Friday, December 30, 2005

Why? ...and flags

Why are Japanese schoolgirls such arbiters of coolness, at least with technology? I guess for a reason similar to why CIO's get tech pointers from their kids (and airline magazines, of course).

For those of you bored around the holidays, you might enjoy this great flag judging site:

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Holiday posting

No time to write much today. The usual busy-ness during the holiday.

I love this drawing of the tree of life from Darwin's diaries:

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Mid December...

And we are frantic. Christmas is coming, as well as estate tax filings on the 28th. Whew!

Got our tree today from the usual place. God bless our family, we chose the first one we saw, and the nice man dropped it into the truck bed for us.

Been jotting down notes on things to blog about, so will update with more shortly.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Vacation Day

Day before Veteran's Day and I have it off (sorta). Katie's glands are so swollen her neck bulges out, so she's off at the dr. Wanda fell of George yesterday and cracked 2 ribs, so she is in considerable pain. I have had my hands full with the estate tax forms, the datawarehouse loads not going well, and the powersupply to this pc going dead. We panicked as this pc is our main storage for our websites and data. I swapped ps's with our other pc so we are up and running, but we have taken a closer look at the design of our next office/computer lab to provide for at least 4 pc's with better backups and interchangeable parts. Also some tables, better power access, and shelves for manuals. Wow.
Frustrated that iTunes broke Jhymn even though the Jhymn DRM removal is legal. I am not buying anymore songs for now until that's fixed.
Cool idea of playing Risk via google maps:

Sunday, November 06, 2005

A scary idea

Here's a guy who thinks he can get a patent on a storyline. He's applied for several of them. I don't care for this idea, and think things are getting out of hand.

On a related topic, congrats to Google for adding a search by Creative Commons license on the printed matter they are scanning into their search engine.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Halloween in Salem

Going to Salem next week to ride bikes. Should be a cool ghoul time.


Here is a cool thing to do with Buckyballs - build a nanocar!
Only took them 8 years.

Rice scientists build world's first single-molecule car
'Nanocar' with buckyball wheels paves way for other molecular machines

Rice University scientists have constructed the world's smallest car -- a single molecule "nanocar" that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels.

The "nanocar" is described in a research paper that is available online and due to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Nano Letters.

The nanocar consists of a chassis and axles made of well-defined organic groups with pivoting suspension and freely rotating axles. The wheels are buckyballs, spheres of pure carbon containing 60 atoms apiece. The entire car measures just 3-4 nanometers across, making it slightly wider than a strand of DNA. A human hair, by comparison, is about 80,000 nanometers in diameter.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Cool new search on eBay for misspellings

Got some nice hits when I tried it with my knife collecting!

great old postcard

Neat old postcard scene that someone has scanned in as part of a Yiddish postcard collection:

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Feeling better...

After a brief but bad cold.

Now back to grinding away at the estate and assessing the MCS antiques.

pinhole camera from legos

Thanks to link from BoingBoing. Wish I had thought of this!

HOWTO Build a pinhole camera from legos
This build-log details an ingenius project to build a large-format pinhole camera out of legos. The maker hasn't yet uploaded any of the photos from it yet, but I'm looking forward to them.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

George colics

Katie's new horse, George, coliced and had to be walked for quite some time. Perhaps he got into the pokeberries in the back pasture?
The vet tried to get a tube into him to give him mineral oil to help him pass the problem, but just managed to bloody his nose.

Monday, September 19, 2005

New Horse; reunion

Well, yet another horse from the farm nearby. Hope this one is a keeper. Katie did a great job showing him and won a second in the walk trot class yesterday, after having him just one day!
Pics to come.

Enjoyed the family reunion in Penn. Also pics to come.

global warming

What is it about global warming that incites or infuriates the left? I feel I pretty much align with their views, yet every time I speak up that the science has not proven humans are the cause, I get lambasted. Visit:


Here's a great site that covers low cost satellites that can be put into orbit for less than $100,000. Great for university study programs and rocket clubs.

Friday, August 26, 2005

There's a New Member of the Family (A Horse!)

We put a deposit on a gray thoroughbred today. Will ship to our barn on Tuesday. It is registered via a lip tat but we would like to give it a name.
Any ideas, please post a comment.

