As part of the obligatory year-end reflections, I have noticed that despite consistent good intentions, I haven’t been posting here regularly this fall. As always, I hope to remedy that as I don’t imagine ever entirely abandoning Screenshot. However, in my absence from this space, I have been somewhat more active in another corner of the internet. After some false starts and a general sense of apathy about the service, I have found a use for Twitter that seems to be working for me, mostly as a replacement for Delicious which I found became cumbersome at some point a few years ago … Continue reading Finding a use for Twitter
Ten years ago today, back in 1998, I decided to legitimize my procrastinary websurfing with a “web journal” chronicling the interesting things that I came across online. At the time I’d never heard the term weblog and to the degree that I was aware of any community, it was the online journaling community. Since then, I’ve enjoyed getting to know and be part of an exploding weblogging (or, I guess I can finally, begrudgingly, give in and call it blogging) community. While sadly a combination of work and personal commitments have caused my posting to be sporadic, I’ve never seriously … Continue reading Happy Blogiversary to Me!
There are a ton of memes like this, but I’m thinking of keeping my weblogging juices flowing by taking part in these Weekend Assignment weblogging prompts. It is contrived, but looking back the questions seem pretty good. This week we are asked: Weekend Assignment #201: To promote a new cooking show, a TV station is going to pay you $500 to eat the same basic meal every day for a week, prepared with only minor variations by their on-screen host. What’s on the menu? Extra credit: Do you tend to eat the same thing all the time anyway? For me, … Continue reading Dinner Reruns
There’s a meme going around, most recently seen by me over at 50 Books in which you share your first time orderiing at Amazon. I looked it up and my first order was from June 1997 – back when you got free mugs from them at Christmas and free bookmarks in your orders – for a set of five books: 60 Crocheted Snowflakes, which I still use every year to make new thread snowflakes for the tree The Harmony Guide to Crocheting, the absolute best guide to crochet and its various stitches and techniques I’ve found Audubon Birds in Cross … Continue reading Classic Orders
Nothing – nothing! – that I could have to post tonight could trump how proud I am of my students right now. I’ve been teaching an electronic design and robotics course, and they have been building line-following robots working up from resistors and transistors and comparators and motors, and with the big competition tomorrow, they look amazing. I was thrilled when the prototyped circuits worked as designed, but these guys have been pusing to get their prototypes actually on the ground and following paths. Today I’ve seen them tackle figure-eights, divergent paths, and complicated looping patterns. I can’t wait for … Continue reading So proud!
So very, very busy right now, so I will just leave you with the following – a classic from Usenet that has particular appeal to me this week: MAKE.TENURE.FAST
This afternoon I did some behind the scenes tidying around Screenshot-ville. I upgraded from Movable Type 3.2 to 3.3 – amazingly, while I backed things up, it went entirely smoothly and I don’t appear to have lost any functionality (let me know if it appears otherwise to you!!!). I had been getting between 100 and 200 spam comments a day, and while they were mostly getting marked as junk, about 50-60 were coming through as either needing moderation or getting posted outright. I was going to try to install a Captcha plugin, but I noticed that all but a half-dozen … Continue reading Behind the Scenes Tidying
Most years I forget to make note until too long after the fact, but today is the eighth anniversary of my first post to Screenshot. I asked a couple of friends what I should do to mark the occasion, and one interesting suggestion was to comment on what weblogs I’m currently reading on a regular basis. It’s an interesting question, because looking back over my years of weblogging (1) I used to read a lot more weblogs than i do now, and (2) I used to maintain a list of favorites, whereas now I keep my bookmarks private. The first … Continue reading Bronze Today
I’ve decided at long last that this whole weblog-publishing software thing probably isn’t a fad and got myself a software tool to manage Screenshot. I decided to go with Moveable Type, because if I can’t use vi anymore to write my entries, at least I can have crazy CSS style sheets and perl scripts to wrangle on my own server. For now, only the past three months worth of archives are imported, but I’ll be continuing to suck them in over the coming days and weeks (or months, depending on how quickly the semester catches up with me and how … Continue reading Joining the 21st Century
I really intended to weblog more this summer, but the open blocks of time have been calling to me for more focused projects, and my websurfing has been pretty listless. So, I’ll punt and send you over to the ACM’s US Public Policy site. Their Tech Policy Weblog has been very interesting the past week or two, discussing the impact of the several recent data breaches, and the status and potential good and ill of various laws being proposed in response. Certainly, it has to be treated as negligence for a company like CardSystems to store data in unencrypted form.