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Category — metablogging

Back to school

A few of us are running a class after normal work hours here to help some of the soldiers to improve their test scores so they can qualify for better jobs or opportunities in the Army. It’s going to give me an hour or so a night where I’m supervising the study periods, so perhaps it will also give me the opportunity to spend a little more time blogging.

The private, classified network at work is set up with a workgroup server called SharePoint. Nobody really uses it or understands what it is for, but I’ve started to document everything I do using its built-in wiki and blog servers.

So I haven’t given up blogging entirely, I just went underground for a bit.

December 1, 2009   Comments Off

Mea Culpa

To acknowledge my failure as a blogger, repent, and recommit myself to a life that walks the walk, and blogs about it in tedious detail.

Many frustrating things going at work, mostly consisting of my subordinates losing valuable items. It doesn’t exactly redound to my credit.

June 2, 2009   Comments Off


My primary bloggy project for the time being is going to be to populate old content that I generated with iWeb into this blog. That means the The Brewblog, the Route 66 Travelblogue, and the OCS blog, which I think is no longer up. Maybe I can help @agentwool recover her stuff too.

The purpose of this exercise is to prevent all that content from being vaporized when Apple throws in the towel on iWeb. I’ve waited patiently for iWeb to improve from “nightmarishly bad” to “tolerable.” I guess this is one slice of the Apple that does not fall under Steve Jobs’ withering gaze.

Oh, the other purpose it to pad the website with lots of bogus content to make it look like I’ve been here for years.

April 4, 2009   Comments Off

The long bloggy road

I axed the stock photos for my own. Hard to pick photos that look good in tiny little strips so this is merely an intermediate improvement, a strike against stock photos and for idiosyncratic independence.

The pictures themselves have a static URL and they were easy to find with the terminal on the host serving this blog. I copied the stock photo to a trial version of Acorn to grab the dimensions, then exported a few pictures from Munich (October 2008) from iPhoto as the required 845 pixel wide versions, and used Acorn again to load the same photos on the appropriately sized canvas, saving the cropped versions. I scp’d these into the right location on the host and everything worked as expected. I used Acorn because it’s offered in the MacHeist (Spring 2009) bundle. I couldn’t figure out how to mask the photo to the right dimensions but it looked like a decent little app for a quick edit. Nice brushes.

Added this blog to MarsEdit, along with Kirsten’s blog. I like MarsEdit—I’m using it to write this post—and I’m going to buy it, but it really needs to use the media library exposed by iPhoto and the rest of the iLife gang.

Blogging about blogging is lame, true, but it is the impetus to create my first new category: metablogging.

Next up: correcting deficiencies like updating the default WordPress blogroll, replacing default text on the About page, and perhaps some theme customization.

April 1, 2009   Comments Off

Print “Hello world!”

This is the inaugural post of this blog.  Please, remain calm.

As soon as I figure out how to get rid of that stock photo, it is so gone.

March 31, 2009   Comments Off