Here is Katie and Horse:

Here is a short video clip of Katie and horse:


Saturday, August 13, 2005

Swap meet

Bike swap meet in Bloomfield next week. All our friends will be there. You come too. Will post pics of the pre-swap bar hop shortly after.

Hotel closing went thru. We'll see what happens next.

Here is a link to the SCUL rider site:

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

My height in punch cards...

is equal to enough info for a 3 minute mp3 song!
From BoingBoing:

One 3 min MP3 = 5'9" high stack of punchcards
In case you were wondering: how many punchcards it would take to store an MP3:
"Assuming a non-Hollerith encoding with eight bits per column, and an MP3 file encoded at 128kbps CBR, there would be 36,864 cards in that deck, and the card reader would need a throughput of 205 cards per second. It might be wise to include an 8-column sequence number, however, so that a misordered deck can be repaired by a card sorter; with 72 data columns per card, the total is precisely 40,960 cards (40K cards), requiring a 228 card/second throughput." The 21 boxes of cards needed would by 5 feet 9 inches tall. That such a huge leap in technology is well within living memory astonishes Y.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

On the road again

It's been awhile since I've last updated here. Packing to visit Florida next week and see everyone. It's been almost 13 years since we have been down there.

Finally nice days here in CT. Enjoyed my bicycle ride today and didn't come back completely soaked. Like Lance says, "didn't feel the bike had a chain on it today."

Working a bit on Allie story. Trying to get some sense of atmosphere like I found in Wicked. Reading Pretty Birds is good, but somehow lacking what Maguire did with Oz.


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Just desserts

I love this. I wish I had thought of it first.

Group proposes to build hotel on Justice Souter's house property
Following the Supreme Court ruling allowing private companies to seize people's houses and develop the land for business purposes, a private developer has asked the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire "to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road." That's the address of Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's home.
The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."

Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

We're baaaaack!

And Europe was an expensive blast!
Here's two of us in front of the Seine near the Eiffel tower:


Monday, May 30, 2005

Whale songs

This gentleman has been researching whale songs for years. Just like humans, he says whales interact with song riffs. And just like humans, the songs from the 60's were better than those today!

And I'd like one of these for our next party:

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Bike parade

Simsbury Memorial Day parade on antique bikes.
Be there.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Last few days, lot pics, art pics

Busy the past fews days again, as usual here in the Quiet corner of Connecticut.
Went to a alternative rock party last night, still working on designing our house, and managing the MCS estate. To say nothing about regular work!
Only a short while until England! Can't wait. Only sad thing is we will miss the Dick Dale concert where several of our band buddies open for him at Toad's. Oh well.

Here is a shot of our lot:

Katie's latest projects:
A fired rhino from art class at middle school

And a quick pastel of a flower pot, also from art class

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Whatsa CAPU-U?

Enjoyed the day at Connecticut Author and Publisher Society University today!
Found a lot of value, and scribbled notes all day. Even allowing that I'm new to writing, that means I got a lot of material. Did some great networking too.
And after sitting in the Stuff Your Stories seminar, I realized what symbols I was planting in the Kat story! (Lucia knows).
More to come when I get a chance.

Meanwhile, the house design continues. Got some plans from the Home Design place and will have to make some mods after bids. Exciting time for us. Reminds me of when we first got married and could barely get into the bathroom what with all the stuff destined for our new place. George Carlin is right.

Are you a Republican? Take this and see ( I scored 19%):

Finally, this place is really cool! I have ancestors on both sides, but ya gotta love the Confederacy:

Monday, May 02, 2005

NJ move; Dirkon camera; sign language alert

Finally moved all the breakables from the NJ house. May be the last time I see it somewhat furnished as the movers come next week. A creepy feeling.

Here is a cool project: a paper camera. See the link:

I also like the whistle-blower who, via sign language translation, let on that the Ukranian election was rigged:

Excited about CAPA-U this weekend. Finally getting a chance to think and talk and work on writing again!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Racial IQ differences

Interesting paper from Rushton and Jensen seems to have pretty good evidence of racial differences in IQ and body development. Would like an enlightened discussion to ensue, but small chance of that, ha ha.


