Archive for March, 2004

Eudaimonia

March 31, 2004

Some thoughts about today’s tagline (“eudaimonia’s home on the Web” for RSS feed subscribers and future readers) and the field of psychology from Martin Seligman.

Hosting

March 31, 2004

So I cancelled my Zettai hosting for the time being because a) I wasn’t finding the time to learn Plone/Zope and b) my host reaffirmed his desire to be a host. I downloaded Blog-CFC and was planning on converting from Blogger to it.

Yesterday, my host dropped a bombshell. He was exiting the hosting business because he just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it and it was costing him a lot of money with zero return. I completely understand, but now I’m in a quandary.

Which is where you come in. I’m looking for a hosting provider with the following requirements:

  • ColdFusion MX
  • SQL Server/MySQL
  • Subdomains
  • Multiple domain support with graduated payments—i.e., bbrown.info is $24.95/month and fourbrowns.com is $10/month.
  • Raw log access
  • Reliable uptime

I’ve looked at CrystalTech and HostMySite plans, but they don’t address the multiple domain issue. I’ve got 14 domains: 1 active, 1 that desperately needs to be created, 2 that are really burning a hole in my consciousness, 1 that’s a great business idea that’ll have to wait until after my work project, and 9 that are just cool that I’d like to develop someday. So you can see that this is a very important aspect of hosting for me.

[UPDATE: All that build up and I forgot the sales pitch. If I can find a host that offers a reasonable facsimile of the above requirements, then I will spend more time creating the web sites I mentioned and I will convert bblog, PregoBlog, and Found on the Web into non-Blogger blogs with all the beauty and power that implies. And I’ll gladly say that you referred me. Just let me know. And I’m not above getting free hosting either if you’ve got your own server and some space—I’ll gladly tell you of my bandwidth and space needs, which are very reasonable.]

[UPDATE (4/3/04): I got a number of good suggestions. Unfortunately, most of them lacked ColdFusion support and I absolutely require that. Otherwise, I would have to learn PHP and I might as well learn Python, Plone, and Zope at that point. Surfing around, I finally found what I’m looking for at Uplinkearth. It’s $24.95/month (+$4.95 for CFMX) and I get four full domains. Ten bucks more and I get ten full domains. Rock on!]

Grave Hopping

March 24, 2004

Today at lunch I found a cemetery. The oddest damn thing about it is that it’s directly across the street from my work. I’ve passed by it hundreds of times without ever noticing the headstones rising from its grounds.

Intrigued, I found an opening in the chain link fence and walked around the plots. The oldest marker I found read 1877, while the newest was 1940. There were perhaps a dozen total with vaguely similar names and varying levels of ornate design. Of course, I was without my camera—easily remedied in the future.

On my next visit, I will dutifully copy down the markings on the gravestones and begin my research. This should be made much easier due to the recent Webification of Arizona birth and death certificates.

Piestewa Controversy Redux

March 24, 2004

Looks like the Squaw Peak controversy rages on (and a great site gets taken down by the PC squawkers). The usual gang of blubberers has descended on the Capitol to petition legislators to refrain from trying to get the name reverted—well, actually, to get the people responsible for approving the name change replaced with (presumably) people who will be in favor of reverting.

My favorite line from the article was from Piestewa’s mother, who said the following without a hint of irony:

We should keep the name of the peak and not make it into a political issue that’s going to make the indigenous people feel, well, here we are, they are Indian givers again. For many years we allowed this to happen to us, and we feel very strongly that we don’t want that to happen again.

I also liked this quote from State Representative Phil Hanson, evidently a big fan of the bureaucratic passive tense: “My person has been impugned over this. I have been called a racist and worse.”

FYI to all the carpetbagging activists: 1) “squaw” is not an offensive term except insofar as Indians have convinced themselves of an origin that it doesn’t have, 2) Lori Piestewa was an unfortunate casualty in the Iraq Military Action but she was one of many Arizonans who were killed, 3) the circumstances of her death were utterly regrettable but not consistent with the level of valor and courage usually reserved for memorialization and certainly not worthy of changing the name of a major metropolitan landmark and the freeway that adjoins it, and 4) Lori Piestewa was not from Phoenix and her tribe lives in the furthest reaches of Arizona.

Those are the facts of the matter. They are indisputable. As I have said previously, I am not against renaming Squaw Peak as such. I am against caving in to the multiculturalists and the major appeasement this renaming represents. There are innumerable candidates worthy of the honor:

  • Jack Swilling: founder of Phoenix
  • Barry Goldwater: Presidential candidate whose home is within sight of the mountain
  • Ira Hayes: a Pima Indian who was one of the Marines that raised the flag over Iwo Jima
  • Darrell Duppa: a founder of Phoenix that proposed the name
  • Carl Hayden: first U.S. Senator from Arizona and one of the founders of Tempe
  • George Hunt: first governor of Arizona who was elected seven times to the position
  • Dwight Heard: the Salt River Valley’s largest landowner

And those are off the top of my head. How do Lori Piestewa’s accomplishments compare to theirs? Other than getting ambushed after veering off the caravan’s course and being the parent of two children, I haven’t heard of anything else she did. That is the travesty of this politically-motivated renaming.

I Want My Childhood Back

March 24, 2004

Sign the petition to Jim Henson Corp. to make Fraggle Rock available on DVD and help me bring back my fond childhood memories. Thanks!

Shrook 2 Goes Final!

March 22, 2004

The long-awaited (by me, at least) successor to Shrook has gotten out of the beta stage and hit final today. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this event because the preview/beta looked really good, but had some chokepoints that I figured the final release would solve. I’ll update with my thoughts on this new release.

iPod Bud Replacement

March 18, 2004

If you’re looking for a great earbud replacement for your stock iPod earphones, look no further than the Etymotic ER-6. I use my pair every day; it’s great for tuning out the world. What’s more, Amazon has them for $99, which is $25 less than what I paid for mine off eBay. They list as out of stock for some reason, but you can still try to order them.

Oooo!

March 18, 2004

Alton Brown, my favorite cooking show host, has a blog entry up on his Rants page about Martha Stewart (dated 3/14/04 since he doesn’t have permalinks). He opines that she should read Ayn Rand while in prison because she and “Howard Roarke [sic] have a thing or two in common.”

I don’t think that Alton Brown is an Objectivist by any stretch given some of the things he’s ranted about, but I’m so glad that he’s familiar with her work. My respect for him just got kicked up a notch.

Google Rocks, Reason No. 38

March 17, 2004

Google unveiled Google Local today and it is everything I would have hoped it would be if I had remembered that they were exploring this space.

It takes Google to the streets. You enter in a location (in city, ZIP code, or address form) and then a key word. The results are displayed in distance from that location and related web pages. The big thing for me is that you can get a map with all of the results on it.

It’s like DexOnline, née QwestDex, only better, cleaner, and faster.

Thank You, OmniWeb!

March 17, 2004

I had just finished typing that last entry when my browser crashed. Ugh! That’s happened many times in the past and I was dreading having to rewrite it. Luckily, I wasn’t writing it in just any browser; I was writing it in OmniWeb 5. I’ve sung its praises before, but this time it really saved my butt.

Its workspace feature saves window locations, URLs, and open tabs whenever you quit, take a snapshot, or—and this is the really applicable one right now—crash. Little did I know, it also saves text in forms at those points too.

So when I restarted OmniWeb after the crash, my two windows that I had minimized where in my Dock, my Blogger window came right up, and the post textarea was filled in with my blog entry.

Yeah, I’m sure I’ll be switching back to Safari anytime soon. OmniWeb: It Saves Your Ass!