Technology Weblogging

Take your hands off the keyboard…

After working with Radio 8.0, Blogger Pro, Graymatter, and Moveable Type this weekend (for writing assignments and for my own weblog use), I have reached a saturation point. Right at this moment, I can’t stand any of them — equally. Even taking a break and doing some work on one of the books and a little Perl scripting on the side and a couple of nice beach walks didn’t help. Too many blogging tools. Too much blogging. Too much computer. Deadlines will just have to slide.

What you see before you is the remnant of a woman who is drowned by a flood of blogging tools. And I’m tall — it would take a lot to drown me.

I don’t know how Garth can tweak and tweak and tweak and tweak with Radio. Man must have nerves of steel.

They all work, can do nifty things, and are really impressive pieces of software — but they all have something that goes haywire. Inconsistently haywire. Is it my machine? The tools? Me? Combination of the above?

Right now, my eyes (normally green) are a scary looking red color from too much time at the machine.

Take your hands off the keyboard, and back away slowly


You know something? Notepad never breaks. Think about it — have you ever crashed Notepad. I dare anyone to say that they’ve crashed Notepad.


The Human Element

New calmer, soothing, more professional colors at the BB Tech Log. If your eyes burn out here, take a refreshing dip there. No, Jonathon — not the aqua I owe you from the bet. I’m saving that for a fun little tech treat that I’m trying to build in all my copious spare time.

I’ve had a very long day working on some pretty esoteric technologies. And it shows in my last posting for the day at BB Tech. It keeps running through my mind, more and more: the key to it all is the human element. We keep forgetting the human element in our web equations.

This is one of those times when communicating through the web and the internet doesn’t hack it. I want to get a group of interested people together in one room and hash it out. Sitting around a table drinking coffee and coke or a beer or whatever, pounding on the table, laughing at a reference, getting into a heated discussion. Work the thing through, together.

I think its time I stopped working at home and went out and got a job. Somewhere with people who like technology as much as I do. Is there any companies like that still left? Qualification to this one — in San Francisco?

Too bad all my favorite weblogging people are scattered to the winds of the world — I’d like to work with you. Most interesting group of people I’ve “met” in a long time.


Feb 4, 2002

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Allan found a great Valentine game — for the romantic among us, of course.

I am NOT telling the scores I got. No siree. I quickly found that Orange sucks big time at this type of game.

Personally, I think the people on the high scoring list either cheat or are under 12.


Visting my Plutonian friends today I found some terrific gems I wanted to share:

For instance, if you think I can rage, you need to visit Sharon today. She burns with a wonderfully cold fire. Give him hell, Sharon!

I noticed that Chris otherwise known as Stavros has re-designed his site. I like it! And he’s thinking about going Orange. I want you all to go visit Chris and drop him a comment — tell him to give in to the Orange.

I cracked up with NJ Meryl’s story about her cat. The great thing about having a cat is they teach you how to have fun, every day.

Let’s hear it for the Cat people in the audience! Yeah!!!!

Back to my weblog visiting.




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What is it about accents? Everyone has a favorite accent. Whether you believe it or not, you speak with an accent — to people with other accents.

Take English, and variations of same.

Probably the most common accent in the US is the “mainstream” accent — think national TV newscaster and you’ve got it. We’ve removed most regional inflections from it and it is this accent that we force on the majority of people who want to hack it in the business world. Even in areas where other accents dominate, you have to speak a certain way or you’re not going to get ahead. The Western part of the country tends to speak mainstream, and it’s use is spreading. Unfortunately.

It is the Kraft processed American cheese of accents.

Another common American accent is what I call rural American. You’ll hear this accent in farming communities in many states. I’ve heard it in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Ohio, and Oregon. There’s variations of rural, but when you hear it, you’ll know it. The strongest variation is Western, as in Texas.

The East has a rich variety of accents from Maine fisherman to Boston to New Jersey to New York and all parts in between. One of the things I particularly liked about living in Vermont and Massachusetts was the wealth of expressions and the number of accents. Never dull.

Then there’s the southern drawl, with its connotations of lazy hot summer days, and hospitality and warmth. Nothing better than a well applied drawl to make people stand up and take notice.

Outside of the US, the assortment of accents become richer. Canada has its own variety of accents, from the “oot and aboot” of Newfoundland to the use of “eh” as a catch all ending in other parts of the country. As Canada also has a French speaking population, a charming French accent is added to English within parts of the East.

The accents in the United Kingdom are striking. Cockney, Liverpool, Oxford, Welsh, Cornish, Irish, Scot — the different dialects are so extreme, they’re almost different variations of English.

How about Australia? Everyone in Australia does NOT speak like Crocodile Dundee. As I found out working with several people from Australia, as with any other larger countries, you get variations, some more extreme then others.

We all have our particular likes and dislikes with accents. I like English accents, and find them very sexy. Same for Australian. Why? Don’t know, just do. I don’t think mainstream American is sexy, probably because I speak it. I’m also not overly enamored of stronger Boston accents, though I’ve become fond of them in time.

As just mentioned, I speak mainstream American for the most part, but sometimes the accent of my youth will surface. It’s part rural and part Canadian, somewhat Fargo in nature. I use ‘eh’ to end my sentences, and will drawl occasionally when I’m tired or in certain moods. I don’t quite use “oot and aboot”, but can come close. I pronounce “salmon” with the ‘l’ sound — everyone in the community where I grew up does. Sa-l-mon. Perhaps it’s our thrifty nature: don’t add a letter if you’re not going to use it.



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One last post as a favor to my antipodean friends. (Antipodean — what a perfect word. You meet the most charming and erudite people in weblogging.)

Victor wants to try to do a Googlestak — stacking the decks for a Google search by having webloggers link to a specific web site. The more links to a site, the higher it’s Google ranking, and the closer it will be in the returned results.

This is an experiment. The fact that the company being linked is owned by Victor, and that another weblogging friend is rumored to work there has nothing to do with this.

No siree, this is an unbiased experiment to influence Google. A test. An unbiased test. No gain here.

And here it is, my contribution to this unbiased and totally without gain and in the interests of science experiment:

If you want training in Australia on Macromedia and other web development technologies, go to Stand Out Training. Learn CSS. DHTML. HTML. Macromedia. How to eat Vegemite.

(Shameless hussies. Just because they have sexy accents, think they can get away with murder <smile />)