I first saw this on

Saturday, April 23, 2005


I heard about this and will take the test. MCS would have loved it.

Here's some text from the link:

The National Geographic Society, IBM, geneticist Spencer Wells, and the Waitt Family Foundation have launched the Genographic Project, a five-year effort to understand the human journey—where we came from and how we got to where we live today. This unprecedented effort will map humanity's genetic journey through the ages.
The fossil record fixes human origins in Africa, but little is known about the great journey that took Homo sapiens to the far reaches of the Earth. How did we, each of us, end up where we are? Why do we appear in such a wide array of different colors and features?
Such questions are even more amazing in light of genetic evidence that we are all related—descended from a common African ancestor who lived only 60,000 years ago.
Though eons have passed, the full story remains clearly written in our genes—if only we can read it. With your help, we can.
When DNA is passed from one generation to the next, most of it is recombined by the processes that give each of us our individuality.
But some parts of the DNA chain remain largely intact through the generations, altered only occasionally by mutations which become "genetic markers." These markers allow geneticists like Spencer Wells to trace our common evolutionary timeline back through the ages.
"The greatest history book ever written," Wells says, "is the one hidden in our DNA."
Different populations carry distinct markers. Following them through the generations reveals a genetic tree on which today's many diverse branches may be followed ever backward to their common African root.
Our genes allow us to chart the ancient human migrations from Africa across the continents. Through one path, we can see living evidence of an ancient African trek, through India, to populate even isolated Australia.
But to fully complete the picture we must greatly expand the pool of genetic samples available from around the world. Time is short.
In a shrinking world, mixing populations are scrambling genetic signals. The key to this puzzle is acquiring genetic samples from the world's remaining indigenous peoples whose ethnic and genetic identities are isolated.
But such distinct peoples, languages, and cultures are quickly vanishing into a 21st century global melting pot.
That's why the Genographic Project has established ten research laboratories around the globe. Scientists are visiting Earth's remote regions in a comprehensive effort to complete the planet's genetic atlas.
But we don't just need genetic information from Inuit and San Bushmen—we need yours as well. If you choose to participate and add your data to the global research database, you'll help to delineate our common genetic tree, giving detailed shape to its many twigs and branches.
Together we can tell the ancient story of our shared human journey.

Nikon responds

Nikon responds to RAW / DRM / Adobe debacle A new post on DP Review reads:
Nikon has today issued an advisory addressing the current concerns around the 'encryption' of white balance data in its NEF (RAW) files from the D2X and D2Hs digital SLR's. This story started three days ago when published an interview with chief engineer and original author of Photoshop Thomas Knoll which complained that Nikon were now encrypting white balance data in their NEF files and that future versions of Adobe Camera RAW would not be able to read WB data. In the new advisory from Nikon state that they already make available an SDK which "...when implemented properly, enables a wide range of NEF performance, including white balance..."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Odd Nikon DRM

From boingboing, this is an unusual situation that Nikon is in:

Dan Wineman reminds us of recent reports that Nikon's D2X uses a proprietary form of data encryption that locks out third party software (DRM where it is not needed = really stupid):
The camera actually encrypts part of the image file (specifically, the white balance data) for every photo you shoot with it. The encryption isn't particularly good, so there are various ways to get around it, but Nikon won't license the decryption algorithm to Adobe. This means that Photoshop can't import Nikon's raw image format unless Adobe reverse engineers it, and Adobe is unwilling to do so because of the DMCA. Slashdot story and original article. Why should you care? Because it amounts to a camera manufacturer using technology to assert ownership rights over the pictures you take. I'll explain: there's absolutely no technical reason why that data should be encrypted, and the encryption scheme is so bad that Nikon must have implemented it only to gain DMCA protection. That protection isn't available to them unless they own the data being protected, so if they DON'T intend to claim a copyright interest in your photos, then they've just gone to a whole lot of trouble to make a digital camera that's incompatible with Photoshop. I'm sure that's what customers are clamoring for, right?
BB reader Stephen B. Goodman argues:
Nikon's D2X ships with a Photoshop plug-in that can export RAW format data from the camera into Photoshop. So it is not only possible, but encouraged to use Photoshop in your workflow. What Adobe is worried about is incorporating the D2X's excrypted RAW format into their OWN proprietary RAW importer which they sell for a profit. Adobe simply wants to be able to support more cameras, so they can sell the plug-in to more photographers. Secondly, only Nikon really knows why their data is encrypted, but it probably has far more to do with protecting their trade secrets concerning firmware and hardware design, than it does about wanting copyright control over a photographer's image. No digital cameras that shoot a RAW format are natively compatible with Photoshop (which is why you see a list of supported cameras in the Adobe link above), because RAW (which is really a name convention, not a standard format) is a straight data dump from a camera's chip. Different chips + different firmware = different data formats.

