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Monthly Archives: May 2003

Fall back and regroup

It’s been another busy week. I’ve let myself get disorganized again (story of my life), but next week I plan to buckle down and get a ton of stuff done, both at work, and on my personal web sites. I’ve been threatening for a long time to revive my ailing War Against Spam site, and I’m going to try to bring that to fruition over the next few weeks. I hope to once again make … Continue reading

Outta Here!

We’ve got the word from the boss that we can leave early, so I’m going to head home, pack up the wife and kids, and head for the beach. Yee-haw!

Gaelic Spellcheck

Even though I have lots of genetic ties to Scotland, my knowledge of Scottish culture is thin, at best. Maybe it would help if I could spell-check in Gaelic? I’d like to learn some Gaelic. Maybe I need to start visiting Focal an Lae more often. The focus there is Irish Gaelic, but it has notes about Scots Gaelic, as well.

W3C Approves Patent Policy

The World Wide Web Consortium has approved a new Patent Policy. The nitty-gritty of it is in this statement: “In order to promote the widest adoption of Web standards, W3C seeks to issue Recommendations that can be implemented on a Royalty-Free (RF) basis. Subject to the conditions of this policy, W3C will not approve a Recommendation if it is aware that Essential Claims exist which are not available on Royalty-Free terms.” That sounds like good … Continue reading


For quite some time, I’ve wanted to blog about local issues (local to me, here in southeast Alabama). I even have an idea kicking around in the back of my brain that would make a whole separate blog. I just don’t have the time to get it started right now, or to research and post the local news links here. But, I did run across a site yesterday that discusses some Alabama-related issues, and I’ve … Continue reading

Realtime Web Experiments

Scott has been doing some interesting experiments. The first is a realtime visitor stats widget, and the second is a, uh… Well, I’m not sure exactly what it is. But it accepts pings via XML-RPC and displays them in realtime. Scott calls it BlogChatter, but I think it needs a different name.

Lunar Eclipse

There will be a lunar eclipse tomorrow night, visible throughout most of the United States. Of course, my area is expecting scattered thunderstorms, so we might not be able to see it. But there are three more eclipses due by the end of next year, so we should be able to catch at least one of them.


BlogMatcher is a nifty “what other blogs are similar to mine?” tool. It finds other blogs that link to similar sites, using a scoring technique to try to match up sites with similar interests.

Theme Issues

I am aware that there are some glitches in some of the themes, particularly when viewed in Internet Explorer. I’ll try to fix them as soon as time allows (I really need to go through all my of my CSS and clean some things up). The problems are mostly in the Campbell and Tech themes. Also, I might change to a server-side style switching method, which should eliminate the delay between displaying the “clear sky” … Continue reading