WhenIamKing, the weblog.
Monday, September 3
Sunday, September 2
I ran my own business for a few years, and for most of that time worked from home. I would usually wake up, make coffee, and get right down to work, often remaining in pajamas until I had to get ready for a meeting or appointment. It was comfortable. Seems that I wasn't alone in the pajama revelation:
Does he still wear pajamas?But that was then, and this is now.
During the 1970s, when he was working and living in the Chicago Mansion, he realized there was no need to change at all. If he has company, he puts on a smoking jacket.
Thursday, August 30
Ev linked to the JavaBlogger client, and traffic starts to surge. The eyeball power some people weild is amazing.
Wednesday, August 29
My entire day, perhaps even my week, has just been made. A quick review of my referrer log reveals that you can now get to this page by searching Google for "van down by the river" (the famous Chris-Farley-As-Matt-Foley-Motivational-Speaker-line). It would seem I'm at the top of the list for this search!!!
Nothing could possibly please me more than this wonderful association.
Tuesday, August 28
Monday, August 27
A unix programmer, a mac programmer, and a windows programmer were in a car, going through the mountains, when suddenly the car's brakes stop working. They got pretty scared as the car was going faster and faster and they could hardly control it.Funny.
Finally, mostly by luck, they manage to stop the car at the edge of a very high cliff. They get out of the car slowly, and start examining the situation.
The unix programmer looks at the car and says, "I think we can fix that. Let me look at the brakes."
The mac programmer says, "No, I don't think that's such a great idea. I think we should take it to town and have it examined by a trained specialist."
The windows programmer says, "Guys, let's not jump to conclusions. Let's restart the car, get in, and see if it does that again..."
Friday, August 24
The bull, made from synthetic resin with a laser technique called two-photon photo-polymerization, is the smallest model animal ever madeNow if they had really wanted the media attention, they would have created the smallest Rocky statue ever made. That would be impressive. But the bull ain't bad. Bull link via LGF.
Thursday, August 23
Or check out a screenshot.
The marrow went on the bread smoothly, like chunky peanut butter. As a medical professional, I tend to frown on cannibalism, but when I bit into that marrow-coated bread, all bets were off. The taste was heavenly, like a subtle mixture of persimmons, guava and Alaskan king crab.Kudos to The Onion for keeping it real all these years, for doing things their way, for never selling-out.
SHIFTkey when you click a link to open it in a new window. If you're a Mac user, hold down
COMMANDand click. Now you must take on this new weight, shoulder this new burden. You'll come running back home, trust me on this. I know your type.
Wednesday, August 22
Now is your chance to change history. Don't miss out again.
Tuesday, August 21
Other News: So MacOS 9.2.1 is available for download now. I've installed it and can't tell a difference. But who cares, I'm current, right? We'll see if it was worth the 82MB download.
Monday, August 20
1. Completely sure; certain.
2. Too sure; overconfident.
We're building a Java application that will talk directly with Blogger, just like blogbuddy. Except we're building it in Java. It will be cross-platform. It will be given away for free. It will make your life 100% better. You will again have a reason to live. Please let me know if you would like to test this trend-setting tool.
Sunday, August 19
However, the limited interaction widgets available to designers has led to overuse and misuse of drop-down menus, creating usability problems and confusion.Right on, brother.
Saturday, August 18
Friday, August 17
Thursday, August 16
Finally an escape from the tedious and unreliable Blogger interface ... at least for a while.
I have watched Steve Ballmer dancing like a monkey about fifty times since my first post about it. I watch it at least twice a day if not more. I often double-size it or watch it in full screen mode. If anyone has a better quality recording of it, please tell me where I can find it. The image of him bursting from the dark corner of the stage, arms flailing tyrannosaurus-like, neck and back stiffly imobile ... it's a haunting vision that always brings a smile to my face.
I don't think this means something is wrong with me, the watching and re-watching of Steve's tirade, and I'll tell you why: there is a crucial moment during the romper-room-esque tantrum where it seems that he injures himself. It's true. After he rounds the corner of the screen (stage-right) and runs - skipping like a school girl - past the front of the podium, you can see that his foot comes down HARD on the podium's base. He squeals and throws his head back in pain, but keeps going. You will notice that he limps visibly for a short time afterwards. It's worth another look if you missed that part.
Wednesday, August 15
Why is it always this way? Why do we bother to plan, or even try to bother to plan? Perhaps that's why so many of us are drawn to programming or development. There, you can plan. You can anticipate what will happen with reliable accuracy. And when something goes wrong, you can always trace it back to the origins, and usually just fix it.
Oh well, what are ya gonna do. Forgedaboutit.
Tuesday, August 14
Soybean oil, pickles, distilled vinegar, water, sugar, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, mustard flour, salt, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate as a preservative, natural flavor (vegetable source), spice and spice extractives, garlic*, hydrolyzed soy, corn and wheat protein, extractive of onion and paprika, calcium disodium EDTA to protect flavor.So there you go.
Sunday, August 12
Saturday, August 11
Friday, August 10
<cf> i made my first bean today, useable in any visual java ide.
<dan> i created one of many "logs" today
<dan> usable by even the youngest children
<cf> i see.
<cf> can developers use them in an ide?
