Chicago was fun, but it sure was cold. I got to see a bunch of friends I hadn't seen for awhile. Some friends there have great homes that they own. What a concept. I also realized that all my good friends from high school are married now. It's been like that for awhile, but I just hadn't noticed it before.
I've added all the stuff that make this website to a CVS repository on my machine. Pretty cool. Now I'll be ready to start updating the program that makes this again. The first thing I want to add is a related feature. This way Cabaret Metro and Metro will be related, and all the Will Oldham iterations, for example.
It seems like MacWorld next week is going to be pretty big. Apple has updated their site saying it is big even by their standards. I have jury duty that morning, so I hope I get bounced. I've already delayed it once, so I don't think I can do it again.
I've also completely moved on to MacOSX! Palm finally made a MacOSX version of their program, so I don't have to use the Classic compatibility layer anymore. That was the last holdout I use regularly, nearly a year after it went final.
When I was in Chicago I told a friend about Duelin' Firemen page. He pointed out to me that it was "all wrong"! In my amazement of finding a new page about it, the fact that it seems quite inappropriate after September 11 escaped me! I wound up talking to a fellow Duelin' Firemen alumni while I was home, and he said that the site went up in late August. It's still cool & funny, but it just isn't appropriate anymore. #
The program that generates the site has been updated to make links between things that are related. For example, Mother and Menthol are related because they are the same band. Right now there aren't reasons for the relations listed, so maybe it will be fun for readers to figure out why they are related. Or maybe not.
The new iMac and iPhoto sure are cool. I got to see and touch an iMac at MacWorld last week. The screen moves really nicely and easily. I'm using iPhoto; I just bought myself a new digital camera. It's pretty cool, but I still have more to figure out about it; I only have a few pictures in there right now.
I'll be going down to Los Angeles in a couple weekends. Some friends from Austin are going to be stopping there for a little bit on their way back from Southeast Asia.
I've been making CDs of old records and tapes. It's pretty cool because now I can listen to the first Honcho cassette on my iPod. iKnow.
I've been recording old records to CDs. It is quite cool. They don't sound so bad; just as good a when listening to the vinyl. It is quite a labor intensive process, however. So far I've done some Johnny Cash, They Might Be Giants' first record (what a masterpiece; I'm serious), and King Kong "Me Hungry."
The month of January has simply been the longest month I can remember in a very long time.
A neighbor across the way has recently deemed it OK to walk around out on her porch in her underwear. My view from my kitchen table has gotten even better. Who knew drinking coffee and reading the New York Times could be exciting?
I went to Los Angeles a little bit ago and drank lots of alcohol, and I had pictures, but I've since taken them down.
Also, I think it's been about a year that I haven't smoked. I think it's pretty cool that I'm not so freaked that the actual date and time are etched in my memory.
My parents came out to San Francisco recently, and we went out to Point Reyes, north of here. I hadn't been there before, and it was the most insanely clear day. I could see San Francisco from there, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro Tower, San Bruno Mountain, and even Pacifica. If you don't know, that's insane. It is usually hazy and or foggy out there. #
I don't really have much new to report. I'm totally dallying on getting to South Korea. Work has been a drain again, so I think that's the reason. I can't wait to go.
Apple has released an update to the software I work on. It's called the exciting and memorable, Java 1.3.1 Update 1. Fire it up on a Software Update near you today!
You know, I think I have a pretty cool software idea. It just came to me this afternoon. #
I finally got my act together. I'm going to Seoul to visit my brother Mike on Friday. I'm there for a weekend then I'm going to Bangkok, Thailand. I'll be in Thailand, mostly on a beach island, for about 10 days. Then I get back to Seoul for a weekend. Mike has to work, so he's only available on weekends. Then it's back to San Francisco, fresh for WWDC.
I've been back for just about 2 weeks from my Asia trip. It was great. There should be a link to pictures from the trip on my home page. I hope to have them all up there soon, and I took down some old pictures. I hope I didn't break any links.
I wrote a journal during the whole trip. I'm going to let the pictures speak for the trip for now (along with the captions), but maybe I'll write something up some other time.
There was a big Mac Developer conference as soon as I got home. It kept me busy so I could ignore the jet lag. But it came and hit me soon enough.
I've learned something since last time. Karma will strike back, and it strikes hard. I have just witnessed it, but thankfully I didn't experience it.
Things are shaping up at work. It was quite hellish for awhile. Now things have stabilized and the stuff I'm personally working on is much more exciting than before. It's the same as before, but different. I'll let you know when it's available.
I notice that in my life I'm trying to finish things up lately. For example, I want to read all the books in my collection I never got a chance to read. I want to get rid of clothes I don't use. I want to get all my records on CDs. I really think I'm just procrastinating though. Maybe I'm making myself busy with things so I don't really experience what I'm missing out on. #
So Apple announced that Jaguar, the next release of MacOSX that I've been working on is coming out soon. That's a relief. We're already working on the next project for Java. It's really exciting.