Monday, April 18, 2005

MCS remembrance from Jon

Here is his contribution:

It's like summer up in the North today, the kind of early Spring day when you can almost hear the cells dividing in the leaf buds everywhere in the woods, and so many chickadees are out they make a moving web of sound with their calls. Elizabeth and I took the girls for a hike through the commons up behind our house in town, up a street, through a couple large fields that look as though they were farmed not too many years ago, but are now open space owned by Traverse City, and into a field next to the city ski hill where we often fly kites in the summer.
The breeze moving over the grass (just starting to green), the blue sky, and the warm sun (almost hot today), made me think of times at the Farm, as this combination of elements often does, and while walking along the path, I starting remembering all those times eating corn on the cob under the old Chinese Chestnut tree with you and your mom and dad. I can still see that picnic table with the red and white checked cloth, still feel the rough underside of those planks we used to check for wasp holes. Remember that old round table (painted red) with the umbrella hole through the center? I had lots of memories to choose from: launching new apples from the ends of cut shoots, detonating plastic models with carefully installed firecrackers, knocking golf balls around in the side yard.
I remember too the sounds of our parents voices as they would sit in folding chairs in the yard and talk while we played. I was on the phone with my sister shortly after your mom passed away, and we were having these silences when I knew we were both replaying memories. I know it's been said, but I definitely agree: who we are is based in large part on our personal histories. And Beek and I were acknowledging to each other that your mom is one of the pillars on which we hold our understanding of who we are. I'm glad she passed comfortably, and that you were able to spend so much time with her during her last weeks. Beek said that it felt like an era had passed. It feels that way to me too. I can only imagine your experience. I'll miss her. It was great to be able to spend time with her in Virginia last year, and also to have a visit in early Feb this year. Here's a photo from that visit.

This I believe; Magourik;MIT

Great essay by John Updike in the NPR This I Believe series.
Here's a link:

Also, following the Magourik case of removing the feeding tube of someone not terminally ill:

I love this from It's made a lot of news and blogs. Seems the paper generator is fooling some folks:

Jeremy Stribling said that he and two fellow MIT graduate students questioned the standards of some academic conferences, so they wrote a computer program to generate research papers complete with nonsensical text, charts and diagrams.
To their surprise, one of the papers - “Rooter: A Methodology for the Typical Unification of Access Points and Redundancy” - was accepted for presentation.
“Rooter" features such mind-bending gems as: “the model for our heuristic consists of four independent components: simulated annealing, active networks, flexible modalities, and the study of reinforcement learning” and “We implemented our scatter/gather I/O server in Simula-67, augmented with opportunistically pipelined extensions”.
I LOVE it! (this is the response from Jerry Pournelle)
Here's one link:

Sunday, April 03, 2005

MCS remembrances

I'm posting a memorial I wrote for the funeral service. I wrote it in a hurry, so please forgive any mistakes. The pastor read it interestingly and authoritatively. The day of the funeral went as well as could be expected. As our neighbor Jim told me at the viewing, this will close a chapter of my life.


Marian remembrances

Everyone speaking to me about my mother after her death this week has emphasized the fact that she carried herself with class. She had time for everyone, was involved in many things in her community, and made a great partner to her husband John, my father. She taught me to respect everyone, and to earn what I needed in life. She never let anyone or any illness stop her from doing what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it. Here is a brief overview of her life that I would like to share with you:

Marian as a young girl grew up in Perth Amboy and went to high school there. Without a normal nuclear family life, she was raised by a host of grandparents, aunts and uncles. She came to appreciate nature and farm life during her long summers at the family farm, an appreciation she passed along to me. As a young teen, she came down with rheumatic fever, which damaged her heart, but she overcame that and eventually was able to participate in normal activities.

