Friday, December 09, 2005

bendy plywood is cool

my wife and I were wandering along Main Street in Culver City and there is this cool studio we've seen before, but this time the guy let us in. He happened to be working late, but graciously answered our many questions.
Eventually this lead to him dragging out his newest model and we helped him assemble it.
Then we chatted about SIP's a bit. His recommendation was that for small projects, considered as prototypes, don't actually use the SIP, but simulate them.


Monday, November 07, 2005

43 places and things

These little social networking places are getting prettier and prettier.
Makes me want to start uploading vacation pics to So far, all I have is

Unsure if there is actually a way to link it to

silly but perhaps thought provoking

I probably wouldn't have bothered filling out such a fluffy pop-psych survey, but I just started reading a book called "Flow" this morning on the bus that deals with personal satisfaction in many areas of life. I try not to look to such books for answers, but rather for triggers for my own introspection.

This Is My Life, Rated
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Thursday, October 20, 2005


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

oops, I did it again

Boy I must seem lame. Literally gimpy.
I fell stepping off the curb at a bus stop.
Must learn to look where I am going. Was holding my backpack carelessly in front of me, so I didn't have a clear view of my feet. Stepped off with me left and down into a pothole. Feeling my ankle turn, I went limp to avoid a sprained ankle. (I hate sprained ankles; had 2 as a kid and 1 in college.)

I kind fell on top of my backpack, twisting my right hip (since my right leg was still up on the curb when I fell.) No blood this time: small consolation as I hobbled back to the bench in a daze. This was the same right hip I hurt just last week, so now I am extra hurty.

The power of my bus pass manifested itself by easing my pain a bit after my erstwhile final bus. It allowed me to take a short ride saving me 2 blocks of walking. Normally I walk this and exult in the exercise, but it was nice to take it easy since I was so tender.

Thankfully my wonderful wife patched me up when I got home.
A hot bath followed by icing the hip, then a good nights sleep and I was able to walk fine the next morning.

P.S. Don't worry, I don't thing there's anything really wrong with me. Just a little absent-minded/careless.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

oops, I'm bleeding

Bought a skateboard at yesterday and promptly crashed riding it away from the shop.

My first thought as I slammed into the pavement was, "landing on my elbow isn't good--I hope I don't break my arm: won't be able to type--don't have any time off accrued."

My next thought was, "why can't I see out of my right eye, and what is that warm wet feeling on my face?"

As I hobbled (carrying the board now) away from the crash site, I pondered: Which is more stupid?

1. buying a skateboard when I am in my mid-30's and haven't skated for over 10 year?
2. not wearing protective hear while riding?
3. eating a hamburger while riding?

Anyway, I am thankful it wasn't any worse. After scraping the sandwich contents off my face, I could see fine. The missing skin on my elbow is about the size of a quarter, and it mostly doesn't hurt any more. I pulled something in my leg, so I can't run, but I seem to be able to walk for now.

My original intent in getting a skateboard was to help me move faster between bus stops. Although, as my wife pointed out today, my bus riding adventures haven't started saving us any money yet, since we still are making lease payments on the car sitting in the driveway while I'm out riding.

So I am just "practicing saving money" while not in actuality saving anything. Hrm, I feel so frugal and martyrific that it seems justifiable to splurge a bit on some treat like a skateboard. (My wife was consterned that it cost over $100.)

Reality bit me. On the elbow this time.


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Peanut butter & chocolate (or carob)

The Blosxom dude raelity bytes gets it, and theorizes why more people don't get it. (It being "the wiki way" I keep yammering about.)

I'm ever surprised by austensibly well-wired folk who know not of TheWikiWay ... lamenting the limited visibility Wikis have outside of its quietly growing circle devotees. Perhaps it's all those SillyWikiNames. Perhaps the wacky seemingly-unstructured openness of it all offers more freedom than seems possible. ...perplexing ... how little crossover there appears to be between the Wiki and Weblog worlds. In my mind, they're like peanut butter and chocolate. Yet reactions to this not-particularly-bold assertion suggest something more along the lines of broccoli and jello.
Then he says kind words about the Weblog PikiePlugin which allows one to "Plop a Weblog into an arbitrary Wiki page simply by including a WebLog macro in the text."

But I want to do the inverse/convers/reverse/complement: that is, I want all my 'blog pages to be "wiki-enabled"--that is be easily hyperlinked to each other (WikiWords) and easily formatted with a simpler-than-html pseudo-markup. Where by pseudo-markup, I mean something that is intuitively easy to learn, and readable as plaintext/source.

Addendum 3-14-2005:

See also

Where's the Movable Type of the Wiki World? by Scot Hacker

Friday, February 18, 2005

other blogging folk (people I know)

Other Bloggers:

Other news:
  • MTA line 304 got in a wreck earlier, so delayed then gave us day passes and dropped us off at FairFax. raining. got wet.
    (you call this news?)
  • I won at Settlers of Catan last night. Fun game. Must remember to thank Grandma for gifting it to me at Christmas
  • Wednesday I got my modified UseModWiki engine running on my FreeShell account. I am a geek. See me geekin' hard here:

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

manglement in Minima template

hrm, found an un-matched >/div> tag in the Minima template at

Monday, January 31, 2005

pyra means what

still cornfused, folks... ah-ha I figured it out. It is the name of the company behind "Blogger"/BlogSpot (not Google, but the tech dudes that Google bought out.)


Friday, January 28, 2005

hrm, below is the torn example of using the Compose tab instead of raw, healthy, HTML:

I am going crazy! Or freaking out or something like that.



As I mentioned in the previous article (Attempting the possible), I was trying to easily link to other articles on this site.

But my hack seems to have a limitation. Since it relies on Blogger's somewhat obscure and not-well-documented "Link" feature...


Attempting the possible

If this works, there should be 2 exampls of a WikStyleLink in this post.

a href method:WikStyleLink

BlogItemURL method:


MarkHu recants

Ok, I admit, Blogger is far superior to LiveJournal.
I'm now switching over officially (FWIW). I haven't decided if I want to host my own or use BlogSpot.

BlogSpot: MarkHu

It was the ability to edit the HTML template of my blog that won me over. Also, seeing sites that seemed to have a personality of their own, like was eye-opening.

Now, if I can only find a way to make it have the ez-inter-link behaviour of a wiki, ... and, um, is it searchable?