SATURDAY • MARCH 30 2002

Someone on the WWWAC e-mail distribution list noted that We Have the Way Out, the anti-UNIX (UNIX-like) campaign launched by Microsoft and Unisys, is powered by FreeBSD and Apache.

FRIDAY • MARCH 29 2002

Karen and I were out this evening with her friends and former coworkers to celebrate her resignation, her manager's resignation and her manager's manager's resignation; and such a rare event could not go unobserved. By unobserved, I mean unobserved without a group of friends and former coworkers meeting at a bar for a couple of hours of stress-free merriment (wink, wink). Bailey's Pub & Grill on Peachtree Industrial and Pleasant Hill was the locale – swell place, but not a good "neighborhood" pub.

WEDNESDAY • MARCH 27 2002

Sci Fi Wire .:. New Line Cinema will be releasing two Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring DVD sets. The first will be available in stores in August, and it will consist of the PG-13 theatrical release and other goodies on two discs. In November, another set will be released delivering an extended R-Rated version with even more goodies on four DVDs.

MARCH 13 – THE FINAL CHAPTER. I resigned from coaXmedia, Inc. this afternoon after I received an acceptable offer letter from a large software development firm in Atlanta. I was at coaXmedia for two years this month and my departure is bittersweet for myself and for the friends I have made there, but I believe that leaving is the right thing to do.

MONDAY • MARCH 25 2002

I received my membership kit for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals this afternoon! I admit that my primary reason for enrollment was to receive the free subscription to the NAPP magazine: Photoshop User, but I cannot neglect to mention that the USPS Priority Mail envelope was packed with a cornucopia of goodies, guides and discounted wares for Photoshop users and others interested in digital media.

The user interface for Movable Type 2.0 is simply brilliant. Aside from the clean and intuitive look and feel, the most notable feature, in my opinion, lies in interface customization. Click "Customize the display of this page." and choose how much or how little flexibility, in terms of basic content management features, is displayed to the end-user. Beginners do not have to be discouraged with an unwieldy application, while power users are given the full breath of Movable Type's power at their finger tips.

Kudos to Ben and Mena Trott for releasing such a wonderful product to the public (free for noncommercial use). I believe you have hit the mark with 2.0 and I hope that with the new business licensing agreement, you are able to make this endeavor into a profitable business.

FRIDAY • MARCH 22 2002

The Sims: Better Living Through Simulation™. My addiction to the Maxis instant-classic returned this week with full vigor. I have been a fan of Simthis and Simthat for years, but nothing comes close to the spectacle of software entertainment that is The Sims. What is worse is that Karen is the latest victim that has fallen into the insomnia-inducing world of virtual romance, jealousy, destruction and intrigue.

From The Sims manual, p. 76: Before you know it, it'll be 3 AM your time, and you don't even have your teeth brushed ...

I noticed a handful of "Netscape Personal Toolbar" buttons on a screenshot Cam posted about SingleFile. The labels for the buttons were screen resolutions, and I assume that the links are for snippets of JavaScript that change the height and width of the browser window. How useful! Of course, this will not give an exact representation of what a 640 x 480 screen really looks like, but it would give a Web designer a better feel for their audience.

640 x 480 | 800 x 600 | 1024 x 768 | 1280 x 1024

THURSDAY • MARCH 21 2002

MARCH 13 – PART II. I spoke to Karen this afternoon to find out that someone, whom I had been waiting with baited anticipation to hear from, left a message shortly after I left this morning. The news the gentleman had for me was not as exciting as I had hoped, but the horizon looks bright. More updates will be forthcoming ...

WEDNESDAY • MARCH 20 2002

The mood in the office is as dark as the clouds outside.

MONDAY • MARCH 18 2002

In 1988, Mike Jittlov released the cult classic "The Wizard of Speed and Time," a satirical masterpiece of stop-motion photography. As one of my favorite out of print movies, I often consult with Google for the latest news and re-release announcements, and while the Wizard is still out of print with no immediate hopes for re-release (DVD or otherwise) – I discovered that Mike Jittlov has released the official Wizard of Speed and Time website: WizWorld.

"Just watch for the wizard in the robe of green, and I will help you find your dream."

Q: What is good customer service? A: Ordering a replacement color printer cartridge from Amazon.com on Friday, receiving a delivery notification on Saturday and having the package on your doorstep on Monday – that is good customer service.

SUNDAY • MARCH 17 2002

Karen discovered a delicious lacto-vegetarian recipe: Seven Layer Tortilla Pie from Allrecipes.com. We saved preparation time by substituting vegetarian refried beans for the mashed pinto beans. Mmm!

I own two t-shirts: one purple and one blue, which I purchased at Wal-Mart ±10 years ago. Both shirts boast numerous holes of varying size and are literally coming apart at the sewn and re-sewn seams, yet I do not have the faculties to decommission either of them. What do you own that exhibits your sentimental foolishness?

FRIDAY • MARCH 15 2002

Donna Ladd models specially made green contact lenses featuring the outline of a pint of Guinness March 14, 2002 in London. Don't make her angry. You wouldn't like her, when she's angry.

Our team, "Will Work 4 Beer," was in second place going into the final trivia question at the Olde Peculiar Public House when Charles asked: "In the category 'Space,' when will Halley's Comet make its next pass by Earth?" Click here for the answer. We knew that the celestial regular made its visit every 76 years, but we could not agree on when the last visit occurred. As a result, we missed the mark by two years and failed to capture a position in the top three. Still, we had a better time than we have had in the past few weeks at the Olde Peculiar. I will see you there next Thursday at 8PM Eastern. Bring a friend.

WEDNESDAY • MARCH 13 2002

Karen called me at work this afternoon to play a message that had been left on the answering machine. When I heard the answering machine man speak the date and time, I immediately knew who the message was from. Her voice was as cheerful as the words that she spoke, but nothing she said could have prepared me for what she had to say. I absorbed every word of that 30 second recording as my face transformed from a look of concentration to a smile so large, my face hurt. Updates will be forthcoming ...

Microsoft Windows binaries for PHP 4.1.2 are available for download. 4.1.2 fixes a recently discovered security "issue" which has been in the code base since 3.x!

TUESDAY • MARCH 12 2002

I downloaded Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube" from dooce.com a couple of weeks ago. I thought I had heard Yo La Tengo before, but after listening to the tune, I realized that I had only heard of Yo La Tengo. Still, there is something about Sugarcube that makes me pause for a moment each time it queues up in my playlist. I think the song is half-sparking a very personal memory, but try as I might, I cannot bring the memory into my conscious thoughts. Instead, I am left with an unfulfilled sense of nostalgia. The feeling is uncomfortable, but as far as I can tell, the experience was a pleasant one. So, rock on.

MONDAY • MARCH 11 2002

Karen's mother and two of her mother's friends drove down from Virginia over the weekend, to attend the wedding of a long-time family friend that was to take place on Saturday in Atlanta.

The Cathedral was beautiful, from the stained glass windows to the nineteen wall carvings that depict notable events in Christ's life. I am not a religious person, but I have always appreciated the cultural contributions the Church has given to the World though sacred architecture, art and music – and the Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead is a fine example.

SUNDAY • MARCH 10 2002

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

H .:. 03/10/1876 .:. On this day, the first discernible speech is transmitted over a telephone system when inventor Alexander Graham Bell summons his assistant in another room by saying, "Mr. Watson, come here; I want you." Bell had received a comprehensive telephone patent just three days before.

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