Marian had the great opportunity to attend college at a time when not many women did so. Not only did she graduate from what is now Rutgers, but did well enough to be invited to attend Yale school of nursing. Her class was rushed through because of WWII, but she still found time to date many of the doctors and other handsome denizens of New Haven in the early 1940’s.

Upon her graduation, the war ended, so she traveled across country with a nurse friend. Upon reaching San Francisco they then sailed to Hawaii to work as nurses for a few years. She always said that a good education had allowed her to travel and work at what she most desired. She soon felt the Eastern pull of family, however, and moved back to work in New York, spending time in her aunt’s house in Perth Amboy. There she met my father, they got married, and she settled down to a life of homemaking and nursing for Red Cross blood banks.

While pregnant, Marian came down with her worst bout of Crohn’s disease, and suffered through several major operations. Her delivery was successful (Here I am!) but she had to have aunts, uncles and nurses assist her in my first years. Whenever she was hospitalized, a network of relatives and friends came together to support her and our family. This remained true until her last days, and allowed her to stay independent in her own home until the end. The only sticking point was she would always complain about her care, sniffing that it was never up to the original Yale nursing standards!

When Marian recovered, we moved out from Perth Amboy and she became deeply involved in the greater Metuchen community. She went to church, joined the BIL, the Historical society, the Quiet Hour, and the Garden Club. She also remained active with Kearny cottage and the Proprietary house. She would research the history of a town, a neighborhood, or a site, and take stunning slide photos to present in her famous lectures. As I grew up, I assisted her with the picture taking using my camera. Her drive to do this was amazing. Even in her last few years, she managed to get herself stuck when sneaking into the basement of the oldest house in Perth Amboy to take photos, and later couldn’t understand why the contractor would not let her into the oldest house in Metuchen before it was demolished.

Marian also served as the family genealogist, researching back hundreds of years of our German heritage and taking photos of long lost cousins during reunion activities. Between her organizations and her extended family, she held a sense of place and community no one else I know will match.

I know Marian has touched many of your lives and I know we are all deeply sorry she is no longer with us.

Saturday, March 26, 2005


Been completely tied up with managing my mom's care lately. After her seizure a few weeks ago, she has been going downhill, and been moved from the hospital to a rehab center. With her tumor working its way through her brain, we have engaged the local outreach hospice to make her more comfortable. These folks have been amazing, giving us staff insight into managing her through this difficult time. They are experienced with the end of life, and it is a relief to be working with people that know what to do. I can't say enough about them, they are that good. Giving individual attention to her alone is worthwhile.
It's interesting to observe that excepting sudden trauma, much of death now comes down to starvation. Most conditions can be managed for days, weeks, months and years, if not cured, and you can be kept alive with feeding tubes for a long time. My mom has a specific proxy stating she does not want that in case she is incompetent in caring for herself and the end is clear. For those who do not, the second-guessing and conflict between family members must be terrible. It is also interesting to note that the rehab center staff has been thrown into disarray regarding feeding of their clients due to the Schiavo case being so controversial. Now at least it seems clear that the courts will not force a tube upon the young woman. Starvation may not be the worst way to go, but it seems we can improve on our current state of affairs in this country. And sometimes it's too much to be hearing about Schiavo at every rest stop I need to pee at when shuttling back and forth to Jersey.
I am also following the Pope's condition, as he gets progressively weaker like my mom. Easter may be a watershed for both of them.

Working on Kat plotting.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

This and That

Taking over things from my Mom who is recovering very slowly at a rehab center. The coming week will tell her future state. Running her household is taking a lot of my time.

Heard from EQMM by a very nice rejection letter about my Stalker submission. Will submit it elsewhere, probably Hitchcock, when I get the time. Need to start a spreadsheet to track submissions.

Polished Kat opening scene a bit and will continue to plot it when I get a chance.