My parents have set up their new iMac, running MacOSX. I haven't gotten any telephone calls since the very first one (which they learned the answer to before I was able to call them back), so I hope things are going well.
Apple gave me my replacement work machine recently, a top of the line PowerBook G4. It is a great machine, and it's better than my desktop Cube.
I've also been able to build the program that builds this site with GCC3.1 from Jaguar. I hope to move it all over once Jaguar is final. Then I'll have put CodeWarrior in the past. It's exciting and disappointing all at once. Since it's only a standard C++ program, if I get it building with GCC3.1 I can build it on any GCC3.1 system, which is just about all of them! I'd have to pay quite a bit to get CodeWarrior to do that. #
I'm so cool. I've been on the Internet since before November 4, 1991, and I can prove it.
I'm working on making this program more modular. This way I can only update these comments. Right now it re-genereates the whole site every time, and then I have to ftp all of that to the server. I also hope to integrate this page with the main page. I no longer like separating the two. #
I was working from home one Friday, and from out my window I heard someone say "Put your hands behind your head!" I look up and on the rooftop of a building across the way a couple plainclothes policemen had their guys drawn with a guy kneeling in front of them, hands behind his head! It was really unusual.
I saw the start of the meteor shower the other night. One streaked overhead and left a contrail. I swear I even heard it swoosh across the sky.
I went to Texas over Labor Day weekend. I had a great time. Amazingly, Sculpture Falls in Barton Creek was still flowing! Usually it was dried up by late April or early May. Texas sure had a lot of rain last summer. It was cooler than usual for early September, but the heat still drained me of all energy one afternoon. I think I can safely say I'm done with that type of heat. I was just laughing at myself since I used to live in that without turning on the air conditioning!
Matt Daley and Kim & Jon Williams have both bought houses in Austin since I was there last. They both have great homes. They have big rooms with wood floors, back porches, and yards. Marc has been re-doing his bathroom. I'm so jealous of them.
Jeff Radice came back from his long Asian trip. He definitely had a great trip. He's now in New York, but I still have his records. I really have to record them soon.
Jennifer and Eric came through San Francisco and brought along their dog Sensi. I was worried that Chip would freak out. He did, but not too bad. It really helped that Sensi couldn't care less about Chip, and she slept the entire time she was here.
I'm back on track with smoking, meaning I've been smoke free for about 2 weeks. I've been running on Ocean Beach the last couple of days. I've been going in the evenings while the sun is setting. It's nice. I'm also going to be in the Bridge to Bridge race October 6.
Critical Mass was fun last week. It was the 10th Anniversary, and there were thousands of folks there. I saw 2 cars drive up on sidewalks to avoid the Mass (both unsuccessfully), a naked guy, a biker get punched, plenty of stressing drivers, and plenty of cute women.
I've also put some new pictures up. You'll see my friend Cindy & Alan's wedding, and the Critical Mass.
My brother Mike is done with work in South Korea in about a month. Then he's going to take a train trip through China, stopping to raft in the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. Vietnam is next, then Cambodia and onto the islands of Thailand. He'll be home just around Thanksgiving, when I should be in Chicago as well.
On a computer related note, I've updated my Cube to Jaguar, and it looks great. #
There's been storms here in San Francisco. It's pretty windy. When huge gust of wind hits my building, it shudders. It really makes me wonder what would happen in an earthquake!
I've updated my life. I've gotten a new nice bigger TV (the first new one since 1988), cable TV, a Playstation 2, and a new DVD player in about one month. I love it and hate it at the same time.
I went home for Thanksgiving. My brother got back from Asia. It was the first time he was back in a little over a year. He had a great 5 week trip after teaching in South Korea. His stories were so good I think he stole the show at Thanksgiving from the 2 new great grandchildren in the extended family. It sounds like he's going to try to go to Japan next. This will be another great place to visit, so I hope he goes. I want to see some samurai.
I hope to take it easy over the holidays. I'm going to stay in San Francisco and relax. I've had a great time traveling with long weekends that last few months, but I'm beat. After Texas, I went to Los Angeles and New York City. In L.A. we saw Perry Farrell in the Farmer's Market in Santa Monica. He loved the tomatoes and had a baby strapped to his chest. That was interesting to see.
Last time I forgot to mention that when Jeff Radice was in town we went to the Oakland A's game when they won their 20th game in a row. They almost lost it too.
This is now all built with gcc 3.1 and Project Builder. This is significant, because for years it was built by Metrowerks' tools, where I used to work. So that's a little weird. Now I have no reason to use the tools I used to work with!
I've also updated the site so that the front page is more informative and updates directly. Now I won't have a counter on the front page; it averages about 1.5 hits a day, and I'm satisfied by that. With this I hope to update the front page more often, even if there isn't a new show. #