Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Flickr Geo Tagging

So I have been somewhat inactive with the flickr photo community as of late, mostly because I have been busy (and still am) with other things. I noticed quite a bit of mention in my feed reader about flickr supporting geotagging via yahoo maps yesterday. The flickr folks have made it very easy for one to geo tag their photos in from within the flickr site by dragging and dropping photos from the organizer onto the map. Pretty dang cool if you ask me. What is even more cool is that you can 'explore' the photos from the maps if you so choose.

Yet another way to spend productive hours. I'll have to get into the geo tagging thing when life calms down a bit. Though, if you do have a few minutes you should go check out/try out the new features.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

A Geek Quote

Anyone who has had to do anything with DB2 will understand.

"You can't make me work on DB2. It won't last and it will wreck my carreer."
-- Willie Favero (1983) when an IBM VP told him he was taking him off IMS and moving over to this new product called DataBase 2.

Found here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006 Turns Two

So at the one year anniversary I worked on having a new template set up, and it was quite exciting. As you may or may not have noticed, I tried to launch a new template at the beginning of the summer, and it just did not work for me. Well, not exactly for me, but for people using IE, and people who don’t believe in SIFR, or more bluntly people who use some add blockers that stop ALL flash from being rendered on a page. The summer just got busy, and re-visiting the site design didn’t make it to the top of the priority queue. Therefore, turns two today, and we’re subject to the same visual theme you’ve been seeing for the past 365 days.

Since we’re on the topic of, I thought I would take a moment to talk about how much fun this blog is for me. I haven’t been as dedicated about writing as I have in the past, but I think that this decision has a lot to do with my own insecurities in writing about software, and trying to find the mixture of personal/professional posts. As things got heated up with school and work at the beginning of this year, blogging was forced into the back seat. You see, I have this guilt complex that if there is homework to be done, or some other task that I am accountable for, it is very hard for me to sit down in front of the keyboard to bang out my thoughts into some set of cohesive words. I’ll try to find a better balance, just keep coming back. Anyhow, even though I haven’t blogged as religiously in the recent future as I have in the distant past, I still love it, and I’ll try to do better in the coming months.

And now for some brief updates:

  • I am still working on that website for my neighbor, though I got a template designed, I really didn’t find a pre-built paypal-compatable shopping cart that I liked, so I have been working to build my own. The site is “due” in a couple of weeks, so I really need to settle in and finish up. The catalog is done. Now I need to write the actual cart.

  • Fall semester starts today. I’ll try to write more about that tomorrow, after I’ve seen all of my classes. It will be interesting as I am going to try to do fulltime work/school this semester. My pocketbook is happy with this idea, we’ll see how the brain and body feel in a week

  • Don’t leave your RSS reader unattended for more than a couple of days. I just did this and had more than 300 articles to view this morning.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

One More Project Before School Starts

I am not quite sure how I got roped into this one. Perhaps it is the part of me that can't say no, or maybe it is the idea that I really could use some more experience with front end XHTML/CSS design, so I said OK. It's weird, you study computer science, and your neighbors think that makes you a wiz bang web designer. Unfortunately, most of us can't design our way out of a paper bag. That is why people go to design school.

Anyhow, this neighbor is really cool, and I think that this project should be a good deal of fun. She is an artist, so the she was able to come up with raw designs and art, then it became my job to figure out how to turn them into a web page. I have a preliminary version of the template going; she'll take a look at it on Tuesday. We'll see what happens from there.

If she buys off on the design, it will be time to play with the design of the CMS/Shopping Cart.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Monterey Day 3

Mission Window
Originally uploaded by CodeFin.
The itinerary involved:

- Several senic drives.
- A visit to Carmel and the old Mission they have there.
- Jamba Juice
- Room Service Dinner

I got some great photos, but I don't trust the LCD on my laptop for color correction, so I'll post more when I get home.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Monterey Day 2

Originally uploaded by CodeFin.
It was a wonderful day. You really couldn't ask for more. I rented a car and took highway 1 down to Point Lobos State Reserve this afternoon, it was really amazing. One second you are in this forrested area, and the next you are right on the seaside. It was sunny, but there was a nice breeze to keep us cool. For dinner we experienced montrio. I'll have to write more about it tomorrow. I think I know why so many people have fallen in love with Northern California.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Greetings from Monterey

Originally uploaded by CodeFin.
It's been a great day! I got to meet some friends that I have known for several years but never in person. It was so very nice to walk around this beautiful marina, and talk face to face. We also enjoyed some very fresh sushi together. I had sushi for lunch today, I actually had the kind that wasn't in the rolls, it was really good!

Dinner was at this nice Mexican place. The food was authentic, and the guacamole was to die for. Needless to say, I have eaten well today!

The hotel here is very nice, the weather is great, and it looks to be a wonderful weekend. It's nice to get away.