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Mom sick, Lobsters, Kat

Going to NJ this weekend as Mom is real sick in the hospital. Maybe some care changes in her future.

Loved The Secret Life of Lobsters (did I already say that?) and here is a link to Trevor's blog:

Haven't gotten past first scene of Kat's Creation, but I think it's going well. Will try to add to it and submit to WD contest.

Been so busy at work it's getting nasty...

Saturday, February 26, 2005


Finally feeling better. Hope to write a scene from the Kat story tomorrow. Today will be cleaning Alice's house while she is recovering from hip replacement.

The winter blahs have taken hold. Going hand-to-hand with them, and soon hope to win. Gotta tell you work is not helping, as I had to bring some home to do again.

Starting to get interested in language topics again. Mänti, aka Manti with an umlaugh, is a tree structured relationship oriented language invented by the Tammet savant in England. Very interesting to me, and we'll see what comes of his presentation of it in Europe.

Finished The Secret Life of Lobsters. That was one of the best bio books I have read. At the end it even gives a recipe on how to best boil a lobster. Gotta recommend it to John.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Sick, Sick, Sick

Been offline almost 2 weeks now. Caught the flu and was sicker than I've been in a decade. Still haven't felt like writing, or posting, or much else in the creative area. The whole family got sick for our birthdays, like clockwork. Where is spring?

Saturday, February 05, 2005


Here is a shot of Wanda:

And here's me with Katie:

Buffett or Not

Probably won't attend the buffett concert at Gillette stadium this year. The tailgate would be awesome, but last year's concert at Fenway was sucky. Too big of a target so too much security. Since it's July 4 anyway, we'll be doing our best to be unfit for duty over the long weekend. And let's hope this year cousin Tim doesn't pull his disappearing act under the water which panicked everyone.

Going to go over all the writing notes I've made in the past few weeks and try to get started on a scene for Kat and a plotting for the kid's book.

Talked to JR today and he definitely got me enthused again on this writing life.

Found a post on boingboing to a wired article by someone who looks like might be an old classmate. Shot him an email to find out. I love his writing; the articles are on interesting subjects.

Old classmate Janet was in the building early this week at work. She's gonna try to shoot me an email next time so we can go out after work. Don't see enough of her.

Big bike doings tomorrow at the museum, so might want to attend for a little while. Wanda has had lots of action lately ;), so maybe the economy is picking up.

Forgot to post that Princeton was fun and rewarding. Great to get a chance to influence alpha software. And work has been much better with the mentoring of my new boss. We'll see where that goes.

UMM Binnacle wrote me a great email thanking me for my ultra-short entry. This format may hold promise for me, as I seem to be able to do a lot in a short space. Reminds me of being able to code something meaningful in 10 lines of C or assembly language, but that's just the geek in me :)

Here is a a great use of an iPod or 2.

Link to using them as stereo viewers:

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Groundhog Day.

Nancy told me about CAPA-U today. Going to sign up, as it sounds like a great one-day writing conference with some great speakers. Also, some 15 or so agents will be there too. Pretty good place to get my feet wet.

Been busy last few days with work, so little writing. Entire family is born this month, so the birtdays are hectic.

Need to put some ideas together this weekend and finish a scene for the Kat piece. Enjoying a salty piece of land, and thought perhaps a tropical obit might be a nice practice piece.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Into the eye of the storm

Gotta leave for Jersey in the morning. Right into the snow. Supposed to be 10 to 15 inches. Yee hah!
Princeton should be fun. Will be nice to stay in a hotel, and pretend it's a winter vacation. Maybe I can work on Kat story some more.
Will try to post when I can.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Museum, Binnacle

Entered the UMM Binnacle ultra short contest with 150 words about the Gettysburg address. At the very least, felt a sense of accomplishment when finished.

This is a photo of one of the aisles of the New England Muscle Bike museum, near Hartford, CT.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Choppers, Kat

Updating some pics on the chopper rides. Posting one here of Daren riding the wind.

Come visit the New England muscle bike site at for some updated photos of our rides.

Here's a great link of the guys hangin' in Hartford. Thanks to Wanda for the pics.

Am submitting this to to see if they link to it.

