunity to look at code, and to consider the space as a place for artistic experimentation and collaboration. Special consideration will be given to coding within the environment and control afforded by building and running servers.

The workshop will be held from noon - 2 p.m. Friday June 6 in room 237 of the art building on SJSU campus. This workshop is free and open to the public.

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click through to learn more about it. It sounds really awesome.

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how muslims are treated in america

They cry because they are sick of sharing a brand with disgusting ignorant racists.

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new font: Netlabel Rounded

hackzine.com just posted a note about fontstruct, and that pretty much was my night last night. It’s an easy to use flash interface for building typefaces.  I’ve completed a new font called “netlabel”, and it’s available for free download here:

[kml_flashembed fversion=”9″ movie=”http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/widget.swf” width=”570″ height=”90″ bgcolor=”#FFFFFF” fvars=”d=dD0wJmFtcDtmPTUwNjQ5″/]

Creative Commons licensed, no less!  Oh yes, fontstruct… I like you a lot.

 

 

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Check how different browsers render your web page

There are a few websites out there that do screenshots of URLs based on how specific versions of browsers render pages… Here are two that I’ve found that are free.

This one does a huge list of browsers, with a somewhat significant waiting period for your results.

http://browsershots.org

This one does just IE (5.5, 6, 7, 8b), but it does it fast.

http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/index.php

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Derek Scott at Bliss Factory April 2008

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Download audio file (derekscott_at_blissfactory_DEFSF_2008.mp3)

Derek Scott, aka The Rhythmist [Dobox], has probably the best ear for song selection I’ve ever heard. His taste in music is astoundingly interesting to me. Maybe it’s the benefit I’ve had of having innumerable conversations with him about music and what makes a song great, but every time I hear a DJ set from him, I feel like I’m listening to something special. He’s a walking encyclopedia of knowledge for electronic music… from its long history, to todays production methods and new ways of promotion. I think this gives him a unique combination of skills and sense of aural aesthetics that are not like anyone else. If you’re into minimal techno, you’ll probably enjoy this set. To say it’s minimal isn’t quite right, because minimal tech usually isn’t this funky and full of soul. It’s not “house” per se, because there’s an unmistakable *tech* streak all the way through. So, yeah… it’s hard to pin down exactly what kind of music this is. Ok, like this:

This DJ set was recorded on April 25th, 2008 from DEFSF’s Radio Integrated show out of Bliss Factory in Alameda, California. Runtime is approximately 01:50:00. Many apologies for my relatively weak DSL bandwidth and the subsequent skips in the audio stream you’ll hear. If and when we can get our hands on the original audio feed file from DEFSF, we’ll point you to it.

You may catch a few tracks you know in this amazing set, but you’re going to be exposed to some tracks you won’t hear anyone else play, and I think you’ll want to hear more. Definitely head on over to the netlabel he founded named Dobox Recordings.

magenta flowers

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I took this macro shot of these magenta flowers right outside the Subway near our house. This was during the first longer walk out with Max, and the weather was so nice.

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Official Super Nerd!!

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Official Super Nerd!!

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Web Gallery Photo: out and about

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Web Gallery Photo: out and about

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