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Sep
1

Movable Type 3.1 got released today with a plugin pack including the new version of MT-Blacklist, which means that I can now lower the Typekey bar without letting in a flood of comment spam. You can now comment with or without a Typekey account and with or without leaving your name and email, i.e., anonymously. Useless jerk comments will still be summarily deleted. Fellow code geeks will be interested to know that MT now has dynamic PHP publishing, e.g., you can have your indices be static and your archives dynamic, thus obviating the need for manual rebuilds. You can also schedule posts: useful if you feel like leaving some morsels in the fridge for your readers while you’re on vacation. The plugin pack also includes Markdown, a plain-text-to-XHTML converter, which I’ve been looking forward to trying, in the hope that it might relieve some of my hand strain. In summation: whoopee! I was sick of getting complaints about Typekey and looking forward to slimming down my site even further with the dynamic publishing and such.

a fellow Dan makes the pretty

I really like the look of Dan Vatsky’s front page. Each image in the mosaic rings like a bell.

and speaking of making the pretty

I’m going to be doing several refined patches at Share this Sunday. Come see.

Aug
31

Friday: Meet Beth’s coworkers at lunch; they are all nice. I take my girl out on a date! We pack up the truck with Nicole and Jennie’s help.

Saturday: pack up the remaining few things, including the bed, with Nicole’s help (and Chik-Fil-A chicken biscuits, thankyouthankyouNic). Hit the road at 9:50 am. Evil traffic at several choke spots between Charlotte and New York. Arrive around 1 am. Get keys from new roommates, leave truck under pigeon-clad bridge, take car to my place and crash.

Sunday: Beth pokes and prods me awake, which takes a couple of hours. Break our fast with blueberry pancakes and head over to the new place to unpack with Jeremy and Stacey’s swell help. Return Budget truck to Harlem, return for chicken and fries at a place I ate at three times a week when I lived in Queens. Unpacking, unpacking. Desk assembly (many pieces of fiberboard, one jen-you-us, one excellent helper).

Monday: another date!

Today: I work, she orients. Tonight: we create and code side by side. 🙂

p.s. I had my physical yesterday. Today, my doctor called to tell me that “my insides are beautiful.” 114/70 BP, 143 total cholesterol.

Today at 5:30 pm I fly to Charlotte to help my girl move up here. I am very excited. Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy. My knee-bobbing is in hyperdrive. Beth is moving into a roomy basement in Astoria. Here is a giant map (400k) of the Legend of Zelda’s overworld with all secrets marked.

zelda map

Please do not hotlink this image. Not cool.

Aug
24
The State of all Things Visual and Live.

Lately I’ve been doing lots of live visuals, as has been previously stated. To paraphrase Beth, I’m still in the puppy phase of this work: I’m very excited about the possibilities and the people I’m connecting with. I’m very focused on the process of my work, constantly looking for ways to better enjoy whatever I’m doing (i.e., avoid boredom, stay productive) and stimulate lateral thinking, whether it’s Photoshop drudgery, a thorny logical problem in a Keyworx patch, performing, or somewhere in the ideation/imagination at the beginning. And yes, I’m using the Oblique Strategies. 😉

Keyworx is an excellent place to start out. It’s got a simple look and interface, and complex patching capabilities, yet the limit of eight image layers restrains the impulse to pile things. The multi-user possibilities are cool; I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface there. It is, however, quite buggy and touchy. For instance, one has to quit out of the program to load a saved patch: if you try to, it crashes. It’s beta software: them’s the breaks. I hope it makes it to v1.0. Regardless, it’s a great program that doesn’t require you to reinvent the wheel, i.e., code from scratch, every time you make a patch.

Sunday at Share, Dan Vatsky was doing a set in the back room using live video from an iSight camera, shooting toys (robots and dinosaurs) lit with flashlights. His friend Terra was manipulating the camera, toys and lights when I came in, and I quickly joined in the fun. Interacting with Dan, Terra and the projected image confirmed further that improvisation in this work is just like improvising on stage. The same basic traffic patterns and precepts apply: pay attention, take a back seat and support for some of the time, and alternate gradualism with sudden shifts. It was very fun. 🙂

By the way,

check out Adrian’s fucking cool new vogroll(info). Which brings me to half the point of this post: I’ll resume vid blogging soon. The spinning wheel was up there for a reason: I wanted to give my attention to the live work and reconsider what I put into the box and what I would not.

Aug
24

I seem to recall telling someone that I’d give them a Gmail invite the next time the system gave me another to dole out. Who was it? Email or comment if it was you.

Update:

Fabian’s taken the invite. However, I just popped into Gmail to see if I had anymore to dole and it sez, ‘invite 5 friends to Gmail’! It seems Google’s expanding its trousers. Chime in for tightly scripted interface goodness and super-duper searching.