Thought some more about the Kat story and hope to write some up tomorrow. Also saw the UMM short story competition due Feb 15 and plan to enter with something.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

webMethods, Kat, longtail

Having oodles of trouble trying to get canonicals straightened out for one of the apps accessing the bus today. I think we finally agreed that the apps can use their own doc types as desired within their own app, and I will define a canonical for outsiders to use. Whew! Even the terms and syntax are tough with this stuff.

Not much time to think about the Kat story. There is an important underlying issue here which I need to define in my head and then it should all fall into place (ha ha!). Reading Katicus' blog today, she is brought low by the challenge of learning other languages, in spite of picking up calculus in a week, orgo chem for fun, well, you get the picture. I think the challenges of a Stanford student can be applied to my character, I just need to figure out how to do it.

The longtail had a blog ref that spoke well to my idea of the long tail providing quality products even if they are not huge market successes. Here is the link:
The marketers are missing the creativity blast in their zeal to reap from the long tail.

Weather (CT, USA) is totally a bummer, but I guess that it beats mudslides and Tsunami's.

Need to speak to the lawyers about my Mom and her inability to manage $$$ anymore. Been taking this transition hard.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

New photo;Circadiana

Got a new photo up on aol hometown to reference here.
This is one Wanda caught of me in Boston right after they won the pennant. You won't see me with a Bosox hat on again!

Brainstorming a new name for this blog.

Started work on first scene of Kat story.

Disappointed in Closer movie. I couldn't relate to the cold characters.

From BoingBoing, this sleep blog is right on the money. Here is the link:
Our culture in the US is totally whacked out on the topics of sleep (and sex).

Here is a trackback for
Folks are reporting trouble getting trackback working.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Turning on some more blog settings

Turning on some recommended settings to get more traffic.
Also spent some time with Wanda working on upgrading her site:

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Committed now

Just finished polishing my Stalker story and sent out to EQ Mystery Mag. I am certain there are flaws in it, but this story is ready for some feedback (well, at least some educated rejection). As reporter friend Mr. Powell said, it's time to start submitting! At the least it produces some very strong feelings of accomplishment.

Now I can get back to Kat story. What I could get away with in Stalker, meaning lack of character development and objectives, I need to clearly define in Kat. Great feeling to carry creation of building a story around in my head.

Sad news that my Mom is having trouble again, and is having trouble managing her affairs. I'll be gettting more involved in the near future. Gotta respect her great fight to come this far (80's) with the body she was blessed with.

Received email from WritersDigest asking for blog listing nominations, for blogs with a writing slant. Nominated this here blog (aw, shucks).

Rose Wilder Lane

Have you ever heard of this lady? She wrote The Discovery of Freedom,
among other things. She is the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, from
Little House on the Prairie fame. I guess there is a lot of buzz about
this Freedom book, and I am trying to find a copy still in print. Before her
death, she admitted there were a few factual errors in it and tried to
suppress further copies going into print. She was an original Libertarian,
which most of us Northeast liberals don't care for, but the purity of her position sounds worthy of respect. She has been linked to Ayn Rand as one of the original freedom thinkers, but Rand's works are didactic and, in today's terms, neocon.

Skipped night out to see Chillum (local cover band) and will go to see Closer (movie) instead. Sideways sounds interesting because of the wine subject, but skimming thru the book at Border's turned me off.

Still working on object and obstacles for Stalker protagonist.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Working on blog promotion

Starting to look into what it takes to get this site a little better known.

Also working on next draft of Stalker story. Will keep you posted.

Here's a plug for Wanda's bike sales site: Lots of stuff to buy plus some info about recent bike rides.

Monday, January 03, 2005

New piece

Outlined and wrote first draft of Stalker, a short murder mystery story. Wanda liked it, but said the protagonist was too nice to be a killer.
Lots of short story contests out there, so there is lots of motivation for me. We'll see where that goes. Still working on the Kat story.
New year with new boss at work. Off to a good start, let's hope that holds.
Starting to plan for England trip.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Fun night last night at a house party.
Today is warm sunny day so we took the bikes out. Wanda has an antique bike ride in Hartford tomorrow.

Started Stalker story yesterday. Did the character analysis and started the first scene.