<dan> although they have a shelf life
<cf> the developers would probably need good ventilation.
<dan> quality has it's tradeoffs
Thursday, August 9
Wednesday, August 8
Tuesday, August 7
Me: Hello. Phone: This is Bellsouth, just calling to see that your new phone line has been setup and is working correctly.
Me: Thanks. But isn't this Sprint territory?
Phone: (laughing wisely) Yes. It is.
I really feel for my friend whose personal information and private Word documents are being sent to everyone in his address book. Somebody should call him and let him know.
Monday, August 6
Just think, Steve Ballmer is the person who makes the decisions about how you'll do your job and defines the future of the computer industry. Is a man who acts like an angry chicken worthy of your trust?
Friday, August 3
And who should lead the attack against our heroes but Zhang Ziyi, who seems to have time-traveled from ``Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,'' put on a slick leather outfit complete with killer high-heel boots and determined that Jackie Chan is a wimp [...] Zhang, of course, owns the screen, and when she locks boot heels with Sanchez, it's time to get out of the way.Sounds like Hollywood is finally getting a clue.
Now is the time to try Mozilla again if you've been waiting for stability to improve.And you know what? They're right.
Thursday, August 2
Important Mandate: To those of you who are still using all caps for your html tags (like <TABLE> for example), please go out back and destroy your computer.
Wednesday, August 1
Tuesday, July 31
Monday, July 30
Saturday, July 28
Friday, July 27
It's amazing how easily your life can change with a few decisions made over lunch. How one thing can completely consume most of your waking hours, making everything else take a back seat. But we'll be past it very soon, and I'll be writing about it here.
Other things: In many ways, I don't miss running my own business. I don't miss working insane hours from the confines of my small home-office, never seeing the light of day or breathing the air outside. I do miss the independance, the gourmet coffee, the ability to fire up the meerschaum whenever. But I wouldn't trade what I've got now for what I had then. No, I am enjoying the Corporate World too much to look back. Weird, eh?
Monday, July 23
Listening to the Fight Club soundtrack, I notice that I feel more inspired, type faster, and make more mistakes.
Oh, right, I promised I'd tell you about this when it was time. It's time. Why they're describing it as hardcover I have no idea.
Thursday, July 19
Wednesday, July 18
Tuesday, July 17
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 6
Thursday, July 5
But instead of the usual 30 minute fireworks display, we were privy to a bizarre 1980's laser-light show projected on a fire-hose generated screen of water, followed by a brief display of "actual" fireworks.
It was fun, the food and company were great, and despite the ridiculous Florida heat, we had a great time.
Thursday, June 21
StyleT identifies extenions to CSS that are supported by Microsoft Internet Explorer. This reporting is very useful because it can mean the style sheet may not work in a browser other than Internet Explorer, which tends to be more forgiving that the CSS Level 1 Specification.IE "tends to be more forgiving" ... interesting word choice.
Wednesday, June 20
As a workaround, you may use the Startup Disk pane in System Preferences to restart your computer from Mac OS 9.1 when you need to connect to an AirPort network. This is most useful if you also have an Ethernet connection available at a fixed location (for using Mac OS X) and use AirPort for attending meetings or other activities.In other words, use OS 9 instead of OS X when you want to be wireless. Sorry Steve, but that's not a workaround. Here's an example of a workaround: "Check this box in the control panel, delete this file in the Preferences folder. You'll loose loose the ability to print but you'll still be wireless." Of course I made that up, but you get the idea.
What we've really got here isn't a solution. It's Apple trying to hide behind their innefectual OS X Airport drivers, and leaving a large user-base of non-Airport PowerBook users out in the cold. Fix it soon so we can hang out again, okay Steve? My birthday's right around the corner.
Tuesday, June 19
I believe Ev is a good guy. I think Ev is a nice guy as well (when I asked him, he gave me some source code which was a starting point for the ASP/XML parser used and given away at hivelogic). The article is scathing and offers a new perspective. Via Ev himself.
Monday, June 18
Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish.Also added: Full Monty. (via Rob)
It's completely natural to have a few phobias. Everybody does. I sure do. For example, I've got Arachnophobia: fear of spiders. Also a little touch of aviophobia (fear of flying) - but not enough to keep me off an airplane.
Then there are your less common phobias, such as Anglophobia (fear of England and English culture). Who doesn't have that! Oh, and also Arachibutyrophobia (fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth). Very common problem, more so for dogs than people. And my all-time favorite phobia ... Automatonophobia: fear of ventriloquist's dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues. Get your complete list of fears and phobias right here.
Sunday, June 17
Friday, June 15
This site can do many things because it does not have a specific topic. It is unlimited. International. Bigger than that: it is Multinational. Hivelogic, my other site, is about deconstructing the web. Over there, I don't talk about the checkout-girl at the grocery store or my car getting a flat or what I thought about a lame movie. Over there, I talk about web stuff. I link to web related things. Sometimes I publish source code.
This page is about everything else. There will be commentary about things I think are interesting. Links to things I thought were interesting. There will be news. There will be speculation. There will be anger and there will be mirth. I may sometimes say things that are not nice. I may sometimes say things that other people are afraid to say.
I promise to be honest. I promise to be ruthless.
Above all else, I promise that when I am king, I will rule with an iron fist.